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Robina is among 27 newcomers in Forbes list of Asia’s 50 most powerful women


Forbes has recognized 50 powerful businesswomen in Asia who are shaking things up across diverse industries in its fifth annual Asia’s Power Businesswomen list.

“The list acknowledges the inroads women are making in the business world. To qualify, candidates have to be active in the upper echelons of business in Asia, wield significant power and have access to robust financial resources,” said Forbes in a statement.

Women from 14 countries are represented on the list.

China and Hong Kong dominate with 14 women, followed by India with eight, Thailand with five and Japan with four.

Singapore, Australia, Indonesia and Vietnam each have three, while South Korea and the Philippines each have two. Macau, Taiwan and New Zealand have one each.

There are a total of 27 newcomers on this year’s list.

Among them are, Robina Gokongwei-Pe, President and COO of the Philippines’ Robinsons Retail Holdings; Somruedee Chaimongkol, CEO of Thailand’s Banpu; Cao Thi Ngoc Dung, Chairman and CEO of Vietnam’s Phu Nhuan Jewelry; Lorna Jane Clarkson, Founder and Chief Creative Officer of Australia’s Lorna Jane; and Kumiko Otsuka, President of Japan’s Otsuka Kagu. About a quarter of the newcomers are from the tech sector. They include Jane Yan, Founder, Chairman and General Manager of China’s Venustech, an Internet security company that claims 80% of the country’s government and military business, as well as Zhou Qunfei, Founder, Chairman and General Manager of Lens Technology.

Nita Ambani, Director of Reliance Industries and Chairman of Reliance Foundation, debuts on this year’s list. ‎ She is also the wife of billionaire Mukesh Ambani. Her rising profile in the Reliance empire is unusual and earns her a spot in this year’s ranking.

In addition to the power 50 list, 12 women in their early twenties to mid-thirties have been singled out as “Women to Watch”. Among them are Nang Lang Kham, Executive Director of Myanmar’s KBZ Bank; Tan Hooi Ling, Cofounder and COO of Grab; and Sabrina Ho Chiu Yeng, Project Manager at the Palazzo Versace and Karl Lagerfeld Hotels in Macau. Lavanya Nalli, the first female Vice Chairman of India’s Nalli Group of Cos., and Anna Fang, Partner and CEO of ZhenFund, also made the watch list‎.

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