Five Australians among 16 women selected to participate in 2016 EY Entrepreneurial Winning Women™ Asia-Pacific program

Thursday 10 March 2016

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  • Program includes participants from Australia, China, Indonesia, South Korea, Malaysia, the Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam
  • Selected entrepreneurs generated combined revenue of US$5.5b in 2015, employing more than 30,000 people across the region
  • EY survey of Asia-Pacific women entrepreneurs shows 90% plan to scale their business; 60% are preparing to expand internationally 

EY today announced the five inspiring Australian women who have been selected to take part in the 2016 EY Entrepreneurial Winning Women (EWW) Asia-Pacific program. They are:

  • Jan Becker – Becker Helicopters Pilot Academy (Queensland)
  • Melanie Flintoft – Australian Fashion Labels (South Australia)
  • Lauren Hall – iVvy (Queensland)
  • Adina Jacobs – STM (New South Wales)
  • Sarina Russo – Sarina Russo Job Access (Queensland)

The Australian participants will join eleven other women entrepreneurs from countries across the region, including China, Indonesia, Malaysia and South Korea, and for the first time, the Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam.

The year-long program, sponsored by Standard Chartered Bank, is designed to assist established women-led businesses that are ready to become global market leaders, equipping participants with the tools and information needed to break through barriers that can prevent thriving businesses from scaling to their full potential. 

The Entrepreneurial Winning Women Asia-Pacific Class of 2016 includes women from Australia, China, Indonesia, Malaysia and South Korea, and for the first time, the Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam.

Annette Kimmitt, EY Global Middle Market Leader and Executive Sponsor, Entrepreneurial Winning Women, says:

“With a combined US$5.5b in 2015 revenues and more than 30,000 employees, this year’s class of 16 participants already drives considerable growth across the region. The EWW program provides the tools they need to accelerate growth and scale their businesses globally.

“A new EY survey of more than 140 women entrepreneurs across the Asia-Pacific region found that 90% of respondents plan to grow their businesses and more than half want to expand internationally. Businesses involved in our EY EWW program in North America have had an average annual revenue increase of 49% since joining the program, so we know that we are providing the opportunity for accelerated growth as well as unparalleled access to EY’s global networks.”

Participants will come together at a two-day conference in Shanghai on 9-10 May, as well as joining EY’s Strategic Growth Forum® China 2016, where they will be recognised in front of more than 1,000 leading business and government delegates. They will also take part in a series of e-conferences, in-country business sessions and workshops throughout the year. The customised program focuses on key areas such as:

  • Expanding knowledge through the latest information, research and executive dialogues
  • Identifying and building strategic alliances
  • Providing access to formal and informal guidance and support networks
  • Strengthening executive leadership skills and identifying opportunities for business growth
  • Increasing visibility for women entrepreneurs and their companies.

Asia-Pacific Class of 2016

Participants in the Entrepreneurial Winning Women Asia-Pacific Class of 2016 were selected for their readiness to scale their businesses and develop or expand their global footprints to be market leaders. These women own companies across a wide variety of industry sectors, including aviation, pharmaceutical, education, mining, automotive, lifestyle and luxury brands, and food and beverage.

The full list of participants in the Entrepreneurial Winning Women Asia-Pacific Class of 2016 are:

  • Jan Becker | Becker Helicopters Pilot Academy (Australia): Offers accredited, fully customizable flight training solutions for allied defense and para-military clients. Through innovative advanced Night Vision Goggle training, the company has procured multi-million dollar global contracts.
  • Ailian Chen | Wanfeng Auto Holding Group (Greater China): Wanfeng is an international private holdings company involved in making automotive parts; machinery and equipment; financial investments; new energy; and new land developments such as metropolitan parks. The company has manufacturing and R&D factories worldwide, including the US, Germany, Canada, the UK, India and Mexico.
  • Minh Phuong Dang | MP Logistics (Vietnam): MP Logistics is Vietnam’s leader in providing trusted logistics services in air and ocean freight, distribution, cargo and warehousing serving domestic and international clients.
  • Melanie Flintoft | Australian Fashion Labels (Australia): This Australian-based company has seven labels with more than 3,000 stockists worldwide and satellite offices in Melbourne, Los Angeles and Shanghai. AFL wholesales to more than 20 countries and has online business shipping to more than 55 countries globally.
  • Datuk Rosaline Ganendra | Minconsult (Malaysia): Minconsult is one of the largest multidisciplinary engineering consultancy services providers in Southeast Asia with international experience in four continents and 24 countries.
  • Lauren Hall | iVvy (Australia): One of Australia’s leading software solution providers in hospitality and events, iVvy is the world’s first real-time booking engine for the hospitality industry providing event organizer’s access to live availability of function space and group accommodation for corporate events, weddings and functions.
  • Michelle Hu | Leyou (China) Chain Store (Greater China): Leyou.com is the first online shop in China selling maternity, babies’ and kids’ products. Leyou currently sources products from more than 530 suppliers in 21 countries worldwide and operates 456 stores across 71 cities in China.
  • Adina Jacobs | STM (Australia): STM designs and sells laptop bags, tablet and smartphone cases and other accessories and has offices in Sydney, San Diego and London. STM's mission is to come up with more comfortable, secure and stylish means to transport laptop and other digital devices.
  • Jingjing Liu | Beijing JHYP Enterprise Management (Greater China): The company operates as a restaurant chain providing Chinese fast food, such as congee, cold dishes, stews, pasta and other dishes.
  • Meihing Chak | HeungKong Group (Greater China): This conglomerate started as a home mart in 1990 and developed into an enterprise group with more than 20,000 employees and specializes in trade platform construction, real estate, financial investment, resources and energies, and the health industry.
  • Lisa Mihardja | Alleira Batik (Indonesia): Alleira Batik has developed from a four-person company to one of the largest modern batik retailers in Indonesia within 10 years of operation. Its unique design philosophy of “East meets West” has enthralled many local and international prominent business figures as well as state dignitaries.
  • Xiuru Nan | Hebei Hua An Bio-Pharmaceutical (Greater China): The company serves as a vaccine distributor that offers different types of rabies vaccines for humans and animals. The company owns the rights for an exclusive technique to extract antibodies from blood plasma, a technique that is currently widely used by major rabies vaccine manufactures in China.
  • Milagros Ong-How | Universal Harvesters (Philippines): The company is engaged in manufacturing, local distribution and exportation of fertilizers. The company is committed to be a partner and major stakeholder in the success of their agricultural enterprises and has helped more than 8.1m farmers since it began operating.
  • Hye-Rin Park | Omnisystem (South Korea): This company designs and manufactures digital electricity meters, gas meters, water meters and hot water meters and is the first in South Korea to develop digital electricity meters for remote reading.
  • Chantra Pongsri | Foodstar (Thailand): The company is a manufacturer and distributor that produces and sells high-quality products at a reasonable price in Thailand and overseas with the vision to become “one of the leading fruit juice manufacturers in ASEAN.”
  • Sarina Russo | Sarina Russo Job Access (Australia): Started as a small typing school in 1979 with nine students, this company is now operating from more than 200 global sites in Australia, the United Kingdom, India, Vietnam and China, delivering vocational and tertiary training, recruitment and apprenticeships.

For more information on the Asia-Pacific Class of 2016, visit www.ey.com/ewwasiapacific.

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