Nominees for the finals will be shortlisted based on a paper submission of their answers to eight questions. All shortlisted finalists will be invited to present their collaboration to a panel of judges. Winners will be announced at the SICC Awards Ceremony & Gala.
Panel of Judges
Mr. Hugh Edmiston
Senior Vice President (Administration), Singapore Management University
Hugh Edmiston is the Senior Vice President (Administration) for the Singapore Management University. As a member of the Executive Committee team, he is responsible for providing leadership in the administrative and operational functions of the University.
In addition to supporting the President in the development and implementation of the strategic goals for the University, Hugh is also responsible for the transformation efforts towards the area of organisational excellence.
Previously, Hugh was the Vice-Principal of Business Development and Director of Corporate Services for the University of Edinburgh. As a member of the Executive Committee team, he was responsible for 10 functional groups including finance, property and the commercialisation of research and services. With significant change management and merger experience, he led of a number of the University’s strategic projects such as the Edinburgh City Deal Data Driven Innovation project and the Bioquarter campus investment partnership.
Hugh sits on the board of the Singapore International Chamber of Commerce (SICC) and is the co-chair of UK Singapore Universities Alliance for Entrepreneurship and Innovation (UKSAEI).
Hugh holds a Bachelor of Engineering degree from Hertfordshire University and an MBA from Westminster University.
Prof. Reetika Gupta
Deputy Dean of the ESSEC APAC
Prof. Reetika Gupta is the Deputy Dean of the ESSEC APAC campus since September 2022. Prior to this, she was the Associate Academic Director of the BBA program at the APAC campus from 2016-2022. She received her PhD in Marketing from Baruch College, City University of New York (CUNY) and before joining ESSEC, she was a faculty member at Lehigh University (USA). Prof. Gupta has lived and worked in India, USA and Singapore.
Ms. Magdalene Loh
Head of Innovation, Prudential Singapore
Magdalene Loh is the Head of Innovation at Prudential Singapore. In this role, she works closely with the leadership team to empower the innovation superhero within each Prudential staff through upskilling and exposure to new ways of working. She also leads on cross-functional efforts to embed processes that facilitate a culture of innovation in Prudential, and incubates promising new ideas. Building on the local and regional partnerships forged during her stint in Government Relations, Magdalene continues to co-create solutions with both internal and external stakeholders around the themes of skills, health and aging. A lawyer by training, Magdalene has also served as Legal Counsel with Prudential at both the local and regional levels. Prior to joining the company, she was a generalist lawyer in private practice for a period of six years.
Magdalene is also an entrepreneur at heart. In 2015, she co-founded Flying Cape, an online booking platform for enrichment and tuition classes. Outside of work, she spends her time developing career design games and volunteering at a children’s charity.
Mr. Wong Lup Wai
Chief Executive Officer, IPI
Wong Lup Wai is the Chief Executive Officer of IPI. He is responsible for leading the strategy and growth of IPI in consultation with the Board of Directors and Steering Committee.
Lup Wai brings with him strong international management experience and deep knowledge of strategic planning, operations, and innovation and development. Prior to joining IPI, he held various senior leadership roles which include Chief Operating Officer at the Singapore Sports Hub, as well as Group Executive Vice President and Group Chief Operating Officer at Hyflux.
He spent 25 years with Philips Electronics Singapore, including a three-year stint at Philip’s joint venture factory in Suzhou, China. He was the Managing Director of Philips Singapore from 2009 to 2012. Under his leadership, Philips Singapore won the inaugural Tripartite Alliance for Fair Employment Practices Exemplary Employer Award in 2010.
Lup Wai holds a Masters of Business Administration from the Nanyang Technological University and a Bachelor of Civil Engineering from the National University of Singapore.
Ms. Wong Su-Yen
Chairperson, Singapore Institute of Directors
Su-Yen brings over a decade of experience as an independent director and has served on the Boards of several listed companies, family businesses, high growth start-ups, charities, and government-linked organisations in Australia, Asia, and the United States. She is Chairperson of the Singapore Institute of Directors and is the only Asia-based individual named to the Financial Times’ Agenda Directory of Top 100 Board Candidates With Pay-Setting Skills.
Su-Yen is an Adjunct Professor at the National University of Singapore Business School, a member of the Executive Education Faculty at Duke University, and a professional speaker who engages audiences worldwide on leadership, transformation, and the future of work.
An accomplished multicultural business leader who has lived and worked globally, Su-Yen previously was CEO of the Human Capital Leadership Institute, Chairman for Marsh & McLennan Companies (Singapore), and Senior Partner and Managing Director, Southeast Asia at Mercer. Earlier, she was Asia Managing Partner for the Communications, Information & Entertainment practice at Oliver Wyman.