20 Outstanding Winners Honored at the Asia Pacific Entrepreneurship Awards 2019

2019-10-04 17:48 700

BANGKOK, Oct. 4, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- 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.

20 Outstanding Winners Honored at the Asia Pacific Entrepreneurship Awards 2019 at Bangkok, Thailand
20 Outstanding Winners Honored at the Asia Pacific Entrepreneurship Awards 2019 at Bangkok, Thailand

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

About Enterprise Asia

Enterprise Asia is a non-governmental organization 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 organizations 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 the future generation. For further information, visit

About Asia Pacific Entrepreneurship Awards

Launched in 2007, the Asia Pacific Entrepreneurship Awards is the region's most prestigious awards for outstanding entrepreneurship, continuous innovation and sustainable leadership. The Award provides a platform for companies and governments to recognize entrepreneurial excellence, hence spurring greater innovation, fair business practices and growth in entrepreneurship. As a regional award, it groups together leading entrepreneurs as a powerful voice for entrepreneurship and serves as a by-invitation only networking powerhouse. The program has grown to encompass 14 countries and markets all over Asia. For further information, visit

Photo -

Source: Enterprise Asia