There is no shortage of successful Asian women rising to the top echelons of the business world in 2019.
In Forbes Asia’s Power Businesswomen list this year, 25 leading figures were listed – though there must have been many, many more – representing a diversity of roles, from entrepreneurs to high-level executives to heirs of family enterprises.
How many do you recognise and can you guess what their education background was?
Nguyen Thi Phuong Thao, President and CEO of VietJet Air. Vietnam’s first self-made woman billionaire has a reported net worth of US$2.5 billion.
Akiko Naka, founder and CEO of Japanese job search site, Wantedly, which has a market value of 29 billion yen (US$260 million).
Jenny Lee, managing partner at China-based GGV Capital. She manages a portfolio of 11 unicorns, with some valued as high as US$56 billion. She is known as one of the world's top venture capitalists.
Dian Siswarini is the President Director of XL Axiata, the first woman to run a big publicly listed Indonesian telecommunications company.
Kim Seul Ah, the founder and CEO of South Korean grocery delivery platform Market Kurly. According to Forbes, sales at Market Kurly has grown 50 times to 156 billion won (US$130 million) since its founding in 2015.
Jennifer Wai-Fun Liu is the founder of Hong Kong coffee chain The Coffee Academïcs, which has expanded to 20 outlets around Asia, with another 50 slated in and around Guangzhou, China in the next five years.
Kamonwan Wipulakorn heads One Origin, a subsidiary of Thai developer Origin Property. Between 2018 and 2022, One Origin plans to invest about US$650 million, mostly into hotels and serviced apartments.
Upasana Taku is the woman that made financial inclusion for all Indians possible. She is the co-founder of MobiKwik, an Indian company which provides a mobile phone-based payment system and digital wallet.