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Previous winners - Lord Mayor's Multicultural Awards for Business

2018 winners

Congratulations to the winners and finalists of the 2018 Lord Mayor’s Multicultural Awards for Business for their contribution to the Brisbane economy.

Nick Xynias Young Multicultural Business Person of the Year - Mrs Kim Zoulek, Oktoberfest Brisbane 

Kim was born in Germany and has lived in various countries before arriving in Australia in 2003 to pursue her studies. Having played a role in the founding of Oktoberfest Brisbane in 2008, Kim is now the director and co-owner of what has become Australia’s largest German Festival. Together with her husband she is committed to ensuring that the festival is an authentic and true representation of their German culture. Attracting more than 43,000 attendees annually, Oktoberfest Brisbane has been officially recognised as one of Brisbane’s major events since 2016. 

Multicultural Business Person of the Year - Ms Renhui (Fiona) Kee, Australia Institute of Business and Technology (AIBT) 

Fiona is a Singaporean by nationality with a Chinese heritage. Fiona came to Brisbane as a student and post graduation she worked in several large corporations learning about international business. Identifying a gap in the vocational education and training market, Fiona founded the Australian Institute of Business and Technology (AIBT) in 2014. AIBT has multiple divisions and has branches in Ghana and Singapore. The college strategy is to grow its foothold in Taiwan, Macau, Hong Kong and Southeast Asia via strategic partnerships with universities and vocational institutions.

Multicultural Entrepreneur of the Year - Mr Mathew Tsin, 1ICT

Born in Hong Kong, Mathew and his family moved to Australia when he was seven. Together with two business partners, Mathew started 1ICT in 2011, an innovative ICT and software development company. Named in the CRN Fast50, the business is one of the fastest-growing companies in the Australian IT industry.

 

2017 winners

Nick Xynias Young Multicultural Business Person of the Year - Clare Sheng, PQ Fashions 

Clare came to Australia from China at the age of 11. After a short career as a pharmacist, Clare took over the family business of clothing alterations six years ago. In this time, through the injection of new ideas, streamlining and systemisation, PQ Fashions is now recognised as an industry leader.

Multicultural Business Person of the Year - Schalk Pienaar, Croomo

Schalk was born in South Africa and came to Brisbane after a successful corporate career. He founded Croomo, a multiple award winning digital training development company. Croomo creates learning assets for global clients. Under his command, Croomo has evolved to become a recognised industry expert in eLearning architecture, delivering innovative and fun training solutions.

Multicultural Entrepreneur of the Year - Fan-Chi Yvonne Chu, Australian Multicultural Education Centre

Yvonne was born in the Republic of China (Taiwan). After many years working in the education industry, she re-settled in Brisbane and established the Australian Multicultural Education Centre. The company has successfully assisted more than 25,000 international students from more than 30 countries to study in Australia. Read more.

2016 winners

  • Nick Xynias Multicultural Young Business Person of the Year - Bertrand Doeuk, Brisbane Headache and Migraine Clinic
  • Multicultural Business Person of the Year - Bien Peralta, Dello Mano
  • Multicultural Entrepreneur of the Year - David Wu, 8 Street

2015 winners 

  • Nick Xynia’s Multicultural Young Businessperson of the Year- ​Saneil Chand, Terry White Chemists, Woolloongabba
  • Lord Mayor’s Multicultural Businessperson of the Year - Tea Dietterich, 2M Communications, Paddington
  • Lord Mayor’s Multicultural Entrepreneur of the Year - Zeinab Khalil, Eyedeal Optometrist, Morningside

2014 winners 

  • Lord Mayor’s Multicultural Young Businessperson of the Year - ​Ching Hung (Don) Chiu, Manager of Fashion Tour Pty Ltd
  • Lord Mayor’s Multicultural Businessperson of the Year - Takeshi Takada, Company Director/Executive Producer of Alt.vfx
  • Lord Mayor’s Multicultural Entrepreneur of the Year - Igor Stjepanovic, Managing Director, GIS People
21 September 2018