Q&A: Alpha Omega G. Aquino – Looking for Fresh Ideas, Novel Implementations, and Creative Problem-Solving

Aquino is Chief People Officer at Home Credit Philippines.

As part of the recent Asia Pacific Stevie Awards, Branding in Asia has partnered with the organization for a series of post-event interviews with jurors to get their insights on what they saw during the judging period – including the latest trends, business challenges, and those exceptional entrants that stood out from the rest.

First up, we talk with Alpha Omega G. Aquino, SHRM- SCP Chief People Officer at Home Credit Philippines. Aquino was a juror for the Company/Organization, Sustainability & Achievement Awards

Over the course of our Q&A, Aquino shares what she looked for when evaluating entries, interesting innovations, APAC regional trends, and more.


 

What were you primarily looking for when evaluating the entries in your category during the 11th annual Asia Pacific Stevie Awards?

I primarily focused on the following criteria when evaluating entries:

  1. Innovation and Impact: I looked for innovative approaches and solutions that demonstrated a positive impact on sustainability and achievement within the company or organization.
  2. Measurable Results: Entries that provided clear and quantifiable results were highly regarded. I considered metrics such as reduced carbon footprint, increased efficiency, cost savings, or improved employee well-being.
  3. Integration of Sustainability: I paid attention to how sustainability practices were integrated into the core business operations. Companies that seamlessly incorporated sustainable practices into their day-to-day activities and long-term strategies stood out.

“Entrants who presented truly innovative solutions or approaches stood out. I looked for fresh ideas, novel implementations, and creative problem-solving.”

Considering the Asia-Pacific Stevie Awards focus on innovation in all its forms, what were some of the most interesting innovations you saw based on your reviewed entries?

I encountered several fascinating innovations across various categories. Here are some of the most interesting ones:

Social Impact Initiatives: Several organizations demonstrated their commitment to social responsibility. Notably, a company provided a scholarship caravan wherein people were matched with job opportunities.


 

Another entry highlighted the usage of e-payment focusing on small business enterprise offering tailored solutions. These initiatives combined innovation with positive societal impact.

The Stevie Awards judges’ average scores determine the Stevie Award winners. What factors helped certain entrants receive higher ratings to rise above the competition?

Innovation and Uniqueness

Entrants who presented truly innovative solutions or approaches stood out. I looked for fresh ideas, novel implementations, and creative problem-solving.

Clear Communication

Clarity in describing the problem solved, the solution offered, and the tangible benefits resonated well with judges. Concise yet comprehensive communication made a difference.

Measurable Results and Impact

Tangible results matter. Entrants who provided quantifiable data on their achievements—whether in terms of revenue growth, cost savings, customer satisfaction, or environmental impact—earned higher scores. Judges appreciated evidence-backed success stories.

Positive Social Impact

Entries that went beyond profit and contributed positively to society garnered attention. Whether through community engagement, philanthropy, or inclusivity initiatives, social impact resonated with judges. Companies that aligned their success with societal betterment scored well.

“Tangible results matter. Entrants who provided quantifiable data on their achievements—whether in terms of revenue growth, cost savings, customer satisfaction, or environmental impact—earned higher scores. Judges appreciated evidence-backed success stories.”

Were there any regional trends or challenges that you noticed in the submissions?

One common challenge in sustainability transformations is identifying where to focus efforts for the most significant impact. Companies often struggle to prioritize initiatives that will drive meaningful change.

Implementing sustainability initiatives requires the right organizational structure, processes, and leadership. Companies must establish a robust transformation engine to drive change effectively.

Looking ahead, what are your thoughts on the biggest challenges and opportunities facing organizations in the APAC region in the coming years?

Digital Transformation and Innovation:

While digital transformation offers immense potential, it also poses challenges. Organizations must adapt to rapidly evolving technologies, cybersecurity threats, and changing consumer behaviors.

“APAC is incredibly diverse, with varying languages, cultures, and regulatory environments. Localization strategies—tailoring products, services, and marketing to specific markets—will be essential.”

Market Diversity and Localization:

APAC is incredibly diverse, with varying languages, cultures, and regulatory environments. Localization strategies—tailoring products, services, and marketing to specific markets—will be essential.

Talent Acquisition and Retention:

As the demand for skilled professionals grows, organizations face fierce competition for talent. Attracting and retaining top talent—especially in emerging markets—requires robust HR strategies, upskilling programs, and attractive work environments.

Regulatory Compliance:

Navigating diverse regulatory landscapes across APAC countries can be complex. Organizations must stay informed about local laws, data privacy regulations, and industry-specific requirements.


This Q&A was published in partnership with The Asia-Pacific Stevie Awards. To learn more, including how and when to enter visit asia.stevieawards.com

 

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