Khunying Chodchoy (Esther) Sophonpanich, from Bangkok, Thailand, has been elected to the WBF Executive Council in 2019. Esther in 1991 bestowed the Title “Khunying” by His Majesty the King of Thailand. “Global 500” Roll of Honor for Outstanding Environmental Achievements by the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) in 1987, she was Senator in the Thai Parliament from 2000 to 2006. She was awarded Honorary Doctors of Arts (1991 University of Chiangmai) and Honorary Doctor of Philosophy (1991 Ramkhamhaeng University of Bangkok). Esther was President of the Contract Bridge League of Thailand from 1983 to 1993 and from 2011 to 2015, being elected Honorary President in 2016. She is President of the Asia Pacific Bridge Federation since her first election in 1989. Esther was member of the National Women Team of Thailand since 1975. was member of the Thai Mixed Team winning the Gold Medal in 2011 in the 26th South East Asia Games (SEA Games) and the Silver Medal in 2018 in the Asian Olympic Games.
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