EY Jordan Reveals Finalists of 2014 Entrepreneur Of The Year Award

Amman, 15 March 2015

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EY Jordan announced on 9th March, 2015, the names of 13 finalists, representing 10 companies, who qualified for the 2014 Jordan Entrepreneur Of The Year Award, which is held annually in the Kingdom under the Royal Patronage of His Majesty King Abdullah II ibn Al Hussein.

Finalists will compete under two separate categories, Entrepreneur Of The Year and Emerging Entrepreneur Of The Year. Both categories acknowledge the business achievements of remarkable Jordanian entrepreneurs who have spearheaded some of Jordan’s most successful companies, encouraged innovation, shaped market trends, created jobs and contributed to socio-economic advancement.

Finalists for the Entrepreneur Of The Year category, which celebrates outstanding business leaders who inspire others with their long-term vision, leadership and achievements, include: Dr. Ahmad Hourani of United Jordanian Company for Investment; Eng. Bashar Zawaideh, Eng. Khaled Darwish and Dr. Thaer Darwish of Sinbad Group for Marine Transportation and Water Sports; Elia Wakileh of Comprehensive Leasing Company; Mohammed Atout of Trismart Security; Omar Zumot of Omar & Khaled Zumot Co.; and Riad Khashman of RUM Group. The winner of the Entrepreneur Of The Year category will represent Jordan at the globally-renowned EY World Entrepreneur Of The Year award event in Monte Carlo in June 2015, competing against fellow candidates from over 60 nations for the prestigious title of World Entrepreneur Of The Year.   

 In turn, finalists for the Emerging Entrepreneur Of The Year category, which recognizes exemplary entrepreneurs who have established distinguished start-ups that represent innovation at its best, consist of: Jumana Boulos and Nadeem Alsalem of Gibran Translation Services Company; Nabil Tarazi of EcoHotels; Penelope Shihab of Jordan Company for Antibody Production – MONOJO; and Tayseer Abu Shaqdam of Abu Shaqdam for Security Doors.

The finalists will be assessed by an independent judging panel based on six criteria: Entrepreneurial spirit, financial performance, strategic direction, innovation, global impact and personal integrity/influence.

“Within just five years, the Jordan Entrepreneur Of The Year Award has firmly cemented its standing as a prime platform that recognizes and celebrates brilliant entrepreneurial minds from across Jordan. Every year, we share with the world a group of visionary Jordanian men and women who serve as inspiring role models that pave the way for the next generation of Jordanian entrepreneurs to not only grow, but to also excel in their businesses. I would like to take this opportunity to wish our finalists the best of luck during the upcoming Awards Ceremony as we continue to raise the bar for high-impact entrepreneurship locally, regionally and globally,” commented Waddah Barkawi, Partner at EY Jordan and Entrepreneur Of The Year Award Country Leader for Jordan.       

The EY Entrepreneur Of The Year Award is the only truly global award program for entrepreneurs. Now in its 28th year, the Program has grown to encompass over 145 cities across 60 countries worldwide. 



About EY’s Entrepreneur Of The Year

EY’s Entrepreneur Of The Year is the world’s most prestigious business award for entrepreneurs. The award makes a difference through the unique way it encourages entrepreneurial activity among those with potential and recognizes the contribution of people who inspire others with their vision, leadership and achievement. As the first and only truly global award of its kind, EY’s Entrepreneur Of The Year celebrates those who are building and leading successful, growing and dynamic businesses, recognizing them through regional, national and global awards programs in more than 145 cities in 60 countries and has been running for 28 years globally.

About EY Jordan

EY is the largest professional firm in Jordan providing assurance, tax, transaction and advisory services, and began its operations in Amman, Jordan, in 1953. Today, our operations in Amman have grown to encompass over 300 employees under the management of eight local partners.  

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The MENA practice of EY has been operating in the region since 1923. For over 90 years, we have evolved to meet the legal and commercial developments of the region. Across the Middle East, we have over 5,000 people united across 20 offices and 15 Arab countries, sharing the same values and an unwavering commitment to quality. We make a difference by helping our people, our clients and our wider communities achieve their potential.

For more information, please visit http://www.ey.com/mena

About EY

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