The SEAMEO Service Awards were approved during the 38th SEAMEO Council Conference in Manila, Philippines for further implementation. The purpose of the SEAMEO Service Awards is to provide recognition and appreciation to staff members of the SEAMEO Units who have demonstrated exceptionally high level of achievement in such areas as work performance, innovation and creativity, professionalism and commitment that contribute to the success of the Organization's mission and goals. Each SEAMEO Unit will select annually the recipient of the SEAMEO Service Awards based on the agreed criteria. There are 2 types of the Awards; one for Individual Efforts and one for Team Efforts. However, during the initial three-year period, only the Awards for individual category would be launched. The Awards announcement and presentation will be held at the SEAMEO Council Conference. The seminar and study visits in the Member Country hosting the SEAMEO Council Conference will be arranged for the awardees. In addition, the names of the awardees including their personal profile will be posted on the SEAMEO website.

Awardees for 2003/2004

The SEAMEO Service Awards were first implemented in September 2003. There were a total of eight Service Awardees for Year 2003/2004. The Awards announcement and the plaques presentation to the SEAMEO Service Awardees were held during the Plenary Session I of the 39th SEAMEO Council Conference at the Empire Hotel and Country Club in Brunei Darussalam on 2 March 2004. In collaboration with the Ministry of Education, Brunei Darussalam, the Welcome and Introduction Session was conducted for the awardees at SEAMEO VOCTECH on 3 March 2004.

Hall of Distinction
Centres Name of Awardees
SEAMEO BIOTROP Mrs Santi Ambarwati
SEAMEO CHAT No nomination
SEAMEO INNOTECH Mrs Maria Arene B. Artajo
SEAMEO RECSAM No nomination
SEAMEO RELC No nomination
SEAMEO RIHED No nomination
SEAMEO SEARCA No nomination
SEAMEO SPAFA Ms Supa Thanasakulprasert
SEAMEO TROPMED/Network No nomination
SEAMEO TROPMED/Indonesia Prof Soemilah Sastroamidjojo
SEAMEO TROPMED/Malaysia Dr Lye Munn Sann
SEAMEO TROPMED/Philippines No nomination
SEAMEO TROPMED/Thailand Associate Prof Dr Pratap Singhasivanon
SEAMEO VOCTECH No nomination
SEAMEO Secretariat Mrs Rachanee Kanthongkul
Profiles of Awardees for 2003/2004
Mrs Santi Ambarwati
  • Chemistry Department, Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences, Pakuan University, Bogor, Indonesia. (1996)
  • Natural Resources Management and Environmental Science, Postgraduate Program at Bogor Agriculture University, Indonesia. (2002)
Current Workplace

Jl. Raya Tajur Km. 6, PO Box 116
Bogor, Indonesia
Phone : 62 (0251) 323848
Fax : 62 (0251) 326851
Email: santi_ambarwati(at)

Commencing Date 1988
Commencing Position Laboratory Technician
Current position Services Laboratory Technical Manager
Work Ethic -
Personal Motto -
Mrs Maria Arene B. Artajo
  • Master in Business Administration, University of the Philippines, 2003
  • BS, Hotel & Restaurant Managemen,t University of the Philippines, 1993 (cum laude)
Current Workplace SEAMEO-INNOTECH
Commonwealth Avenue
P O Box 207 UP Diliman
Quezon City 1101
Tel. +63 (2) 924-7681 to 4, 928-7348
Fax +63 (2) 924-0224, 928-7692, 928-7676
E-mail: info(at)
Commencing Date 5 April 1999
Commencing Position International House Officer, Administrative Team
Current position International House Officer, Administrative Team
Work Ethic -
Personal Motto Do your best and God will do the rest.
Ms Do Thi Hoai Thu
  • Bachelor of Arts (1995-1998)
    Ho Chi Minh City University of ducation Vietnam
  • Diploma in TESOL (2001-2002)
    SEAMEO Language Centre (RELC) in Singapore
Current Workplace

SEAMEO Training Centre in Vietnam (RETRAC)
35 Le Thanh Ton Street
District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
Tel. (84-8) 8245617
Fax. (84-8) 8232175
E-mail: vnseameo(at)

Commencing Date December 1999
Commencing Position Program Officer
Current position Office Manager
Work Ethic -
Personal Motto Performance is creation, thus, try to study and be well-prepared for future opportunities
Ms Supa Thanasakulprasert

Bachelor's Degree (Accounting) 1983
Ramkhamkaeng University
Bangkok, Thailand

Current Workplace SEAMEO-SPAFA
81/1 Si-Ayutthaya Road
Sam-sen, Theves, Bangkok 10300
Tel. 662-2804022-29 ext. 104
Fax. 662-280-4030
Email: supa(at)
Commencing Date 1 December 1992
Commencing Position Accountant
Current position Finance Manager
Work Ethic -
Personal Motto No one is too old to learn
Prof Dr Soemilah Sastroamidjojo

Medical Doctor (1953-1960)
University of Indonesia
Diploma in Nutrition (in 2000, recognized equivalent to MSc)
Certificate in Food Science & Applied Nutrition
(1963 -- 10 months)
University of Ibadan Nigeria & University of London
Certificate (NdpCals-Rats Exp.) (1963-1964 -- 6 months) National Institute for Medical Research, London

Current Workplace SEAMEO-TROPMED-RCCN-UI Building
Jl. Salemba Raya No. 4 Jakarta Pusat 10430
Tel. 31930205
Fax. 021-3913933
E-mail: rccn(at)
Commencing Date January 1970
Commencing Position
  • Academic Staff / Lecturer (1970 -- now)
  • Administration & finance officer and secretary of the Regional Graduate Applied Nutrition Course (1970-1971)
Current position Acting Director
Work Ethic -
Personal Motto Each one is blessed differently, accept your share and make the best out of it.
Dr lye Munn Sann
Education -
Current Workplace

50588 Jalan Pahang
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Tel: + 603 261 62671
Fax: + 603 269 38094
Email: lyems9(at) and lyems(at)

Commencing Date -
Commencing Position -
Current position Director, SEAMEO TROPMED/ Malaysia
Work Ethic -
Personal Motto


Associate Prof Dr Pratap Singhasivanon
Education -
Current Workplace

420/6 Rajvithi Road
Bangkok 10400
Tel.: +0-2354-9100-19
Fax: +0-2354-91399
Email: fnvpn(at) and tmseaneo(at)

Commencing Date -
Commencing Position -
Current position Deputy Dean for International Relations & Informations Technology and Deputy Director, SEAMEO TROPMED/ Thailand
Work Ethic -
Personal Motto -
Mrs Rachanee Kanthongkul
Education Diploma in Business Administration, Bangkok College (1967-1971)
Current Workplace

SEAMEO Secretariat
920 Mom Luang Pin Malakul Centenary Building,
Sukhumvit Road, Bangkok 10110, Thailand.
Tel.: 66 (0) 2391-0144
Fax.: 66 (0) 2381-2587

Commencing Date 16 August 1972
Commencing Position Telephone Operator/Receptionist
Current position Administrative Officer
Work Ethic -
Personal Motto The coin has two sides.