Gemma Manning is a serial entrepreneur and recognised business leader who knows how to stay ahead of the game. Over the past 10 years, she has successfully established two businesses with international reach—Manning & Co, a full-service strategic marketing consultancy (2008), and Gemstar Technology, a launch-pad for Australian start-ups and innovators in Singapore and South-East Asia (2013).
Gemma launched her first business at the age of 28 drawing on her corporate marketing and communications experience across a diverse range of industries. Since then, Gemma has evolved Manning & Co to become a full-service strategic marketing consultancy in the region servicing not only ANZ companies but also companies across ASEAN. Services span brand and marketing strategy and implementation, thought leadership, content marketing, media, creative design, digital development and videography.
Gemstar Technology is a personalised international accelerator with an Innovation Centre in Singapore and another Centre to be soon opening in Perth, Western Australia. Gemstar’s vision is to unearth entrepreneurial talent in Australia and Singapore to build exciting new businesses with global relevancy. Gemstar has launched a Young Entrepreneurs Program, YoungGems™, that will guide budding entrepreneurs in a way that addresses the key reasons why most-start-ups fail. Rather than start with the technology and innovation in mind, Gemstar has designed its program to be marketing-led – an approach that is key to business success because it helps young talent understand the ‘why’ of doing business and the problem(s) they are trying to solve.
Among Gemma’s many accolades, she was shortlisted recently for the Telstra Women’s Business Awards 2017 in the category of ‘Women Doing Business in Asia’. She has previously been nominated and shortlisted for the Telstra Young Women’s Business Award (2012 & 2011).
In May 2016, Gemma was one of 28 entrepreneurs invited to Richard Branson’s Necker Island for a week of collaborative brainstorming. Prior to this, in 2015, Gemma was one of 106 entrepreneurs selected for the exclusive ‘Fire on Ice’ expedition to Antarctica, a entrepreneurial think tank for Australian entrepreneurs.
Gemma is a regular contributor to high-profile publications The CEO Magazine, The Business Woman Media, This Woman Can and Business Business Business in areas such as strategic marketing, women leaders, female entrepreneurship, business development, growth into South-East Asia, startups, innovation and personal branding. Gemma also frequently speaks at a range of events in the areas of women in business, innovation, marketing and doing business in Asia.
As a mother of two daughters, Gemma is passionately committed to the empowerment of women and girls, equal access to education and gender parity in the workforce. In August 2017, Gemma was invited to a high-level Women’s Dialogue in Singapore with the Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs, The Hon Julie Bishop MP, and Singaporean Second Minister for Foreign Affairs, Josephine Teo to help further the discussion around gender diversity at a board level.
Gemma is celebrated for her unique entrepreneurial style, excellent foresight and business-savvy mind.
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