High-achieving Female Business & Thought Leaders Acclaimed at AmCham’s 16th Women of Influence Awards

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High-achieving Female Business & Thought Leaders Acclaimed at AmCham’s 16th Women of Influence Awards

November 12, 2019

Hong Kong – November 12, 2019 – Seven impressive women, a business leader and an exceptional company were honored at the “Women of Influence” (WOI) Awards (「最具影響力女性」獎項) in recognition of their career accomplishments and their support for the empowerment of women at the 16th Women of Influence Conference & Awards (第十六屆「最具影響力女性」論壇暨頒獎禮) held at the Grand Hyatt Hong Kong on November 12. The conference theme was “Insights from the Edge, Pushing Boundaries and Unconventional Thinking.”

Organized by the American Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong (AmCham), the WoI conference is one of the most established women’s symposiums in the Asia Pacific region. This year’s theme focused on stories of perseverance, risk-taking and leadership from outside the confines of the corporate world. The awards confer accolades on individuals and organizations who have made exceptional achievements and a steadfast commitment to supporting female leadership in business.

The following awardees in seven categories were announced at a ceremony:


Professional of the Year 「最佳專才」

Puja Kapai
Associate Professor of Law and Convenor, Women’s Studies Research Centre
The University of Hong Kong


Leading Woman on Boards 「傑出女董事」

Irene Lee
Executive Chairman
Hysan Development Company Limited


Entrepreneur of the Year 「最佳企業家」

Geetanjali Dhar
Founder & Director
Sanskriti Global


Master of the Arts 「藝術大師」

Katie de Tilly
Founder & Director
10 Chancery Lane Gallery


Non-Profit Leader of the Year 「最佳非牟利領袖」

Dr Judith Longstaff Mackay, SBS, OBE, JP, MBChB (Edin), FRCP (Edin), FRCP (Lon)
Senior Policy Advisor, WHO
Senior Advisor, Vital Strategies / Bloomberg Initiative


Young Achiever of the Year 「傑出女青」

Dr Cathy N P Lui
CEO, OPER Technology Limited &
Alumna, Hong Kong Baptist University


Leading Woman in STEM 「科研領袖」

Professor Nancy Ip
Vice President for Research and Development
The Hong Kong University of Science & Technology


The following winners for two award categories were also honored:


Champion for the Advancement of Women 「最佳推動女性進步者」

Michael M Manio, MD, MHPED, PhD
Founder & Program Director, EmpowerU, The University of Hong Kong


Best Company for Women 「最支持女性僱員公司」

This is the sixteenth year since AmCham founded and spearheaded this much-anticipated annual event attended by over 300 senior business male and female executives. This year’s event was generously sponsored by BNY Mellon, Goldman Sachs (Asia) LLC, KPMG, Marriott International, Stamford American School, White & Case, The Chinese University of Hong Kong Business School, Dell Computer Corporation, Eversheds Sutherland, The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, JLL, Nardello & Co., United Airlines Inc (Official Airline Sponsor). Many thanks also to supporting organizations American Women’s Association of Hong Kong, LTD, Community Business, Female Entrepreneurs Worldwide, Italian Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong & Macao, The Women’s Foundation, Women in Law HK.

Below are the photographs taken at the Conference today:

Photo 1: Morning keynote speaker Emilie Bydwell, High Performance Director - Women of USA Rugby (Photo: AmCham HK)

Photo 2: Luncheon keynote speaker and photojournalist Nicole Tung with President Tara Joseph (Photo: AmCham HK)

Photo 3: 2019 AmCham WOI Award Winners (Photo: AmCham HK)

For further details, please contact:

Queenie Tsui
Manager, Government Relations & Public Affairs 
E-mail: [email protected]

Dannio Chan
Government Relations Executive
E-mail: [email protected]