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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. Nominations are now open for the 2020 awards and will close on 11 October.

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 can encourage, motivate and provide role models to inspire and strengthen the female talent pipeline and safeguard a more diverse and competitive workforce.

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

Through industry-changing initiatives like the Women of the Future Awards Southeast Asia, we are building a strong pipeline of ground-breaking female talent and role models in the traditionally male-dominated real estate, construction and infrastructure professions.

Will Myles, Global Director, Future Growth, RICS
Women of the Future Awards Southeast Asia judge

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.

Last year, Director of Regional Business Development, Occupier Services, Asia Pacific, Knight Frank, Josephine Lee 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.

Josephine tells us what winning meant to her and the impact she hopes it will make