Celebrating the achievements of alumni in Thailand

When outstanding individuals receive a world-class education in the UK, the effects can last a lifetime. The Alumni Awards shine a light on the impact that alumni of UK higher education institutions are making in their chosen field, and how this was sparked by their studies in the UK.

There are three award categories: Professional Achievement, Entrepreneurial and Social Impact.

  • Professional Achievement Award recognising UK alumni who have distinguished themselves through exemplary leadership and achievements in their professional industry, and who can demonstrate the impact and scale of their achievements in their profession, and beyond.
  • Entrepreneurial Award recognising UK alumni who are active in initiating or contributing to innovative or creative new ideas, solutions or business opportunities that have the potential for strong growth.
  • Social Impact Award recognising UK alumni who have made an exceptional contribution and commitment to creating positive social change and improving the lives of others.

Some of the benefits of winning a prestigious Alumni Award:

  • Raise your international profile through global press and digital coverage
  • Build your professional networks and business connections
  • 50K professional development fund and exclusive lunch 

Meet this year's finalists and winners

Professional Achievement Award

Pongsadhorn Pokpermdee 

MSc in Health Economics, University of York

PhD in Public Health and Policy at London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

Professional Achievement Award Winner

He is a senior officer at the Ministry of Public Health, initiating policies and implementing national strategies to provide better health for all.  His key contributions include the initiative health insurance scheme for 600,000 people with citizenship problems, the access of expensive treatments and medicines such as cancer heart and psychiatric diseases, the 20-year national strategic plan for public health 2018–2037, primary care reform involving the establishment of family physicians for all Thais, quality accreditation for sub-district health centres and 200% tax allowances for individual and corporate social responsibility (donations) for public hospitals.  Pongsadhorn observes that the University of York provided him with an outstanding teaching and learning experience and detailed knowledge of health economic issues.  The London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine is also a leader in public health and policy and uniquely placed to shape health policy and research funding to create a tangible impact.  He is focusing on the developing policy on ageing society, transforming healthcare in Thailand through the integration of digital technology and mentoring young leaders at the Ministry of Public Health. 

Entrepreneurial Award

Teerapong Yata 

Imperial College London

MSc in Molecular Medicine and a PhD in Clinical Medicine Research

Entrepreneurial Award Winner 

Teerapong has been recognized as an outstanding researcher in a specific academic-industrial area, as evidenced by a number of internationally recognized awards from various international invention shows, publications in high-impact journals, as well as a number of patents and petty patents. Teerapong and his research team have initiated and developed a variety of innovative products as a result of their disruptive technology, particularly in the area of targeted drug and vaccine delivery with a focus on developing innovative therapies to tackle a wide variety of diseases in both humans and animals. Some of intellectual property platforms have already been translated into innovative products, leading to a breakthrough in veterinary applications. One of the best-mentioned examples of his inventions is nanotechnology-based platform for immersion vaccination in farmed fish. The greatest achievement that this innovation does is eliminating fish vaccination by needle, which will greatly reduce fish losses and increases animal welfare.

Imperial College London not only helped him to mature as a scientist, but the Imperial ecosystem (being surrounded and trained by engineers, clinicians and business experts in a dynamic environment across multi-disciplinary collaborations) also made Teerapong realise his calling to become an entrepreneurial scientist

Teerapong also wishes to play a role in creating tomorrow’s manpower in Thailand, with a focus on entrepreneurial scientists in the same way UK study and the Imperial ecosystem has helped him.

Social Impact Award Category

Sirasar Boonma 

Goldsmiths University of London

Creative and Cultural Entrepreneurship (Music Pathway)

Social Impact Award Winner

Sirasar Boonma is founder of Hear & Found, a creative social enterprise that aims to erase the existence of discrimination, specifically towards indigenous groups in Thailand. Sirasar’s work helps connect different groups of people by helping to change perceptions and achieve social equality for marginalised groups. 

Sirasar believes the Goldsmiths University of London has helped to equip her with entrepreneurial skills and the mindset to become someone who could make the world a better place.

She is now using her expertise to increase public acceptance of diverse groups, with a strong commitment to increasing inclusion, diversification and creativity.