Min-Liang Tan is the co-founder, Chairman and CEO of Razer Inc (HKEX Stock Code: 1337). He is also Chairman and CEO of THX Ltd.
His leadership has resulted in the growth of Razer from a two-man startup to a multinational market leader that was honored on Fortune Magazine’s “Unicorn List” in 2015 (private companies valued at US$1 billion or more). Razer went public on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange in 2017.
Tan was named one of "The 25 Most Creative People in Tech" by Business Insider in 2015. Juniper Research distinguished him as a “Top 10 Most Influential Leaders in Tech” while Tech in Asia has ranked him No. 1 of the 30 top Southeast Asia tech founders. In 2016, he was named one of the “Straits Times Asians of the Year”.
Tan graduated from the National University of Singapore Law School.
Zeman is a serial entrepreneur and the chairman and 'father' of Lan Kwai Fong Group, a major property owner and developer of one of the most popular entertainment and nightlife districts in Hong Kong. Besides being the Chairman of Hong Kong Ocean Park for over a decade, he is now the Honorary Advisor to the Park and serves as a member of the Board of West Kowloon Cultural District Authority, and is the Chairman of its Performing Arts Committee. He was awarded the Grand Bauhinia Medal in 2011 and the Businessman of the Year at the Hong Kong Business Award in 2008. In 2001, Dr. Zeman was appointed a Justice of the Peace in Hong Kong.
Chatri Sityodtong is a self-made entrepreneur and lifelong martial artist from Thailand. His rags-to-riches life story has inspired millions around the world on BBC News, CNN, Financial Times, Bloomberg TV High Flyers, CNBC Entrepreneur Asia, Channel NewsAsia, Harvard Business School, Sports Illustrated, and many other major media.
He is currently the Founder, Chairman, and CEO of ONE Championship, Asia's largest sports media property in history with a global broadcast to over 1 billion potential viewers across 118 countries around the world. Sityodtong was recently named "Asia's King of Martial Arts" by the Financial Times, and the “Most Powerful Person in Asian MMA” by Forbes, Yahoo! Sports, and International Business Times. He is also an Entrepreneur-in-Residence at INSEAD, Europe's top business school.
Sityodtong holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BA from Tufts University.
A household name in her native Malaysia, actress and TV host Neelofa's first claim to fame was winning a local teen beauty contest in 2010. Four years later, she decided to don a hijab - a headscarf worn by Muslim women to cover the hair - a move that inspired her to launch a modest fashion business catering for young and stylish Muslim women. Neelofa credits a big part of her success to entering the market at the right time. A Reuters report estimated that Muslim consumers spent $266 billion on clothing and footwear in 2013 and expect this market to account for over 14% of the global fashion market by 2019. But her social media marketing strategy supported by her millions of Instagram fans has also played a big part in expanding the business. Among her handful of lifestyle brands, the "Naelofar hijab" line now sells in 38 countries, including her latest concession in the heart of London's upmarket Chelsea district.
Korean-American singer Eric Nam is one of the most recognized names and faces in Korea's entertainment industry today. Named one of GQ Korea's "Men of the Year" for 2016, Eric not only sings but hosts multiple TV shows and is the go-to for International collaborations and interviews. He's worked with names such as Timbaland, fellow Forbes 30 Under 30 singer Gallant, and most recently interviewed Emma Watson, Chris Pratt, Benedict Cumberbatch, and Eddie Redmayne, to name a few. Nam was also the founding director Kollaboration's Boston chapter, a nonprofit that promotes Asian-American talents across the U.S.
Founded in 2014, Bitspark is a blockchain-based remittance platform operating out of Hong Kong. By capitalizing on this emerging technology, the company claims users can send cash overseas with faster speed but at cheaper exchange rates. So far, Bitspark has established a presence in markets including Hong Kong, Malaysia, Philippines, Indonesia, Vietnam, Pakistan, Ghana as well as Nigeria, with more than 150 money transfer operators as its partners. It also operates an online platform for crypto-currency and Bitcoin trading, raising $4.5 million through the sale of its token currency Zephyr. Last year, Bitspark received investment from RGAx, the innovation accelerator of St.Louis-based life insurance company Reinsurance Group of America, to further its expansion among traditionally unbanked populations.
Hu's dream since junior high school was to launch a rocket. In May 2011, he led an amateur team of college students in Guangzhou, China, to study rockets, and two years later, his dream came true, launching a space-exploring rocket he made in Inner Mongolia. In 2014, Hu set up China's first non-state space rocket firm, Linkspace, where he serves as its CEO, and is planning his first commercial launch in 2017.
Tekriwal founded JetSetGo, an India-based private jet concierge service that links passengers to planes through an online marketplace. She defied the odds first by breaking into a male-dominated profession as a woman and again by starting the company in 2013 after a bout with cancer. She went into aviation because of a passion for the profession since age 16. The MBA graduate's firm now has contracts in excess of $6 million and manages assets worth $70 million.
Modi is the chief executive of Lucideus, an enterprise cybersecurity company that he helped start. The firm based in India has provided electronic risk management services for four years to large companies offshore. Modi also joined an Indian government committee formed in 2014 to set up cybersecurity vocational courses. Multiple universities in Asia count him as a visiting faculty member specialized in information systems and security.
Ah Moon Marip (known as Ah Moon) is a singer and songwriter from the Kachin State of Myanmar. A former member of Me N Ma Girls, Myanmar's first all-girl pop band, Ah Moon released her first solo album, Min Pay Tae A Chit, in 2014. It sold out in the country within weeks. She's since released another album, Automatic, with plans for another in 2018. She's one of Myanmar's most recognized performers, with over 2.5 million Facebook fans.
Tay is the cofounder and CEO of Zopim, a live chat software solutions firm from Singapore. He has become the GM of Chat at Zendesk since the New York-listed customer service platform bought Zopim in 2014. He is also the co-founder of Entrepreneur27, a network that connects with aspiring entrepreneurs.
Running her online fashion retail startup as a very lean company and relying heavily on her huge following on social media, Lu has never raised external funding and is bringing in revenues of more than $10 million with distribution in 45 countries. It helps that the clothes she sells are fun and flirty. Lu learned a startup lesson the hard way when her first fashion venture crashed and she ended up owing her parents a large sum. That's one major reason why she kept her second startup a secret from them, working on it from coffee shops, while slaving away at jobs at Ernst & Young and KPMG for four years.
Tan is a singer-songwriter and the first home-grown artist to pen a deal with Universal Music Singapore. His debut single, "Until We Die", hit the #1 spot on Singapore's iTunes charts a day after its release, as did his latest single "Sixty Five". Only 21, Tan will hold his debut show in June at the Esplanade Concert Hall, the first by a local indie artist. He's known to be Singapore's Ed Sheeran and a rising regional star.
Birth Name: Charmaine Clarice Relucio Pempengco
Also Known as: Jake, Charice Pempengco, Charice
Born: May 10, 1992 (age 25)
Cabuyao City, Laguna Philippines
Label: 143/ Reprisw, Warner Bros. Records, Starmusic
A Filipino singer who rose to popularity through YouTube. Charice was dubbed by Oprah Winfrey as "the most talented girl in the world”, and released the international studio album Charice in 2010. This album entered the Billboard 200 at number eight, making Charice the first Asian solo singer in history to land in the Top 10 of the Billboard 200 albums chart.
The single "Pyramid", featuring singer Iyaz, is Charice's most successful single to date, charting within the Top 40 in a number of countries after its debut live performance on The Oprah Winfrey Show.
Crossing over to acting on television, Charice joined the cast of TV series Glee as Sunshine Corazon. Subsequently, "Before It Explodes", written by Bruno Mars, was released as the lead single from Charice's second international studio album, Infinity. In March 2012, Charice signed on to be one of the four judges of the Philippine version of The X Factor, which began airing on ABS-CBN in June. In May 2015, Charice reunited with former mentor David Foster by performing a version of Sam Smith's "Lay Me Down" on Asia's Got Talent. In 2017, Charice announced a new name, Jake Zyrus, and disclosed that he had both breasts removed and had begun testosterone treatment.
Education startup Crimson helps students connect with tutors and consultants all over the world for services including academic tutoring, extracurricular coaching and university admissions consulting. The company, which has a network of more than 2,000 tutors from 50 colleges worldwide, has served more than 20,000 students.
These three sisters founded Freedom Cups, a feminine hygiene company operating a "buy one, give one" model that provides women in underprivileged communities with menstrual cups. The cups are ideal for women in areas with no toilets, electricity or running water, as well as reducing waste that alternatives like tampons and pads can create. Each cup lasts up to 15 years and replaces about 5,000 disposable sanitary products, making it a more economical and eco-friendly option.
As an 11-year-old, Miko Apsiras had his first ever encounter with the culinary world when he was helping his aunt out in the kitchen. At the time, baking not only warmed up his pastry in the oven, but also ignited the sparks within the heart of this baking enthusiast. Having attended a Culinary Arts course at the College of St. Benilde, now, the then baking newbie has become an experienced pastry chef, who has worked in various hotels such as the Shangri-La in Manila, Resorts World in Manila, Raffles and Fairmont in Makati and Magnum Café in Malia, Malaysia and Brunei. According to livetoexplore.ph, so far, Aspiras has won 6 gold medals, 3 silvers, and 2 bronze medals in culinary competitions such as the local Philippine Culinary Cup, the Hong Kong Culinary Classics and the World Association of Chef Societies.