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CNBC Announces 16th Asia Business Leaders Awards

Key Points
  • CNBC will take the awards to Shanghai on November 2nd
  • Nominations for this year's awards are now open at
  • CNBC also announces 'Exchange Series' across Asia in the run up to the awards

SINGAPORE, 13 June 2017 - CNBC, the world's leading business and financial news network, today announced that the 16th Asia Business Leaders Awards will be heading back to China after 14 years, with this year's awards set to take place in Shanghai on 2 November.

Nominations for five of the six award categories are also now open. Categories now accepting nominations are: Asia Business Leader of the Year; Asia Disruptor of the Year; Asia Talent Management; Corporate Social Responsibility and China Business Leader of the Year. Nominations can be submitted at The Lifetime Achievement Award category is not open for nominations, but is decided by the ABLA panel of judges.

CNBC have also unveiled a bolstered CNBC Exchange series aimed at bringing together the region's thought leaders to debate trends affecting businesses in Asia and beyond. The events will take place in Mumbai on 20 June, in Jakarta on 15 August and in Kuala Lumpur on 7 September. The first of three sessions will assess India's push towards a cashless economy. Information on attending the Exchange events can also be found on the ABLA website.

KC Sullivan, President and Managing Director, CNBC International said:

"We're delighted to be bringing ABLA back to China. Over the last sixteen years, the awards have grown into the region's premier business event recognising the important work leaders across the region are doing. We're also expanding our CNBC Exchange events in the run up to the awards this year. I'm looking forward to the engaging and dynamic conversations we'll be having on the issues shaping corporate Asia."

ABLA, CNBC's flagship awards event in Asia, was pioneered in 2001 to salute and recognize remarkable business leaders, who through strength, innovation and foresight induce positive change in an evolving corporate Asia.

More information about CNBC's ABLA, judging process and nomination process is available online at

Contact Information:

Mike Cheong
Communications Manager, CNBC Asia Pacific
D: +65 6326 1123
M: +65 9852 8630

About ABLA

The Asia Business Leaders Awards (ABLA) was pioneered by CNBC in 2001 to salute and recognize remarkable business leaders, who through strength, innovation and foresight induce positive changes in an evolving corporate Asia. Winners of the Awards exemplify the best in leadership, visionaries behind today's outstanding businesses. They are given tribute at an annual awards ceremony and gala dinner that will be broadcast globally in Asia Pacific, Europe and the United States. Since its inception, over 70 business leaders from around the world have been awarded the ABLA. The ABLA is organized by CNBC with The University of Chicago Booth School of Business and the Development Dimensions International (DDI) as Knowledge and Research partners.

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