Thaksin Shinawatra, 47, is the Deputy Prime Minister of
Thailand. He graduated with his doctorate in criminal
justice from Sam Houston State University in 1978. Shinawatra
was a member of the Royal Thai Police Department between
1973 and 1987. Between 1987 and 1994, he served as chairman
of Shinawatra Computer and Communications Group, a business
he formed and developed into a multi-million dollar industry.
Shinawatra was named foreign minister of Thailand in 1994,
and in 1995, he became the Palang Dharma party leader.
He then was appointed Deputy Prime Minister to be in charge
of traffic and transportation in Bangkok.
He is the founder of THAICOM Foundation, which initiated
the satellite education program for young children in
the remote areas who were otherwise unable to continue
their education in the secondary school.
Shinawatra is president of the Association of the Thai
Government Scholarship Students and of the Association
of the Police Cadet Academy. This year he received the
outstanding criminal justice alumnus award from SHSU.
Shinawatra was named the "1993 Outstanding Telecom Man
of the Year," a 1992 award in economical development
and the "1992 Asean Businessman of the Year."