Ms Mai Kieu Lien awarded prize in business and innovation category.
Ms. Mai Kieu Lien, Chairwoman and CEO of Vinamilk, has won one of this year’s Nikkei Asia Prizes. Awarded annually, the Prizes recognize outstanding achievements that contribute to the region's sustainable development and to the creation of a better future for Asia.
According to Nikkei, Ms. Lien is the driving force behind the company’s expansion into Cambodia, Europe and the Middle East, and picked up the prize in the economic and business innovation category.
Ms. Lien pioneered Vietnam’s dairy product market and built Vinamilk into a leading force in the domestic industry. The company has cultivated demand for products that appeal to health-conscious Vietnamese consumers and is now branching out internationally.
Besides Ms. Lien, winners of the 20th Nikkei Asia Prizes include Mr. Wang Yifang, Director of the Institute of High Energy Physics at the Chinese Academy of Sciences in the category of science, technology and environment, while the Asian Youth Orchestra won the prize in the culture and community category.
This year’s award ceremony will be held in Tokyo on May 20.
Nikkei Inc. established the awards in 1996 in celebration of its 120th anniversary. It publishes Japan's leading business newspaper, The Nikkei, and also operates online news services in Japanese, English, and Chinese, publishes books, and compiles Japan's most widely-studied stock index.