The Awards - Judging

Judging Process

Nominees will be shortlisted for the finals based on a paper submission of their answers to eight questions. All shortlisted finalists will be notified by end of 2019 and one representative per company will be invited to present their collaboration to a panel of judges at the end of January 2020. One winner will be chosen for each category.


The winners will be announced at the Awards Ceremony & Gala Dinner in Q1 2020.

Panel of Judges

*This section will be updated soon

Mr Achal Agarwal

Chief Judge

is President of Kimberly-Clark’s Asia Pacific consumer business and member of Kimberly-Clark’s Global Executive Leadership Team.  Kimberly-Clark Corporation is an $18.2 billion MNC headquartered in Dallas, US.  Asia Pacific is Kimberly-Clark’s biggest international region with a footprint in over 30 countries including Korea, China, Australia, ASEAN, India with its regional headquarters in Singapore.


With three decades of leading large, complex and multi-cultural businesses across Asia Pacific, Mr Agarwal has ensured turnarounds and achieved explosive growth and leadership shares, while building a legacy of empowered leaders.  In 2016, he was awarded CNBC’s Asia Business Leader of the Year Award for leading the way in innovation, talent management and corporate social responsibility.

Prof Annie Koh

is Vice President, office of business development at Singapore Management University. A Practice professor of Finance, Prof Annie earned her PhD from Stern school, NYU as a Fulbright scholar. In addition to her VP portfolio, she holds the position of academic director of two university level institutes – Business Families Institute (BFI) and International Trading Institute (ITI). Her previous portfolios include positions as Associate Dean, Lee Kong Chian School of Business and Dean, Office of Executive & Professional Education.


Currently, Prof Annie is a member of the World Economic Forum (WEF) Global Future Council on Regional Governance and is a board member of Family Firm Institute and Singapore Central Provident Fund. She also serves as an Independent Director of k1 Ventures Ltd, and Health Management International Ltd. She chairs the Asian Bond Fund 2 Supervisory Committee of the Monetary Authority of Singapore and the Finance & Investment Committee of the Government Technology Agency (GovTech). Prof Annie is a recipient of the Singapore Public Administration Medal, Bronze in 2010 and Silver in 2016.

Ms Lynette Leong

is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of CapitaLand Commercial, a wholly-owned business unit of CapitaLand.  Prior to the appointment, she was the CEO and Executive Director of CapitaLand Commercial Trust Management Limited for 10 years. 


Ms Leong has more than 20 years of international experience, including banking and finance with Standard Chartered Bank and United Malayan Banking Corporation Berhad in Singapore and Malaysia, and real estate fund management in the London, New York, Chicago and Asian offices of LaSalle Investment Management.


Ms Leong also serves on the boards of Singapore’s National Environment Agency, the Singapore International Chamber of Commerce and the advisory board of Singapore Management University’s Lee Kong Chian School of Business. 

Prof Lim Sun Sun

is Professor of Media and Communication and Head of Humanities, Arts & Social Sciences at the Singapore University of Technology and Design. She studies the social implications of technology domestication by young people and families, charting the ethnographies of their internet and mobile phone use.


Her recent research has focused attention on understudied populations including youths-at-risk, migrants and international students. She also conducts research on new media literacies, with a special focus on literacy challenges in parental mediation and young people’s internet skills.   Her latest books are Mobile Communication and the Family: Asian Experiences in Technology Domestication (Springer, 2016) and Asian Perspectives on Digital Culture: Emerging Phenomena, Enduring Concepts (Routledge, 2016).

Mr Wong Joo Seng

is founder and CEO of Spark Systems Pte Ltd, the builders of a new generation of trading platforms that are ultra-low latency, resilient and cost efficient. 

He is venture partner of Vickers Venture Partners, a Singapore-based VC and the No. 1 performing fund in the world since 2008. He is also venture partner of True Global Ventures. Mr Wong was the co-founder of M-DAQ and the company’s founding Chairman (Non-Executive) from inception in January 2010 to January 2014. Thereafter, from January 2014 onwards, he assumed the role of Executive Chairman, where he remained until the successful completion of the company’s Series C funding round at a valuation of $250 million on 13 November 2015.

Mr Wong holds a Bachelor of Science in Economics and Mathematics from the National University of Singapore. He is also a member of MENSA Singapore, the local chapter of MENSA International.

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