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Judging Process

Every year, a judge is nominated for each category who is considered to be an industry/sector specialist. However, to ensure transparency, categories will be grouped together and other category judges will be asked to score different industry nominations within their selected group.

Each nomination will be judged using the following scoring matrix. Each category has 4 judging criteria (see next page
here); the judges wish to see each of these points addressed in your submission. Each point will be scored using the following matrix.

0 point – No Evidence
2 points – Minimal Evidence
5 points – Clear Strong Evidence

All nominations are reviewed by the Business 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, a separate judge from another industry will be asked to score the submission and the submission with the highest score from this judge will be declared the winner.

The Judges then return the score sheets and the results are tabulated confidentially. The results remain confidential until the Awards Ceremony Gala Dinner which will take place on the 1st of October 2014 at the Shangri-la Hotel.

Judges 2015

philip brett

Leadership in Customer Focus

Phil Brett, President Asia at TBWA Asia Pacific

Philip heads up TBWA\ Group Asia Pacific and is a member of the TBWA\ Worldwide Executive Commitment. He is also responsible also for the development of the TEQUILA brand throughout Asia.

Originally trained as a Barrister after reading Law at Bristol, Philip joined TBWA\ Group in 1992. Moving to Asia in 1996, Philip established the TEQUILA Regional network in 13 markets throughout Asia Pacific. This also culminated in the bringing together of TEQUILA and TBWA\ in Singapore, turning it into one of Omnicom’s most successful Hub offices, providing fully integrated marketing solutions for a wide range of clients.

Philip is responsible for the global relationships with Standard Chartered Bank and Singapore Airlines. And oversees regional business for all of TBWA\’s global clients such as, Apple, GSK, Michelin, Adidas and Nissan.

Philip lives in Singapore is married with three children.


Leadership in Diversity

Hayden Majajas – D&I Director, Asia Pacific, BP

In this role Hayden supports all businesses across Asia Pacific in implementing BP’s global Diversity & Inclusion vision and Ambition strategy, to deliver a measurable improvement in diverse workforce representation and work environment inclusion.

Hayden obtained his Masters degree from the Chuo University Graduate School of Law in Tokyo, Japan – where he lived for 15 years. Upon graduation Hayden worked for top US law firms in their Tokyo offices before moving into the financial services sector. Hayden’s professional career has taken him from legal advisory to business strategy before he moved into the ‘people’ space, leading diversity as head of D&I for Asia Pacific for Lehman Brothers, then Nomura followed by UBS.

Hayden lived in Hong Kong for more than 7 years during which time he was a Member of the Board of “The Women’s Foundation” in Hong Kong between 2013-2015. Hayden has been a resident of Singapore since 2015.

Hayden’s work has been recognized by various organisations globally including “Best Private Bank – LGBT & Diversity Issues” in 2012 by Asian Private Banker magazine; “Champion for the Advancement of Women” in 2013 by the South China Morning Post; “Leadership in Diversity” in 2014 by the British Chamber of Commerce Singapore and most recently the “World of Difference Award” in 2015 by the International Alliance for Women.


Leadership in Innovation & Productivity

David Butler, Associate Professor, School of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

Dr Butler began as an Assistant Professor in Nanyang Technological University (NTU) in September 1998 and was an Associate Professor in March 2008.

Dr Butler’s work at NTU involves the metrological understanding of various manufacturing processes including chemical mechanical polishing, precision surface grinding, and the sintering of biomaterial implants. Currently he has a team of 4 PhD Students and 4 Masters students working on various academic and industrial-sponsored projects. Collaborators include Global Foundries, Rolls-Royce plc, Pratt & Whitney, Singapore Institute of Manufacturing Technology and the Georgia Institute of Technology. Ongoing projects include the development of new models to predict the removal rate for CMP for semiconductor industry as well as grinding models for the machining of aerospace alloys.

His teaching areas include Machining, Technopreneurship, Metrology, Manufacturing and Creative Problem Solving. His research areas include Metrology, Surface Characterisation, Abrasive Machining Processes, Semiconductor Processing and Nanotechnology.

Dr Butler is also the Chairman and Chief Judge of the National Science Challenge TV programme.

Ariel Muller

Leadership in Sustainability

Ariel Mueller, Director, Asia Pacific – Forum for the Future

Ariel Muller is the Director, APAC for Forum for the Future, and has over thirteen years’ experience working with executive leadership teams to integrate environmental and social practices into business operations across a broad variety of sectors including retail brands, extractive industries and technology.

Prior to joining Forum she worked for the Helsinki Group (a collaborative strategy and design firm to design internal innovation programs for partnering organizations) and at Saatchi and Saatchi where she designed and delivered sustainability employee engagement programs for Fortune 100 companies such as Wal-Mart, NBC Universal, Duke Energy and Procter and Gamble. Previous clients include Genie Industries, ConocoPhillips, US Business Council for Sustainable Development, UNESCO, UN Global Pulse, Habitat for Humanity, and Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO).

From 2011 to 2013 before moving to Singapore, Ariel was Adjunct Faculty at Parson’s New School in New York, where she taught a course which integrates urban policy, systems thinking, environmental science and design thinking. She received her MBA in Sustainable Business from Bainbridge Graduate Institute.


Small Business Rising Star

Margaret Manning – Group CEO, Reading Room

Margaret Manning is Group CEO of international digital consultancy Reading Room. She is also a Director of the UK ASEAN Business Council.

Margaret and her team have grown Reading Room, into a global, award winning consultancy, with offices in London, Manchester, Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra, Brisbane and Singapore.

Reading Room is a global top 10 digital agency (Interactive Media Awards) and Interactive Services Agency of the Year (Stevie Awards), working with clients such as the Monetary Authority of Singapore, Taylor Wimpey, BHP Billiton and Philips Healthcare ASEAN.

In 2013 Margaret was announced a Gold Winner at the The Stevies International Business Awards for Executive of the Year, following on from her 2012 title as Female Entrepreneur of the Year at the Stevie Awards for Women in Business in New York and her award of Best Entrepreneur in EMEA in 2009.

Now based in Singapore, Margaret is a regular speaker at Singapore Events while continuing her international speaking engagements such as Econsultancy Digital Outlook 2015, eCommerce + Social Media Conference in Hong Kong, CommunicAsia and SES Shanghai Conferenceand the Forrester Marketing Strategy Forum EMEA.
Margaret has also been featured in both national media and industry press, such as The Sunday Times, The Telegraph, Cosmopolitan magazine, Marketing Week, Design Week, Campaign, .net magazine and New Media Age.

scott wightman

Success in Business

Mildred Tan – Government and Public Sector Leader, Asean
Business Development Leader
Managing Director
Ernst & Young Advisory Pte. Ltd.

Mildred Tan is the Managing Director of Ernst & Young Advisory Pte. Ltd, Head of EY’s Government and Public Sector practice in Asean and Business Development Leader. With over 25 years of experience in organizational development and restructuring work, she is well-known in Singapore for leading client engagements in the area of strategic visioning and organizational restructuring, performance management systems, human resources, and strategic and development initiatives. She has been instrumental in designing many change interventions including communications, workshops and leadership development programs.

Active in community work, Mildred is Chairperson of the National Volunteer and Philanthropy Centre and PSD International Advisory Panel (Prime Minister’s Office). She is a board member of Esplanade Co Ltd, Media Development Authority of Singapore, Lee Kuan Yew Fund for Bilingualism (Ministry of Education) and the Community Foundation of Singapore. She is also the Chairperson of the Library Consultative Panel (National Library Board) and a member of the Monetary Authority of Singapore Appeal Advisory Panel, Centre for Non-profit Leadership and Board Director Gardens by the Bay. Mildred was conferred Justice of the Peace in 2008 and was awarded the PBM (Public Service Medal) in 2007 as well as the BBM (Public Service Star) award in 2014. She was nominated Member of Parliament in Singapore from 2009 to 2011.

scott wightman

Young Professional of the Year

British High Commissioner Scott Wightman

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. He is married to Anne and they have two daughters.

jonathan chang

Community Star

Jonathan Chang – Executive Director, Lien Centre for Social Innovation

Jonathan is a serial social entrepreneur, having founded and co-founded four startups across multiple industries in Silicon Valley and Manhattan. Recently relocated to Singapore, he is the Executive Director of Lien Centre for Social Innovation and an Adjunct Professor of Social Entrepreneurship at Singapore Management University.

Jonathan co-founded a social enterprise, working with organic and non-GMO farmers and food manufacturers in California and helping them achieve supply chain sustainability and market growth. Through a fellowship from Columbia’s Earth Institute, Jonathan traveled to Rwanda to teach social entrepreneurship and conduct research on how to use entrepreneurship as a tool for social change. His other research includes a case study on entrepreneurship in rural India for Stanford Graduate School of Business, and a book about government and innovation with Esko Aho, former Prime Minister of Finland. Jonathan mentored aspiring young entrepreneurs at Ashoka’s Youth Venture, Young Women Social Entrepreneurs, and the Jackie Robinson Foundation. He has also given a TEDx talk at Harvard.

Jonathan earned his degrees from the University of California, Berkeley, Stanford Graduate School of Business, and Harvard Kennedy School of Government. Jonathan was a recipient of Stanford GSB’s Miller Social Change Leadership Award, and was named Stanford’s iFarm Fellow, Catamount Venture’s Impact Investing Fellow, and Harvard Law School’s Digital Problem Solving Initiative Fellow.

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