Mirror, mirror on the wall, who’ll be women of the future?

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SINGAPORE: Following an overwhelming response to its call to recognise talented young women across the region, the Women of the Future Awards Southeast Asia – the movement created to celebrate and nurture the pipeline of female talent – announced recently that 54 deserving finalists from 10 countries have been selected as finalists in 10 award categories.

First founded in the UK over a decade ago by Pinky Lilani CBE DL, to acknowledge and salute the inspirational young female stars of today and tomorrow, the Women of the Future Awards Southeast Asia, proudly supported by headline sponsor Aviva, is returning for the second year running.

Pinky Lilani CBE DL, Founder, Women of the Future (WOF) Programme said: “We are absolutely delighted to receive such a tremendous response for the second Southeast Asia awards. After the success of our inaugural event we added a new category of Mentor, and we are thrilled and gratified to see such a large and diverse pool of talented young women and inspirational mentors, both male and female nominated for this year’s awards.

All shortlisted candidates worked tirelessly to empower others and forge new paths ahead; never afraid to challenge traditional hierarchies and stereotypes in order to effect positive change.

We are proud to give them a platform to celebrate their achievements.” Nominations for the second Southeast Asia awards closed on October 17, 2018. All nominations were reviewed by a shortlist committee before being selected as finalists.

These shortlisted candidates will be invited to a judging day in Singapore on Dec 5 for a short interview with their category judges, who are senior leaders with a broad experience across industry.

They include Daniel Wasik, APAC Head of Talent Outreach, Google; Anuradha Purbey, People Director, South East Asia, Aviva; and the chair of the judging panel is Vicki Treadell, British High Commissioner to Malaysia.

Among candidates from Malaysia are Dr Mahaletchumy Arujanan, Malaysian Biotechnology Information Centre; Rebekah Pei Wenn Yeoh, Corporate Finance Manager, YTL Corporation Berhad ; Cheryl Tan, Actor ; and Francesca Chia, Co-Founder, GoGet.

Shortlisted candidates of each category will gain access to many different opportunities, including the Women of the Future (WOF) network, a global and collaborative network of women who support and inspire each other to further professional and personal success.

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