Hello, and welcome to my blog!
My name is Mathis (Ken) Lohatepanont. Originally from Bangkok, Thailand, I am currently a student majoring in political science at the University of California, Berkeley.
My interests are diverse, but I’ve outlined three things I do here.
I write to promote political literacy.
I believe that writing can help bring about positive political and social change. I write to make political science, history and other social sciences more engaging and accessible to everyone so that we can all work together to better democracy both in Thailand and worldwide. My journey in politics began during the 2013-2014 protests in Bangkok. In 2015, I went to the forefront of the efforts to improve Thailand’s political system by working in the public relations team of the Constitution Drafting Committee. I continue to analyze Thai politics along with advocating for democratic reform and national development. I also write about global politics, especially in the United States. I’ve been interviewed by the BBC and published in newspapers and online magazines such as the the Bangkok Post. My work has been recognized in the media and by the Council of International Schools. Recently, I wrote The Story of Thai Democracy, a history of Thailand since the 1932 revolution and Thailand in Crisis, an account of the political crisis since 2001.
I strive to build better organizations.
No organization can excel without a strong focus on managing human capital. I developed an interest in organizational culture, theories of motivation and the future of work in high school. Since then, I’ve pursued this passion by interning for Korn Ferry Hay Group, a global human resources consultancy, where I had the chance to work on various projects related to organizational structure design, change management and leadership development. At the ASUC (UC Berkeley’s student government), I continually look for better ways to motivate my staff and to create a positive learning experience for new members.
I use the intersection of marketing and the humanities to solve problems.
I run marketing and communications for the ASUC, where I strive to promote a positive public perception of the ASUC in order to facilitate its advocacy and legislative work. In my role as Chief Communications Officer, I manage press relations, branding strategy, social media, physical outreach and internal communications. I am also a part of DiversaTech, a tech consulting organization that combines students from both STEM, business and humanities backgrounds to create solutions for clients.
If you’d like to contact me, please don’t hesitate to comment directly on one of my posts, tweet to me @KenLWrites, or email me at email@example.com.