Doris Hsu from Taiwan named EY World Entrepreneur Of The Year™ 2023

Doris Hsu from Taiwan named EY World Entrepreneur Of The Year™ 2023

Doris is a visionary business leader with an unwavering passion for innovation and commitment to sustainability

Doris Hsu, Chairperson and CEO of GlobalWafers Co., Ltd., was named the EY World Entrepreneur Of The Year™ 2023 at an award ceremony held in Monaco's Salle des Etoiles. Doris was selected from among nearly 5,000 program participants that included the 49 winners across 45 countries and jurisdictions competing for the global title. She is the third woman to hold the title and the first winner from Taiwan in the award's 23-year history.

Doris is a visionary business leader with an unwavering passion for innovation and commitment to sustainability. For more than a decade, she has been the driving force behind GlobalWafers’ meteoric rise, overseeing a series of successful M&As that transformed the company’s product portfolio and expanded operations into Europe. In 2015, Doris took GlobalWafers public with a highly successful IPO, and today it is the world’s third-largest wafer manufacturer.

Doris Hsu, Chairperson and CEO of GlobalWafers: "I am honored to receive this prestigious distinction as EY World Entrepreneur Of The Year. We as entrepreneurs often find ourselves on the front lines of addressing so many of today’s most pressing issues, from building towards a more sustainable future to ensuring social wellbeing in the areas of greatest need. I hope that I can continue the legacy of this great award by driving conversations about these challenges, helping to come up with big new ideas and bringing in new voices along the way. There is an underrepresentation of female leaders, especially in the high-tech [semiconductor] industry, and this shows that regardless of gender, anyone can succeed. I’m so proud of my amazing team at GlobalWafers and grateful to all those who have helped and inspired me throughout this journey.

Romania was represented by Mihai Pohonțu, winner of EY Entrepreneur Of The Year - Romania 2022, CEO Amber, a creative agency offering a wide range of video game development solutions from full product delivery to co-development, platform conversion, live operations and support services.

Bogdan Ion, Country Managing Partner EY Romania & Moldova and Chief Operating Officer  for EY South-East & Central Europe and Central Asia (CESA):  " World Entrepreneur Of The Year is more than a competition; it is a platform that highlights the essential role of entrepreneurs in the development of society. These visionary leaders not only generate economic growth and jobs, but also help solve social and environmental problems, building a more sustainable and equitable world. I am delighted that this year's edition also saw an outstanding candidate from Romania, a role model for other entrepreneurs in terms of vision, innovation and commitment.

Mihai Pohonțu, CEO Amber: "EY World Entrepreneur Of The Year is an incredible experience that opens your horizons and redefines your perspective on entrepreneurship and business success. I had the opportunity to learn from the best, share insights and make valuable connections within a global community of successful entrepreneurs. I believe that participating in WEOY is a privilege and a recognition of business excellence and is also a catalyst for personal and professional growth and development."

The EY organization hosts the annual World Entrepreneur of the Year event to celebrate the accomplishments of visionary leaders who are transforming industries, growing the economy and answering the call to address global challenges. The annual gathering brings together founders, CEOs and business leaders for a series of networking opportunities and workshops, culminating with the winning announcement.

The EY World Entrepreneur of the Year 2023 was chosen by an independent panel of judges against four criteria: entrepreneurial spirit, purpose, growth and impact. This year’s panel included a diverse and esteemed group of entrepreneurs from all over the world, chaired by Hernan Kazah, Co-founder and Managing Partner, Kaszek Ventures.

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Our offices are based in Bucharest, Cluj-Napoca, Timisoara, Iasi and Chisinau. In 2014, EY Romania joined the only global competition dedicated to entrepreneurship, EY Entrepreneur Of The Year. The winner of the national award represents Romania at the world final taking place every year in June, at Monte Carlo. The title of World Entrepreneur Of The Year is awarded in the world final. For more information, please visit: www.ey.com