Forest agriculture specialist and professor, Wildlands Studies Program
Dr. Chris Carpenter is a conservation scientist who has conducted field studies and led natural history expeditions in Asia for over twenty years. His main academic focus is the ecology (and increasingly, the geodynamics) of mountain environments. He is also interested in the marine world, environmental control of species richness, and strategies for habitat conservation. He lives in Chiangmai, Thailand, and when not leading Wildlands Studies projects, teaches part of the year at Payap University. Chris started teaching for Wildlands Studies in 1990. His teaching experience with Wildlands Studies includes China, India, Nepal, and Southeast Asia and he currently teaches the Himalayan Ecosystems Project; Coastal and Marine Ecology: Thailand Project; and Habitat Conservation: Nepal Project.
Specialist in Forest Agriculture, Faculty of Agriculture, Chiang Mai University
“Solutions – the existing village regulations in 45 villages of 6 ethnic groups to stop fires spreading from highland agricultural swiddens to forest were the key entry point for reducing the area burnt from 21% to 3% in the project area of 1007 sq.km., with government forestry and local administration as partners, on the Thai-Danish Upper Nan Watershed Project.”
137 Pillars House, Hotel General Manager
Human Trafficking Consultant and Advocate
“Stop pointing fingers! Examine your own part in contributing to the smog first, whether you are an individual, a company or a public sector organization. We can all do something, however small, to help solve the problem.”
A native of the UK, Lesley Junlakan has lived in Chiang Mai since the pre-smog days of 2004. She and her husband, Wilat, run Baan Wasunthara, an organic farm and self-sufficiency project in Sansai, and consciously try to protect the environment in their daily lives. Lesley is a keen trekker in the Northern Region in the Cool Season and this in particular has made her aware of the growth of contributory factors to the smog, such as the spread of corn plantations, and the devastating effect that the smog has on the beautiful northern landscape.
Mother of 2 children
“My kids have hives, breathing problems, canker sores in their mouth that were all constant during the burning season. We had to leave.”
Em was born and raised in Chiang Mai. After an education at Princeton University, she worked as an economist at Bank of Thailand and World Bank. She has spent most of her life in the US and UK, but returned to live in Thailand from 2011-2015 when her two children attended Prem International School. Currently, she and her family are living in Princeton, NJ.
Small business owner and mother of 2 children
“My son started to look strange. He looked sick to me. Within 24 hours we left Chiang Mai.”
Alice moved to Chiang Mai at the end of 2007 with her husband and two young children. After a successful legal career in corporate and finance law in Prague, London and Amsterdam, Alice has focused on raising her children and pursued independent projects, including running a small business producing handmade designed toys, in Chiang Mai, Thailand.
Alice has a Master’s degree in law from the Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic and an LLM from University of California, Berkeley.
Alice’s children have attended Prem International School in Mae Rim since August 2008.