Ambassador of Thailand to Australia
Mrs. Nantana Sivakua took up the assignment as Ambassador of the Kingdom of Thailand to the Commonwealth of Australia on 27 February 2018, and presented the Letter of Credence to His Excellency General the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove, the Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia on 18 April 2018.
Before her mission in Canberra, from March 2017 to February 2018, Ambassador Nantana was the Director-General of Department of American and South Pacific Affairs, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Thailand, taking charge of bilateral relations between Thailand and countries in the American Continent and the South Pacific, including Australia. Between January 2016 and March 2017, she was the Ambassador attached to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, with special assignment on the promotion of the concept “Sufficiency Economy Philosophy (SEP)” to international partners of Thailand.
She also served as Deputy Director General of the Department of East Asian Affairs (2009-2011), Director of Cultural Affairs Division, Information Department (2007-2009), and Director of Division 1 (Malaysia, Singapore, Brunei Darussalam, and the Philippines), East Asian Affairs Department (2000-2003). She also worked as Deputy Director of Political Division, Department of International Organizations (1994-2000).
Her overseas assignment included postings as Deputy Chief of Mission (with the rank of Minister) at the Royal Thai Embassy, Ottawa (2012-2015), the Royal Thai Embassy, Washington DC (2011-2012), and as Deputy Consul General at the Royal Thai Consulate General, Los Angeles (2003-2007).
Ambassador Nantana was born and raised in Bangkok. She attended Saint John’s College and Triam U-dom Suksa School in Bangkok. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Chulalongkorn University in Thailand, and a Master of Arts in Government (International Relations) from the University of Texas at Austin, in the United States of America. She is married with one child.