The Bai Xian Alumni Initiative Award (AIA) invites Bai Xian Alumni to work in teams across campuses and borders to develop socially responsible action plans that address challenges faced by Asia’s communities, environments, and economies.
At the AIA 2017, our two finalist teams, Baamboo and Green Tech Transfer, worked under the themes of: (1) Environment & Sustainability, and (2) Social Innovation; and competed for a cash prize and seed funding to take its idea forward. Congratulations to Baamboo for winning the AIA 2017!

Finalists of the Bai Xian Alumni Initiative Award 2017

Baamboo (formerly known as Bridge)

Project leader:
  • Naveen TRIPATHI, BX Alumnus, Indian, Master of Business Administration student at Hitotsubash – ICS
Project members:
  • SHI Fangqi, BX Alumna, Chinese, Master of Economics student at University of Tokyo
  • HE Mengshi, BX Alumna, Chinese, Master of Information Technology and Society in Asia student at University of Tokyo
  • NGUYEN Hoang Linh, BX Alumnus, Vietnamese, Master of Business Administration student at Hitostubashi – ICS
  • Salman MOHAMMED, BX Alumnus, Ghanaian, Bachelor of Economics and Sociology student at University of Cape Coast

Baambooformerly known as Bridge, is an online platform that aims to connect regional NGOs with skilled and experienced personnel that they may otherwise not have the means to reach or hire.  The platform also provides opportunities for companies, students, or professional retirees interested in tackling social issues to contribute their skills and expertise remotely, allowing them to create social value while maintaining their primary professional or academic goals at home. Learn more from their website:

Green Tech Trasnfer

Project leader:
  • SANO Fumiaki, BX Alumnus, Japanese, Master of Business Administration student at Tsinghua University
Project members:
  • KIM Hyun Kyung, BX Alumna, South Korean, Master of Philosophy in Environmental Engineering graduate from Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
  • LIU Lihui, Chinese, Bachelor of Environmental Science graduate from Saxion University of Applied Sciences
  • AN Shuo, Chinese, Bachelor of Arts (Hons) and Master of Engineering graduate from Cambridge University

Green Tech Transfer hopes to become the first provider of advanced water treatment technologies such as humidification-dehumidification in China.  Noticing a disparity between China and Japan in terms of green technology, Green Tech Transfer aims to be the bridge between the two countries by transferring existing Japanese technologies to China, where there is a lack of such technologies to solve major environmental problems.