High-achieving Female Business & Thought Leaders Acclaimed at AmCham’s 17th Women of Influence Awards

Hong Kong – November 13, 2020 – Seven impressive women, a business leader and an exceptional company were honored “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 17th Women of Influence Conference & Awards (第十七屆「最具影響力女性」論壇暨頒獎禮) held on November 13. The conference theme was “Global Issues, Local [S]Heroes: Women Taking the Lead”.

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 women working in fields who are making a difference in our interconnected world drawing inspiring examples of leadership from our ranks in Hong Kong and internationally. The awards confer accolades on individuals and organizations who have made exceptional achievements and a steadfast commitment to supporting female leadership in business.

This year’s conference was held in a virtual format, with AmCham converting its boardroom into a makeshift video studio to allow for a less crowded flow of speakers and award winners to take part in the conference. The Chamber also held small viewing parties at companies across the city, in order to broaden the reach of the conference while simultaneously observing social distancing rules.              

The following awardees in seven categories were announced:

Professional of the Year 「最佳專才」

Leonie Valentine

Managing Director - Sales and Operations

Google Hong Kong


Leading Woman on Boards 「傑出女董事」

May Tan


CLP Holdings/ Link Asset Management/ HSBC Insurance/ Home Credit NV


Entrepreneur of the Year 「最佳企業家」

Aradhna Dayal

Founder & CEO

AccessAlts Asia


Master of the Arts 「藝術大師」

Tisa Ho

Executive Director

Hong Kong Arts Festival


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

Virginie Goethals

Co-Founder & Managing Director

RUN Hong Kong Ltd.


Young Achiever of the Year 「傑出女青」

Victoria Wisniewski Otero

Founder & CEO

Resolve Foundation


Leading Woman in STEM 「科研領袖」

Rossa W. K. Chiu

Professor of Chemical Pathology and Associate Dean

The Chinese University of Hong Kong


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」

Nick Marsh

Managing Director

Meraki Executive Search & Consulting


Best Company for Women 「最支持女性僱員公司」

The Estée Lauder Companies Asia-Pacific


This is the seventeenth year since AmCham founded and spearheaded this much-anticipated annual event, attended by over 400 senior business male and female executives and over 15 viewing parties. This year’s event was generously sponsored by FacebookBNY Mellon, Goldman Sachs (Asia) LLC, Marriott International, CITADEL Securities, Future Proof Labs, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, The Chinese University of Hong Kong Business School, Dell Technologies, Nardello & Co., OTIS, White & Case, and United Airlines Inc (Official Airline Sponsor).

Many thanks also to supporting organizations American Women’s Association of Hong Kong, Community Business, and The Women’s Foundation.


For further details, please contact:

Dannio Chan (Mr.)

Executive, Government Relations

Tel: (852) 2530 6917

E-mail: dchan@amcham.org.hk