Fourteen entrepreneurs and business leaders from Thailand were honoured as winners of the prestigious Asia Pacific Entrepreneurship Awards 2016 at the glittering gala dinner at the Bangkok Marriott Hotel Sukhumvit, Thailand. Over 300 attendees were present at the by-invitation only event, comprising of industry leaders, leading entrepreneurs, dignitaries and the who’s who of the business world, including, Mr. Apisak Tantivorawong, Minister of Finance, Thailand, Tan Sri Dr Fong Chan Onn, Chairman to Enterprise Asia, Lt General Sudhir Sharma, Advisor to Enterprise Asia, H.E. Khunying Laxanachantorn Laohaphan, President of the ASEAN Association, Thailand & Former Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Thailand, and Dato’ William Ng, President of Enterprise Asia.

The Asia Pacific Entrepreneurship Awards (APEA) is the region’s foremost association and think-tank for entrepreneurship. The Awards are presented to a handful of entrepreneurs across Asia Pacific each year, with annual award ceremonies held in over twelve countries.

The APEA is often compared to the Olympics for its stringent entry criteria and highly-competitive judging parameters.

Nominees are then subjected to a series of rigorous tests, which includes financial verification by an appointed audit firm and a compulsory physical-site audit and interview, culminating with a confidential balloting process by Enterprise Asia’s organizing committee.

Awardees are expected to be torchbearers of entrepreneurship and business leaders in their respective countries, while adhering to strict standards of personal and business ethics.

The final fourteen were announced by Enterprise Asia at the awards ceremony in the Bangkok Marriott Hotel Sukhumvit. Among the recipients were Ms. Jareeporn Jarukornsakul, WHA Corporation Public Company Limited, who received the ‘Woman Entrepreneur of the Year’ award, and Mr. Pita Limjaroenrat, CEO Agrifood Company Limited who received the ‘Young Entrepreneur of the Year’ award and both who were proud to receive ‘Special Category’ awards at the ceremony.

“I am honored to accept this award. It is an important impetus for me to make WHA a truly global company with an influential presence in the AEC”, said Ms. Jareeporn Jarukornsakul, Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors, Vice Chairman of the Executive Committee, and Group CEO of WHA Corporation PCL.

For its fourth year in Thailand, the APEA has recognized the business leaders of the region as the drivers and backbone of its economy. The recipients in Thailand were selected from among 80 shortlisted candidates, ranging from talented young entrepreneurs to experienced industrialists.

The fourteen truly deserving individuals were awarded under the Special, Outstanding and Most Promising Categories of the Awards, representing various industries and focus areas.

RECIPIENT LIST OF ASIA PACIFIC ENTREPRNEURSHIP AWARDS 2016 THAILAND

Special Category – Woman Entrepeneur of the Year
Jareeporn Jarukornsakul, Group CEO and Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors, WHA Corporation PCL

Special Category – Young Entrepeneur of the Year
Pita Limjaroenrat, Managing Director, CEO Agrifood Company Limited

Outstanding Category
Sopacha Dhumrongpiyawut, Chief Executive Officer, Gunkul Engineering Public Company Limited

Kreingkrai Kanjanapokin, Founder and Co-CEO, Index Creative Village Public Company Limited

Peerapong Jaroon-Ek, Chief Executive Officer, Origin Property Public Company Limited

Kessara Thanyalakpark, Ph.D., Deputy Chief Executive Officer, SENA Development Public Company Limited

Atikom Terbsiri, Chief Executive Officer and President, Thai Oil Public Company Limited

Chaiwat Kovavisarach, President, The Bangchak Petroleum Public Company Limited

Most Promising Category
Amorn Sapthaweekul, Director and Deputy Chief Executive Officer, Energy Absolute Public Company Limited

Tanarat Pasawongse, Chief Executive Officer, Hua Seng Heng Commoditas Company Limited

Dr. Watson Ariyaphuttarat, Founder & Industry Pioneer Chief Industrial Ecologist, KEEEN Limited

Chatchawe Vatanasuk, Chairman of Executive Board, T.A.C Consumer PCL Chanchai

Chanchai Phansopha, President, The Platinum Group PLC

Proudputh Liptapanlop, Executive Director, Vana Hua Hin Co., Ltd