Maha gives Gina a run for her money with top award
MAHA Sinnathamby, the visionary behind the Greater Springfield community project has been honoured with South East Asia's premier branding award - The BrandLaureate Great Entrepreneur Brand ICON.
The award winners were announced at a prestigious gala event in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Initiated by the Asia Pacific Brand Foundation, Mr Sinnathamby's award celebrates the greatness of brand icons who are eminent leaders in their field.
Winners need to have contributed to the development of their respective nations and economies through innovation, strong conviction, values and principles.
Australians to previously receive The BrandLaureate ICON award include Gina Rinehart.
Founded 23 years ago, Greater Springfield is Queensland's fastest growing master-planned community and is built around pillars of health, education and information technology as sustainable economic drivers.
With a thriving community, rapidly expanding CBD on Brisbane's doorstep and with investment so far at more than $12 billion, Greater Springfield was declared the World's Best Master-Planned Development in 2010 by the World Real Estate Federation.
The award follows a series of high-profile events and international visits to Greater Springfield including a briefing to B20 (Business forum delegates) attending last year's G20 Summit in Brisbane.
Mr Sinnathamby said he really did believe that Greater Springfield was part of a nation building exercise and was a brand that represented internationally what could be achieved positively in Australia.