Three entrepreneurs bestowed ASEAN Impact Awards
Three social entrepreneurs were conferred the inaugural ASEAN Social Impact Awards on Wednesday in recognition of their innovations and impact on the community.
Indonesia’s Tri Mumpuni, founder of the People Centered Business and Economic Institute (IBEKA), won first place and was awarded a cash prize of S$50,000. The runners-up were the Philippines’ Cherrie Atilano, founder of AGRA Agricultural Systems International, Inc., and Thailand’s Somsak Boonkam, founder of Local Alike. They were awarded with a cash prize of S$25,000 each. The prizes were given to help them scale up their work.
The awards were initiated by the Department of Social Work at the National University of Singapore’s (NUS) Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, in partnership with the Ee Peng Liang Memorial Fund, the Asia Philanthropy Circle (APC), a membership-based charity headquartered in Singapore, and Ashoka: Innovators for the Public.
The awards were presented in a ceremony in Singapore on Wednesday, which also featured the inauguration of the ASEAN Philanthropy Dialogue and the launch of a 110-page catalogue titled ASEAN Impact 25: Impactful Philanthropists of ASEAN.
Attending the event were ministers and senior officials in charge of social welfare from ASEAN countries and philanthropists from the region, including Indonesia’s Coordinating Human Development and Culture Minister Puan Maharani, Singapore’s Minister of Social and Family Development Desmond Lee, APC founder and chair Stanley Tan, Malaysian philanthropist Datin Kathleen and Indonesian philanthropist Victor Hartono.
In regard to the awards, the judges explained that candidates were required to fulfill three criteria: benefit disadvantaged communities in the ASEAN region; achieve a demonstrable scale of impact, and operate for at least three years.
Tri Mumpuni won an award for her efforts in providing access to electricity, as well as training villages to run the plants independently.
Runner-up Cherrie was recognized for her role in increasing farmers’ access to finance, technology and information on the best farming practices for the purposes of fair trade, as well as for her work with farmers on sustainable farming methods to protect the environment and farmers’ future livelihoods.
Somsak Boonkam, also a runner-up, was recognized for his work with local communities to build their capacity for community-based tourism, thereby using it as a form of development tool to solve local issues, preserve local culture and generate additional income for local communities.
The three inaugural ASEAN Social Impact Awards recipients have demonstrated the creativity and resilience of the human spirit in devising ground-up, sustainable and impactful solutions to pressing social issues faced by their communities, according to S. Vasoo, an associate professorial fellow with the Department of Social Work at the NUS Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, and chairman of the Ee Peng Liang Memorial Fund Committee.
“They truly embody the selfless spirit of the late Dr. Ee Peng Liang and his commitment to advancing human development in communities in need,” Vasoo said.
Winners of the ASEAN Impact Awards pose for a photograph with executives of the Asia Philanthropy Circle (above photo). Coordinating Human Development and Culture Minister Puan Maharani (fifth right) pose for a photograph with first-place winner Tri Mumpuni (sixth right) and Indonesian delegates (below photo). (Kompas/Tri Agung Kristanto)Three social entrepreneurs were conferred the inaugural ASEA...
PREMIUM Winners of the ASEAN Impact Awards pose for a photograph with executives of the Asia Philanthropy Circle (above photo). Coordinating Human Development and Culture Minister Puan Maharani (fifth right) pose for a photograph with first-place winner Tri Mumpuni (sixth right) and Indonesian delegates (below photo). (Kompas/Tri Agung Kristanto)Three social entrepreneurs were conferred the inaugural ASEA...
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