Five Alumni Named in Forbes 30 Under 30 Asia 2023 List

Five School of Engineering (SENG) alumni have gained places on the Forbes 30 Under 30 Asia 2023 list, which features 300 young entrepreneurs, leaders and trailblazers across the Asia-Pacific region, all under the age of 30, who are effecting positive change and driving innovation amid global economic uncertainty and a challenging environment.


The eighth edition of this annual list features a diverse set of honorees from 20 countries and territories across the Asia-Pacific region. Thirty entries were selected for each of the 10 categories. More than 4,000 candidates are evaluated by the Forbes Asia team and a panel of independent, expert judges on a variety of factors, including funding, revenue, social impact, scale, inventiveness and potential.


The SENG honorees are:

  • Anushka PUROHIT (2022 BEng in Electronic Engineering) in the social impact category. She is a Co-founder of Breer, a food upcycling startup that turns bread waste into local craft beer.


  • Jack CHEN (2021 MPhil in Technology Leadership and Entrepreneurship), Kenny OKTAVIUS (2021 MPhil in Technology Leadership and Entrepreneurship, 2019 BEng in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering), and Reno PRAWOTO (2019 BEng in Electronic Engineering) in the healthcare & science category. They are Co-founders of PointFit Technology, which seeks to make tracking health conditions easier with its skin patch. Currently Kenny and Reno are pursuing their PhD studies at HKUST (Guangzhou).


  • ZHANG Yan (2022 PhD in Bioengineering) in the healthcare & science category. She is the lead inventor of CHAMP (computational high-throughput autofluorescence microscopy with pattern illumination), a patented medical imaging technology that helps to detect residual tumors and provides doctors with information on resection margins. She is currently a postdoctoral research associate at Cornell University.


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The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) ( is a world-class research intensive university that focuses on science, technology and business as well as humanities and social science.  HKUST offers an international campus, and a holistic and interdisciplinary pedagogy to nurture well-rounded graduates with global vision, a strong entrepreneurial spirit and innovative thinking.  Over 80% of our research work were rated “Internationally excellent” or “world leading” in the Research Assessment Exercise 2020 of Hong Kong’s University Grants Committee. We were ranked 3rd in Times Higher Education’s Young University Rankings 2022, and our graduates were ranked 23rd worldwide and among the best from universities from Asia in Global Employability University Ranking and Survey 2021.

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