Forest Interactive CEO, Johary Mustapha Named EY Technology Entrepreneur Of The Year 2018 Malaysia

KUALA LUMPUR, Dec.7, 2018 – Johary Mustapha, CEO Of tech Company, Forest Interactive was presented with the EY Technology Entrepreneur Of The Year 2018 Malaysia Award at the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year 2018 Malaysia (EOY) Awards Gala last night.

The awards gala took place at The Majestic Hotel Kuala Lumpur and was graced by the respected guest of honor, YB Datuk Seri Mohd Redzuan Yusof, Minister of Entrepreneur Development Malaysia who shared his great insights on entrepreneurship and presented the awards to all the winners.

From left; Tan Sri Dr Rebecca Fatima Sta Maria, YB Datuk Seri Mohd Redzuan Yusof – Minister of Entrepeneur Development of Malaysia, Johary Mustapha – CEO of Forest Interactive Sdn Bhd, Dato’ Rauf Rashid – Country Managing Partner of EY Malaysia.

EY unveiled its list of winners of the four category awards – Emerging, Technology, Woman and Master as well as the coveted EY Entrepreneur Of The Year 2018 Malaysia award. Johary was lauded for his outstanding contributions to the technology industry and was selected by an independent panel of judges guided by a set of judging criteria that is consistently applied globally by the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year (EOY) programme.

From left; Aaron Patel – EY Emerging Entrepreneur Of The Year 2018, Johary Mustapha – EY Technology Entrepreneur Of The Year 2018, Phillip Rao – Programme director of EOY Malaysia, Song Hoi-see – EY Master Entrepreneur Of The Year 2018 and Dr Lim Li Sze – EY Woman Entrepreneur Of The Year 2018

On his achievement, Johary said, “It was really nice just to be nominated as one of the 15 Top Nominees a month ago, so to actually get the award was a bit surreal. I certainly have to pinch myself. Never have I dreamed of being on a list with such promising entrepreneurs. Truly pleased, honored and humbled to accept this award and to join past recipients who I have long admired and respected. Thank you so much to all who have kept their trust in me. This award goes out to all of you and especially to the MDEC GAIN program – I couldn’t have done it without their support. All the exposure, mentorships and networking events have eventually led to this.”

Forest Interactive is a mobile-focused tech company established in 2006. Throughout its inception, Johary has helmed the global operations of Forest Interactive and successfully expanded the company from its headquarters in Malaysia to 10 other offices across the globe. His vast experience in the business has enabled him to grow the company to a diverse workforce of over 130 talents from 21 nationalities expanding market reach across 36 countries. Under Johary’s leadership, the company has entrenched itself to play an important part within the vibrant mobile industry, working closely with Mobile Network Operators, Industry Regulators, Government Agencies, Consumer Groups and related associations in enabling innovative solutions for the mobile ecosystem. To date, Forest Interactive has established a competitive portfolio of end-to-end solutions for telco, enterprise and content partners that reach out to more than 2.9B subscribers worldwide and has already partnered with over 100 corporate clients and 93 mobile operators across Asia, the Middle-East and the USA.

Johary Mustapha with Forest Interactive Management Team

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About Johary Mustapha

Johary Mustapha is an entrepreneur involved in the mobile and tech industry. A hands-on technical person, he founded Forest Interactive in 2006 from his earlier background of working with broadcasting and ICT companies. Johary has a long historical understanding of the mobile industry and its growth in Southeast Asia. His vast experience in the business has enabled him to grow the company to a diverse workforce of over 130 talents expanding market reach across 36 countries and offices in 11 countries across the globe.

Over the years, Johary has received numerous accolades and awards. He is formerly the President of the Malaysian Mobile Content Provider Association (MMCP) which enabled him to work with industry stakeholders including telcos, regulators, government agencies and learning institutions. His involvement in the drafting of the Mandatory Content Standards (MCS) was crucial in defining the regulations for mobile content. Johary is currently a committee member of the Communications & Multimedia Consumer Forum of Malaysia (CFM) for their new term of 2017/18. Currently, Johary is also a part of the board of MDEC’s Digital Expert Panel, which advices on the education framework for colleges and universities.

About EY Entrepreneur Of The Year™

EY Entrepreneur Of The Year™ is the world’s most prestigious business awards programme for entrepreneurs. The programme makes a difference through the way it encourages entrepreneurial activity among those with potential and recognizes the contribution of people who inspire others with their vision, leadership and achievement. As the first and only truly global awards programme of its kind, Entrepreneur Of The Year celebrates those who are building and leading successful, growing and dynamic businesses, recognizing them through regional, national and global awards programmes in more than 145 cities in more than 60 countries.

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