SINGAPORE: Malaysian actress Neelofa (pic) is among the 300 honourees of the Forbes 30 Under 30 Asia 2017 list.
Neelofa is involved in several business ventures, including Muslim women's clothing brand, "Naelofar Hijab".
The second annual list includes 30 honourees for each of the 10 categories in it.
Neelofa or Noor Neelofa Mohd Noor, 28, founder and director of NH Prima International Sdn Bhd, is placed under the Retail and E-commerce category.
The Forbes 30 Under 30 Asia 2017 list, features 300 young innovators, entrepreneurs and leaders who are challenging conventions and making an impact in today's world.
All under 30 years old, the honourees were selected by judges who are some of the most accomplished and acclaimed in their respective fields.
Besides Retail and E-commerce, the other categories include Consumer Technology, Enterprise Technology, Entertainment and Sports, The Arts, Finance and Venture Capital, Industry, Manufacturing and Energy, Healthcare and Science, Social Entrepreneurs and Media, Marketing and Advertising.
"This year's Forbes 30 Under 30 Asia list highlights the diversity of talent in this vast region, with 300 impressive young entrepreneurs from all walks of life pushing the boundaries of innovation," said Senior Digital Editor, Asia at Forbes Media, Rana Wehbe in a statement here.
"It is fascinating to see how these millennials are using technology to disrupt their industries, empower their communities and overcome cultural barriers.
"Notably, this year's list showcases a number of women in Asia who are advocates for social change, defying stereotypes and prejudice to set a positive example for what women in this part of the world can achieve," she added.
Alongside Neelofa in the 30 Under 30 Asia list are India's Kavin Bharti Mittal, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Hike Messenger, Josiah Humphrey and Mark McDonald (Australia, Cofounders of Appster), Suboi (Vietnam, Hip Hop artist) Liu Wen ( China, International Supermodel), Chenyao Zhou (China, Partner at Longling Capital), Gibran Huzaifah Amsi El Farizy (Indonesia, Founder of eFishery), Yuki Shimahara (Japan, Founder of LPixel Inc), Daroath Phav (Cambodia, Director of WaterSHED), Hyungcheol Lim and Goeun Choe (South Korea, Cofounders of Gameberry).
The criteria for honourees making the list includes leadership and disruption in their field, entrepreneurial mindset as well as the likelihood of changing their field over the next 50 years.
According to Forbes, more than 1,200 submissions were received, but only 300 applicants made the final cut.For the complete list, feature stories and exclusive videos, visit www.forbes.com/30-under-30-asia/2017. - Bernama