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Congratulations to all winners at last night’s Australian Alumni Awards 2018, held at the SO Sofitel in Bangkok!

Australian Embassy Bangkok ‘Alumni of the Year Award’: Professor Emeritus Dr. Mingsarn Santikarn Kaosa-ard; The Chair and Director of Public Policy Studies Institute Foundation, and  the Chair of the Advisory Committee on Social and Economic Research of National Research Council of Thailand (NRCT); Alumni from Australian National University, and Dr. Bandid Nijathaworn; President and CEO of the Thai Institute of Directors; Alumni from La Trobe University;


Blackmores ‘Alumni Leadership Award’: Associate Professor Dr. Bundit Fungtammasan; Senior Vice President for Research and Innovation 

King Mongkut’s University of Technology Thonburi (KMUTT); University of New South Wales;

dwp ‘Alumni Entrepreneurial Award’: Mr. Rutchasit Hiranyaphinant; Chief Executive Officer / Growlab Agritech Company Limited; Alumni from Australian National University;

The Coffee Club Thailand ‘Alumni Community Engagement Award’: Dr. Thira Woratanarat; Faculty of Medicine, Chulalongkorn University; Alumni from University of Newcastle

AustCham Thailand ‘Young Alumni Award’: Ms. Purnima Ghogar Ruanglertbutr; Bangkok Patana School, Secondary English Teacher; Alumni from The University of New South Wales and The University of Melbourne.

Not to mention, congratulations to all the finalists:


Dr. Veerachat Petpisit, Chief Executive Officer - Healthcare Ventures, BridgeAsia Group; Australian Alumni from Queensland University of Technology (QUT)

Dr. Darika Lathapipat , President, Dhurakitpundit University; Australian Alumni from University of New South Wales

Assistant Professor Dr. Rattana Wetprasit, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Graduate Studies, Prince of Songkhla University Phuket Campus; Australian Alumni from Griffith University

Mr. Dwight Willis, Founder & CEO / Dollarsmart Global Pte. Ltd.; Australian Alumni from Southern Cross University and Sydney University

Dr. Panraphee Raphiphan, CEO and Founder of AHAPPENER Co., Ltd.; Australian Alumni from Monash University

Ms. Chiman Estephan, Speech & Language Therapist / Autism Specialist Little Sprouts Children’s Center; Australian Alumni from University of Sydney

Mr. Niti (Nick) Mukayavongsa,  Assistant Vice-President (Academic), Dhurakij Pundit University; Australian Alumni from Queensland University of Technology (QUT)

Senior Colonel Wandee Tosuwan, Defence Science and Technology Department; Australian alumni from The University of New South Wales

Award Categories

1. Australian Embassy, Bangkok - Alumni of the Year Award

This award recognises an individual who has demonstrated excellence in their professional career and/or through charitable activities.


2. Alumni Leadership Award

This award recognises an individual who has demonstrated outstanding leadership of the highest calibre.  The award recognises both established and emerging leaders.

3. dwp - Alumni Entrepreneurial Award

This award recognises an individual who has achieved entrepreneurial success.  The individual may be an owner, partner, investor or employee who has successfully implemented an innovative initiative.

4. Young Alumni Award

This award recognises a young individual (up to 35 years of age at the time of nomination) who has distinguished themselves through a high level of professional accomplishment and/or charitable service early in their career.

5. Alumni Community Engagement Award

This award recognises individuals who have demonstrated an ability to enhance and develop the livelihood of the communities in which they live/work.

Award Recipients

Meet the recipients of the Australian Alumni Awards

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