Premrudee Daoroung is an environmental campaigner. Her works on the Mekong region is with a focus on the impact of large-scale hydropower dams and agribusiness on natural resources and the livelihoods of people who rely on them.
She worked with the group Towards Ecological Recovery and Regional Alliance (TERRA) for 23 years, serving as director and co-director for the past 17 years. She was based in Vientiane, Laos, from 1993-1996 and has focused on environmental and livelihood issues – including dams, large scale plantations. Since the end of 2013, her work on Laos focus on the enforced disappearance of development worker leader Sombath Somphone .
In 2008, she was one of the founding and coordinating team members of “Save the Mekong Coalition” (StM), the network to protect the Mekong River from large scale hydropower dams. That year, she was also appointed by the Thai cabinet, to be the only civil society representative among 9 committee members to select the first National Energy regulator of Thailand.
Premrudee has been involved with the ASEAN movement since 2009 and was a co-chair of the Steering Committee for ASEAN Civil Society Conference/ASEAN People’s Forum (ACSC/APF) 2014, held in Yangon, Myanmar. Being involved with ACSC/APF, Premrudee was one of the contributors and peer reviewers of the report “Corporate Accountability in ASEAN: A Human Rights-Based Approach” that released in 2013 as a joint product among the environment and human rights organisations in Southeast Asia.
Premrudee has now established the organization “Project SEVANA South-East Asia” to expand her focus from the Mekong across the South East Asian region and bring together key social, human rights and environmental issues.
She has been a guest lecturer at Thammasat and Chulalongkorn universities in Thailand and other academic institutes internationally.