Thirteen finest entrepreneurs and business leaders from Hong Kong were awarded at the Asia Pacific Entrepreneurship Awards 2016 at an auspicious gala dinner in JW Marriott 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, Tan Sri Dr Fong Chan Onn, Chairman of Enterprise Asia, Honorable Congresswoman Gwendolyn F. Gracia, Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives of the Philippines and Advisor to Enterprise Asia,  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, and Dato’ William Ng, President of Enterprise Asia.

The Asia Pacific Entrepreneurship Awards also known as 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. The Nominations of the Awards includes a series of selections by-invitation, past and current awardees, supporting trade association or the organizing committee of Enterprise Asia. Nominees are then subjected to a sequence of rigorous tests, including financial verification through an appointed audit firm and a mandatory physical site audit and interview, culminating in 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, 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 thirteen were announced by Enterprise Asia at the awards ceremony in Hong Kong at the JW Marriott Hotel. Among the recipients were two outstanding individuals who were the highlight of the night, Ms Joyce Tsang, Chairlady and CEO of Modern Beauty Saloon Holdings Limited who was honoured with the Special Achievement Award and Mr Hui Wing Mau, Chairman and Executive Director of Shimao Group who received the iconic Lifetime Achievement Award.

For its seventh 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 80 shortlisted candidates, ranging from talented young entrepreneurs to experienced industrialists. It is through this recognition program that Enterprise Asia hopes to continue and encourage to 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”.

Mr Hui Wing Mau, Chairman and Executive Director of Shimao Group was awarded The Lifetime Achievement Award, he believes in making a contribution to the community is an act of responsible entrepreneurship. Mr Hui was also quoted saying “Charity begins at home”.

Ms Joyce Tsang, Chairlady and Chief Executive Officer of Modern Beauty Salon Holdings Limited said “I perceive myself as an ordinary person with perseverance and diligence and this award is a recognition for my spirit and efforts”. Ms Joyce received the renowned Special Achievement Award at the night of the glittering gala dinner.

“Winning the APEA is an acknowledgement of my dedication and efforts to bring more Blue Sky to China through our continues clean energy initiatives. The award also gives me sense of responsibility to strive harder to serve my shareholders and stakeholders with the aim to set a good example of entrepreneurship” said the Chairman of Blue Sky Power Holdings Limited, Mr Tommy Cheng Ming Kit.

The thirteen deserving entrepreneurs were awarded under the Asia Pacific Entrepreneurship Awards 2016 and Special Categories representing various industries and focus areas.

RECIPIENT LIST OF ASIA PACIFIC ENTREPRNEURSHIP AWARDS 2016 HONG KONG

Special Category – Lifetime Achievement Award

  • Hui Wing Mau, Chairman and Executive Director – Shimao Group

Special Category – Special Achievement Award

  • Joyce Tsang, Chairlady & CEO – Modern Beauty Salon Holdings Limited

APEA 2016 Winners

  • Ding Yong Ling, Executive Director & CEO – Beijing Tong Ren Tang Chinese Medicine Co., Ltd
  • Tommy Cheng Ming Kit, Chairman – Blue Sky Power Holdings Limited
  • Samuel Chan, Managing Director – Britannia StudyLink
  • Ng Kwai Sang, Chairman – China Hi-Tech Anti-Counterfeit Group Limited
  • Choi Kwan Li, Executive Director & CEO – D&G Technology Holdings Co.Ltd.
  • Rosamund Chan, Executive Director- Konew Financial Express Limited
  • Kelvin Tak-On Chan, Founder – Korean Corner Company Limited
  • Austin Na, Co-Chairman – O-Net Technologies (Group) Limited
  • Ken K.L. Yung, Chairman & Co-Founder – OPER Technology Limited
  • Ronny Ho, Executive Chairman – SML Group
  • Richard Tsang, Chairman – Strategic Public Relations Group Limited

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