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Telstra today announced seven finalists for the Telstra Business Woman in Asia Award from Hong Kong, India, Malaysia, and Singapore, representing the best of the region’s female leaders from both the corporate and not-for-profit sectors.

In its second year, the Telstra Business Woman in Asia Award this year expanded its criteria to include female entrepreneurs and women from not-for-profit and social enterprises which increased the number of nominations for the Award according to David Burns, Group Managing Director of Global Services and International, Telstra Enterprise.

“We are proud to run the Telstra Business Woman in Asia Award to shine a light on women’s achievements as business leaders and celebrate the positive results of inclusive leadership in our community,” said Mr Burns.

“We are also thrilled to see over half of the finalists are from not-for-profit organisations such as Community Business and Katha, alongside other finalists from established companies like Damco and Mars Wrigley Confectionary.”

“These finalists have followed very different paths to business success, but they have all shown determination, innovative thinking and exceptional leadership to deliver real business impact,” Mr Burns added.

Finalists for the 2017 Telstra Business Woman in Asia Award are:




Anne Tham

ACE EdVenture Group


Fern Ngai

Community Business

Hong Kong

Gayathri Vasudevan



Geeta Dharmarajan



Michele Lai


Hong Kong

Nicole McMillan

Mars Wrigley Confectionary


Saskia Groen-int-woud




The finalists for the Telstra Business Woman in Asia Award will join the 2017 Australian State/Territory winners in Melbourne for judging on Monday 20 November, followed by the National Workshop on Tuesday 21 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 2018 Awards, visit https://www.telstrabusinesswomensawards.com/