2011 award winner

EY - Olivia Lum

Olivia Lum
Founder | Hyflux Limited

EY Entrepreneur Of The Year 2010, Singapore
EY World Entrepreneur Of The Year 2011

Olivia Lum founded Hyflux in 1989 with two staff and start-up capital of US$15,000. Today, Hyflux has become one of the world's leading desalination suppliers. It is publicly traded with revenues of US$450 million, employing more than 2,300 people in operations and projects in Southeast Asia, China, India, the Middle East and North Africa. Olivia is the first female EY World Entrepreneur Of The Year winner and serves as a role model for entrepreneurs and for women across Asia and the world. "I'm very happy to accept this award on behalf of all the employees at Hyflux. For me, this reinforces there are no difficulties you can't overcome when you have faced the challenges of hunger and poverty."