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Thu 05 Aug 2:00 PM - 4:30 PM


Introducing Channel Asia Women in ICT Awards (WIICTA) in 2021, housing a record-breaking number of submissions in what was the largest celebration of female excellence within the technology channel across Southeast Asia.

Representing the entire ASEAN ecosystem, 160 finalists (150 individuals and 10 companies) made the shortlist from a pool of more than 65 organisations and over 220 nominations, spanning partner, vendor and distributor businesses. This marked a significant expansion in reach, support and market appeal to position WIICTA as the leading technology awards program for gender diversity and inclusion (D&I) in the Southeast Asian channel.

Reflective of a diverse technology network – and a thriving channel community – over 25 partner companies were in the spotlight, in addition to more than 30 vendors and four distributors. Specific to partners, candidates ranged from large-scale consultancy giants and global system integrators (GSIs) to emerging and established start-ups in Jakarta, Bangkok, Manila and Singapore, alongside leading managed service providers, born-in-the-cloud players, specialist solution consultants and boutique digital agencies.

Aligned to the Channel Asia approach of representing established and emerging partners in equal measure, 2021 was the year that WIICTA went mainstream in the local channel.

Within this standout group of finalists, female leaders were located across the entire region, spanning Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam. All career stages were in the spotlight from graduate-level entrants to well-established CEOs, in addition to inspiring entrepreneurs, creative thinkers and technical experts, as well as talent rising through the ranks and consistent high-performing individuals. This was also supported by both individual and company champions of D&I initiatives.

Collectively, WIICTA in 2021 stands tall as the leading forum for setting the industry benchmark for female achievement across Southeast Asia

14:00 - 14:08

Opening Remarks


 Welcome to Channel Asia Women in ICT Awards

14:08 - 14:30

State of Gender Diversity in the Tech Channel Research

Presentation of State of Gender Diversity in the Tech Channel across Southeast Asia, spanning core research pillars:

  • Tech Industry
  • Workplace
  • Personal Experience


Presented by Cherry Yumul (Vice President of Strategic Partnerships & Innovation, IDG)


14:30 - 14:44

Power CIO Talk: Winnie Rebancos (Coca-Cola – Philippines)


As a member of the Senior Leadership Team, Winnie Rebancos spearheads the technology strategy of Coca-Cola in the Philippines, drawing on more than 15 years of industry experience and expertise.


Recognised as a Legend CIO across Asia Pacific, Winnie is widely recognised for her key contributions to technology, culture and new ways of working, underpinned by deep knowledge of cloud, artificial intelligence, analytics, cyber security, e-commerce and customer experience solutions.



Driving D&I

14:44 - 14:50

Awards: D&I (Company / Individual)


These awards recognise standout company / individuals driving diversity and inclusion (D&I) across all aspects of the business, spanning employees, customers and key stakeholders. This organisation / individual has gone beyond a surface-level commitment through the introduction of policies and programs to meet D&I goals, evident through targeted initiatives, strong leadership and clearly defined deliverables. These awards are open to all aspects of diversity and inclusion (gender, race, age, disability, sexual orientation etc)


Presented by James Henderson (Editorial Director, Channel Asia)


14:50 - 14:52

Awards: Graduate


This award recognises a standout graduate candidate who has leveraged apprenticeship programs to start a career within the ICT industry. Open to all roles and responsibilities, this individual has made an immediate and positive impact on the business through providing a fresh perspective and high levels of professionalism. This award is open to candidates involved in a graduate program between 2018-2021.


Presented by James Henderson (Editorial Director, Channel Asia)


14:52 - 15:05

Power CIO Talk: Jacqueline Teo (HGC Global Communications)


As Chief Digital Officer of HGC Global Communications, Jacqueline Teo is responsible for technology and digital capabilities for customers and internal employees, spanning strategy, roadmap, architecture, delivery, support services as well as P&L accountabilities.


During the past 25 years, Jacqueline has led significant technology transformations across large and complex organisations, holding several C-level positions globally in the telecommunications, media and entertainment industries.



Spearheading Innovation

15:05 - 15:08

Awards: Technical


This award recognises excellence in the form of technical and engineering expertise, honouring deep domain knowledge in relation to technology products, solutions and services. This candidate has provided business value through specialised skills and competence, spanning technical, pre-sales and support roles.


Presented by James Henderson (Editorial Director, Channel Asia)


15:08 - 15:26

Awards: Innovation


This award recognises a creative-thinking candidate who is a standout in bringing innovation to life through a big picture and out-of-the-box approach to business. This individual is unrivalled at converting embryonic ideas into viable working solutions through a unique thought process designed to continually push the envelope.


Presented by Vicki Batka (Vice President of Partner Sales APJC, Cisco)


15:26 - 15:40

Power CIO Talk: Michelle Wu (Ingram Micro)


As CIO and Executive Director of Asia Pacific at Ingram Micro, Michelle Wu is tasked with leading technical associates, driving business digital transformation and modernising infrastructure and operations, while deepening B2B engagements with vendors and e-commerce experience with customers regionally.


Drawing on an enviable CV spanning executive roles in America, Middle East and Asia Pacific, Michelle – who was honoured during CIO50 ASEAN in 2020 – spent almost 20 years in technical and management roles at General Electric, making a significant impact in helping businesses achieve growth objectives, productivity, performance improvements, and operational efficiency.



Rising High

15:40 - 15:43

Awards: Entrepreneur


This award recognises an enterprising candidate with a risk-taking mentality, honouring excellence in launching new ventures, products or services. This individual has a proven background in building innovation from the ground up, evident through converting market-leading ideas into viable business offerings.


Presented by James Henderson (Editorial Director, Channel Asia)


15:43 - 15:50

Awards: Rising Star


This award recognises a standout candidate rising up through the ranks within the ICT industry, acknowledging significant advancement during the early stages of her technology career. This individual is growing in stature and importance through demonstrating outstanding business acumen, deep market expertise and high levels of professional integrity. This award is open to candidates with eight years or less experience within the ICT industry.


Presented by Tian Beng Ng (Senior Vice President & General Manager of Channels APJ, Dell Technologies)


15:50 - 16:00

Power CIO Talk: Juliana Chua (Essilor Group)


Twice inducted into CIO50 ASEAN – in 2019 and 2020 – Juliana Chua has worked with the industry's best names, from IBM, Nitto Denko and Spruson & Ferguson to A*Star, IPOS International and now Essilor Group as Head of Digital Transformation.


Juliana has launched two technology start-ups globally and has a background in innovation (Stanford, US), international business management (INSEAD); IP law (NUS Law) and computer science (Loughborough, UK).



Role Models

16:00 - 16:09

Awards: Shining Star


This award recognises an established candidate with a strong record of achievement, acknowledging excellence in spearheading company initiatives and driving strategic change. This individual is a consistent high performer who regularly achieves standout business results and continues to assume increased levels of seniority within the organisation. This award is open to candidates with eight years or more experience within the ICT industry.


Presented by James Henderson (Editorial Director, Channel Asia)


16:09 - 16:21

Power CIO Talk: Supriya Rao Patwardhan (DHL)


Drawing on more than 30 years of experience in IT, logistics and supply chain industries, Supriya Rao Patwardhan currently operates as Executive Vice President and Global Head of IT Services at DHL – a position she assumed in 2020.


Since joining the organisation in 1994, Supriya – who was honoured during CIO50 ASEAN in 2020 – has played a variety of roles within IT and the wider company, taking a lead role in helping to bridge the technology-business divide.


16:21 - 16:34

Awards: Achievement


This award recognises a standout candidate who has delivered an unrivalled contribution to the ICT industry, evident through outstanding professional and personal achievements. This individual has earned a reputation as an esteemed thought leader following a distinguished career as both a business leader and role model for aspiring executives. This award is open to candidates with 25 years or more experience within the ICT industry.


Presented by Kathy Chen (Vice President of Channel APJ, Citrix)



Closing Remarks


Final address / summary celebrating winners / finalists