IT Leader Awards 2009
IT Leader of the Year
Mr Robert Chew
Mr Chew is currently serving his second term as chairman for the IT Standards Committee (ITSC). At ITSC, he initiated the codeXtreme Apps programming competition - a 24hr programming competition; its inaugural event in 2007 was carried out in collaboration with Google using Web 2.0 technologies. The competition was the first of its kind in Singapore and the region. Robert was instrumental in facilitating and formulating Singapore IT Federation's (SiTF) recommendations to the iN2015 vision and strategy. While serving as a council member of SITF and as the Chairman of its Wireless Chapter in 2004-2006, Robert introduced programming and application development initiatives such as the "I Want Windows Mobile" series of competitions and seminars, organised jointly with Microsoft. As one of the early champions of mobile computing, he launched the annual "WOW!" events , the first of which was part of the telco's' efforts to introduce 3G services and subsequently to promote mobile user applications in industries such as manufacturing, logistics and healthcare.
Hall Of Fame
Mrs Pearleen Chan
Ms Chan pioneered today's e-government when she was the Deputy General Manager of National Computer Board (NCB) in 1988. She delivered a successful Civil Service Computerisation Program (CSCP), an effort that has made the Civil Service one of the most efficient and responsive in the world, and a model that many other nations in the world are trying to emulate. She also initiated the operation of Singapore Network Services with TradeNet and started to extend the use of EDI to improve the efficiency of the supply chain, access to legal services, and medical services. Pearleen also took on the role of Chairman of the EDI for Administration, Commerce and Trade Board (EDIFACT) to promote the use of EDI and EDIFACT standards in Asia. She took Singapore Network Services to 6 other countries and set up joint ventures in China, India, Canada, Mauritius, and Philippines. While working on the CSCP and TradeNet, Pearleen also devoted time to the SCS. In 1987, she became the President of the Singapore Computer Society (SCS) for Information Management (SIM) Singapore Chapter. She then became Vice President of the Singapore Computer Society in 1988 and President in 1991.
Young Professional of the Year
Mr Rakesh Kumar Gupta
Mr Rakesh is the founder, managing director, and chief executive officer of Heulab Pte Ltd. He spearheaded Heulab from its incubation stage to its current position as a high-potential, leading educational software solutions company serving the global market. Heulab focuses on the research and development of innovative educational software solutions for schools and education institutes with the aim of re-defining and enhancing the students' learning experience and effectiveness. Rakesh provided the vision for Heulab, innovated and set the technology roadmap and direction that led it to its profitable position today with its own made-in-Singapore product called HeuCampus.
Ms Winne Soh Siow Chei
Ms Soh co-founded Dream Axis Pte Ltd, a contents provider company launched in early 2008 with the core purpose of developing virtual space as a mainstream media channel. She is the driving force who shapes the company's business direction and oversees its operations while working with partners from the United States, Australia and China. Under her leadership, Dream Axis had recently successfully deployed a virtual campus project led by NUS Computer Centre that attracted more than 9000 student and visitor logins since its inauguration. At 15, she launched her first self-created CD-ROM production titled "Legend of the Modern City", which reached more than 3000 students in Singapore. Her innovation was showcased at the Learning Metropolis Convention in 2000. Winne also volunteer her time, serving the Association of MACHINIMA Arts & Sciences (AMAS) to evangelize the Machinima movement in Asia, a film-making method that compiles and manipulates existing video game characters and environments into a virtual film.
Mr Loke Lup Peng
Mr Loke was an active Microsoft Student Partner during his tertiary years in Temasek Polytechnic, organising events aimed at upgrading various IT skill sets. The events helped enhance, both lecturers and students alike, relevant technical skills that gave them an edge in the industry. He helped set up and spearheaded a Special Interest Group to invoke interest in IT within the faculty's student body. Lup Peng also took an active interest in community projects such as the trip to Hainan Island in China to set up computers and networks in a computer lab for a school. Lup Peng also collaborated with the Microsoft Innovation Centre in Singapore to develop the innovative Road Monitoring Gadget using LTA's video camera streams and Windows Vista Sidebar. The gadget has been popular, as evidenced by its more than 17,000 downloads.