Getting to Know Philipp Graf von Hardenberg President and CEO of Thanyapura
German born Philipp Graf von Hardenberg is known for his stellar career covering areas as diverse as business coach, entrepreneur, financier, educator, hotelier, fund-raiser, and philanthropist. He was instrumental in turning around the fortunes of the first International School in Berlin; set up Steven Spielberg’s Shoah Foundation in Germany and played a leadership role in building Ritz-Carlton Hotels into a global five-star luxury brand. He is well known in the Andaman region for his swift and effective actions following the 2004 tsunami. He founded and drove the success of the Yaowawit School, a government-approved, public welfare boarding school looking after Thai children from unfortunate backgrounds.In April 2014, he joined Thanyapura Phuket and Phuket International Academy (PIA) as Chairman of the Executive Board with its superb facilities in Phuket’s north-east, which is where we spoke with him. PIA is now working towards becoming a UWC (United World College).
What is your key mission as CEO of Thanyapura?
Our overall mission is to bring body, mind and soul together to function and perform to the very best of each individual’s potential what comes to us, be that for education at Phuket International Academy (PIA); for training and performance optimization at our Sports and Health Center for world class athletes and everyday people alike; or for mindfulness, brain functioning and emotional well being at our Mind Center. Through integrating all these aspects in the adults and children,who come to us we aim to help them achieve balance and happiness in their lives and endeavors.
What specific future developments are planned for Thanypura?
PIA is expanding significantly from the kindergarten through to the International Baccalaureate Diploma programme for the oldest students and over a hundred new students have joined us this year. We have also opened the first of our boarding facilities for the school with the first children living on campus during term time. This will grow and expand as we open further dorms and back-up facilities. Excitingly, we are being appraised to join the World United Colleges as Thailand’s sole member of this foremost global educational network teaching the International Baccalaureate. The ethos of this network focuses on education of the whole individual – intellectual, emotional, mind, body and soul – which is exactly our own mission for our students at PIA. The first appraisal will be complete in 2016 and we are optimistic that we will join the network that year.
How does Thanyapura reach out to ordinary Phuketians?
I see reaching out as a most important part of our growth as we need to become well known as a fantastic resource which is open to all members of the Phuket community whether visiting or resident. We are making great strides to open up Thanyapura through our ongoing program of events, festivals and promotions such as Super Kidz camps, triathlon and tennis programs; Halloween Neon Night Runs; Tribal Camp; Phuket five-a-side soccer league; Divine restaurant Family Brunches and are our ongoing gym and training center membership for just 40,000 baht a year.We will continue to run and expand this extensive program of activities for ordinary Phuketians to bring them into our world-class facilities, working with the Tourism Authority and government to promote the mind, body and soul benefits we offer to all visitors and residents alike.
Thanyapura Sport & Leisure Club
120/1 Moo7,Thepkasattri Rd, Thepkasattri,Thalang,Phuket
Tel.076 336 000