15 Winners honoured at the 10th Asia Pacific Entrepreneurship Awards 2019

Winners at the 10th Asia Pacific Entrepreneurship Awards 2019
  • The invitation-only event saw top business houses of India under one roof.
  • This year, the committee received 80 by-invitation only nominations in India across 24 industry categories.
  • APEA has a membership base of 2000 winners, with a total net worth of over USD 50 billion.
In a gala event organised to recognise and celebrate entrepreneurship, the Asia Pacific Entrepreneurship Awards 2019 held on April 18 saw India’s top business houses gather for a grand evening.

The invitation-only event hosted industry leaders, leading entrepreneurs and dignitaries including Tan Sri Dr. Fong Chan Onn, Chairman of Enterprise Asia; H.E. Dato’ Hidayat Abdul Hamid, High Commissioner of Malaysia in New Delhi; Mr. Vijay Kalantri, President of All India Association of Industries; Lieutenant General Sudhir Sharma, Advisor to Enterprise Asia; and Dato’ William Ng, President of Enterprise Asia.

The event was also supported by Skill India, an initiative under the Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship, Government of India; Pernod Ricard India as the Official Beverage Sponsor; and Business Insider India and SME Magazine as Official Media Partners.

Organized by Enterprise Asia, the leading non-governmental organization for entrepreneurship in Asia, APEA is a regional awards program which aims to recognize Asia’s outstanding entrepreneurs and enterprises for demonstrating sustainable growth, responsible leadership and operational excellence.

As one of the largest business awards of its kind, APEA has a membership base of 2000 winners, with a total net worth of over USD 50 billion. The Awards ceremony is currently held in 14 countries and markets, including BIMP-EAGA, Brunei, China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand, United Arab Emirates, and Vietnam. This year, the committee received 80 by-invitation only nominations in India across 24 industry categories.

Being an invitation-only event, APEA open doors for winners to join an exclusive alumni of who’s who across Asia, providing them with the opportunity to share knowledge, form lifetime acquaintances, and receive complimentary access to the International Innovation Summit and International CSR Summit organized annually by the organization.


“This year marks the 10th year of running the Asia Pacific Entrepreneurship Awards in India, 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,”shared Ng.

He further commented, “The panel of judges were impressed by the quality and diversity of submissions this year and had the challenging task of evaluating and 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.”

Leading the list of winners was Mr Salil Singhal, Chairman Emeritus of PI Industries Ltd., who received the Special Achievement Award. The Award is only dedicated to one recipient per country, and winners are entrepreneurs who have shown remarkable performance in their communication of the visions, brands, and strategies, setting new standards, and leading their business to success over a sustained period of time.

Other notable winners of the APEA include Mr Ashish Khemka, Chairman and Managing Director of AMN Life Science Pvt. Ltd (Outstanding Category); Baker Hughes, a GE Company (Corporate Excellence Category); and D-Link (India) Limited (Corporate Excellence Category).

According to Ng, “We are proud to be the oldest business awards program in Asia and have been privileged to shine the spotlight on some of India’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.”