The Women Of The Future Awards Southeast Asia Returns For A Second Year

After the success of the inaugural Women of the Future Awards Southeast Asia, the movement created to celebrate and nurture the pipeline of female talent, returns for a second year with nominations opening 16 July 2018, at

Aimed at recognising the inspirational young female stars of today and tomorrow, the awards were founded in the UK over a decade ago by Pinky Lilani, and are proudly supported by headline sponsor Aviva for the second year running.

The Women Of The Future Awards Southeast Asia are open to women aged 35 or under, however this year there are two major changes to the format being the inclusion of one more country, Timor Leste, and the addition of a unique new category of Mentor.

The Mentor category will be open to both males and females of all ages, to recognise active mentors and champions behind the success of young, emerging female talent in the region.

Pinky Lilani CBE DL, Founder, Women of the Future (WOF) Programme said: “The new Mentor award is applicable for men too, as it illustrates the importance of including men in the dialogue to support women in the workplace and drive systemic and cultural change. This special award is a testament to the power of allies who support and strengthen the pipeline of young female talent.”

The ten categories for the Awards are:

  • Arts & Culture
  • Business
  • Community & Public Service
  • Entrepreneur
  • Media & Communications
  • Property, Construction & Infrastructure
  • Professions
  • Science, Technology and Digital
  • Social Entrepreneur
  • Mentor (new – open to men and women of all ages)

To assess the impact of the awards on last year’s candidates in Southeast Asia, a survey was conducted of the inaugural cohort, which founded the following key highlights:

  • 92% of the shortlisted candidates believed that the Awards gave them greater access to global networks
  • 93% of the shortlisted candidates felt that they had greater belief in their own strengths due to their involvement with the awards
  • 93% of shortlisted candidates believed they gained new perspective through exposure to individuals from different countries AND different industries

Lilani adds, “We are thrilled that the awards have had such a positive impact on the women involved, and hope that we will be able to continue and even strengthen this impact in 2019.”

Chris Wei, Executive Chairman, Asia & FPI and Global Chairman, Aviva Digital, said, “Aviva is an advocate for diversity, and we incorporate this not only in our corporate values but through actions and initiatives that create lasting change. I am a strong advocate of what the Awards stands for and proud to support an event where talented women in the region are truly recognised and celebrated as role models to motivate and inspire.”

The official Judging Day will be held at the Aviva offices in Singapore and H.E. Vicki Treadell, the British High Commissioner to Malaysia, is confirmed as Chairwoman of the Judging Panel once again this year.

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

The winners will be announced at the Women of the Future South East Asia Awards Gala Dinner on 21 March, 2019 to be held at the Hilton Hotel Singapore.


If you believe that you, or somebody you know deserves one of the Awards, then simply complete the online nomination form here:

Candidates must be aged 35 or under on 20 March 2019, and must be citizens and residents of one of the following countries:

  • Brunei
  • Cambodia
  • Indonesia
  • Laos
  • Malaysia
  • Myanmar
  • Philippines
  • Singapore
  • Thailand
  • Timor Leste (new)
  • Vietnam

Submissions close 17 October, 2018.

The Women of the Future Southeast Asia is also sponsored by RICS, Mishcon De Reya and partnered with CNBC, Financial Times, Grip and Oxford University, Said Business School with more partners to be confirmed soon.

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