Three locals nominated for Women of the Future Awards

Azlan Othman

Three Bruneian women are nominees for the Women of the Future (WOF) Awards Southeast Asia 2020, which will take place virtually on June 25, and feature an address from Her Royal Highness The Countess of Wessex. The virtual awards show will be available for the public to view.

The awards celebrate the most innovative, determined and talented young women from Southeast Asia, across 10 industry categories.

From media to science, entrepreneurship to mentorship, the awards showcase the region’s trailblazers. The shortlist includes 48 candidates from across 10 countries in Southeast Asia. All candidates have been interviewed by an esteemed cross-sectoral judging panel.

For the Community Spirit & Public Service category, Brunei is represented by Commonwealth Alliance of Young Entrepreneurs-Asia (Brunei) President Nurliyana Fatin Arifin. Nurliyana is passionate about developing the entrepreneurship ecosystem both in Brunei and Asia. She is the President of the Commonwealth Alliance of Young Entrepreneurs-Asia, a network designed to promote youth entrepreneurship.

Among many other empowering initiatives, she is the co-founder of the Society for Community Outreach and Training and the founder and Convenor of the Brunei and ASEAN Chevening Youth Forum.

Meanwhile for the Entrepreneur category the local nominee is Tyne Solutions (Brunei) co-founder Aimi Ramlee. Aimi is co-founder of award-winning tech consultancy Tyne Solutions, where she has successfully doubled the company’s revenue year-on-year and gained customers from over 12 countries.

She is responsible for social outreach and manages the mentorship programme and community projects. Aimi believes that technology and remote working are vital to improve the economic distribution to more remote communities, enabling more women access to financial freedom.

For the Social Entrepreneur category, the Sultanate is represented by Aspadiyah Mohammad Sah, Director of Society for Community Outreach and Training (Brunei). At the Society for Community Outreach and Training, Aspadiyah is focussed on training and empowering volunteer teachers, ensuring they are equipped to handle teaching underprivileged children who may not respond to conventional teaching approach.

Her programme is transformative for both teachers and students. She also founded the Young Professional Network, a platform for nurturing personal and professional growth of young professionals, jobseekers, graduates and students in Brunei Darussalam.

The WOF Awards, Southeast Asia, is now in its third year, providing a platform for female talents across the region. The Awards recognise the inspirational stars of tomorrow across diverse sectors.

WOF Programme founder Pinky Lilani said, “We celebrate the remarkable achievements of all of our nominees and especially our 2020 award winners.

“These talented women are inspiring with their leadership and making a tangible difference across a vast range of professions and industries. When we spotlight success, share our own stories and collaborate across professions and borders, we create a powerful network and support system that can drive positive global change. It is our hope that these awards will be a beacon of positivity and inspiration in these challenging and uncertain times.”

The WOF Programme is a portfolio of events and projects that support and celebrate the successes of women through the WOF Awards, WOF Summit, WOF Ambassadors and WOF Network. WOF was founded in 2006 by Pinky Lilani. Cherie Blair is the Awards patron.

The WOF is a movement focussed on kindness and collaboration in the workplace, galvanising a community of influential women to work together as a new generation of talent across business, media, culture and public service.