What is your full name and age?
Marciano Birjmohun (Yes, it is an Italian first name, but I’m not Italian) I’m 39 years old.
What is your current Job Position?
Vice President – Business Development at Magnolia Quality Development Corporation Limited (member of DTGO). where I’m responsible and accountable for the formation of a Destination Property with a current value of 60Billion THB, positioned as Thailand’s first coastal family destinations.
Next to that I hold a Board position at the Singapore-Thai Chamber of Commerce since 2017. Not set in stone, but I believe I was one of the first players that popularized the Multi Chamber business events in Bangkok …58 events later I’m still OG… although now a days everyone is copying the name due to its success.
What do you like most about your profession?
Every aspect of Business Development is dynamic, it requires strategic and critical thinking which often leads to valuable dialogues with partners and colleagues. I enjoy conceptualizing the frameworks, decision cards and strategizing a path that will provide the company and stakeholder long term benefits and value. What I like most is utilizing my goodwill to support cross functional business units. In Asia they say “It’s not what you know, but who you know.” Seeing your decisions make a tangible impact on organizational growth and expansion is very rewarding. I love to challenge the status quo!
How long have you lived in Bangkok, and where did you live prior?
I’ve been living in Thailand since May 2011, and before that time I lived in Amsterdam My birthplace and hometown.
What do you like most about Bangkok?
Bangkok is cosmopolitan, it’s a city that never sleeps. The dynamic is hard to explain in words, but the energy and city dynamic is contagious. Each and every lifestyle can be accommodated, it’s a blend of traditions, cultures, cuisines, societies and Carpe Diem!
What is your favorite restaurant?
I’m a connoisseur and dining is one of the greatest pleasures in life. Some questions don’t have 1 answer, but I will try to keep it short. I’ve been to “Mia” a few times founded by chef-duo Pongcharn “Top” Russell and Michelle Goh, their set menu’s are so sexy Love “Via Emilia” by chef Stefano Merlo and Andrea Bernadi, the perfect place for a weekend lunch
Biscotti at the Anantara Siam ideal for Business Lunches Can’t go wrong with “El Mercado” midday or evening For a true wine feast “La Casa Nostra” And the beat goes on…
What is your favorite “Special Occasion” restaurant?
Hmm, I’m probably going to hurt some feelings here (the other restaurateurs) But Mia would be the ideal spot for special Occasions. It’s a cozy restaurant with private rooms, I feel that the staff is attentive and the owners are visible when needed. The level of hospitality is warm and on par.
What do you like to do in your free time?
Spend time with my children(Dylan and Priscilla), bring the family out for a weekend getaway, of course paired with lots of food and fun.
Where do you recommend first time visitors to Bangkok go?
They should experience the NEW and OLD Bangkok. Start in Langsuan followed with a walk into Sala Daeng, followed by a swing across the riverside Charoenkrung and Charoennakhon. The Second tour will start in Ratchadamri, to Ratchaprasong followed by Phrom Phong district and Onnut.
On a night out with friends, where do you like to go?
Wine and Dine, I enjoy a good quality restaurant with Wine pairings. Each time I meet friends I try to choose a new establishment. Bangkok has a good selection of quality restaurants BUT there is also a notable turnover of restaurants(unfortunately) and that’s the main reason why I always want to dine at a new venue. In my lifetime I can’t experience all the establishments in the city anyways, but I try to make my time worth.
After dinner a few cocktails with a Montecristo No2…my nightcap would be Irish Coffee(always!)
Tell us a surprising fact that the public might not know about you?
I have Surinamese roots and was born from a mix race couple. I’m a grandmaster in phlebotomy &I’m the biggest 80/90’s fan!
What is the most outlandish thing you have ever done?
I once booked a one-way ticket and packed 1 suitcase…11 years later I’m still at the same destination