Maneekwan was born in New York City, New York and grew up in Bangkok, the capital city of Thailand. She received a B.A. in Economics with a Second Class Honors in 2002 from Thammasat University (international program) in Bangkok, Thailand. She further pursued her interest in economic policy by achieving Master of Public Policy with Merit from the Australian National University, Canberra, Australia in 2003.
Her research interests include public administration, public policy, and public finance and budgeting.
Maneekwan has worked at the Fiscal Policy Office, Ministry of Finance of The Royal Thai Government since 2004. The Fiscal Policy Office (FPO) is the key economic policy advising agency to Thailand’s finance Minister. The Ministry of Finance provided a scholarship for Maneekwan to pursue a Ph.D. in the United States, and reserved her job until she graduated. She began her doctoral studies at KU in the fall of 2007, and completed her degree in Spring, 2013.
Her dissertation is entitled: Public Management as Citizen Compliance: A Case Study of Income Tax Compliance in Thailand
Upon her return to Thailand, Maneekwan was promoted to the Professional Level Economist position in the Tax Policy Bureau. Maneekwan’s work entails analyzing the merits of tax policy and providing recommendations to improve Thailand’s tax system. Her current projects include developing a new environmental taxation act, restructuring custom duties and organizing an academic seminar for the Asia-Pacific region.
Maneekwan is also in the process of gaining admittance to High Performance and Potential Systems (HIPPs), which is Thailand’s system to prepare and promote career development of high potential government officials to the senior professional level. Maneekwan says HIPPs is a highly selective and competitive program, with only one percent of government officials throughout Thailand chosen to participate.Maneekwan says she was searching for the top public administration programs in the U.S. when she found KU’s program, and says she was inspired to be a part of the academic excellence of one of the top ten public administration programs in the United States.
“And, I made the right decision,” Maneekwan states. “KU was the perfect place for me, not only for academic excellence, but also for the warm and welcoming faculty and colleagues that a larger program would not be able to offer. Lawrence is also a beautiful college town - the ideal place to concentrate on study and enjoy KU basketball.”