Congratulations to the 2021 WIICTA Winners

Achievement

Winner

Vicki Batka, Cisco (Singapore)

Vicki Batka - Cisco (Singapore)

Vicki wins this award for consistently championing the channel ecosystem across Asia Pacific, stepping up to ensure the execution of Cisco’s ‘Perform and Transform’ strategy to almost 20,000 partners region-wide. As a pioneering channel leader and diversity advocate, Vicki has continually balanced driving market growth with guiding aspiring female leaders, in a standout career spanning three decades.

Innovation

Winner (Country)

Ai Kiar Ang, IBM (Malaysia)

Ai Kiar Ang - IBM (Singapore)

Ai Kiar (AK) wins this award for bringing AI solutions to life as a technical expert and industry thought leader within the manufacturing sector, operating as an IBM-certified Black Belt specialist with deep industry knowledge across Southeast Asia. In leading the IBM Global Emerging Technology Initiative, Ai Kiar is pioneering exploratory research efforts designed to scale new solutions in manufacturing, with a specific focus on the deployment of digital twin, mixed reality, cloud, 5G and hyper-automation offerings

Winner (Region)

Yvonne Singleton, Commvault (Singapore)

Yvonne Singleton - Commvault (Singapore)

Yvonne wins this award for creating operational excellence at Commvault through a commitment to operational innovation, underpinned by the creation of a singular platform to maximise internal data and enhance go-to-market efforts. Developed through Power BI in under two months, Yvonne’s outside-of-the-box approach to overcoming the challenge of obtaining and analysing data has helped enhance sales cycle capabilities, resulting in improved win rates and bookings - resulting in EMEA and global deployments emulating Asia Pacific.

Highly commended: Jamie Neo - HP (Singapore) and Anubha Pandey - VMware (Singapore)

Rising Star

Winner (Country)

Dr Fairoza Amira Binti Hamzah, STMicroelectronics (Malaysia)

Dr Fairoza Amira Binti Hamzah - STMicroelectronics (Malaysia)

Dr Fairoza wins this award for demonstrating outstanding leadership in driving forward AI and machine learning adoption in Malaysia, underpinned by pioneering work in the field of data science. As the creator and figurehead of Women in AI Malaysia, Dr Fairoza has built a 600-member strong community to nurture AI talent across the country, supported by efforts to driving AI and policy innovation at a government level

Winner (Region)

Natsuki Hamakawa, CrowdStrike (Singapore)

Natsuki Hamakawa - CrowdStrike (Singapore)

Natsuki wins this award for effortlessly transitioning from a retail career in Japan to excelling in cyber security sales management in Singapore, stepping out of her comfort zone to achieve four promotions in five years. After creating a training manual for current and future sales leaders based on her own experience and expertise, Natsuki has been awarded as ‘APJ Manager of the Quarter’ for the three consecutive quarters, driving growth across sales revenue, pipeline generation and deals closed.

D&I Champion 

Winner - Company

Microsoft

Microsoft

Microsoft wins this award for creating a deeply inclusive culture spanning multiple markets in Asia Pacific, underpinned industry-leading initiatives such as DigiGirlz, APAC D&I Council and Microsoft APAC Enabler program. Backed by strong executive leadership initiation and sponsorship, the DigiGirlz program continues to empower girls across every ASEAN country, notably Thailand through inspiring female students to take on roles related to science and technology. Microsoft is also continuing to hold senior leaders accountable by tying a portion of compensation packages directly to diversity progress, with the move increasing manager adoption of inclusive practices through targeted training sessions, learning / feedback solutions and toolkits.

Winner - Country

Christine Yoong, Google Cloud (Singapore)

Christine Yoong - Google Cloud (Singapore)

Christine wins this award for going above and beyond to champion talent and drive D&I standards during a 10-year career spanning Southeast Asia, US and UK markets. Christine has founded Inspire Yourself – a non-profit aimed at empowering Malaysian youths – The Steps – a career mentoring platform connecting female mentors to Singaporean and Malaysian university students seeking to live and work in the US and UK and Jota.ai – a customer engagement tool for businesses. Now at Google Cloud, Christine is once again setting the market pace, running the vendor’s technology partnerships program in Southeast Asia while spearheading diversity initiatives as part of Women@ and #IamRemarkable.

Winner - Regional

Leanne Taylor, Citrix (Singapore)

Leanne Taylor - Citrix (Singapore)

Leanne wins this award for challenging conventional thinking by looking at D&I beyond just the targets, aligned to the belief that any successful initiative must speaker louder than statistics. As an executive sponsor of the Women Inspiration Network and an active member of Women in Tech Mentorship program at Citrix, Leanne personally guides mentees within the Citrix community to tackle the challenges faced when climbing the corporate ladder, with a specific focus on helping aspiring female leaders build confidence.

Highly commended: Heng Huey Lih - Hewlett Packard Enterprise (Singapore)

Entrepreneur 

Winner - Country

Cherilyn Tan, Tessaract Technologies (Singapore)

Cherilyn Tan - Tessaract Technologies (Singapore)

Cherilyn wins this award for building Tessaract Technologies, a Singapore-based start-up designed to transform the legal sector through the introduction of AI and data analytics, reducing the need for manual documentation while enhancing customer experience levels and response rates. Despite holding no background in law, Cherilyn – who is also CEO of the Asia Law Network – is now developing plans to expand regionally with the aim of ensuring more than 50% of professional firms deploy tessaract.io, with a specific focus on Thailand, Hong Kong and Indonesia.

Highly commended: Seema Mishra - Pinkstripes (Singapore)

Winner - Regional

Joey Lim, Lark (Singapore)

Joey Lim - Lark (Singapore)

Joey wins this award for leveraging an entrepreneurial spirit and mindset to enhance Lark’s in-market suite of offerings and solutions, supported by expansion beyond SMEs and start-ups and strategic alliances across Southeast Asia. In addition to pioneering the launch of new applications and products, Joey has also embraced influencer marketing in the Philippines and Indonesia, leveraging a traditionally B2C approach to generate more than one million sign-ups in over 18 months.

Graduate

Winner

Sophia Yap, HP (Singapore)

Sophia Yap - HP (Singapore)

Sophia wins this award for spearheading the launch of the first HP Virtual Showroom in Southeast Asia, partnering with Lazada and Intel from concept development, product allocation and program execution. With a goal of engaging Gen Z and millennial demographics, Sophia was a key driver in taking the HP retail experience into people’s homes through immersive and personalised experiences, driving 100,000 unique visitors within two weeks of going live.

Shining Star

Winner - Distributor

Rachel Velasquez, Rhipe (Philippines)

Rachel Velasquez - Rhipe (Philippines)

Rachel wins this award for delivering industry-leading Marketing-as-a-Service offerings to enhance the digital value proposition of the partner ecosystem, resulting in improved connection and reach with end-users across Asia Pacific. Built in the Philippines for 10 countries region-wide, Rachel tracked and analysed information from over 2000 partners and 300,000 provisioned licenses, delivering targeted Microsoft, VMware and Zimbra campaigns to support strategic customer investment conversations, driving 43% year-on-year growth in the process.

Winner - Partner

Sunita Bottse, SuperNap (Thailand)

Sunita Bottse - SuperNap (Thailand)

Sunita wins this award for raising the quality level of the data centre industry in Thailand through an unrivalled commitment to high standards, government collaboration and deep levels of certification. As CEO of SuperNap, Sunita is taking a lead role in supporting the advancement of Thailand 4.0 through up-skilling and ecosystem partnerships, evident through achieving Tier IV certification and striking alliances with local carriers and cloud providers such as Cisco to meet economic and environmental goals.

Highly commended: Wynthia Goh - NCS (Singapore)

Winner - Vendors ASEAN

Verena Siow, SAP (Singapore)

Verena Siow - SAP (Singapore)

Verena wins this award for demonstrating standout leadership in driving continued business growth and expansion, while smashing glass ceilings as the first female Singaporean to run SAP across Southeast Asia. Having previously led Indochina operations, Verena spearheaded double-digit year-on-year growth across both on-premises and cloud bookings for seven consecutive quarters, balancing corporate goals with employee development as a ‘Best Company to Work for in Thailand’.

Winner - Vendors Asia Pacific

Sojung Lee, SolarWinds (Singapore)

Sojung Lee - SolarWinds (Singapore)

Sojung wins this award for transforming channel engagement during a challenging COVID-19 period, heightening partner and distributor focus to accelerate market momentum across Asia Pacific. Motivated by a desire to cultivate stronger interpersonal customer relationships, Sojung reinvented go-to-market strategy through piloting SolarWinds Blitz Day, a quarterly program dedicated to accelerating sales pipeline - now rolled out globally in recognition of regional success.

Winner - Vendor Country

Fanly Tanto, Cloudera (Indonesia)

Fanly Tanto - Cloudera (Indonesia)

Fanly wins this award for positioning Indonesia as the fastest growing market in Asia Pacific for Cloudera, breaking into new sectors, adding prominent customer logos and expanding local headcount by 40 per cent. In demonstrating standout leadership during the pandemic, Fanly championed accelerated and enhanced customer experience, supported by deepened alliances with leading partners such as MII, Mastersystem Infotama and NTT Indonesia.

Technical

Winner

Alejandra Artiguez, Amazon Web Services (Singapore)

Alejandra Artiguez - Amazon Web Services (Singapore)

Alejandra wins this award for demonstrating outstanding cloud security expertise and leadership, blending deep levels of technical and business acumen to enhance customer and partner go-to-market strategies across Singapore and Southeast Asia. Since joining AWS in August 2018, Alejandra has completed 230+ engagements across 100+ customers, guiding CISOs and businesses through different cloud migration stages through hands-on technical engagement and strategic guidance.

Highly commended: Arpaporn Skunkittiyut - Microsoft (Thailand)