An inspiring and successful figure, Joel is no stranger in the business scene, thanks to his success with Groupon Malaysia and his current entrepreneurial venture, Fave. Not one to rest on his laurels, he has recently formed a new alliance with Grab to accelerate its growth across the Asean region.
Nor Shamsiah Mohd Yunus
She is the second woman to assume the role of governor at Bank Negara Malaysia. Recognised for her years of experience and expertise in financial stability, she has served in various areas including regulations, policies and guidelines in the financial sector.
This spontaneous individual enjoys creating opportunities for new tech ventures, in his role as the managing partner of Silicon Valley’s fund and seed accelerator venture firm, 500 Startups. To date, they have invested in over 120 startups and counting. His wife Elisa Khong is a social worker and philanthropist.
Nur Diana Nasimuddin
The second child of Puan Sri Zaleha Ismail and the late Tan Sri SM Nasimuddin shares a close bond with her youngest sister Nadia, whom she works closely with to oversee Naza Group’s F&B division Lyfestyl Projects. Their strong dynamics have even led to the launch of a digital beauty platform called mySmink.
Datuk Ng Thien Phing
Humble, stoic and friendly is how his close friends would describe this self-made man. In the last year, the SkyWorld founder clinched three awards for Interior Design Show Home, Public Service Development and Public Service Architecture. The company was also awarded for Best Structured Finance SUKUK.
Nur Nadia Nasimuddin
The entrepeneurial Nadia is a force to be reckoned with, managing Naza Group’s F&B arm Lyfestyl Projects as well as her other business ventures MySmink and Portluxe with poise and determination. Together with her sister Diana, they have turned BLVD House and Dotty’s into credible players in the industry.
Datin Nina Ismail Sabri
Looking at the recent expansion of her women-only hair saloon to four locations throughout the country last year, it proves her capability as an entrepreneur. From managing a pre-school, a bakery and even a personal beauty brand, this mother of one makes the best out of any opportunities given.
His years in the hospitality industry have led him to set up a waste management business with his brother John-Ian. Also the CEO of family-run Centenary Million Group, John-Hans enjoys powerlifting and runs the Malaysia Powerlifting Alliance which organises industry-standard weightlifting competitions.
“Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.” —Winston Churchill
The eldest and arguably the most gregarious of the three Oei siblings shares the love of giving back to society like his family. Co-owning Microbs with brother John-Hans, he utilises his flair for sales and marketing plus experience in the oil and gas and real estate industries to create a sustainable business.
Datin Kate Ong
The better half of Dato’ Eric Ong finds joy and inspiration in travelling, as she believes that experiencing and learning from other cultures and nationalities is an enriching process. With her fondness for unique jewellery pieces, the amicable Datin Kate is often spotted at events dressed to the nines.
The founder and CEO of Epic Collective further solidifies his goal to bridge the urban-rural gap through volunteerism and fundraising. With his Epic Homes programme, the newly conferred Ashoka Fellow is committed to his mission to build homes for the marginalised communities and help them gain dignity.
Datin Maureen Ooi
Datin Maureen believes that the consistent quality and unique taste in their offerings are what drives Madam Kwan’s success in the competitive food industry. Her dearest wish is to put Malaysian food on the world map, as the brand is now focusing its expansion regionally to Jakarta and other major cities.
Dato’ Eric Ong
Helming KIP Group with his daughter Valerie Ong, they make a strong duo in propelling their property development business through timely project delivery and product quality. Most recently, KIP REIT, their real estate investment arm, bought over AEON Mall Kinta City in Ipoh, Perak.
The co-owner of Asas Engineering is an iron lady who diversified the M&E business by way of a new direction in project acquisitions. This has boosted the turnaround and image of Asas in the energy management and green buildings sector. In her downtime, she enjoys keeping fit and active.
The country manager of LVMH Perfumes and Cosmetics Malaysia is a familiar face in the luxury cosmetics scene. Jamie continues to spur Christian Dior in the right direction with the launch of the first Maison Christian Dior boutique in Pavilion KL last year. He unwinds with a glass of champagne or red wine.
The owner of multiple brands, including renowned pub chain Tom, Dick and Harry’s, and restaurant Ali, Muthu and Ah Hock, is also the founder of yacht chartering company Sea Urchin. While working on expanding both F&B brands, his true calling is the ocean, and he plans to set sail in a 72-feet yacht.