Entrepreneur Of The Year China
2013 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 2013 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. Ren Yuanlin
Yangzijiang Shipbuilding Group Limited - Chairman
Entrepreneur Of The Year China 2011 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.
Mr. Roger Wang
Golden Eagle International Group - Chairman
Entrepreneur Of The Year China 2011 Winner – Consumer Products Category
Mr. Roger Wang is the Chairman and CEO of Golden Eagle International Group. Founded in 1992, Golden Eagle is headquartered in the historic former Chinese capital of Nanjing and has grown to cover the provinces of Jiangsu, Anhui, Shanxi, Yunnan, and the city of Shanghai. Golden Eagle as a conglomerate focuses on two main sectors: high-quality commercial real estate development and service-driven department store operations. Golden Eagle’s subsidiary companies cover property management, automobile dealerships, and commercial trading. Golden Eagle aims to penetrate the cities with the most consumer-potential by providing the best product and service in the best location.
Golden Eagle Retail Group was publicly listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange in 2006. It is considered the top-performing department store chain in China and has enjoyed astonishing growth rates. Golden Eagle currently owns and operates 28 department stores throughout China. As the industry leader, Golden Eagle is currently developing its newest retail concept, a one-stop lifestyle center that incorporates shopping, dining, entertainment, health, beauty, and a wide array of customized services.
Mr. Wang obtained his Bachelor’s Degree of Economics from the Chinese Culture University in Taiwan in 1969 before receiving a Master of Business Administration Degree from Southeastern Louisiana State University in 1973.
Mr. Ricky Wong
Hong Kong Television Network Limited - Chairman
Entrepreneur Of The Year 2010 China - Telecom Category Winner
Mr. Ricky Wong is the chairman of Hong Kong Television Network Limited, renowned for his innovation and never-give-up spirit.
In 1992, Mr. Wong set up City Telecom (H.K.) Limited and was the first to provide alternative IDD services with call-back technology in Hong Kong, leading to the subsequent collapse of the market monopoly. In 1999, he set up Hong Kong Broadband Network Limited, providing 100Mbps to 1Gbps broadband, telephony, IP-TV services on its fibre network. In 2010, was voted amongst the top 100 most influential people in the industry in the world, hosted by The Global Telecoms Business Magazine.
Currently, Mr. Wong is leading the group towards free TV and multimedia business development, and strives for a Free TV Program Service Licence, aiming to produce high quality drama, variety and infotainment programs for the Hong Kong community.
In addition to the above, Mr. Wong is also enthusiastic in education; he is a trustee of the Board of Trustees of United College of The Chinese University of Hong Kong, and an Honorary Advisor of the Vocational Training Council.
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 and 2013 as the highest ranking investor from China, “No. 1 Venture Capitalist in China” in 2010, 2011 and 2012 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), 360Buy (JD.com) 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 Focus Media (Nasdaq: FMCN) as well as E-House China (NYSE: EJ).
Ms. Wei Sun Christianson
Morgan Stanley - Co-CEO of Asia Pacific and CEO of China
Ms. Wei Sun Christianson is a Managing Director, and Co-CEO of Asia Pacific and CEO of China for Morgan Stanley. She is also a member of the firm’s Management Committee. In addition to her regional role, Ms. Christianson is responsible for all aspects of the firm’s operations in China.
Under Ms. Christianson’s leadership, Morgan Stanley has broadened its onshore footprint in China to include domestic securities and bonds underwriting, commercial banking, asset management, trust services and Renminbi-denominated private equity investing.
She first joined Morgan Stanley in 1998 working in the firm’s investment banking division. Between 2002 and 2005 she served as Chairman for China for Credit Suisse and subsequently for Citigroup Global Markets. She rejoined Morgan Stanley at the beginning of 2006 as the firm’s CEO for China. During her banking career Ms. Christianson has had senior roles advising on many of China’s landmark privatizations, and on M&A transactions by overseas listed Chinese companies.
Before starting her investment banking career, Ms. Christianson was an Associate Director at the Hong Kong Securities and Futures Commission (SFC). While at the SFC, she helped formulate the regulations in preparation for the Hong Kong public listings of the first group of Mainland Chinese companies in 1993. Prior to this, she was a lawyer in New York with Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe. Ms. Christianson has been named on the Fortune Most Powerful Women “International Power 50” list since 2008.
Mr. Charles Wang
ICBC International - 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.