AYLP Thailand Staff
Deena Mansour, Associate Director
As a first generation American and child of Egyptian immigrants, Deena Mansour has a lifelong interest in international educational exchange. She holds a Master’s of Public Administration and undergraduate degrees in international relations and economics. She has studied or worked in Indonesia, Egypt, Belgium, Tunisia, and what was then the Soviet Union. Her travels have taken her to more than 40 countries throughout East and Southeast Asia; Europe; and the Americas. She has served as a U.S. diplomat, a designer of international programs at the Institute of International Programs, and as a community relations director in the private sector for a Dow Jones community newspaper. Deena is married with two children and has enjoyed making her home in Montana for 11 years.
Phone: (406) 243-2713
Fax: (406) 243-2181
Kelsey Stamm, Project Manager
Kelsey Stamm manages the AYLP Thailand program and the Professional Fellows Program, as well as the past AYLP programs. She is a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer from El Salvador, where she worked with local government and non-profits to improve municipal services and community participation in development projects. Upon her return to the US, she worked as a grant writer and outreach coordinator for international conservation non-profit, Ecology Project International (EPI). She holds a Master's degree in Political Science and undergraduate degrees in Political Science and Women's Studies.
Payong Srithong, Farmer and Consultant on Organic Agriculture and Environmental Management
Payong Srithong is an ecological farmer and founder of AGRECO, a civil society organization based in Danchang, Suphanburi, Thailand. Trained as a political scientist at Thammasart University, he quit political theories and switched to agriculture and natural resource management. He works to preserve local wisdom and biodiversity and to promote ecological agriculture and sustainable resource management among the rural poor and Karen people in Thailand. Srithong has received a number of awards, including the Ashoka Fellowship for his entrepreneurships and innovation in promotion of organic agriculture for improvement of quality of life of the rural poor.