26 SEPTEMBER 2016 – Telstra today announced seven finalists for the inaugural Telstra Business Woman in Asia Award, recognising outstanding business leaders from Cambodia, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, and Thailand.

Cynthia Whelan, Telstra’s Group Executive of International and New Businesses, said Telstra was thrilled at the interest the Award had generated among successful business women across Asia and was proud to be shining a light on a group of inspiring leaders.

“Introducing the Telstra Business Women’s Awards in Asia is an opportunity for us to celebrate women living and working in Asia who have succeeded in their own businesses or led their industries. This is an important part of overcoming the fact women continue to be under-represented on Boards and executive teams in Asia and around the world,” said Ms Whelan.

“Our finalists are successful business women who possess impressive entrepreneurial spirit, business acumen, integrity and a commitment to the community. Among the finalists we have leaders from a variety of different backgrounds and cultures, from developed and developing countries, and from established companies like Thomson Reuters and Linfox to new technology businesses like Bubu in Indonesia and iGene in Malaysia.”

Finalists for the 2016 Telstra Business Woman in Asia Award are:


Name Company Location
Anu Sheela Themudu iGene Sdn. Bhd. Malaysia
Beth Lui APEC Schools The Philippines
Gabrielle Costigan Linfox International Group Pty Ltd Thailand
Kimberley Cole Thomson Reuters Hong Kong
Marion Fromm Cambodian Harvest Dried Fruit Co., Ltd Cambodia
Rituparna Chakraborty TeamLease Services Ltd India
Shinta Witoyo Dhanuwardoyo Bubu.com Indonesia

The finalists for the Telstra Business Woman in Asia Award will join the 2016 Australian State/Territory winners in Melbourne for judging on Tuesday 15 November, followed by the National Workshop on Wednesday 16 November and a Gala Dinner on the same night. 

For more information on the Telstra Business Woman in Asia Award and to nominate brilliant business women for the 2017 Awards, visit https://www.telstrabusinesswomensawards.com/