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Nadya Hutagalung


Nadya Yuti Hutagalung is an Indonesian-Australian model and actress who was one of the first VJs on MTV Asia, TV host, VJ for the USA MTV, MediaWorks artiste, painter and jewelry designer. Born to an Indonesian of Batak descent father and Australian mother.


Ms. Hutagalung was voted one of Asia's Leading Trendmakers by Asiaweek, alongside the Dalai Lama, Malaysian actress Michelle Yeoh and Hong Kong actor Chow Yun Fat, for her special ability to inspire and fascinate. Her natural mixture of confidence, humor and the sheer ability to entertain made her the Winner of the Best Light Entertainment Presenter Award at the Asian Television Awards in 1997. In the same year, she was also voted Showtime Personality of the Year by Singapore's The New Paper and Singapore's Most Gorgeous Woman by female magazine readers. She was also named as one of the top ten "Shining Stars" on Indonesian television by local tabloid Bintang.


In 2009, Ms. Hutagalung was voted one of Singapore's Top 20 most influential people by CNN. That same year she was also awarded the title, Best Host TV Host by ELLE magazine, a testament to her staying power in a tough industry.

This year, MNC Lifestyle Channel (Indonesia) presented her with the MNC Lifestyle for being an inspiration to all Indonesian women. The Singapore Innovation Park also presented her with the SIP Fellow Awards in recognition of her outstanding achievements as a change-maker, thought and action leader, who are shaping a more inclusive, sustainable and better world.


Ms. Hutagalung married Desmond Koh at the Uma Ubud in Bali on December 16, 2006, and currently resides in Singapore. She is an eco-activist, eco-centric jewelry designer and well known personality in Singapore and Asia. She launched her own sustainable jewelry line called OSEL meaning ŒClear Light¹ in Tibetan and is a practicing Buddhist. She hosted the first two cycles of "Asia's Next Top Model."

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