About Me


My name is Mathis Lohatepanont, and I go by Ken. I am currently a researcher at the Thailand Development Research Institute in Bangkok. I focus on innovation policy, which I believe to be vitally important for Thailand in escaping the middle income trap. I graduated in 2020 with a B.A. in Political Science from the University of California, Berkeley.

I have a special interest in the politics of Thailand and the broader Southeast and East Asia regions. As an avid writer, I am a regular contributor to Thai Enquirer. My work has also been published in the Bangkok Post, Asia Times and openDemocracy, among other outlets. My research and writing can be found in this portfolio. I’m also passionate about making politics engaging and accessible to a general audience; my explainers on Thai politics and history can be found in these projects.

On campus, I previously served as Chair of the ASUC Student Union Board of Directors and Chief Communications Officer for UC Berkeley’s student government and an independent non-profit, the ASUC. I currently sit on the Berkeley Club of Thailand’s leadership committee.

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 ken.lohatepanont@gmail.com.