2021 Shortlist

Advocate of the Year

A woman working in tech who is a role model and has gone out of her way to support the cause of getting more women in IT in the last 18 months. As well as examining the women in IT initiatives the candidates have pioneered to inspire women to succeed in technology, judges will also assess their leadership and the initiative’s impact on, and integration with, the business.

Elaine Liew, Amazon Web Services( AWS) 

Erin David,  JLL Australia

Jennifer Spano, Big Data Exchange (BDx)

Joie Bose, The WIT Network, PwC India Acceleration Center

Michelle Mannering, GitHub

Nishana Samarawickrama, Pearson

Romi Dexter, Hype & Dexter

Shelley Ding, Aptiv Electric Distribution Systems Co. Ltd

Tracy Quah, Informatica

Von Leong, Purpose Venture Capital

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Data Leader of the Year

A female IT, technology or business leader who has demonstrated successful results in the area of data technology in the last 18 months. This could include demonstrations of successfully deploying data technologies; improving how a company uses or deals with data; delivering effective data strategies; enhancing decision-making with data; or furthering knowledge, awareness and education around data and related technologies.

Rajneet Kaur - Persistent Systems

Sonal Jain - Validus

Nidhi Agrawal - Standard Chartered Bank 

Mona Agarwal - Pearson 

Soumya Prasada - IBM India Software Labs 

Nabila Hadjkali - JLL Singapore

Fanly Tanto - PT Cloudera Technology

Karisse Garcia - JLL Philippines

Nathapak Pisuttunusart - JLL Thailand 

Amelia Wee - JLL Asia Pacific

CIO of the Year

A female CIO who has demonstrated particular innovation and IT excellence. Judges will look at projects and achievements spanning the current organisation or others if applicable, within the last 18 months. Examples of best practice, leadership, ROI generated and alignment to business goals must be included.

Joyce Shia, NETS

Kathleen Stubbs, JLL Australia

Michelle Wu, Ingram Micro

Sathidevi Sreeraj, Randstad India Private Ltd

Shui-Min Tan, National University of Singapore

Yessie Dianty Yosetya, PT XL Axiata

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DEI Initiative of the Year

This award category is open to organisations that have undertaken a specific initiative that has been established to promote diversity, equity and inclusion within their organisation or the wider community. These could involve gender pay gap, paternal leave, greater support for BAME and LGBT+ professionals, greater opportunities for people with disabilities, etc. Judges will assess commitment to the cause, awareness raised, impact on the organisation and/or industry, and ultimate results of the initiative. Submissions must include the name of the initiative

Allyship Program: Activating Allyship & Inclusion, Microsoft APAC

Forward Program, Accenture Southeast Asia

She Builds, Amazon Web Services (AWS)

Supporting People with Disabilities (PWD) Initiative, Accenture Southeast Asia

BeingWISE (Women Innovators, Social-leaders and Entrepreneurs), Intel

Vapasi, a #TalkTechToHer Initiative, Thoughtworks

Digital Transformation Leader of the Year

A female chief digital officer, digital director or leader of a digital transformation who has led an IT/digital transformation or business change programme driven by technology in the last 18 months. Judges will look at examples of the technology and innovation involved; leadership; best practice; results and return on investment; alignment to business goals; and how culture shifts were managed. 

Dr. Beena Kumari, CSIR-National Metallurgical Laboratory

Christina Gao, Shell

Daisy Wu, Chevron

Geetha Ramamoorthi, SNCLavalin

Gwendolyn Koid, Schneider Electric

Juliana Chua, Essilor Group

Naomi Rajendram, Accenture Southeast Asia

Netty Susanty, MatchMove Pay Pte Ltd

Rachel Tan, Oracle

Shanthi Chandrasekar, Bahwan CyberTek

Education and Training Initiative of the Year

This award category is open to organisations that have developed training programmes, upskilling initiatives, and/or undertaken an initiative that has helped women and girls to improve their digital skills over the last 18 months. This could involve virtual onboarding training, training for furloughed staff, upskilling/supporting working staff, etc. Judges will assess commitment to the cause, awareness raised, impact on the organisation and industry, and ultimate results of the initiative. Submissions must include the name of the initiative. 

Sisters of Code, IT Academy STEP Cambodia

IMPACT 2020 – WIT Hack at Home Program, Pearson

Supporting People with Disabilities (PWD), Accenture Southeast Asia

SheLovesData

FO-Tech Connect, Bank of America

Employer of the Year

This can be either a technology company that has demonstrated a great effort to attract and retain more women, or a company from any other industry that has demonstrated great efforts to attract and retain more women in its IT and/or digital department. Judges will look at efforts the employer has made to create a more diverse and inclusive working environment.

Alibaba Cloud Intelligence International Business Unit

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Intel

Love, Bonito

Thoughtworks

Tookitaki 

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Entrepreneur of the Year

A female leader of a technology, digital or e-commerce start-up that has demonstrated excellent growth in the last 18 months, with a coherent and sustainable strategy in achieving it. Judges will look at demonstrations of growth (turnover, profit, employees etc.), standout achievements and customer testimonials. 

Debra Taylor, OpenSparkz / PAX Technology

Hazel Savage, Musiio

Jennifer Zhang, WIZ Holdings Pte Ltd

Jennifer Lauretta Leong Bee Yoong, 360 Smart Home

Muskan Bhatia, Ed Aura Technology

Innovator of the Year

A female tech professional who has demonstrated outstanding innovation, customer wins and deployments in the last 18 months. Judges will look at products/services, client testimonials, examples of ROI achieved, success in challenging implementations, post-sales support and service, and tailored customisations in specific enterprise environments. 

Bell Beh, BUZZ AR

Debra Taylor, OpenSparkz / PAX Technology

Ekta Gupta, MatchMove Pay Pte Ltd

Fan Yang, Munich Re

Joey Lim, Lark

Kaus Manjita, Mason

Michelle Mannering, GitHub

Rama Sridhar, Mastercard

Renee Welsh, Embed

Prachi Shah, Software AG

IT Team of the Year (led by a woman)

An IT team, led by a woman, that has delivered real value – with tangible business results – to a company. Judges will look at projects and achievements, along with examples of best practice, leadership, ROI generated and alignment to business goals. 

Joyce Shia, NETS

Kitty C K Yeung, HSBC

Piumie Rodrigo, Pearson

Richa Arora, JLL Singapore

Selina Yuan, Alibaba Cloud Intelligence International Business Unit

Shailaja Nair, Ingram Micro

Teena George, Hoolah

Male Ally of the Year

A senior male figure who has gone out of his way to improve the diversity levels of women in IT, within the organisation and/or in the wider community. Successful nominations must provide case studies or examples of how the candidate has gone of their way, or strategically prioritised, getting more women into IT and/or supporting them in their careers. 

Ben Chan, Microsoft Corporation

Diyath Ariyaratne, Pearson Lanka (PVT) Ltd

Dzaharudin Mansor, Microsoft Corporation

Ganesh Baliga, Citi

Mark Micallef, Cloudera Singapore Pte Ltd

Puneet Chandok, Amazon Web Services

Ramakrishna Purushotaman, CIO Academy Asia

Richard Lord, HSBC

Shehan Kumar, Federation of Information Technology Industry Sri Lanka

Next Generation Leader of the Year

A woman under the age of 35, or who turns 35 in 2021, who has progressed rapidly though their career and demonstrated business value and innovation through the use of technology. This could include demonstrations of successfully deploying technologies; improving how a company approaches technology; delivering effective IT or technology strategies; enhancing decision-making with technology; creating business value, efficiencies and cost savings, or improving services, through the use of technology; driving new innovation in the industry; or furthering knowledge, awareness and education around technology.

Aditi Agarwal, Thoughtworks

Ann Cher Toh, HomeBase

Li Shing Chan, Government Technology Agency (GovTech)

Mahe Zehra Husain, FiveRivers Technologies

Regine Chan, Generation Z / General Atlantic

Ruth Retno Dewi, PT Bukalapak.com

Shakthi Priya Kathirvelu,  Funding Societies | Modalku Group

Shruti Choudhary, Intel

Sona Jain, Microsoft

Surangi Nethsinghe, Pearson Lanka (PVT) Ltd

Outstanding Contribution of the Year

Nominations can be submitted for this category and candidates will be selected from across the current nominees as well as the judging panel’s knowledge of key industry individuals. It is to recognise the achievements over a long period of time which has made an important contribution to the general standing of the technology industry.

Abolee Kale, HSBC

Ankita Srivastava, HSBC

Dr. Beena Kumari, CSIR-National Metallurgical Laboratory

Jayshree Dawrewar, InfoCepts

Jenny Tan, CapitaLand Group

Neethu Varghese, JLL India

Rajitha Vajiramali, Pearson Lanka

Sewmi Rajapaksha, Pearson Lanka

Security Leader of the Year

A female CSO, CISO or any other senior IT security function (including cyber security and data management), within an Asian organisation who has delivered outstanding work. Judges will assess the candidates’ innovative approaches to security and the impact of their policies, procedures and projects on the business.

Alexandra Mercz, Gojek

Amy Sittler, Bank of America

Kimberly Chow, Amazon Web Services (AWS)

Mansi Thapar, Jaquar Group

Neha Malhotra, Credit Suisse

Tech for Good Award of the Year

This award honours an organisation using technology to improve the lives of others and the world around us. It recognises corporate social responsibility, charity work or green and sustainability initiatives that are driven or implemented using pioneering digital techniques. Entries will be judged on their effectiveness, innovation and overall commitment to doing good. 

Cindy Kua, Sunday Ins Co., Ltd.

Hapinoy Microventures Inc.

Jennifer Lauretta Leong Bee Yoong, 360 HealthTech Pte. Ltd.

Neha Agarwal, Citibank

Nelly Jimron, MatchMove Pay Pte Ltd

Pragati Gokhale, Rajiv Gandhi Science & Technology Commission

Regine Chan, Generation Z / General Atlantic

Tanapol Krailasratanasiri, Thoughtworks

Tech Mahindra

 

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Woman of the Year

A woman who has demonstrated the highest degree of IT excellence, innovation and leadership in the last year, and shone a light on the great things women in IT can achieve. Candidates should have not only have demonstrated outstanding business- and/or technology-focused achievements, but also give examples on how they have actively sought to bring more diversity into the technology industry. 

Anna Green, Amazon Web Services (AWS)

Debra Taylor, OpenSparkz

Ding Shelley, Aptiv Plc

Renee Welsh, Embed

Romi Dexter, Hype & Dexter   

Tracy Quah, Informatica

Verena Siow, SAP Asia Pte Ltd

Von Leong, Purpose Venture Capital

Yashu Kapila, BugRaptors

Yessie Yosetya, PT. XL Axiata