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CAAYE has a mission to create and sustain a recognized body that exists as part of the official Commonwealth process and is able to engage, contribute to and impact the work of the Commonwealth to raise awareness and address the issues of young entrepreneurs.
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The 3rd edition of CAAYE Young Entrepreneur Summit will be hosted in Brunei Darussalam, following the success of previous summits in Mumbai (2012) and Colombo (2013).
"CAAYE has achieved numerous recognition since we were formed in 2011, including being recognized as a Best Practice by the Commonwealth Secretariat. We look forward to provide a platform for young entrepreneurs to connect, enhance the trade in the region and touch the hearts of Commonwealth young entrepreneurs at our annual CAAYE Summit."
– Nurul-Huda Mohamed Afandi
2014 President of Commonwealth Asia Alliance of Young Entrepreneurs (CAAYE)
"Dear Delegates, The Young Entrepreneurs Association of Brunei (YEAB) welcomes you to Brunei Darussalam. As a founding member and key participant of CAAYE since its inception, we look forward to contributing to the growth and progress of the alliance through the 3rd CAAYE Young Entrepreneur Summit. The 2014 Summit will focus on sharing best practices around the central theme 'Innovate with Purpose' that will bring together 200 dynamic entrepreneurs from 9 countries in the Commonwealth-Asia region and Nepal to participate in the summit proceedings, field visits and communique development. Together, we can build a more sustainable and socially responsible entrepreneurship ecosystem! We hope to see you in Brunei."
President of YEAB
Summit Chair 2014 & CAAYE Brunei Representative
These are the featured speakers for CAAYE Summit 2014
Aries Agro Ltd
Islamabad Chamber of Commerce & Industry
Heng Hiap Industries Sdn Bhd
KFC (B) Sdn Bhd
Dr Rahul Mirchandani is the Executive Director of Aries Agro Limited, an Indian Multinational company in the business of manufacturing of specialty plant nutritional solutions.
Winner of the 2011, 2012 & 2013 Inc India Awards for the 500 fastest growing mid-size companies in India, 2013 Inc India Innovative 100 Award for the 100 most innovative Indian companies under the categories of product design and responsible business, 2008 CNBC Emerging India Award in the FMCG, Food and Agribusiness Sector and the 2010 Brand Innovator Award, Aries is consistently recognized among India's best-in-class companies with 85 brands in the niche plant nutrition industry selling at 90,000 retail outlets across India and also in 11 countries globally. Rahul holds a Doctorate in Management Studies and is also a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) and holds an MBA from the University of Canberra, Australia.
Rahul has delivered sessions on Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the Oxford University, UK and has lectured at over 50 B-Schools in India. A Past National Chairman of CII's Young Indians he is the architect of Yi's Farmers Net program and has served on the CII Agriculture, Innovation, International Policy and India@75 National Councils. He has been the Chairman for the Yi's Next Practices platform and has also chaired Yi's International Relations and Partnerships, playing a key role in connecting Yi with 28 Youth organisations globally. Rahul was the President of the Indian Delegation at the G20 Young Entrepreneur Summit in France, the Chair of the G20 YEA Governance Committee and is the Founder of the Commonwealth-Asia Alliance of Young Entrepreneurs (CAAYE).
He is the recipient of the Bharat Ratna Rajiv Gandhi Yuva Shakti Award 2010 in recognition of outstanding achievements towards Youth Empowerment and Inclusive Growth. Recognized as one of the world's foremost achievers in his field, Rahul is listed in the Who's Who in the World 2013 and is a Fellow of the Aspen Global Leadership Network's India Leadership Initiative.
Shaban Khalid started his engagement with the Islamabad Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ICCI) in 2007-2008 when he initiated the Young Entrepreneurs Forum (YEF); the only youth entrepreneurship initiative within any Chamber in Pakistan. YEF works for inculcating an entrepreneurial mindset among the youth, and provides leadership opportunities for them towards a progressive and prosperous Pakistan. It is based on the belief that with 60% population under the age of 25, the only sustainable solution is to encourage the youth to become job creators rather than job seekers. Under his leadership, YEF conducted the first Anti-Corruption Survey, and organized the first Indo-Pak Young Entrepreneurs Bilateral in 2013: only movement to create a linkage between the young entrepreneurs of Pakistan and India.
His active participation and innovation to give ICCI a new direction were rewarded when he was elected the youngest Senior Vice President in 2008. In 2013, he was elected un-opposed the President of ICCI, the second youngest President in any Chamber in Pakistan to date. During his tenure, ICCI has advocated for a better eco-system towards a progressive economy. It remains in close liaison with all stakeholders, including the government, civic bodies, FBR, other Chambers, trade associations, educational institutions, and others. During his time, he has taken on a facilitation role between the business community and the various government departments including FBR and CDA. He is emphasized on entrepreneurial development especially among the youth, in recognition to promote more job creators versus job seekers in the country.
He was also the one of the seven and the youngest delegate from Pakistan to be invited at the President Obama’s Summit on Entrepreneurship (Washington, 2010).
He still remains active in the family business of Steel Manufacturing, and also heads his entrepreneurial venture of an automotive dealership. He also volunteered and helped in relief efforts during the Earthquake (2005) and the Floods (2010).
As President ICCI, Shaban Khalid was selected in July 2014 for 10th Draper Hills Summer Fellowship training program by the Stanford University, USA held at Stanford’s campus in Palo Alto, California. He was selected from over 500 applicants holding outstanding civic records and occupying high-impact positions in the policy, development and social sectors of their countries and was the only Pakistani to represent his country in 2014 in said program. He got the opportunity to meet with diverse and outstanding group of leaders hailing from 25 countries around the world connected with a global community of over 230 Draper Hills Summer Fellows alumni network from over 60 developing democracies worldwide.
Mr. Seah is the Founder and Managing Director of Heng Hiap Industries Sdn Bhd. Coming from humble beginning and a large family, Kian Hoe Seah developed a strong work ethic at a very young age. Helping his parents manage their own recycling initiative while going to school gave him his first exposure to how a business idea can help protect the environment. After completing a degree in mechanical engineering and then earning the Fulbright Research and Development Scholarship to continue his graduate studies, Seah began to focus on the recyclability of plastic and commercialization of its innovations. He closely studied the supply chain of plastics recycling and uncovered inefficiencies that could be easily fixed. Seah connected his knowledge and ultimate goal of protecting the environment to design an integrated supply chain system in the plastics recycling industry. The renewed system reduced the labor force by 40% and logistics by more than 60%. The second step he took to create a better business for plastics recycling was customizing the product. Seah created a new material that passed all necessary environmental and product tests and eventually turned into an entire line of smart plastics. Seah’s socially responsible business practices and method of production is praised and acclaimed by many business and social leaders around the world. He is known for innovative thinking and passion for continually seeking further knowledge and improvement for his plastics venture. When faced with challenges, Seah perseveres to find a sustainable, environmentally beneficial solution. His honest, focused and hardworking personality makes him a role model for young active citizens everywhere, looking to succeed in business while protecting our planet and its resources. For his extraordinary work in sustainable business and plastics recycling, Mr Seah has won the JCI Ten Outstanding Young Persons under the moral and/or environmental leadership category in Brazil 2013 and 2013 JCI Creative Young Entrepreneur Award (M).
Heng Hiap Industries Sdn Bhd, formed in 2002, is at the forefront of developing innovative recycling technologies. Conceived and developed locally, the company has rolled out a total of eight breakthrough technologies to date with eighteen patents filed. One of our groundbreaking mechanical recycling technologies includes transforming plastic scrap into Smart Plastics, which can be used in highly specialized niche applications. Some unique features of Smart Plastics include electric conductive, bio plastics, fast cycle and anti-bacteria. Through Thermal Recycling, the company converts plastics scrap into a New Coal, a substitute with three times calorific value higher than conventional coal. In addition to that the company also converts plastics scrap to New Oil, an industrial equivalent bio diesel with cetane number of higher than 55. The first order from oversea was to export to Netherlands for full robotic production. The company export grew from 9 countries ( including UK, Germany South Africa, and Japan in 2010 and to 22 countries including India, Angola, Japan, Korea , Australia and etc) in 2014, thus penetrating 13 more countries. The applications started from agriculture and packaging industries in 2010 to additional automotive, home appliances and electronic industry. The company also accredited by international standards such as SVHC by SGS Hongkong, Green label Singapore, EU REACH, ISO 19001 and ISO 14001. Through innovation and continuous improvement, all products are both cost effective and less harmful to the environment. The company is currently handle about 5,000MT of scrap plastic per month. Heng Hiap Industries plans to move to new factory by end of 2014. With the new facilities the company could at least double the capacity to meet the growing demand from our customers.
Del Goh has been contributing to the community ever since he graduated from England back in 2003. Currently the vice president of KFC (B) Sdn Bhd, he already has his hands full expanding the fast-food eatery business in Brunei; but he still finds time to contribute in other aspects.
One of which is through the platform of the Young Entrepreneurs Association Brunei (YEAB), in which he has been a member for over 4 years and has just been nominated as the president for the current term. His vision during his tenure is to create a greater awareness for the association in the eyes of the local community.
Another avenue of leadership training which he supports greatly is the local Toastmasters club, which he is currently part of the executive committee member of the Brunei Advanced Speakers' Club. This particular club takes its members to a higher, more professional level in terms of the speaking environment. Believing in the constant improvement of oneself, that is the main driving force behind his life energy.
On top of that, he is an active crossfitter, a Lego collector, a movie enthusiast and an artist at heart.