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23 SEP 2019

Strengthening the pipeline of female talent in Southeast Asia

Launched in Southeast Asia in 2018, the Women of the Future Awards is a global initiative to build a collaborative network of women across all sectors. The winners across 10 categories were announced on 25 June 2020 in Singapore.

The corporate real estate sector faces fast-paced technological and social change due to major shifts shaping cities and urbanisation. New ideas to accelerate digital transformation and rethink how it addresses market uncertainty is critical to maintaining a competitive advantage.

In April 2018, McKinsey Global Institute published 'The power of parity: Advancing women's equality in Asia Pacific'. This report states that "$4.5 trillion additional annual GDP in 2025 could be added to the economies of Asia Pacific by advancing women's equality, or 12% above business-as-usual GDP in 2020)". McKinsey Global Institute's calculation is a supply-side estimate of the size of the additional GDP available from closing the gender gap in employment.

Read more: Business diversity: A key to unlocking competitive advantage? 

The Women of the Future programme encourages, motivates and provides role models to inspire and strengthen the female talent pipeline and safeguard a more diverse and competitive workforce.

In its third year, the 2020 awards aim to build a platform to showcase regional emerging leaders — those who are not afraid to question stereotypes, break boundaries and drive positive change with courage, hard work and determination.

Proud sponsor of the awards

RICS is proud to once again sponsor the Property, Construction and Infrastructure category at the Women of the Future Awards Southeast Asia 2020.

This year, CEO of Ohmyhome, Rhonda Wong took home the coveted award.

Rhonda is a highly respected property professional who founded and became CEO of Ohmyhome, a do-it-yourself property portal that has helped its users save over S$27m+ in transaction fees. Her wealth of experience in the business and real estate sector has helped her drive Ohmyhome to become Singapore’s first one-stop property solution. Her vision is to simplify the process of selling, buying and renting properties, making these options accessible to all.

The article was last revised on 26 June 2020.

Who else were on the 2020 shortlist?

There could be only one winner but the stories of our other Property, Infrastructure and Construction nominees are well-worth reading:

Edlyn Chong, Turner & Townsend

Adeline Liew, Knight Frank

Muygech Sok, BMK Architects

Emilia Teo, Tong Eng Group

Who won in 2019?

Last year, Josephine Lee from Knight Frank took home the coveted award.

Josephine is a highly respected property professional managing corporate clients across multiple geographies. She has a passion and flare for ensuring her voice is heard in the often male-dominated world of real estate, and is a leader in her own right.

Read more about her victory