The Awards - Judging

Judging Process

Nominees for the finals have been shortlisted based on a paper submission of their answers to eight questions. All shortlisted finalists were 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 Virtual Awards Ceremony & Gala on 18 November 2020.

Panel of Judges
Mr Martin Hayes

Chief Judge

President, Bosch SEA

Martin Hayes has helmed the business operations of Bosch in Southeast Asia as president and in Singapore as managing director since 2011. Under his leadership, Bosch has doubled its sales and manufacturing footprint across the region to close to 20 offices, seven manufacturing plants and nine R&D centres.

Presently, Mr. Hayes is vice chairman of the EU-ASEAN Business Council, of which he is one of the founding members; Vice President of the Singapore-German Chamber of Industry and Commerce (SGC) and chairman of its Automotive Committee Roundtable, as well as deputy chairman of the Singapore International Chambers of Commerce (SICC) and chairman of the chamber’s ASEAN committee.

He is also an active contributor to the Centaur Group of Senior Management Leadership Program, which is affiliated to the Cranfield University, UK. Mr. Hayes is a certified member of the Institution of Engineering and Technology, UK (IET). Mr. Hayes is passionate about promoting shared business interests in Asean, especially for technological advances in automotive sector, new business models, digitalization and the Internet of Things (IoT).

Since assuming the role as president of Bosch for Southeast Asia, Mr. Hayes has spoken at numerous conferences and high-profile events. He delivered a presentation at the ASEAN Finance Ministers & Central Bank Governors Meeting 2019 in Chiang Rai on the topic of mobility workforce in Asean. He also participated in the Asean-EU Business Summit 2019 in Bangkok, as well as the 2nd EU-ASEAN Workshop on Road Safety in Da Nang, Vietnam, and led the EU-ASEAN Business Council mission trip 2019 to Manila and Brussels. Most recently, Mr. Hayes signed two MoU's witnessed by President Halimah Yacob's at the Bosch Internet of Things (IoT) campus in Berlin during her first state visit to Germany. 

Prof. Annie Koh

V3 Group Professor of Family Entrepreneurship and Vice President Business Development, 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 Film 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 Food 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.

Prof. Aarti Ramaswami

Deputy Dean, ESSEC Asia Pacific, Professor in Management

Prof Aarti Ramaswami is Deputy Dean of ESSEC Asia-Pacific, Academic Director of ESSEC Global MBA France-Singapore, and Professor in the Department of Management. Prof Aarti's work focuses on systems used to identify, select, and develop managerial and executive talent, with a particular interest in career success, diversity and inclusion, expatriation, and cross-cultural management. Her research has appeared in top international peer-reviewed journals. She teaches leadership and management topics to MBA, Executive Education, and Doctoral program participants. She graduated with a PhD in Organizational Behaviour and Human Resource Management from the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University Bloomington. Aarti has lived and worked in India, USA, France, UAE, and is now based in Singapore.

Mr Ian Wilson

Hospitality Industry Mentor and Advisor

Ian is currently taking time off to spend time with family, mentor start ups and aid the Singapore Tourism Board in various initiatives.  In his previous capacity, he was the SVP of Non-Gaming Operations at Marina Bay Sands overseeing some 5,000 employees in Hotel, Food and Beverage, Expo and Convention Centre and numerous other areas.  Ian and his operation were recognised with a Singapore Quality Award for Business Excellence in the fall of 2019.  Previously, Ian oversaw Fairmont Hotels’ operations for China and South East Asia having launched the Fairmont Brand in Asia in 2007. 


He is also the Chairman of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce in Singapore, on the board for the Singapore International Chamber of Commerce, and a member of the Hotel Innovation Committee for Singapore, and a member of the Industry Transformation Committee for Tourism with the Singapore Tourism Board.  


Ian is a sought after speaker on the future of the tourism industry.  He holds a Master's and Bachelor’s Degrees in Hotel Administration from Cornell University and is certified as a Journeyman Chef from the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology.

Ms Sara Cheng

Managing Director, Twitter Greater China

Sara joined Twitter in May 2020 and is responsible for leading the overall business strategy and execution for the company in the Greater China region.


Prior to Twitter, Sara was the CEO of Fuji Xerox Singapore. Her strong sense of curiosity propelled her to live and work across Asia, the US and Europe while rising to executive positions at Xerox, IBM, Teradata, NCR and Procter & Gamble. 


Sara’s Board experience includes: the Chairperson of the Board of Fuji Xerox Singapore, Board member of Singapore International Chamber of Commerce, and Advisory Board Member of the Women's Forum Asia. 


Sara holds an MBA from Indiana University, USA, and BBA degree from National Chengchi University, Taiwan. She is fluent in Mandarin Chinese and English, and conversational in Dutch and Italian. 

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