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Nominations open for WOF Awards Southeast Asia

James Kon

British High Commissioner to Brunei Darussalam John Virgoe encouraged Bruneian women to nominate a candidate for the Women of the Future (WOF) Awards Southeast Asia.

With the Countess of Wessex as their Global Ambassador, other Southeast Asia WOF alumni from Brunei include Amy Cheong, Najaa Halbi, Nurliyna Fatin binti Arifin, Siti Noraspadiyah binti Haji Mohd Sah and Aimi Ramlee.

Pengiran Dr Noor Affizan binti Pengiran Haji Abdul Rahman and Supna Rania Karwanamurthi are Brunei’s Southeast Asia WOF Ambassadors.

Nominations are open at for the fifth annual WOF Awards Southeast Asia, the first movement created to celebrate and showcase the emerging female talent across the region.

Originally founded in the United Kingdom (UK) over a decade ago by Pinky Lilani CBE DL to acknowledge and showcase the inspirational young female stars of today and tomorrow, the WOF Awards Southeast Asia returns for the fifth consecutive year with headline sponsor NTT Ltd on board for the second consecutive year.

The WOF Awards Southeast Asia is one part of the WOF programme, a community that connects leaders across all industries on a global scale. Its initiatives seek to burst open the female leadership pipeline, celebrating success but also creating a collaborative global community that can share expertise, facilitate collaboration, and amplify the impact of each leader’s work.

The WOF Awards Southeast Asia will be held at the Voco Hotel on Orchard Road, Singapore on November 23.

Pinky Lilani CBE DL said, “We are thrilled to hold the awards for the fifth year running. The last two years have been challenging and it is our hope that we can hold the awards in person.
“The first four awards delighted us with the depth of female talent across Southeast Asia who are as passionate, inspiring and purposeful as they are gifted. We look forward to unearthing the region’s future leaders who will have a huge impact on their communities and who will help to shape a kinder, more collaborative future for all.”

The 12 categories for the Awards are Arts and Culture, Business, Community and Public Service, Entrepreneur, ESG (Environmental Social Governance), Media and Communications, Property, Construction and Infrastructure, Professions, Science, Technology and Digital, Social Entrepreneur, Sport (new category) and Mentor (open to men and women of all ages)

Of the 12 categories, 11 are open to women aged 35 or under. The Mentor category is open to both males and females of all ages, and recognises active mentors and champions behind the success of emerging female talent in the region.

Shortlisted candidates will gain access to many different opportunities, including the WOF network – a global and collaborative network of women who support and inspire each other to further professional and personal success.

Submissions close on September 7. Information can be obtained by contacting the British High Commission in Brunei Darussalam.

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