By : Sabrina Wang
May 29, 2019
Shangri-La Hotel Singapore
Fourteen outstanding women, chosen from over 250 nominations, were unveiled as winners of the first-ever Women in IT Awards Asia. Organized by Information Age, this flagship and high-profile event was the first in Asia that brought together business and tech leaders to highlight the importance of diversity in information technology.
The keynote address was delivered by Josephine Teo, Singapore’s Minister of Manpower and Second Minister of Home Affairs. In her speech, she highlighted that the accomplishments of women in the tech industry are tremendous and worth celebrating, emphasizing that there has never been a better time to chart a new path forward to support career mobility for women in the industry.
“I’m glad that the organizers chose Singapore. It’s coincidental that this is the year of our Bicentennial, but it provides an interesting backdrop,” said Teo.
Women have played an integral role in the development of modern Singapore as an open, connected, and multicultural country, epitomized by such figures as Hajjah Fatimah. She was a young widow who became a well-known entrepreneur, combining her inheritance and assets to build a trading business with a fleet of steamships and sailboats. She held her own against leading merchants of the time, such as Tan Tock Seng and Naraina Pillai. In 1846, Hajjah Fatimah Mosque became the first local mosque to be named after a woman.
Fatimah’s story reflects the fact that women seeking success through technology and globalization are a part of Singapore’s DNA, and deeply entwined with the country’s vision for the future. To get there, business leaders need to take the lead in helping women become empowered to fulfill their aspirations both personally and professionally.
The names of all the winners can be found on Women in IT’s website. –SW