Mr. Monthian Buntan has served as a Senator of the Upper House of the Royal Thai Parliament since 2008. He has been blind since birth. After serving as a university lecturer for eight years, Senator Monthian left his stable teaching career to become a full time social activist in 2002. He has served in a number of positions within the organized blind movement in Thailand, currently in his second four-year term as president of the Thailand Association of the Blind. His role in the World Blind Union (WBU) began officially in 1996 as one of the blind youth committee members before he was elected to serve as a WBU executive committee member in 2000.
Mr. Buntan is proud to be a part of two major contributions: the World Summit on Information Society (WSIS) from which the first disability-inclusive policy documents in the mainstream society at the international level were created, and the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD), which is the first thematic international human rights law for persons with disabilities and the first international human rights treaty of the twenty-first century. Mr. Buntan strives to make information and communication technologies accessible to all, including people who are blind. His favorite slogan is "I've given up on giving up." Senator Monthian earned his Master’s degree from the University of Minnesota.