EY announces Top Nominees for the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year™ 2017 Malaysia awards

Kuala Lumpur, 28 September 2017

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EY announced tonight the Top Nominees for this year’s EY Entrepreneur Of The Year™ (EOY) Malaysia Awards at a cocktail ceremony co-hosted with one of the world’s leading financial services provider, Credit Suisse AG.

The 16 Top Nominees in the Emerging, Technology, Woman and Master categories were determined by an independent panel of judges guided by a set of judging criteria that is consistently applied globally by the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year (EOY) programme.

The EOY 2017 Malaysia Top Nominees are:

Emerging Entrepreneur category

  • Mr Chiau Haw Choon – Chin Hin Group Berhad
  • Mr. Vinesh Sinha – FatHopes Energy Sdn Bhd
  • Mr. Muhammad Iqbal Ameer Ali – Live Scape Sdn Bhd
  • Mr. Levin Tan and Mr. Matt Tan – Mattan Consultancy Sdn Bhd
  • Mr. Mark Koh – Supahands Dot Com Sdn Bhd

Technology Entrepreneur category

  • Mr. Tan Ging Hoon – Alliancecorp Manufacturing Sdn Bhd
  • Mr. Noor Mohd Helmi Nong Hadzmi – IX Telecom Sdn Bhd
  • Mr. Edward Law – SecureMetric Technology Sdn Bhd

Woman Entrepreneur category

  • Ms. Christina Ng – Christy Ng Sdn Bhd
  • Ms. Chan Yoke Chun – HLT Global Berhad
  • Ms. Tan See See – Neubodi Holdings Sdn Bhd
  • Ms. Sharala Axryd – The Center of Applied Data Science Sdn Bhd

Master Entrepreneur category

  • Mr. Mohd Fadzil Hashim – Brainy Bunch Sdn Bhd
  • Mr. Adrian Ng – Mega Fortris (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd
  • Dato’ Seri Chew Weng Khak – Pensonic Holdings Bhd
  • Dato’ Dr. Ir. Mohd Abdul Karim Abdullah – Serba Dinamik Holdings Berhad

Winners of the four category awards as well as the coveted EY Entrepreneur Of The Year 2017 Malaysia award will be announced and celebrated at a gala event in December 2017. The Malaysian EY Entrepreneur Of The Year 2017 will then join country award recipients from around the globe in Monte Carlo in June 2018 to compete for the EY World Entrepreneur Of The Year (WEOY) 2018 award.

Philip Rao, Advisory Partner at Ernst & Young Advisory Services Sdn. Bhd. and Programme Director of the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year™ Malaysia Awards shared, “The EY Entrepreneur Of The Year awards programme seeks to recognize and celebrate the vision, innovation, courage and leadership of the extraordinary men and women, whose entrepreneurial spirit in building and growing successful businesses have made a positive and enduring impact on their community and country. We are proud to be the oldest business award programme in Malaysia and have been privileged to shine the spotlight on some of Malaysia’s most exceptional disruptors, innovators and game changers of tomorrow, and share their success stories on a national and global platform.

These entrepreneurs have helped create employment and generate industry growth, and are a key driving force in the economic development of the nation. In today’s increasingly challenging global environment, it is these entrepreneurs who defy barriers, redefine convention and significantly transform the lives of millions by inspiring change and driving growth to build a better working world. By celebrating their successes and contributions, we hope to encourage even greater entrepreneurial activity, locally and around the world.”

“This year marks the 16th year of running the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year awards programme in Malaysia. Given the high number of nominations received this year, we are gratified by the continued vibrant interest in the award programme. We believe this reflects our steadfast commitment to upholding the highest standards of our global criteria. The panel of judges had the challenging task of determining this year’s Top Nominees and we believe the outcome speaks for itself - each of these Top Nominees has inspiring personal stories, and we believe the recognition of their contributions and celebration of their accomplishments are indeed well- deserved,” he added.

Stephen Hagger, Credit Suisse’s CEO for Malaysia, said, “Credit Suisse is one of the most active foreign investment banks in Malaysia having had on the ground presence since 1995. We remain deeply committed to Malaysia given our belief in the long-term potential of the Malaysia economy and the business opportunities that it provides. Asia offers a dynamic environment for entrepreneurism and innovation, and as a result, we see a growing number of start-up businesses across all sectors. Consumers in the region are very willing to embrace new technology and innovation, which bodes well for entrepreneurs in Malaysia. As the Trusted Entrepreneurs’ Bank in Asia Pacific, we offer our clients solutions that combine the strength of our Wealth Management and Investment Banking expertise.”

“Credit Suisse is delighted to partner with EY as a sponsor of the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year™ (EOY) Malaysia Awards for the seventh time, and we are honored to be a part of this prestigious event where we recognize the achievements of entrepreneurs across diverse industries and backgrounds. Congratulations to all the Top Nominees and we wish them success in this competition and in growing their businesses,” added Hagger.

The Top Nominees were selected by an independent panel of judges guided by a set of globally benchmarked criteria.

The EY EOY 2017 Malaysia panel of judges comprised the following:

  • Ms. Selvarany Rasiah

    Chief Commercial Officer, Bursa Malaysia Berhad

  • Mr. MK Goh

    CEO, Karex Berhad and EY Entrepreneur Of The Year 2016 Malaysia

  • Tengku Dato' Sri Azmil Zahruddin

    Executive Director, Investments and Overseeing Executive Director of Khazanah Americas Inc., Khazanah Nasional Berhad

  • Mr. Hizam Kadir

    Vice President, Growth Ecosystem Development Division, Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation

  • Datuk Seri J Jayasiri

    Secretary General, Ministry of International Trade and Industry

  • Mr. Jean-Christophe Marti

    Senior Partner, Navis Capital

  • Datuk Noraini Soltan

    Founder, Sipro Plastic Industries Sdn Bhd and EY Woman Entrepreneur Of The Year 2008 Malaysia

The EOY 2017 Malaysia Awards programme is also proud to have these organisations on board in support of entrepreneurship:

  • BFM 89.9
  • Bits and Pixels Sdn Bhd
  • Bursa Malaysia Bhd
  • Credit Suisse AG
  • Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC)
  • Nanyang Siang Pau Sdn Bhd
  • The Edge
  • The Peak

For more information about the EOY Malaysia programme, please visit www.ey.com/my

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