South Asia & Oceania

Jeannie Javelosa

When Jeannie Javelosa and her business partners reached midlife, they decided they wanted to add meaning to their successful careers in marketing, communications, branding and retail by creating a mission-led business. In 2008, they pioneered a green retail store to sell natural, eco-friendly and fair-trade products, all of which are locally sourced.

Priya Paul

Under Priya Paul's direction, The Park Hotels have emerged as stylish, edgy, warm and fun– a true reflection of her personality and her passion for modern art and design.

Priya Paul has a BA in Economics from Wellesley College. She also completed the Owner President Management Program at Harvard Business School.

Angela Joo-Hyun Kang

Ms. Kang was Advisor of the Presidential Council of Nation Branding of the Republic of Korea and is currently serving as an advisor of the Community Relations Center under the Ministry of Health and Welfare, Better Social Enterprise Network, Korea Human Rights Foundation, Korea Alternative Dispute Resolution Center and POSCO Research Institute's Firm of Endearment Forum. She has been a judge of Health Enhancement Category of Asian CSR Awards hosted by the Asian Institute of Management Ramon V. Del Rosario Sr.

Svati Bhogle

For 10 years, Svati Bhogle has headed a non-profit organisation, TIDE, that develops sustainable applications and technologies for grassroots entrepreneurs in India, namely wood-burning stoves. ‘I designed fuel-efficient household stoves that can make a serious impact. As a non-profit it was difficult to scale up in that market, however, yet to make the shift to a commercial market, you have to attract investors.’

Rebecca Wei

Ms. Wei has served many world-leading telecom operators and high tech companies in China and Asia in areas such as strategy, marketing and sales, operations, IT, organization and corporate finance.

Ms. Wei has also actively introduced advanced international management practices to China while facilitating the understanding among multinational firms of the rapidly evolving Chinese economic and business environment. She is a regular speaker at industry conferences and workshops, and has published several articles on management trends and issues in the Chinese press.

Sung Joo Kim

Internationally known and respected for her achievements in business, she has been involved in the fashion industry for more than 20 years, beginning her career at Bloomingdale's in 1985 under the direct supervision of Mr. Marvin Traub, the legendary retailer and ex-Chairman of Bloomingdale's.

Rattawadee Bualert

Rattawadee is an MBA graduate from Chulalongkorn University (SASIN) and was educated in the United Kindgom from Royal Holloway, University of London.

Galia Albin

At 57, Albin holds a slew of titles and positions in both public and private sectors in Israel and beyond. She serves as company director of at least ten publicly held Israeli/international giants including Marks & Spencer Israel, United Steel Mills and the Koor Industries Group, she chairs the Business Forum Women's advisory to Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, the National Council for Children, The Center for Economic Development Among Jewish & Arab Women and serves as Director of the Israel Women's Network.

Kamal Ahmad

Kamal Ahmad currently serves as the President and CEO of the Asian University for Women Support Foundation. Educated at the Phillips Exeter Academy, Harvard College, and the University of Michigan Law School, Mr. Ahmad has combined a career in private transactional law practice and international development. He focused on corporate mergers and acquisitions as well as US federal securities laws while at the New York offices of Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson (1996-2000) and the London office of Mayer, Brown, Rowe and Maw (2001-2002).

Michelle Sassoon

Michelle Sassoon is the Chief Operating Officer of The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf (Singapore) Pte Ltd, a business that she and her husband set up in 1996 when they chanced upon the company in California, USA. The Sassoons were the first to franchise the store outside California and it was an instant success. Today, The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf employs about 700 people in Singapore and has a total of 78 outlets in Singapore and Malaysia. Furthermore, rather than setting their sights on Asia alone, the Sassoons have taken over The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf business worldwide.

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