BELGIAN chocolatier Jean-Louis has been raising standards in the chocolate industry in Thailand for over 20 years. Paul Graindorge founded Gallothai in 1993 and in 1999 his son Jean-Louis took over the management of the company. In 20 years, Gallothai grew to become a significant player in the Thai chocolate scene, be it by supplying major hotels and restaurants with its treats or by opening Duc de Praslin chocolateries in Bangkok, Phuket, Chiang Mai and Pattaya. He established Belco Confectionery Co., Ltd in 2001 to produce chocolate raw materials in Thailand as opposed to importing it from abroad, and to supply the local industrial sector. Jean-Louis is also the Managing Director of Puratos, which manufactures raw materials for the bakery, patisserie and chocolate sectors.
Art & Design
ELIZABETH Romhild, a Bangkok-based Danish-Armenian painter, sculptor and designer, has lived and worked in Bangkok since 1988. Born in Denmark to an Armenian-Iranian father and Danish mother, she spent her childhood in Iran and as an adult, hopped through Saudi Arabia, America and Indonesia before settling in Thailand nearly three decades ago. From a successful career in painting and sculpturing, she has now embarked on showing her style on fine porcelain through Elizabeth Romhild Design. Along with her gallery in Denmark, Elizabeth’s work can be found in Bangkok at her ‘home’ gallery, La Lanta Fine Art.
Karma Sound Studios
Chris Craker, Founder
AWARD-WINNING musician and producer Cris Craker has operated at the very forefront of the music industry for over 30 years. Chris has worked with many of the world’s finest artists on the music and film industry. Most recently, he produced the soundtrack for the Oscar-nominated ‘Interstellar’. After climbing to the top of the British music industry, he picked the sleepy fishing village of Bang Saray to build his world-class music studio.
Wildlife Friends Foundation
Edwin Wiek, Founder
WFFT was founded in 2001 by Edwin Wiek with the help of the local people from Petchaburi province, including the Abbot of Wat Khao Look Chang who loaned a large piece of land to the foundation to house rescued animals. The NGO is a nationwide effort involved in rescuing domesticated/captive wild animals.
With the help of full-time staff, mostly from the local village, and a team of international volunteers, Edwin heads the project made possible by joining passionate people on a mission to rescue and rehabilitate animals as far as is feasible, allowing them to live the rest of their lives in a safe environment and as close to nature as possible.
Pieter Compernol and Stephanie Grusenmeyer, Founders and Design Directors
PIETER and Stephanie arrived in Thailand 14 years ago, and what was supposed to be a one-year sabbatical took a very different turn. They established P.Tendercool, a Bangkok based, Belgian run design studio specialized in bespoke handmade furniture for interior designers, hospitality and private clients.
Established in 2010, the company uses antique or reclaimed wood to create tables of all shapes and sizes, leather chairs & stools and recently developed their first collection of sofas and daybeds. Their gallery sits in a heritage building in the middle of the Creative District in Bangkok, Warehouse30, next to the Thai Cultural Design Centre, a must visit for all things creative.
Development & sustainability
The Beaumont Partnership
Tim Beaumont, Founder and Managing Director
TIM Beaumont has run the award-winning architectural, interior, and landscape firm The Beaumont Partnership for almost a quarter of a century with remarkable success. Born in Norfolk, England, the naturalised Thai is also the founder of the Beaumont Partnership Foundation and the Beaumont Ruam Pattana School, a thoroughly modern, architect-inspired project whose primary aim is to provide free quality education to underprivileged children in the Northeast of Thailand.
Screenwriter and Film Director
BRITON Paul Spurrier was the first foreign filmmaker to direct a full-length Thai-language feature movie, the 2005 supernatural P. He appeared in more than thirty different roles, with credits including Anna Karenina and The Lost Boys for the BBC, and settled in Thailand over 10 years ago. Release in 2016, The Forest was praised internationally and won awards overseas. Paul’s most recent work, Eullenia, is a dark psychological tale about the power that can result from wealth and was the successful opener of this year’s Bangkok Asean Film Festival.
The Comedy Club Bangkok
To produce professional English language comedy shows including open mic and professional stand-up, improv comedy, improvised sketch comedy, films, gameshows and panel shows. To bring a more international comedy (stand-up) circuit to and from Bangkok working closely with other comedy clubs and organizations in S.E Asia and beyond. To arrange corporate event planning for Thailand’s corporate clients providing entertainment such as improv and stand-up comedy for corporate events such as business dinners, product launches, themed parties, conferences, seminars and much more.