Chayanis Krittasudthacheewa

Chayanis Krittasudthacheewa
Asia Centre Deputy Director, Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI)

Dr. Chayanis Krittasudthacheewa is the Asia Centre Deputy Director of SEI based in Bangkok, Thailand. She has been working in the Mekong Countries for more than 20 years with extensive experience in leading multi-country projects with multi-disciplinary experts. She is strong in multi-stakeholder engagement, network development, programme management and coordination with the stakeholders across sectors and levels, monitoring, evaluation and learning, and specializes in the fields of hydrology, integrated water resources management, climate change adaptation and sustainable development.  

She has been managing and currently serving as the Director of Sustainable Mekong Research Network (SUMERNET,, a regional research network established in 2005 with current 400 network members for delivering credible research to influence sustainable development policy in the Mekong Region. Under current fourth phase of SUMERNET, SUMERNET 4 All (2018-2023), she led ten members of the Secretariat team and eight thematic advisors with the expertise in different fields to support 47 country teams including 177 individual grantees to implement various activities for reducing water insecurity for all, in particular poor, marginalized and socially vulnerable men and women in the Mekong Region.  

In Myanmar, she has been leading the Ayeyarwady Futures (2013-2014) and Chindwin Futures (2015-present), the programs that collaborated with state and non-state agencies to support evidence based multi-stakeholder engagement in water resources management and sustainable development in the Chindwin River Basin and Ayeyarwady River Basin. For the Water and Energy for Food: A Grand Challenge for Development (WE4F) South and Southeast Asia Regional Innovation Hub (RIH), she advises the RIH on technical and policy related issues in her role as the Regional Advisory Body Member.  

She previously served as the Steering Committee of the Mekong Program on Water, Environment and Resilience (M-POWER) and worked at the Mekong River Commission (MRC) to manage the hydro-meteorological database, conduct the hydrological studies and build relevant capacities of national line agencies in Cambodia, Lao PDR, Thailand and Vietnam in collaboration with MRC dialogue countries (China and Myanmar) and as a water resources engineer for a number of consulting firms in Thailand. She holds a Ph.D. in Hydrology and Water Resources Engineering from the University of Tokyo, Japan with two distinguished prizes.