Lalita PHATTHANACHAISUKSIRI

Lalita Phatthanachaisuksiri

Bai Xian Scholar from Thailand, 2020 Cohort
Candidate for master’s degree in environmental management
Kyoto University

“What struck me the most was how eager students from the BX community and my graduate school were to help and support each other during this extended virtual study period amidst the global pandemic. We shared information and news related to our classes, and whenever someone had a question, a fellow student would always be there to help. I especially enjoyed our AFLSP monthly seminars, where Kyoto University students would take part in discussions and exchange thoughts, knowledge, and stories – these gatherings broadened my perspective and opened my eyes to the viewpoints of others who may be from different backgrounds.”


BXAI Celebrates the Successful Completion of the Summer Program 2022

(Hong Kong, August 24, 2022) Bai Xian Asia Institute’s (BXAI) seventh Summer Program (SP) was held virtually from August 5 to 18 in partnership with The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST). A key component of the Asian Future Leaders Scholarship Program, the annual SP is held every August and gathers current Bai Xian Scholars on one university campus for a fun and enriching experience designed to broaden perspectives, foster community, and extend learning beyond the classroom. Due to travel restrictions and health concerns as a result of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, this year’s SP was once again held virtually but remained an immersive experience for the 50 Bai Xian Scholars and Alumni in attendance, who gathered on a real-time, interactive online platform to explore the theme “The Age of Disruptive Innovation” over the course of two weeks. Through a series of webinars, panel discussions, and workshops, participants had valuable opportunities to examine the applications and implications of artificial intelligence (AI), discuss important East Asia-related issues, and hone their soft skills. Cross-cultural activities in both online and offline settings as well as special activities, such as social media challenges, were also incorporated to boost engagement.

On July 23, a pre-program orientation session was held to introduce this year’s theme and encourage participants to begin building connections with one another prior to the start of SP 2022. The SP officially kicked off on August 5 with an opening session that featured welcome remarks by BXAI President, Prof. Katsuichi Uchida, and CEO, Ms. Ronna Chao, who urged students to take advantage of their time during the SP to consider their role as a bridge within today’s rapidly evolving landscape while not forgetting to interact with speakers and connect with their fellow scholars. The first day also included an enjoyable pixel art workshop, where students had a chance to learn about the art form and create their own artwork, as well as an exciting team building session that facilitated the forming of new friendships.

Over the next week, scholars participated in illuminating webinars and academic sessions that revolved around the topic of new technology trends such as AI and web3, and took part in engaging discussions where they considered what these advancements mean for them as aspiring future leaders in East Asia. A series of skill-building workshops also allowed students to focus on their personal development by strengthening their leadership, self-awareness, and public speaking skills. The second week concluded with a string of fun cross-cultural activities including: (1) Culture Café, where scholars formed teams based on their home countries and regions and engaged in a lively debate on which local dishes were best (the winners were Team Japan and Team Korea for sushi and bibimbap respectively); (2) culture workshops, which included a tai chi workshop and a bamboo steamer workshop; and (3) Travel with Me, a brand-new offline travel activity where one person travels on behalf of another with the main focus being exploration of culture. Participants in different locations were paired up, and each travelled within his/her own city based on an itinerary created by the other. Scholars enjoyed the opportunity to connect with those from different backgrounds while also exploring more of their local culture, and even had a chance to share their photos, videos, and experiences with the greater group at a dedicated sharing session a few days later.

The final week of the SP took place in typical SP fashion and included alumni sharing sessions, a fireside chat, final presentations, and a closing ceremony. The BX Alumni Roundtable saw four BX alumni returning to share about their careers in the IT and digital technology sector and insights on pursuing a job in technology and innovation, while the Bai Xian Project Award sharing session featured winners of the last cycle speaking about their projects and experiences during the award process. As always, the fireside chat was held on the second to last day of the SP, with Mr. Ronald Chao, Honorary Chairman of BXAI; Mr. Yutaka Aso, Honorary Chairman of Kyushu Economic Federation; and Ms. Laura Cozijnsen, Founder of Lighthouse Consultant Limited, sharing their perspectives on leadership, education, and diversity.

On August 18, the last day of the SP, scholars presented their final presentations – the culmination of their two-week learning journey and a platform through which to reflect on their takeaways while working in groups alongside fellow scholars from different academic disciplines and backgrounds. Addressing the assigned theme, “Exploring how new technology trends can influence cross-cultural understanding in East Asia,” students examined a wide range of interesting topics including bamboo ceilings in the workplace, digital transformation, and the role of AI in social media and intercultural communication. That afternoon, the closing ceremony of the SP was held, beginning with a video about Hong Kong co-created by the BX team and HKUST student advisors. After welcome remarks by Prof. Wei Shyy, President of HKUST and Prof. Uchida, the participants tuned in to this year’s SP keynote speech. Prof. Helen Meng, the Patrick Huen Wing Ming Professor of Systwms Engineering and Engineering Management at CUHK shared about her research on AI, and how it may be used in language and speech recognition for numerous purposes from data collection to medical applications. Prof. Meng expressed her hope that AI will continue to serve as a useful tool to help tackle global challenges and benefit society, and encouraged scholars to “stay informed, stay passionate, and enjoy the journey!” while navigating their studies and professional lives with support from new and emerging technologies. Attendees were then treated to captivating student performances by Peter Chai and Kouki Enomoto, as well as award ceremonies for best presentations, Summer Program certificates, and the social media campaign award. In BXAI Summer Program tradition, a handover ceremony was also held, where HKUST, represented by Prof. Shyy, passed the baton to next year’s host, Waseda University, represented by Vice President Prof. Gemma Masahiko.

In her closing remarks, BXAI CEO, Ms. Ronna Chao, reminded scholars that their learning journey continues and encouraged them to put their AFLSP experiences to good use. “I have witnessed your zeal for learning, and your willingness to engage in dialogue and build community, and so even though we may still find ourselves in uncertain times today, I remain very hopeful and optimistic about the future,” she said. “I am excited at the prospect of you, as future Asian leaders, going out into the world to your jobs or further studies, and combining everything you have learned and experienced with the AFLSP with the endless possibilities that lie ahead in a post-COVID world. In the meantime, I urge you to stay connected with the Bai Xian community and with each other, so that we may continue to support and encourage one another, and look towards a brighter future established on respect, mutual understanding, and equality.”


A Warm Welcome to Our New Advisory Council Member

We are pleased to announce that Mr. Yoshihiro Watanabe has joined us as our newest BXAI Advisory Council member. Mr. Watanabe is Senior Advisor at Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP, a visiting professor at the National University Wakayama’s Graduate School of Economics, and a councilor at the Middle East Institute of Japan. He also served as the founding President of BXAI Japan from 2014 to 2022, and has played an important role in the development and advancement of the AFLSP since our early days. We are confident that his rich experience in international finance, business, and education will allow him to make valuable contributions to this Council, and look forward to working alongside him in this new capacity.


[Recording] Bai Xian Alumni Sharing: Career Paths, Shifts, and Change

“Direction is much more important than speed,” said BX Alumnus, Simon Wu, at our Virtual Community Event titled, “BX Alumni Sharing: Career Paths, Shifts, and Changes.” Held on May 11, the session was moderated by BX Alumnus, Joushua Cho, and also featured alumnae Gaby Chan and Helen Xin. Each of our speakers shared openly about their experiences changing careers or finding jobs unrelated to their degrees, and offered insightful advice, encouragement, and clarity to scholars throughout the evening. “Don’t deny yourself,” advised Helen. “If you say no to yourself, your journey ends there.”


BXAI Summer Program 2022 Preview

The BXAI Summer Program 2022 will be held virtually in partnership with The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST). From August 5 to 18, approximately 50 Bai Xian Scholars from over 10 Asian countries and regions will gather on an interactive online platform to explore the theme: “The Age of Disruptive Innovation”; participants will examine the applications and implications of artificial intelligence (AI), discuss important East Asia-related issues, take part in a series of skill-building workshops, and enjoy cross-cultural activities in both online and offline settings.

The first week of the program will see scholars exploring AI-related topics through academic sessions delivered by influential guest speakers from HKUST. Students will also participate in webinars covering topical subjects, soft skills workshops, as well as fun team building challenges designed to foster communication skills, develop confidence, and facilitate the forming of new friendships.

During the second week of the Summer Program, scholars will be invited to travel and meet one another locally to immerse themselves in cross-cultural experiences and learning beyond the virtual classroom. They will also hear from Bai Xian Alumni and

guest speakers, who will share about their careers and life experiences, and have an opportunity to dialogue with the winning teams of the Bai Xian Project Award.

The Summer Program will conclude with scholars showcasing their learnings through group presentations, which will be followed by a virtual closing ceremony to celebrate the completion of the seventh BXAI Summer Program.

Learn more


BX Alumni Sharing: Career Paths, Shifts, and Changes

Thinking about changing careers? Wondering what it may be like to land a job that is completely unrelated to your degree?

Why not hear from three Bai Xian Alumni who have gone through exactly that? Join us at our upcoming Virtual Community Event on May 11 at 18:30 (HKT)/ 19:30 (JST/KST), and find the inspiration you crave, the clarity you’re looking for, or the encouragement you need to move forward!

 

Event Details:

Date: May 11, 2022 (Wednesday)

Time: 18:30 – 19:30 (HKT) / 19:30 – 20:30 (JST/KST)

Participants: Bai Xian Community

Register here: https://bit.ly/3k8gN3w

Mr. Joushua CHO

Associate at NH Investment & Securities (NHIS), Seoul

Mr. Joushua CHO works within the alternative investments team at NH Investment & Securities (NHIS) in Seoul, Korea, analyzing investment opportunities and managing invested assets across acquisition financing, infrastructure, real estate, and aircraft leasing. Prior to joining NHIS, Joushua spent three years in Shanghai and Beijing in marketing, consulting, and consumer research. Joushua earned his master’s degree in business administration from the School of Economics and Management at Tsinghua University in 2019 as a Bai Xian Scholar.

Meet Our Speakers

Ms. Gaby CHAN

Incident Manager at Google (Play and Android)

Ms. Gaby CHAN is from Singapore and works at Google as an incident manager (Play and Android). She began her career working for the Singapore Police Force, and later took a sabbatical to pursue her master’s in public administration at Zhejiang University as a Bai Xian Scholar. Following her graduation, she pivoted into the tech space, working as a DevOps project manager at Facebook before moving to Google.

Mr. Simon WU

Associate at Lake Bleu Capital, Hong Kong

Mr. Simon WU is an associate of private equity at Lake Bleu Capital and is actively involved in growth investment in healthcare (Biotech, Medtech, and service) companies in Greater China and Asia. He received his master’s degree in engineering from the University of Tokyo through the AFLSP, and credits his 2016 BXAI Summer Program experience for leading him towards a career in investment banking.

Ms. Helen XIN

Senior Delivery Consultant at Deloitte, Tokyo

Ms. Helen XIN is a senior delivery consultant at Deloitte in Tokyo, Japan. She received her bachelor’s degree in English translation and international economy and trade, and later switched fields to pursue a master’s degree in media design at Keio University as a Bai Xian Scholar. After gaining her master’s degree, she worked as a UI/UX designer at CREATPS Inc. in Japan for four years. She is currently working in the UI/UX design and technology consultancy field

The views, information, or opinions expressed by speakers during BXAI’s Virtual Community Events (the “Events”) are solely those of the individuals involved and do not necessarily reflect the position or policies of BXAI.

Presentations at the Events do not constitute an endorsement of the individuals’ views, information or opinions. BXAI does not make any warranty, express or implied, and BXAI specifically disclaims any legal liability and responsibility for the accuracy, completeness or usefulness of any information presented at the Events.

Any recorded videos of the Events are available for private, non-commercial use only. Advertising which is incorporated into, placed in association with, or targeted towards the content of any of BXAI’s virtual events, without the express approval and knowledge of BXAI, is forbidden. You are not allowed to edit, modify, or redistribute the recorded videos of BXAI’s Virtual Community Events without prior written consent of BXAI.

  1. Log in to the Zoom meeting at least 5 to 15 minutes before the start of the session.
  2. Be patient while waiting for approval to access the Zoom meeting room.
  3. Enter your login name as follows: Your full name + university/institute (E.g. Chen Dawen – Waseda University)
  4. Ensure you will not be interrupted or disturbed during the session.
  5. Minimize background noise if/when you are invited to speak during the session (preferably through the use of an earphone mic).
  6. Dress respectably and appropriately if you turn on your camera during the session.
  7. Be respectful and patient for the duration of the session.


Congratulations to the Bai Xian Project Award 2022 Winning Teams!

Congrats to Feminists Without Borders, Hi-Tech, WasteDucation, and Zoombies – our winners of the 2022 Bai Xian Project Award (BXPA)! After its successful launch last year, the BXPA is proud to have supported another cycle of short-term projects initiated by BX Scholars and Alumni. Scroll through to learn more about the project ideas of this year’s winning teams, and stay tuned for details on the next cycle, which will be announced this fall!


[Resources] Bai Xian Peer Mentoring Program Launch Event

At the online launch event of our new Bai Xian Peer Mentoring Program in January 2022, Ms. Laura Cozijnsen, member of BXAI’s Communication & Development Committee and founder of Lighthouse Consultant Limited, spoke to our scholars and alumni on the topic, “Why does mentoring matter?”.

Having benefited from being both a mentee and a mentor, Laura emphasized that mentorship is not so much about one-way teaching, but is in fact a relationship. Mentors who are invested in the wellbeing and interests of their mentees engage in a process of helping them discover the best version of themselves, whether through the sharing of skills, values, or life experiences. Meanwhile, mentees can also offer mentors a rewarding mentorship experience that is fulfilling and purposeful. “Whether you are a mentee or mentor, it’s really a win-win situation,” said Laura.

Recalling a time when she offered help to a mentee, not knowing (until much later) that her support would make a great impact on him, Laura encouraged aspiring mentors to see mentorship as an opportunity to make a difference in someone else’s life.

“When my mentee asked me why I had helped him, I answered him at the time, ‘There’s no reason why, but when you have the power or opportunity, pay it forward and help someone in your position,’ and he still remembers what I said today!”

Laura’s Book Recommendation: Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom

Tuesdays with Morrie is a memoir that chronicles author Mitch Albom’s visits with his former college professor, Morrie Schwartz, during the professor’s last months of life. Their 14 conversations revolve around lessons in how to live and love, and according to Laura, reflect “one of the most beautiful mentor-mentee relationships I’ve come across.”

Towards the end of the online event, Laura quoted from Tuesdays with Morrie: “The most important thing in life is to learn how to give out love, and to let it come in,” encouraging participants to not only focus on what they can give, but to also learn to receive love and support within a mentor-mentee relationship.

Themed Sharing: “Why Does Mentoring Matter?”


Soul Chill - Collage Workshop with Artist Sally Leung

Time to get your creative juices flowing!

Our upcoming Virtual Community Event will be a fun collage workshop led by Ms. Sally Leung, an artist and art educator based in Hong Kong. Collage is an art technique that involves the composition of a work of art by pasting various materials together.

Sally will introduce the concept of collage and different composition techniques, and participants will have an opportunity to experiment with an assortment of materials, tap into their imagination, and just enjoy the freedom and relaxation this art technique offers.

 

Event Details:

 

Date: April 1, 2022 (Friday)

Time: 18:00 – 19:15 (HKT) / 19:00 – 20:15 (JST/KST)

Participants: Bai Xian Community

Register here

The views, information, or opinions expressed by speakers during BXAI’s Virtual Community Events (the “Events”) are solely those of the individuals involved and do not necessarily reflect the position or policies of BXAI.

Presentations at the Events do not constitute an endorsement of the individuals’ views, information or opinions. BXAI does not make any warranty, express or implied, and BXAI specifically disclaims any legal liability and responsibility for the accuracy, completeness or usefulness of any information presented at the Events.

Any recorded videos of the Events are available for private, non-commercial use only. Advertising which is incorporated into, placed in association with, or targeted towards the content of any of BXAI’s virtual events, without the express approval and knowledge of BXAI, is forbidden. You are not allowed to edit, modify, or redistribute the recorded videos of BXAI’s Virtual Community Events without prior written consent of BXAI.

  1. Log in to the Zoom meeting at least 5 to 15 minutes before the start of the session.
  2. Be patient while waiting for approval to access the Zoom meeting room.
  3. Enter your login name as follows: Your full name + university/institute (E.g. Chen Dawen – Waseda University)
  4. Ensure you will not be interrupted or disturbed during the session.
  5. Minimize background noise if/when you are invited to speak during the session (preferably through the use of an earphone mic).
  6. Dress respectably and appropriately if you turn on your camera during the session.
  7. Be respectful and patient for the duration of the session.

The Bai Xian Peer Mentoring 2022 is Now Open for Application!

Calling all BX Scholars and fresh grads!  The all-new Bai Xian Peer Mentoring Program 2022 is now open for application!  Sign up to be a mentee for a valuable opportunity to discuss academic/career goals, broaden your perspectives, and cultivate personal growth.  A big thank you to our alumni for their eagerness to give back to the BX community by serving as peer mentors!

Application deadline extended to Dec 10, 2021

Sign up here!

For more details, visit the Bai Xian Peer Mentoring Program page.