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APAC Stevies’ big winners express their hopes for the future of business innovation

MANILA, PHILIPPINES — As the world’s premier business awards show, the Stevie® Awards has always been about celebrating innovation in all its forms throughout the industry. Last June 27, The Asia-Pacific Stevie® Awards welcomed many astounding organizations and working professionals onto the Stevie’s stage as this year’s winners. 

Many amazing contenders from across the 29 nations of the Asia Pacific region brought home metals, but five winners, in particular, were the stars of the show as they bagged the coveted Grand Stevie Awards.

These awards cannot be directly applied to when submitting entries. Rather, the winners are determined by the points they earn according to each win they’ve garnered in the competition, with a Gold Stevie worth three points, a Silver Stevie worth two points, and a Bronze Stevie worth a point and a half.


Emerging victorious as the Most Honored Organization of the Year with a whopping 28.5 award points is Cisco Systems India from Bangalore India. It secured the big win with several medals throughout the night, including five Gold, six Silver, and one Bronze. 

“We appreciate the Stevie Awards team hosting the prestigious awards and all the jury members for their invaluable time and efforts to review the numerous submissions. We are honored to receive the Grand Stevie Award for Organization of the Year Award,” Rajesh Chandrasekhar, Senior Director of Cisco’s CX Centers, shared with adobo Magazine. “Winning 12 medals across diverse initiatives and campaigns is a testament to the ongoing efforts of our engineers, dedicated to delivering world-class customer service.”

“At Cisco, we are committed to powering an inclusive future. We strive to achieve this through continuous innovations, seamless customer experiences, and meaningful community impact. Our culture fosters a spirit of creativity, encouraging out-of-the-box thinking, collaborative ideation, and an unyielding pursuit of excellence, which resonates across our work, enabling us to impact the world positively,” he said. “As we navigate this ever-changing landscape, we will continue pioneering solutions that pave the way towards a sustainable and inclusive future for all.’’

Aside from the Most Honored Organization of the Year, Grand Stevies were also awarded to the highest scoring entries from the four nations that submitted the highest number of nominations to the Stevies.

Getting the highest score out of the four Grand Stevie winners is the nomination of SEC Commissioner Kelvin Lester K. Lee by the Securities and Exchange Commission of the Philippines with an 8.83/10 average score. SEC Commissioner Lee also won a Thought Leader of The Year Gold Stevie. 

“There is much potential that can be harnessed through digitalization and innovation. It is my intention to help drive responsive and progressive regulatory developments in the Philippine financial services industry while upholding financial inclusion and consumer protection,” SEC Commissioner Lee told adobo Magazine regarding his ethos when it comes to leadership strategy, development, and execution which won him the award. “As a leader, I like to maintain an open-door policy and listen to my constituents. I firmly believe in open communication, seeking advice, and engaging with all stakeholders.”

On his win, he expressed, “This win signifies our ability to transform and innovate while at the same time being grounded in our foundations. Open-mindedness, adaptability, and fortitude are all important in future thought leaders. Not just for leaders but this applies to each and every one of us. We must not limit ourselves to what we already know, but must be willing to step out of our comfort zone and create change.”

Following closely with an average score of 8.78/10 is “Creating Future Innovators” by Street Science from Australia. This entry also earned the Brisbane-based company a Gold Stevie each for the Innovative Achievement in Thought Leadership and Innovative Achievement in Science or Technology categories. 

Hailing from India is fellow Grand Stevie awardee Indian Oil Corporation Ltd with an 8.70/10 average score. The New Delhi company became one of this year’s big winners for its nomination titled “Parivartan – Prison to pride by IndianOil.” This entry also won a Silver Stevie for Innovation in Thought Leadership. 

Finally, with an average score of 8.56/10 points, Wharf China Estates Limited from Hong Kong made the cut as well. The entry won multiple Stevie Awards and ultimately qualified for a Grand Stevie with its highest scoring Gold-winning entry, which was for Innovation Consumer Events. 

You can find a full list of this year’s distinguished winners on the website.

Interested in next year’s competition? Request your entry kit for the 2024 awards here.

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