Entries are now open for the 13th Edition of the RBI Asia Trailblazers Awards 2022.


Nominees should follow these simple guidelines to ensure their submission has the best chance of winning.


Submission Rules

  1. Submissions can be made either on behalf of your own company or in recognition of a colleague or partner firm.
  2. Maximum of 1,000 words using the online entry form, additional supporting material can be attached.
  3. Entry must address the award category explicitly, not generic links to web sites, corporate marketing etc.
  4. Submissions should highlight the key differentiator and competitive nature of the project or implementation
  5. It is made explicit the Entrant, Judges and the publication will treat any and all information in strict confidence and any quotes or information to go into the public domain will be pre-cleared by the Entrant.
  6. Submissions made after the publicised cut-off date will be ignored irrespective of their relative merits.
  7. The Editor and Judges reserve the right to make no award for any specific category
  8. The Editor and Judges reserve the right to move a submission to a more appropriate category at their discretion
  9. In submitting for more than one category the submissions must be unique (see 3)
  10. The Editor and Judges’ decision is final

Guide Questions

  1. Why is your company entering this award category? (Consider aims and objectives of initiative, project or situation)
  2. Achievements - What are the remarkable milestones that the bank/finance company has achieved?
  3. Why should your company qualify for this award? (Include scope of programme or initiative, choice of implementation or approach)
  4. Innovation - What are the unique and innovative initiatives did the bank/finance company introduce to substantially boost the company's business?
  5. What benefits to your company and your customers can be illustrated as a result? (Competitive advantage, effectiveness, ROI, improved performance, service etc.)
  6. Challenges & Solutions - What are the biggest challenges that the bank/finance company has encountered in moving the company forward? What solutions were implemented to overcome these challenges?

Please note: Whilst we recommend you to answer as many of the questions as possible, we appreciate that for some this may not be possible. The more you can respond, the stronger your application will be.


The full list of awards categories and criteria for this year’s awards can be found below. Should you require any further guidance on your entry please contact Tahne Alisaje at tahne.alisaje@meed.com.


Good luck with your submissions!

  • Asia Trailblazer of the Year 2022 (Individual)

  • Asia Trailblazer of the Year 2022 (Institution)

  • Best Advance in Customer Relationship Management

  • Best App for Customer Experience

  • Best ATM and self-service Innovation

  • Best Core Banking System Initiative

  • Best Mobile Wallet Initiative

  • Excellence in Client On-Boarding

  • Excellence in Internet Banking

  • Excellence in Loan Origination Process

  • Excellence in Mobile Banking

  • Excellence in Omni-Channel Integration

  • Most Innovative Branch Offering

  • Best Advance in Responsible Finance

  • Best Advance in Sustainability Practices

  • Best Advance for Leading Under a Crisis

  • Best Advance in a Diversity and Inclusion Initiatives

  • Best Advance in Managing a Remote Workforce

  • Best Benefits, Wellness and Well-Being Program

  • Best Extended L&D Programme (+12months of delivery commitment)

  • Best Graduate Employment Programme

  • Best Onboarding Program

  • Best Training and Development Course

  • Excellence in Employee Engagement

  • Excellence in Employee Recognition

  • Excellence in Leadership Development

  • Excellence in Talent Acquisition

  • Excellence in Talent Management

  • Best Retail Bank – Bangladesh

  • Best Retail Bank – Brunei

  • Best Retail Bank – Hong Kong

  • Best Retail Bank – India

  • Best Retail Bank – Indonesia

  • Best Retail Bank – Japan

  • Best Retail Bank – Korea

  • Best Retail Bank – Laos

  • Best Retail Bank – Mainland China

  • Best Retail Bank – Malaysia

  • Best Retail Bank – Myanmar

  • Best Retail Bank – Pakistan

  • Best Retail Bank – Philippines

  • Best Retail Bank – Singapore

  • Best Retail Bank – Sri Lanka

  • Best Retail Bank – Taiwan

  • Best Retail Bank – Thailand

  • Best Retail Bank – Vietnam

  • Advances in the use of Biometrics in Security

  • Advances in the use of Blockchain

  • Best Application of Data Analytics

  • Cloud Migration Advances – Completed Deployment

  • Cloud Migration Advances – Strategy & Planning

  • Excellence in App Security Implementation

  • Trailblazing Use of AI or Machine Learning in Financial Services

  • Rising Stars – Bangladesh

  • Rising Stars – Brunei

  • Rising Stars – Hong Kong

  • Rising Stars – India

  • Rising Stars – Indonesia

  • Rising Stars – Japan

  • Rising Stars – Korea

  • Rising Stars – Laos

  • Rising Stars – Mainland China

  • Rising Stars – Malaysia

  • Rising Stars – Myanmar

  • Rising Stars – Pakistan

  • Rising Stars – Philippines

  • Rising Stars – Singapore

  • Rising Stars – Sri Lanka

  • Rising Stars – Taiwan

  • Rising Stars – Thailand

  • Rising Stars – Vietnam

  • Best Content Marketing Program

  • Best In-Person (or virtual) Customer Event

  • Best Marketing Campaign of the Year

  • Best Social Media Campaign

  • Best Use of Big Data in Customer Strategy

  • Best Use of Influencer Marketing

  • Best Use of Technology in Advertising / Marketing Strategy

  • Best Advance in Payments

  • Best Credit Card Initiative

  • Best Debit Card Initiative

  • Best Loan Offering

  • Best Mortgage Offering

  • Best Online Securities Platform

  • Best Remittances Service

  • Best Retirement Product and Service Initiative

  • Best Savings Plan Offering

  • Excellence in Mass Affluent Banking

  • Excellence in SME Banking

  • Best CSR Initiative – Contribution to Local Community

  • Best CSR Initiative – Environmental Impact

  • Best CSR Initiative – Financial Literacy

  • Best Advance in Loyalty/Rewards Programme

  • Best Fintech Partnership

  • Best Open Banking Initiative

  • Best Revenue Sharing Initiative

  • Best Strategic Partnership

  • Most Dynamic Third-Party Collaboration