40 Under 40: Dr Saran “Paan” Wanglee
This businessman, holding degrees from Oxford and Sasin, is following in the family tradition of entrepreneurship as well as preserving culture. The family business Navakij Insurance, where Dr. Saran “Paan” Wanglee holds an executive position, is one of Thailand’s leading underwriters. But Saran is more than just about business – he has invested years in research. He has two Master’s Degrees in engineering and business, and a Ph.D from Chulalongkorn University, and in the past few years, has demonstrated a flair for history and art as well. Lhong 1919, a property owned by the Wanglees, was once a riverside office and warehouse space in dire need of repair. Under Saran’s direction, the Sino-heritage building and its surroundings have been brought back to life, and is now home to a shrine, an art-and-crafts shop, as well as an artistic and event space.