SINGAPORE (March 8): Global professional services firm EY has unveiled the 2017 class for the EY Entrepreneurial Winning Women Asia-Pacific programme, coinciding with this week’s celebration of International Women's Day.

Selected for this year's programme are 15 female business executives who lead their own organisations in Asia-Pacific, with Jill Ang and Helene Raudaschl representing Singapore.

Ang is managing director of fish, poultry and meat products manufacturer and distributor Ha Li Fa, which is best known for its household BoBo brand of fishballs and fishcakes.

Raudaschl is managing director and co-owner of Indoguna Singapore, which imports high-quality produce and ingredients worldwide. Indoguna also operates a butchery, production facility and online retailer Greengrocer.com.sg.

The 2017 class includes women leaders from Australia, China, South Korea, Sri Lanka and Vietnam.

The annual programme, now in its third year in Asia-Pacific, is designed to assist established women-led businesses that are ready to become global market leaders, providing strategic support through guidance and access to the EY global entrepreneurial ecosystem, says the latter in a media release.

Participants will convene for the first time in 2017 at a two-day conference in Mumbai on 15-16 May, as well as take part in a series of e-conferences, in-country business sessions and workshops throughout the year.

“Through Entrepreneurial Winning Women, we focus on building a strong community and providing women business leaders with access to the contacts and tools they need to achieve their next levels of growth,” says Annette Kimmitt, EY Global Middle Market Leader and Executive Sponsor, Entrepreneurial Winning Women.

“By providing the right information, networks and guidance, we’re able to help these talented women access growth capital, identify strong business advisors and put the processes in place to radically expand their companies,” adds Kimmitt.

The programme targets high potential women entrepreneurs with established businesses that are at least five years old; have annual revenues in excess of US$2 million ($2.8 million) for the last two fiscal years; currently the majority owner of at least 51% ownership of her company; and are ready to scale their operations and become global market leaders.