ASEAN Prize Talk 2021: “ASEAN Prize and Its Role in Forging an ASEAN Identity”

Joint Webinar by the ASEAN Secretariat & ASEAN Studies Centre

About the Webinar

Since its launch in 2018 under the Singapore Chairmanship of ASEAN, the ASEAN Prize has become a regional premier award to recognise inspiring achievements of ASEAN citizens or ASEAN-based organisations with outstanding contributions towards ASEAN Community building efforts. Awareness of a common ASEAN identity is raised through the work of the ASEAN Prize Recipients within their respective communities and within the wider region.

This webinar will discuss the progress of forging an ASEAN Identity through the views and experiences of the ASEAN Prize Recipients and their exemplary efforts in promoting a people-oriented, people-centred ASEAN Community. The Recipients will also share their opinions on ASEAN’s challenges and opportunities in achieving a stronger regional integration and an inclusive ASEAN Community 2025.

Download the Programme here.

About the Speakers

Ms Erlinda Uy Koe was awarded the inaugural ASEAN Prize in 2018 for her longstanding advocacy in supporting families living with autism in her native Philippines and in the Southeast Asian region for over two decades. She was the Chair Emeritus of Autism Society Philippines and served as Chair of ASEAN Autism Network (AAN) in 2016. With a B.A. in Communication Arts from the University of Santo Tomas and a M.A. in the same field from University of the Philippines, Ms Koe received various awards for her autism advocacy work such as the Philippine Presidential Apolinario Mabini Awards, the nation’s Outstanding Rehabilitation Volunteer in 2013; and one of her alma mater’s Outstanding Thomasian Alumni Awardees for Humanitarian Service in 2009. Ms Koe was a regular columnist for Manila Bulletin and wrote the “Angels Talk” column on various neurodiversity topics on a regular basis.

Tan Sri Dr Jemilah Mahmood is a medical professional with more than two decades experience managing crises in health, disasters and conflict settings. She is currently Professor and Director of the newly established Sunway Centre for Planetary Health in Malaysia.  She was the Special Advisor to the Prime Minister of Malaysia on Public Health, from April 2020 to August 2021, and also a member of the Government of Malaysia’s Economic Action Council, Climate Action Council and most recently the Consultative Council on Foreign Policy. Her previous appointments include the Under Secretary General for Partnerships at the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), Chief of the World Humanitarian Summit secretariat at the United Nations, and Chief of the Humanitarian Response Branch at UNFPA. Dr Mahmood graduated as a Doctor of Medicine (MD), has a Masters in Obstetrics & Gynaecology and is a Fellow of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists United Kingdom. She is the founder of MERCY Malaysia, a southern based international humanitarian organization and held many board positions in NGOs and INGOs and was the recipient of numerous national and international awards, including the ASEAN Prize Recipient in 2019 and Isa Award for Humanity from Bahrain in 2013.

Mr Choi Shing Kwok is Director and Chief Executive Officer of ISEAS – Yusof Ishak Institute and concurrently Head of ASEAN Studies Centre and Singapore APEC Studies Centre at the institute. Prior to this appointment, he was Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of the Environment and Water Resources from July 2012 to September 2017. Mr Choi started his career in the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) in 1978. He held various appointments in the SAF before he was appointed as Director, Security and Intelligence Division, Ministry of Defence in 1995 and held the post till 2005. After leaving the Ministry of Defence, Mr Choi held the post of Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Transport from February 2005 to June 2012. Mr Choi studied at the University of Cambridge, graduating with Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Engineering in 1981 and 1985 respectively. He also obtained a Master’s degree in Public Administration from Harvard University in 1994. Mr Choi was awarded the Public Administration Medal (Silver) (Military) in 1993 and the Meritorious Service Medal in 2000 for his significant contributions to the Singapore Public Service.


This webinar will be delivered online entirely. You can join the webinar at the specified date and time using devices (computer, phone, or tablet) with internet connection.

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If you have questions for the speaker, please key in your questions via the Q&A, stating your name and affiliation. The moderator will field them to the speaker during the Q&A session.


Sep 17 2021


10:00 am - 12:15 pm