(October 31, 1956 - living) Thailand
Natee was the last of five children. He grew up in Suphanburi Province, and went to high school in Bangkok. He received his bachelor's degree as a medical technologist from Chulalongkom University and worked for a company selling medical equipment for five years before going to Boston to study jazz dance.
When he came back to Thailand he experimented in combining jazz and traditional Thai dance, creating a whole new dance form.
In 1985, he formed the White Line Dance Troupe and in the late 1980s turned his energies to help lead the fight against AIDS in his country. He is also a prolific writer and has written over 100 articles on AIDS in community magazines and newsletters. Assuming, hopefully, that AIDS is eventually brought under control, Natee will refocus the public education capacities he is building on other public health scourges.
Using an array of techniques to attack fundamental problems of ignorance and cultural sensitivity, he is getting through to high-risk citizens, especially the tens of thousands of young bar boys and girls. Increasingly, he is also awakening the country as a whole to the crisis.