Saisuree Chutikul


School of Education Distinguished Alumni Award (2017)
School of Education
M.S., 1957; PhD, 1962


Saisuree Chutikul has dedicated her life and career to shaping global human rights policy. She was a member of Thailand's United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women and vice chair of the U.N. Committee on the Rights of the Child, and she represented Thailand for 12 years on the U.N. Commission on the Status of Women. She was also a cabinet minister responsible for Women's Affairs, Children and Youth and Social Development, and a senator who chaired the Senate Standing Committee on Women, Children and Youth from 1996 to 2000.

Saisuree serves on various national committees including Combating Human Trafficking; Women's Affairs; Children's and Youth's Affairs. She also serves as vice chair on Early Childhood Development and as advisor on the Law Reform in Compliance with the Constitution and the Convention on the Rights of the Child. She also was appointed by the U.N. secretary-general to be a member of the Board of Trustees for the U.N. Voluntary Trust Fund for Victims of Trafficking. Saisuree received her Master of Science in educational administration in 1957 and her doctorate in educational psychology, counseling and guidance in 1962, both from IU.