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How long has APAC Insider been in circulation for?
APAC Insider has been in circulation since 2015 and has been building up an impressive reputation for its excellent look into the sectors it covers. The publication aims to serve the vast Asia-Pacific region, which is home to more than one third of the world’s biggest businesses including the likes of Toyota, Sony and Bank of China. APAC Insider is published by AI Global Media, a UK based publishing group launched in 2010.
Where did my nomination come from?
A company or individual can be nominated in various ways, including self-nomination, nominated by a third-party, or nomination by our in-house research team. In the interest of maintaining high response rates, we do not ask nominees to reveal their identity. The main ethos of our awards system is that your ability to succeed is not linked to the number of votes received, with the most pertinent belief behind this being that all awards will be received on merit. As a means of identifying spam votes and countering cyber-threats, we monitor the website for unusual behaviour.
What happens if I agree to be considered further?
As we look to keep maximum focus on relevant candidates, we ask all nominees to accept their position on the shortlist. This gives individuals complete control in their decision on whether they would like to move forward with the award. There is no cost for you to be added onto the shortlist or if you go on to win. Nominees who accept will then proceed to our internal vetting procedure. Nominees are given an opportunity to present their own data which gets considered alongside the information collated by our research team. Please note it can take up to 8 weeks for research to be completed.
Who selects the winners?
We employ an impartial panel of individuals to conduct all the research to a high standard, and our research team are well versed in fact-checking and mediation. At the helm we have a veteran academic leader with international academic and training experience. Our continued use of this panel plays a key part in enforcing APAC Insider’s stance that winners are not determined by popularity, but by their contributions to the sector.
Is there a winner’s ceremony?
While we appreciate everyone will want to celebrate their success, this can look different to all winners. Many of the awards are also open across various regions within the Asian Pacific, and therefore many separate events would need to be arranged. Alongside this thought, we believe in keeping a cost-effective marketing philosophy, and do not wish to add further expense to any business or individual. Our press announcements are made digitally, online and across our network to enforce our position as digital publishers. We aim to provide you with the tools (both digital and physical) to generate real-world value.
If I do win, what happens next?
There is a short press embargo in place where we ask winners to refrain from any public announcements, giving us the chance to prepare the different means of coverage we offer. During this period the program manager will liaise with you to agree on the most appropriate coverage for you. Our main feature takes the form of a digital magazine, but we also offer physical trophies, wall mounted plaques, digital certificates, web-based advertisements, and press releases. The range of options are aimed to make the awards tailor-made to each individual firm, regardless of budget.
Are there any costs involved?
All awards are at no cost to be nominated or to win. We do offer a variety of paid additional benefits for our winners, and these are entirely optional and merely supplementary to your award rather than essential. To demonstrate our commitment to no mandatory fees, all winners are offered a free of charge promotional package. Our company policy will always remain: regardless of budget, our clients should always be able to garner the full value of the award.
I have another question that isn’t listed here.
If you have any questions or wish to discuss the award in more depth, please connect with a dedicated awards coordinator using the contact details provided. They will be able to assist further and guide you through the process.
Our Winners By Year

Here is where you will find details of our previous award winners. All winners are listed in the winner’s directory for the year won once the announcement has been made. Click the year to view the winner’s directory and discover award-winning businesses.

Our Awards Team

To ensure all winners are chosen fairly and based on merit, our skilled team research and fact-check all nominees thoroughly. Get to know the team by clicking below.

Joe Woods
Joe Woods - APAC Insider Lead ResearcherJoe joined the research team at AI Global Media in 2016 and has been an integral part of APAC Insider ever since. Joe has an interest in businesses of all shapes and sizes and how they have come to evolve over time making him an ideal Lead Researcher for the brand researching businesses from across the diverse region and across a variety of sectors. Joe ensures dedication and diligence throughout.
Jeremy Roe
Jeremy Roe - Head of ResearchJeremy is both dedicated and diligent, qualities with which he embodies in his work each and every day. Jeremy is a supportive manager and is able to build a strong team of research individuals around him, each of whom is dedicated in their role. APAC Insider’s readers, followers and web visitors can rest assured that Jeremy and his team select the best of the best as award winners.
Kathryn Hall
Kathryn Hall - DirectorKathryn is a founding member of the publishing group AI Global Media and one of three directors driving the business today. Kathryn is keen to ensure that APAC Insider is considerate of the professionals engaging with the publication and its website in ensuring that the team showcase only the most innovative, respected and trusted of businesses and business owners within its awards.
Laura O'Carroll
Laura O'Carroll - Sales ManagerLaura came to join AI Global Media at the start of 2014 as a Research & Features Executive and over the years has risen to the position of Sales Manager. Laura is highly driven to succeed and is very dedicated to her role and to her team. Laura is committed to all nominees and winners to ensure that they receive both a great experience from the team and that winners are supported in gaining maximum exposure from such an amazing achievement.
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Australian CEO Excellence Awards (2024)

Welcome to the inaugural edition of the Australian CEO Excellence Awards 2024, an exclusive initiative presented by APAC Insider, where we spotlight and celebrate the most innovative and visionary CEOs across Australia. In a landscape that is as dynamic and diverse as Australia’s ecosystem, leadership takes on many forms, and it’s our mission to recognize those at the helm of progress, driving their organizations to new heights. This year, we set out to discover the trailblazers who not only lead with integrity and passion but also embody the spirit of innovation, sustainability, and community. From pioneering startups to established giants, our awards program aims to showcase the breadth of talent and dedication within the Australian business community. We invite nominations from all sectors, encouraging a diverse range of talents to step forward. This is more than just an awards programme; it’s a testament to the resilience, innovation, and excellence that Australian CEOs bring to the global stage. The Australian CEO Excellence Awards 2024 are merit-based and will not be decided by company size, turnover or number of votes received. Our unbiased Research and Judging team will closely analyse publicly available sources to determine the most deserving nominees. Winners will exhibit qualities which embody admirable leadership, commitment and ingenuity. Those who win in the Australian CEO Excellence Awards 2024 will show evidence of successes including but not restricted to an innovative business model, high levels of employee satisfaction and consistent client fulfilment. Judges will also be looking for CEOs who are ambassadors for social change and display a robust company culture. There are many ways to win in these awards, and our judging panel will use a broad range of criteria to decide which nominees will progress. Nominees who proceed to winner’s stage will be presented with an unmissable opportunity to promote their achievements by taking advantage of APAC Insider’s circulation of 105,000 high-net-worth individuals and industry professionals. In addition to benefitting from the reputation boost provided by our free-of-charge accolades, you will have access to a selection of optional promotional resources to truly capitalise on your moment of recognition. These accolades serve to inform your employees, stakeholders, and clients that you are firmly ahead of your peers. If you would like to submit a nomination for yourself, or for another business leader you feel is deserving of a nomination, then please submit using the ‘Nominate (vote now)’ button found above. If you would like any further information regarding the Australian CEO Excellence Awards 2024, you can contact us at [email protected].

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Legal Awards (2024)

APAC Insider is happy to announce the return of the APAC Legal Awards. Now in its ninth year, this prestigious awards programme celebrates pioneering achievements and exceptional contributions to the Legal Industry. Despite facing unprecedented challenges in recent years, the Legal Industry has showcased remarkable resilience and has begun to bounce back from adversities. Whether navigating through economic downturns, global crises, or disruptive technological advancements, legal firms have demonstrated agility and adaptability in responding to evolving market dynamics. The APAC Legal Industry is witnessing unprecedented growth and competition as startups and mid-level firms emerge as formidable competitors to established players. In this dynamic environment, it is essential for legal firms to stand out with confidence and demonstrate their continued successes and best practices to maintain their competitive edge and sustain growth. The Legal Industry has undergone a significant transformation with the adoption of technology, ushering in a new era of legal practice. However, while the integration of technology into the legal domain has brought about several benefits, it also presents several challenges. One of the primary concerns is the potential for inherent bias and a lack of empathy. Despite these concerns, LegalTech remains a crucial development for the industry. While technology presents challenges such as the risk of dehumanising legal practices, its benefits cannot be overstated: it is revolutionising the industry. It plays a vital role in promoting social justice, facilitating pro bono work, and enhancing the efficiency of legal services. Legal practitioners can harness its transformative potential to advance the cause of justice and empower underrepresented communities by embracing technology responsibly and ethically. As the Legal Industry undergoes profound transformation driven by technological advancements, globalisation, and changing client expectations, the imperative for legal practitioners is clear: embrace innovation or risk becoming obsolete. Legal firms that embrace change, cultivate a culture of innovation, and invest in talent and technology will not only survive but thrive in the evolving legal marketplace. The legal landscape is on the precipice of great change. Participating in the APAC Legal Awards 2024 provides a unique opportunity for your organisation to showcase its achievements, successes, and best practices on a global platform. Regardless of whether you operate within corporate law, family law, commercial law, or any other legal field, these awards serve as an ideal platform to exhibit your accomplishments. The APAC Legal Awards 2024 offer unparalleled exposure, authenticity, and networking opportunities for all participants. The APAC Legal Awards 2024 accepts nominations from individuals and third parties. Our experienced professionals evaluate all nominees based on their quality and achievements, without bias towards their company size or location. The selection process is fair and impartial, ensuring that all candidates are objectively evaluated based on merit. If you know of a company worthy of recognition for its successes, please feel free to submit a nomination. We wish all the nominees the best of luck!

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Hong Kong Business Awards (2024)

APAC Insider proudly presents the Hong Kong Business Awards, freshly revamped for 2024 aiming to celebrate the exceptional business landscape currently being displayed in the Fragrant Harbour. This prestigious awards programme is dedicated to honouring the vibrant and pioneering companies that constitute the core of Hong Kong’s dynamic economic environment. As the region, and indeed the wider Asia Pacific area, aims to establish itself as one of the world’s largest consumer markets, these awards highlight those entities and entrepreneurs shaping the business future! The Hong Kong Business Awards 2024 seeks to acknowledge the innovators and visionaries in Hong Kong’s diverse array of sectors. Open to startups, SMEs, and large corporations leading in innovation, the awards recognise those driving growth and embracing cutting-edge practices in their industries. We invite these trailblazers to join this celebration of business excellence. In 2024, Hong Kong is demonstrating resilience and innovation amidst an evolving economic scenario. The city’s consistent GDP growth of 2.9% mirrors its adaptability to global challenges. Key sectors like technology, IT and fintech, particularly regulatory technology, are witnessing substantial growth, underscoring Hong Kong’s prominence in financial innovation. The ecommerce sector is rapidly expanding, adjusting to shifts in consumer behaviour. Stable employment trends in finance and insurance suggest a promising outlook. Overall, Hong Kong is utilising its status as a global financial hub to strategically navigate and adapt to these challenges. APAC Insider is dedicated to recognizing and elevating the exceptional achievements of Hong Kong’s businesses. These awards aim to highlight those contributing significantly to the region’s economic vitality and setting innovation and excellence benchmarks in their fields. The selection process for the Hong Kong Business Awards 2024 is inclusive and transparent, offering fair opportunities for businesses of all sizes across various sectors. We encourage businesses to nominate themselves or other deserving companies. A panel of experts will evaluate nominees based on criteria such as innovation, sustainability, and impact. Winners will be celebrated for their substantial contributions to their industries and the broader business community. The process is straightforward; alongside nominations, we have our dedicated in-house research team that source, analyse and reward businesses that we think deserve to be recognised for their achievements. Using this method means that, regardless of industry or size, businesses can be judged on a level playing ground. This awards programme is completely free to enter and if your business is lucky enough to be successful, you will be presented to out circulation of 105,000 and promoted on our official website for a minimum of 12 months. In addition, our awardees are welcome to choose from our range of competitively priced promotional opportunities to increase exposure of the good news! Being successful in the Hong Kong Business Awards 2024 offers extensive media exposure, increased brand visibility, and opportunities to showcase achievements to industry professionals across the Asia Pacific region. This platform is invaluable for marketing, networking, and celebrating successes, offering both commercial and reputational benefits to elevate businesses. We invite you to join this prestigious event, celebrate your achievements, and set new success benchmarks in Hong Kong’s vibrant business landscape. Nominate your business or a deserving peer today and embark on a journey of excellence and innovation with APAC Insider!

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Our process for choosing winners has been tried, tested, and refined over the years. Our team of skilled researchers use precise methods to fact-check and investigate all nominees.

Researching APAC Insider nominees

The team work hard in identifying great businesses, driving many of the nominations themselves. We also encourage external nominations from magazine subscribers, web visitors, social media following, clients, and wider circulation. Nominating parties are invited to put forward either their own business or third-party companies whom they hold in high regard.

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Shortlisting our nominees

All nominees are formally requested to accept their nomination via email, and all firms and individuals are obviously free to accept or decline if they so wish. Those who formally accept are given the opportunity to submit additional supporting information. There is no obligation to complete and supply such material, we have found that many nominees value this stage, in the process, as do our research team.

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Evaluating nominees

Our dedicated research team will assess all information presented to them. From there, the team gather information independently from a variety of publicly accessible sources, which are assessed alongside any material supplied by a nominating party or by the nominee themselves. The research team casts their final judgment based on various criteria such as business performance, longevity, diversification, growth (either sustained or rapid), significant innovations, feedback from stakeholders etc.

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Reaching out to winners

Once winners are selected, they are personally notified before any public announcement is made, allowing time for any communications throughout the wider business and the coordination of marketing strategies. Unfortunately, not everyone can be a winner; however, all who take part are encouraged to come back next year. Once the press embargo is lifted, details of our award winners will be made public via the APAC Insider website, award winners’ magazine, social media platforms, and subscriber newsletter.

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Making the most of your win

We offer a range of promotional packages to help make the most of your win. All winners are offered the complimentary package, which includes a free-of-charge entry in the winner’s directory, with a backlink to your site, up to 100 work bio, and company logo if winners would like to provide those.

Other items can be offered at additional cost including trophy, plaque, certificate, content in our magazine, content on our website, and a dedicated social media shoutout.

We encourage winners to publicly announce their win independently in order to gain maximum exposure. Announcements via company websites, blogs, social media, via publicly released press releases, and through local and national press are all great ways of maximising the exposure which can be gained from such a great achievement. If you have need of further advice on how to publicise your win, please feel free to get in touch.

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