Metro Manila – Filipinas included in Forbes Magazine; Co-founder and President of Converge ICT Solutions Inc. Maria Grace Uy, and Nobel Peace Prize laureate and Rappler CEO Maria Ressa have been recognized by business magazine Forbes Asia, this time in its age-defying 50 Over 50 list, which lauds trailblazing women in business, politics, art, and science in the Asia-Pacific region for 2022.
President of Converge ICT Solutions Inc. Maria Grace Uy
Fiber internet billionaire Maria Grace Uy co-founded one of the largest fixed broadband operators in the Philippines, which now services more than 6 million homes in over 200 cities and municipalities in Luzon.
Ms. Uy’s pivotal role in growing Converge has made it one of the biggest fixed broadband operators in the Philippines. For the 2023 expansion, they intend to gain traction in the markets of Visayas and Mindanao as they pursue reaching 55% of Philippine households.
Currently, Converge, the company that they brought public at the height of the pandemic in 2020, is valued at around P230 billion (approximately US$ 4.6 billion)
Ms. Uy felt honored by the recognition from Forbes Asia. She hopes that will inspire women around the world to think about the value they bring to their profession. Uy especially mentioned and gave credit to the hard-working women at Converge, as they are making their mark in the ICT field.
Uy also encourages women in business to never be afraid to voice their opinions. She believes that a lot of women realize too late that they lack the ability and courage to stand up for themselves, whether it’s because of nurture or culture.
Rappler CEO Maria Ressa
Ressa worked as a bureau chief and investigative reporter for CNN before founding Rappler in 2012. She is the first Filipino and the 18th woman to receive the Nobel Peace Prize for her fight for press freedom.
Even if she had faced consistent threats from the government due to her “sharp coverage” of the controversial drug war, Forbes applauded Ressa’s “insistence in her urge that all journalists use the truth to hold power accountable.”
Forbes honored the 2 Filipinas alongside other distinguished women in the Asia Pacific region, including Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike, World Bank Managing Director Anshula Kant, Samoa Prime Minister Fiame Naomi Mata’afa, World Health Organization Chief Scientist Soumya Swaminathan, Macquarie Group CEO, and Managing Director Shemara Wikramanayake, OCBC Group CEO Helen Wong, Indian author Arundhati Roy, and Comme des Garçons founder and fashion designer Rei Kawakubo, among others.