Judging Process

The Chamber invites experts in their industry/sector to judge the relevant category of the Awards. To ensure transparency, categories will be grouped together and other category judges will be asked to score different industry entries within their selected group.

Each category has 4 judging criteria to evaluate the evidence provided in your submission:

Summary – Who are you?
Overall Business – Tell us your story. What do you do and how do you do it?
Initiatives & Results – Explain the initiatives and show us the results, where possible quantifying the impact
Moving Forward – What are your future plans and how can this award contribute towards that?

All entries are reviewed by the Awards Committee. Based on the scoring matrix, a shortlist is drawn up. These short listed entries will be passed on to the Judges for final scoring and the entry with the highest total will be declared the winner. In the event of two companies receiving the same final score, another category judge will be asked to score the submission and the submission with the highest score from this judge will be declared the winner.

Results are tabulated confidentially and will be announced at the Awards Ceremony Gala Dinner on Thursday 29th September 2016.

Judges for the 17th Annual Business Awards

scott wightman

Outstanding UK-Singapore Collaboration

Scott Wightman – British High Commissioner

Scott arrived at the British High Commission, Singapore in May 2015 as British High Commissioner.

He began his career in the Diplomatic Service in 1983 and has worked in the British Embassies in Beijing, Paris, Rome and, most recently, in the Republic of Korea, where he was the UK ambassador. Scott’s ties with Asia continued during his tenure as Director for the Asia Pacific region in the FCO from 2008 to 2010. Scott is from Edinburgh in Scotland and has a degree in French from the University of Edinburgh.

Russell Anderson

Customer Engagement

Russell Anderson – Managing Director, APAC, Jaguar LandRover

Mr Steve Leonard

Excellence in Innovation

Mr Steve Leonard – CEO, SG Innovate

Steve Leonard is a technology-industry leader with a wide range of experiences, having played key roles in building several global technology companies in Software, Hardware and Services. In his current role as Chief Executive of SG Innovate, Mr Leonard has been chartered to help translate some of the early tech R&D innovations that Singapore has gained a global reputation for, into commercial success by connecting them with the relevant industry corporates, start-ups and funds across sectors such as Digital Tech, FinTech, CleanTech and MedTech.

Prior to his current role, Mr Leonard served as the Executive Deputy Chairman of the Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA) within the Singapore Government, focusing on further developing the Smart Nation vision for the nation.

Wynthia Goh

Technology Transformation

Wynthia Goh – Chief Digital Director, Aviva Asia

Wynthia is a digital native who first jumped headlong into digital when she joined her first Internet startup in 1995. She has held regional and global roles in product management, business development, venture investment, digital strategy and marketing. She had led regional digital teams for Nokia, eBay, Avaya and SAP. At Aviva, she is currently the Chief Digital Officer for Asia and looks after digital in the Asia region. She also leads the Aviva Digital Garage in Singapore.

Wyn is a Fulbright scholar and holds a Master’s Degree in Public Policy, with double majors in Systems Thinking and Environmental Policy from the State University of New York. She also has a Bachelor of Business from the Nanyang Technological University of Singapore.

Esther An

Sustainability Initiatives

Esther An – Chief Sustainability Officer, City Developments Limited

Esther joined City Developments Limited (CDL) in 1995 to set up the Company’s Corporate Communications department and subsequently established the company’s CSR/Sustainability portfolio. A pioneer CSR practitioner for over 20 years and a committee member of the Global Compact Network Singapore, which is the local network of UN Global Compact, she is instrumental in building up the company’s leadership in Sustainability.

A signatory of the UN Caring for Climate initiative and a champion in green building and sustainability, Esther is a member of the World Green Building Council’s Corporate Advisory Board and the Urban Land Institute Women’s Leadership Initiative Singapore Steering Committee.

Dr Tanvi Gautam

Embracing Diversity

Dr Tanvi Gautam – Program Director, Diversity & Inclusion Programme, (SMU-Executive Development)

Dr. Tanvi Gautam is the Program Director, Diversity & Inclusion Programme, (SMU-Executive Development). She also teaches courses in Organizational Behaviour and Human resource Management at the business school at SMU. In addition Dr. Tanvi is the Managing Partner of Global People Tree, an international HR consulting and training firm.

Her key areas of specialization are innovation in talent management, cross cultural leadership, work life integration, knowledge management as well as women and leadership.

Dr. Gautam has worked in three continents (Asia, Australia, US) and brings a multi-cultural perspective to the projects she takes up. She is often sought for her expertise in engaging a culturally diverse audience in conversation on topics that cut across corporate and cultural boundaries.

She is very passionate about women and leadership and helping women play a larger role in organizations. Dr. Gautam has her own podcast series where she highlights the thought leadership of women from across the globe. She is also the curator of the first ever list of 50 women from India to follow on Twitter: an attempt to highlight the women leading their niche in South Asia.

Su-Yen Wong

Investing in People

Su-Yen Wong – Chief Executive Officer, Human Capital Leadership Institute

Su-Yen Wong is Chief Executive Officer of the Human Capital Leadership Institute, which was established by the Ministry of Manpower, the Singapore Economic Development Board and the Singapore Management University to develop global leaders with a strong understanding of leading in Asia, as well as to build Asian leaders with the ability to lead on the global stage.

She brings over twenty years’ experience in business strategy, organization transformation, human capital and leadership development. She has been based in various cities across Asia since 1997, and has worked with leading organizations across North America and Asia in a broad range of industries including high-tech, financial services, oil and gas, retail, consumer goods, and the public sector.

Su-Yen is an active member of the Singapore Institute of Directors, Women Corporate Directors, and the Young Presidents’ Organization. She holds a B.A. (summa cum laude) in music and computer science from Linfield College and an M.B.A. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Callum Laing

SME Excellence

Callum Laing – Partner, The Marketing Group and Unity Group

Callum Laing is a partner in the Private Equity firm Unity-Group. He is co-founder and non-executive director of The Marketing Group PLC and is the CEO of the Key Person of Influence program in Asia. In the past 20 years he has started, built, bought and sold half a dozen businesses in a range of industries.

Born in New Zealand and then raised and educated in Cambridge, England, Callum is an experienced entrepreneur and business professional who understands how to establish and grow business enterprises on a global basis. He is also an experienced public presenter who often speaks at events across the Asia Pacific on various subjects. He is regularly featured on broadcast and in print media across the region and beyond.

He was recently awarded the Asia Best Employer ‘Outstanding Leadership’ award and he is a Mentor / Advisor to DBS Business Class

Goh Swee Chen

Outstanding Young Professional

Goh Swee Chen – Chairperson, Shell Companies in Singapore

Goh Swee Chen has been Chairperson of Shell Companies in Singapore since October 2014. Concurrent to her country chair role, Swee Chen is also Vice President, Commercial Fuels & Lubricants – Asia Pacific, a role she undertook in 2011. Shell operates direct Fuels & Lubricants businesses in more than 10 countries in Asia Pacific.

Swee Chen joined Shell in 2003. A professional with broad global experiences, Swee Chen has led businesses in Sales & Marketing and IT. During her time in IT, she concluded one of the largest strategic sourcing deals in the industry. Prior to Shell, Swee Chen was with Procter & Gamble. She started her early career in IBM.

Swee Chen holds a degree in Information Science from Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand and an MBA from the Chicago Booth, University of Chicago.

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