Forbes Emergent 25: The Women Making Their Mark in Asia’s Enterprises

Whether in finance, science, health and beauty, engineering or other businesses; women are advancing, innovating, thriving, and leading the way—forging new paths for their companies, breaking glass ceilings, and lifting everyone up with them. We were inspired by this list of Asian women founders, CEOs, presidents, directors, and more from the May issue of Forbes Asia. Click through and read more about these trailblazing women leaders in business.

By Mary E. Scott

This story appears in the May 2018 issue of Forbes Asia.

What do Joanne Kua, a 33-year-old scion of a wealthy Malaysian family who is transforming her father’s staid insurance and finance business, and Indonesian grandmother Nurhayati Subakat, 67, who has pioneered halal beauty products have in common with Miki Ito, a Japanese scientist who plans to scrub the cosmos clean of space junk, and Vietnam’s Dang Minh Phuong, who founded and runs a logistics company? They are on Forbes Asia's first Emergent 25 list of women making a recent mark in regional enterprises.

These listees reflect the broader impact women are having in the Asian business world, even as the number of women in senior business positions globally retreated over the past year, according to consultancy Grant Thornton. Its 2018 “Women in Business” report says APAC firms gained greater gender diversity but notes that results across the region were patchy: a strong uptick in India, with the number of women in senior roles rising to 20 percent from 17 percent previously, but disappointment in Japan as the rate there remains stuck around 5 percent.

This group of 25 women, chosen for the money they generate, the influence they wield and the ideas and trends they are advancing, bring fresh perspectives to Asia-Pacific’s growing business world.

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