Dr. Eden Y Woon

The Board of Trustees of the Asian Institute of Technology (AIT) has unanimously approved the AIT Presidential Search Committee (PSC) recommendation to appoint Dr. Eden Y Woon as the next AIT President, effective 1 September 2018.

The communiqué of the AIT Board of Trustees is as follows:

19 May 2018

AIT President Designate Dr. Eden Y Woon

The Board of Trustees of the Asian Institute of Technology (AIT) at its most recent meeting, unanimously approved the AIT Presidential Search Committee (PSC) recommendation, to appoint Dr. Eden Y Woon as the next AIT President, effective 1 September 2018.  Dr. Woon is currently Vice Chairman of Alba Group Asia (Alba Group is one of the world’s leading recycling and environmental services companies, headquartered in Berlin.) He is also the Special Advisor to the Hong Kong-based Shaw Foundation, a charity organization which has been a strong supporter of education for decades, including awarding the prestigious global Shaw Prize in Astronomy, Life Science and Medicine, and Mathematical Sciences since 2004.

H.E. Dr. Subin Pinkayan, Chairman of the AIT Board of Trustees, congratulating the President designate, noted “2018 is going to be a year of transition from President Worsak Kanok-Nukulchai to new President Eden Y Woon.  It is very important to ensure a smooth transition that further consolidates and builds upon the good work carried out by President Worsak.  At this time of AIT’s development, someone like Dr. Woon with the diverse international background of academia, business, and military and the extensive management and leadership experiences in different sectors can help lead AIT to a new and exciting level with more global recognition.  Current President Worsak has done a superb job putting AIT on solid footing, and we are confident that Dr. Woon can build on that as AIT faces a crossroads when it approaches its 60th Anniversary.  We sincerely thank Professor Worsak for his significant contributions to AIT.”

H.E. Dr. Subin Pinkayan, Chairman of the AIT Board of Trustees, congratulating the President designate, noted “2018 is going to be a year of transition from President Worsak Kanok-Nukulchai to new President Eden Y Woon.  It is very important to ensure a smooth transition that further consolidates and builds upon the good work carried out by President Worsak.  At this time of AIT’s development, someone like Dr. Woon with the diverse international background of academia, business, and military and the extensive management and leadership experiences in different sectors can help lead AIT to a new and exciting level with more global recognition.  Current President Worsak has done a superb job putting AIT on solid footing, and we are confident that Dr. Woon can build on that as AIT faces a crossroads when it approaches its 60th Anniversary.  We sincerely thank Professor Worsak for his significant contributions to AIT.”

H.E. Dr. Subin Pinkayan, Chairman of the AIT Board of Trustees, congratulating the President designate, noted “2018 is going to be a year of transition from President Worsak Kanok-Nukulchai to new President Eden Y Woon.  It is very important to ensure a smooth transition that further consolidates and builds upon the good work carried out by President Worsak.  At this time of AIT’s development, someone like Dr. Woon with the diverse international background of academia, business, and military and the extensive management and leadership experiences in different sectors can help lead AIT to a new and exciting level with more global recognition.  Current President Worsak has done a superb job putting AIT on solid footing, and we are confident that Dr. Woon can build on that as AIT faces a crossroads when it approaches its 60th Anniversary.  We sincerely thank Professor Worsak for his significant contributions to AIT.”

In addition, Dr. Woon had a distinguished military/government career, having served in the US Air Force until 1993 when he retired as a Colonel—having been stationed in California, Colorado, Washington DC, and Beijing, China.  He was a computer analyst for the US Air Force Systems Command for four years, and his US Air Force Academy stint followed that.  From 1989 to 1994, he served as China policy advisor to the US Secretary of Defense and also was a member of the US Government team negotiating with North Korea on its nuclear program from 1991-1994.  He is a graduate of the National War College and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations in New York.

The Board expressed its deepest appreciation to the Presidential Search Committee headed by Dr. Anat Abhabhirama for the time and effort put in the very thorough process for the selection of the new President. The search process was initiated with the advertisement and announcement for the position made through various means on 15 April 2017 and concluded earlier this year.