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Search is on to fete achievements amid hard times as nominations open for 2020 DHL/SCMP Hong Kong Business Awards

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The nomination process has commenced for the 31st annual DHL/SCMP Hong Kong Business Awards (HKBA)...

The nomination process has commenced for the 31st annual DHL/SCMP Hong Kong Business Awards (HKBA) to honour outstanding management, corporate and entrepreneurial achievements in the city.

The awards, the highlight of Hong Kong’s corporate life since 1990, will honour achievements in six categories this year: Business Person of the Year, Executive of the Year, SME of the Year, Start-up of the Year, International Award and Enterprise Award. A seventh award may be given at the judges’ discretion to honour a nominee with exceptional accomplishments over a lifetime’s work.

Nominations, which can be accessed online herewill close at the end of business on Monday October 5 for the judging of the entries to take place on Tuesday November 3.

“We at DHL Express are excited to be honouring Hong Kong’s business leaders and companies who have shown resilience amid current challenges,” said Chee Choong Ng, Senior Vice President and Managing Director of DHL Express Hong Kong and Macau. “DHL/SCMP Hong Kong Business Awards continue to recognise the relentless spirit embodied by entrepreneurs. DHL, as a brand rooted in Hong Kong, is proud to play a part in inspiring more into overcoming all adversity and creatively tackling the ever-evolving business landscape.”

Winners of the 2018 DHL/SCMP Hong Kong Business Awards: (Left to right): Danny Yeung, Chief Executive Officer, Prenetics Group (Startup Award); Xu Jieyun, Senior Director, Xiaomi Corporation (China Company Award); Simon Suen, Founder and Chairman of SML Group (International Award); Charlie Lee, Chairman of Lee Kum Kee Sauce Group (life Achievement Award); Herbert Vongpusanachai, Senior Vice President and Managing Director, DHL Express Hong Kong & Macau; Dr. Simon Kwok Siu-ming, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Sa Sa International Holdings Limited (Business Person of the Year Award); Gary Liu, Chief Executive Officer of South China Morning Post; Amy Lo, Chairman and Head Greater China, UBS Wealth Management (Executive Award); Kitty Fung, Chief Financial Officer, Dah Chong Hong Holdings (Enterprise Award); and Yat Siu, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Outblaze (SME Award) at the awards gala dinner on 6 December 2018. Photo: Xiaomei Chen alt=Winners of the 2018 DHL/SCMP Hong Kong Business Awards: (Left to right): Danny Yeung, Chief Executive Officer, Prenetics Group (Startup Award); Xu Jieyun, Senior Director, Xiaomi Corporation (China Company Award); Simon Suen, Founder and Chairman of SML Group (International Award); Charlie Lee, Chairman of Lee Kum Kee Sauce Group (life Achievement Award); Herbert Vongpusanachai, Senior Vice President and Managing Director, DHL Express Hong Kong & Macau; Dr. Simon Kwok Siu-ming, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Sa Sa International Holdings Limited (Business Person of the Year Award); Gary Liu, Chief Executive Officer of South China Morning Post; Amy Lo, Chairman and Head Greater China, UBS Wealth Management (Executive Award); Kitty Fung, Chief Financial Officer, Dah Chong Hong Holdings (Enterprise Award); and Yat Siu, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Outblaze (SME Award) at the awards gala dinner on 6 December 2018. Photo: Xiaomei Chen

For more than three decades, the awards have recognised the work of Hong Kong’s corporate sector through booms and busts. This year’s awards come as the economy is mired in its worst recession in decades amid the coronavirus pandemic, and escalating US-China tensions.

“Amid these challenging times, the awards should give particular recognition to nominees who are role models for corporate social responsibility, governance and philanthropy,” said Eugene Tang, business editor of South China Morning Post. “This way, the awards can play a positive part in honouring executives or entrepreneurs who go the extra mile to care for their staff, or give back to society.”

Judges of the 2019 DHL/SCMP Hong Kong Business Awards: (from top L-R): Ibrahim El-Mouelhy, Founding Member, Director of Communications Outblaze; Tim Collins, Corporate Director of Dah Chong Hong Group and Chief Exxecutive Officer of DCH Auriga Healthcare Dah Chong Hong Holdings; Iris Wong, HKTDC; Danny Yeung, Prenetics; Dr. Simon Suen, Founder and Chairman, SML Group; Phyllis Chan, JCIHK; Amy Lo, Chairman and Head Greater China, UBS Wealth Management; Chief Executive, UBS Hong Kong; Shirley Yuen, Chief Executive Officer, Hong Kong General Chamber of Commerce; Eugene Tang, Business Editor, South China Morning Post; Herbert Vongpusanachai, Senior Vice President, Managing Director, DHL Express Hong Kong and Macau; and Richard Wong, Chairman of Judging Panel and Profssor of Economics, Philip Wong Kennedy Wong Professor in Political Economy, The University of Hong Kong, on 17 June, 2019. Photo: Nora Tam alt=Judges of the 2019 DHL/SCMP Hong Kong Business Awards: (from top L-R): Ibrahim El-Mouelhy, Founding Member, Director of Communications Outblaze; Tim Collins, Corporate Director of Dah Chong Hong Group and Chief Exxecutive Officer of DCH Auriga Healthcare Dah Chong Hong Holdings; Iris Wong, HKTDC; Danny Yeung, Prenetics; Dr. Simon Suen, Founder and Chairman, SML Group; Phyllis Chan, JCIHK; Amy Lo, Chairman and Head Greater China, UBS Wealth Management; Chief Executive, UBS Hong Kong; Shirley Yuen, Chief Executive Officer, Hong Kong General Chamber of Commerce; Eugene Tang, Business Editor, South China Morning Post; Herbert Vongpusanachai, Senior Vice President, Managing Director, DHL Express Hong Kong and Macau; and Richard Wong, Chairman of Judging Panel and Profssor of Economics, Philip Wong Kennedy Wong Professor in Political Economy, The University of Hong Kong, on 17 June, 2019. Photo: Nora Tam

The Hong Kong Business Awards has endured because of its unique peer judging process, where winners of each year make up half of the judging panel for the ensuing year.

Award categories had changed over the years, with a category added in 2018 to recognise and nurture outstanding start-ups in Hong Kong, while the China Company Award was retired this year.

Last year, the Fung Group’s chairman Victor Fung received the Lifetime Achievement Award for being a tireless advocate for globalisation, and for championing Hong Kong’s international role.

Charles Li, chief executive of the Hong Kong Exchanges & Clearings Limited (HKEX), was the Business Person of the Year, for driving the listing reforms that propelled the city to become the world’s top destination for initial public offerings (IPOs). Fred Lam, chief executive of the Hong Kong Airport Authority (HKAA) received the Executive of the Year Award, while the Shangri-La Group was recognised in the International Award.

Xinyi Glass Holdings received the Enterprise Award, while Tencent Holdings was recognised with the China Company Award. Ho & Partners Architects Engineers and Development Consultants Limited received the SME Award while biotech start-up Phase Scientific International was recognised as the Start-up of the Year.

The 2019 black-tie gala dinner, that typically highlights the annual awards, had to be postponed over security concerns after many months of street rallies and protests. A joint award ceremony is scheduled for December 8 this year, where winners of the 2019 awards and this year’s recipient will be honoured together.

This article originally appeared in the South China Morning Post (SCMP), the most authoritative voice reporting on China and Asia for more than a century. For more SCMP stories, please explore the SCMP app or visit the SCMP’s Facebook and Twitter pages. Copyright © 2020 South China Morning Post Publishers Ltd. All rights reserved.

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