New Delhi: The stage is
set for top corporate leaders and policy-makers from India, South
East Asia and the Gulf region to gather for a gala event here
Monday and celebrate the rise of Asia as an economic powerhouse.
Also, 13 people will be honoured for their contribution to the
spirit of enterprise.
The main attraction at the black-tie event will be the first Asian
Business Leadership Forum (ABLF) Awards to be conferred on 13
leading personalities from India, South East Asia and the Gulf in
three key business sectors -- infrastructure, energy and power.
"Another focus will be on women who command respect and admiration
globally for their effective role in the global business space.
One outstanding woman from India, the Gulf and Asia will be
honoured under this category," the organisers said in a statement.
The awards have been instituted by Indian Expressions -- a
Dubai-based company -- that seeks to connect the Gulf region with
India and the larger South East Asian region, and bring closer
their respective business communities, top policy-makers and civil
The other categories include 'ABLF Lifetime Achievement', 'ABLF
Global Asian of the Year', 'ABLF Business Courage' and the 'ABLF
Business Excellence' award.
Communications and Information Technology Minister Kapil Sibal and
women leaders in business and politics will host the 'Woman of
Power Award' category.
Urban Development Minister Kamal Nath had launched a website to
accept nominations for this category.
"The women of Asia have excelled in every arena and are key
players in Asia's growth and development," Sibal, who also holds
the human resource development portfolio, said in a statement.
"It is time these exemplary women, who have broken the glass
ceiling and re-written business history across Asia and claimed
their place of pride in global business world, be felicitated at
an international event of significance," he added.
According to Malini N. Menon, founder and managing director of
Indian Expressions, the owners and creators of the ABLF Awards
platform, the gala has been planned as a showcase of excellence in
the corporate arena.
"This will be an annual gala. The inaugural event promises to set
in motion an Asian juggernaut of business, to celebrate the Asian
significance on the world's corporate landscape in three key areas
-- industry, infrastructure and energy," she said.
"We also chose these three sectors since they are the key drivers
of an economy with a definitive cascading effect on other sectors.
Another facet, with its own dedicated platform, is the recognition
of the contributions of Asia's women business leaders."
The organisers said they have received over 3,000 nominations for