Bangkok 1899 Team
Founder & Executive Director
Creative Migration, Inc.
Creative Migration (East) Foundation
Susannah Tantemsapya is the Founder & Executive Director of both Creative Migration and Creative Migration (East). Her career has spanned the fields of music, art, film and journalism with an eclectic mix of experience. Her most ambitious endeavor to date is Bangkok 1899.
Her full bio here︎︎︎
Program & Development Director
Over the last eight years, Abigail Smith has been working in Southeast Asia. For over fifteen years, she has been fully invested in sustainable urban development. In 2017 she was named by Thailand Tatler one of four eco warriors to watch based on her successful track record of working from grassroots up to the public and private sectors to enact real change against climate change.
Smith also launched Thailand’s first food rescue foundation, where she designed, executed, and managed a model that serves over 4,000 meals a day to communities in need and has diverted two million tons of food waste from entering landfills.
A champion of multi-sector partnerships to address key challenges in major megacities, Smith shaped and recruited NGOs for the development of Bangkok 1899, which is committed to contributing to long term environmental and social development.
Prior to her nonprofit career, Smith worked in international luxury hospitality. Smith led daily operations and thrived as a high-energy manager who helped her team quickly pivot to meet changing and sometimes challenging demands.
Waranya “Ying” Tieammuang
Waranya “Ying” Tieammuang is the Hub Manager at Bangkok 1899, and oversees the day-to-day operations, assists in programming planning, and helps create a warm and inviting environment for all of the guests and partners. She is instrumental in expanding the center’s network with local artists and other local art spaces.
Before joining Bangkok 1899 Ying worked with several other Thailand NGOs to bridge relationships between local teams and international organizations, utilizing her understanding and sensitivity of both Eastern and Western culture. These roles include being both Executive Producer and Actor for two sell-out productions of immersive theater in Bangkok, directed by Single Thread (Canadian art non-profit), a main contributor of a project advocating for mental health literacy called Mood Hopping for Bangkok Design Week 2020, and over two-years as Operations Manager with Love Frankie – a social change agency.
Ying spends her free nursing tropical plants, cultivating beautiful spaces, and exploring how to cultivate health and wellness into the program.