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20 Outstanding Winners Honored at the Asia Pacific Entrepreneurship Awards 2019

Sep 24. 2019
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Bangkok, 20 September 2019

Twenty outstanding Thai entrepreneurs and organizations were honored at the recently concluded Asia Pacific Entrepreneurship Awards 2019 or APEA, led by The Mall Group’s Ms. Supaluck Umpujh at Renaissance Bangkok, Ratchaprasong Hotel.

An initiative by Enterprise Asia, the leading non-governmental organization for entrepreneurship in Asia, APEA is the largest regional recognition program, with over 3,000 nominations received each year, and less than one tenth of that receiving the awards in all 14 markets. 

With the theme of ‘Promoting Inclusive Economic Development Through Sustainable Entrepreneurship’, over 300 attendees were present at the by-invitation only event, comprising of industry leaders and dignitaries including Tan Sri Dr. Fong Chan Onn, chairman of Enterprise Asia, Dato' William Ng, President of Enterprise Asia and Mr. Wayne Williams, President of AusCham Thailand. The event was also supported by India-Thai Chamber of Commerce, Singapore-Thai Chamber of Commerce; Plaza Premium Group as airport lounge partner; and SME Magazine and The Nation as official media partners.

In the past, over 2,000 of the most senior entrepreneurs in Asia has received the APEA, including Thailand’s Kobchai Chirathivat and Rit Thirakomen; Malaysia’s Tan Sri Yeoh Tiong Lay, Tan Sri Azman Hashim and Tan Sri Teh Hong Piow; Indonesia’s Chairul Tanjung, Mochtar Riady and Ciputra; Philippines’ Henry Sy and Tony Tan; Singapore’s Kwek Leng Beng and Sam Goi; and India’s Adi Godrej and Rahul Bajaj.

Dr. Fong shared, “This year marks the 7th year of running the Asia Pacific Entrepreneurship Awards in Thailand, and we are gratified by the continued interest in the program. We believe this is a reflection of the ongoing success of entrepreneurs and enterprises, as well as our steadfast commitment to upholding the highest standards of our global criteria.”

He further commented, “The panel of judges were impressed by the quality of submissions this year and had the challenging task of determining this year’s top nominees. The Awards were given solely on merit and aimed to commend those most deserving for their ingenuity, passion, and commitment to excellence, distinguishing them from their competitors and proving them worthy of recognition.”

Besides Ms. Supaluck Umpujh, Chairwoman of The Mall Group who was accorded the Entrepreneur of the Year Award, other notable winners of the APEA include Mr. Sorrapahon Nitikanchana, managing director of SPM Feed Mill and Mr. Pisith Patamasatayasonthi, President and CEO of Index Living Mall. Furthermore, Thonglor International Pet Hospital and Latex Systems received the accolade under corporate excellence category.

Dr. Fong added, “We are proud to be the oldest business awards program in Asia and have been privileged to shine the spotlight on some of Thailand’s exceptional game changers of tomorrow, whose entrepreneurial spirit in growing successful businesses have made a positive and enduring impact on their community and country. Beyond recognising the efforts of these extraordinary entrepreneurs and management teams behind responsible and dynamic businesses, we hope to encourage them to continue taking their businesses to the next level, and in the process, encourage even greater entrepreneurial activity. This is aligned to Enterprise Asia's purpose, Democratizing Entrepreneurship, Institutionalizing Sustainability and Empowering Innovation.”





Entrepreneur of the Year


Ms. Supaluck Umpujh

Chairwoman of The Mall Group Co., Ltd.

Retail Industry


Outstanding Category


Capt. Ahkasit Subcharoen 

CEO of ACX Herb Co., Ltd   

Manufacturing Industry


Mr. Damrongsak Kiewpeng

Managing Director of Bangkok Anti Aging Center (BAAC)  

Healthcare, Pharmaceutical & Biotechnology Industry


Mr. Pramote Pruang Ak Sorn         

President of Food Project (Siam) Company Limited

Food & Beverage Industry


Mr. Vitavas Vibhagool         

CEO of Grande Asset Hotels & Property Public Company Limited 

Property Development Industry


Mr. Chanin Vanijwongse    

CEO of Habitat Group Co., Ltd         

Property Development Industry


Mr. Pisith Patamasatayasonthi      

President & CEO of Index Living Mall Public Company Limited      

Retail Industry


Mr. Kittipan Sri-Bua-Iam     

CEO of PROEN Corp Public Company Limited      

Telecommunications & ICT Industry


Mr. Sorrapahon Nitikanchana        

Managing Director of SPM Feed Mill Company Limited      

Agriculture Industry


Dr. Prasit Kanchanasakdichai        

Group Chairman & CEO of Thai Const Group         

Building Materials Industry


Corporate Excellence Category


Habitat Group Co., Ltd        

Property Development Industry


Index Living Mall Public Company Limited          

Retail Industry


Intergold Gold Trade Company Limited   

Financial Services Industry


K-nex Corporation Company Limited       

Industrial & Commercial Products Industry


Latex Systems Public Company Limited  

Manufacturing Industry


Pongsak Medical Clinic Co., Ltd    

Healthcare, Pharmaceutical & Biotechnology Industry


RFS Co., Ltd.

Professional & Business Services Industry


Sabuy Technology Public Company Limited       

Professional & Business Services Industry


Thonglor International Pet Hospital          

Healthcare, Pharmaceutical & Biotechnology Industry


V. One Asset Co., Ltd.         

Hospitality, Food Service & Tourism Industry


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