Kiki Benjasiriwan is an Analyst at The Asia Group, concurrently pursuing a Master’s in Public Policy at UC Berkeley. Her academic focus encompasses public-private partnerships, social entrepreneurship, green transition, and economic development in Southeast Asia.
Prior to joining The Asia Group, Kiki worked as an intern in government affairs consulting in Washington, DC. Her role involved researching business and political developments to advise clients across various sectors about risks and opportunities in Southeast Asia. Additionally, as an independent consultant, she undertook projects such as collaborating with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Electricity to expedite the commercialization of clean energy products and enhance the participation of first-time/disadvantaged applicants in DOE funding opportunities. In Thailand, she gained experience in both the public and private sectors, working in the Prime Minister’s Office and managing her social enterprise. She spent the last two years of college dedicated to promoting disability inclusion and shaping an inclusive future of work for all.
In addition to her professional roles, Kiki’s research focus on Thai politics led her to collaborate with UC Berkeley professors as a Teaching Assistant for courses such as Introduction to International Relations and the Politics of Southeast Asia.
Kiki graduated with a King Bhumibol Scholarship from Thammasat University in Bangkok, Thailand, where she concentrated on International Political Economy and International Relations.