Nima Wangdi

The founder and Chief Executive Officer of Samuh, Nyema Zam won the Rise Award 2022 for the Females Leading Business Operations in the Media, Broadcast and Technology Sector on November 30.

It was held in London, the United Kingdom. There were top seven nominees in the category, which comprised women leaders and trailblazers from around the world.

Rise Awards is a celebration of the outstanding talent, skills, expertise and achievements of exceptional women leaders across the broadcast technology and service sectors. There were 16 categories for the fourth-year annual awards.

The award was given in recognition of her achievements as a woman leader running a business within the broadcast industry and her outstanding leadership whilst achieving remarkable business growth.

Nyema Zam, who took part in the award ceremony virtually said women Chief Executive Officers in technology, media, and broadcast in the world are significantly lower than men. The numbers are even lower in developing countries.

She said women leadership is only possible when people, communities, policy-makers, and governments support women-led businesses and initiatives. “In Bhutan, I have been particularly fortunate and blessed because our King and Queen are the biggest patrons of the creative and technology sector.”

A non-profit organisation based in the UK, Rise organised the award. Rise advocates for a diverse and gender-balanced workforce across the broadcast media and entertainment technology sector, specifically within the areas of engineering, technical operations, sales, marketing, and business.

A press release from Samuh stated that Samuh’s technical partner Benchmark Broadcast Systems in Singapore nominated Nyema Zam for the Rise Awards 2022. Rise received over 300 applications from around the world for the Awards 2022.

Nyema Zam said that she hopes this award would inspire more women in Bhutan to lead businesses increasing women leadership in the business world, especially in the technology, media and broadcast space.

Samuh is also one of the finalists in the Movers & Shakers Award 2022 in the category of ‘Best Initiative to Grow the Local Creative Industry’ that will be held on December 7 at the British Academy of Films and Television Arts in the UK.

Early January this year, Samuh also won the JICA Global Awards, which included a grant of Nu 2 million and mentorship by global experts on overseas business expansion and digital marketing.

Samuh is Bhutan’s first mediatech company and OTT platform that streams Bhutanese films, series, documentaries, short films, music videos, and animation content. Officially launched in July 2022, Samuh is accessed in more than 117 countries around the world.