Thank you to all who made the Asia Award Event a spectacular event! The International SeaKeepers Society held its third annual Asia Awards Dinner at One°15 Marina on Friday, April 13th. Hosted by Dinner Chairs Julian and Sandra Chang, the theme for this year’s Dinner was about turning tides.One of the evening’s highlights was the announcement of this year’s award winners. Dr. Karenne Tunand YTL Hotels took home the prestigious awards for SeaKeeper of Singapore and The International SeaKeepers Society Asia Achievement Award 2018 respectively. These awards recognize the award winners’ responsibility towards the health of Asia’s marine health through research, education,protection and/or restoration.
Dr. Tun’s current work at NParks covers issues related to the management and conservation of Singapore’s coastal and marine environment and the biodiversity they support. Whilst YTL Hotels was recognized for their commitment to integrate responsible environmental strategies into their core business decisions which protect and improve the natural environment for future generations to come. In addition, 6 Discovery Yachts were highlighted and awarded for their contribution and participation in last year’s programming.
The event was attended by special guest speakers Dr. Toh Tai Chong, lecturer at National University of Singapore and the co-founder of Our Singapore Reefs; and eco-entrepreneur Melissa Lam, founder of Bamboo Straws Worldwide. The idyllic marina setting was the perfect backdrop to discuss how environmental and marine conservation has grown in the last few years. Both speeches echoed the same need for the different stakeholders in the community to come together and make an impact for long-term environmental conservation.