Mark Andrew Cunningham (Marko)

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Having such diverse careers as Teacher, Police Officer, Medic, Electrician, Property Manager, Multi-lingual web site Manager, Author, Import/Export Manager, Linguist and International Relations Advisor, I believe has made me a dynamic adaptable person who can see any task as achievable.  My strengths lie in my determination to get any job done, having a very strong understanding of other cultures and languages and having a global outlook on everything I do, and being able to view things both holistically and as separate entities. My resilience and perceverence is what enabled me to found the Bangkok Free Ambulance service and have my work appear in such great media as CNNDiscovery and so many more



Educational Qualifications


·                     BA-Linguistics/Chinese (Victoria University - 1995)

·                     BCA-Management/Marketing (Victoria University - 1997)




Skills, Achievements and other Qualifications


·                     Languages spoken - Thai (Excellent), Mandarin-Chinese (Intermediate), Japanese (Basic), and Korean (Basic)

·                     Special Service Medal for Humanitarian work from New Zealand Government

·              Special Service Medal for Tsunami relief  from Thai Government

·                     Founded the Bangkok Free Ambulance and Rescue Team which in turn founded a Non-Government Organisation in Myanmar that lends assistance to Orphan’s there.

·                     Teachers Council of Thailand Teaching License

·                     Thai Culture, Language and Ethics Certificate

·                     First Aid/AED/CPR US Certification, NZ Safety and Awareness Certificate

·                     Electrical Engineering (Petone Polytechnic), Japanese (Massey University), Excel & Access (NZDB)

·              Contributing writer “To the Rescue” 2010 – Random House

·              Published Author “Sleeping with the Dead” 2009 – Random House

·                     International TESOL Conference (Thailand) 2003

·                     Registered member of the Thai Rescue Service and government ambulance service, Narenthorn, and more recently the Thailand Emergency Medical Institute for which I also helped translate their 5 year plan for distribution to international NGO’s.

·                     Member of the NZ and Thai Auxiliary Police Force and Wellington Free Ambulance for 5 years each.

·                     Proficient in computers; MS Office, Internet, Photoshop, in house systems: logistics, production planning, inventory, etc.




Professional Experience


Volunteer for the Ruamkatanyu Foundation and Naja Rescue in Thailand Oct 2000 – Oct 2014

PR, Medic and Disaster Management, Ruamkatanyu: Volunteer for the NGO Ruamkatanyu Foundation and Naja Rescue in Thailand: Emergency Medical Technician/Fire Rescue worker and First Aid/CPR instructor, body recovery and identification veteran, all of which I have received medals from both the Thai and NZ governments for. Owned and operated my own ambulance and rescue team, PR for Ruamkatanyu.
In 2012, I was one of the first NGO’s to go into Myanmar and create a partnership with a local NGO and helped establish Burma’s first free ambulance service, since then, our partnership has travelled all across Myanmar educating others in Emergency Medical Services.
My autobiography was published in September 2009 called “Sleeping with the Dead” (Presently being translated into Thai), I was also a contributor to “To the Rescue” 2010.
In 2010 I founded a registered charity in New Zealand under the name “Bangkok Free Ambulance”.


English and Science TeacherSatit Ramkhamhaeng Demonstration School November 2010 - Present 

Home room teacher Primary 2 and Science teacher for P 1, 2 and 6. Digitised course books into power point presentations with added multimedia, videos, etc. Taught children and adults weekends at an English language school.

English Teacher - Satit Burapa, Chon Buri August 2009 – October 2010

English Teacher Forms 1-6 Satit Burapa University English Program: Taught fundamental English to all levels as well as organized summer camps.


American Literature Teacher – BfiTS, Thailand April 2007 - April 2009 

Contracted to the prestigious Saint Joseph Convent Girls School teaching American Literature to Forms 1 and 2.


English Teacher - Srivikorn Business School, Thailand April 2005-April 2004

Taught Fundamental English to students 16 to 25 year old. I developed programs as well as assisted in the K1 to G6 English Program. In the evenings I taught corporate English in companies all over Bangkok.


English Teacher - Eastern College of Technology, Thailand April 2004 - April 2005

Taught Fundamental English to English Major Students at the Foreign Language Institute and part time at Burapa University.


Tsunami Aid Worker, Thailand 26th Dec 2004 to 9th Jan 2005

I worked for Ruamkatanyu in the recovery and identification of bodies after the Tsunami and also liaising with foreign media/officials and relatives of the deceased for which I received medals from the Thai and NZ Government.


Academic Officer in International Relations - Ramkhamhaeng University (RU), Thailand 2003 - 2004 

Academic and PR officer for Ramkhamhaeng University’s Correspondence Learning:
Policy advice, analytical research, web site content, overseeing the student enrolment process and overseas satellite exam centres using available IT resources, reporting and assessing communication infrastructure of RU. (6 month contract)


English Teacher - Hua Chiew University September 2001 to September 2002

Taught Fundamental English to all grades and majors, including English Majors in which I also compiled and taught a socio-linguistics course book.

Import / Export Manager - NZ Dairy Board 2000 - 2001

I worked for the NZ Dairy Board (now Fonterra), managing milk powder exports to the Japan/Korea market, exporting in excess of USD 10,000,000 per annum. Dealing with all aspects of production timelines, quality control, documentation, shipping logistics, finance, customer care, forecasting, data base maintenance, communication with offshore staff/sales people, complaints management.


Marketing Manager – Korea International Trading, Korea 1997 - 1998

Managing all IT and communications for a small Trading company in Korea. My main tasks were marketing products online, and also creating partnerships in Japan with monthly visits to buyers.  


Assistant Teacher – Victoria University’s English Language Institute 1993 - 1997 
While studying I worked at Victoria University’s prestigious English Language Institute as an Assistant Teacher.

I also managed my own distribution company managing several people for Perky Publications developing and expanding their readership base. I also owned and operated an internet company providing multilingual web page design and database services employing 5 people.


Electrician 1984-1992
For the first years of my young working life I studied Electrical Engineering. I firstly completed an Electrical apprenticeship of 4 years in an industrial based company and then carried on my work and part time study at various other companies including as a property manager for Stone Key Trading managing of over 70 residential properties in the Wellington area.





1)                  Ajarn Napassachon (Lek), Head of the English Department at Srivikorn Business School

(Now is America)



2)                  Mr. Paeng, Ruamkatanyu Foundation: Supervisor

Ph +66-818492767(Thai only)


3)            Dr. Rapin Subaneg, Director of Ramkhamhaeng Inst. of Languages


Ph. +66-23108903, Cell +66-818047227


4)                  Lev Hoffman, Manager BFiTS (St. Joseph Convent)


Ph. +66-831129090  


5)                  Craig Mulgrew (Frosty), OBO Ross Armstrong-retired, NZDB-Fonterra


Ph. 09-3749786, Cell 021 387 840


6)            Ajarn Jiranut, Head of English Department: Satit Burapa Demonstration School


Ph. 08 68895573


7)                  Shamus Neary (EP Head Satit Ramkhamhaeng),