This is the second Women in GovTech Report that we have run, and it’s a little different from last year.

When we started this, we wanted to show inspiring profiles of people doing great things in government.

But there are so many cases that we have changed focus for this year. Rather than discussing the challenges that our interviewees have overcome, or advice for others, we’re looking at what they’re doing to improve citizens’ lives.

In short: the fact that our interviewees are all women is less important than the fact that they are all extraordinary. Everyone profiled has used technology to make government better, faster, easier to use or more inclusive.

Another new theme for this year is that we cut across public and private sectors. Many projects are outsourced, so we have profiled a mix of different roles – from coders to MDs – who herald from govtech startups and multinational suppliers.

There are, as with last year, some lighter questions too. Many of our interviewees have told us their heroes, and all have given us advice on where to get a good meal in their home town.

So we’re sure that there is, ahem, plenty of food for thought in this year’s roundup. Bon appetit!

Australia

Sharyn Clarkson, Assistant Secretary, Department of Finance

Maria Milosavljevic, Chief Innovation Officer, AUSTRAC

Pia Waugh, Project Manager, AUSTRAC

Hong Kong

Jenny Woo, Smart City Chief Systems Manager, Office of the GCIO

Indonesia

Tri Rismaharini, Mayor of Surabaya

Antiek Sugiharti, Head of Department of Communication and Informatics, Surabaya

Tuty Kusumawati, Head of Regional Development Planning Board, Jakarta

Ellen Nio, Chief of Staff, Jakarta Smart City

Badrunnisa, Head of Women Empowerment and Family Planning, Banda Aceh

Malaysia

Dr Suhazimah Dzazali, Government Chief Information Officer

Dato’ Yasmin Mahmood, CEO, Malaysian Digital Economy Corporation

New Zealand

Emma Gawen, Principal Advisor, Department of Internal Affairs

Philippines

Aida Yuvienco, CIO, Department of Education

Jovita Aragona, CIO, PhilHealth

Singapore

Jacqueline Poh, Chief Executive, GovTech

Angeline Poh, Assistant Chief Executive (Content & Innovation), IMDA

Lena Goh, Chief Marketing Officer, GovTech

Chung Mui Ken, CIO, Health Promotion Board

Loh Jia Huey, CIO, Ministry of Social and Family Development

Yeo Beng Huay, CIO, Singapore Customs

Lim Bee Kwan, Senior Director, Government Infrastructure Group, GovTech

Lee Wan Sie, Director, Next Generation Infrastructure, IMDA

Jacqueline Lim, Director, Managed Hosting Infrastructure, GovTech

Koh Suat Hong, Deputy Director, Accreditation, IMDA

Gladys Tay, Deputy Director, Citizen Products, GovTech

Tan Gek Khiang, Deputy Director (Enterprise Architecture), Ministry of Home Affairs

Wong Wen Si, Deputy Director, Workplace Infrastructure Programme, GovTech

Irene Tay-Leow, Assistant Director, Public Service Division

Natasha Low, Senior Consultant, Digital Design & Development, GovTech

Jasmine Chan, Senior Technical Consultant, Sport Singapore

Winnie Kwan, Manager, Digital Design and Development, GovTech

Elaine Liew, Data Scientist, GovTech

South Korea

Ko Kyunghee, Director of the Information System Division, Seoul Metropolitan Government

Young-sook Nam, Secretary-General of WeGO

Sri Lanka

Chitranganie Mubarak, Chairwoman, ICT Agency

Industry

Michelle Simmons, General Manager, Southeast Asia New Markets, Microsoft Asia Pacific

Cindy Chua, Head of New Verticals and Market Development, Asia Pacific and Japan, Nokia

Eying Wee, Head of Marketing, Asia Pacific and Japan, Check Point Software Technologies

Remya Ramesh, Experience Design Lead, OpenCities Inc