EY Entrepreneur Of The Year China
2014 Independent judging panel
All winners are chosen by the Independent Judging Panel which comprises well-respected leaders from the community and experts from the business and financial sectors. Among them, there are also previous awards winners. They themselves are invited as judges due to their expertise and commitment to promote entrepreneurialism.
Mr. Paul Chow
Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing Limited - Former Chief Executive
EY Entrepreneur Of The Year 2014 China - Judging Chairman
Mr. Paul Chow retired as the chief executive and executive director of Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing Company Limited in mid-January 2010. Prior to this, he was the chief executive of HSBC Asset Management, Asia Pacific (ex-Japan) region from April 1997 to April 2003. Between October 1991 and January 1997, he was the chief executive of the Stock Exchange of Hong Kong, and between October 1989 and October 1991, the chief executive of the Hong Kong Securities Clearing Company Limited.
After retirement, Mr. Chow continues to engage in a number of business and community activities. Currently, he is chairman of Hong Kong Cyberport Management Company Limited, an independent non-executive director of the Bank of China Limited, an independent non-executive director of the China Mobile Limited, the treasurer and a member of the Council and Court of the University of Hong Kong, a member of the Steering Committee on Innovation and Technology of the HKSAR Government, a member of the Hong Kong-Taiwan Business Co-operation Committee of the HKSAR Government and a member of the Asian Advisory Council of Australian Super Pty. Ltd.
Mr. Liang Guangwei
Shenzhen Huaqiang Holdings Limited - Chairman / President
EY Entrepreneur Of The Year 2013 China - Culture and Technology Category Winner
Upon graduation from Shenzhen University, Mr. Liang Guangwei started to work in the injection workshop under Huaqiang Group. While performing repetitive and boring tasks, he thought about how to find a better job and have some fun doing monotonous duties. In the end, he leveraged on his computer knowledge to upgrade the process and increase the qualification rate for injection products. Due to his performance, he was soon promoted to become the assistant to the office director of the injection workshop. Mr. Liang has followed the motto, “whatever I do, I will strive to do it better than others” and has continued to utilize his strengths in different positions. In 2000, he was appointed president of Huangqiang Group at the age of 37.
Mr. Liang has been committed to the reform, transformation and upgrade of the enterprise, turning the group’s original product operation model into a capital operation model, and transforming the focus of the businesses from electronic processing and manufacturing into culture and technology. Meanwhile, Mr. Liang has advocated for the “culture + technology” development model and has led the group to achieve major breakthroughs in creative cartoons, movies with special effects, theme parks, film and television shooting. Its cultural exports have not only brought significant economic returns for the group, but also conveyed Chinese culture in a more positive manner, deepened an understanding of China in other countries, and fulfilled Liang’s wish to promote Chinese culture.
Ms. Daisy Poon
Ajisen (China) Holdings Limited - Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
EY Entrepreneur Of The Year 2007 China - Country winner Hong Kong / Macau region
Ms. Daisy Poon, is the founder of the Group. She is the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Ajisen China Holdings Limited. She is responsible for the overall management, major decision-making, strategic planning, development and visions of the group. Ms. Poon is the founder and has been instrumental to the development of the group since its inception in 1995. Ms. Poon is an experienced entrepreneur who has over 10 years of experience in the F&B industry. Prior to the founding of the group, Ms. Poon was involved in the trading of Asian food products in the US and Hong Kong. Ms. Poon is particularly well versed and experienced in specialty foods from northern and southern regions of China. Ms. Poon is a committee member and assistant director of the Shanghai Restaurants Association. And in October of 2007, Ms. Poon won the year award of Ernst & Young Entrepreneur. In 2009, Ms. Poon was conferred the “Global CEO Program for China Certificate” jointly signed by Harvard Business School, China Europe International Business School, and IESE Business School. And in 2011, Ms. Poon was honored to be the Min hang District CPPCC member.
Mr. Ren Yuanlin
Yangzijiang Shipbuilding Group Limited - Chairman
EY Entrepreneur Of The Year 2011 China - Country winner Mainland China region
Mr. Ren Yuanlin began as a worker in a state-owned shipbuilding yard. Today he is a shipping magnate and the leader of his own company. The legendary chairman of Yangzijiang Shipbuilding Group did it by focusing on his goal to build the best shipbuilding company in China.
Mr. Ren led Yangzijiang to become the first private Chinese company listed in Singapore, with both the size of its IPO and its PE ratio ranking it at the top of the Chinese companies listed there. In 2010, when the Economic Cooperation Framework Agreement came into effect, Yangzijiang became the first mainland company to successfully list in Taiwan.
Yangzijiang Shipbuilding Group is the second largest private shipbuilding company in China in terms of output and technology. It has been listed in “Top 500 Chinese Enterprises” and “Top 500 Chinese Manufacturing Enterprises” for two consecutive years. The company has been maintaining its annual output within the first five places among the top 100 Chinese shipbuilding companies for two consecutive years. Mr. Ren is also an avid supporter of charity, donating RMB10 million to build schools following the Wen Chuan earthquake and overseeing much of the work himself. He has also personally financed new schools in Kazakhstan and established the Yuanlin Benevolent Fund which has built a university for the aged seeking to improve old-age care, and initiated the “Marching towards Brightness” campaign, a movement which has helped thousands of cataract patients recover their eyesight.
Mr. Neil Shen
Sequoia Capital China - Founding Managing Partner
Mr. Neil Shen is Founding Managing Partner of Sequoia Capital China. He is a director of China Entrepreneur Forum (CEF), Chairman of Tianjin Private Equity Association, Vice Chairman of Beijing Private Equity Association, Vice Chairman of Zhejiang Chamber of Commerce Shanghai and Vice Chairman of Shanghai Young Entrepreneurs Association. Mr. Shen is in the “Forbes Global Midas List” in 2012 - 2014 as the highest ranking investor from China, “No. 1 Venture Capitalist in China” in the year 2010-2013 by Forbes, “Venture Capital Professional of the Year” by AVCJ in 2010 and “Entrepreneur of the Year” by AVCJ in 2004. He was also elected as one of the “Top Ten Economic Figures of the Year” by CCTV in 2006 and “Top Ten Chinese Economy Leaders of the Year” by 21 century Economic Report in 2010.
On behalf of Sequoia, Mr. Shen led the investments in many high growth Chinese companies including SINA.com (Nasdaq: SINA), Autonavi (Nasdaq: AMAP), Qihoo.com (NYSE: QIHU), Country Style Cooking (NYSE: CCSC), Noah Finance (NYSE: NOAH), JD.com (Nasdaq: JD) and Alibaba Group. Mr. Shen is also a co-founder and director of Ctrip.com (NASDAQ: CTRP) and the co-founder and co-Chairman of Home Inns (NASDAQ: HMIN). And he is a personal investor and a board member of E-House China (NYSE: EJ).
Mr. Sun Chang
Warburg Pincus Asia LLC - Chairman, Asia Pacific
Mr. Sun Chang is Chairman, Asia Pacific, Warburg Pincus Asia LLC, and a member of the firm’s Executive Management Group, responsible for its investment activities in the Asia-Pacific region outside India. Prior to joining Warburg Pincus in 1995, Mr. Sun was an Executive Director in the Investment Banking Division and the Principal Investment Area of Goldman Sachs (Asia) L.L.C., which he joined in 1992 after returning to Asia from New York. Born and raised in mainland China, Mr. Sun had served in the Chinese Air Force as a ground technician and worked at a provincial utility staffer in Zhejiang Province. After obtaining his Bachelor of Arts degree from the Beijing Foreign Studies University and completing a post-graduate program offered by the United Nations, Mr. Sun worked as a staff translator at the UN Headquarters in New York. Later Mr. Sun left the UN to attend business school and was awarded a joint degree of MA/MBA from the Joseph Lauder Institute of International Management and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. Post-graduation, Mr. Sun worked at Lepercq, de Neuflize & Co., a boutique leverage buyout firm as an investment banking associate.
Mr. Sun was the founding Chairman and currently Executive Vice Chairman of the China Venture Capital Association and the founder and Executive Vice Chairman the China Real Estate Developers and Investors’ Association. He is also a member of the Asia Executive Board of the Wharton School and a member of the Asia Pacific Council of the Nature Conservancy
Mr. Charles Wang
ICBC International Holdings Limited - Deputy CEO
Mr. Charles Wang, Deputy CEO of ICBC International (“ICBCI”), is responsible for its Investment Banking and Capital Markets business. Prior to joining ICBCI, Mr. Wang was CEO of Zhong De Securities, Head of China Corporate Finance of Deutsche Bank and Managing Director of Asia Pacific Investment Banking and Beijing Chief Representative of Merrill Lynch.
Since he joined the financial services industry in 1991, Mr. Wang has provided financial advisory and investment banking services across the global capital markets and has dedicated himself to corporate governance and enterprise reform in China. Mr. Wang has managed or participated in numerous financing projects with a total transaction volume of about USD 100billion. As a senior investment banker, Mr. Wang has maintained excellent relationships with major government authorities, institutions and corporate clients in Greater China. He has actively provided advice on the build-up and development of China’s capital markets, as well as participated in various discussions around international corporate finance, global capital markets, corporate overseas strategic development and M&As