At the Great Women Of Our Time Awards 2016 cocktail party cum awards presentation at Lewin Terrace on September 29, we honoured the achievements of our nation’s most inspiring women and announced the winners for this year’s awards. Congratulations to all the winners!
Arts & Media Winner: Lim Shujuan, 33, Curator, National Gallery Singapore
After a $532 m decade-long restoration, the National Gallery Singapore is now home to the world’s largest collection of modern Southeast Asian art. And behind the transformation of the former Supreme Court and City Hall, stands a committed team of industry experts, including Shujuan, who played a key role in the restoration project as its building history curator. She is also the project editor of The Making of National Gallery Singapore, a 168-page book that documents the history and transition of the two monuments.
Read more about Lim Shujuan here.
Design & Style Winner: Lim Wenhui, 34, Partner, Spark Architects
Many of us have marvelled at the architectural design of the rejuvenated Clarke Quay, and the beautiful Shanghai International Cruise Terminal – but did you know that these well-known projects were completed by award-winning architecture firm, Spark? Wenhui, who spearheads the socially-conscious firm’s Singapore headquarters, also oversees its global brand and graphic identity. Wenhui is credited for leading the teams that won Spark’s first commissions in Vietnam in 2009, and in Australia in 2013.
Read more about Lim Wenhui here.
Education & Public Service Winner: Fion Phua, 46, Founder, Keeping Hope Alive
For over 20 years, Fion and her team of more than 50 volunteers have been knocking on the doors of one- and two-room rental flats every Sunday, actively seeking out residents who need help. These volunteers deliver porridge to the needy, providing them with practical necessities like induction cookers and mattresses. Last year, the mother-of-one was a recipient of the annual President’s Volunteerism and Philanthropy Awards and won The Singapore Woman Award 2015.
Read more about Fion Phua here.
Finance & Commerce Winner: Yvon Bock, 36, Founder and Managing Director, Hegen
Yvon’s vision has always been about making a difference. The mother-of-four drew on her own breastfeeding experience to create a revolutionary line of baby bottles. Hegen was founded with the aim to design meaningful products that advocate breastfeeding, protect the integrity of breast milk, and enhance the breastfeeding journey for parents everywhere. In 2014, the mumpreneur showcased Hegen bottles at Kind + Jugend, the largest baby products trade show in Cologne, Germany.
Read more about Yvon Bock here.
Health, Sports & Wellness Winner: Dr Sheila Vasoo, 46, Senior Consultant and Rheumatologist, Mt Elizabeth Novena Specialist Centre
Dr Vasoo pioneered the Pregnancy Loss Program (a first in Singapore) at the National University Hospital with Professor Mahesh Choolani. In 2012, she was awarded the John Gusdon New Investigator Award at the joint American and European Society of Reproductive Immunology Annual Scientific Meeting, for their work on the placenta and the immune system in women with recurrent pregnancy losses.
Read more about Dr Sheila Vasoo here.
Science & Technology Winner: Associate Professor Ho Ghim Wei, 40, Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering, Engineering Science Programme, Faculty of Engineering, National University of Singapore
Believing that women can excel equally in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) industry, Assoc Prof Ho now leads the Ho Research Group at NUS with the aim of creating novel nanostructured materials for energy and environmental sustainability. Last year, the mother-of-two was an honouree winner in the Junior Chamber International (JCI) Ten Outstanding Young Persons (TOYP) 2015 Awards.
Read more about Associate Professor Ho Ghim Wei here.
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Most Inspiring Woman: Chrissy Goh-Tasker, 49, Founder and CEO, JLCSports.com
An independent entrepreneur, Chrissy started off with an online platform to retail sporting goods. Her company JLCSports.com is now the leading online regional platform that acts as both retailer and wholesaler for leading sports brands such as Adidas, Reebok, Puma, Asics, New Balance, Nike and Converse. She has since diversified her reach into the business of recycling. Her latest venture, The Gon Company, has developed a Domestic Crushing Machine that reduces the size of recyclable cans and bottles.
Read more about Chrissy Goh-Tasker here.
Subsidiary Award – Skin Inc Outstanding Businesswoman Award: Tan Su-Lyn, Co-founder & CEO, The Ate Group
Su-Lyn is a multi-hyphenate: As a brand catalyst, she co-founded integrated communications agency, The Ate Group (which counts Odette, Destination New South Wales, and The Omakase Group, amongst its illustrious list of clients); she has edited numerous cookbooks and restaurant guides, such as Passion and Inspiration (renowned chef Justin Quek’s first cookbook), and the Lonely Planet World Food Guide to Malaysia and Singapore. Su-Lyn also co-founded food blog Chubby Hubby with her husband, Aun Koh.
Read more about Tan Su-Lyn here.
Subsidiary Award – Swarovski Trendsetter Award: Winnie Chan, Founder and CEO, Bynd Artisan
Bynd Artisan reflects Winnie’s fight to take the traditional art of bookbinding into the future. Bynd Artisan is her way to provide younger customers with a tactile experience of choosing and making their own notebooks – something Winnie, the third generation scion of Grandluxe, a 71-year-old stationary manufacturing company, wants to preserve as we enter a digital world. In July, the homegrown brand, which can be found in selected retailers in Singapore, made its first international launch in Lane Crawford, IFC Mall, in Hong Kong.
Read more about Winnie Chan here.