IT Leader Awards 2016
IT Leader of the Year
Ms Jessica Tan
Jessica is the Managing Director of Microsoft and a veteran in the field of Information Technology. In addition to her leadership at Microsoft, Jessica serves as Chairman of the IT Advisory Committee at Nanyang Polytechnic, where she has spearheaded numerous industry collaborations such as the Cyber Security and Solutions Centre (2015) and the Ambient Intelligence Computing Centre. Jessica is passionate about the IT industries, and is a strong advocate for the local startup community. She has implemented numerous support programs that are geared towards helping young IT entrepreneurs.
Hall Of Fame
Mr Robert Chew
Robert is the Managing Partner for iGlobe Partners and Stream Global. He has been passionate about using Information Technology to solve problems in business and the community for over 30 years. During his career, he has contributed his expertise to the development and promotion of national IT Standards Committee and was also part of the SCS Executive Council where he led in SCS Infocomm Survey which serve as a guide for SCS and government agencies in shaping Infocomm policies and strategies. He continues to support IT innovation by serving on the boards of the country's leading IT organisations.
Professional of the Year
Mr Foong Sew Bun
Sew Bun was the first Singaporean at IBM Asia Pacific to be recognised as an IBM Distinguished Engineer. His roster of accomplishments also includes establishing the first IBM Singapore Research Collaboratory, where his team worked with the Land Transport Authority of Singapore and the National Environment Agency to design a suite of predictive solutions that benefited the community. He has also personally mentored Chief Technology Officers of IBM ASEAN, Taiwan, Korea, Hong Kong and China Software Group, among others.
Entrepreneur of the Year
Mr Chong Chee Wah
Chee Wah founded the award winning start-up company TreeBox Solutions that provides secure mobile communication solutions in the Asia Pacific region. He believes that entrepreneurship is about discovering one's potential and creating value for stakeholders, customers, partners and employees. Chee Wah is passionate about developing and growing the startup culture in Singapore and devotes his spare time mentoring other start-up companies, and actively participates in community events by giving motivational talks.
Entrepreneur of the Year
Mr Royston Tay
Royston co-founded Zopim, a live chat tool which is a cloud-based customer service platform that helps bring organisations and their customers closer together. In 2014, Zopim was acquired by Zendesk; a leading cloud-based customer service platform that helps bring organisations and their customers closer together. In his spare time, he mentors young entrepreneurs who wish to create something new in the field of Information Technology.
Mr Girish Kumar
Girish graduated from NUS High School of Math and Science where he was a key member and Vice President of the Robotics Club. In his 3rd year, he took part in the Science Mentorship Programme organised by MOE at A-STAR; where he and his classmates built Android applications that integrated gesture recognition into smartphone user-interfaces. He has since worked on a project entitled "RevUP". The app automatically generates quiz questions for students and teachers by leveraging on cutting edge AI algorithms, and he is in the process of commercialising this technology.
Mr Raniel Lee
Raniel is the founder of Jobook Singapore, Singapore's most efficient job matching site. Raniel is well-regarded as a highly-motivated individual, with a passion not only for IT and entrepreneurship, but also for people. His motivation, passion and drive come from the various part-time assignments he embarked on during his vacation breaks that inspired him to further his education, to hone his skills in IT and nurture his business acumen.