Meet Narongchai, Senior Vice President of Government & Public Affairs for the Glow Group
Specializing in the management of public affairs, Narongchai was educated in Thailand and in the US. He now holds a key post at Glow, a subsidiary of ENGIE in Thailand, which he has been working for since 1996. Discover his experience and his main goals as a leader of four different departments.
Interview with Narongchai for Human Energies N°7
Could you tell us a little about your background?
I graduated from Chulalongkorn University with a BA in Political Science before studying for a Master’s degree in Economics at the University of North Texas. After completing my MA in the US, I came back and worked as an army officer for two years at the National Defense College of Thailand. I then worked at the PTT Group as a business development coordinator, while studying for a Master’s degree in Business Administration at Kasetsart University. I have been working for Glow since 1996. I started out as head of Fuel Supply Management, and later moved to Business Development, before taking on my current role.
What is your position and role today?
I have been working as Senior Vice President in charge of Government & Public Affairs at the Glow Group for eight years now. My main job is to supervise four different departments: the IPP & SPP Contract Management Department, the Permitting Department, the CSR & Public Affairs Department and the Corporate Communications Department. In addition to this role, I also represent the Company in the Association of Private Power Producers (APPP), which I currently chair.
What is the most interesting and challenging project that you have worked on to date?
Given the diverse nature of the teams I supervise, a variety of skills and knowledge are required to manage them. These skills include business and legal expertise, as well as coordination and negotiation skills. The most challenging project would be our most recent IPP Coal fired project – Gheco-One. Developing a coal-fired power plant in Thailand is quite difficult, due to the range of stakeholders involved. There is a lot to be learned from a project like this, experience which you cannot gain at University.
Has this project marked your career and has it influenced any subsequent decisions on your part?
This project has been one of the highlights of my career. I have learnt a lot from it, and this doesn’t only apply to me; I believe that Glow will also benefit from this project in terms of its reputation and image for being a sustainable developer that cares for the environment and for society. We are gradually moving forward in terms of sustainable development and that is our goal.
What are your plans, what would you like to do in the future?
Since starting at Glow, I have worked in various fields. Given the situation of the Thai Energy Market, Glow’s maturity, and the ENGIE and Glow sustainable development policies, one of the major challenges for me is to encourage my team to support our company throughout this period of energy transition, and to ultimately become a leading player in the energy sector in Thailand and its neighboring countries.