Women of the Future Southeast Asia 2021 Shortlist Announced!

The fourth annual Women of the Future Awards Southeast Asia, the only movement of its kind to recognise and nurture the pipeline of young female talent across the region, in association with NTT, is delighted to announce 61 shortlisted finalist across 11 countries comprising Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Timor Leste and Vietnam.

The COVID-19 pandemic has undoubtedly revealed the enormous reliance on women at home and in the essential services and, as identified by the UN, it has put hard-fought gains for women’s rights and representation of women across all industries under threat. It is therefore more important now than ever to shine a light and recognise women’s leadership and nurture, develop and support female talent.

This year’s line-up is phenomenal, with candidates from all over the region and from truly diverse sectors. From business dynamos and entrepreneurs to athletes and academics, the women shortlisted work tirelessly to empower others, forge new paths and positively impact their colleagues, communities, and the world at large.

The number of nominations received – the highest since the initiative launched in 2018 – reflects the growing and diverse pool of female talent in the region, with shortlisted candidates from backgrounds ranging from astro-physicists to Olympic gymnasts, to human rights lawyers and architects. For the full list of finalists and their bios click on https://awards.womenofthefuture.co.uk/seasia-our-alumni/2021/

Pinky Lilani CBE DL, Founder, Women of the Future (WOF) Programme said: “We are absolutely blown away by the calibre of the shortlist for The Women of the Future Awards Southeast Asia 2021. The talent of our nominees is astounding, and we need to celebrate every one of these women for the role they play in shaping the countries they are from in the region. From those making medical breakthroughs and digital innovations to women who are Olympians and fighting to end human trafficking these are the change-makers and visionaries pushing the boundaries of what is possible.”

The judging will take place virtually this year in view of the Covid-19 pandemic. Each of the 61 candidates will be interviewed by their respective category judges the week of 7 June to determine the overall winner of each category. The judges are leaders from a variety of fields and include John Lombard (CEO Asia Pacific, NTT), Sarita Singh (Director, Facebook), and Wincel Kaufmann (VP, Blackrock Asia), among other luminaries.

Chair of the judging panel, and CEO and Director of DBS Group, Piyush Gupta said, “The depth and breadth of local talent showcased in this years’ shortlist is beyond heartening, particularly given the disproportionate challenges that women have experienced during the pandemic. The shortlist clearly evidences the growing pool of young women waiting to be recognized, and who can benefit from the Women of the Future community. It is incredibly important to provide these inspiring trailblazers with a platform to encourage the next generation of talent in Southeast Asia, to believe that they too can excel and achieve their dreams.”

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.

The winners of the Women of the Future Southeast Asia Awards 2021 will be announced on 6 October, at a virtual ceremony.