Top Vietnamese Business Leaders Awarded the Asia Pacific Entrepreneurship Awards

Asia's largest awards for entrepreneurship organised for the first time in Vietnam

HO CHI MINH CITY, Vietnam, Feb. 20, 2018 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- Fourteen Vietnamese business leaders were named winners of the Asia Pacific Entrepreneurship Awards. This is the first time the awards are being held in Vietnam since the inauguration of the awards in 2007. 

Over 300 attendees were present at the by-invitation only gala, comprising of industry leaders, leading entrepreneurs and dignitaries including Dr Fong Chan Onn, chairman of Enterprise Asia and president of Enterprise Asia, Mr. William Ng. Representatives from the state and provincial governments were also present. 

Organized by Enterprise Asia, the Asia Pacific Entrepreneurship Awards, better known as APEA, is a regional recognition program that aims to band leading entrepreneurs across the region to spur greater innovation, fair practises and entrepreneurship development.

The awards are presented to top entrepreneurs across the region each year, with award ceremonies held in over 13 countries, including Vietnam. The recognition not only open doors to join an exclusive alumni of Enterprise Asia, but to be able to be part of one of the largest networking platform for business leaders across Asia Pacific. In Vietnam, APEA was organised in partnership with Snowball Consulting. 

The APEA is often compared to the Olympics for the stringent entry criteria and highly competitive judging parameters. Each nominee is subjected to a rigorous judging process, including financial verification by an appointed audit firm and mandatory physical site audit and interview, culminating in a confidential balloting process by Enterprise Asia's committee. This year, the awards' received close to 150 nominations and 14 winners across 11 industries were selected.

"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 Mr William Ng, President of Enterprise Asia.

Leading the list of winners was Mr Dang Van Thanh, founder & president of TTC Group who was named the Entrepreneur of The Year.

"Only by taking good care of people around us, can w build a firm and sustainable fortune," said Mr Ly Anh Duy Quang, director of GreenFeed Vietnam Corporation, after receiving the APEA.

Ms Le Hong Thuy Tien, president of IMEX Pan Pacific Co. Ltd believes, prestige, credence, and transparency are the top three characteristics of a leader to excel in business, especially in the luxury sector. 

"I choose work, innovate, fighting for justice, and support the disadvantaged as the course of my life and winning this award gets me closer to my passion," shared Mr Nguyen Dnag Giap, colonel, Hero of Labour, chairman and general director of The 36 Corporation.

Mr Ng explained, "The APEA is aimed at promoting entrepreneurship globally. Beyond recognizing the efforts of these entrepreneurs, we hope to encourage them to continue taking their businesses to the next level in the current digitalization era, and in the process, providing more job opportunities to the people in the region, and help to drive the economy forward which is in align to Enterprise Asia's purpose, Democratising Entrepreneurship, Institutionalising Sustainability and Empowering Innovation."

=== Recipient List of Asia Pacific Entrepreneurship Awards 2017 Vietnam ===

Entrepreneur of The Year Award

  • Dang Van Thanh, Founder & President of TTC Group

APEA Winners 2017 Vietnam

  • Hoang Duc Thao, Chairman & General Director of Ba Ria - Vung Tau Urban Sewerage and Development Limited Company (BUSADCO)
  • Ha Thu Thanh, Chairwoman of Deloitte Vietnam Company Limited
  • Doan Hong Viet, Founder, CEO & Chairman of Digiworld Corporation
  • Nguyen Ngoc Thuy, Chairman of the Board of Directors & General Director of Egroup Education Corporation Joint Stock Company
  • Ly Anh Duy Quang, Member of Board of Directors of GreenFeed Vietnam Corporation
  • Le Viet Hai, Chairman and CEO of Hoa Binh Construction Group
  • Le Hong Thuy Tien, President of IMEX Pan Pacific Co. Ltd.
  • Le Thi Quynh Trang, Founder and General Director of Multimedia Joint Stock Company
  • Hoang Nguyen Thu Thao, CEO of Nguyen Hoang Group
  • Do Quang Hien, Chairman of Sai Gon – Ha Noi Commercial Joint Stock Bank (SHB)
  • Doan Thi Mai Huong, General Director of Southern Airports Services Joint Stock Company
  • Thai Huong, Chairwoman of TH Food Chain Group
  • Nguyen Dang Giap, Colonel, Hero of Labor, Chairman & General Director of The 36 Corporation

About Enterprise Asia

Enterprise Asia is a non-governmental organization in pursuit of creating an Asia that is rich in entrepreneurship as an engine towards sustainable and progressive economic and social development within a world of economic equality. Its two pillars of existence are investment in people and responsible entrepreneurship. Enterprise Asia works with governments, NGOs and other organizations to promote competitiveness and entrepreneurial development, in uplifting the economic status of people across Asia and in ensuring a legacy of hope, innovation and courage for the future generation.

About APEA

Launched in 2007 the Asia Pacific Entrepreneurship Awards are the region's most prestigious awards for outstanding entrepreneurship, continuous innovation and sustainable leadership. The Awards provide a platform for companies and governments to recognise entrepreneurial excellence, hence spurring greater innovation, fair business practices and growth in entrepreneurship. As a regional award, it groups together leading entrepreneurs as a powerful voice for entrepreneurship and serves as a by-invitation only networking powerhouse. The program has grown to encompass thirteen markets all over Asia.

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