Tarisa Watanagase

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Tarisa Watanagase
ธาริษา วัฒนเกส
Tarisa Wattanakes.jpg
Governor of the Bank of Thailand
In office
8 May 2006 – 30 September 2010
Preceded by Pridiyathorn Devakula
Succeeded by Prasarn Trairatvorakul
Personal details
Born (1949-11-30) 30 November 1949 (age 68)
Bangkok, Thailand
Alma mater Keio University
Washington University in St. Louis
Profession economist

Tarisa Watanagase (Thai: ธาริษา วัฒนเกส; RTGS: Tharisa Watthanaket;  [tʰāːrísǎː wáttʰánákèːt]; born 30 November 1949) is a former governor of the Bank of Thailand (2006–2010). She succeeded Pridiyathorn Devakula, who was appointed finance minister in the interim government. Tarisa was an assistant governor of the BoT and is the first female governor in the bank's 64-year history.[1]

An economist, Tarisa joined the central bank in 1975. She was appointed deputy governor in 1992. She graduated high school from Triam Udom Suksa School, Bachelor of Economics, Master of Economics from Keio University, Tokyo Japan and Doctor of Economics from Washington University in St. Louis, United States and training Advanced Management Programme, Harvard University and has experience in every key department, including monetary policy, money market, supervision and payment systems. She served as an economist at the International Monetary Fund from 1988 to 1990.[2] She speaks Thai, English, Japanese.


  1. ^ Thai News Agency, October 17, 2006. Thailand's central bank gets first female governor , MCOT.
  2. ^ Srisukkasem, Anoma. October 18, 2006.Tarisa becomes BOT's first female chief, The Nation.
Government offices
Preceded by
Pridiyathorn Devakula
Governor of the Bank of Thailand
Succeeded by
Prasarn Trairatvorakul