• Transform magazine
  • October 01, 2020



The judges

The Transform Awards Asia is judged by a panel of in-house industry experts across a multitude of sectors. We purposely look for a panel that has experience of and knowledge in branding, marketing, corporate communications and advertising for a wide perspective. 

The scoring is done on a points system and the judges score anonymously. The judging system we operate is one which is fair, and if a judge has entered into a specific category, they will be exempt from reviewing that area in which they are competing, to avoid a conflict of interest. We also provide detailed feedback on submitted work, after the awards evening, which often proves highly useful for future entries.

Winners are determined by the scores they receive and only entries that score high enough marks will be shortlisted and awarded with trophies.

If you are based in-house and you wish to get in touch about the opportunity to become a judge, you can email Jessica Dunmall.

Agency slots are filled by the winning agencies of the 'Best overall visual identity' award and the 'Grand Prix'.


Below, you can see the judging panel for the Transform Awards Asia 2020.


Niamh Byrne
Former head of marketing

Niamh is a seasoned international marketer with deep experience in the mobile telecom and technology sectors. Niamh joined Citi as Head of Regional Customer & Digital Experience in 2015, with responsibility for the overall customer experience in 18 markets across APAC & EMEA. Niamh’s focus was on building a customer first, mobile first culture, delivering personalized, consistent and compelling Omni-channel customer experiences across all markets, with a particular focus on building a new mobile experience. Niamh’s focus was on driving integration of Citi’s digital banking services with the largest social media and messaging partners across Asia. In December 2017 Niamh was appointed as Head of Marketing for the region, with overall responsibility for the brand and marketing activities across all channels and product lines, with a strong focus on digital marketing and acquisition of new customers, and driving adoption of digital services and experiences, ensuring that Citi continued to build on its position as the global brand leader in Consumer Banking.

Adam Cowlishaw
Johnson & Johnson
Senior Brand Experience Manager

After obtaining degrees from Nottingham University and University of Leeds, an early career in healthcare and agency roles exposed Adam to the world of data analytics and CRM in his native UK. As a digital marketer, Adam spent 4 years with retail giant, Boots, heading up performance marketing, before relocating to Hong Kong to join a VC-backed healthcare venture, accelerating customer acquisition across China, Hong Kong, and Singapore. Today, Adam oversees the vision care experience at Johnson & Johnson, focusing on the transformation of the consumer journey in Singapore, the multinational's SEA centre of excellence.

Michael Friedberg
head of commercial marketing/market strategy
IBM Digital Business Group

With almost 20 years’ experience in marketing, primarily focused on the tech sector, Michael has seen a huge amount of change but nothing as crazy as the last 5 years. His roles over this time have reflected the challenges that customers face as they digitally transform to meet the ever demanding needs of their customers, patients and citizens.  Right now Michael runs two teams who 1) identify the needs of the market, at a buyer level, and design marketing programmes that not only deliver a world class client experience, but show up during the different stages of the buyer journey to allow IBM and its business partners to deliver relevant solutions and 2) allow sellers to use latest data analytics, digital and social tools plus digital content to engage with a wider group of buyers to understand how IBM's capabilities can be used to solve their challenges.  This is the brave new world of B2B marketing.

Hillman Lam
General manager

Hillman Lam is the General Manager for Trip.com, Hong Kong and Taiwan, a member of Ctrip International Ltd (Nasdaq: CTRP). Prior to Trip.com, he has accumulated his marketing experience with growing companies such as Zuji, Plaza Premium Lounge and Hong Kong Airlines.


Hillman has built an extensive network across media and travel industry, homing his expertise in O2O marketing, sales driven opportunities, partnerships and business development. His unique insight of travel, combined with his experience in e-commerce and passion for brand identity, drives his focus on delivering the most innovative, customer driven solutions. His travel writing can regularly be found featured in a local newspaper where he shares his unique perspective on trends and everything upcoming in travel news.

Eric Leong
Global brand marketing director
GP Batteries

As Global Brand Marketing Director of GP Batteries, Eric Leong is responsible for overseeing the branding and marketing communications of one of the world’s leading battery makers across key markets, including Europe, the Americas and Asia.

Prior to joining GP Batteries, Eric worked in the travel & hospitality sector at Genting Cruise Lines and has extensive advertising and strategy experience in agencies across the region including Hong Kong, Singapore and his native country Australia.

Kris C.Y. Leung
MCIM, MPRPA, associate director, corporate communications and client relations
Vigers Group

Kris is responsible for overall corporate communications, marketing, research and client relationship management in a surveyor firm headquartered in Hong Kong. He has been engaging his career in marketing field for over 10 years after graduating at Northumbria University. During his career in marketing for various industries, he has successfully brought the brands outside his area and enhanced the overall brand image to the public. Kris is currently a professional member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing and Hong Kong Public Relations Professionals’ Association. To achieve further, Kris is also pursuing a law degree.

Sharon Lun
head of corporate communications

Sharon Lun is Head of Corporate Communications at Hong Kong Aircraft Engineering Company Limited (HAECO Group), a Swire Group company. An experienced communications professional, Sharon possesses extensive in-house and agency experience in advertising, branding, corporate communications, crisis management, media relations, investor relations and public affairs across a wide range of industries including aviation, healthcare, luxury brands, FMCG and telecommunication. She led the rebranding for the HAECO Group and received international recognition. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Hong Kong Baptist University and a MBA from The University of Iowa.

Maggie Ni
Senior manager of branding
Plaza Premium Group

Maggie is the senior branding manager of Plaza Premium Group - the industry leader in global airport hospitality. She is responsible for defining the products, brand and customer experience, as well as overseeing the day-to-day brand function across diverse brand and business portfolio under Plaza Premium Group, inclusive airport lounge, airport hotel, airport meet & greet as well airport dining spanning across more than 45 major international airports globally.

With over 10 years of experiences from advertising agency side (William Lea Tag, Publicis and Young & Rubicam), Maggie has accumulated solid branding and marketing experience across diverse industry sectors including global luxury brands in fashion, retail and hospitality.  

Having spent time in China, US and Hong Kong, Maggie is an extremely dynamic professional, who enjoys multi-cultural working environment. Maggie possess strong track record of managing or collaborating teams across the globe to perform job excellence and to maintain brand consistency.

Fiona Tin
Senior Marketing Manager, Fragrance and Beauty Products Division
CHANEL Hong Kong and Macau

Fiona has joined CHANEL as Marketing Lead of Fragrance & Beauty Products Division, Hong Kong and Macau in Mar 2020. She brings over 20 years’ experience across advertising, beauty, jewelry and luxury watches to her new role.

For the past two years, Fiona was leading the Marketing & Communications department in the global head office of TimeVallée - a unique retail concept in multi-brand luxury watch distribution, fully owned by Richemont, working closely with 5 retail partners and 21 luxury Maisons, including Bulgari, Cartier, Chopard, Hermès and Rolex in China, Korea and Spain.

Prior to that, Fiona was holding the position of Brand Marketing Director for Pandora Jewelry Asia Pacific.  Under her leadership, the brand achieved the highest level of awareness against its key competitors in Hong Kong and Singapore in 2016. Her omnichannel campaigns were highly recognized by Asia’s top creative minds and senior marketers, with over 20 Marketing & PR awards honored between 2014 and 2017.


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Andrew Thomas, publishing editor of Transform magazine and founder of the Transform Awards

email: athomas@transformmagazine.net

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