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Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Smart Reader® Worldwide SdnBhd, Dato’ Sri Dr Richard Ong is a self-made entrepreneur. Since the age of 27, he has been managing his own firm and business. He has also been the driving force behind the establishment of the Smart Reader® franchised programmes. Equipped with a disciplined and enterprising attitude, he successfully nurtured the Smart Reader® Worldwide brands into household names in Malaysia – the Smart Reader Kids® franchised education programme and the licensed Smart Reader® English programme.

Dato’ Sri Dr Ong’s dedication and emphasis in quality management and branding has enabled Smart Reader® Worldwide SdnBhd to become an award winning company with trademarks of excellence and quality. To date, Smart Reader® Worldwide has initiated employment opportunities for over 5,000 educators, as well as more than 500 entrepreneurs worldwide.

Under Dato’ Sri Dr Ong’s leadership, Smart Reader® Worldwide has been honoured with more than 50 awards on national and international levels, from Italy, Germany, France, United Kingdom, Switzerland, Philippines and Vietnam. The presence of Smart Reader® Worldwide in the local and international market has been made even more prominent with the conferment of the National Mark of Malaysian Brand and Superbrands status.

With the recent Reader’s Digest Trusted Brand Award 2013 conferred to Smart Reader® Worldwide, it speaks of Smart Reader Worldwide’s excellent quality in its products and services, and voter’s choice for trusted brand in the category of Children’s Education Centre.

A prominent figure on the Malaysian franchising scene, Dato’ Sri Dr Ong is a regular speaker and spokesperson at franchise conventions and talks including International Trade UNCTAD/WTO World Export Development Forum. With his vast experience in franchising, especially in Asian countries like Thailand, the Philippines and China, he has a wealth of information to share and good advice to offer newcomers to the franchise fraternity.

He displays a positive attitude and is always willing to shoulder new challenges. He is determined and committed to convince the world that Made-in-Malaysia educational programmes are of high-quality for the international market.

Dato’ Sri Dr Richard Ong holds office in the following associations / organisations:-

  1. Vice Chairman – Malaysian Franchise Association
  2. Vice President – Malaysia Canada Business Council
  3. Advisor – Asia Pacific Business Council
  4. Advisory Council Member – Ansted University
  5. Advisor Association of Professional Early Childhood Providers Malaysia
  6. Member Harvard Club of Malaysia Alumni

Awards Accorded to Dato’ Sri Dr Richard Ong

  1. The BIZZ 2014 – World Business Leader (Honolulu, Hawaii, USA)-(Awarding organisation : World Confederation of Businesses)
  2. The BIZZ 2014 – World Leader Businessperson (Honolulu, Hawaii, USA)-(Awarding organisation : World Confederation of Businesses)
  3. The BIZZ 2014 – Excellence in Business Leadership (Honolulu, Hawaii, USA)-(Awarding organisation : World Confederation of Businesses)
  4. Global Educationist Extraordinaire Award 2014 (Venice, Italy)-(Awarding organisation : World Confederation of Businesses)
  5. The BIZZ 2014 – World Business Leader (Venice, Italy)-(Awarding organisation : World Confederation of Businesses)
  6. The BIZZ 2014 – World Leader Businessperson (Venice, Italy)-(Awarding organisation : World Confederation of Businesses)
  7. The BIZZ 2014 – Excellence in Business Leadership (Venice, Italy)-(Awarding organisation : World Confederation of Businesses)
  8. The BIZZ 2013 – Excellence in Business Leadership (San Jose del Cabo, Mexico) – (Awarding organisation : World Confederation of Businesses)
  9. The BIZZ 2013 – World Business Leader (San Jose del Cabo, Mexico) – (Awarding organisation : World Confederation of Businesses)
  10. The BIZZ 2013 – World Leader Businessperson (San Jose del Cabo, Mexico) – (Awarding organisation : World Confederation of Businesses)
  11. The BIZZ 2012 – Excellence in Business Leadership (Barcelona, Spain) – (Awarding organization : World Confederation of Businesses)
  12. The BIZZ 2012 – World Leader Business Person (Barcelona, Spain) – (Awarding organization : World Confederation of Businesses)
  13. Stevie International Business Awards 2011 – Executive of the Year (Awarding organisation: The Stevies, governed by a Board of Distinguished Jugdes& Advisors that include many leading figures in business)
  14. The BIZZ 2011 – World Business Leader Award (Rome, Italy) (Awarding organisation: World Confederation of Businesses)
  15. The BIZZ 2011 – World Leader Businessperson Award (Rome, Italy) (Awarding organisation: World Confederation of Businesses)
  16. The BIZZ Europe 2010 – Excellence in Business Leadership Award (Frankfurt, Germany) (Awarding organisation: World Confederation of Businesses)
  17. The BIZZ Europe 2010 – Excellence in Business Management Award (Frankfurt, Germany) (Awarding organisation: World Confederation of Businesses)
  18. The BIZZ Europe 2010 – Excellence in Business Leadership (Frankfurt, Germany) (Awarding organisation: World Confederation of Businesses)
  19. MFA 2009 – Franchise Entrepreneur of the Year 2009 (Awarding organisation: Ministry of Entrepreneur and Cooperative Development Malaysia and Malaysian Franchise Association)
  20. Business Excellence Award Entrepreneur of the Year 2006 (Awarding organisation: The Malaysia Canada Business Council)