Bachelor of Laws, Chulalongkorn University, 1979. Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy, Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University, 1981. Master of Laws, Harvard Law School, 1982.
Doctor of Juridical Science, Harvard Law School, 1985. Doctor of Philosophy in Public Administration (honorary), Eastern Asian University, 2006.
President Institute Society & Economic Policy, 1997—2001. Chairman executive board Petroleum Authority Thailand, 1999—2000. Policy advisory to prime minister Government of Thailand, Bangkok, 1988—1991, advisory to National Assembly, 1989—1991, policy advisor to prime minister on economic affairs, 1992, minister finance, 1995—1996, minister foreign affairs, 2001—2005, deputy prime minister, 2005—2006.
Chairman Foundation for the Institute of Social and Economic Policy. Honorary advisory Eastern Asia University Council.
Married Suthawan Sathirathai.