EY World Entrepreneur Of The Year™ Award

EY Entrepreneur Of The Year™ is a unique global program that recognizes entrepreneurial achievement among individuals and companies that demonstrate vision, leadership and success — and work to improve the quality of life in their communities, countries and around the world.

The EY Entrepreneur Of The Year™ program was established more than 30 years ago and today operates in more than 50 countries and 145 cities around the world.

Each country’s program culminates in the announcement of an overall national winner who then competes for the prestigious EY World Entrepreneur Of The Year™ Award.

2018 Judging panel

National winners vying for the EY World Entrepreneur Of The Year™ 2018 title are assessed by an independent panel of judges from around the world, most of whom have previously participated in EY Entrepreneur Of The Year™ programs. Learn more about the judging process.

Meet our distinguished panel of judges for 2018:

Jim Nixon
Chairman and CEO
Nixon Energy Investments
World Entrepreneur Of The Year 2018 Judge Chair

Previous roles include: World Entrepreneur Of The Year 2016 Judge, Entrepreneur Of The Year 2010 Southwest Region, United States

Rosario Bazán
Co-founder, shareholder and CEO
DanPer Trujillo

Previous roles include: World Entrepreneur Of The Year Judge 2016 and 2017 Entrepreneur Of The Year 2015 Peru

Diane Foreman
Chairman
Chelsea Group Ltd.

Previous roles include: World Entrepreneur Of The Year Judge 2011, 2017, Entrepreneur Of The Year 2009 New Zealand, EY Entrepreneurial Winning Women Ambassador

Manny Stul
Chairman and Co-CEO
Moose Enterprise Holdings & Controlled Entities

Previous roles include: World Entrepreneur Of The Year Judge 2017, World Entrepreneur Of The Year 2016, Entrepreneur Of The Year Australia 2015

Ruigang Li
Founding Chairman and CEO
CMC Capital Partners, CMC Holdings

Previous EOY roles include: Entrepreneur Of The Year winner 2016 China – Mainland

Interview Preparation Master Coaches and Global Alumni Council

Rosaleen Blair, CBE
Founder and CEO
Alexander Mann Solutions
EOY Global Alumni Council Member 2018
EY World Entrepreneur Of The Year Interview Prep Coach 2017 and 2018
EY Entrepreneur of the Year London and South Region 2006

Jack Cowin
Chairman and Managing Director
Competitive Foods Australia Pty Ltd
EOY Global Alumni Council Member 2018
EY Entrepreneur Of The Year Australia Judge 2005, 2006, 2008
EY World Entrepreneur Of The Year Judge and Coach 2011, 2014, 2015, 2016

Rod Jones
Managing Director
Navitas Limited
EY Entrepreneur Of The Year Australia 2008

Rebecca MacDonald
Executive Chair
Just Energy Group, Inc.
EY Entrepreneur Of The Year 2003 Canada
EY World Entrepreneur Of The Year 2012 Judge
EY World Entrepreneur Of The Year 2013 Interview Preparation Coach
EY World Entrepreneur Of The Year 2014–16 Judges Chair
EY Entrepreneur Of The Year Global Alumni Council 2018

Steve Papermaster
Chairman and CEO
Nano Vision
EY Entrepreneur Of The Year 1996 Central Texas – US
US national and regional judge 1997
EY World Entrepreneur Of The Year Judge 2001
EY World Entrepreneur Of The Year Interview Prep Coach 2017, 2018
EOY Global Alumni Council 2018

Richard Steeves
Executive Chairman
Advanced Research Cryptography
EY Entrepreneur Of The Year 2015 UK
EY World Entrepreneur Of The Year Interview Prep Coach 2017

Eva Stejskalova
Founder and Managing Director
MicroStep
EY Entrepreneur Of The Year 2015 Slovak Republic

Rosa Tous
Vice President
Tous
EY Entrepreneur Of The Year Spain 2016

Dr. Wong Kar King
Founder and CEO
Advanced Holdings Ltd.
EY Entrepreneur Of The Year Singapore 2014
EOY Global Alumni Council 2018

Past winners

Read about previous EY World Entrepreneur Of The Year Award winners.

2017

Murad Al-Katib
AGT Food and Ingredients Inc.
Canada

2016

Manny Stul
Moose Enterprise Holdings & Controlled Entities
Australia

2015

Mohed Altrad
Altrad
France

2014

Uday Kotak
Kotak Mahindra Bank
India

2013

Hamdi Ulukaya
Chobani, Inc.
United States

2012

James Mwangi
Kenya's Equity Bank Limited
Kenya

2011

Olivia Lum
Hyflux Limited
Singapore

2010

Michael Spencer
ICAP plc
United Kingdom

2009

Cho Tak Wong
Fuyao Glass Industry Group
China

2008

Dr. Jean-Paul Clozel
Actelion Pharmaceuticals Ltd
Switzerland

2007

Guy Laliberté
Cirque du Soleil
Canada

2006

Bill Lynch
Imperial Holdings
South Africa

2005

Wayne Huizenga
Huizenga Holdings Inc.
United States

2004

Tony Tan Caktiong
Jollibee Foods Corporation
Philippines

2003

Narayana Murthy
Infosys Technologies Limited
India

2002

Stefan Vilsmeier
BrainLAB AG
Germany

2001

Paolo della Porta
Saes Getters S.p.A.
Italy