HONG KONG: Ten entrepreneurs and business leaders from Hong Kong were named awardees of the Asia Pacific Entrepreneurship Awards 2015 at a glittering gala dinner at Island Shangri-La Hotel, Hong Kong. Over 200 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 Wong Poh Weng, Managing Partner of RSM Nelson Wheeler, Mr Wilson Wong, General Manager of Hong Kong Economic Times, Mr Ivan Tong, Chief Editor of The Standard, Lt. General Sudhir Sharma, Advisor to Enterprise Asia, and Dato’ William Ng, President of Enterprise Asia.
The Asia Pacific Entrepreneurship Awards, or APEA, is a regional recognition program organized by Enterprise Asia, 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 award ceremonies held in over thirteen countries every year.
The Awards is often compared to the Olympics for the stringent entry criteria and highly competitive judging parameters. Nominations of the Awards itself is by invitation, either by past and current awardees, a supporting trade association or the organizing committee of Enterprise Asia. Nominees are then subjected to a series of rigorous tests, including financial verification by an appointed audit firm and a compulsory physical site audit and interview, culminating in a secret balloting process by Enterprise Asia’s organizing committee.
Awardees are expected to be torchbearers of entrepreneurship and business leaders in their respective countries, and adhere to a strict standard of personal and business ethics.
“We can say with certainty that the recipients of the APEA are like none others. Not only do they have to prove their entrepreneurial skills and experience in one of the toughest contests in the world, they also subject themselves to a pledge to uphold the highest standards of entrepreneurship, which includes allegiance to the two founding pillars of Enterprise Asia, namely Investment in People and Responsible Entrepreneurship”, says Dato’ William Ng, President of Enterprise Asia.
The final ten were announced by Enterprise Asia at the awards ceremony in Hong Kong at Island Shangri-La Hotel. Among the recipients was Mr Hon Kwok Lung, Chairman of Citychamp Watch & Jewellery Group Limited. Mr Hon was the highlight of the awards, receiving the accolade of Special Achievement Award.
For its sixth year in Hong Kong, the APEA has recognized the business leaders of Hong Kong as the drivers and backbone of Hong Kong’s economy. The recipients in Hong Kong were selected from among 150 shortlisted candidates, ranging from talented young entrepreneurs to experienced industrialists. It is through this recognition program that Enterprise Asia hopes to continue to encourage and stimulate economic growth throughout the region.
Mr Ng explained, “The APEA is aimed at promoting entrepreneurship. Beyond recognizing the efforts of these entrepreneurs, we hope to encourage them to continue taking their businesses to the next level, and in the process, providing more job opportunities to the people in the region, and help to drive the economy forward”.
The ten truly deserving individuals were awarded under the Most Promising, Outstanding and Special Categories of the Awards, representing various industries and focus areas.
RECIPIENT LIST OF ASIA PACIFIC ENTREPRNEURSHIP AWARDS 2015 HONG KONG
Special Category – Special Achievement Award
Hon Kwok Lung, Chairman, Citychamp Watch & Jewellery Group Limited
Dr Raymond Wong King Kwok, Executive District Director, AIA International Limited
Raymond Lau, Executive Director, Aviation Security Company Limited
Dr Owyang King, Executive Director & CEO, Computime Group Limited
Ieong Un, Chairman & CEO, Infinity Chemical Holdings Company Limited
Ching Chi Fai, Chairman, Ming Fai International Holdings Limited
Most Promising Category
Kuldeep S. Buttar, Chairman, Buttar & Associates
Amanda Yu, Chief Operating Officer, China Wah Yan Healthcare Limited
Dr Jackeline Yang, Director, Jackeline Beauty International Group Limited
Dr Herbert Lee, CEO, Marvel Digital Limited