The Secretariat of the Towards Organic Asia (TOA) is based in Bangkok under the management of School for Wellbeing Studies and Research and Suan Nguen Mee Ma Social Enterprise.
Wallapa van Willenswaard
Wallapa van Willenswaard spent 10 years in the trade-show business after graduated from Chulalongkorn University, and turned to work for the non-profit organization named Spirit in Education Movement (SEM) as its pioneering Director, 1996-2001. In 2001, founded Suan Nguen Mee Ma (Garden of Fruition) social enterprise in Bangkok and she is the Managing Director until present. She’s also a member of the Board of Directors of the Sathirakoses – Nagapradipa Foundation and active in the Executive Committee of the International Network of Engaged Buddhists (INEB). She is in charge of School for Wellbeing as the Managing Director as well.
Hans van Willenswaard
Hans was born in Netherlands and lives in Thailand since 2000. His former experiences were in Youth leadership development,community and international development. After moving to Thailand, He joint the work with Sulak Sivaraksa, and he met Wallapa whom together with him founded Suan Nguen Mee Ma (Garden of Fruition) social enterprise in Bangkok. Afterwards, various projects emerged from the social enterprise and “school”: the Towards Organic Asia (TOA) programme; “New Spirit”; the MINDFUL MARKETS novement and Chulalongkorn University Right Livelihood Summer School (CURLS). Now, he works as the Advisor of School for Wellbeing and TOA programme.
She lived at Wongsanit Ashram for many years and was activity coordinator for SEM, GNH3, EcoVillages and INEB. She works part-time as Director of Wongsanit Ashram and part-time for TOA.
Kittikhun is a program coordinator in CURLS summer school programme under the framework of School for Wellbeing, Studies and Research. He is also a co-worker in some TOA activities.