World Entrepreneur Of The Year
World Entrepreneur Of The Year 2012 judge chairman
CEO and Chairman of the Board
Genomma Lab Internacional
Entrepreneur Of The Year 2010 Mexico
Entrepreneur Of The Year 2011 Mexico judge
Genomma Lab Internacional is a Mexican company engaged in developing, selling and promoting a wide variety of pharmaceutical and personal care products. In just 15 years, the company has become one of the largest and fastest-growing international pharmaceutical and personal care products companies and the largest pharma company in Mexico. Genomma commercializes more than 400 products through more than 75 brands in 14 countries in Latin America and the US. As part of its business strategy, Genomma Lab invests resources and financial support in community assistance programs, based on five main pillars: ethics, quality of life, community, environment and communication.
Founder and Chief Executive
Entrepreneur Of The Year 2007 Ireland
Entrepreneur Of The Year 2012 Ireland judge
Liam is the founder and CEO of PCH International which creates, develops and delivers the world's best technology products for the world's best brands. Liam founded PCH in Cork, Ireland in 1996, and his vision for PCH has dramatically shortened the time-to-market for the latest consumer electronics products on the market. PCH works with innovative clients both large and small that are passionate about design, passionate about their brand, and passionate about the consumer experience. Liam has grown the business to well over $700 million in revenue with 5,000 employees around the world. The company moves 10 million parts across its operations every day with an annual retail value of approximately $8 billion.
Sheila C. Johnson
Founder and CEO
Salamander Hotels and Resorts
Entrepreneur Of The Year 2010 US (Mid-Atlantic)
A successful entrepreneur and philanthropist, Sheila Johnson oversees a growing portfolio of luxury properties. In August 2013, the luxurious Salamander Resort & Spa will open in Middleburg, Virginia.
Sheila is Vice Chairman of Monumental Sports & Entertainment and President and Managing Partner of the WNBA’s Washington Mystics. She is a partner in ProJet Aviation, an aircraft management and charter company. Sheila also launched the Sheila Johnson Collection for which she designs her own luxury scarves.
Sheila was a founding partner of Black Entertainment Television, and is a producer of documentary and feature films. She supports the arts and education as a board member of Parsons The New School for Design and the Sundance Institute, and also serves on the boards of the ANNIKA Foundation and the United States Golf Association. She served as a global ambassador for CARE, and is a member of Accordia Global Health Foundation’s International Council.
Dr. James Mwangi
CEO and Group Managing Director
Equity Bank Limited
Entrepreneur Of The Year 2011 Kenya
World Entrepreneur Of The Year 2012
Dr. Mwangi transformed Equity Bank from a small, technically insolvent Building Society to one of the largest, African majority-owned, publicly listed commercial banks in East and Central Africa. Through his passion and commitment to transformation of livelihoods, he introduced a revolutionary business model anchored on affordability, flexibility and accessibility of financial services. He has been pivotal in the bank’s investment in a robust IT platform—giving Equity a lead in creating synergy between banking and mobile telephony. Its over 8 million bank accounts represent about 50% of all bank accounts in Kenya. The Equity Bank business model has been a case study in a number of highly accredited world-renowned universities.
He is the Founder and Chairman of Equity Group Foundation (EGF), established to scale-up Equity Group’s existing corporate social responsibility initiatives. EGF together with the Master Card Foundation has formed the largest education and leadership scholarship program in Africa. In 2011 he received the Chief of Order of the Burning Spear (CBS) award from the President of Kenya and in 2012 the Africa Philanthropy Award 2012 by IPPF for his lead in the social work.
Chief Executive Officer
EY Executive Entrepreneur Of The Year 2011 Argentina
Entrepreneur Of The Year 2012-2013
Daniel Novegil is Ternium’s CEO, a Latin American leading steel-producing company with annual revenues of USD 9 billion. It has manufacturing facilities in Mexico, Argentina, Colombia, the US and Guatemala. Ternium recently acquired a joint-controlling stake in Usiminas, the main steel producer in Brazil (additional revenues of around USD 7 billion). Ternium, a NYSE-listed company with over 35 years in the industry led the acquisition and turnaround of companies in the US and Latin America.
Daniel is a member of the Board of the World Steel Association, Stanford University, IAE Business School (Buenos Aires) and ALACERO (Latin American Steel Association). He holds a degree in Industrial Engineering and a M.Sc. in Management from Stanford University. He was honored by former Chilean president Ricardo Lagos with the Order of Bernardo O’Higgings.
Hüsnü M. Özyegin
Founder and Chairman of Fiba Group
Founder and Chairman of Husnu M.
Chairman of the Board of Trustees of
Entrepreneur Of The Year 2013 Turkey judge
The founder of a mid-tier corporate bank called Finansbank (and its chairman between 1987-2010), Hüsnü Özyegin expanded the business into over 400 branches throughout nine countries, mostly in Europe, and sold a controlling stake in his bank in 2006, receiving $2.7 billion in cash.
Called “a new breed of billionaire” by the New York Times, Husnu is today actively pushing for social change and the advancement of youth in his country. He is doing all he can to lift Turkish educational standards at the primary and university level. Since 2000 he has spent $500 million of his own personal fortune on schools and girls’ dormitories in the poorest parts of Turkey, through the creation of the Hüsnü M. Özyegin and founded Ozyegin University in 2008 that has an enrollement of 3000 undergraduate and graduate students. Husnu is one of the biggest individual supporter of education in Turkey. His goal is to send more Turkish students to his alma mater, Harvard Business School, where is he is on the Board of Dean’s Advisors.
Chairman and CEO
The Karma Royal Group
Entrepreneur Of The Year 2010 Australia
Entrepreneur Of the Year 2011-2012 Australia judge
When John Spence visited Goa, India, in 1993, he knew he’d found the place he wanted to develop his first resort property. Purely with a cash injection from his life savings, John founded Royal Resorts to pioneer vacation ownership in India and South East Asia.
After the initial rapid growth of Royal Resorts, John realized that the perception of vacation ownership limited his options in terms of what he could do with the company. In 2002, he founded Karma Resorts, bringing the concept of boutique villa resorts to Asia allowing clients to purchase freehold villas. Most recently, John has developed Chakra Resorts as a brand, along with Karma Estates, Karma Spa, and a chain of beach bars under the Nammos and Karma Beach labels.
Currently The Karma Royal Group has developed, managed and operated 22 resorts on 4 continents, with 6 currently under development; has zero debt or leverage and is still 100 % owned by John. It employs in excess of 3,000 people, is the market leader in its field and is poised for dramatic growth.