Former Political Science and Law lecturer at Chiang Mai University, Chamnan has a professional background as a human rights activist. He has taken a stand against coup d’états and was also a key driver in the movement to finalise the draft act for the Chiang Mai Self Governing. He was once appointed as the Chairperson of the Amnesty International Thailand Board Member.
Chamnan was born on November 10, 1957. He earned two bachelor degrees, one in Political Science from Chulalongkorn University, the other in Law from Sukhothai Thammathirat Open University. He received his master’s degree in Political Science from Chiang Mai University and Graduate Diploma in Public Law from Thammasat University. As an avid human rights activist, he attained various classes, which earned him certificates in different areas from environmental protection to administration of justice.
Chamnan has led many movements and networks that promote local development in Chiang Mai province, as the president of The Peaceful Homeland Network, Senior Director of the Eco Town and president of Chiang Mai Wine Lovers Club.
Chamnan is also a column writer for several online newspapers and has a regular article published on the pub-law.net website. He has written ‘Human Rights, for the New Generations’, a book published by Rich publishing.
Chamnan received many awards throughout his career. He was awarded best civil service officer from Chiang Mai province in 1994. In the same year, he received another award from the Minister of Interior. He also received an award as honourable alumni during the 60th anniversary of the faculty of political science, Chulalongkorn University in 2007.
Why Future Forward
Chamnan was pushing for the finalisation of the draft act for the Chiang Mai Self Governing, however, the effort was postponed due to the military coup d’état in 2014. He believes that in order for democracy to flourish, there needs to be a degree of decentralisation. Despite receiving the invite by many political parties, Chamnan decided to join Future Forward after having discussions with current Leader of the party, Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit. As a Deputy Leader, Chamnan wishes to promote Self Determination Rights of provinces in Thailand to ensure democracy can be fostered.