SWINBURNE University of Technology Sarawak’s Head of School of Business for the Faculty of Business, Design and Arts Assoc Prof Dr Lim Weng Marc led the discussion on “Breaking Barriers for Women Entrepreneurs” at the recent World Economic Forum on Asean in Hanoi.
At the prestigious event, Dr Lim led the discussion with South Korea’s Foreign Affairs Minister Kang Kyung-Wha, Plan International chief executive officer Anne-Birgitte Albrectsen, Queenrides founder and chief executive officer Iim Fahima Jachja, Far Eastern University Public Policy Centre executive director Julia Andrea Abad, JA Asia Pacific president Vivian Lau and City Mart Holdings founder and chief executive officer Win Win Tint.
Dr Lim was chosen to lead the discussion group as a recognition of his work on “Building Connections for Enterprising Women,” a multi-country research project on women entrepreneurship.
The project was funded by the Australian government’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade in collaboration with researchers from Swinburne University’s Australia and Sarawak campuses, Good Shepherd Microfinance and the Sarawak state government’s Women and Family Department.
Dr Lim was also involved in special discussions on the impact of the Fourth Industrial Revolution on the present and future of the Asean economy.
He shared the stage with distinguished panellists such as World Economic Forum founder and executive chairman Prof Klaus Schwab as well as heads of state from Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Myanmar, Sri Lanka and Vietnam.
He also took part in a closed-door discussion with Economic Affairs Minister Datuk Seri Azmin Ali with his
his peers from the World Economic Forum’s Young Global Leaders network.
At the Sarawak campus, Swinburne students benefit from academics with diverse backgrounds who bring a wealth of knowledge to their teaching portfolio.
Dr Lim’s message from the Asean meeting is that age is not a pre-condition for success, but in fact, an asset that one should leverage on especially when one is young.
“As youth, we are blessed with great energy and determination. With ambition and hard work, youth have the opportunity to conquer and make a real difference in the world,” said Dr Lim.