EY Entrepreneurial Winning WomenTM Asia-Pacific

2015 conference highlights

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EY EWW Asia-Pacific, 2015 conference highlights

EY EWW Asia-Pacific, 2015 conference highlights

Video highlights of the inaugural EY Entrepreneurial Winning WomenTM Asia-Pacific conference, held in Singapore at the Marina Mandarin from 28-29 April 2015.

EY - Mentors and strategic networking

Mentors and strategic networking

Building a strategic network of advisors and mentors can help entrepreneurs advance their agenda and reach their goals.

EY - Accelerating growth and making it sustainable

Accelerating growth and making it sustainable

Customer-centricity and culture are two of the top concerns of many entrepreneurs, including those of the EY Entrepreneurial Winning Women Asia-Pacific Class of 2015.

EY - Building and defending your brand

Building and defending your brand

Entrepreneurs are probably their business' most powerful brand ambassadors; as such, they need to manage their personal brands carefully, or risk damaging the reputations of their organizations.

EY - Fireside chat with exceptional entrepreneurs

Fireside chat with exceptional entrepreneurs

Whether it was the difficulties faced in raising capital, the challenge of expanding abroad or knowing when to sell a business, two successful women entrepreneurs offered fascinating perspectives on their journeys of success.

EY - Taking on Board the right advice

Taking on board the right advice

Recognizing that “one person can’t do everything well,” business owners would benefit from cultivating a group of advisors who can contribute to the growth of their organizations.

EY - Growth starts with courage, confidence and capital

Growth starts with courage, confidence and capital

Having the right capital structure is perhaps one of the biggest determinants of success in the long term for any business. With that in mind, this panel session explored the challenges that entrepreneurs face in managing their capital—whether raising, investing, preserving or
optimizing it.

EY - Forces Shaping the World

Forces shaping the world

Driven by a host of disruptive technologies, key trends such as the rapid rate of urbanization, a growing web of billions of connected devices, and the desire for personalization demanded by the younger generation are transforming the world.

Meet the EY Entrepreneurial Winning Women™ Asia-PacificClass of 2015 – self-introductions

Meet the Winning Women of Asia-Pacific

They may come from a diverse range of countries and industries, but the 14 winning women entrepreneurs selected to the EY Entrepreneurial Winning Women (EWW) Asia-Pacific Class of 2015 share a knack for identifying gaps in their chosen market, crafting innovative solutions to address them and being passionate about what they do.

EY - Manoj Menon

Manoj Menon

Managing Director Asia Pacific Frost & Sullivan

Manoj Menon directly manages Frost & Sullivan’s business in Asia Pacific.

Manoj started at Frost & Sullivan in December 1996 as one of the pioneers when the company was just beginning its trajectory into Asia. He has, since then, successfully grown the company’s presence and business in Asia Pacific by manifold. Manoj continues to drive Frost & Sullivan’s expansion in the region, yielding the highest year-on-year growth to the group’s global business.

Throughout his tenure at Frost & Sullivan, Manoj has consulted on multiple strategic and syndicated projects for leading multinational companies, regulators and government bodies, providing growth workshops and client counsels, among others. He is today one of the region’s most sought-after speakers and thought leaders, wherein his expert opinions have been heard at seminars and industry conferences globally. Manoj is also frequently featured in leading media, namely CNN, Bloomberg, Channel News Asia, CNBC, BBC, Singapore Business Times and Straits Times, and Malaysian Business.

EY - Harsha Basnayake

Harsha Basnayake

Deputy Transaction Advisory Services Leader, EY

Harsha is a Transaction Advisory specialist and has more than 20 years of experience with Ernst & Young working in Transaction Advisory Services (TAS) as well as in the Assurance business.

Harsha plays an active role within the firm and has several core responsibilities. He is the current Leader for Transaction Advisory Services in ASEAN, he pioneered and led the Valuation & Business Modelling practice in the Far East and has been a member of Ernst & Young’s Global Valuation and Business Modelling Steering Committee.

Specializing in valuations, financial modelling, mergers and acquisitions and restructuring, Harsha has led numerous engagements relating to a wide range of clients including private businesses, investment banks, private equity funds, sovereign wealth funds, public listed companies and statutory boards. He has significant experience across Asia having advised on numerous, complex, cross border transactions and investments.

EY - Vikram Chakravarty

Vikram Chakravarty

Capital Transformation Leader, EY

Vikram is the EY Asia Pacific Capital Transformation Leader, with responsibility for the areas of strategy and portfolio analysis, corporate finance, infrastructure financing, restructuring and turnaround valuation and business modeling. In the past 10 years, he has competed over 60 Strategy and Transformation projects and extensive PMI experience. He has worked in over 20 countries in Asia/ US/ Europe and the Middle East.

Some large transactions/ projects he has worked on include – the restructuring of a national airline, the integration of a palm oil business of a Malaysian conglomerate; the acquisition of a baby food business by a global food major from a pharmaceutical major; a global commodity trader acquisition of a palm oil business; a Malaysian bank’s acquisition of a credit card business; the agglomeration of three local businesses by an Indonesian cement company; and the acquisition of a courier business in India by a global logistics major.

Prior to joining EY, Vikram was the Asia Pacific head for Strategy and Corporate Finance of a global management consulting firm. He has written for the Economist and started his career with Standard & Poor. Vikram is the author of Asian Merger & Acquisitions – Riding the Wave.

EY - Susan Chong

Susan Chong

Chief Executive Officer

Greenpac is a knowledge-based company that specializes in re-engineering, designing and distributing innovative, environmentally friendly packaging products and solutions. Since starting the company in September 2002, Susan has grown Greenpac from a one-woman start –up into a thriving multimillion dollar company. In the current environment where companes are more aware of the need to reduce their carbon footprint to achieve a sustainable future, Greenpac’s customized solutions help companies switch to environmentally friendly packaging while reducing wastage and increasing their cost savings. Today, Greempac serves Fortune 500 companies and is the market leader for environmentally friendly packaging solutions in Asia.

Greenpac’s contributions to innovation and environmentally sustainability have been recognized by the business community with various prestigious certifications and awards. The company was ranked 4th in the Enterprise 50 Awards in 2008, and recently, it clinched the ASEAN Business Award for Most ASEAN Admired Enterprise for Corporate Social Responsibility (SME Category) in 2010 and Singapore Sustainability Awards 2011 by Singapore Business Federation. For her efforts, Susan also achieved the Entrepreneur of the Year Award by ASME in 2008.

EY - Gregory Karpinski

Gregory Karpinski

Managing Director,
Standard Chartered Private Equity

Greg Karpinski is a Managing Director with Standard Chartered Private Equity (“SCPE”) based in Singapore. He is the Co-Head of the SCPE Energy, Resources & Infrastructure (“ERI”) team, serves as Co-CEO, and is a member of the investment committee of the USD658m Standard Chartered IL&FS Asia Infrastructure Growth Fund (“SCI Asia”).

Greg has over 15 years of energy and infrastructure investing experience. He joined Standard Chartered in early 2007 to facilitate the launch of the ERI team within SCPE. He has played a key role in completing over USD1 billion in direct equity investments in Asian and African power, transportation, telecommunications, shipping, LNG, water and environmental services companies.

Greg received his MBA from Boston University (United States) and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Tufts University (United States).

EY - Bin Wolfe

Bin Wolfe

Managing Partner, Talent,
Asia-Pacific, EY

Bin Wolfe is Managing Partner, Talent, Asia-Pacific for EY. She oversees all EY’s human resources-related functions and processes to support EY’s more than 32,000 people across 22 markets. Bin is a member of EY’s Asia-Pacific Area Operating Executive and the Global Talent Executive Committee.

Bin’s role includes driving the development of a high performance teaming culture – one that attracts top talent into the organization, and provides our people with an inclusive and engaging work environment and tremendous opportunities for personal and professional development.

Bin’s career as a HR professional began with Ernst & Young in the US in 1990 and includes a number of Talent leadership roles, including Americas Pacific Southwest Sub-Area People Leader. After returning to her native Shanghai in 2008, Bin served as a senior member of the Ernst & Young’s Far East Area People leadership team and People Leader for the Greater China Sub-Area before taking on her current role.

EY - Svida Alisjahbana

Svida Alisjahbana

President Director and CEO
Femina Group
Chair Jakarta Fashion Week

Svida Alisjahbana leads Femina Group, the foremost women and lifestyle media house in Indonesia. Svida began her career in the publishing industry as a Commercial Director, responsible for operations and directing the group’s future directions, including working on a variety of activations and multi digital platforms.

Svida’s passion is to build communities through femina group media for the advancement of modern Indonesia society. Among her many initiatives, 2 became important events for the nation: Femina’s Women Entrepreneurship Program and The Jakarta Fashion Week, where she was honored as one of the BoF 500 2014 (Business of Fashion), The Top 500 People Shaping The Global Fashion Industry.

Svida sits as the Chair of the Magazine Section for the Indonesian Press Association. She has served as a Member of the Board of Management of The International Federation of the Periodical Press (FIPP) since 2008. Recently, she was appointed as the Deputy Chair of Australia-Indonesia Centre (AIC). Svida is a mother of 16-year-old twin boys.

EY - Rosaline Ganendra

Rosaline Ganendra

Minconsult Sdn Bhd

As a Director of Minconsult Sdn Bhd, she is involved in the management and operations of the company and is responsible for overall technical and administrative management of projects right from feasibility study to master planning to detailed design up to construction stage. She has been the Project Director for a number of prestigious projects in Malaysia specialising in various fields of engineering, including water supply system projects, road and highway projects, airport projects, baggage handling system, railway line, power plant, town planning, bridges, flood migration project and engineering and management audit.

EY - Lynda Hall

Lynda Hall

Managing Director
Head of Global Fund Services & Global Provider Strategy, Asia Pacific BlackRock

Global Fund Services (‘GFS’) is responsible for establishing accounting policy, overseeing financial reporting, shareholder services, transfer agency and managing product operational infrastructure for BlackRock’s commingled and Real Estate funds domiciled in Asia Pacific. The GFS teams also support APAC retail initiatives, vendor oversight and product lifecycle events. Provider Strategy develops and executes the firm’s operating strategy for partnering with custodial, accounting agent, transfer agent and middle office providers and manages BlackRock’s major relationships with financial institution service partners.

Ms Hall has 10 years’ service with the firm having joined Barclays Global Investors (BGI) in London in 2005 and relocated to Singapore in 2012. She is a member of the BlackRock Human Capital Committee and the following Blackrock governance bodies for Asia Ex Japan: Operating Committee, Product Development Committee, Risk and Controls Committee and Investment Oversight Committee.

EY - Diane Foreman

Diane Foreman

Managing Director
Emerald Group
New Zealand

Diane has a passion for success and very practical lessons to share with those who are hungry to learn. Diane is actively engaged in helping entrepreneurs succeed. In addition to being a local judge of the New Zealand EY Entrepreneur Of The Year program for five years Diane has also participated on the EY World Entrepreneur Of The Year judging panel and is an integral member of the EY Global Women in Business Advisory Council. A regular speaker at forums, Diane is astute, tireless, deliberate and planned in her approach. Diane is successful on the global stage and dedicated to social responsibility. She has received many awards for her success including a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to New Zealand business. Diane is also listed in the Forbes list as one of the top fifty most powerful women in Asia Pacific. The journey she is on is an ever-changing one and the growth and success of Emerald Foods and the iconic brand, NZ Natural, is just part of this.

EY - Brian West

Brian West

Senior Vice President and Senior Partner
Managing Director, Reputation Management, Asia Pacific,
Global Chair, Crisis Management

Brian West has more than 30 years’ experience in corporate & public affairs and issues/crisis management in Asia Pacific and globally, including working for six Governments in Asia Pacific.

Before joining FleishmanHillard, he worked in-house before becoming a consultant for more than 20 years.  He has worked in small, medium and large consultancies, including a decade running Asia Pacific for another Tier 1 global consultancy.

He has created and overseen numerous corporate reputation programs.  In issues and crisis management, Mr. West has managed the communication and stakeholder relations programs with governments, NGOs, media, unions, customers, employees and local communities during some of Asia’s highest profile incidents.

EY - Lynne Anne Davis

Lynne Anne Davis

President & Senior Partner, Asia Pacific

Ms. Davis oversees the agency’s fast-growing, award-winning APAC network of 18 owned offices in 10 countries. 

She was named, “2013 Global Women’s Champion” by NAFE, and is featured in the 2014 business book, “Break the Ceiling, Touch the Sky” which shares “success secrets of the world’s most inspirational women”. 

Voted as one of Asia’s Most Admired Agency Leaders in a 2014 Campaign poll, she also appears on the 2014 PRWEEK Power List.   She is a sought-after speaker and commentator on industry issues, and passionate advocate of Shared Value. 

Ms. Davis has lived in Asia since 1997 and is married, with two young sons who keep her life as full of adventure at home as it is at work. 

EY - Annette Kimmitt

Annette Kimmitt

Global Middle Market Leader, EY

Annette is the Global Middle Market Leader and the Asia-Pacific Accounts Leader at EY. She is responsible for leading and executing the firm’s global go-to-market strategy for Middle Market, and the firm’s integrated go-to-market strategy for the Asia-Pacific area.

Annette is also a Director and Audit and Risk Committee Chair of Airservices Australia and the Melbourne Business School. She is also recognised as a leader in empowering women and supporting entrepreneurship. In late 2012 she co-founded Australia’s first women-focused angel investor organisation, Scale Investors, which is focused on equipping high-net-worth women with the education, funding mechanism and deal flow opportunities to invest in high growth, female-led businesses at an early stage in their development. With more than 30 years professional and commercial experience, Annette’s executive career has included a range of senior roles with EY and with the International Accounting Standards Board. She was previously EY’s Melbourne Office Managing Partner and Leader of its Victorian Government Practice.

She has attended executive leadership programs at several prestigious universities, including Harvard Business School, INSEAD and the Kellogg School. 

EY - Richard Kantor

Richard Kantor

Partner, Human Capital Practice,
Asia-Pacific, EY

Richard is a Partner at EY in our Asia Pacific Human Capital Practice and is based in Sydney. He has more than 25 years’ experience consulting with clients on all aspects of worldwide organizational performance, human resources strategy, cross cultural management, and total reward strategy and design.

Richard also is a prolific author. Most recently he penned the lead article for the special edition of Benefits and Compensation International that was devoted to total rewards. He authored a chapter for the book “HR in the 21st Century” and contributed significantly to the “Total Rewards Handbook.” His other articles have appeared in journals such as the Journal of International Compensation and Benefits, HQ Asia Pacific, International Law Firm Benefits, and Remunerations et Carriers. His two-part article won the award for outstanding contribution of the year given by the World at Work Journal in 2004.

Richard graduated from Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts, in Finance, International Business, and Economics. During his career, he has held leadership positions based in the Americas, Asia/Pacific, and Europe. He has spent most of the past seven years working with clients in Asia.

EY - Jenny Young

Jenny Young

Partner, Customer Practice
Oceania, EY

Jenny leads the Oceania Customer practice and has over 27 years experience in senior marketing and commercial roles before joining EY. Her particular expertise is in marketing and telecommunications, the National Broadband Network (NBN), FMCG and IT industries. She has worked in complex high profile brand businesses, including Unilever, Lion Nathan, Pepsi and Telstra. Jenny led Consumer Segment Marketing and then the transition and marketing for the National Broadband Network at Telstra, Australia prior to joining EY.

Jenny has built brand, sales, profits and shareholder value for organisations in Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom through deep customer understanding and world class segmentation capability. She has led transformational change, building capability and restructuring businesses to accelerate profitable growth.

Jenny is also the Chair of the Board for Autism Spectrum Australia, a not for profit organisation, and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

EY - Anna Marrs

Anna Marrs

Group Head
Commercial and Private Banking Clients

Anna Marrs is the head of Standard Chartered’s Commercial and Private Banking Clients segments globally. She joined Standard Chartered Bank as Group Head of Strategy and Corporate Development in January 2012.

Prior to joining Standard Chartered, she was a Partner in McKinsey & Company’s Banking Practice. Before joining McKinsey in 2003, Anna was the CEO of a financial information company based in London. She started her career at D. E. Shaw, a New York-based investment firm.

Anna holds an MBA from London Business School and an undergraduate degree from Northwestern University in Chicago.

Anna is married with two children and lives in Singapore.

EY - Claire Chiang

Claire Chiang

Senior Vice President, Retail Operations
Banyan Tree Holdings Limited

Ms. Claire Chiang, Senior Vice President, Banyan Tree Holdings, is a co-founder of Banyan Tree Hotels & Resorts, and also pioneered the group’s retail business in 1996 which has since grown to 80 over retail outlets worldwide. Ms. Chiang is also the Chairperson of Banyan Tree Global Foundation, the sustainability arm of the group.

In April 2009, Ms. Chiang, together with Mr. Ho Kwon Ping, was a joint recipient of the Hospitality Lifetime Achievement Award.

She serves as the Chairperson for China Business Development, as the Director and Non-Executive Chairperson of Wildlife Reserves Singapore as well as the Chairperson of Wildlife Reserves Singapore Conservation Fund. Ms Chiang serves on numerous public and private Boards and has won national and international awards for her advocacy in social and community issues.

In July 2014, she was elected as the Chairperson of Executive Committee, National Book Development Council of Singapore. She is a member of advisory board for Crib Pte. Ltd. She serves as the community advisor for Honour Singapore and was appointed the co-chairperson of the ACCORD. Most recently in August 2014, she was awarded the Public Service Star BBM for her contribution in implementing work-life integration. Meanwhile Ms. Chiang was elected as a Pioneering Member for the Diversity Action Committee to build up the representation of women directors on boards of companies.

EY - Lynn Kraus

Lynn Kraus

Oceania Markets Leader and Managing Partner,
Sydney, EY

Lynn is the EY Oceania Markets Leader – responsible for the firm’s “Go to Market” strategy across Australia, NZ, PNG and Fiji. Lynn is also the Sydney Office Managing Partner and a partner in our Transaction Advisory Services team providing integration support to clients in the financial services, real estate and government sectors.

Previously, Lynn was the Oceania People Leader responsible for the recruitment, retention and development of all people and partners. Lynn previously Chaired the Oceania firm’s Diversity & Inclusiveness Council and served on the EY Oceania Advisory Council.  Lynn is the partner sponsor for GLOW (EY’s Gay & Lesbian Affinity Group) and sits on the Gender Sub-Committee of the firm. Lynn is also part of the Sydney Symphony Leadership Ensemble and is on the Advisory Board for Heads over Heels. Lynn received the 2014 NAB/Women’s Agenda National Award for mentor of the year.  Outside of work Lynn spends time with her two boys – eight year old son Lockelyn and six year old son Hudson.