Honours

honours
2015 Fulbright U.S.-ASEAN Scholar Award
2015 Top Faculty Paper Award at Public Relations Division for ICA 2015
2015 Urakami Foundation Award for the 12th Asian Congress of Nutrition 2015, Yokohoma, Japan.
2015 Outstanding Research Award at DC Health Communication Conference 2015, Washington DC on “Role of Protection Motivation Theory Motivators and Psycho-Social Factors in Empowering Pregnant Women’s Antenatal Care Utilization: Implications for Health Policy in Banglesh”
2015 Honorable Mention Research Award at DC Health Communication Conference 2015, Washington DC on “An Integrative Parental Mediation Model of Healthy vs Unhealthy Food Consumption”
2015 Honorable Mention Research Award at DC Health Communication Conference 2015, Washington DC on “Psychosocial Facilitators and Barriers Towards Civic Engagement Through Mobile for Dengue Prevention in Sri Lanka, India and Singapore”
2015 Research Commercialization Spinoffs Award
Awarded by NTUitive and Institute for Media Innovation (IMI) in recognition of the outstanding work and effort towards commercialization and spinoffs.
2015 Honorable Mention Presentation Award at DC Health Communication Conference 2015 on “Communication Competence and Health Promotion”, Washington DC.
2014 Neo Ubimedia MindTrek Awards (NUMA) Honorable Mention for the Competition in Finland.
2014 Ogilvy Foundation International Award for Academic Leadership 2014
2014 Top Paper Award at Health Communication Division for ICA 2014
2013 Shortlisted for SiTF Award (My Pet Fitness Mobile Application)
2012 Nanyang Technological University Silver Award for URECA Supervision
2011 Amanda Kundrat Thesis of the Year Award by supervisee (Ms Mindawati Wijaya) at the Health Communication Division for ICA/NCA 2011
2011 Games Division Best Paper Award, 61st ICA Annual Conference, Boston
2011 Nanyang Technological University Platinum Award for URECA Supervision 2011
2010 Nanyang Technological University Silver Award for URECA Supervision 2010
2010 Top Research Paper Award at the PR Division at AEJMC 2010 in Denver, Colorado.
2009 Sumitimo Research Award 2009
2009 Nanyang Technological University Gold Award for URECA Supervision 2009
2008 Nanyang Technological University Platinum Award for URECA Supervision 2008
2008-2009 Nanyang Technological University Teaching Excellence Award Nominee 2008-2009
2007 Nanyang Technological University Research Outstanding and Award Recognition 2007
2005 Finalist for Best Paper Award at the annual American Marketing Association’s Public Policy and Marketing Conference in Washington D.C. 2005
2004 Outstanding Educator Award, National University of Singapore Business School
2003 Outstanding Educator Shortlist, National University of Singapore
2002 Outstanding Educator Shortlist, National University of Singapore
1991 Institute of Banking and Finance Award 1991
Awarded by IBF for outstanding academic achievement
1989-90 Marketing Institute of Singapore Award
Awarded by MIS for outstanding academic achievement
1981 President’s Guide Award
Awarded by the Association of Girl Guides. This is the highest level of achievement in recognition of commitment to the Guiding Movement, and proven leadership, strength of character and civic consciousness/service orientation.
1981 Rafflesian Award
Awarded by Raffles Girls Secondary School for outstanding academic achievements, leadership and all-rounded participation.
News Coverage
Mar 2015 Mo-Buzz – Social Media Solutions for Dengue Prevention
Asia eHealth Information Network, Sri Lanka
Mar 6, 2015 The Colombo Municipal Council Introduces A New ICT App to Get the Public More Involved in the Battle against Dengue Epidemic
Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation, Sri Lanka
Mar 5, 2015 Mo-Buzz App Gets Public Engaged in Dengue Battle
DailyFT, Sri Lanka
Feb 22, 2015 Hospitals Relieved at Drop in Dengue Cases but Plead for Vigilance
The Sunday Times, Sri Lanka
Feb 17, 2015 Dengue Deaths in 2015 Recorded as 12 Already
Mirror Citizen, Sri Lanka
Feb 12, 2015 CMC Commences Special Initiative to Control Spread of Dengue
NewsFirst, Sri Lanka
Sep – Oct, 2014 Raise Your Dragon – And Fitness
Hey! Magazine, pg. 6-7, Singapore
Jul 10, 2013 CMC, Mobitel Launch NTU-designed Social Media System for Dengue Surveillance/Communication
Ada, Sri Lanka
Jul 10, 2013 Mobitel Participated Dengue Prevention in Colombo
Daily Rivira, Sri Lanka
Jul 9, 2013 CMC, Mobitel Launch NTU-designed Dengue Surveillance
Daily News, Sri Lanka
Jul 9, 2013 CMC and Mobitel Launch NTU-designed Social Media System to Fight Dengue
Daily News, Sri Lanka
Jul 7, 2013 CMC and Mobitel Jointly Launch Mo-Buzz, the High-tech Innovation to Prevent Dengue
Sunday Virakesari, Sri Lanka
Jul 7, 2013 CMC and Mobitel Lunch NTU-designed Social Media System for dengue Surveillance and Communication
Sunday Island, Sri Lanka
Jul 6, 2013 Mo-Buzz Preventing Dengue
Daily Ceylon Today, Sri Lanka
Jul 6, 2013 CMC, Mobitel Launch NTU-designed Social Media System for Dengue
Surveillance/Communication
Daily FT, Sri Lanka
Jun 15, 2013 NTU Develops Predictive System for Dengue Hotspots
Xinhuanet, China (also available at eastday.com, ifeng.com. 163.com,news.china.com, qq.com, sohu.com)
Jun 12, 2013 New Approach to Sloving Dengue
Tamil Murasu, pg. 3, Singapore
Jun 12, 2013 NTU Researchers to Pilot Dengue Reporting and Predictive System in Sri Lanka
Today, Singapore
Jun 12, 2013 Mozzie App Tracks Hot Spots
The Straits Times, pg. A6, Singapore
Jun 12, 2013 NTU Researchers Develop Mobile App to Fight Dengue
The Business Times, pg. 8, Singapore
Jun 12, 2013 NTU Develops Social Media-based System That Can Predict Dengue Outbreaks
News Medical, Singapore
Jun 12, 2013 Dengue Epidemic at Critical Stage
My Paper, pg. B1, Singapore
Jun 12, 2013 Designed by NTU Predict Dengue Hotspots
Lianhe Zaobao, pg. 8, Singapore
Jun 12, 2013 NTU Develops Social Media Based System That Predicts Dengue
Channel NewsAsia, Singapore
Jun 12, 2013 NTU Designs Social Media and Web System That Can Predict Dengue Hotspots
Bio-Medicine, Singapore
Jun 11, 2013 NTU Researchers Launch New Anti-dengue App Which Relies on Community Participation
AsiaOne, DigitalOne, Singapore
Jun 11, 2013 NTU Designs A New Community Prevention System for Dengue
Lianhe Wanbao, pg. 8, Singapore
Jun 11, 2013 NTU Designs App That Predicts Dengue Hotspots
Shin Min Daily News, pg. 6, Singapore
Jun 11, 2013 NTU Designs Social Media and Web System That Can Predict Dengue Hotspots
Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
May 9, 2013 Young Health Ambassadors
The Strait Times, pg. 4, Singapore
Jan – May, 2008 Joining the War Against Cyber Crime and Childhood Myopia
Connexscions, pg. 10- 11, Singapore
Invited Talks
  • Invited speaker on “Communicating for Compassionate Healthcare: Mobilizing Values to Practice” at the IRCCH 3rd International Symposium on Communication in Healthcare, 29 June 2015, Hong Kong.
  • Invited panel speaker at WARC Webinar on “Cross Cultural Differences in Asian Health, Wellness & Nutrition” International Live Webinar to WARC Global Audiences, 14 May 2015, Singapore.
  • Invited speaker at National Cyber Wellness Student Ambassador Programme (CWSAP) 2015 Conference – Parents Track on “Parenting Styles and How They Affect Your Child in this Digital Age”, 25 March 2015, Ngee Ann Polytechnic, Singapore.
  • Invited speaker on “Harnessing Social Media for Public Health: The Dengue Engagement Experience in Sri Lanka” at the Joint APAN-TEIN Dengue Fever and Public Health Workshop, 1 – 6 March 2015, Fukouka, Japan.
  • Invited key speaker on “Harnessing Social Media for Public Health: The Dengue Engagement Experience in Sri Lanka” at Mo-Buzz Public Launch, 12 – 13 February 2015, Colombo, Sri Lanka.
  • Invited keynote speaker to the 8th Scientific Seminar on Food Innovation/Renovation for Healthier Food Choices, ILSI Southeast Asia Region, 4 November 2014, Kuala Lumpur, West Malaysia.
  • Invited speaker at 9th Singapore Public Health and Occupational Medicine Conference (PHOM) on “Digital Technology and Message Framing: Joint Effects on Physical Activity Beliefs Among Primary And Secondary School Students”, Sheraton Towers Singapore, August 29, 2014.
  • Invited Meeting Participant for the Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF) Public Health Network’s workshop, “Risk Communications for Public Health Emergencies: What to Learn from Real-life Events” (2-3 October 2014 / Oslo, Norway) ASEF Public Health Network is part of the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) Initiative for the Rapid Containment of Pandemic Influenza, which was launched during the 9th ASEM Foreign Ministers’ Meeting. ASEM is an informal dialogue process that brings 49 countries across Asia and Europe as well as the ASEAN Secretariat and the European Commission.
  • Invited speaker for the Public Health and Occupational Medicine (PHOM) Conference on “New technologies and health”, August 28-29, 2014 at Sheraton Towers, Singapore.
  • Invited opening speaker on Digital Solutions in SEAsia: EpiHack Laos June 17 – 20, 2014, Vientiene, Laos, organized by Ministry of Health Laos, Mekong Basin Disease Surveillance (MBDS), InSTEDD, Opendream and Skoll Global Threats Fund USA.
  • Invited keynote speaker at the 3rd Annual Global Healthcare Conference (GHC), Singapore, June 23 – 24, 2014.
  • Main speaker and panelist at on the Use of Digital Gaming Technology to Promote Physical Exercise at schools in Singapore workshop for the Ministry of Education, Ministry of Health and school participants March 14, 2014, Health Promotion Board, Singapore.
  • Invited key address for the public presentation of the Mo-Buzz system to the Colombo health and municipal authorities and stakeholders, November 2014.
  • Invited speaker for National Medical Research Council (NMRC) Awards Ceremony and Research Symposium 2014, Grand Copthorne Waterfront Hotel, February 26-27, 2014. (Presenting Successful HSR projects which have generated positive tangible health outcomes)
  • Invited keynote speaker at the International Conference on Advances in ICT for Emerging Regions, Colombo, Sri Lanka, December 11– 15, 2013.
  • Invited key speaker for the Asian Health Communication Science Workshop at the Institute of Communication and Health, Lugano, Switzerland, October 17 – 18, 2013. For this workshop three Health Communication experts from Asia were selected and invited to Switzerland to share experiences regarding emerging trends on Health Communication in Asian and internationally.
  • Invited key speaker at the CMC, NTU, Mobitel launch of social media system for dengue surveillance and communication, Colombo Municipal Council Town Hall, Colombo, Sri Lanka, July 3, 2013
  • Invited panelist on Talking Point, “Regulatory Measures to Curb Smoking in Singapore,” Channel News Asia, June 27, 2013.
  • Invited key speaker at Institut Pertanian Bogor (IPB) Indonesia symposium on “ICT for Health-Nutrition Communication in Developing Countries”, October 3, 2012.
  • Invited speaker for symposium on Obesity Prevention: High-risk groups and Interventions at the 1st Singapore International Public Health Conference in conjunction with the 7th Singapore Public Health & Occupational Medicine Conference at Copthorne Orchid Hotel, Singapore, October 2, 2012.
  • Invited lead guest speaker at the XI Asian Congress for Nutrition on Nutrition Communications and Marketing Symposium, Suntec City, Singapore, July 15, 2011.
  • Invited guest speaker at International Pandemic Preparedness and Response Conference, Singapore, April 19, 2011.
  • Invited speaker at Pandemic Conference by Rajarathnam School of International Studies on “When Does Risk Communication Become Over-communication?” Traders Hotel, Singapore April 16, 2011.
  • Invited speaker to Health Promotion Board’s journal club on “Digital Intervention and Health Messages: Effects on Obese Children”, Singapore, February 28, 2011.
  • Invited speaker to National Healthcare Group’s Annual Scientific Congress on “Content Analysis in Health”, Singapore, November 7, 2009.
  • Invited speaker to National Healthcare Group’s Annual Scientific Congress on “Be(a)ware of What You Hear and See”, Singapore, November 7, 2008.
  • Invited speaker to Health Promotion Board’s doctors and nurses on “Childhood Myopia and Communicating with Parents”, Singapore, November 28, 2006.
  • Invited speaker on “Childhood Myopia: A PMT Perspective of Improving Health Marketing Communications”, 11th International Myopia Conference, Singapore, August 16-18, 2006.
  • Invited speaker to Macromarketing Conference by Clifford J. Shultz, II on “Developments in Southeast Asia’s Transition Economics” New Zealand, 2006.
  • Invited keynote address at the Clueless in Starting a Business talk jointly organized by Pearson Ed, Entrepreneur Resource Center, Exec Inc. and Jobstreet, 2003.
  • Invited key speaker at the Malaysian Institute of Management talk on “How to Set More Effective Advertising Objectives” Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, September 19, 2002.
  • Invited speaker on “Responses of Singaporean Consumers to A Cross Representation of Models in Print Advertising: A Comparison with the United States”. America & Asia at Century’s End: Cultures of Interdependence, RELC, Singapore 1999.
  • Invited speaker on “The Moderating Effect of Advertising Regulation on the Portrayal of Gender Roles in Television Advertising in US and Malaysia.” America & Asia at Century’s End: Cultures of Interdependence, RELC, Singapore 1999.