2024 Communicator of the Year

Nominations open for the 2024 IABC APAC Communicator of the Year Awards

The IABC Asia Pacific’s Communicator of the Year (CoTY) Awards program is a unique opportunity to acknowledge exceptional communication excellence and leadership.

We are opening the call for nominations for two categories:

  • Executive Leader category is open to executives, who could be president, CEO, a C-suite leader, managing director, vice president, or head of private firms, organizations, or government agencies based in any Asia Pacific countries, who have demonstrated leadership in strategic communication excellence.
  • Senior Communication Professionals category is open to communicators in the Asia Pacific region with at least ten years of work experience in the profession who have developed and implemented effective communication programs to support their company’s or organization’s goals.

Unlike most communication awards programs, the Communicator of the Year Award celebrates the individual. The awards are not based on projects but on the ability of a leader to deliver the very best communication day in and day out. It recognises and honours strategic communication excellence and is a powerful statement that will support the winners’ careers for years to come.

How to Nominate

The nomination deadline for this year’s awards is 30 April 2024 (Tuesday) at 11:59 PM India time (timezone conversions). Nominees can either be self-nominated or nominated by an IABC member or non-member. People outside their organization can also nominate them, and completed nomination forms must be emailed to awards@iabcapac.com with the subject “Communicator of the Year Nomination”. Other compulsory materials to complete nominations include:

  • CV of the nominee (no more than four (4) pages),
  • Nomination form that will contain:
  1. One (1) page essay or statement on why the nominee is deserving of this award and a description of accomplishments,
  2. Response to each evaluation criterion (listed below) – word count for each response is a maximum of 300 words,
  3. Two referees or references, including contact details and relationship to the nominee, and
  4. Contact details of the nominator (if not self-nominated).

Eligibility and Evaluation Criterion

Senior Communication Professional category 

a. Eligibility:

  • 10+ years in the communications profession
  • The nominee has developed and implemented effective communications programmes to support their company’s or organization’s goals.
  • The nominee can be an IABC member or non-member.
  • The nominee must have one year or more in his/her current position at nomination.
  • The nominee must be based in the Asia Pacific region.
  • The nominee must be of good standing in the communications profession and demonstrate adherence to ethical behaviour.
  • Current IABC IEB, IABC APAC region and chapter leaders are not eligible.

b. Evaluation criteria that must be met include: 

  • Demonstrate strategic and innovative thinking and implementation in communications.
  • Demonstrate how their communications strategies and initiatives have contributed to business outcomes.
  • Demonstrate their commitment to developing their people and the team’s strategic communication capability and skill set to deliver business results.
  • Have had a substantial positive influence with key stakeholders and the community.
  • Demonstrate a strong code of ethics.

Download the nomination form here, and email the completed form to awards@iabcapac.com with the subject “Communicator of the Year Nomination”. Ensure the downloaded form indicates “Senior Communication Professional Category” in the heading.

 

Executive Leader category

a. Eligibility: 

  • Current leader (i.e. CEO, Chair, President, Executive Director, C-suite leader, vice president, country head) of a private firm, organization, or government agency.
  • The nominee must have one year or more in his/her current position at nomination.
  • The nominee must be based in the Asia Pacific region.
  • The nominee must be of good standing in the community.
  • Demonstrates adherence to ethical behaviour.
  • Current IABC APAC region and chapter leaders are not eligible.

b. Evaluation Criteria for the Executive Leader category that must be met include: 

  • Demonstrate an ability to communicate authentically.
  • Demonstrate the application of good communication practices to deliver business results.
  • Have had a substantial positive influence with key stakeholders and the community.
  • Exemplify the role of a leader in communications.
  • Utilise effective external and internal communications.
  • Demonstrate a strong code of ethics.

Download the nomination form here, and email the completed form to awards@iabcapac.com with the subject “Communicator of the Year Nomination”. Ensure the downloaded form indicates “Executive Leader Category” in the heading.

Evaluation Committee, Process and Rating Score

Consists of up to seven (7) people, including the IABC APAC Chair, IABC APAC Vice-Chair, IABC APAC Immediate Past Chair, IABC APAC Treasurer, IABC APAC Recognition Director, IABC APAC Chapter President x 2. The panel will also be seeking nominations demonstrating:

  • Exceptional leadership, management, and communication skills.
  • Delivering measurable business value for their organisation through strategic communications.
  • Innovation and bold thinking.
  • Effective communication with diverse audiences.
  • High ethical and professional standards.

Responses will be evaluated against each criterion on a rating score of 1 – 7, with 1 being poor and 7 being excellent. Referees and nominators may be interviewed by an Evaluation Committee member during the evaluation process.

Congratulations to our previous Communicator of the Year Award recipients

  • 2023 – Jose Teodoro K. Limcaoco (Executive Leader category),  Maryanne Kepui (Senior Communication Professional category)
  • 2022 – Charlie A. Agatep (Executive Leader category), Aniisu K Verghese, PhD (Senior Communication Professional category)
  • 2021 – Sia Papageorgiou FRSA SCMP (Senior Communication Professional category)
  • 2020 – Kate Carnell AO (Executive Leader category), Gabrielle Dolan (Senior Communication Professional category)