ABOUT AYEC

Introduction to the
ASEAN Young Entrepreneurs Council (AYEC)

The ASEAN Young Entrepreneurs Council (AYEC) is the official voice of young entrepreneurs in the ASEAN policy-making process. It was successfully proposed by the ASEAN Business Advisory Council (ASEAN-BAC) to the ASEAN Leaders in 2015 and later that year launched in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. It consists of a network of government endorsed young entrepreneur associations from all 10 ASEAN Member States. Besides participation in the ASEAN Economic Integration process, AYEC also serves as a young entrepreneurs network, with direct connectivity with the respective national level associations and the ASEAN Secretariat. Besides participation in the ASEAN Economic Integration process, AYEC also serves as a young entrepreneurs network, with direct connectivity with the respective national level associations and the ASEAN Secretariat. AYEC is also provided a seat in the ASEAN Business Advisory Council Joint Business Councils (ASEAN-BAC JBCs), where proposals on young entrepreneurship are tabled to the official private sector representative in ASEAN. With that came about our ABAC-AYEC Policy Dialogue Forum (AAPDF) which aims to give voice to ASEAN’s young entrepreneurs and uniting key AYEC stakeholders behind a common agenda for the betterment of young entrepreneurship as a key engine of ASEAN’s innovation-led economic growth.

Under the AYEC is its inaugural event the ASEAN Young Entrepreneurs Carnival which moves around ASEAN every year following the calendar with its 6th continual carnival happening in Brunei this year in November, 2021. 

Under the governance of the AYEC, ASEAN Young Entrepreneurs Association (AYEA) was formed in 2016 to promote exchange and cooperation between young entrepreneurs and investors within ASEAN member states. Not only to drive and empower the young entrepreneurs, the association also looks forward to protecting the legitimate rights and interests of its members to strengthen the communication and relationship between corresponding governmental organisations and encourages its members to contribute to the development of ASEAN and international corporate development. This year we have officially launched our ASEAN Young Women Entrepreneurs Club (AYWEC), which operates under the AYEC as a voluntary socio-professional organisation of ASEAN Young Women entrepreneurs owning or managing businesses in all economic sectors. 

All national association members in the ASEAN Young Entrepreneurs Council (AYEC) are by appointment of the respective national ASEAN Member State (AMS) government, with 3 appointed representatives from each member association to sit in the AYEC.

The member associations of AYEC are:

  1. Young Entrepreneurs Association of Brunei (YEAB)
  2. Young Entrepreneurs Association of Cambodia (YEAC)
  3. Himpunan Pengusaha Muda Indonesia (HIPMI)
  4. Young Entrepreneurs Association of Laos (YEAL)
  5. Malaysian Young Entrepreneurs ASEAN Association (MAYA)
  6. Myanmar Young Entrepreneurs Association (MYEA)
  7. Philippines Young Entrepreneurs Association (PYEA)
  8. Singapore Business Federation (SBF)
  9. Thailand Young Entrepreneurs Chamber of Commerce
  10. Vietnam Young Entrepreneurs Association (VYEA)

ASSOCIATIONS

The Founding members of AYEC 2015

Brunei Darussalam

Hjh Norlela H.A.B

President

Edwin Solomon Khan

Executive Committee

Cambodia

Oknha Sok Piseth

President

Kouch Pheng

Board of Director

Lim Socheat

Board of Director

Indonesia

Bahlil Lahadalia

Chairman

Bagas Adhadirga

International and Tourism Affairs Division Deputy Chairman

Raditya Priamanaya Djan

Secretary General

Staffers

Hans Lukiman

Lao PDR

Dr. Hongkham Souvannavong

President

Dr. Anousone Rassavong

Vice-president

Litthikay Phoummasak

Secretary General

Malaysia

Syed Nabil Aljeffri

Chairman 2015

Deborah Melissa Bottreau

President & AYEC Secretary General

Mohd Faddli B Atan

Secretary General

Myanmar

Htun Htun Naing

President & AYEC Treasurer

Aung Soe Tha

Vice President

Thaung Su  Nyein

Vice President

Philippines

Rommel Gerodias

President

Mark Augustine Rivera

Vice President

Raymound Joshua Tan

Secretary General

Singapore

Casey

Exco Member

Susan Chong

Exco Member

Thailand

Rutt Pongsurapipat

YEC Member

Saran  Monaraks

YEC Member

Kachaphol  Harinsuit

YEC Member

Vietnam

Bui Van Quan

Chairman

Nguyen Thu Phong

Vice Chairman

AYEC COUNCIL MEMBERS OF 2021/2022

Brunei

Ms. Nurliyana Fatin Arifin
Position: AYEC Chairwoman 2021
Email: fatinarifin@gmail.com
Instagram: fatin_arifin

Louis Loo
Position: Council Member

Goh Chai Li (CL) 
Position: Council Member

Cambodia

SEANG SOPAGNA
Position: Head Council Member
Email: president@yeacambodia.org

Oknha Pech Bolen 
Position: Council Member
Email: ceo@wegcambodia.com 

Mr. BUN Sambath
Position: Council Member
Email: ed@yeacambodia.org

Indonesia

Yohanes Lukiman
Position: Head Council Member

Bagas Adhadirgha
Position: Council Member

Mohamad Nazars
Position: Council Member

Laos

Ms. Philaiphone Vongpraseuth
Position: Head Council Member
Email: pvongpraseuth@gmail.com

Mdm. Souvaly Khamphoui
Position: Council Member

Viboon Sithimolada
Position: Council Member

MYANMAR

Dr. Aung Thura
Position: Head Council Member
Email: aung.thura@thuraswiss.com

Mr. Zaw Min Thant
Position: Council Member

Mr. Win Htet Maung Maung
Position: Council Member

Malaysia

Mrs. Deborah Melissa Bottreau
Position: Head Council Member & Secretary-General
Email: debs@sienna-dmb.com
Instagram: debottreau

Mohamad Johan Nasir
Position: Council Member

Dato Daniel Lee Kee Foong
Position: Council Member

Philippines

Charmaine Co Leong
Position: Head Council Member
Email: charmainecbk@gmail.com

Victoria Martinez – Esquivias
Position: Council Member

Ms. Melissa Claire M. Varela
Position: Council Member
Email: mele_ph@yahoo.com

Singapore

Mohammad Omar SHAHZAD
Position: Head Council Member

Theodore Khng
Position: Council Member

Soo Wei-Chieh
Position: Council Member

Thailand

Ms. Nicha Ratanachinda
Position: Head Council Member
Email: nicha@profrtgroup.com
Instagram: nichadao

Ms. Sirida Nagadatta
Position: Council Member
Email: siridanagadatta@gmail.com
Instagram: tidtytidster

Gavin Vongkusolkit Position: Council Member Email: Gavin.vongkusolkit@gmail.com Instagram: odtomato

Vietnam

Dang Hong Anh
Position: Head Council Member

John Tran
Position: Council Member

Pham Thi Bich Hue
Position: Council Member