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Join us 7-12 June 2016 for the EY World Entrepreneur Of The Year™ Forum in Monaco


The importance of entrepreneurship as a leading source of innovation, job creation and global economic growth is clear. By challenging orthodox methods and creating new markets, high-growth entrepreneurs are positively disrupting the way we do business and enhancing our quality of life. That’s why, for more than 30 years, EY has been the world leader in advising, guiding, recognizing and connecting the best high-growth entrepreneurs and their companies through the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year® Program.

Keynote speakers

The EY World Entrepreneur Of The Year™ 2016 Forum will feature an eclectic lineup of world-class speakers.

Mohed Altrad

President of Altrad Group and
EY World Entrepreneur Of The Year 2015

Felix Baumgartner

Pilot, Red Bull Stratos


Amal Clooney

International Human Rights Attorney
Doughty Street Chambers


Nick Danziger

Prizewinning photographer


Margaret Gilmore

Senior Associate Fellow, RUSI (Royal United Services Institute)


André Hoffmann

Non-executive Vice-Chairman
Roche Holding Ltd


Giuseppe Lavazza

Vice-Chairman and Member of the Board
Luigi Lavazza S.p.A.


Dr. Dambisa Moyo

SeGlobal Economist and Author


Paul Polman

CEO of Unilever


Dan Schulman

President and CEO of PayPal and the Chairman of Symantec Corporation

Judging panel

Finalists at the World Entrepreneur Of The Year™ Forum are assessed by an independent panel of judges from around the world, most of whom have previously participated in EY Entrepreneur Of The Year® programs.

Our distinguished panel of judges for 2016 are:

Rebecca MacDonald

Chair of the judging panel
Just Energy Group
Executive Chair
EY Entrepreneur Of The Year 2003, Canada

Rosario Bazan

General Manager
EY Entrepreneur Of The Year 2015, Peru

Ivan Epstein

Sage International
Chairman of the Sage Foundation
EY Entrepreneur Of The Year 2000, South Africa

Jim Nixon

Sandvik Venture
EY Entrepreneur Of The Year 2010, Southwest USA

Lance Uggla

Founder and Chief Executive Officer
EY Entrepreneur Of The Year 2012, UK

Dr. Kar Wong

The Advanced Group of Companies
Founder and Managing Director
EY Entrepreneur Of The Year 2014, Singapore

Michael Wu

Hong Kong Maxim’s Group
Chairman and Managing Director
EY Entrepreneur Of The Year 2012, China


The EY World Entrepreneur Of The Year™ 2016 Forum is five days of hot-topic summits, interactive panel sessions, private meetings, valuable learning and celebration.

This year, we will also host a series of pre-kickoff Summits that focus on Women in Leadership, Family Business, and IPOs and Strategic Transactions.

View the full agenda here >>

Road to Monaco

Country winners are being announced at EY Entrepreneur Of The Year® galas around the world. We look forward to welcoming everyone to Monaco in June 2016.

Read about the 2016 country winners and their entrepreneurial journey. >>

“When a woman takes a step forward, society as a whole advances.”

Peru | Rosario Bazán | DanPer


“You must be the change you want to see in the world.”

United Kingdom | Rosemary Squire | Ambassador TheatreGroup


“Only striving for the impossible makes the impossible possible.”

Israel | Benny Landa | Landa Group


Transportation sponsors



Jaguar Land Rover


WorkCafé sponsor


Accelerating Entrepreneurs sponsor


Supporting sponsors

Fraser Yachts


Merrill Datasite

Past winners

The 15 previous EY World Entrepreneur Of The Year™ winners have come from all parts of the world: France, India, Germany, Italy, the Philippines, the United States, South Africa, Canada, Switzerland, China, the United Kingdom, Singapore and Kenya.

Read about the 2016 winners who have made a difference in our world.>>

2015 Program highlights

Our 2015 Forum was a spectacular 4-day event that featured luminaries from around the world. Relive some of the highlights below.