WELCOME TO ENTERPRISE ASIA


Asia’s leading non-governmental organization for entrepreneurship

About


Enterprise Asia is a non-governmental organisation 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 organisations 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 future generations.

Vision


To create an Asia that is rich in entrepreneurship as an engine towards economic and social development that is both progressive and sustainable development within a world of economic equality.

Mission


We champion entrepreneurship development across Asia and strive to cultivate a culture of honesty, fairness and corporate social responsibility.

Championing Entrepreneurship Development


We work with governments, NGOs and other organizations to promote competitiveness and entrepreneurship development as a source of endogenous economic growth. We believe that the true foundation of any nation’s economy lies in its entrepreneurial resources; which if nurtured effectively can be the most efficacious asset for sustainable economic development. Together, we aim to uplift the economic status of people across Asia to ensure a legacy of hope, innovation and courage for our children.

Cultivating Honest, Fair and Responsible Entrepreneurship


We strive to cultivate a culture of honest, fair and responsible entrepreneurship across Asia. With honest, fair and responsible entrepreneurial spirit ingrained within a country’s culture, numerous social and economic issues, including urban poverty, urban-rural income disparity, inter-racial and inter-cultural conflicts, labor exploitation and economic slavery can be diminished and eradicated.

Values


Embracing entrepreneurship

We are innovative, creative and determined while striving for excellence in pursuit of our vision.


Diversity

We promote and respect diversity as a form of encouraging innovation, creativity and entrepreneurship.


Excellence

We seek to deliver quality results in all endeavors which exceed the expectations of our stakeholders.

Integrity

We maintain high ethical standards and integrity in everything that we do with transparency in our decisions and actions.


Responsible entrepreneurship

We encourage responsible entrepreneurship in both thoughts and actions towards the stakeholders, communities and environment.


Investment in people

We continuously invest in our people to enable the delivery of excellence to our stakeholders.

Message from the Chairman


On behalf of Enterprise Asia – the region’s leading non-governmental organisation for entrepreneurship, I am pleased to welcome you to Enterprise Asia’s official website.

Entrepreneurship has become a buzzword both in the media and in political debate. It is almost impossible to imagine a discussion about any aspect of economic policy without mentioning of the contribution of, or impact on, entrepreneurs.

Entrepreneurs create products, services and jobs. They expand economies, improve people’s lives, provide employment and bring about competition. A competitive environment, in turn, gives rise to efficiency, meritocracy and further innovations and entrepreneurial drive. Asia is a dynamic place boasting a rapid economic growth. The once economy giants are now looking east, as Asia as a region is rising steadily towards becoming the world-leading economic power. While this results in big opportunities for businesses in this region, it also means great challenges for stakeholders of the ecosystem. Despite the exalted views on entrepreneurship, the measurement for the phenomenon has long been an issue. Enterprise Asia with its diverse series of programmes aims to bridge this gap.

We seek partnerships with bodies that will be able to join force and strive towards a common vision. We honour the region’s best entrepreneurs and create a platform for them to impart their knowledge to the younger generation. We urge the various government bodies to endorse the importance of entrepreneurship development in driving further economic growth.

The potent combination of entrepreneurship and technological innovation can forge an environment that is conducive to further enterprise, involving even government policy in supporting entrepreneurship and innovation. By combining the resources of various parties in this electronic platform, Enterprise Asia aims to congregate the people, civil society, and the government to build an Asia that is rich in entrepreneurship as an engine towards economic and social development that is both progressive and sustainable within a world of economic equality. Encouraged by a network of over 2,000 entrepreneurs across Asia, it is not a mere possibility but a forecasted reality.

It has been our great pleasure to receive the support from various engines, individuals, and even youth leaders. We do sincerely hope as an Asian entrepreneur, every one of you will do your part in being part of the movement.

Thank you.

Tan Sri Datuk Seri Dr Fong Chan Onn
Chairman

Message from the President


Enterprise Asia is a regional non-governmental think-tank established by a group of established Entrepreneurs, Academicians and Organisation Leaders. We are in pursuit of entrepreneurship development and promotion. Never has the need to promote entrepreneurship in Asia to be more critical than present day to meet changing market conditions in the era of globalisation.

It is for this very reason that I can confidently claim that the Enterprise Asia is at the forefront of this crucial cause. For it is responsible to take on two huge challenges confronting the world today, namely, the sustainability of regional economic cooperation, and the revitalisation of the Entrepreneurs in the region with regards to business and economic cooperation.

It is important to note that such a multitude of cooperations can only be made possible with the presence of economic and business ties between countries. For we believe that the promotion of peace and in preventing wars among nations are the strong economic ties that bind two distinct societies together. Such is the power of economic cooperation and business partnerships. The abundance of multilateral and bilateral trade agreements is reflective of this sentiment for a peaceful world. Thus I strongly believe that as long as this trend sustains, the world shall continue to shape itself to become a safe and prosperous haven for its constituents.

This official website can serve as a resource hub, and a connecting link between various business leaders from all over the region and the world. We are embracing technology as much as it has embraced us without us knowing. I encourage you to sign-up and get connected among the thousands of entrepreneurs that are on-board. We will soon feature columns to host a wide range of authors who believe in our noble cause and objectives, and an online corporate membership registration form, among many other interesting features. We hope you will continue to be with us in our struggle for a better society that is rich in entrepreneurial passion and dedication.

Thank you.

Dato’ William Ng
President

International Advisory Panel


Senator Bam Aquino


In 2003, Bam became the youngest head of a government agency when, at 25, he was appointed as the Chairperson of the National Youth Commission, the primary national policy-making body for Filipino youth.

After his stint in government service, Bam co-founded the social enterprise The Hapinoy Program, which has since received global awards for its program that helps lift poor Filipinos out of poverty through micro-finance and micro-enterprise support. In 2008, he was awarded a scholarship to the Executive Education Program on Public Policy and Leadership of the Harvard University Kennedy School of Government.

Bam has dedicated his entire career to empowering the youth and the poor, helping thousands of Filipinos improve their lives through access to opportunities and crucial support systems. Because of his work, Bam has been named a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum in 2006, one of the Ten Outstanding Young Men of the Philippines in 2010, one of the Asian Social Entrepreneurs of the Year in 2011, and one of the Ten Outstanding Young Persons of the World in 2012.

Congresswoman Gwendolyn Garcia


Is the first woman Representative of the 3rd Congressional District of the Province of Cebu in Philippines. Her election as Congresswoman followed on the heels of a historical three terms as the first woman Governor of the 444-year-old Province of Cebu. As Governor, she has driven Cebu to international recognition, reinvented government by professionalizing the delivery of public services, and led the province to unprecedented growth.

As Governor, Gwendolyn Garcia aggressively pursued a 12-point agenda for her administration, implementing economically viable development programs that effectively responded to the needs of the Cebuano constituency – in infrastructure, water, power, health, education, agriculture and food production, women and children, business, tourism and the environment. She also made sustainable tourism a priority, and steered Cebu to become the premier tourism destination in the country and the region. She was the first and only Governor to publicly declare an all-out war against communist insurgency, resulting in the declaration of Cebu as an insurgency-free zone. Aside from that, she has also filed bills to protect women from exploitation from foreign nationals.

Through the programs that Gwendolyn Garcia implemented during her three terms as Governor, she has steered Cebu to unprecedented heights of progress and development, rightfully claiming its place as the Philippines’ premier province.

Tan Sri Datuk Seri Dr Fong Chan Onn


Served as the Minister of Human Resources of Malaysia from December 1999 to March 2008. Prior to that, he was the Deputy Minister of Education from October 1990 till December 1999. He is also the deputy chairman of University Tunku Abdul Rahman’s Council.

Dr Fong is a senior member of the Malaysian Chinese Association (MCA) – the second largest party in the ruling “Barisan Nasional” coalition in Malaysia. He served as the head of the Party’s Economic Bureau until October 2008 during which he led the Party’s team in presenting its views, proposals and recommendations to various national economic programmes, including the first, second and third National Economic Consultative Council, the various national development plans and the yearly National Budget.

Dr Fong has also written several books and published numerous articles in international journals or chapters in books. He holds a PhD in Operations Research/Industrial Economics and Masters in Business Administration from University of Rochester, New York and a First Class bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Canterbury, New Zealand.

Tan Sri Ahmad Fuzi Haji Abdul Razak


Is currently Ambassador at Large at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Malaysia. Tan Sri is Malaysia’s representative to the ASEAN High Level Task Force on drafting the ASEAN Charter. He is also a distinguished Fellow at the Institute of Strategic and International Studies (ISIS), a Board Member of the Trustee of World Islamic Economic Forum (WIEF) Foundation. Tan Sri also sits on UMNO (United Malay National Organization) Supreme Council as a Member of the International Affairs Bureau.

Prior to his current position, Tan Sri Ahmad Fuzi served in various capabilities largely in the Foreign Affairs Ministry. He was serving at the Malaysian missions abroad in Moscow, the Hague, Canberra, Washington and Dhaka and later on as Secretary General for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. As the Secretary General, he played a prominent role in organizing the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) Summit in 2003.

Datuk Seri Dr. Victor Wee


Is currently the Chairman of the Programme Committee of the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO). He also assumes the role as Advisor to the Ministry of Finance of Malaysia. He previously served as Secretary General of the Ministry of Tourism.

Dr. Wee obtained his undergraduate degree in Economics from the University of Malaya, Master of Arts from Brown University, U.S.A. and Ph.D. in Economics from Bristol University, United Kingdom. Dr. Wee had also participated in training at the East West Center in Hawaii, Institute of Manpower Studies at the University of Sussex, and Harvard University. He was also the Senior Director of Macroeconomics of the Economic Planning Unit, Prime Minister’s Department, where he was instrumental in formulating Malaysia‘s macroeconomic policy framework.

As a member of the World Bank, he helped review the planning and implementation methodology of Saudi Arabia in 2003 and assisted in a UNDP mission on the formulation of Saudi Arabia ‘s long-term economic strategy in 2004. During the Asian Financial crisis, he served as the Deputy Head of the National Economic Action Council (NEAC) Secretariat, where he was involved in the drafting of the National Economic Recovery Plan, which was used as the blueprint for Malaysia‘s efforts to bring about recovery from the crisis.

Lt. Gen. Sudhir Sharma


Retired from the Indian Army in the year 2008, after four decades of an illustrious and brilliant career of selfless service to the nation .During his career he has seen active service in India and other countries and has held very critical and challenging appointments in higher echelons of defence management, including a diplomatic assignment in London as the Defence Attaché’ of India. He commanded the largest operational force in the world and led the logistics and administration of the 1.3 million strong Indian Army in his last assignment before retirement.

General Sharma, an acknowledged expert relating to national security and anti terrorism matters is very highly regarded in the defence arena, wherein his exemplary leadership and astute strategic thinking has earned him many prestigious awards and commendations, including one for gallantry .He has been felicitated with awards by the Presidents of India on two occasions for his leadership and devotion to the country.

The General holds a masters degree, as also an M Phil in Defence and International Security and often lectures on leadership and national security at various forums. A strong votary of sustainable and responsible development he has developed expertise in areas of environment, renewable energy and ecology. Gen Sharma now writes on national strategy and security issues and lectures business leaders on decision making, motivation and positivity. He is deeply committed and passionate about entrepreneurship and has helped and guided many start up companies to realise their potential.

Dr Eugene Chien


Dr Eugene Chien received his B.Sc in mechanical engineering from National Taiwan University and a Ph.D. in aeronautics and astronautics from New York University. He became the Dean of the College of Engineering in Tamkang University in 1978.

Dr Chien was elected twice as a legislator in Taipei City. In 1987 he became the first Minister of the Environmental Protection Administration under Chiang Ching-kuo’s presidency. In 1991, during Lee Teng-hui’s presidency, he was appointed as the Minister of Transportation and Communications, Representative of Taipei Representative Office in the UK, and Senior Advisor of National Security Council. During President Chen Shui-bian’s time, he served as the Deputy Secretary General of the Office of the President and subsequently as the Foreign Minister.

In 2007, Dr Chien founded the Taiwan Institute for Sustainable Energy (TAISE), raising public awareness on climate change. Since 2008, TAISE has hosted the “Taiwan Corporate Sustainability Awards (TCSA)”. TCSA is now recognized as the most prestigious corporate sustainability award in Taiwan. Dr Chien has been serving as Chairman of the Telecommunications & Intelligent Transportation Technology Development Foundation since 2013.

Dr. Shaikha Al Maskari


Dr. Shaikha Al Maskari joined her family’s petroleum company in 1989, one of the oldest Arab Gulf’s privately owned oil and gas companies, established by her mother in 1958. The establishment mastered the full scope of oil and gas services for both down-stream and up-stream. Upon her gaining control of the reins, she effected two major organisational restructurings.

In 2008, empowered by young Al Maskari technocrats teaming with their “family” of international experts, Al Maskari Holding (AMH) was set up, as the umbrella organization for Al Maskari family companies and assets world wide, engaged in oil, gas, renewables, mining, healthcare, security, public safety, private equity, facilities management, food services, security and HR Services. Dr. Shaikha has been whole-heartedly involved in many aspects of service for her country along with the establishing of many charities, both regionally and across the world. She is currently also the chairperson of a comprehensive list of successful companies.

Dr. Shaikha Al Maskari studied for a BA at the University of London, MA and PhD (Prog/geology) at Indiana University and trained in geophysics with the US Geological Survey. Shaikha has never hesitated to walk away from lucrative but tainted deals. She deems good governance “emperical in business operations and management and a spiritual duty, elaborating that “No crede commends fraudulent pursuit of wealth”.

Permanent Secretariat


Dato’ William Ng

President


Ananda Rajapakse

Executive Committee

Neetu Mehta

Executive Committee


Suthep Yuenyongvithayakul

Executive Committee

Michael Oh

Executive Committee


Kevin Vong

Executive Director