Johary Mustapha Wins Malaysia Young Entrepreneur Award at the ASEAN Business Awards 2018

By November 13, 2018No Comments

Johary Mustapha, Chief Executive Officer of A tech company from Malaysia, Forest Interactive was presented with the 2018 Malaysia Young Entrepreneur Award at the ASEAN Business Awards celebration held in Singapore on 12th November.

Congratulations to our CEO!

At 40, Johary was chosen among other top nominees and leading businesses in the region. The ASEAN Business Awards took place at the Ritz-Carlton in Singapore last night and was graced by Halimah Yacob, President of the Republic of Singapore as the Guest-of-Honor. Malaysia’s Prime Minister, YAB Tun Dr. Mahathir bin Mohamad was also in attendance and presented a selection of awards. Launched by the ASEAN Business Advisory Council (ASEAN-BAC) in 2007 to mark ASEAN’s 40th anniversary, the ASEAN Business Awards (ABA) recognize outstanding ASEAN businesses that have shown significant progress in establishing and reinforcing their positions in various sectors.

Malaysia’s Prime Minister, YAB Tun Dr. Mahathir bin Mohamad with wife, Tun Dr. Siti Hasmah and Halimah Yacob, President of the Republic of Singapore at the ASEAN Business Awards ceremony

Johary impressed the judging committee (see Here for the list of judges) with the rapid growth of the company since its establishment in 2006. Forest Interactive is a multinational technology company that provides multifaceted Platform as a Service specializing in mobile Value-Added Services, programmatic marketing, and telco platforms, as well as a magnitude of game publishing and distribution.

Throughout its inception, Johary has helmed the global operations of Forest Interactive and successfully expanded the company from its headquarters in Malaysia to 10 other offices across the globe. His vast experience in the business has enabled him to grow the company to a diverse workforce of over 130 talents from 21 nationalities expanding market reach across 36 countries. Under Johary’s leadership, the company has entrenched itself to play an important part within the vibrant mobile industry, working closely with Mobile Network Operators, Industry Regulators, Government Agencies, Consumer Groups and related associations in enabling innovative solutions for the mobile ecosystem. To date, Forest Interactive has established a competitive portfolio of end-to-end solutions for telco, enterprise and content partners that reach out to more than 2.9B subscribers worldwide and has already partnered with over 100 corporate clients and 93 mobile operators across Asia, the Middle-East and the USA.

In accepting the award, Johary commented,

“It is a great honor to be acknowledged for this award, especially representing Malaysia as a Tech company. The hard work and patience leading to this success could only be attributed to the team members that have been working long and hard for us to realize this recognition. We wouldn’t be here without them and all our committed partners, Thank you to everyone that has helped made this happen.”

From left to right; Professor Annie Koh – Organising Chairwoman of the ABA, Dr Robert Yap – Chairman of the ASEAN BAC, Johary Mustapha – CEO of Forest Interactive Sdn Bhd, Wilf Blackburn – CEO of Prudential Assurance Company Singapore, also one of the sponsors for ABA 2018

Into its 12th edition, ABA was conceived to be the first of its kind in the region with the dual objectives of recognizing outstanding ASEAN enterprises and to serve as a platform to spread information on the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) and promote regional integration. In addition, the awards also shine the spotlight on promising ASEAN small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) with the potential to become global economic players.

”As the biggest business awards exclusively for the ASEAN region, being recognized will provide valuable exposure and bring one’s business up to par with global standards. Many of the most recognized businesses and the up and coming ones in ASEAN today are among ABA’s past awardees. This validates the reputation ABA has attained over the years.” – Dr. Robert Yap, chairman ASEAN-BAC.

This year, ASEAN-BAC collaborated with knowledge partners Ernst & Young LLP (EY) and Singapore Management University (SMU) to organize the awards, which is chaired by Professor Annie Koh, SMU’s Vice-President for Business Development, and the Organizing Chairwoman of the ASEAN Business Awards (ABA) Committee. Furthermore, Singapore’s super chamber, the Singapore Business Federation (SBF), secretariat to Singapore’s representatives to the ASEAN-BAC, coordinated the overall awards.

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