Tuesday, October 19

Swinburne alumnus wins 2019 MAAC Young Entrepreneur award


Phoan (centre) receives the award from Senior Trade Commissioner of Australian Trade and Investment Commission (AUSTRADE) Daniel Havas. At left is MAAC vice-president of bilateral relations Nicole Lim.

KUCHING: Swinburne alumnus Eileen Phoan Pei Fang recently received 2019 Malaysian-Australian Council Alumni (MAAC) Young Entrepreneur of the Year award at  MAAC 20th anniversary gala dinner in Kuala Lumpur.

The mechanical engineering graduate founded Left & Right Artisan Handcraft which designs and hand make unique jewellery for its clientele in Australia, Europe, New Zealand, the United States, Singapore and Malaysia.

There were eight nominees for the category and the winner was selected by the Australian High Commissioner and president of MAAC in consultation with the Alumni Relations Manager at the Australian High Commission.

“I am truly grateful and humbled to be given this prestigious award, especially as there are so many respectable nominees from Malaysia. I am extremely grateful to all the amazing individuals who have made this possible, especially my business partner Fabian Tan.

“Our team has also worked relentlessly to grow Left & Right while our clients supported us in various ways to make this possible. Through this award, it allows me to be even hopeful to continue our entrepreneurial path, expand our brand and to implement our brand vision,” she said.

She added that the company which she founded with Tan while they were still undergraduate students is working on a plan to grow the brand and will be moving its headquarters to Kuala Lumpur starting this year.

“It was a tough decision as the finalists were all strong candidates but Eileen Phoan was finally chosen because of her entrepreneurial spirit even before she graduated from university.

“We admire her foresight and her perseverance in seeing things through. For such a young lady, she definitely has come very far,” said MAAC president Pat PW Yeoh.

The MAAC has been running the Malaysia Australia Alumni Council awards in association with the Australian High Commission for the past 10 years.

“Each year, the quality of the nominees seem to get better and their success stories are amazing. It is a testament that a Malaysian with an Australian education is more innovative and able to see beyond the horizon,” she added.