It was only fitting that Mechai Viravaidya was the mentor for the AAA’s inaugural mentoring sessions. Ajarn Mechai’s is one of the country’s most prominent alumni with a life-long career of service to Thai society. While he was a Cabinet minister, Ajarn Mechai acted as a catalyst for change by promoting the use of condoms and population control. Later, he was also instrumental in urging government to act aggressively in combating HIV-AIDS. More recently, he spearheads the drive to urge the private sector to be involved in promoting schools as centers of learning and sustainable, economic activity for communities.