Datin Jennifer Choon
As the other half to Dato’ Eddie Choon, Datin Jennifer is both a loving wife to her husband and the head of treasury and finance at Poh Kong Holdings. Apart from grooming their children to take over the family business one day, she also helps to oversee the 94 Poh Kong outlets spread throughout Malaysia.
Dato’ John Chua
Tile tycoon Dato’ John Chua manages Kim Hin Industry and has successfully expanded it to international waters. This feat did not go unrecognised, as the company was recently bestowed the Matrade Export Award 2018 in recognition of the establishment’s contributions to the nation’s exports.
The CEO of One IFC hopes to raise the benchmark of the Malaysian real estate tourism industry. Among Carmen’s achievements are the establishment of the St Regis Kuala Lumpur, along with its expansive hotel rooms and the world’s first LED digital canvas screen in the grand ballroom.
Rhombus Connexion’s co-founder has successfully evolved the group into an F&B entrepreneur platform—one that boasts 19 brands and 51 outlets across four nations. His proudest achievement is establishing the Happiness Office, which serves as the guiding principle and foundation of the corporation.
Though a mathematician by training, Carmey sits on the board of various companies under CMY Capital. She played a pivotal role alongside her sister Carmen, as both worked to successfully build St Regis Kuala Lumpur. She also has a keen eye and appreciation for art, which she inherited from her mother.
Dato’ Ding Pei Chai
Dato’ Ding is the founding member, executive- and managing director plus nonexecutive chairman of DKLS Industries. Currently also serving as the executive chairman of Isyoda Corporation, he has more than 36 illustrious years of experience in dealing with engineering projects.
Datuk Seri Garry Chua
The founder and group executive chairman of ROTOL Group doubles as president of the Malaysia Retail Chain Association (MRCA). While securing major projects and contracts plus introducing innovations, he intends to oversee a 30 per cent growth in the retail franchise industry by 2020.
Datuk Nicol David
The first to win eight World Open squash championships, Datuk Nicol is the only Asian thus far to receive the Tournament of Champions Women’s Leadership Award, and the first recipient of the Order of Merit. Awards aside, she is also Malaysia’s UN Development Programme Goodwill Ambassador.
“Try not to become a man of success, but rather try to become a man of value.” —Albert Einstein
The managing director of Moët Hennessy Diageo Malaysia and Singapore has over 16 years of international general management experience. Overseeing a rich portfolio of premium wines, spirits and champagne brands, he empowers his team with entrepreneurship, and believes in the power of brand building.
Society favourite Esha Geneid is one to be seen at the hottest and most exclusive of events in town, often wearing the most fashion-forward of designer wear and ending up on bestdressed lists. She and husband Joseph Afaki work hard to ensure their three children have a normal, balanced childhood.
Teach For Malaysia’s managing director has secured 75 new fellows to join its eighth cohort, rounding it to 425 fellows and alumni in total. Recently, the group has come to an agreement with the Ministry of Education to deepen TFM’s impact in the high-need districts of Klang, Pasir Gudang and Semporna.
Ewan Saufi Abas
Kumpulan Parabena’s construction subsidiary’s chief finance officer manages his own businesses and investments in East Malaysia, while still finding time to cycle and explore new places that serve great coffee. Together with his wife Mariam Teh, they are proud parents to three young boys.
Serial entrepreneur Elyna spends her time and energy on her two companies, FE2 Productions and her latest business venture Serendipity Asia, a content design and digital media creative company. In between juggling motherhood and her business ventures, she also finds joy in gardening.
A media savant and influential political activist, Ezra heads the digital and new media section at BFM89.9. Often heard commenting on international and local issues on the radio, he also hosts documentaries for the History Channel, in addition to being an author as well as director of ZI Publications.
Undertaking a landed residential property development is one area that the CEO of Midwest Equity and managing director of Noble Gold is focusing on these days. However, despite being busy, Erwin frequently organises drives to Thailand, Laos and Myanmar with his car club, the Blue Jackets Society.
Dato’ Fadzarudin Anuar
Through the success of local fashion hub FashionValet and beauty brand dUCk, CEO Dato’ Fadzarudin is celebrated in the startup community for his sharp business acumen. He and wife Datin Vivy Yusof had an eventful 2018, having moved to a new, bigger office and celebrated the birth of their third child.