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JCA 2017 Workshop Speaker

Thomas Abbott

COUNTRY PROJECT MANAGER OF CARE FOR CHILDREN

careforchildren.com

Thomas Abbott grew up in the Himalayas of North Pakistan where his parents worked in International Development, specifically agriculture. Thomas majored in History and Media Arts at the University of Surrey, and following the completion of his degree, his interest in International Development took him to Shanghai, China where he worked with the British Council. In 2003 he joined Care for Children as their Media and PR officer in Beijing.

In 2012, Thomas took on a new role as Country Project Manager and moved with his wife Rachel to Chiang Mai, Thailand to establish Care for Children's first pilot project outside of China. The Thailand project has been a great success, and following an agreement with the government, the project looks to expand to 15 new sites throughout Thailand. Based now in Hanoi, Vietnam, Thomas has been a core member of Care for Children for the past 13 years and continues with many responsibilities including oversight of SE Asia for Care for Children.