Thu, 2 Nov 2017, 6:30pm - 10:30pm
Shanghai Marriott Hotel City Centre, China

CNBC pioneered the annual Asia Business Leaders Awards (ABLA) in 2001 to salute and recognize remarkable business leaders, who through strength, innovation and foresight induce positive changes in an evolving corporate Asia. These business leaders are recognized annually at the awards ceremony which is broadcast globally.

Global broadcast on CNBC

23 NOV, THU, 7pm
25 NOV, SAT, 6pm
26 NOV, SUN, 7pm

In the lead up to the 16th ABLA, the SIXCAP | CNBC Exchange series will explore current topics of interest to business leaders in different countries. Open to a select group of c-level and senior executives, each Exchange features a highly-engaging morning debate with discussion and is followed by a networking session over lunch.

Digital India: The Push for a Cashless Society

Tue, 20 Jun 2017
Mumbai, India

Banking on Growth

Tue, 15 Aug 2017
Jakarta, Indonesia

Southeast Asia’s Start-up Scene

Thu, 7 Sep 2017
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

"CNBC's Asia Business Leaders Awards have grown from strength to strength. We are proud to continue the tradition of providing a platform for business leaders in the region to be globally recognized for their outstanding achievements."

KC Sullivan, President & Managing Director, CNBC International

Award Categories

Asia Business Leader of the Year Award

Recognizes the business leader who makes his/her vision a reality for the company – driving growth, success and profitability in Asia.

Asia Disruptor of the Year Award

Recognizes the business leader who has pioneered innovative business ideas and/or technologies which have had a transformative impact on an industry or sector. (Formerly known as Asia Innovator of the Year Award)

Asia Talent Management Award

Seeks out the business leader who recognizes the importance of talent in both word and deed. This business leader is committed to supporting, developing and retaining talent, as well as nurturing the next generation of leaders in Asia.

Corporate Social Responsibility Award

Recognizes the business leader for his/her outstanding contributions to the arts, education, environment and community development.

Country Business Leader of the Year Award

Host country's nominees for the Asia Business Leader of the Year Award will be considered for this award.

Lifetime Achievement Award

Honors the leaders who has, during the course of his/her career, made significant contributions in shaping, growing and developing the economic landscape. (This award is not open for nomination)

To be considered for any of the awards, all award nominees:

  • Must be the final business decision maker in their company;
  • The company must have a registered office in Asia;
  • Can be nominated regardless of gender, age or race; and
  • Must be in their current role for a minimum of 2 years.

IBLA (Open to Shortlisted Indian ABLA Nominees Only)

CNBC along with CNBC-TV18 is proud to carry on this tradition in India with the India Business Leader Awards (IBLA), dedicated to the highest achievers in India's dynamic business market.

The visionaries that have led India's glorious journey from the front are the champions that we salute with the 13th edition of CNBC-TV18's India Business Leader Awards (IBLA), India's most distinguished awards for excellence in leadership.

Click here for more details about IBLA.

Value of the Award

CNBC recognizes your company as a leader in best business practices and innovative strategies. Only invited companies can nominate their Chairman/CEO for an ABLA award.

By submitting a nomination, your company can reap rewards such as:

  • Greater brand name recognition in Asia, Europe and U.S. via all CNBC global platforms. Media exposure for your company including profiling on cnbc.com.
  • Positioning of your company as a market leader in the eyes of your peers and the media. Reinforcement of your company's commitment to growth.
  • Validation of your company's efforts and giving a vote of confidence that attracts and retains talent.
  • An opportunity to take a critical view of your company's operations.

The Selection Process

Under stringent, objective and transparent criteria, business leaders are judged by an independent panel of world-respected management strategists, academics, corporate personalities and CNBC executives.

Heading the judging panel are representatives from CNBC's long time knowledge partner, The University of Chicago Booth School of Business. Together with research partner, Development Dimensions International, the distinguished panel conducts a unique three-phase judging process:

Phase One

From a quantitative organization data analysis, the top performers from across Asia are selected and invited to submit their nominations via the nomination form before proceeding to Phase Two.

Phase Two

Face-to-face interviews to assess the candidates' leadership capabilities.

Phase Three

Final selection of winners of the awards.

2017 Judges

Professor Philip G Berger

Professor Philip G Berger

Wallman Family Professor of Accounting and Deputy Dean of the Part-Time MBA Program, Chicago Booth

Philip G Berger previously served on the faculty of The Wharton School. His research interests are mainly in the areas of financial reporting and corporate finance. Berger's research has been published widely in accounting and finance journals and he has been a co-editor of the Journal of Accounting Research since 2004.

Dr Liu Jiren

Dr Liu Jiren

Chairman & CEO, Neusoft Corporation

Dr Liu Jiren is the Founder, Chairman and CEO of Neusoft Corporation, also a professor of the Northeastern University (NEU) China, and vice-chairman at China Software Industry Association (CSIA). He was a member of APEC Business Advisory Council (ABAC) and of Global Agenda Council at the World Economic Forum.

Wang Shuo

Wang Shuo

Managing Editor, Caixin Media

As co-founder and managing editor of Caixin Media, China’s leading business and finance media group, Wang Shuo focuses on providing high-quality news reports through leading an independent and professional standard in China.

Under his leadership, the Caixin editorial team won the Shorenstein Journalism Award from Stanford University. Wang Shuo was honored by the World Economic Forum as a Young Global Leader in 2012. He was also twice named a Young Leader at the 2007 and 2008 Boao Forum for Asia, and a Leader of the Next Generation by the Tallberg Forum in Sweden. He was named Yale World Fellow in 2016 by Yale University.

Vibha Gaba

Vibha Gaba

Associate Professor of Entrepreneurship, INSEAD

Vibha Gaba's research examines how organizations learn and how it impacts their ability to innovate and adapt. She is the Academic Program Director for executive education programs focusing on strategic change and leadership and has received the INSEAD Executive Education Award for Outstanding Teaching multiple times.

Dr Richard S Wellins

Dr Richard S Wellins

Senior Vice President, Development Dimensions International

Richard S Wellins is responsible for launching DDI's new products and services, leading DDI's Center for Analytics and Behavioral Research (CABER) and its major research projects and developing, and executing DDI's global marketing strategy. Wellins spearheads DDI's global bi-annual research on best practices in leadership development and talent acquisition.

John Casey

John Casey

Senior Vice President, International News & Programming, CNBC

John Casey is CNBC's Senior Vice President of International News and Programming. He oversees all of CNBC's programming in the EMEA and Asia Pacific regions. His responsibilities include supervising content development, talent and programme schedules across CNBC's broadcast, mobile and digital platforms. Casey splits his time between London and Singapore.

"CNBC's Asia Business Leaders Awards, in its 16th year, recognizes those CEOs who stand above the rest. the rigorous evaluation process chooses those leaders who have demonstrated their ability to set a clear course in uncertain times, constantly innovate their products, services, and business models, and develop exceptional talent."

Dr Richard S Wellins, Senior Vice President, Development Dimensions International


Mr Guo Guangchang

Mr Guo Guangchang

Chairman, Fosun International

Mr. Guo is the Chairman of Fosun International and is one of the co-founders of the Group. He is also a member of the 12th National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference, a member of the 11th Standing Committee of All-China Federation of Industry & Commerce and All-China Youth Federation, Chairman of Zhejiang Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai. Founded in 1992, Fosun is a family focused multinational company that has been listed on the main board of the Hong Kong Stock Exchange (00656:HK) since 2007. With its roots in China, and through technology and innovation, Fosun’s mission is to create customer-to-maker (C2M) ecosystems in health, happiness and wealth, providing high-quality products and services for families around the world.

"I am honored to be awarded the prestigious CNBC Asia Business Leader of the Year 2016. The award recognizes Kimberly-Clark Asia Pacific for our leadership in innovation, talent and sustainability, and I owe this to my team whose contributions made this award possible."

Achal Agarwal, President, Kimberly-Clark Asia Pacific Pte Ltd

2017 ABLA Shortlisted Nominees

Shortlisted Nominees

Click here to view the full list of 2017 ABLA shorlisted nominees.

2016 ABLA Winners

Click here to view the full list of past ABLA winners.

Mr Achal Agarwal
Asia Business Leader of the Year Award

Mr Achal Agarwal

Kimberly-Clark Asia Pacific Pte Ltd

Mr Maximilian Bittner
Asia Disruptor of the Year Award

Mr Maximilian Bittner

Lazada Group

Dato Rohana Rozhan
Asia Talent Management Award

Dato' Rohana Rozhan

Group CEO
Astro Malaysia Holdings Berhad

Mr Somchai Lertsutiwong
Corporate Social Responsibility Award

Mr Somchai Lertsutiwong

Advanced Info Service PLC

Mr Liu Chuanzhi
Lifetime Achievement Award

Mr Liu Chuanzhi

Chairman of the Board of Legend Holdings Corporation
Founder of Lenovo Group Limited

Mr Muhwammad Arif Wibowo
Indonesia Business Leader of the Year Award (joint winners)

Mr Muhammad Arif Wibowo

President & CEO
Garuda Indonesia

Mr Taswin Zakaria
Indonesia Business Leader of the Year Award (joint winners)

Mr Taswin Zakaria

President & CEO
PT Bank Maybank Indonesia Tbk

"I was deeply honored to be the Asian Innovator of the Year at 2007 ABLA, and during the past ten years, Neusoft has further accelerated its brand building and business expansion in the international markets. I believe there will be more and more entrepreneurs from Asia with innovative spirit and social responsibility who will further contribute to the future prosperity of the regional and global economy."

Dr Liu Jiren, Chairman & CEO, Neusoft Corporation

Press Releases

CNBC gives Lifetime Achievement Award to Fosun International’s Guo Guangchang


CNBC, the world's leading business and financial news network, today announced Guo Guangchang (郭广昌), Chairman of Fosun International as the Lifetime Achievement Award recipient at the upcoming 16th Asia Business Leaders Awards.

CNBC Announces 16th Asia Business Leaders Awards


CNBC, the world’s leading business and financial news network, today announced that the 16th Asia Business Leaders Awards will be heading back to China after 14 years, with this year’s awards set to take place in Shanghai on 2 November.

Nominations for five of the six award categories are also now open. Categories now accepting nominations are: Asia Business Leader of the Year; Asia Disruptor of the Year; Asia Talent Management; Corporate Social Responsibility and China Business Leader of the Year. Nominations can be submitted at abla.cnbc.com. The Lifetime Achievement Award category is not open for nominations, but is decided by the ABLA panel of judges.