Fondly known as Jo to her loved ones, Jowena John was born and raised in the scenic capital city of Sarawak, Kuching. She fondly reminisced on her childhood as she was lovingly cared for and supported by her parents to become the bright and admirable lady she is today. As a final-year student at the Faculty of Law, Universiti Malaya (‘UM’), Jowena has proven herself to be no average ‘Jo’ in collecting her string of impressive achievements along the way. Courtesy of her flair in academic and legal writing, her latest triumph was the Best Conference Paper Award in the Hong Kong International Youth Legal Exchange Conference 2021. With that as the tip of the iceberg, it is evident that her verbal eloquence left lasting impressions in multiple prominent mooting competitions — leaving the International Rounds of the Monroe E. Price Media Law Moot Court Competition (‘Price Media’) 2021 as her ‘mootment’ to remember.
Her plethora of accomplishments is nothing short of awe-inspiring. Still, Jowena humbly expressed that the driving factor was her benevolent parents who encouraged her to reach her full potential in anything and everything she does. With her goal to be a better version of herself in every step she takes, Jowena has graciously shared her raison d'être and the invaluable pointers one should endeavour to make law school life a more fulfilling one.
Hailing from the graduating class of 2016, Chai Duwei is currently based in Singapore as a Product Policy Manager in TikTok Pte Ltd, a titan in the social networking industry. Walking outside the path of conventional legal practice, he has passed through several other organisations previously, such as Robert Bosch (Southeast Asia) Pte Ltd (‘Bosch’), Shopee Malaysia (‘Shopee’), and the Cultural Economy Development Agency Malaysia (‘CENDANA’). Just last year, he has obtained a Master in Public Policy from the coveted Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy (‘LKYSPP’). In his journey, he and his team also secured the Audience Award in the Global Public Policy Network (‘GPPN’) Conference after intense competition with the crème de la crème from other globally renowned public policy schools.
‘The definition of success. It really depends on the individual, right? Everybody charts their own path.’
His journey was one of overcoming trials, as life appeared adamant about tossing lemons his way. Owing to his mother’s health condition, Duwei relocated to Kuala Lumpur from his childhood home in Johor at the tender age of 15. Before that, he had to accompany her on fortnightly travels by bus or coach for her medical reports from the country’s capital. With tints of fondness and gratitude, Duwei recalled how his mother had single-handedly raised him with an abundance of love and sage advice.
When he is not devising policies, Duwei can be found playing soccer or badminton, if not in the occasional search of good nasi lemak. From our exchange, it is clear that his persevering pursuit for the next big thing keeps him going in this fast-paced industry!