Chitaphan Barnes

Special Assistant to the Vice President

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Orm’s focus on people means she is exactly the right person to coordinate communications between the vice president for people and our teams living and advising clients from our offices in 24 countries around Asia. Before joining BGA, Orm worked with our friends at the Royal Thai Embassy in Washington, D.C., where she conducted research on Thai-U.S. relations and handled day-to-day administrative support for leading diplomats. She also managed two programs at the embassy to promote better understanding of Thailand in the United States and to enhance involvement of Thai-American youth in U.S. politics.

Orm’s keen sense of timing and EQ have been honed while working in various roles including in the health care sector in Florida and the entertainment business in Thailand. Her love of her home country Thailand and her adopted country, the United States, is evident in her educational training and choice of partners. She did her undergraduate work at one of Thailand’s most prestigious universities and completed her MBA and married Michael here in the U.S.

  • Assistant to Political and Congressional Section, Royal Thai Embassy in Washington, DC. (2017- 2020)
  • Assistant to Public Affairs Section, Royal Thai Embassy in Washington, DC (2010-2013)
  • Billing Specialist, Suksanong and Suksanong, M.D.’s P.A. (2007- 2016)
  • Concert & Event Creative, RS Public Co., Ltd. (2002-2003)


  • Thailand
  • USA

Functional Expertise

  • Administrative & Management
  • Government Affairs
  • Operations


  • Administration
  • Entertainment
  • Government Affairs
  • Public Relations & Affairs
  • ­­­University of Tampa—Master of Business in Administration, Concentration in Marketing (2007)
  • Thammasat University— Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Mass Communications. Major in Radio and Television. Graduated with Honors (2002)