Mahidol University Alumni Relations
Simon Rendell 
National UNEP Goodwill Ambassador for Thailand

Alex Rendell started his interest in the environment at the age of 10 and
regularly goes on excursions to help injured wild elephants. With his
mentorship, Alex started to learn the importance of conservation.

This growing fascination at an early age would later resonate into a passion
for environmental conservation. In 2014, Alex used his public presence as
an actor to initiate a fundraiser and successfully adopted a baby elephant
named “Kwan Muang”. Now, relocated to the ‘Thai Elephants Conservation
Centre’ in Khao Yai “Kwan Muang” is specially trained as an educational
elephant to inspire people to act on wildlife protection.

Through Alex’s belief that knowledge with public participation are the key
to long-term conservation solutions of natural resources, he co-founded
EEC (Environmental Education Centre Thailand) in 2015. The centre
utilizes an innovative and progressive approach to learning the philosophy
of “EE” (Environmental Education) as initially introduced by UNESCO’s
‘Stockholm declaration’ in 1972.

With his interest in diving, Alex followed his dream in 2017 as he became
an avid enthusiast for conservation and saving the marine species through
his new role as a PADI dive instructor. He now certifies the young
generation conservationist.

Following EEC Thailand’s growing media presence, Alex was invited to
speak for ‘UN Environment Asia Pacific’ on the issue of air pollution, as
well as ‘Thailand Ministry of Natural Resources’ event on the topic of
lowering the use of plastics in the farmer’s markets. In addition, Alex is the
ambassador for the Tourism Authority of Thailand in promoting
sustainable tourism. He has a great passion in raising awareness of the
importance in educating the youth on environmental matters.
“Education is the key to conservation.”

– Alexander Simon Rendell –


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Published on: 20/09/2022 10:10 am

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Class of: 2020
Field: Social Science and Humanities
Faculty / Institute / College: Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities
Degree: Master of Arts (Environmental Social Sciences)