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. Martin Hayes
President, Bosch Southeast Asia / Managing Director, Bosch Singapore
Martin Hayes has helmed the business operations of Bosch in Southeast Asia as president and in Singapore as managing director since 2011. Under his leadership, Bosch has doubled its sales and manufacturing footprint across the region to around 20 offices, seven manufacturing plants and nine R&D centres.
Mr. Hayes is presently vice chairman of the EU-ASEAN Business Council, of which he is one of the founding members; 1st deputy chairman of the Singapore International Chambers of Commerce (SICC) and chairman of the chamber’s ASEAN committee, as well as honorary secretary of the Singapore-German Chamber of Industry and Commerce (SGC) and chairman of its Automotive Committee Roundtable.
Mr. Hayes is an active contributor to the Centaur Group of Senior Management Leadership Program, which is affiliated to the Cranfield University (UK), and is a certified member of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (UK).
Since assuming the role as president of Bosch for Southeast Asia, Mr. Hayes has spoken at numerous conferences and high-profile events. He delivered a presentation at the ASEAN Finance Ministers & Central Bank Governors Meeting 2019 in Chiang Rai on the topic of mobility workforce in Asean. He also participated in the 2ND EU-ASEAN Workshop on Road Safety in Da Nang, Vietnam, and led the EU-ASEAN Business Council mission trip 2019 to Manila and Brussels. In 2019, Mr. Hayes signed two MoU’s witnessed by President Halimah Yacob at the Bosch Internet of Things (IoT) campus in Berlin during her first state visit to Germany. The partnership aims to boost vocational technical education and accelerate innovations at scale in Singapore, supported by Bosch.
Most recently, Mr. Hayes moderated an EU-ABC webinar entitled “Driving Asean’s Sustainable Infrastructure Forward”, moderated the council’s dialogue between Brunei ministers and executive board members of the EU-Asean Business Council and attended the 8th edition of the Asean-EU Business Summit 2021 held in Singapore.
Besides promoting shared business interests in Asean, Mr. Hayes is a passionate mentor about anything innovation, especially technological advances in automotive sector, new business models, digitalization, and the Internet of Things (IoT). He served as chief judge for the Singapore International Chamber of Commerce Awards (SICC Awards) 2020 – an award to celebrate innovation collaboration between companies in Singapore – and continues to serve as chief judge for SICC Awards in 2021.
Prof. Annie Koh
Professor Emeritus of Finance (Practice)
Senior Academic Advisor, Business Families Institute and International Trading Institute
Singapore Management University
Professor Annie Koh is Professor Emeritus of Finance (Practice) at Lee Kong Chian School of Business, Singapore Management University (SMU). She is a renowned conference speaker, panel moderator and commentator. In addition to being a member of the World Economic Forum Global Future Council on New Agenda for Work, Wages and Job Creation, Professor Koh also chairs the Asian Bond Fund 2 supervisory committee of the Monetary Authority of Singapore. She is currently a board member of Yoma Strategic Holdings Ltd, PBA Group, AMTD International Inc., AMTD Digital, Prime US REIT and Prudential Assurance Company Singapore Pte Ltd, and serves on the Customs Advisory Council and HR Transformation Advisory Panel. She previously served on GovTech, Singapore’s CPF, HMI and K1 Ventures boards.
Other than serving on boards of listed companies, Professor Koh also advises family enterprises such as TOP International and startups such as AvePoint EduTech, SWAT Mobility and Dedoco. Previously held positions at SMU include Vice President for Business Development; V3 Group Professor of Family Entrepreneurship; Professor of Finance (Practice); Academic Director of Business Families Institute and International Trading Institute; Associate Dean, Lee Kong Chian School of Business; and Dean, Office of Executive and Professional Education.
Professor Koh received a Ph.D. degree in International Finance with Fulbright scholarship from Stern School of Business, New York University in 1988. Her research interests are in Family Office and Family Business, Investor Behaviour, Alternative Investments and Enterprise Risk Management. She co-authored Financial Management: Theory and Practice, An Asia Edition (2014), and Financing Internationalisation – Growth Strategies for Successful Companies (2004), and author of a number of Asian family business cases and survey reports. In recognition of her contribution to education and the public sector, she was awarded the bronze and silver Singapore Public Administration medal in 2010 and 2016 respectively, and the Adult Education Prism Award in 2017.
Prof. Aarti Ramaswami
Deputy Dean, ESSEC Asia Pacific, Professor in Management
Prof Aarti Ramaswami is Deputy Dean of ESSEC Asia-Pacific, Academic Director of ESSEC Global MBA France-Singapore, and Professor in the Department of Management. Prof Aarti’s work focuses on systems used to identify, select, and develop managerial and executive talent, with a particular interest in career success, diversity and inclusion, expatriation, and cross-cultural management. Her research has appeared in top international peer-reviewed journals. She teaches leadership and management topics to MBA, Executive Education, and Doctoral program participants. She graduated with a PhD in Organizational Behaviour and Human Resource Management from the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University Bloomington. Aarti has lived and worked in India, USA, France, UAE, and is now based in Singapore.
Mr. Ian Wilson
Hospitality Industry Mentor and Advisor
Ian is currently taking time off to spend time with family, mentor start ups and aid the Singapore Tourism Board in various initiatives. In his previous capacity, he was the SVP of Non-Gaming Operations at Marina Bay Sands overseeing some 5,000 employees in Hotel, Food and Beverage, Expo and Convention Centre and numerous other areas. Ian and his operation were recognised with a Singapore Quality Award for Business Excellence in the fall of 2019. Previously, Ian oversaw Fairmont Hotels’ operations for China and South East Asia having launched the Fairmont Brand in Asia in 2007.
He is also the Chairman of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce in Singapore, on the board for the Singapore International Chamber of Commerce, and a member of the Hotel Innovation Committee for Singapore, and a member of the Industry Transformation Committee for Tourism with the Singapore Tourism Board.
Ian is a sought after speaker on the future of the tourism industry. He holds a Master’s and Bachelor’s Degrees in Hotel Administration from Cornell University and is certified as a Journeyman Chef from the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology.
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.