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Faced with the rapid transition to Industry 4.0, Thailand is struggling to meet demands for a workforce equipped with high-tech knowledge and skills. Since WD has the advantage of cutting-edge technologies in its facilities, WD established the Center of Excellence to help equip people from a broad range of society with technical knowledge. With access to our technology, we're helping people create ground-breaking innovations.
This WD initiative aims to enhance the knowledge and skills of Thailand’s future workforce, which will lead to long-term and sustainable development of the country's technology sector.
About the Speaker
Mr. Sampan Silapanad has been actively involved with the Hard Disk Drive (HDD) industry since the start of HDD manufacturing investment in Thailand almost 40 years ago. He has a background in engineering and has worked for Seagate Technology, Hitachi Global Storage Technology, and Western Digital.
For more than 30 years, Sampan has been responsible for the development of workforce in the tech sector. This experience exposed him to the difficulties the Thai workforce faces in adjusting to rapidly evolving and unpredictable technological advances, making it uncompetitive in the world’s productivity rankings. Thailand also faces issues surrounding the middle income trap, income inequality, and an aging society, all of which prevent the country from rising as a nation known for social and economic prosperity.
That is why Sampan is passionate about focusing WD’s CSR projects on the country’s educational development.