Varatt Vichit-Vadakan

“If you are committed to your ideas and visions, with a little luck and a lot of hard work there’s always a way to make them happen,” he says. Thonglor’s communal space The Commons, co-founded by Varatt and his elder sister Vicharee, was a natural progression from his passion for creation. Set in a brilliantly designed building that recently won Jury and Popular Choice accolades at the Architizer A+ Awards 2017, the venue acts as a common ground for artisanal crafters and customers who care about what they’re consuming. Additionally, The Commons has built a focus on community initiatives with several projects aimed at enhancing the life of the surrounding neighbourhood. “To have discovered myself, my roles and my responsibilities to my community, is what I am most proud of achieving,” he says. Varatt also founded boutique roaster Roots and cafe Roast.

Definition of success: Doing what you love and fighting for what you believe in, all the while leaving a positive impact on others.