We are excited to welcome 112 Young Global Leaders for the Class of 2021. From a gender justice and human rights activist to a multi-award winning artist and advocate for indigenous literacy, to a celebrated leader from the world’s youngest country, and leaders from business, civil society, healthcare, and government, meet the new class of YGLs:
9 YGLs in ASEAN
Roongchat Boonyarat has been the Chief Executive Officer of Malee Group since 2018. Her journey at her family's fruit juice and canned fruit company began earlier, as she first joined as a trainee in 2010. She later took the post as Head of Branded Business Unit, Executive Vice-President of Sales and Marketing, and finally Chief Operating Officer in 2016. She has a background in economics and holds an MBA in Marketing and Business Strategy from the Sasin Graduate Institute of Business Administration at Chulalongkorn University.
Francesca Chia is the Co-Founder and CEO of GoGet, an on demand workforce technology platform that connects businesses to trust and reliable part timers, called ‘GoGetters’. Francesca is pushing boundaries in the technology industry and the traditional labour market of Malaysia. She brings with her insights on the future of work, how businesses will adjust models to suit new labour requirements and how empowerment is possible through technology innovation. Francesca graduated with a BA in Economics from Northwestern University and was inspired by social enterprises because they redefined traditional ways of doing business and running a non-profit. Prior to launching GoGet, Francesca was a Management Consultant in The Boston Consulting Group for 4 years. GoGet was also invited as a one of the selected ASEAN start up to speak in the World Economic Forum, Hanoi 2018 to discuss the Future of Work. Francesca is also an Alibaba eFounders Fellow from the program jointly created between Alibaba and UNCTAD. Most recently, Francesca was invited to speak at a summit in conjunction with United Nations General Assembly 2019 about the platform and how it is specifically addressing the Sustainable Development Goal #8: To promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive.
Rohan Ramakrishnan is the youngest Founder and CEO of a regional media platform in ASEAN. Recognising ASEAN as the fastest growing economic bloc in the world that was facing data and information scarcity; he set about to bridge the marketplace opacity by creating The ASEAN Post – a platform which leverages off data and new technologies to narrow this gap. An idea conceived whilst at INSEAD, it is now the first content provider and market intelligence aggregator focused on curating data-driven content from an ASEAN perspective. With a digital footprint across 900 cities in Southeast Asia, a stringer network of nearly 200 thought leaders combined with global strategic partnerships – it has become an authority on the ASEAN marketplace. The platform actively empowers leaders and decisions makers to better understand the region’s booming economic potential whilst its sister brands Spotlight Labs and Discovery Technologies; are focused on enhancing regional advertising opportunities and data mining and aggregating capabilities respectively. Prior to this, Rohan worked in financial services and his family office focusing on large scale cross border capital structuring and fund-raising exercises across sectors such as real estate and infrastructure, agribusiness and renewable energy, power and utilities and construction and project management.
Paul Rivera is the co-founder and CEO of Kalibrr, a careers platform for over 5 million young professionals. Kalibrr has enabled over 300,000 people to get hired via their platform since its founding. Prior to Kalibrr, Paul was the co-founder and President at Open Access BPO, an innovative outsourcing company that brought several technology companies to the Philippines. Paul is also an active investor in technology startups in the Philippines including Remedy, Maria Health and MyKuya. Paul is a graduate of UC Berkeley and began his early career in Silicon Valley at Google before returning to the Philippines to be an entrepreneur.
Founded in 2006 by Kishin RK, RB Capital is a privately held real estate group with over USD $5billion in assets. RB Capital is focused on the acquisition and development of hospitality, commercial, and healthcare properties across Asia Pacific. Its portfolio in Singapore includes the RB Capital Building Raffles Place, EFG Bank Building along North Bridge Road and Cuppage Terrace. In Kuala Lumpur, RB Capital owns the HSBC Building in Bukit Bintang.
Kishin launched RB Capital Hotels in 2010, which holds a bold presence in the hospitality sector following the opening of Holiday Inn Express Clarke Quay, Park Hotel Farrer Park and Intercontinental Singapore Robertson Quay. Today, RB Capital Hotels is one of Singapore’s largest hotel owners with over 1200 keys.
In 2013 , RB Capital expanded with the launch of RB Capital Healthcare, providing innovative and strategic real estate solutions to the healthcare industry, most recently launching Farrer Square Medical Centre.
In the same year, RB Capital acquired Robertson Quay- an extensive and heartfelt 5-year regeneration project along the Singapore River.The project has since transformed Robertson Quay into one of the most trendy neighbourhoods in Singapore. It is anchored by Intercontinental Singapore Robertson Quay which adjoins The Quayside, a lifestyle retail and dining destination along the historic Singapore River.
In 2019, Kishin founded Tiffinlabs with the focus on converting underutilised real estate into delivery enabled kitchens combined with a brand development platform to create digital first restaurants built for global scale. Tiffinlabs has expanded to the USA, EU from its home base of Singapore to bring delivery first restaurant brands to consumers around the world through its committed global network of over 1,000 cloud kitchens.
Kishin is a member of Young President’s Organization (YPO) and sits on the Board of Singapore River One and Raffles Place Alliance which are private - public partnerships, charged with rejuvenating strategic locations across Singapore. He also sits on the board of Weybourne Holdings as a non-executive director, the holding company of Dyson and Citibank’s APAC Advisory board.
Today being part of CvP & Partners as Managing Partner, I have the opportunity to act as Chief Sales Officer for Syncron AB and member of the Group Management Team, one of the fastest growing SaaS companies headquarters in Sweden in their pursuit of enabling digital transformation for the manufacturing industry.
Anneliese has been previously acting as the youngest Regional President in Software AG’s history having lead their Asia Pacific and Japan business operations and having been a member of the Global Executive Leadership Team.
Her achievements externally working with customers and partners to transform their operations to the digital world as well as internally to transformation the Software AG operation in region led her to be recognised as “Business Leader of the Year” at the 2019 “Women in IT Asia” Awards, to be shortlisted as the "Transformation Leader of the Year" at the 2020 "Women in IT Asia" Awards and to be called out as part of the top 100 list of Women in Tech Listing in 2020. Anneliese is committed towards gender equality, multi-culturalism, and employee engagement. She has been leading her regional team on diversity and inclusion which she views as key innovation enabler and actively promotes in her work environment growth mindset principles and purpose-lead operations.
Mr. Tanit Chearavanont was appointed the Managing Director of LOTS Wholesale Solutions in November 2017. He also serves as a member on the board of LOTS Wholesale Solutions, in addition to being an Associate Director at Siam Makro Public Company Limited. Mr. Chearavanont successfully led the clearance process from the legal board, as well as the CP Group approval for market entry into India, starting with Delhi NCR; in addition to receiving clearance for Indian company registration. Mr. Chearavanont’s profile in LOTS Wholesale Solutions encompasses responsibility for leading the overall business operations in India. Mr. Chearavanont’s brings with him a strong background and multifaceted experience across M&A, corporate finance, and consumer & retail industry. In a previous role, Mr. Chearavanont worked as the Director Operations of CP Wholesale India. He also worked with UBS AG in Hong Kong as an investment banker across different industries. This experience in banking industry was an added advantage to the organization as it set up operations in India. He holds a Bachelor Degree from Harvard University, in Massachusetts, U.S.
Gareth Wong is Chief Executive Officer of Mitbana Pte. Ltd, a joint venture fund management company of Japan's leading conglomerate Mitsubishi Corporation and Surbana Jurong (SJ), a Singapore Temasek-owned global urban and infrastructure consultancy company.
Headquartered in Singapore, Mitbana's mandate is to crowd-in urgently needed capital to catalyse urban developments in ASEAN (Indonesia, Vietnam & the Philippines) and South Asia (India, Sri Lanka & Bangladesh).
Mitbana is currently working on a 100-hectare Township development in Greater Jakarta with leading Indonesian conglomerate Sinar Mas Land, and aims to infuse the best of Japan & Singapore's "Smart & Sustainable" technologies to create a world-class living environment.
Gareth holds a BSc. in Economics (First Class Hons, Dean’s List) from University College London, and a MSc. in Political Science from Columbia University in the City of New York.
Achmad Zaky is a technology entrepreneur and investor. He is the founder and ex-CEO of Bukalapak, one of the largest e-commerce platforms in Indonesia. Currently, he is active in non-profit activity via Achmad Zaky Foundation. He invests in education and entrepreneurship causes.