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The Singapore Women’s Weekly honours Singapore’s outstanding women achievers at the Great Women of Our Time Awards 2017

Singapore, 12 October 2017 – The Singapore Women’s Weekly, one of Singapore’s most popular women’s magazines published by SPH Magazines Pte Ltd, announced the winners for this year’s Great Women Of Our Time Awards, an annual initiative that honours the achievements of the nation’s most inspiring women.

These women were honoured at cocktail party cum awards presentation at VLV Clarke Quay this evening. The Guest of Honour was Mrs Josephine Teo, Minister in the Prime Minister’s Office and Second Minister for Manpower & Home Affairs.

Winners for the categories are:

Arts and Media
Tracie Pang
Artistic Director, Pangdemonium

In 2009, Tracie founded theatre company, Pangdemonium, with her actor-husband Adrian Pang and has been instrumental in widening the breadth of Singapore’s arts scene through her productions. The writer-producer-director recently won the Best Director gong at the M1-The Straits Times Life Theatre Awards, proving that there is a space for women in the arts industry despite cries to the contrary.

Design and Style
Khew Yu Nong
Founder, Khew + Cornelius

Architect, designer, researcher, and artist. It is clear that Yu Nong has worn many hats during the course of her career, but one that doesn’t get a lot of air-time is eco-warrior. As co-founder of design studio, Khew + Cornelius, the petite powerhouse has always been interested in how design and technology can work together to solve the problems of environmental degradation on Earth.

Education and Public Service
Esther Tan Cheng Yin
Singapore’s First Female Naval Diver

Dubbed Singapore’s GI Jane, Esther has made history as Singapore’s first female naval diver with the elite Naval Diving Unit of the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF), in a job that involves search-and-rescue operations and explosive ordnance disposal. After an illustrious 22-year career, Esther left earlier this year and she now takes part in expedition races in the desert and over mountains for hundreds of kilometres at a stretch.

Finance and Commerce
Jocelyn Chng
Founder & Chief Executive Office, JR Group

Having experienced a poverty-stricken childhood, Jocelyn turned her life around and is now the boss of one of Singapore's largest food companies, Sin Hwa Dee. A single mother of three after her husband passed away suddenly while her children were still young, Jocelyn is also the Chief Executive Officer at JR Group, which started serving hot meals from vending machines. The company has since launched 100 standalone vending machines, as well as Singapore’s first vending machine café.

Health, Sports and Wellness
Dr Rosemary Tan
Founder & Chief Executive Officer, Veredus Labs

Dr Rosemary serves as the Chief Executive Office of Veredus Labs, a Singapore-based medical diagnostics company. Her firm has made headlines for developing a test kit that can detect seven major tropical diseases, including Zika and dengue, from just a drop of blood. “We’re at the cutting edge of technology. We have shrunk an entire lab onto a chip that’s the size of a fingernail,” she explains. “As long as a specimen contains DNA, we can tell you what pathogens are contained in it.”

Science and Technology
Dr Li Jingmei
Genome Institute Scientist, Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR)

Dr Li Jingmei studies mammogram images to see how breast density predicts cancer risks. She also plans to use Singapore’s nationwide disease registries to work out how genetic mutations that up the risk of breast cancer slightly are linked to aggressive types of breast cancers. As such, Dr Li’s work is as important as ever in helping to improve the health of women, a task which the she is more than happy to undertake.

Subsidiary Award – Lancôme Trendsetter Award
Elyn Wong
Founder & Fashion Designer, Stolen

What began as a challenge quickly turned into a passion for Elyn as she married garment construction with architecture and installation art resulting in home-grown fashion label, Stolen. The brand, which turns 10 this year, has come leaps and bounds since its inception. In 2014, Elyn took the label and participated in TMRW, a showcase featuring emerging designers from around the world during New York Fashion Week.

Most Inspiring Award
Candice Ong
Chief Commercial Officer, ShopBack

At the tender age of 33, Candice has helped to push e-commerce start-up ShopBack from a Singapore-based team of just three people in 2014 to a regional force of 100 employees today. In addition, her tenure as Chief Commercial Officer has seen the company flourish across six nations in Asia in less than three years, and outgrow their No. 1 competitor,, in the region. Not bad for a young lady who took a massive pay cut just so she could jump ship from finance to the tech industry.

Honorary Award Recipients
Elim Chew
Entrepreneur & Founder, 77th Street

From humble beginnings as founder of streetwear label, 77th Street, she revolutionised the streetwear scene, bagged dozens of accolades while she was at it, and has become a driving force for local entrepreneurship. Elim is now gunning to be “a big logistics player” with her latest venture, FastFast Delivery app. Apart from FastFast, Elim is also involved in the birth of a culinary empire with her I’m KIM Korean BBQ and GoroGoro Steamboat restaurants, Elim is a study on how to evolve and improve as an entrepreneur according to market needs.

Laura Hwang
Singapore representative for women’s rights on the Asean Commission on the Promotion and Protection of the Rights of Women and Children

If you’re looking for a woman who has made it a mission to give her time, energy and considerable enthusiasm to help others, look no further than Laura Hwang. Singapore’s representative for women’s rights to the Asean Commission on the Promotion and Protection of the Rights of Women and Children (ACWC) in 2014, Laura was also the president of the Singapore Council for Women’s Organisations from 2010 to 2014, where she motivated changes to the Women’s Charter to improve legal and support systems for divorced women and families.

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Attached: Annexe A - The Singapore Women’s Weekly Great Women of Our Time Awards 2017 Nominees

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