World Entrepreneur Of The Year
Chair of the judging panel
Just Energy Group
EY Entrepreneur Of The Year 2003 Canada
Rebecca is a founder and the current Executive Chair of Just Energy Group, a Toronto‑based marketer of deregulated electricity and natural gas. Just Energy currently supplies more than 2 million customers across Canada, the US and the UK.
Rebecca has been involved in the sale of deregulated natural gas and electricity for the past 25 years. She founded Just Energy in 1997 with the intention of building a substantial company that could go public, which Just Energy did in 2001.
Rebecca was named Canada’s top woman CEO for 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006 and 2007 by Profit magazine. She received the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year 2003 Canada Award, and she won the International Horatio Alger Award in 2009.
She founded the Rebecca MacDonald Centre for Arthritis at Mt. Sinai Hospital in Toronto. She sits on the Board of Canadian Pacific Railway and is involved in several charities.
United Arab Emirates
Founder and Vice Chairman
Fadi is the founder and Vice Chairman of Aramex, one of the world’s leading global logistics and transportation companies. He is currently Executive Chairman of Wamda Capital, a new venture capital fund focusing on technology investments in the Middle East and North Africa region.
He is also the Managing Partner of MENA Venture Investments, a seed capital investment company investing in early stage tech companies. Fadi is a member of the boards of Abraaj Capital and Endeavor Global, a member of the Advisory Council of the MIT Media Lab, and a member of the Board of Trustees at the American University of Beirut.
Fadi is passionate about social entrepreneurship and is the founder and Chairman of Ruwwad for Development, a private-sector–led community empowerment initiative that helps disadvantaged communities across the region overcome marginalization through activism, civic engagement, education and financial inclusion. The initiative receives support from the Ruwwad Micro-Venture Fund, an equity-based fund providing seed capital and support for micro businesses and micro entrepreneurs.
Founder and CEO, Representative Director
Quantum Leaps Corporation
Nobuyuki is founder and CEO of Quantum Leaps Corporation, a management consultancy company established in 2006. He is also President of Asia Innovators’ Initiative, a nonprofit organization registered in Japan.
Nobuyuki currently serves as a director of Accenture (since February 2006), Baidu (since June 2007), FreeBit (since June 2007), Lenovo Group (since September 2011) and Monex Group (since June 2013).
Nobuyuki joined Sony Corporation in 1960. After devoting himself to establishing overseas operations in Switzerland and France, he took on leading positions of the audio and video businesses before being appointed a board director in 1989.
During his tenure in top management at Sony, as President from 1995 to 2000 and as Chairman and Group CEO from 2000 to 2005, Nobuyuki created new IT and networked businesses, such as the VAIO computer; mobile products with Ericsson; internet service businesses leveraging Sony’s entertainment contents; and others. These helped to transform Sony into a unique networked “AVIT” — AV and IT — company.
Ronald J. Kruszewski
Chairman of the Board and CEO
Ronald is Chairman of the Board of Directors of Stifel Financial Corp. and Stifel, Nicolaus & Company, Incorporated. He joined the firm as CEO in September 1997.
Prior to joining Stifel, Ronald served as Managing Director and Chief Financial Officer of Baird Financial Corporation and Managing Director of Robert W. Baird & Co. Incorporated from 1993 to 1997.
Ronald serves on the Board of Directors of the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association, and in 2014 he served on the Federal Advisory Council of the St. Louis Federal Reserve Board of Directors. He is active in community affairs, serving as Chairman of Downtown Now! and as a member of the boards of directors of the St. Louis Regional Chamber and Growth Association and Barnes-Jewish Hospital, as well as the Board of Trustees of Webster University. Ronald is a graduate of Indiana University and a Certified Public Accountant.
Solaris Bus & Coach S.A.
Solange is CEO of Solaris Bus & Coach. In 1995, she joined Neoplan Polska, the family-owned Neoplan sales agency for the Polish market that in 2001 transformed into independent bus, coach, trolleybus and tram manufacturer Solaris Bus & Coach.
She received the Bus Builder of the Year Award in 2005. The award, presented during the European bus industry exhibition Busworld, honors Solange as an outstanding figure in the bus industry and recognizes her customer orientation efforts. In addition to her work with the company, Solange actively supports academic and social projects and charities.
Solange studied Dentistry at Warsaw Medical University.
Tan Sri Liew Kee Sin
EcoWorld Development Group Berhad
EY Entrepreneur Of The Year 2011 Malaysia
EY World Entrepreneur Of The Year 2014 Judge
Tan Sri Liew is Malaysia’s leading property entrepreneur. He is widely credited with having transformed the industry through his leadership of one of the country’s largest development companies as its President and CEO for 18 years.
He was appointed as the first Chairman of the Battersea Project Holding Company Limited in 2012 after having led a Malaysian consortium to successfully acquire UK’s iconic Battersea Power Station site. In early 2013, the first phase of the project was launched, and today Battersea Power Station is widely acknowledged as one of London’s most visionary and successful new developments.
Earlier this year, Tan Sri Liew entered into a joint venture with UK’s Ballymore Group to develop three large-scale residential projects in central London. He is also a director of EcoWorld Development Group, one of the fastest-rising property development companies in Malaysia following a successful takeover of the publicly listed entity by his son and business associates in 2013.
Apart from his business endeavors, Tan Sri Liew has been recognized by many organizations for his success as a leader. He actively champions entrepreneurship as one of the best ways to make a positive difference in a nation’s destiny.
Chairman and Managing Director
Hong Kong Maxim’s Group
EY Entrepreneur Of The Year 2012 China
Michael is currently the Chairman and Managing Director of Hong Kong Maxim’s Group, Hong Kong’s largest food and beverage corporation and restaurant chain operating company.
Michael has been a force behind the transformation of Maxim’s from a core business of Chinese restaurants, fast food outlets and bakery shops to a diversified catering company that also includes Asian and European restaurants, coffee shops, Japanese chain restaurants and institutional catering. Hong Kong Maxim’s Group now operates 840 outlets serving more than 600,000 people every day in Hong Kong, China and Vietnam, and it provides air catering services at 11 airports in China through joint ventures.
Michael’s intuition and passion for the industry helped him to establish a new line of contemporary restaurants called m.a.x. concepts, including Café Landmark, Thai Basil and simplylife. Apart from developing its own brands, Maxim’s is also the licensee of Starbucks Coffee and Genki Sushi.