Tarisa Watanagase is well known as a former governor of the Bank of Thailand from 2006 to 2010, who became the first woman to head the central bank in its history 64 -year-old. She made a big contributions to the Bank of Thailand such as the modernization of the country’s payment system, for which she recieved a numerous awards and royal decorations including Commander (Third Class) Of The Most Noble Order Of The Crown of Thailand, Outstanding Leadership Award (Executive Level), the Bank of Thailand.
She graduated with Bachelor of Economics, Master of Economics from Keio University, Tokyo Japan and Doctor of Economics from Washington University in St. Louis and from Harvard University. Her long career at the center Bank began in 1975 where she was responsible for all major functions including economic research, banking sector policy and supervision, etc. She also served as a member of the Monetary Policy Committee and Financial Institution Policy Committee since 2001. She was appointed deputy governor in 1992.
She was married and has one daughter.