Personal Profile

Name: Suratsawadee Phanthuvet Oblak
Nationality:     Thai
Residency: Calgary, Alberta, Canada
E-mail: sp.oblak@gmail.com

Personal description

I am an enthusiastic and ambitious person. I am also a good learner and like to develop myself and become better at what I am doing. Besides, I like to do things properly, with high quality and make sure that goals are achieved. I am an honest, friendly, understanding person and have a sense of humour. I love reading, politics, food and culture, travelling and exploring the world. I have been to more than 20 countries, and have lived in U.A.E., Denmark, and had a long stay in Australia.
I have experience from and like working and studying in an international environment. My education and work experience have developed my skills to communicate and work well with people from various countries and backgrounds.


Aug. 2008Aalborg University, Denmark
MSc in Development and International Relations
  • An intensive two-year course with semester project work (thesis) on the subjects of International Studies, Culture, Identity and Politics, International Organisation, Political Economy, and Development Studies
  • Master’s Thesis: "Livelihoods Dilemma in Mekong Development: A study of the Upper Mekong Navigation Project" (more details)
  • Internship with an institution/organisation in combination with individual semester Thesis: "Can a pandemic be stopped by information and participation. A study on the Bird Flu case in Thailand" (more details)
  • Group Semester Thesis: "Policy and Implementation: The Dilemma of Sustainable Development. A study on Oil, Shell and Nigeria" (more details)
  • Group Semester Thesis: "Education for Development – A study of conventional and alternative education with a focus on Cuba, Tanzania, and Mozambique" (more details)

Oct. 1996Chiang Mai University, Thailand
B.A. in Political Science
  • A four-year programme which includes teaching in English language, political theory, central and local government, international politics, governments of Europe, Japan, and U.S.A., law, public administration and management, and a course in quantitative research.

Mar. 1993Mahavajiravudh School, Thailand
Upper Secondary Certificate
  • Math-Science Programme

Mar. 1990Woranareechalerm School, Thailand
Lower Secondary Certificate

Work Experience

Feb. 2010 – Oct. 2010Copenhagen, Denmark
The Humanitarian Water and Food Award
Research and selection team volunteer
  • Research, interview, and evaluate applicants for the award
  • Summarize applicant data for organization’s blog
  • Correspond with applicants

Aug. 2005 – Nov. 2005Bangkok, Thailand
Thailand Environment Institute
Intern Student in Urbanisation and Environment Programme
  • Assist with on-going research e.g. information search, interviews, and writing drafts
  • Translating and editing research papers from Thai to English
  • Communication with institute’s partners
  • Attend and help prepare activities and events organised by the Urbanisation and Environment Programme

Jul. 1998 – Jul. 2001Dubai, U.A.E
Emirates Airline
Stewardess (Economy, Business, and First Class)
  • Providing service and safety for passengers
  • Galley operation and catering
  • In charge of service and other cabin crews as Senior Flight Steward

May 1997 – Jan. 1998Bangkok, Thailand
Thammawut Interlaw and Accounts
Administrative Clerk
  • Subsidiary of International Asset Management company
  • Processing and filing customer accounts
  • Communication with company’s offices overseas
  • General secretarial tasks

Mar. 1996 – Apr. 1996Bangkok, Thailand
Royal Thai Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Intern Student in Press Division, Department of Information
  • Briefing news reports on society, politics, and economy related to Thailand for Thai embassies around the world


May 2006 – Aug. 2006ANU College, Canberra, Australia
Certificate of Completion, 15-week Intensive English Language Course

April 2004 – May 2004Access International Language Centre, Toronto, Canada
Certificate of Achievement, 8-week Intensive TOEFL preparation Programme

Feb. 2003 – Dec. 2003Århus Commune Language Centre, Århus, Denmark
Certificate of Danish as Second Language, (Almenprøve 2)

Aug. 2003 – Dec. 2003Århus Commune Language Centre, Århus, Denmark
Certificate of Danish for Educational Purposes, (DUF)

Oct. 2000 – Oct. 2000Emirates Training College, Dubai, U.A.E
Certificate of Completion, Cabin Crew Training Programme for First Class

Jan. 2000 – Jan. 2000Emirates Training College, Dubai, U.A.E
Certificate of Completion, Cabin Crew Training Programme for Business Class

Jul. 1998 – Aug. 1998Emirates Training College, Dubai, U.A.E
Certificate of Completion, A Course on Cabin Crew


Microsoft Office (Word/Excel/PowerPoint) - Advanced

Language Ability

    mother tongue
    Fluent (Master's programme taught entirely in English)
    Fair (2003: DUF score 8-9, Almenprøve 2 score 9-10)

Interests and Activities

Travelling, reading, world politics, food and culture, cooking and baking, bowling, church fellowship and service

Stays Abroad

Apr. 2006 – Sep. 2006    Canberra, Australia
Apr. 2004 – May 2004    Toronto, Canada
Jul. 1998 – Jul. 2001    Dubai, U.A.E

Volunteer Experience

2010Copenhagen, Denmark
Water and Food Award
  • Assessing applications for the award and communicating with applicants
  • Researching and inviting potential candidates for the award

2009Copenhagen, Denmark
Cross-Over: AIDS-Foundation’s department for Ethnic Minorities
  • Disseminating information about HIV/AIDS

2008Copenhagen, Denmark
First International Baptist Church, Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Participating in the team preparing for refreshments and cleaning up

2003Århus Denmark
Kirkens Korshær
  • As part of language training, assisting in the second hand shop
  • Corresponding with foreign prisoners in Bangkok, Thailand, and help communicating their basic needs to Kirkens Korshær

2002Århus Denmark
Christian Church
  • Cooking for seventy people participating in Cross Cultural Centre Conference (Tværkulturelt Center Conference)
  • Help preparing for refreshments and cleaning up (International Church service)
  • Scripture reading (International Church service)

1993 – 1996Chiang Mai University, Thailand
Political Science Department, Faculty of Social Science
  • Student tutor
  • Arranging information displays about education, social, economic, and political issues
  • Participating in Winter Project: gathering and distributing clothes to poor people in rural area
  • Participating in voters education up to election


Upon Request

Last update: Jul. 27 2011


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