Congratulations to the 2020 WIICTA Winners


Shining Star Award – Country

Highly Commended: Mary Kristine Morales, Check Point Software (Philippines)


Shining Star Award – Country

Winner: Tran Thi Phuong Hong, TechX (Vietnam)

Ms Hong wins this award in recognition of building an AWS managed services business from the ground up in Vietnam, scaling from 0-50 employees within the space of four months, 39 of which now carry deep cloud specialisation expertise. Drawing on almost 20 years of engineering and management experience, Ms Hong has deep expertise within the Vietnamese enterprise market, recognised for delivering exceptional leadership both at corporate and entrepreneur levels.


Shining Star Award – Region

Highly Commended: Louise Co, NTT (Singapore)

Shining Star Award – Region

Winner: Rachel Barger, SAP (Singapore)

Rachel wins this award in recognition of her work combining customer, partner and ecosystem development with female mentorship and coaching at SAP. In addition to driving digital transformation adoption across Southeast Asia, Rachel continues to mentor female rising stars across the industry, whether youths, colleagues or women with technical or non-technical backgrounds.



Winner: Sala Muthukrishnan, DXC Technology (Singapore)

Sala wins this award in recognition of pioneering technical work within the field of business intelligence, progressing from a developer background into a leading analytics strategist across Asia. Sala is widely credited with helping build a data model specific to telecommunications in the form of ‘One View’, alongside the creation of sector specific analytics solutions for customers in healthcare, retail and insurance among others.



Winner: Ivy Young, Cloud Seeders (Singapore)

Ivy wins this award in recognition of launching Cloud Seeders in Singapore, created with the aim of becoming the world’s most member-centric learning community for women within the context of cloud computing. Designed to providing a safe and effective learning environment, Cloud Seeders has recruited more than 170 female members within the space of six months, delivering seven technical workshops plus social networking and mentoring events in the process.


Rising Star Award – Country

Winner: Fatin Fatihah Zahari, Microsoft (Malaysia)

Fatin wins this award in recognition of her unwavering commitment to self-improvement and enhancement, evident through her approach of completing at least one new certification each month at Microsoft. And such an approach to up-skilling is paying dividends, with Fatin winning two worldwide strategic development awards and two local sub-awards for outstanding work in a recent cyber security project with a leading oil and gas organisation in Malaysia, delivered during her first 15 months of employment at Microsoft.


Rising Star Award – Region

Winner: Tiffany Choong, Google Cloud (Singapore)

Tiffany wins this award in recognition of her success in switching industries from management consulting to technology three years ago, and excelling at a regional level across Southeast Asia with Google Cloud. Motivated by a desire to become an industry leading Chief Operations Officer, Tiffany spearheads multiple large-scale and complex engagements in addition to creating a robust Sales Excellence Program to coach employees on strategic selling, boardroom pitches and customer problem solving..



Highly Commended: Cheryl Cheng, VMware (Singapore)



Winner: Nadia Alatas, Cybertrend Intrabuana (Indonesia)

Nadia wins this award in recognition of leading the data science charge in Indonesia, evident through the creation and deployment of two industry-leading products leveraging artificial intelligence, machine learning, automation and advanced analytics. In addition to serving major banks, health corporations and telecommunications operators, Nadia is also working to up-skill the nation through Cybertrend Data Academy, joining forces with local universities to develop data science talent across the country through an ‘industry-ready’ academic curriculum.


Achievement – Country

Highly Commended: Catherine Lian, IBM (Malaysia)

Achievement – Country

Winner: Vivian Chua, HP (Singapore)

Vivian wins this award in recognition of rising through the ranks to lead HP in Singapore and Malaysia, drawing on more than 20 years of experience to drive local market growth. In addition to management excellence, Vivian has also used her influence to create a regional standard for diversity and inclusion at HP, with women representing 45% of the workforce – out of more than 3000 employees – in Singapore, of which 35% hold leadership positions.


Achievement – Region

Winner: Kathy Chen, Citrix (Singapore)

Kathy wins this award in recognition of a channel-centric career built on consistently delivering strategic excellence and innovation, following successful management roles at Microsoft, Cisco and now Citrix. Since starting out with a focus on distribution during the late 1990s, Kathy has built a reputation for over-achievement through a commitment to aligning complex vendor portfolios to evolving customer and partner priorities across Asia Pacific and Japan.