Miss Grand Malaysia Sabah 2024 – Redefining Pageantry With Purpose

Miss Grand Malaysia Sabah 2024 – Redefining Pageantry With Purpose

The Miss Grand Malaysia Sabah 2024, organised by Gemilang Event Management and spearheaded by its dynamic director, Richard Chok, was held at the Sabah International Convention Centre. This event has been acclaimed as one of the grandest coronation nights in Sabah’s pageantry history, setting new benchmarks for elegance and inclusivity.

Gemilang Event Management’s dedication to raising awareness about Orang Kurang Upaya (OKU) through this inclusive beauty pageant is praiseworthy. Notably, 10% of the ticket sales proceeds will be directed to the Gemilang Prihatin Fund to assist an OKU shoemaker in Kota Belud, who is a single father raising his autistic child.

The organising team aims to foster a more inclusive society where everyone is valued and respected, regardless of their physical or mental abilities. This seamless blend of beauty and advocacy ensures that the pageant is not only a display of grace and poise but also a beacon of social change.

The competition was grand and fierce, but ultimately, Lilyannie Christie Linus emerged as Miss Grand Malaysia Sabah 2024. The 1st Runner-up title was awarded to Tito (Esther Marius), while Rochil Apa Sagarino secured the 2nd Runner-up position. Shareen Jee and Rachel Alphine Peter were named 3rd and 4th Runners-up, respectively. These top five remarkable women will go on to represent Sabah at the national grand finals of Miss Grand Malaysia scheduled for August 2024.

From left to right: Tito (Esther Marius), Rochil Apa Sagarino, Lilyannie Christie Linus, Dr Sean Christopher Wong – The Founder of Hyperlive Entertainment, Chellyana Tensu – Miss Grand Sabah 2020, Richard Chok, Shareen Jee and Rachel Alphine Peter

Richard Chok has recently been appointed by HyperLive Entertainment as the State Director for Sabah for Miss Grand Malaysia. In this capacity, his company, Gemilang Event Management, was entrusted with organising the event.

Dr. Sean Wong, CEO of HyperLive Entertainment and National Director of Miss Grand Malaysia, remarked, “Sabah has a wealth of outstanding local talents, and I hope to provide new platforms to discover and nurture these talents. As our State Director, Richard has done a fabulous job in presenting an impressive show. Gemilang Event Management, under his visionary leadership, has demonstrated its commitment to excellence and social responsibility. We will continue to grow the Miss Grand Malaysia brand by forging new partnerships and developing our talents.”

Richard Chok said, “I am truly honoured to have had the opportunity to produce a show for Miss Grand Malaysia Sabah. The positive response from the audience has been incredibly rewarding, and I hope to continue creating more such events in the future.”

The Miss Grand Malaysia 2024 Grand Finals will take place in Kuala Lumpur this August. This highly anticipated event will feature Luciana Fuster, a beautiful Peruvian model and TV host who won the prestigious Miss Grand International 2023 title last October.

Young and Dynamic Entrepreneurs of Singapore – The Top 10

Young and Dynamic Entrepreneurs of Singapore – The Top 10

In the bustling metropolis of Singapore, where innovation meets tradition, a new generation of dynamic entrepreneurs is reshaping the business landscape. These young visionaries are not only redefining success but also challenging norms and inspiring change. From empowering plus-size fashion to revolutionising digital marketing, they are the driving force behind Singapore’s vibrant entrepreneurial ecosystem. In this issue, Top 10 of Asia shares its list of Singapore’s top 10 young and dynamic entrepreneurs (presented in no particular order) who are making waves in Singapore and beyond.

Tianwei Liu

Tianwei Liu, a pioneering entrepreneur, has made a lasting impact on the fintech industry. Born in China and finding his true calling in Singapore, he co-founded and serves as the CEO of Xfers. Liu’s mission with Xfers is to revolutionize online seller bank transfers and facilitate seamless financial transactions across Southeast Asia. His journey reflects a commitment to innovation and growth, evidenced by his professional stint at Amazon and his degree from the National University of Singapore. Liu’s dedication to advancing the fintech landscape showcases his vision and drive to make financial services more accessible and efficient in the region.

Pocket Sun

At an early age, Pocket co-founded SoGal Ventures, the first women-led, next-gen venture capital firm investing in world class women and diverse entrepreneurs. In the past few years, SoGal has built a track record of being the earliest and/or the only women investors in multiple billion-dollar companies. Under Pocket’s leadership, SoGal has built a top-performing, high-impact financial institution, a global brand as a strong ally for women entrepreneurs. She has been recognised with numerous awards including Entrepreneur Magazine 100 Most Powerful Women, Forbes Under 30 in VC, Singapore 100 Women in Tech, LinkedIn Top Voices and featured on Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Fortune, Bloomberg, Fast Company and more.

Rani Dhaschainey

At the helm of The Curve Cult, Rani, an ambitious young entrepreneur, is transforming the plus-size fashion landscape in Singapore. Launched in 2015, her brand has become a beacon of empowerment and style for voluptuous women. When the pandemic struck, Rani swiftly transitioned to a digital-first approach, leveraging social media not just to sell but to celebrate every curve and stretch mark. Her savvy use of Instagram and TikTok turned into a branding masterclass, drawing thousands of views and transforming The Curve Cult into a household name among plus-size fashion circles. Rani’s content does more than showcase clothing. It champions body positivity, making her a key advocate in the local fashion scene. Her efforts illustrate the power of digital platforms in modern marketing and the importance of representation in fashion.

Quek Siu Rui

In 2012, Quek Siu Rui embarked on a mission to simplify the buying and selling experience, co-founding Carousell in Singapore. As CEO, Siu Rui has been the driving force behind the startup’s evolution, shaping its growth trajectory and international expansion. His dedication to technology stems from a desire to address real-world challenges, evident in Carousell’s user-centric approach. Drawing from his diverse background in marketing and product management at esteemed companies like Vsee, Ogilvy & Mather, and DBS Vickers, Siu Rui infuses innovation into every aspect of Carousell’s operations. Reflecting on his journey, Siu Rui emphasises the importance of product focus and scalability in building a successful tech venture in Singapore. Carousell’s disruptive impact on the classifieds marketplace underscores his vision and leadership, cementing its status as a trailblazer in the digital commerce realm.

Liyana Sulaiman

Liyana Sulaiman, renowned as the CPTO and Co-Founder of Pollen, leads the charge in revolutionising Asia’s B2B Liquidation marketplace with a sustainable focus. Beyond her entrepreneurial success, Liyana’s influence reverberates through her role as a mentor to budding startups and her pivotal involvement in steering committees for digital transformation initiatives. As a UN Women Singapore Ambassador in STEM, she passionately advocates for inclusivity, echoing her early contributions as a founding board advisor at Girls in Tech Singapore. Liyana’s journey reflects not only her professional prowess but also her unwavering commitment to fostering diversity in the tech sphere. Her multifaceted approach leaves an enduring legacy, inspiring a new generation of leaders to embrace innovation and equity in technology.

Anda Chaudhry

For Anda Chaudhry, shopping for clothes used to be an ordeal, especially as a size 20 in Singapore. The struggle of finding garments that fit properly and didn’t break the bank was all too familiar. However, a vacation to Australia changed everything. In 2021, at just 27 years old, Anda launched WearBums, an all-size inclusive clothing line. Her mission is to recreate the inclusive shopping experience she found abroad, right in Singapore. WearBums is more than fashion. It is about empowerment. It is about making every individual feel seen and celebrated, regardless of size. And for Anda, it is a testament to the transformative power of a positive shopping experience.

Gregory Van

Gregory Van, the CEO and co-founder of Endowus, is transforming wealth management in Asia with a mission to democratize investing. Based in Singapore, Endowus offers a digital platform that merges private wealth with public pension savings, including CPF and SRS. Gregory aims to reduce financial waste and harness untapped talent to minimize costs and enhance returns. His dedication to transparency, innovation and accessibility is setting new industry standards, fostering improved financial literacy and investment opportunities for all. Through Endowus, Gregory is making investing more inclusive, ensuring that everyone has the chance to grow their wealth effectively.

Keith Tan

Keith Tan, the CEO of Crown Digital, is revolutionizing the coffee sector with his innovative creation, ELLA—the first robotic barista in Singapore. ELLA can produce up to 200 gourmet coffee cups per hour, maintaining both quality and consistency. It offers a completely contactless service, where customers can place and pay for their orders via a mobile app. Leveraging deep learning and predictive analytics, ELLA optimizes the entire coffee-making process for a flawless experience. Tan is driven by a mission to democratize access to high-quality coffee, and with ELLA’s impressive performance, he is advancing steadily towards realizing this ambition.

Rachel Lim

Rachel Lim, a Singaporean entrepreneur, has made an enduring impact on the fashion realm. Starting Love, Bonito in 2010, she elevated it from a modest blog shop to a fashion empire worth millions. Rachel embarked on her journey fueled by a love for second-hand clothes, daringly venturing into designing her own creations. Today, Love, Bonito stands as a global phenomenon, backed by substantial investments from across the globe. Her narrative embodies resilience, ingenuity, and unwavering resolve. Initially utilizing her mother’s savings to jumpstart the venture, she exemplified that with dedication and foresight, dreams can materialize into reality. As Love, Bonito flourishes, Rachel Lim stands as a beacon of inspiration for budding entrepreneurs worldwide.

Prakash Somosundram

Prakash Somosundram, the visionary co-founder and CEO of Enjinstarter, spearheads a pioneering platform that is reshaping token launches. Enjinstarter prioritizes fairness and inclusivity through a community-centered ethos. Prakash’s deep understanding of decentralized finance (DeFi) and inventive approaches like decentralized IDOs and liquidity bootstrapping pools distinguish Enjinstarter. His dedication to transparency and empowering the community propels the platform’s advancement in the crypto realm.

Cultivating a Mindset of Determination and Perseverance for Success

Cultivating a Mindset of Determination and Perseverance for Success

Nexgen Solutions Sdn Bhd (Nexgen Solutions) is a company specialising in turnkey solutions for electrical engineering, supply of electrical and components, and providing services to onshore and offshore oil & gas, as well as to non-oil & gas sectors. The brainchild of Rimi Masputeria Mohari and a partner, the company was co-founded in 2021. Since then, there has been steadfast growth amidst significant success stories despite the numerous challenges and tribulations. Through a combination of strategic business and technical acumen plus determination and dedication, Rimi has been successful in steering the company towards the realisation of bigger dreams. In an interview with Top 10 of Asia, Rimi, the Managing Director of Nexgen Solutions, talks about her personal goals, career choices, future plans and the ultimate desire to leave a legacy behind.

An electrical engineer by profession, Rimi Masputeria Mohari has taken a different route towards the achievement of her goals as compared to her peers in the industry. “I have been hugely inspired by my parents who were senior civil servants and they were adamant on the principles of self-independence and the need to build assets. In other words, you are solely responsible for your actions,” says Rimi.

“My career strategy has been to gain exposure within the technical and business side as both go hand-in-hand. I initially started on the technical side before moving into the business side, which is handling business development and working on contracts,” says Rimi.  

“My first career role was as a sales engineer after graduation from Universiti Tenaga Nasional Malaysia (UNITEN) in 2002,” recollects Rimi. “I started at the bottom rung as I planned to climb the ladder by gaining knowledge, exposure and building collaborative networks,” explains Rimi. 

“I started Nexgen Solutions in 2021 as I had learnt all I could from my exposure in the industry and knew the networks besides having gained sufficient hands-on experience,” says Rimi succinctly. “I was ready to start my own electrical engineering company to further develop myself and to leave a legacy after having been on my 20-year career path.”

The main motivation for co-founding Nexgen Solutions is to build a notable brand and to leave a legacy. “I have a passion for undertaking challenging ventures and I dream big. That is the reason I am in the engineering field as it challenges me,” says Rimi. “The keynote is to strike a balance between success and failure.” 

The leadership style at Nexgen Solutions focuses on coaching and empowerment. “I encourage and coach my staff to learn and to build perseverance. There are no shortcuts to success in life and one will certainly need to have diligence and perseverance,” explains Rimi. “The opportunity to learn and possess in-depth knowledge of a particular issue will be lost through the taking of shortcuts which will lead to great setbacks.”

“The industry is competitive with so many established competitors to begin with. As such, in order to enter the market and build our track records, one of the hardest decisions that we took was to enter the market with lower margin without jeopardising our services,” explains Rimi.  

“The hiring of suitable employees is another big challenge faced by us. Most of them are not keen to start from the ground and work their way up. Work attitude is another problem,” says Rimi.

“I envision Nexgen Solutions as a preferred service provider of the total engineering solutions specialising in electrical packages that emphasise on safety and reducing power consumption through effective engineering solutions. Although we are a relatively new player, our direction is towards innovation and sustainability practices.”

As for young people just starting in business, Rimi has this to say, “It is not an easy journey to enter into entrepreneurship. The correct mindset including determination and dedication are crucial factors but nonetheless, always dream big and make it happen.”

Asia Pacific Enterprise Awards (APEA) 2024 Honours Malaysia’s Industry Leaders Championing Inclusive Entrepreneurship

Asia Pacific Enterprise Awards (APEA) 2024 Honours Malaysia’s Industry Leaders Championing Inclusive Entrepreneurship

 The Asia Pacific Enterprise Awards (APEA) 2024 culminated in a spectacular celebration of innovation, perseverance and inclusive growth at the InterContinental Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Organized annually in 16 markets by regional NGO Enterprise Asia, the Awards presents Asia’s largest award networking platform. Themed “Celebrating Inclusive Entrepreneurship”, the Awards aims to honour and celebrate visionary business leaders and enterprises whose initiatives and strategies have actively contributed to the realization of an inclusive entrepreneurship ecosystem in Malaysia. 

The award recipients were selected from over 150 nominees through a rigorous evaluation process by a jury of prominent judges across four categories: Master Entrepreneur, Inspirational Brand, Fast Enterprise, and Corporate Excellence.

Since 2007, the Awards has been organized all over the region with past recipients comprising Taiwan’s Douglas Tong Hsu, Hong Kong’s Francis Lui and Lawrence Ho, TTC Vietnam’s Dang Van Thanh, Thailand’s Somphote Ahunai, Cuckoo Malaysia’s Hoe Kian Choon, Indonesia’s Hary Tanoesoedibjo and Mochtar Riady, India’s Adi Godrej, and the Philippines’ Dennis Anthony Uy.

Tan Sri Dr. Fong Chan Onn, Chairman of Enterprise Asia, expressed in his welcome speech that “We stand at a pivotal moment where the entrepreneurial spirit can act as a powerful catalyst for change. By championing inclusive entrepreneurship, we can address social inequalities, create jobs, and foster resilient communities. Our collective efforts can lead to a future where entrepreneurship is not just a privilege for the few, but an opportunity for many.”

MOST INSPIRING FASHION DESIGNERS OF INDONESIA – THE TOP 10

MOST INSPIRING FASHION DESIGNERS OF INDONESIA – THE TOP 10

Indonesia is home to an impressive number of fashion designers who excel in both haute couture and ready-to-wear collections. From the past to the present, we have seen some of the finest Indonesian designers who have left us in awe of their individual talents and creativity. Here, Top 10 of Asia takes a look at its list of the top ten most inspiring Indonesian fashion designers (presented in random order), highlighting their remarkable diverse and vibrant contributions to the fashion scene in Indonesia.

Tex Saverio

Tex Saverio, the Indonesian fashion luminary, has left an indelible mark on the international fashion landscape. Renowned for his opulent and otherworldly creations, Saverio has adorned luminaries including Lady Gaga, Jennifer Lawrence, and Kim Kardashian. His haute couture label, Tex Saverio Prive and ready-to-wear brand, TEXSAVERIO, epitomize a bold feminine allure, empowering individuals to express themselves with sartorial confidence. Often likened to “the Alexander McQueen of Indonesia,” Saverio continually dazzles audiences with his avant-garde designs, pushing the boundaries of creativity and craftsmanship

Rinaldy A. Yunardi

Rinaldy A. Yunardi is an Indonesian fashion luminary celebrated for his avant-garde accessories and headpieces. With a penchant for pushing boundaries, Yunardi’s creations marry traditional craftsmanship with cutting-edge design. His visionary work has graced global runways and adorned celebrities, earning him international acclaim. Renowned for bold shapes and intricate detailing, Yunardi’s designs exude a captivating allure that transcends conventional fashion norms. Collaborations with top designers and brands further attest to his creative prowess and influence in the industry. Rinaldy A. Yunardi continues to captivate audiences with his unparalleled imagination and commitment to redefining the boundaries of fashion.

Denny Wirawan

Since stepping into the spotlight in 2005, Wirawan has consistently curated ready-to-wear collections harmonizing ethnic inspirations with modern flair. Characterized by sleek outlines, his creations frequently integrate indigenous elements, yielding garments that exude both allure and gender-fluid appeal. Nestled in Jakarta, his studio stands as a bastion of creativity and inventive spirit. Through a quarter-century of challenges, Wirawan’s trajectory epitomizes resilience, mastery, and serves as a wellspring of motivation for burgeoning designers.

Toton Januar

Toton Januar, a prominent figure in Indonesian fashion, challenges norms with his gender-fluid designs. Influenced by his mother, a skilled seamstress, he pursued fashion studies at Parsons New School of Design in New York. Establishing his eponymous ready-to-wear brand in 2012, Januar adeptly blends heritage and contemporary elements, preserving femininity. His evocative collections have earned global recognition, securing him a place at Paris Fashion Week. Remarkably, Januar’s label triumphed at the esteemed International Woolmark Prize Asia Regional Final in the Womenswear division, further solidifying his position as a visionary in the fashion realm.

Hengki Kawilarang

Hengki Kawilarang, a renowned fashion designer based in Jakarta, Indonesia, launched his illustrious career in 2001. Known for his signature feminine and glamorous designs, Kawilarang’s creations ensure every woman feels like a diva. His distinctive style is characterized by the use of luxurious elements such as crystals, feathers, and other sparkling accents, setting his work apart in the fashion world. Over the years, his exceptional craftsmanship has garnered a loyal clientele that includes numerous celebrities and high-society women, who turn to him for their most memorable and elegant attire. Kawilarang’s dedication to glamour and elegance continues to make waves in the fashion industry.

Catherine Njoo

Catherine Njoo, an Indonesian fashion luminary, captivates with her blend of tradition and modernity. Rooted in sustainability, her designs reflect timeless elegance. With a commitment to ethical practices, Njoo pioneers’ eco-friendly materials and empowers local artisans. Each piece, from intricate gowns to chic ensembles, tells a story of craftsmanship and sophistication. Beyond design, she advocates for diversity, celebrating individual beauty. As Indonesia’s fashion ambassador, Njoo leaves an indelible mark on the global stage, inspiring with her creativity and unwavering commitment to excellence.

Hendy Huang
Hendy Huang, the Indonesian fashion virtuoso, melds heritage with contemporary flair, crafting timeless pieces that grace global runways. With meticulous attention to detail, he weaves intricate embellishments and impeccable tailoring into each garment. Beyond aesthetics, Huang champions sustainability and ethical practices, minimizing ecological impact while supporting local artisans. His collections, celebrated for their fusion of tradition and innovation, have earned him acclaim worldwide. As a visionary force, Huang inspires aspiring designers, proving that passion and creativity transcend boundaries, propelling him to the forefront of the fashion scene as Indonesia’s rising icon.

Jenny Tjahyawati
Jenny Tjahyawati, the Indonesian fashion luminary, stands at the forefront of contemporary design with her unparalleled vision and creativity. Renowned for her ability to seamlessly blend traditional Indonesian motifs with modern aesthetics, Tjahyawati’s designs captivate audiences globally. Drawing inspiration from her rich cultural heritage, she infuses her collections with intricate detailing and exquisite craftsmanship, earning her accolades in the fashion industry. With a keen eye for innovation, Tjahyawati continues to push boundaries, redefining Indonesian fashion on the international stage. Her dedication to preserving traditional craftsmanship while embracing modernity cements her status as a true pioneer in the industry, leaving an indelible mark on the world of fashion.

Sebastian Gunawan
Sebastian Gunawan is a prominent figure in the Indonesian fashion industry, renowned for his exquisite designs that blend traditional craftsmanship with contemporary elegance. With a career spanning over two decades, he has solidified his position as one of Indonesia’s most celebrated fashion designers. His creations often feature intricate detailing, luxurious fabrics, and impeccable tailoring, reflecting his dedication to perfection. Gunawan’s unique aesthetic has garnered international acclaim, earning him a loyal clientele both at home and abroad. As a visionary in the world of fashion, he continues to inspire with his timeless creations, showcasing the beauty and diversity of Indonesian craftsmanship on the global stage.

Rinda Salmun
Rinda Salmun, the Indonesian fashion icon, seamlessly merges traditional motifs with contemporary flair, captivating audiences worldwide. Renowned for her commitment to sustainability, her designs showcase vibrant colours and intricate craftsmanship, reflecting a deep appreciation for cultural heritage. With an unwavering dedication to ethical practices, Salmun’s collections inspire confidence and celebrate individuality. Through her innovative approach and timeless creations, she has cemented her place as a leader in the global fashion industry, representing the essence of Indonesian style with elegance and grace.