From trained anthropologists to rock concert managers, from gutsy entrepreneurs to corporate climbers, Campaign's Women to Watch list represents 40 incredible stories of women with the skill and determination to not only succeed personally but also to lift others up around them.
Every woman on this list has invested heavily in her career, spending hours of effort and concentration on key projects when needed, taking the time invest in teams and new partnerships for the good of her organisation. Along with so many of this year's nominees, our list comes loaded with impressive track records, making for some exceptionally difficult decisions for the senior editorial members of Campaign Asia-Pacific judging team, who carefully reviewed every entry.
As we hope you'll recognise in the profiles above, many of these women bring an intangible 'X factor' to our list, as described by their admiring colleagues—a rare combination of sharp instinct and resolute determination to drive change, yet critically attuned to people and issues all around them.
The idea of lists and awards shows that celebrate 'women only' understandably prompts debate. If we’re pushing for balance, shouldn’t we then offer ‘men only’ lists, or only mixed-gender lists? We understand the sentiment, but feel that in Asia in particular, so many elements of the equality movement are still so far behind, as we've seen in Campaign's widespread coverage of gender-related issues from the #MeToo movement to our in-depth industry research on gender equality and our very own content gender audit. Women we have featured on the list over the years continue to report that it gives them confidence in their actions and helps cement and boost their reputations, contributing positively to their career progress.
So we again salute this year's group of Women to Watch—and we thank their colleagues for bringing them to our attention. They're certainly already making waves and hopefully can inspire others to be difference-makers too.
The 2019 Women to Watch are (in alphabetical order):
- Marita Abraham, Zilingo
- Avery Akkineni, VaynerMedia
- Lina Ang, Sojern
- Rowena Bhagchandani, BLK J
- Swati Bhattacharya, FCB
- Basti Chendra, Wunderman Thompson
- Geraldine Cheung, L'Atelier by GroupM
- Pavarisa Chumvigrant, Line Mobile
- Penelope Guerineau, Auditoire
- Jessica Haigh, Cedar
- Airy Han, BBDO
- Dew Intapunya, Ensemble
- Lani Jamieson, Cadreon
- Maheen Jatoi, Uber
- Roshenka Jayamaha, Spark Marcom
- Sorcha John, Iris
- Geraldine Kan, HP
- Laura Kantor, Foodpanda
- Maddison Keogh, Initiative
- Ruey Ku, Publicis Media
- Janet Kwan, The Trade Desk
- Kitty Lee, FleishmanHillard
- Amy Li, Mindshare
- Yuhong Li, Ylab
- Dephin Lim, MediaCom
- Shivani Maharaj, Wavemaker
- Haruna McWilliams, Essence
- Neha Mehrotra, AvianWE
- Norzilawati (Wati) MohdTaib, McCann Health
- Taryn Mook, Bonsey Jaden
- Belinda Murray, BWM Dentsu
- Anna Patterson, George P. Johnson
- Katie Potter, Teads
- To Quy Loc (Sue), Havas Vietnam
- Kartikha Rajoo, Omnicom Media Group
- Laura Roberts, INVNT
- Priyadarshini Sharma, Carlsberg
- Olivia Warren, Initiative
- Kara Yang, TBWA\Media Arts Lab
- Amber Zhang, Fugetech
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See all of our 'People to watch' features, including the annual 40 Under 40 and China Digital A-List.
Profiles by Li-Mei Foong, Olivia Parker, Robert Sawatzky, Matthew Miller, Surekha Ragavan and Jessica Goodfellow.