Mahidol University International College (MUIC) proudly presents the recipients of the Outstanding Alumni Awards 2016. They will be given official recognition on August 26, 2016 during the MUIC Graduation Ceremony to be held at the MUIC Auditorium. There are five categories: Academic, Management, Professional, Community Service, and Rising Star.
MUIC would like to congratulate Assoc. Prof. Dr. Pattanaporn Chatjuthamard, Outstanding Academic Alumni Awardee 2016; Mr. Isra Sunthornvut, Outstanding Management Awardee 2016; Mr. Sirichai Arungstichai, Outstanding Professional Alumni Awardee 2016; Mr. Unnawat Leepaisalsuwanna, Outstanding Community Service Alumni Awardee 2016; and Mr. Vichapong Hutasuwan, MUIC Rising Star Alumni Awardee 2016.
Outstanding Academic Awardee 2016
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Pattanaporn Chatjuthamard (ISDP Class of 1995)
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Pattanaporn Chatjuthamard graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration major in Finance from Mahidol University’s International Students Degree Program (ISDP, forerunner of MUIC) in 1995. She then pursued her Master’s Degree in Finance at the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, U.S.A. She obtained her Doctoral degree in Finance in the same university in 2002.
Currently, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Pattanaporn Chatjuthamard is a lecturer at Sasin Graduate Institute of Business Administration, Chulalongkorn University. She has published more than 20 academic articles in international academic journals and conducted many oral and poster presentations in international academic conferences. She received the Research Publication Award from the Office of Academic Administration, Chulalongkorn University in January and June 2014 and was also the recipient of many research grants from Chulalongkorn University. She received the Summer Research Award at Texas A&M International University in 2005.
Outstanding Management Alumni Awardee 2016
Mr. Isra Sunthornvut (ISDP Class of 1992)
Mr. Isra Sunthornvut graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Travel Industry degree from ISDP in 1992. He then obtained his master’s degree majoring in European Studies from Chulalongkorn University.
Presently, Mr. Isra is the Secretary-General of the ASEAN Inter-Parliamentary Assembly (AIPA), the producer and host of “Fud Fid Fo Fi” television program for Modernine TV, a weekly columnist for Thai Post newspaper, and also the host of “Kham Khob Fah,” Bluesky/Fah Wan Mai Channel. Spending almost 15 years in the political arena, he was a Member of Parliament (Party List), Democrat Party, in 2013 and the Secretary to the Opposition Leader of the House of Representatives in 2012. He was the Vice Minister Attached to the Prime Minister’s Office and the Deputy Secretary General to the Prime Minister in 2011 and 2010. In 2009, he was the Secretary to the Opposition Leader of the House of Representatives and the Spokesman and Advisor (for Foreign Affairs) to the Governor of the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration in 2006 and 2007.
Mr. Isra also received two Thai prestigious and honorable decorations which are the Most Exalted Order of the White Elephant and the Most Noble Order of the Crown of Thailand.
Outstanding Professional Alumni Awardee 2016
Mr. Sirichai Arunrugstichai
Mr. Sirachai Arunrugstichai graduated in 2009 with a Bachelor of Science major in Environmental Studies degree. He then pursued a Master’s degree in Marine Biology at Prince of Songkla University.
Currently, he is an award-winning photojournalist, with specific interest in conservation and social issues, a freelance photographer who contributes photos to several publications, and also an active participant in major photography competitions. He is currently under a mentorship program under Thomas P. Peschak, an assignment photographer of the National Geographic Society.
He received many national and international awards as a photographer: He won the IUCN GMPP Oceans Photographer of the Year 2016 award, competing against 375 entries from 47 candidates worldwide. This year, he is also the Marine Conservation Photography Grant winner of Save Our Seas Foundation, a non-profit organization which raises awareness about the beauty of marine ecosystems and their fundamental importance to human survival; it should be added here that he is the only Asian finalist. In 2015, he was given the Commendatory Award (DSLR Category) in the Thailand Dive Expo Photo Competition, the biggest international underwater photo contest in Thailand. Other recent achievements include the Grand Prize and the Popular Vote in the Behavior & Biodiversity Category and the 1st Runner-Up and Popular Vote in the Macro Category at the 4th Marine Science Conference 2014; the Grand Prize in the La Mer Love the Sea Competition in 2013; the Grand Prize (Landscape Category) in the Koh Tao Photo Contest; and the Grand Prize (Compact Camera Category) in the Thailand Dive Expo Photo Competition. In 2012, he was the Grand Prize Winner (Underwater Category) in the Koh Tao Photo Competition.
Outstanding Community Service Alumni Awardee 2016
Mr. Unnawat Leepaisalsuwanna (MUIC Class of 2010)
Mr. Unnawat Leepaisalsuwanna graduated with a Bachelor of Science major in Computer Science. He is now a web developer at MAQE and a tech plumber at DroidSans.com. He is also active with his voluntary work, being the head organizer and license holder at TEDxBangkok, Thailand. As the person behind the launching of TEDxBangkok, he is also credited with translating more than 60 talks and reviewing more than 150 talks.
He started his volunteer work for TED when he was still a junior student. At that time, he found interesting a TED video clip entitled “Why School Kills Creativity” when it was played in his class by one of his lecturers. He then shared this video clip to his friends who remarked that they could not understand many of technical terms in the video. This prompted him to become a volunteer translator for TED, later becoming a TED Language Coordinator, which led to his becoming the head organizer and license holder at TEDxBangkok.
MUIC Rising Star Awardee 2016
Mr. Vitchapong Hutasuwan (Class of 2013)
Mr. Vitchapong Hutasuwan is from MUIC’s Class of 2013. He majored in Marketing. Currently, he is the CEO and Creative Director of Selvedgework, a premium custom handcrafted denim workshop in Thailand. It is also the first Thai premium customized brand with prices ranging from 6,900 Baht to 15,900 Baht. With his passion for jeans, he began to set up his own brand named Selvedgework after he graduated.
Selvedgework now has three branches located at Siam Squre Soi 2, Emquartier, and Siam Discovery. He plans to expand his brand to Singapore, Hongkong and Dubai.
Though only three years old, Vitchapong’s brand has been considered to be among the Top 10 mens’ wear in Thailand by BK Magazine and one of the best denim brands in Thailand by Elle Men. He has been featured in more than 40 magazines such as The Monocles, BK Magazine, Elle Men, Looker, Harper’s Bazaar, Esquire, A Day, and Wallpaper. His brand was also featured in more than 30 TV shows in Thailand and 20 articles on newspapers such as The Bangkok Post, SME, and many others. His brand has also collaborated with Mercedes Benz, W Hotel and Central Embassy.