Alisjahbana Haliman of PT Haldin Pacific Semesta named EY Indonesia Entrepreneur Of The Year™ 2018

Jakarta, 14 November 2018

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EY Indonesia announced the winners of EY Entrepreneur Of The Year 2018 in the Awards Ceremony.

Alisjahbana Haliman of PT Haldin Pacific Semesta named EY Indonesia Entrepreneur Of The Year™ 2018

Founder & CEO of PT. Haldin Pacific Semesta Alisjahbana Haliman received the award of EY Entrepreneur of the Year 2018. This was revealed in the awards ceremony of the 2018 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year award at the Ritz Carlton Hotel Pacific Place Jakarta, Wednesday, November 14, 2018.

EY Entrepreneur Of The Year (EOY) 2018 Finalist

After going through a rigorous selection process by a panel of judges, Alisjahbana Haliman won the prestigious EY Entrepreneur of the Year 2018 title from Indonesia by edging out the other 5 finalists, namely:

Name Position Company Industry
Alisjahbana Haliman Founder & CEO PT Haldin Pacific Semesta Customer Products and retail
Cleosent Randing CEO PT Valuklik Digital Marketing
Dharsono Hartono CEO PT Rimba Makmur Utama Environmental Services
Ronald Akili Founder & CEO PT Properti Talenta Famili Real Estate, Hospitality & Construction
Rudy Susanto CEO PT Prima Multi Usaha Indonesia Telecommunications, Consumer Products & Retail
Tan Eng Liang Commissioner PT SOHO Global Health Healthcare and Pharmaceutical manufacturing

The main award was announced by the Guest of Honor and Keynote Speaker, Dean of the Faculty of Economics and Business of the University of Indonesia Prof. Ari Kuncoro along with the chairman of the judging panel Prof. Martiono Hadianto. The award trophy was given by EY Indonesia Country Managing Partner Hari Purwantono.

EY Indonesia Country Managing Partner Hari Purwantono said the 2018 EY Entrepreneur Of The Year award was given to Alisjahbana Haliman after going through competitive and comprehensive assessment . "In the end, he emerged outperforming other finalists who were no less extraordinary, based on six assessment criteria, namely entrepreneurial spirit, value creation, strategic direction, national and / or global impact, innovation, and integrity."

Alisjahbana Haliman of PT Haldin Pacific Semesta named EY Indonesia Entrepreneur Of The Year™ 2018

As a leading business award, EY Entrepreneur Of The Year (EOY) is carried out in 145 cities in more than 60 countries throughout the world. It is the premier mark of world-class individuals which shines a spotlight on entrepreneurs who are driving successful and innovative businesses, and celebrates their exemplary performance. In Indonesia it was launched in 2001, the program has recognized over 200 Indonesian entrepreneurs for their achievements and contributions to the business industry and society.

This year's finalists are the best leaders in their industry in the face of the transformative era in which the direction of our society, the economy and social connections all experience rapid change -- includes business. They are proven to have the ability to seize market opportunities, while still focusing on business fundamentals that create long-term sustainable growth and, ultimately, have an impact on the overall business landscape.

Joining other prominent entrepreneurs from 60 countries around the world, Alisjahbana as Country Winner EOY 2018 will represent Indonesia at 2018 EY World Entrepreneur of the Year at Monaco in June 2019. There Alisjahbana will again compete with other EOY country winners for the EY World award Entrepreneur of the Year Award.

Witnessing the culmination of EOY 2018 Awards Ceremony, Mr. Rino Donosepoetro, CEO of Standard Chartered Bank Indonesia. This year marks the fourth year participation in supporting Entrepreneur of the Year award in Indonesia. Each year, the programme recognises Indonesia top entrepreneurs who demonstrate strong entrepreneurial spirit, innovation, sound strategic direction and financial track record, and have built successful businesses that have positive impacts to the communities.

“Our sponsorship is in line with our commitment to support the government’s program in fostering entrepreneurs as the key drivers of innovation, job creation and economic vibrancy. With our breadth and depth of network across some of the world’s fastest-growing economies, we are excited to support these next generation, winning businesses of tomorrow as they grow and take on international markets.”added Rino.

Established in 1987, PT. Haldin Pacific Semesta started as an importer of vanilla from Indonesia to the United States. From only vanilla traders, Haldin is now a company that processes various types of natural resources. From only one facility in Cikarang, Haldin has developed into a company with 5 facilities; 4 on Java and 1 in Sumatra, and employs around 500 people. The materials are purchased by companies in 54 countries around the world, and are on the first list of industrial materials suppliers.

Acting as a liaison between farmers and businesses, Haldin processes raw natural resources from farmers and processes them into materials that are ready to be used by businesses that produce end products purchased by end consumers. Haldin supplies ingredients from various industries: tea & coffee, essential oils, cocoa & vanilla, natural sweeteners, fruit & vegetables, seasoning ingredients, cosmetic ingredients and functional ingredients. At present, 60% of Haldin products are exported to 54 countries, of which 40% are sold in Indonesia.

Alisjahbana Haliman of PT Haldin Pacific Semesta named EY Indonesia Entrepreneur Of The Year™ 2018

Meanwhile, the title of 2018 Social Entrepreneur of the Year was awarded for Sabrina Bensawan of Saab Shares. Even though she is still 21 years old Sabrina has shown a remarkable and strong social entrepreneurial spirit. Founded in 2014 by Sabrina Bensawan who was 16 years old at the time, assisted by her sister Elena Bensawan, SAAB Shares was based on concerns about the number of children from poor families who did not attend school or suffered from serious illnesses.

Saab Shares has a vision of becoming a social organization that has a positive impact on the lives of the Indonesia people regardless of ethnicity, religion, class, culture, and ethnicity. Currently Saab Shares has three main programs, namely, Education through Rumah Baca and Rumah Belajar; Health program through the provision of free health services; Empowering Women through motivation talks by volunteers who are experts in their fields as well as training such as make-up, cooking, batik, and others.

EY Social Entrepreneur Of The Year (SEOY) 2018 Finalist

Name Position Company Industry
Andi Taufan Founder & CEO PT Amartha Mikro Fintek Fintech
Gibran Huzaifah Founder & CEO eFishery Technology
Sabrina Bensawan Founder Saab Shares Charity

Other category winners included Cleosent Randing from PT. Valuklik for Technology & Digital Award, Gibran Huzaifah from eFishery for Innovation Award, Dharsono Hartono from PT. Rimba Makmur Utama for Environmental Avant-Garde Award, and Tan Eng Liang from PT SOHO Global Health for Lifetime Achievement Award.

EY Indonesia Entrepreneur Of The Year program is supported by Standard Chartered Bank, Financial Club Jakarta and Forbes Indonesia, and collaborates with the Schwab Foundation in the Social Entrepreneur Of The Year award.

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