A Thai physician and politician Wannarat Channukul is well known as Minister of Energy in the cabinet of Abhisit Vejjajiva from 2008 to 2011 and Minister of Industry in the cabinet of Yingluck Shinawatra from 2011 to 2012. Wannarat Channukul has been decorated with the special class not only of the Order of the White Elephant but also of the Order of the Crown of Thailand for his great contributions.
Wannarat Channukul graduated from Chulalongkorn University with an M.D. and from the Sukhothai Thammathirat Open University with an LL.B. before receiving Master of Public Health degree from the University of Hawaii. Afterward, he served as a doctor at the Maharaj Nakhon Ratchasima Hospital. He was selected to the parliament to represent Nakhon Ratchasima Province and the National Development Party in 1992 prior to being a member of the Thai Rak Thai Party of Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra from 2004 to 2007.
Wannarat was married to Temsiri Channukul, a high school teacher.