PETALING JAYA: Permatang Pauh MP Nurul Izzah Anwar (pic) has been named as the Most Influential Woman of the Year by Influential Brands, a consumer insights think-tank.
Influential Brands managing director Jorge Rodriguez said Nurul Izzah was recognised for her "enduring contribution to the promotion of democracy and justice".
"Her advocacy work spanning more than 19 years is prominent and impactful for society and is exemplary for many communities in Asia.
"Apart from being a skillful public speaker and advocate of a respected cause, her approach narrates an endearing story of humility, hard work, tenacity, and passion, which is very much congruent with many of our business leaders and Top CEOs," he said in a statement on Wednesday (Nov 21).
The statement read that Nurul Izzah was given the award for her achievements at the 6th edition of the 2018 CEO Asia Summit, which was held at the Marriott Hotel Tang Plaza in Singapore on Tuesday (Nov 20).
Nurul Izzah who was quoted in the statement said that she accepted the Influential Woman of the Year award in the hopes that it would lead to further empowerment of women everywhere.
She said this was especially for strong Malaysian women, of various races, jobs and religion, pursuing reforms for a better and more progressive Malaysia.
"The ordinary men and women of Malaysia constantly inspire me to push for reforms, and it is to them this honour truly belongs. Our influence is only as relevant as our ability to empower the voiceless," she said.
Apart from Nurul Izzah, Joel Neoh was named Top Influential CEO due to his outstanding leadership and business growth in Asia.
Neoh is currently the founder of Fave Asia Sdn Bhd, a marketplace for online to offline (O2O) services.
11 brands from Malaysia were also awarded the Top Influential Brand at the ceremony.
The brands were Sunway Pyramid and Guardian for the retail sector, Julie's Biscuit for the the fast moving consumer goods (FMCG) sector, Bata, F.O.S, Hush Puppies (footwear), and Hush Puppies (apparel) for the footwear and apparel sector, and Happy Fresh for the online sector.
Sharp was recognised in the consumer electronics sector while in the services and dental sector, the award went to A Cut Above and Aster Spring.
A total of 41 brands were given awards at the ceremony.