Expand each category below to view the 2020 Women in IT Awards Asia shortlist.


Advocate of the Year

A woman working in tech who 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, judges will also assess their impact on, and integration with, the business.


Audrey Pe – WiTech (Women in Technology)

Cinderella Molina – PayPal

Fatima Said – eWave

Gina Wong – IBM

Ivy Young – AWS Singapore

Lydia Wong – Tech Data Advanced Solutions (Singapore) Pte Ltd

Natalja Rodionova – Sisters of Code

Regine Chan – McKinsey & Company

Xiu Yun Winne Chen – HSBC Technology Centre, China (HTC)

Business Role Model of the Year

A female business leader in technology who has been an effective role model to other women in the last 18 months. Judges will examine demonstrations of leadership and business achievements, as well as examples of being a role model and inspiring other women to succeed in technology.

Ayesha Khanna – ADDO AI

Carolyn Chin-Parry  – PwC

Christine Chanderan – ZENIKA PTE LTD

Eka Mardiarti – Estorm Technologies Pte Ltd

Gunjan Soni – ZALORA Group

Libby Lee – Anaplan

Oanh Phuong – HP Inc

PeiLin Yeo – delaware Singapore

Shanthi Chandrasekar – Bahwan CyberTek (BCT)

Suganthi Shivkumar – Qliktech Singapore PTE Ltd

CIO of the Year

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

Falguni Desai – VFS Global Pvt. Ltd.

Jennifer Lauretta Leong Bee Yoong – 360 Degree Digital Pte. Ltd.

Joyce Shia – NETS

Kedi Wu – Chevron

May Yap – Jabil Green Point

Shannon Hirai – Morgan Stanley

Sophia Leung – J.P. Morgan

Supriya Rao Patwardhan – DHL Express

Swati Sankhye – MIT World Peace University, Pune, India

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.

Aamani Budhota – Biofourmis

Adeline Koh – Dell Technologies

Céline Le Cotonnec – Bank of Singapore

Geraldine Chia – Moka Technology Solutions Pte Ltd

Jayshree Dawrewar – InfoCepts

Nidhi Agrawal – Standard Chartered Bank

Nikita Gupta – TBWA

Quitterie Marque – International SOS

Sing Hui Teo – TechSource Systems Pte Ltd 

Sonal Jain – Validus Capital

Digital Leader of the Year

A female chief digital officer, digital director or leader of a digital transformation. Judges will look at examples of innovation, leadership, digital best practice, return on investment, cultural change and alignment to business goals.

Agathe Foussat – Danone

Amelia Green – PwC Singapore

Anju Patwardhan – CreditEase

Gwendolyn Koid – Schneider Electric

Mirela Juravle – Siemens Digital Industries Software

Naomi Rajendram – PwC South East Asia Consulting

Penny Murphy – Arcadis

Prachi Shah – Software AG

Sakhee Dheer – Facebook

Yvonne Lim – Razer Inc

Diversity Initiative of the Year

This award category is open to organisations that have undertaken a specific initiative that has been established to promote diversity within their organisation or the wider community. These could involve gender pay gap, paternal leave, gender parity in the industry, etc. Judges will assess commitment to the cause, awareness raised, impact on the organisation and/or industry, and ultimate results of the initiative. Submissions should include the name of the initiative.

Initiative for Mothers – Accenture

SheInSecurity – Accenture

Ascent – Citi

Mongolian Women in Tech National Program – Empasoft LLC

DIB (Diversity, Inclusion & Belonging)  – Equinix

Young Employee Network – Hewlett Packard Enterprise

Women on The Move – Take it Forward – J.P. Morgan

iExcel – Tata Consultancy Services

Vapasi – ThoughtWorks

Employer of the Year

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

Accenture ASEAN 

Avanade Asia

British American Tobacco GSD KL


Ericsson MOAI

HSBC Software Development (GD) Limited


J.P. Morgan


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.

Ashvini Danigond – Manorama Infosolutions

Cherie Tan – A1 Code Academy

Debbie Lee – TechTV Network Pte Ltd

Gina Wong – IBM

Hazel Wei – JONI.AI

Jeeta Bandopadhyay – Tookitaki

Rosaline Koo – CXA Group

Sunitha Miryala – Prad Pte Ltd

Yamin Oo Shwe – RECYGLO

Fintech Project of the Year (led by a woman)

The most innovative fintech project. Please outline what problem your project is trying to solve and what steps/progress so far you have achieved in solving this. Also outline the project’s potential and how it can reach critical mass. Highlight any particularly innovative features.

J.P. Morgan – Team led by Jyoti Chatterjee

MatchMove Pay – Team led by Nelly Jimron

NETS – Team led by Joyce Shia

Visa – Team led by Tasneen Padiath

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. 

BP – Team led by Irina Mironova

British American Tobacco Indonesia – Team led by Rosa Maria

Buzz ARVR – Team led by Bell Beh

Gluu Life – Team led by Lin Shu Fen

Grab – Team led by Sri Thiba Santhira Seakaran

HSBC – Team led by Jenny Yau

J.P. Morgan – Team led by Kathryn Dunn 

Nucleo Consulting – Team led by Sandra Yeow

PCCW Solution Insys Pte Ltd – Team led by Sonali Chavan

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 his way, or strategically prioritised, getting more women into IT and/or supporting them in their career. 

Abhishek Sharma – Citi

Aditya Patil – J.P Morgan

Hamon Yann-Alain – why innovation!

Jérôme Limozin – Bank of America

Pavel Bulowski – Meiro / Shelovesdata

Richard Lord – HSBC

Seng Yue Yau – British American Tobacco GSD KL

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.

Avanade Asia

Bank of America (Code for Change Program)

Bank of America (Cyber Security Escape Room Programs)



DBS Bank



Oracle Singapore


Transformation Leader of the Year

A woman who has led an IT transformation, digital transformation or business change programme driven by technology in the last 18 months. Judges will assess the planning, execution and results of the transformation programme, looking particularly at the technologies and innovation involved, best practice, alignment to business goals, impact on the business, training/awareness/ education, ROI achieved, and how culture shifts were managed.

Anneliese Schulz – Software AG

Aurore Duhamel – Senior Product Manager – Trident

Felicia Cheung – Microsoft

Jazz Moser – Verizon Business Group

Linda Newman – S&P Global – Ratings Division

Lorraine Choo Yin Ong – Government Technology Agency

Rama Sridhar – Mastercard

Wilma Gerber – JLL

Yolande Le Mercier – Activeo Singapore PT LTD

Yu Jie Kaneoka Yukiko – Lenovo

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 acted as a positive role model and actively sought to bring more diversity to the technology industry.

Aliza Knox – Cloudflare

Amra Naidoo – Accelerating Asia

Elena Ionenko – TurnKey Lender

June Lai – Catalyst

Liyana Sulaiman – Pollen

Lynn Tan – Blonk Group

Rachel Barger – SAP

Yuk Wah Kwong – National Trades Union Congress

Young Leader of the Year

A woman under the age of 35, or who turns 35 in 2020, 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.

 Akansha Goyal – Barclays Global Service Centre

Christina Gao – Shell

Chu Yuan (Joanne) Ng – R3

Deepika Dinesh – CavinKare

Farah Saleh – Digix

Hanny Kusumawardhani – ConsenSys

Johannine Christian Perello – Ascender HCM Asia Pte Ltd

Susan Claire Alvarez – Sodexo Services Asia Pte Ltd

Valerie Lim – Gojek

Wajiha Hassan – Teradata