Enterprise Asia, the organiser of the prestigious fifteenth Asia Pacific Enterprise Awards (APEA) 2021 Regional Edition is pleased to recognise 59 exceptional award recipients who have exemplified excellence and perseverance in this unprecedented period. The APEA awardees have proven resiliency and accelerated tremendously to overcome the unprecedented economic conditions wrought by the global pandemic.
The APEA, an initiative by Enterprise Asia, the region’s leading NGO, is the largest regional recognition and acknowledgement programme for trailblazers in the business community. APEA prides itself as a testament to the commitment, aspiration, and true entrepreneurship. With over 800 nominations received each year, and about seven percent were commended to the most deserving for recognition. This year, an impressive number of 130 finalists from 15 countries were up for consideration in the final round of judging and only 59 were crowned as award recipients.
Richard Tsang, President of Enterprise Asia stated in his welcome speech, “We knew fifteen years ago, that the way forward for entrepreneurs and enterprises and our interactions with the rest of the world rests in our ability to inspire and promote equity and equality in a world rife with differences and inequality.”
Since 2007, APEA has recognised leading lights within a variety of business industries, whilst rewarding remarkable success in four categories – Master Entrepreneur, Fast Enterprise, Inspirational Brand, and Corporate Excellence category. Over 40% of high achieving winning recipients from the Corporate Excellence category have further shown that enterprises have accomplished strong results of entrepreneurial excellence and resilience despite this challenging period.
B.Grimm Power Public Co., Ltd’s Chairman & President, Dr. Harald Link, was accorded the Entrepreneur of the Year of the APEA 2021 Regional Edition. Among the notable Master Entrepreneur Category winners include Dr. Ming-Hsi Chuang, President of the Gwo Xi Stem Cell Applied Technology Co., Ltd. from Taiwan, and Sara Lamsam, CEO & President of Muang Thai Life Assurance Public Company Limited from Thailand.
Further esteemed winning enterprises from the Inspirational Brand Category are E.SUN Financial Holding Company Ltd. from Taiwan and Nu Skin Southeast Asia (NSE Asia Products Pte Ltd) from Singapore. Fredley Group of Companies from the Philippines and MatchMove Pay Pte Ltd from Singapore was a part of the winning recipients for the Fast Enterprise Category. Bahwan CyberTek from India; CITIC Telecom International CPC Limited from Hong Kong; KWG Group Holdings from China; PT Mora Telematika Indonesia from Indonesia and Rizal Commercial Banking Corporation from the Philippines was awarded under the Corporate Excellence Category.
Prior to the APEA, the Asia Entrepreneurship Forum (AEF) 2021 was held in the day and was made possible by the virtual environment. The forum was convened with more than 300 C-suite level executives and business leaders from China, Bahrain, Brunei, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, The Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, and other parts of the region.
Centred around the theme ‘The Great Reset: Towards a Sustainable Recovery’, the forum provides a regional platform for leading thought leaders across sectors to stimulate pressing topics, balancing major reset transitions and focusing on the road to recovery.
Enterprise Asia’s Chairman, Tan Sri Dr. Fong Chan Onn remarked at the forum’s opening: “To usher in the organisation of the future, leaders should reimagine the basic principles of human resources in the organisation and putting people in the core. Any meaningful change must be led by the board and the CEO, to drive meaningful change in leadership, culture, and employee experience for a resilient recovery.”
Among the speakers were Alexander Grenz, President and CEO of Allianz PNB Life Inc.; David Stock, Vice President, Marketing of UPS Asia Pacific; Godelieve Van Dooren, CEO Southeast Asia Growth Markets & Asia Career Business leader of Mercer; Jennifer Di, HR Director, Southeast Asia & Global Functions APAC of Baxter; Martin Chee, General Manager of IBM ASEAN; Nitin Goil, Director, Workforce Transformation & Leadership at Deloitte Southeast Asia; Ras Scollay. Senior Vice President of Business Development (Asia) at DCI Data Centers, Australia; Sam Wong, EY Asean Markets Leader at EY Singapore; Shashank Luthra, Managing Director, Services and Software Sales, ASEAN at Cisco; Simon Kahn, Chief Marketing Officer of Google Asia Pacific and Vish Iyer, Vice President, Cisco Architectures, APJC at Cisco.
The APEA 2021 Regional Edition and AEF 2021 are supported by Angel Investment Network Indonesia (ANGIN), Indian Chamber of Commerce (ICC), Indonesian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KADIN), Institut Keusahawanan Negara Berhad (INSKEN), Malaysian-Thai Chamber of Commerce (MTCC), Malaysian Industrial Development Authority (MIDA), Ministry of Entrepreneur Development and Cooperatives (MEDAC), National Institute of Entrepreneurship and Innovation (NIEI), Singapore Thai Chamber of Commerce (STCC), SME Corporation Malaysia, The Malaysian Chamber of Commerce (HK and Macau) Limited (MAYCHAM).