Alumnus Competes for World Entrepreneur of the Year Award

Having been awarded the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award in 2007, Dr Robert Yap (BBA 1976) heads to Monte Carlo to vie for the World Entrepreneur of the year Award 2008.



Dr Robert Yap (BBA 1976) will be representing Singapore for the World Entrepreneur of the Year Award at a ceremony to be held at Monte Carlo, Monaco in 2008.

The NUS Business School graduate was awarded Entrepreneur of the Year Singapore 2007 at the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Awards Singapore 2007 Ceremony on 28 November 2007.

The awards program was first launched by Ernst & Young in Singapore in 2002 and has since become the most prominent international business award, expanding to 135 cities in more than 50 countries, including the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Italy, Switzerland, India, Indonesia and Malaysia.

Past winners of the award include Michael Dell of Dell Inc., Scott McNealy of Sun Microsystems and Guy Laliberté of Cirque du Soleil.

As the Chairman and CEO of YCH Group, Dr Yap catalyzed YCH’s growth from a local transportation company to an award-winning 7PM Supply Chain Management leader in Asia Pacific, competing globally in the industry and managing complex supply chains for the leading companies in the world including Dell, Motorola, Canon and Solectron.

“Being awarded the ‘Oscars’ for business from among the best players across all industries in Singapore is a huge recognition of YCH’s contribution as a trailblazer in the logistics industry in Singapore and around the region. This award will spur YCH to deliver more competitive advantages for our customers and raise the bar for the entire industry and business landscape,” said Dr Yap.

Award recipients were selected based on six different criteria – Entrepreneurial Spirit, Innovation, Personal Integrity/Influence, Financial Performance, Strategic Direction and National/Global Impact – by an independent panel of judges.

Dr Yap emerged as the overall Entrepreneur of the Year from six local award winners across various sectors including Stephen Riady, Executive Director of Auric Pacific Group (Strategic Investment); Robert Chandran, Executive Chairman and CEO of Chemoil Energy (Oil and Gas); FJ Benjamin CEO Nash Benjamin (Lifestyle); David Loke, Manager Director of Tru-Marine (Marine Engineering); and Richard Tay, Group MD of YHI International (Manufacturing).

Dr Yap attributed his success to the early foundation he had at NUS Business School. “I acquired business management knowledge and it’s about putting this knowledge into practice.”

When asked what he thought about his chances at Monte Carlo, he replied that “the networking opportunities with like-minded people and exposure is more important than the winning. Winning would be a pleasant extra.”

NUS Business School extends its congratulations to Dr Yap for winning the Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year Award 2007 and wishes him the best in the global competition.

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