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Pisan Manawapat is the forty-fourth Thai ambassador extraordinary and plenipotentiary to the United States. Prior to this role, he served as Thai ambassador to the European Union, Belgium, Luxembourg, India, and Canada. In December 2011, Manawapat was bestowed with the Most Exalted Order of the White Elephant, Thailand’s highest royal decoration for senior public servants. From 2004 to 2007, he served as the ministry’s deputy permanent secretary supervising all bilateral relations. He was also Thailand’s chief negotiator for the Japan-Thailand Economic Partnership Agreement. Manawapat earned a B.S. and M.S. in economics, majoring in international trade, from the London School of Economics and Political Science. He also completed Thailand’s National Defence College in 2003.