Entrepreneurial Winning Women Asia-Pacific
The Class of 2016
Meet the EY Entrepreneurial Winning Women™ Class of 2016 from Asia-Pacific. This group of dynamic women entrepreneurs are founders of some of the region’s leading high-growth companies. They will participate in our customized year-long leadership program designed to connect them with the advisors, resources and insights they need to scale their businesses and become global market leaders.
| Jan Becker |
Becker Helicopters Pilot Academy
| Minh Phuong Dang |
Chairwoman and CEO
| Datuk Rosaline Ganendra |
| Lauren Hall |
Founder and CEO
| Michelle Hu |
Founder and CEO
Leyou (China) Chain Store
| Adina Jacobs |
Director of Product
| Jingjing Liu |
Beijing JHYP Enterprise Management
| Meihing Chak |
| Lisa Mihardja |
Founder and CEO
| Xiuru Nan |
Deputy General Manager and Co-Founder
Hebei Hua An Bio-Pharmaceutical
| Milagros Ong-How |
Executive Vice President
Universal Harvester, Inc.
| Hye-Rin Park |
| Chantra Pongsri |
Capt. Jan Becker is the CEO of Becker Helicopters Pilot Academy, which offers accredited, fully customizable flight training solutions for allied defence and para-military clients. It all started in an old shed on the Sunshine Coast, a 1961 Bell 47 Helicopter, and a dream. That inspiration drove the company to become the largest Helicopter Flight Academy in the Southern Hemisphere. Offering innovative Advanced Night Vision Goggles Training, it has procured multi-million dollar global contracts.
Jan is also the founder of Midwife Vision. Jan chooses to volunteer every year as a Midwife in one of Tanzania’s busiest labour wards, which delivers up to 100 babies a day. She plans to complete her PhD in Neonatal Resuscitation as a Master Trainer in “Helping Babies Breathe” program, assisting Tanzania towards achieving its UN Sustainable Millennium Goals.
Jan has been recognized by numerous honors including the 2014 Telstra Business Women’s Queensland Business Owner Award, and the 2013 Telstra Australian Medium Business Award.
Her company’s strategic vision is to grow the company to 200 staff and create global training teams and global training partners for the Global Initial Entry Rotary Wing Flight Training for Allied Military Forces.
“Lead by example in the boardroom and with the team. Be Visionary and audacious, but not only in business, in your personal life also. Take people with you on the journey of both success and failure. Engage in your companies “tomorrow” not just today by exploring new revenue streams and driving innovation.” Jan Becker, CEO of Becker Helicopters Pilot Academy.
Chairwoman of the Board
Wanfeng Auto Holdings Group 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 whilst following their philosophy of “eternal value, while contributing to society.”
Ailian is one of China’s most successful women entrepreneurs and cofounded Wanfeng Auto Holding Group with her husband, Wu Liangding. Since their establishment in 1994, they upheld the philosophy of constantly striving to increase value and contributing to the society. Nowadays, Wanfeng Auto Holdings Group is a global player and has manufacturing and R&D factories worldwide such as in the US, Germany, Canada, the UK, India and Mexico.
Ailian is a March 8 red-banner holder and received many awards and recognitions for her achievements, such as the Top 10 Excellent Women in China and many more. She also took up the role of the Vice Chairwoman of China Enterprise Confederation and she is also the first rotational Chairwoman of the Zhejiang Chamber of Commerce Shanghai.
“My strategic vision is to build an international brand and an enterprise with happy employees that may last for 100 years.” Ailian Chen, Chairwoman of the Board of Wanfeng Auto Holding Group.
Minh Phuong Dang
Chairwoman and CEO
Minh Phuong founded MP Logistics in 1995 with a vision to become Vietnam’s most reputable privately held forwarding and Logistics Company. Today, MP Logistics has locations across Vietnam serving both domestic and international clients.
As Chairwoman and CEO, Minh Phuong is responsible for the strategic direction of MP Logistics, building partnerships, broadening business relationships, as well as advising the company executive team on management, leadership and business policy issues.
In 2007, Minh Phuong was elected Chairwoman of CEO Club HCMC Vietnam, a not-for-profit executive advisory organization. Under her leadership, she helped organizing events that foster economic growth between Vietnam and other Asian countries such as Japan, Thailand, Singapore, etc. CEO Club currently has 120+ CEO members from leading businesses in Vietnam with total revenue of US$5+ billion in 2013.
Minh Phuong joined Saigon Airport Corporation, a taxi and car rental services company, in 2009 as a strategic investor. She is currently Chairwoman and CEO and is responsible for strategic expansion of its services and business growth.
In early 2011, Minh Phuong was elected Vice President of Vietnam Association of Consumer Goods Development (VACOD) under the Ministry of Industry and Trade of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam. VACOD aims to establish a connection between researchers, producers and distributors to develop Vietnamese consumer goods and increase production in domestic market. It also serves as a link between Vietnamese businesses and entrepreneurs with international markets as part of international economic integration.
“We provide our customers with the best quality and services focused on forwarding & logistics solutions from beginning to end with a trusted, fast, and quality delivery.” Minh Phuong Dang, Chairwoman and CEO of MP Logistics.
Melanie is the Co-Founder of Australian Fashion Labels (AFL), a ‘house of brands’ apparel company, which delivers a vertical multi-brand and multi-channel strategy. Currently AFL sells seven brands, which together encompass ‘contemporary casual’ through to ‘affordable luxury’ fashion, across wholesale and omni-channel retail.
When Melanie began sourcing quality garments for her early chain of Adelaide retail stores Locco (now Birdcage Boutique), she became inspired to eventually create her own label, Little Potty Red Shoes, in 2002. In 2007, Company Directors Dean and Melanie Flintoft founded Australian Fashion Labels in Adelaide with the introduction of Finders Keepers. The label flourished due to its focus on quality, on-trend pieces with trans-seasonal appeal.
AFL’s sales strategy encompasses global distribution through distributors, direct wholesaling and AFL owned online and retail shop-fronts under the BNKR and TY-LR branded platforms. AFL has more than 3,000 stockists around the world, including several major department stores. AFL wholesales to +20 countries and has online business shipping to +55 countries globally.
Today, while still preserving the original model, AFL also houses higher-end labels for both men and women and has also released a footwear label. By March 2016, AFL will have 10 company owned retail stores in USA and Australia.
“AFL’s vision is to continue our aggressive, global growth - maintaining an understanding of all aspects of the rapidly evolving fashion market and continually adapting to deliver product that is both commercially and customer focused. AFL brands will continue to set the standard at the forefront of the industry, delivering product with a quality over price strategy." Melanie Flintoft, Co-founder of Australian Fashion Labels.
Datuk Rosaline Ganendra
Minconsult is a leading Malaysian engineering consultancy firm that is popularly known as MINCO. MINCO is a multi-disciplinary engineering consultancy firm with projects in Malaysia, Australia, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Kazakhstan and Bangladesh.
Datuk Rosaline Ganendra was exposed to an entrepreneurial environment from an early age and was inspired by her father, a pioneer entrepreneur, to get involved in engineering. When Datuk joined MINCO as a director she realized the need to expand the firm’s scope and range of businesses through a process of structural modernization and, together with her co-directors, was able to expand MINCO internationally.
She is an advocate of women issues, gender equality and diversity in the workplace and introduced the first Women in Science Engineering and Technology International Conference (WiSET) in Malaysia in 2012. Datuk Rose is also actively promoting corporate social responsibilities (CSR) and charitable activities to provide much needed amenities and necessary infrastructure to improve living conditions with communities.
Datuk Rose received many awards and recognitions for her work such as the EY Woman Entrepreneur Of The Year 2013 Malaysia, BELLA Businesswoman Award (2013), IEM Lady Engineer Award (2009) and the Darjah Mulia Seri Melaka (DMSM) Award (2006).
“The way ahead for MINCO is two-fold. It lies in building stronger, better, superior foundations in what we know and in charting unfamiliar territory and making it our own. After all, engineering is a passion and an adventure for us. It always has been. We are committed to capitalize on our best practices and technologies in order to work towards a sustainable tomorrow.” Datuk Rosaline Ganendra, Director of Minconsult.
Founder and CEO
Lauren is the Founder and CEO of iVvy, 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.
Lauren has successfully built multiple companies from start-ups through to financial and strategic exits over the past 25 years. She has also served at the executive and board level for retail (FMCG), advertising and core technology companies in both, South Africa and Australia.
Lauren has a second Dan Black belt in ITF Taekwondo and was the National Taekwondo Champion for South Africa, competing in the world championships and international circuit for 5 years.
Her awards include Winner of Springboard Australia’s 2014 program, Winner of the Best Product for the Events Industry 2014 and Women in Technology Entrepreneur of the year finalist 2012. Lauren is a strong believer in advising and assisting young Entrepreneurs through mentorship and providing support to the start-up community.
“My vision for iVvy is to be the leading real-time trading platform for events, delivering seamless enterprise solutions to the hospitality industry and consumers globally.” Lauren Hall, Founder and CEO of IVvy.
Founder and CEO
Michelle launched Leyou.com in 2000 and it is the first online shop in China selling maternity, babies and kids products. Leyou currently sources products from over 530 suppliers in 21 countries worldwide. At the end of 2015, Leyou operated 456 stores across 71 cities in China and web and mobile e-commerce shops, serving over 7 million registered members with 4,000 employees. With more than 16 years of history, Leyou has been continually evolving to satisfy consumers’ changing needs. In May 2015, Leyou launched the first safe and healthy cross-border e-commerce service selling maternity, babies and kids products from abroad whilst integrating fully online-to-offline (O2O) shopping experience.
Michelle graduated from South China University of Technology, specializing in mechanical engineering and also holds an MBA from San Francisco State University. She worked at the Standardization Administration of China, SAC, an artificial intelligence software company and C&C International in the US, and mentored women entrepreneurs at Qinghua University.
Michelle’s contributions to innovation have been widely recognized within the business community, as she has won the Top 50 Retail Chain Award (2015), Top 10 Leading Innovative Commercial Brands in China (2015) and the Leader Award in the Maternity and Baby Retail Industry (2015). Leyou was also the number one brand for two consecutive years in China’s Brand Power Index (C-BPI) of the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology of China.
In the next 3-5 years Michelle’s vision for Leyou is to become a national network with fully integrated online and offline services serving all parents and their babies in China.
“Be someone with a dream who delivers value to the society.” Michelle Hu, Founder & CEO of Leyou (China) Chain Store.
Director of Product
STM is an Australian-owned company designing and selling laptop bags, tablet and smartphone cases and other accessories. Founded in 1998 in Australia by Ethan Nyholm and Adina Jacobs, with offices in Sydney, San Diego and the UK, STM's mission is to create gear and accessories that make your digital day a little easier, foster creativity and exceed their customers’ expectations. Because the market was flush with black briefcase style bags that were obviously carrying laptops STM designed its own chic range to accommodate not just the laptop, but folders, gym gear etc., all without compromising on protection. The brand is grounded in its Australian roots and lifestyle - not too serious, but insightful with a cool design aesthetic. STM has recently acquired Element Case, an American brand of high end phone accessories, conceived at the cross roads of tech, urban culture, and active lifestyle and will maintain Element Case as a separate brand to STM.
Adina leads the product teams to design, develop and produce all STM and Element Case merchandise and is also involved in brand and marketing.
Adina became aware of the entrepreneurial landscape in Australia when she was selected as a delegate at the G20 Young Entrepreneur Summit in Mexico City in 2012 and she met many people there who had experienced the same challenges as she had and were like-minded and inspiring. Furthermore, Adina was also a nominee for the Eastern Region EY Entrepreneur of the Year Award (2013).
“Our vision is to be the most valued lifestyle accessory company for digital devices, by creating amazing products and developing long-term relationships. We are deeply committed to our values of thoughtfulness, respect, integrity and consciousness, and believe that these will guide us to growing the business on a global scale. Both from a market and geographic perspective there are huge opportunities for STM growth.” Adina Jacobs, Director of Product of STM.
Jingjing is the CEO of Beijing JHYP Enterprise Management, also known as JHYP. Beijing JHYP Enterprise Management operates as a restaurant chain providing Chinese fast food, such as congee, cold dishes, stews, pasta and other dishes.
Jingjing started to operate and manage the Dongfang Huayu Gift Company when she was in her first year of university between 1992 and 1996 and her business expanded to over 10 gift shops in1996. She was a trader at the Fund Department of China International Futures Co., Ltd (CIFCO) between 1996 and 2000, where she was known for her outstanding performance. During this period, she also set up over 20 companies. In 2000, she founded Porridge Jiahe. Today, she is operating over 100 Porridge Jiahe chain restaurants under JHYP.
In 2010 JHYP won the bid to become one of the best practice enterprises for the National Breakfast Project in China with the highest score and in 2008 JHYP was selected by the Olympic Organizing Committee to provide the catering for the Olympic athletes. The company’s quality products and standardized services are very popular amongst locals and foreigners.
Jingjing has won numerous honours including Person of the Year 2014 for Successful Transformation of a Catering Enterprise in China, Chinese Magnolia Award for Women 2014, and in 2015 she won China Restaurant Chain Industry Achievement Award for the period 2008 to 2012.
“Porridge Jiahe is the first enterprise in the Chinese restaurant industry whose management is fully information and data based. We emphasize on brand reputation and building and strive to constantly develop and grow our unique enterprise.” Jingjing Liu, CEO of Beijing JHYP Enterprise Management.
Meihing is the CEO of HeungKong Group and the Chairman of Heung Kong Charitable Foundation. Heungkong Group started in Shenzhen as a home mart in 1990. From its humble beginnings, HeungKong has developed into an enterprise group with more than 20,000 employees and specialized in trade platform construction, real estate, financial investment, resources & energies and the health industry. In 2005, Meihing initiated the first non-public foundation in China - the Heung Kong Charitable Foundation. Over these years, she has donated over RMB 1 billion to various social welfare and charity undertakings, including poverty alleviation, teaching assistance and disaster relief.
She is actively involved as a member of CPPCC, Vice-Chairman of the All-China Federation of Industry & Commerce - China Association of Women Entrepreneurs, Chairman of Woman Entrepreneurs Chamber of Guangdong.
Some of Meihing’s recent awards include the honorary titles of Outstanding Entrepreneuse for 2012, Annual Economic Woman of China for 2011, Top Ten Philanthropists from the 9th Charitable List of China (2012), Top Ten Sales Figures of China for 2012 from Southern Metropolis Daily, Ten Outstanding People amongst Cantonese around the World (2013) and Ten Outstanding Women in Southern Guangdong (2014).
Meihing wants to achieve annual sales of over RMB 100 billion and become a private group with more than four companies to list in 5 years.
“My vision is to incorporate technologies such as e-commerce, big data, mobile Internet, etc., leverage capital to drive transformation in the group and industry.” Meihing Chak, CEO of HeungKong Group.
Founder and CEO
Lisa Mihardja is the Founder and CEO of Alleira Batik. Lisa’s passion for batik has made her one of Indonesia’s most inspiring leaders for women. Starting with only US $3,000 capital in 2005, Lisa has raised Alleira from a four-person company working in a garage, to one of the largest modern batik retailers in Indonesia within ten years of operation. Her company’s unique design philosophy of “east meets west” and daring touch of colors have enthralled many local and international prominent business figures as well as state dignitaries, such as Crown Prince Haakon of Norway and Microsoft's Co-founder Bill Gates.
Lisa’s ultimate goal is to make Alleira the first global batik brand and she took a fresh approach to batik design: “Batik is a tradition. However, preserving the tradition doesn’t have to be traditional” says Lisa who studied Economics at the University of New South Wales, “we have to make it a lifestyle.”
Recognitions for Lisa’s excellence include the ASEAN Business Award 2013, the EY Indonesian Entrepreneurial Winning Women 2012, the Marketing Award 2011 (presented by Marketing Magazine) and the Most Powerful Women (presented by Globe Asia Magazine from 2011 to 2015 and by SWA Magazine in 2009).
Through Alleira, Lisa engages in charity activities that support less educated women by training them to be skilled workers, thus enabling them to earn money. These women are now producing handicrafts from the leftovers of Alleira’s batik fabrics and their creations are available at all Alleira outlets.
“Entrepreneurship and self-belief are the keys to change the life of many Indonesian women.” Lisa Mihardja, Founder and CEO of Alleira Batik.
Deputy General Manager and Co-Founder
Xiuru Nan is the Deputy General Manager and Co-Founder of Hebei Hua An Bio-Pharmaceutical, also known as Huaan, a vaccine distributor and offers different types of rabies vaccines for humans and animals. Xiuru and her husband founded Hebei Hua An Bio-Pharmaceutical in 2001. Huaan established a comprehensive sales network all over the country, and is one of the biggest distributors of major vaccine producers in China. In addition, Huaan 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.
In 2010 Huaan became the largest shareholder of Wuhu Kangwei Biotechnology and developed a vaccine against Heliocobacter Pylori (HP), a bacterium that causes stomach ulcers and recently finished the development stage. The company obtained the drug manufacturing permit in May 2015 and this vaccine will be the first oral HP vaccine in the world. Currently, Xiuru is also the Director of Wuhu Kangwei Biotechnology Co., Ltd.
In the 15 years under Xiuru’s management, the company received many awards including the Innovator Award of the Year (2012) at the APEC SME Ministerial Meeting, and Huaan was one of the 10 best employers in Shijiazhuang in 2014 and 2015.
Xiuru’s vision for Huaan is to dig deeper in the rabies prevention business to secure Huaan’s position in the market. Furthermore, Huaan is planning to switch from a trader to a manufacturer with Wuhu Kangwei as the manufacturing subsidiary of Huaan.
“Educating the people about rabies and saving their lives inspired me to launch Huaan” Xiuru Nan, Deputy General Manager and Co-Founder of Hebei Hua An Bio-Pharmaceutical.
Executive Vice President
Dr. Milagros Ong-How is an entrepreneur with over 40 years of responsible leadership and innovation and is setting the industry standards in trading, shipping, and chemical manufacturing. In 2003, Milagros founded the Universal Harvester, Inc. (UHI), a company engaged in manufacturing, local distribution, and exportation of fertilizers. After discovering how exploited and disadvantaged ordinary Filipino farmers are, she committed to be a partner and major stakeholder in the success of their agricultural enterprises and she helped over 8.1 million farmers since. UHI’s innovative entrepreneurial approach is to combine a strict adherence to international state-of-the-art manufacturing and operational standards with a unique social marketing strategy.
Milagros holds a degree in Biology from the University of the Philippines and received a Doctorate Degree Honoris Causa in Humanities from the Angeles University Foundation for her contributions in uplifting the lives of Filipino farmers.
Milagros received numerous recognitions, such as the Asia Responsible Entrepreneurship Award for Outstanding Social Empowerment (2015), the Asia Pacific Entrepreneurship Award as an Outstanding Entrepreneur (2014), the Woman Starpreneur 2014 from the Philippine Center for Entrepreneurship, and the EY Woman Entrepreneur of the Year 2013.
In June 2015, she founded Universal Harvester Dairy Farms the biggest privately owned and advanced Dairy production facility in the island of Mindanao with the intention to collaborate with various farmer organizations in the country. UHI is currently preparing to go public.
“Success is the product of a clear business and social mission, supported by a well-defined strategy, and enriched by one’s commitment to excellence. I believe women entrepreneurs play crucial roles in keeping the economy strong and vibrant. Believe in your dreams, set your goals, and tap into your strengths.” Milagros Ong-How, Executive Vice President of Universal Harvester, Inc.
Hye-Rin Park is the CEO of Korea based Omnisystem. They are the first in Korea to develop digital electricity meters for remote reading. The company designs and manufactures digital electricity meters, gas meters, water meters and hot water meters. Currently Omnisystem is developing a solution to manage and control energy usage in not only homes and offices but the whole city and country. Hye-Rin says her biggest achievements include gaining the know-how and becoming number one in the field, being the CEO of Omnisystem and knowing the importance of every individual in the company.
Omnisystem has won many prestigious awards such as the Best Digital Electricity Meter Award and the New Technology Applied Product Award.
According to Hye-Rin the energy sector is an expanding market especially in the field of smart metering. Developing countries use this system to reduce the loss of energy while developed countries adopt this system to save energy. As the current market leader in Korea she believes more chances are waiting in the global market and that they can expand into neighboring countries. Omnisystem’s forecast for the next 5 years is that they will triple their revenue and will enter the Vietnamese and Chinese market.
”We are living in a time where green environment and energy saving have been buzzwords for a long while. It was a great irony to see that the way of saving energy was inadequate in so many ways. Therefore, I developed a sufficient way to measure, monitor and verify energy usage in our homes, offices and even in our cities.” Hye-Rin Park, CEO of Omnisystem.
Founded in 1993, Foodstar is a manufacturer and distributor of qualitative fruit juice in Thailand under the brand “Deedo.” Their range of products includes (concentrated) fruit juice, jelly, and ice lollies. Chantra Pongsri is the managing director of Foodstar and is continually developing new products to match customer needs - both domestically and internationally. The company emphasizes customer service and supplier relationships in order to generate quality products for their customers.
Foodstar has a market share of 40% in the super economy fruit juice segment in Thailand. With the rapid growth in sales and competition they also have to invest more in production with cutting edge machines to improve efficiency. Chantra was able to grow the sales revenue of Deedo from US$56 million in 2012 to US$90 million in 2015 and is expecting to achieve sales of US$138 million in the next 3 years.
She is a graduate of The Senate of Pebble Hills University (USA) with a Master in Business Administration and holds a degree in Business Administration in Marketing from the Kensington College of Business in London.
Chantra has received many prestigious awards and recognitions such as the Quality Person of the Year 2015 from the Foundation of The Scientific and Technological Council of Thailand (FSTT) and the EMS for SMEs Award (2014).
“Foodstar has set a vision to become ‘One of the leading fruit juice manufacturers in ASEAN’. Over the past 20 years, Foodstar has been producing and selling high quality products at a reasonable price in Thailand and overseas.” Chantra Pongsri, Managing Director, Foodstar