Alumni Achievement Awards

The ISB Alumni Association launched this program at the start of the 2021-2022 academic year to foster a spirit of pride and loyalty, celebrate former students’ achievements and service, and encourage engagement in ISB’s Mission.

ISB awards the Alumni Achievement Award (AAA) to those who have demonstrated thinking and leadership in their chosen field of endeavor. The recipients’ accomplishments and contributions shall have embodied the high expectations and values of ISB and positively impacted society.

ISB intends that recipients of the Alumni Achievement Award will be inspirational and will lend their expertise, insight, and experience to students, community members, faculty, and staff through formal and informal interactions. Over the years, many successful alumni have partnered with the school to offer mentoring, career, and internship opportunities to current students, complementing a core academic program that ensures challenging and joyful learning for all.

The AAA winner participates in the annual ISB Alumni Pathways program, the main goal of which is to connect Grade 10 students with alumni who are in various stages of their pathway after ISB.

Alumni Achievement Award Winner 2023-2024

The winner of the third ISB Alumni Achievement Award is an elite swimmer and co-founder of a mental health NGO. Camille represented Hong Kong at the Olympics in Rio in 2016 and in Tokyo in 2021, and (as of April 2024) she is set to be an Olympian again in Paris in the summer of 2024. Camille is also an Asian Games medalist, first-placing in the 2014 Asian Games.

The Alumni Achievement Award winner graduated from the University of California, Berkeley (’15) with a psychology degree. Her University of California, Berkeley career was bookended by team national championships in 2012 and then in 2015, when she served as one of the team captains. 

Camille has a master’s degree in industrial-organizational psychology from the Chinese University of Hong Kong (’19), a graduate certificate in sports and performance psychology, and performance coaching credentials. Passionate about using her platform as an Olympian to share her experiences in the hope of inspiring and empowering the younger generation, she co-founded Mind the Waves, a mental health NGO in Hong Kong.

It is inspiring to see that she is using her platform to share her journey and experience in hopes of inspiring and motivating others to follow her passion.

STUCO Representative

Camille Cheng has gone above and beyond pure athletics. She has channeled her passion for athletics into outreach that has mentored and coached young students throughout the world. 

Ethan Tseng 
Class of 2014
Alumni Achievement Award 2023 winner

Camille is the only Olympian that we can proudly call an ISB alumni. According to US NCAA data in 2015, the odds to become an Olympic swimmer was 0.0013%. Camille has already competed twice in Olympics (Rio & Tokyo) and has qualified to complete for her third Olympics this summer in Paris. It takes incredible perseverance and commitment to be a successful athlete for such a long time. 

 Jerry Oldfield
Director of Advancement

Alumni Achievement Award Nominees 2023-2024

Amélie Wen Zhao
Amélie Wen Zhao

Class of 2010

Amélie Wen Zhao is the New York Times, Sunday Times, and internationally bestselling author of the Song of the Last Kingdom duology and the Blood Heir trilogy. Amélie was born in Paris and grew up in Beijing, where she spent her days reenacting tales of legendary heroes, ancient kingdoms, and lost magic at her grandmother’s courtyard house. She attended college in the United States and now resides in New York City, working as a finance professional by day and fantasy author by night. In her spare time, she loves to travel with her family in China, where she’s determined to walk the rivers and lakes of old just like the characters in her novels do. The Scorpion and the Night Blossom is coming January 2025.

David Su
David Su

Class of 2010
Audio Programmer

David Su is at the forefront of video game audio and interactive music technology, working on award-winning games with innovative audio-driven mechanics as well as publishing research papers, speaking at conferences, and contributing to the open-source community. 

David was invited to contribute two chapters to the fourth volume of the book Game Audio Programming: Principles and Practices, which was published in December 2023. His work has been featured in outlets such as NPR, Rolling Stone, and the Los Angeles Times

He strives to work on projects that have a positive impact on audiences. To that end, Brass Lion Entertainment, where David is currently the senior audio programmer, is a studio focused on creating original fictional universes that center on Black, Brown, and other traditionally marginalized characters, cultures, and stories. Similarly, One Hand Clapping, a singing-based game which he worked on prior to joining Brass Lion, has helped many players gain confidence in their singing voices. That positive impact also extends to his role as a professor at the University of Southern California, where he teaches students the fundamentals of sound design and implementation for games. 

David is actively involved in the local game audio community in Los Angeles as well. He is one of the co-organizers of the Game Audio LA group, helping put on monthly meetings as well as special events such as a talk series. David also mentors students interested in game audio, both through one-on-one mentorships as well as volunteering at a local high school. 

Justine Sylvester

Class of 2007
Land Tenure Specialist, Energy & Extractives

Justine Sylvester is a global development professional currently working as a Land Tenure Specialist at The World Bank. In this role, Justine focuses on social sustainability and land rights in the context of mining and the green energy transition (‘Just Transition For All’). Justine has experience working on related issues of community engagement, green growth, land governance and tenure security, and civil society–private sector partnerships. 

Before joining The World Bank through the Young Professionals Program (YPP), Justine was based in Laos for several years, where she was a Technical Advisor in the Land & Livelihoods Program at a grassroots organization (Village Focus International). Prior to this, Justine worked for the Australian Federal Government.  Justine holds a Masters in Applied Anthropology and Participatory Development. 

Mathilda Ström

Class of 2002
Co-Founder and Deputy CEO of BIMA

Mathilda Ström is the co-founder and Deputy CEO of BIMA, the leading digital health and insurtech in Africa and Asia with 10m active users across 7 countries. She launched the business in Ghana in 2010 with a vision to disrupt the traditional insurance industry by bringing affordable insurance to underserved customers. Leveraging on its insurance experience, BIMA is now providing affordable and accessible digital healthcare and telemedicine solutions to empower people to take control of their health, alongside mechanisms like insurance to finance their care. She has also served on the boards of Micro insurance Network, Azuri (a PayAsYouGo Solar company in Africa) and Tangelo (a tech company providing alternative credit in Latin America). She has been recognised in top 9 future female leaders in Sweden and as one of the 50 female entrepreneurs to watch in 2022. Originally from Sweden, and mother of two, she currently lives in London.

Tina Huang
Tina Huang

Class of 2013
Content creator and entrepreneur

Tina Huang is an AI and tech content creator with an audience of more than 800,000. She also built a learning platform that teaches students AI skills to work on freelance projects from real companies. Previously, she was a data scientist at Meta. Tina got her master’s degree in computer science from the University of Pennsylvania and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Toronto.

Wendy Qiu
Wendy Qiu

Class of 2011

Wendy Qiu is currently (as of April 2024) a 6th-year associate at Holland & Knight, an international law firm with over 2,000 attorneys. Her clients have ranged from Fortune 500 companies to pro bono sexual assault victims and tenants in slumlord cases.

Wendy recently completed oral argument in front of the United States Courts for the Ninth Circuit (one level below the Supreme Court). This type of opportunity is rarely given to a mid-level, 6th-year associate at a large international law firm. As a first-year associate, Wendy conducted an internal investigation of one of the world’s largest video surveillance companies. As a junior associate, she was heavily involved in litigation strategy, drafting, and management for the high-profile case UCLA Vs Under Armour.

During law school, Wendy externed/clerked for the Honorable Dolly M. Gee, the first Chinese American women to serve as an Article III Judge (Federal District Judge). This Alumni Achievement Award finalist is also on the Pro Bono Advisory Council for civil rights advocacy group Asian Americans Advancing Justice Southern California.

Honoring this year’s recipients

The Alumni Achievement Award will be presented to the winner, Camille Cheng, Class of 2011 on May 4 in the HS Theatre during the Beijing All Stars swim assembly from 12:00pm – 2:30pm. Beijing All Stars is an Annual invitational swim event where international school swimmers are invited to participate in a highly competitive swim competition. An All-stars team is chosen to represent Beijing this year at the Singapore National Championships (to be held in Mid-June).

Seeking nominations for 2024-2025

Please submit a nomination to be considered for the award by the last day of February 2025 by completing this form

Nominations can be submitted by members of the ISB community including current and former faculty and staff, current and former parents of ISB students, students and alumni. Once we have received your nomination, we will contact you to collect supporting documents. 

Alumni Achievement Award Criteria

For questions, please contact the alumni association at or +86 (10) 81492345 Ext. 1013