Winners of inaugural Women of the Future Awards Southeast Asia

Nine women were recognised at the inaugural Women of the Future Awards for Southeast Asia.

Nine talented young women from across Southeast Asia have been unveiled as winners of the first ever Women of the Future Awards Southeast Asia. This new movement showcases the strengthening pipeline of female talent across the region.

The winners were recognised in nine different categories, and were selected from a shortlist of 50 candidates representing 10 countries across the region. Women from Singapore won three of the nine awards.

The winners, who were announced last night at a gala dinner and ceremony at the Hilton Singapore, include:

§  Business: Christina Gao, Global Product Manager, Shell (Singapore)

§  Community Spirit & Public Service: Phyu Hninn Nyein, General Manager, Farm Advisory Services, Proximity Designs (Myanmar)

§  Entrepreneur: Khai Lin Chua, Co-Founder and CFO, Fundnel (Singapore)

§  Professions: Mary Bounthalath, Trade Commissioner, Office of the Embassy of Canada to Lao PDR (Laos)

§  Property, Infrastructure & Construction: An Nguyen, Director, Research & Consulting Services, CBRE Vietnam (Vietnam)

“We are extremely delighted to recognise and celebrate the achievements of our Award winners and shortlisted candidates at our first Women of the Future Awards in Southeast Asia. These talented young women are reshaping their various fields and helping to create a better future for all, while blazing a trail for a new generation of women,” said Pinky Lilani, Founder of Women of the Future Programme.

Founded 12 years ago by Lilani, the Women of the Future Awards are aimed at recognising the inspirational young female stars of today and tomorrow. They are open to women aged 35 or under and celebrate talent across nine different fields, ranging from business, entrepreneurship, to property, science and technology, the arts, and community service.

Judging took place in Singapore, at the offices of headline sponsor Aviva, by a distinguished panel that also represented a diverse field, ranging from Piyush Gupta, CEO of DBS Group, Caesar Sengupta, Regional Vice President of Product Development for Google, to Jacqueline Poh, CEO of Singapore’s Government Technology Agency (GovTech) and Marie-Agnès Mazas, Asia Pacific Talent Director, Sodexo. The Judging panel was chaired by Vicki Treadell, British High Commissioner to Malaysia.

The award winners and shortlisted candidates of each category will reportedly gain access to many different opportunities, including the Women of the Future network – a global and collaborative network of women who support and inspire each other to further professional and personal success.

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