World Entrepreneurs in Monte Carlo

June 17, 2011

This TV programme, named “Danmark i Vækst” (Denmark – a growing country), broadcast the final rounds of Ernst & Young's 'World Entrepreneur Of The Year 2011" competition in Monte Carlo.

Thomas Ross focuses on what it takes. He talks to three innovative and charismatic business people – all country winners. It is characteristic of them all that they turn the economic crisis to their advantage – and they have put their own dollars on the line.  

But right now, in the entrepreneur sky, the shiniest star of them all is Olivia Lum from Singapore. was the first news medium in the world to obtain an interview with her. Diane Forman, jury member and CEO, explains to us what makes Olivia Lum an outstanding entrepreneur. A fantastic story.

--- and being an entrepreneur one must master the art of mingling and speedy networking without being a bull in a china shop.

Editors: Flemming Helsted and Thomas Ross. Producer: Lars Fuchs. Cameramen: Preben Hjort and Jeppe Svendsen.


About Olivia Lum:

Group CEO and president of Hyflux Limited, from Singapore, was last night named the Ernst & Young World Entrepreneur Of The Year 2011 at an awards ceremony held in Monte Carlo's Salle des Etoiles. Olivia was picked from among the 49 country finalists vying for the title, each of whom had already been named the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year in their home countries. This year saw more female finalists - six in total - than ever before.

Olivia founded Hyflux in 1989 with two staff and start-up capital of $US15,000. Today, Hyflux has become one of the world's leading desalination suppliers. It is publicly traded with revenues of US$450m, employing more than 2,300 people in operations and projects in Southeast Asia, China, India, the Middle East and North Africa. (Kilde: Ernst & Young.)