2016 Recipients

recipient2016 prof wang gungwu

Business China
Excellence Award

Professor Wang Gungwu Chairman
Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy & East Asian Institute
National University of Singapore

In an illustrious academic career spanning 50 years, Professor Wang Gungwu has established himself as an eminent and prolific historian as well as an internationally-renowned pioneer expert on overseas Chinese studies. His academic research and methods greatly impacted future researches and strengthened Singapore’s position as an independent resource centre on understanding contemporary China developments. Proficient in English, Chinese and Indonesian, he has promoted the understanding of China to non-Chinese readers through his writings in English. Prof Wang also established scholarships and loan funds to recognise students with excellent academic and research achievements in the area of East Asian studies; as well as assisted those with financial difficulties. Prof Wang remains an active scholar and continues to augment greater understanding between cultures and civilisations.

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recipient2016 bank of china

Business China
Enterprise Award

Bank of China

Bank of China was formally established in February 1912 following the approval of Dr. Sun Yat-sen. In June 1936, Singapore Branch was set up as BOC’s third overseas branch. Deeply rooted in Singapore for 80 years, BOCSG has served as the Group’s regional business centre in Southeast Asia and promoted the developments of RMB business, commodities business and private banking business in the local market to further strengthen the city state’s status as the international financial centre. In 2011, BOC collaborated with Singapore's Fullerton Financial Holdings to establish the BOC Fullerton Community Bank (中银富登村镇银行), the first of its kind in the country founded by a large Chinese commercial bank with an international partner. The community bank seeks to provide scarce financial services to SMEs, mini business owners, local individuals, and farmers in China's rural communities. Bank of China’s commitment towards the international business community and its efforts in promoting bilateral relations between Singapore and China through the provision of excellent services to the business communities in both countries is highly commendable.

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recipient2016 jenny lee

Business China
Young Achiever Award

Jenny Lee Managing Partner, GGV Capital

Based in US and China since 2005, Singaporean Jenny Lee is highly regarded as one of the top venture capitalists in the world. Starting with developing new hardware systems and products, Jenny subsequently ventured into investing in tech gadgets, business services and consumer internet companies. Deeply passionate and armed with the sharp acumen of a professional engineer, Jenny was instrumental to the success of many of the world’s famous technology brand names. Having amassed a broad network of entrepreneurs, investors and tech professionals, she connected start-ups with talent, markets and other investors; and often personally mentored and motivated them. Well sought-after as a speaker, Jenny generously shared her industry knowledge with young entrepreneurs in Singapore and international forums. Her success in the highly competitive field of venture capital demonstrates her exceptional courage and vision; and is a source of inspiration for young Singaporeans who aspire to connect and co-create with China.

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Key Dates

  • 15 Apr 2021 Calling for Nominations
  • 9 June 2021 Nominations Close
  • Jun - Oct 2021 Judging
  • 8 Nov 2021 Awards Ceremony



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