To mark the achievements of our alumni, WKWSCI has launched the inaugural WKWSCI Impact Awards and Emerging Star Awards as part of our 25th anniversary celebrations in 2017
The WKWSCI Impact Awards recognise alumni whose achievements influence society, industry or a social cause.
The WKWSCI Emerging Star Awards recognise meritorious achievements of alumni in the early stages of their career.
WKWSCI IMPACT AWARDS
ANNA KARENINA TOLENTINO
Current Affairs Producer/Writer, Channel NewsAsia
Class of 2011
Anna produces documentaries from the region for Channel NewsAsia’s English Current Affairs team. She goes out of her way to look for stories that in some way can improve the rights of women. Effecting change, even in a small way, is her motivation for chasing stories.
For her work, Anna has travelled widely in South East Asia - and to some tough locations. Her investigative documentaries have revealed the use of child soldiers at the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) camp in Mindanao, high school students in Japan turning to prostitution and dating violence, sexual harassment and revenge pornography in South Korea.
Anna has won many awards for her work, including a bronze at the 2016 New York Film Festival, Best Video from a Conflict Zone: Long Form at the inaugural 2018 RT Khaled Alkhateb International Memorial Awards and Best Documentary of the Year at the 2018 Mediacorp News Award.
Group Managing Director, Adrenalin Group Pte Ltd
Class of 2007
Before setting up Adrenalin, Richardo worked at the Economic Development Board encouraging overseas companies to invest in Singapore. It was his two years at the board that inspired him to start his own company where he could combine his love for planning events and his desire to do more for the community.
Established in 2008, Adrenalin now has an events team of 40, including more than 10 staffers with disabilities and youth at risk. Richardo firmly believes that the events industry is able to employ creative talents with special needs. He is a regular speaker at forums on the social enterprise industry, and uses such platforms to further the cause.
Adrenalin is a full service social enterprise event cum creative agency with four different subsidiaries. The company has organised more than 1,000 events and bagged the President’s Challenge Social Enterprise of the Year Award (Youth Category) in 2012.
WKWSCI EMERGING STAR AWARDS
Creative Manager, SGAG
Class of 2015
Yuxuan joined SGAG’s core team after graduation in 2015, and has watched the company grow 10-fold locally, and into Malaysia and the Philippines. In the next two years, he also spearheaded some major offline events and campaigns for organisations such as Carlsberg and the Land Transport Authority.
This year, Yuxuan went on a social media mission with colleague Nadia Ongkowidjaja to help eight seniors from St John’s Home for Elderly Persons build a $15 million home. Over four days, the SGAG team taught the elderly residents how to use a smartphone and shoot their own videos in order to crowdsource for funds for their facility. Part of a CNA campaign, the money raised has now surpassed $150,000.
Head of Expansion, ShopBack
Class of 2011
As head of expansion, Josephine evaluates and chooses new markets for the company. She then leads the team that sets up ShopBack in a new location. Earlier, when she was in charge of the Singapore operation, the anchor market grew six-fold in nine months.
Her early career in e-commerce marketing began at Rocket Internet’s ZALORA where she accumulated a wealth of e-commerce experience through handling various portfolios including campaign and category management, as well as offline marketing and partnerships across the region.