Paiboon Wattanasiritham is an independent social development worker with emphasis on holistic societal development while paying special attention to local community empowerment, decentralisation in national administration, deliberative democracy promotion, promotion of the culture of peace and peacebuilding processes, holistic health promotion, promotion of goodness, virtues,morality and ethics. Between October 2006 and February 2008 he was part of a transitional government holding the position of Minister of Social Development and Human Security and subsequently also the position of Deputy Prime Minister for Social Affairs.
Paiboon’s working life has been diverse. Starting with being an officer and then an executive in the Bank of Thailand (Central Bank) (1967-1980) , he became President of the Stock Exchange of Thailand(1980-1982), Executive Vice President of the Thai Danu Bank
(a commercial bank) (1983-1988), President of the Foundation for Thailand Rural Reconstruction Movement (a civil society organization) (1988-1997), Managing Director of the Urban Community Development Office ( a semi-autonomous government unit) (1992-1997), Senator (1996-2000), Director General of the Government Savings Bank (a government bank)(1997-2000) , Chairperson of the Community Organizations Development Institute (Public Organization) (a semi-autonomous public body) (2000-2004), and Member of the National Economic and Social Advisory Council (2001-2005).
Paiboon was born in 1941 . He graduated with B.Sc. (Economics) at University of Hull in England. He has also been awarded with Honorary Ph.D. from 3 Universities in Thailand. He is married with 1 son, 1 daughter ,and 3 grandchildren.