Surin Pitsuwan is the current Chair of the International IDEA Board of Advisers. He is Professor Emeritus at Thammasat University, co-chair of the Commission on Human Security and Honorary Advisor under the King Prajadhipok Institute, and also serves the Future Innovative Thailand Institute as chairman.
Pitsuwan served as Secretary General of the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) (2008–2012); a member of the parliament of Thailand since 1986. He served as Thailand's minister of foreign affairs (1992–2001), and has also served as deputy foreign affairs minister and assistant secretary to the minister of the interior.
Pitsuwan has been a Trustee of the Asia Foundation since 2003.