Dr. Tavivat Puntarigvivat is currently the Director of the Institute of Research and Development at the World Buddhist University in Bangkok. He is also the Secretary General of the Outstanding Women in Buddhism Awards Committee.
After studying economics, philosophy and religion in Thailand, the United States and Japan, and an experience as a monk (bhikkhu), he has been teaching in the Comparative Religion program for over three decades in Thailand at Mahidol University where he chairs the graduate program in Comparative Religion since 1995.
Dr. Puntarigvivat has contributed to international conferences, such as the UNESCO conference on Religions in Peace and Conflict held in Melbourne, Australia, and the 19th World Congress of the International Association for the History of Religion, held in Tokyo, Japan in 2005. He was also invited by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to join a diplomatic cultural delegation from Thailand for official visits to Nepal, Bhutan, India, and Sri Lanka and to attend the 5th Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) Interfaith Dialogue in Seoul, Republic of Korea, in 2009.