About Us

The projects industry is vital to the GCC. It creates the infrastructure that improves life, supports the economy, and lays the foundations for future growth.

As well as enabling other areas to succeed, projects themselves drive growth. They create jobs, provide training, support local businesses support consumer and business spending, enable knowledge transfer and they foster innovation.

Celebrating excellence in GCC projects  

The purpose of MEED Projects Awards is to celebrate the best that the GCC projects industry has to offer. MEED’s aim is to support the development of the region by supporting this crucially important sector.

The MEED Projects Awards has become the leading stamp of quality and achievement for anyone operating in the GCC projects sector. The awards not only recognise the construction element of project delivery but also consider the value and quality of a project throughout its entire life cycle, from the design concept through to engineering and construction and its wider contribution to society and to the environment.

Why Enter

3,106 projects with a combined value of more than $286bn of projects were completed across the GCC in 2017 and 2018.

The 2019 edition anticipates a high volume of entries as new projects and teams demonstrate their contribution to the GCC economy, environmental awareness and success in architecture, engineering and construction.

The MEED Projects Awards is the event of the year for the GCC projects industry providing an annual get together for the region’s projects community.

The MEED Projects Awards are independently judged and every project is assessed purely on the merits of its entry.

This is your opportunity to

  1. Improve employee motivation and engagement: awards are a fantastic way to acknowledge the hard work of your employees and recognise your industry partnerships or collaborations. A very visible way of showcasing teams and individuals alongside their skills and expertise.
  2. Customer recognition: a fantastic way to enrich your relationship with the client and improve retention. Sharing the story of your joint activity shows clients you value your relationship with them and believe that working together you can achieve great things.
  3. Networking / Influencer marketing and business development: from judging through to the ceremony awards offer unprecedented access to the very upper echelons of the projects market c-suite influencers and decision makers.
  4. Brand enhancement / endorsement: external reputational benefits from independent endorsement of your project adds immeasurable benefits. Moreover, we closely manage and measure our PR coverage and reach offering a tangible return on investment when you taking part.
  5. The opportunity to benchmark against your industry peers: Awards are the perfect platform to do this and represent an opportunity to take stock, benchmark your work and congratulate not just employees and clients, but the entire projects industry.


Categories and Entry Forms

2018 Judges

Alvin Lim

Head of Digital Singapore & Head of Open Banking Engagement


Andrew Haslip

Head of Content, Asia Pacific

Global Data Financial Services

Anurag Mathur

Head of Wealth & Personal Banking

HSBC Bank (Singapore)

Arjan De Boer

Head of Markets, Investments & Structuring, Asia

Indosuez Wealth Management

Douglas Blakey

Group Editor Banking

Retail Banker International

Evie Rusman


Retail Banker International

Francesco Burelli



Gaurav Zutshi

Head of Digital Channels Product - APAC, Wholesale Payments

J.P. Morgan

Goh How Khiam

Head of Marketing, Digital Content, UX & Analytics


Hemant Baijal

Economist & Consultant

World Bank

Joel Yarbrough

VP Asia


John Januszczak

President & CEO


Ken Yong Siew Hou

Senior Vice President Head, Group Transformation Office

Alliance Bank Malaysia Berhad

Lim Kee Yeong

Executive Director, Enterprise Banking

Affin Bank

Lito Villanueva

Executive Vice President and Chief Innovation & Inclusion Officer


Michellina Triwardhany

Vice President Director

Bank Danamon

Olivier Berthier

CEO & Co-Founder


Sam Tanskul

Managing Director Krungsri Finnovate & Head of Innovation and Fintech Krungsri Consumer


Sebastian Arcuri

Managing Director & Regional Head, Retail Banking - ASEAN & South Asia

Standard Chartered Bank

Suvo Sarkar

Senior EVP & Group Head Retail Banking and Wealth Management

Emirates NBD

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Entry Information


You can start your entry and save your work immediately.  All details must be completed and submitted by the entry deadline which is 18th December 2018.

For assistance, you can reach out to our team by email: awards@meed.com

Entry Prices:

  • Single Entry - $300

  • 2 Entries - $550

  • 3 Entries - $750

  • 4 Entries - $900

  • 5 Entries - $1000

What are the key dates for the 13th Annual RBI Asia Trailblazer Awards 2022? 

Entry Deadline: 01 April 2022 - Entries are now closed

Judging: April & May 2022

Winners Announcement: 23 June 2022


Who should participate?

Any retail banking or consumer finance institution with demonstrable commitment and success in their region or sector as dictated by the awards criteria.

Typically entries are curated by the most relevant individuals within the institution in collaboration with the marketing team. It is advised that the project team or individuals responsible for the initiative are heavily involved to ensure that the entry is bespoke and highlights the most pertinent  elements of the project or initiative.


Why should you participate?

  1. The awards process from entry through to post-event coverage opens doors primarily to win more work by showcasing your business excellence. In addition, and at varying stages of the awards cycle you can expect to…
    1. Improve employee motivation and partner engagement: awards are a great way to acknowledge the hard work of your employees and recognise your industry partners
    2. Enhance your brand and drive credibility through third party endorsement: the reputational benefits from independent endorsement of your organisation and service offering are immeasurable. Recognition from trusted industry commentators positively influences customers, partners and employees driving trust and loyalty
    3. Profile your team favorably: professional exposure for your teams and corporate super-stars supports your institutions position as the home of the best talent as well as the best retail banking solutions
    4. Benchmark against your industry peers: Awards are the perfect platform to assess your organisations capabilities in a highly competitive market.


How can you participate?

  1. Register Online
  2. Following your registration, you will be able to author entries for the relevant categories on behalf of your company. Work in progress can be saved and you can submit the entries once completed.


How do you choose the best category(s) to participate?

There are 10 category groups:

  • Customer Experience and Segmentation
  • Governance
  • Human Capital
  • Institutional Awards
  • Next Generation Technology
  • People Awards
  • Positioning & Branding
  • Product Advances
  • Social
  • Third Party Partnerships

Please read the criteria of each category before you choose which category(s) are best suited to your achievements.

For support on the entry process, selecting categories or the entry criteria, please contact Tahne Alisaje  tahne.alisaje@meed.com

Have any questions? 

For awards enquiries: tahne.alisaje@meed.com

For marketing and partnership enquiries: sharath.ravi@meed.com