Angelene Chan, Woman of the Year 2017


A woman behind iconic buildings like Resorts World Sentosa. A woman who is the Ambassador-at-Large with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. A woman who became our first female President. Angelene Chan (CEO of DP Architects), Ambassador Chan Heng Chee and President Halimah Yacob hold very different job titles, but they are all former recipients of the Her World Woman of the Year award.


Woman of the Year: Women whose achievements have earned them acclaim and respect

President Halimah Yacob was the Woman of the Year winner in 2003. 

Her World has been honouring women who have made an outstanding contribution to society since 1991. The Woman of the Year has excelled in her industry and made a significant impact on society in the year that she received the award. In short – she’s the ultimate role model.

The nominations for Woman of the Year 2018 are now open, and if you would like to submit a name, here’s what you should take note of:

  • She must have attained a high level of achievement between 1 January 2017 to 31 December 2017.
  • She should be a Singaporean citizen or permanent resident.
  • Her achievement must have had a broad impact on society or benefited a particular industry and brought her to the public’s notice.
  • She must represent and project the best of Singapore, at home or abroad, and be an inspiration to society.

Young Woman Achiever: Women who are paving the way forward

Kirsten Tan, Young Woman Achiever 2017

And because potential should also be recognised, the Her World Young Woman Achiever Award seeks to identify young women who are pushing boundaries and are aiming to enact change.

If you have a candidate in mind, she will be in good company: designer Priscilla Shunmugan of Ong Shumugam, and filmmaker Kirsten Tan (whose film Pop-Aye was Singapore’s submission to the Academy Awards) and the Singapore Women’s Everest Team have all been past winners.


Priscilla Shunmugam with her award at the 2015 gala dinner.
Image: Straits Times

The criteria are as follows:

  • She must have obtained visible achievements between 1 January 2017 and 31 December 2017, and demonstrated the potential to attain an even higher level of success in her chosen field.
  • She must be 35 years and below.
  • She should be a Singaporean citizen or permanent resident.

The winners of Her World Woman of the Year and Young Woman Achiever will be announced in August. 

Please submit all names and the reasons for nominations to before the end of February 2017.