1. Congratulations to Class of 1994’s Pek Pongpaet, whose computer software company Impekable is featured on Inc. magazine’s list of 5,000 Fastest-Growing Privately-Held Companies in America. Impekable is a UI design and mobile development studio based in San Jose, California. It’s now the second year in a row the company has been featured. “Reflecting on our journey, we never could have imagined we would be serving some of the world’s most well-known brands including Nike, Google, and Adobe,” says Pek. “Many of these companies also entrust us with their customers and consider us partners. I am forever grateful for everyone who was part of the journey, past and present, who helped create the amazing workplace that Impekable is today.” • 2. Their Majesties King Maha Vajiralongkorn and Queen Suthida welcomed His Holiness Pope Francis on Thursday, November 21, 2019. Serving as the interpreter was a Royal Thai Embassy Counsellor, our very own alumna Nicky Nilobol Pimdee from the Class of 1994! Fittingly, Nicky described the experience as “way more than a lifetime honor!” • 3. RIS alumni from the 1990s to the 2010s represented Ruamrudee at the Inter-School Basketball Tournament on November 23, 2019, and took second place! Other participating schools in this alumni-only tournament included BPS, EIS, ICS, NIVA, and host school NIST. Congratulations to our alumni ballers! Go, Phoenix! • 4. Four RIS alumni were selected as Obama Foundation Leaders (Asia-Pacific Program), a one-year leadership development and community engagement program seeking to inspire, empower, and connect emerging leaders from across the Asia-Pacific region. The Fab Four include Class of 2000’s Aliza Napartivaumnuay (Socialgiver); Class of 2005’s Aim Amarit Charoenphan (HUBBA, Techsauce), and Class of 2006’s Chaya Chansmitmas (BigPay, Fintech) and Earn Aukrit Unahalekhaka (Ricult). Congrats to these amazing four for their continued achievements. It’s worth noting that almost half of the leaders selected from Thailand are from RIS! • 5. In a special episode of the popular YouTube vlog Life of Bow, Class of 1996 alumnus and RIS parent Louis Wattana Chuttong takes a tour of his former school and visits with old friends. Life of Bow regularly features wife Bow and son Dakar, but dad takes the spotlight this time ‘round! The clip has now garnered half a million views on YouTube. • 6. RIS alumni attended a charity concert dinner event at Vinifera on December 15, 2019, in support of Fr. Joe Maier’s HDF Mercy Centre. Also present were RIS faculty, past and present, as well as current RIS elementary students. The event was organized by Class of 2005’s Erich Parpart and featured a performance from renowned soprano Sophie Tanapura. • 7. There have been so many RIS alumni couples since 1957, and we’re delighted to wish a lifetime of love and happiness to another happy pair! Congratulations to Birdie Chaturon Boonma (Class of 2008) & Arti Gulati (Class of 2007)! The pair even took part of their pre-wedding photos back on campus in tribute to “where it all began”—complete in throwback school uniforms! • 8. The Class of 1999 celebrated their 20-year reunion with a casual get-together at The Irish Pub (Four Points by Sukhumvit), on December 21, 2019. The ‘99ers even brought along their senior yearbook and took before-and-after portraits of themselves individually alongside their senior photos. • 9. Class of 1985’s Herbert Vongpusanachai has returned to Thailand as managing director for DHL Express Thailand. He is also head of Indochina, which covers Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, Myanmar, and Laos. Herbert was previously managing director for DHL Express Singapore in 2008 and had been managing director of DHL Express Hong Kong and Macau since 2016. “I am delighted to return and am committed to maintaining DHL Express’s solid position as a leading international logistics partner for local businesses,” he says. “I am fully ready to enable business growth for our customers, from SMEs to global and multinational corporations.” Congratulations and welcome home, Herbert! • 10. In collaboration with Rotary BKK, the Class of 1997 are proud to share the completion of their second water purification plant built at Ban Huay Nam Phu school in Prachuap Khiri Khan province, 100 kilometers south of Hua Hin. Their first project, which was completed in 2018, was a class project to commemorate their 20-year graduation anniversary. “We find no better way to celebrate the precious education we received at RIS than by serving schools in rural Thailand,” says RIS alumnus and class valedictorian Dr. Sidharth Mahapatra. “These plants are open to not only the families of the schools but also to villagers from all surrounding villages, enabling them to afford a basic commodity, free of charge. While the first project was contributed to by all class members, the current pool of donors consists of a core group within our class.” (Group of donors, RIS alumni: Dinesh Agarwal, Souvir Bhuta, Ameya Kaveeshwar, Sidharth Mahapatra, Vivek Mahapatra, Nitin Modi, Kumar Samtani, and Hitesh Thakur) • 11. Thailand Tatler’s Society 2020 cover lady is none other than Class of 1994’s Pam Pranapda Phornprapha. “[Pam] could be a poster girl for working mums the world over,” describes the esteemed publication. “Despite a privileged upbringing she has cultivated a single-minded determination to succeed on her own terms, whether taking on multiple senior executive roles in various industries—including the male-dominated auto industry—running a burgeoning fashion business, advocating for women’s rights (as a driving force behind the gender-equality summit Dragonfly360), or as a doting single mother to her young son.” • 12. Popular English teacher, comedian, and Class of 1996 alumnus Chris Wright makes his much-anticipated return to the stand-up comedy stage with his first show in seven years, Chris Unseen Reboot, on Saturday, March 21, 2020, at the Bangkok Art & Culture Centre. Tickets are on sale now. • 13. Well-wishes and congratulations to Class of 1982’s Rose Busadee Santipitaks who will be leaving Thailand shortly to become the Thai ambassador to Australia!

Alumni News Roundup, Ruamrudee International School Bangkok, Thailand