Deborah Melissa Bottreau, of French-Argentinian descent is a Graphic Design Graduate from the Limkokwing University of Creative Technology. She is the Founder, Managing and Creative Director of Sienna DMB Sdn Bhd, a creative and branding agency based in Malaysia.
Deborah is currently the President of the Malaysian Association of ASEAN Young Entrepreneurs (MAAYE), after previously serving as the Founding Deputy President. She also currently sits as Secretary General of the ASEAN Young Entrepreneurs Council (AYEC), an officially ASEAN-mandated network of Young Entrepreneurs from all 10 ASEAN Member States and also was recently nominated the Deputy President for the Global Entrepreneurship Movement (GEM).
Deborah started her working career as a Graphic Designer at Freeform Sdn Bhd. Later on, she served as the International Business Development Manager at Nexbis, an IT security firm. Deborah ventured into e-commerce in 2012, serving as Production Head in Zalora Malaysia.
The tri-lingual Deborah eventually ventured overseas, where her proficiency in Spanish served her well as the Latin America Regional Head of Production for Linio, an e-commerce conglomerate based out of Mexico City. Deborah is also proficient in English and Bahasa Malaysia.
Now running her own business full time, she is a part of various start ups involved in e-commerce, crowdfunding and marketplaces. Her and the company have branded & organised events for various Asean Initiatives such as ABAM (Asean Business Awards Malaysia) ABIS 2015 (Asean Business & Investment Summit). In her spare time, Deborah has also served in various speaking capacities in various Forums organised by the ASEAN-Japan Business Council, University of Nottingham, Kolej Damansara Utama (KDU), MCA (Malaysia Chinese Association) Youth, GREAT Programme in Kuching, Sarawak organised by the Malaysia Global Innovation & Creativity Centre (MaGIC), the Asean Youth Initiatives 2016 organised by Persatuan Pelajar Indonesia (PPI) and was invited to be one of keynote speakers in Quanzhou, China for the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road Youth Entrepreneur International Conference. More recently, Deborah was invited to be a judge for the KDU Hatch Up Biz Plan Competition and officially launched their programme as an effective entrepreneurial platform. She was also the Organising Chair for the 1st Asean Young Entrepreneurs Carnival 2016, the first of its kind. And was also awarded Marie Claire’s Amazing Women 2016, Prestige Top 40 Under 40 in Malaysia, 30 Women Achievers & Leaders for the Golden Globe Tiger Awards 2017 and Association Executive of the Year for MAAYE by APAC 2017 Industry Associations Awards.
Deborah has a special connection with horses, and participated in competitive showjumping from an early age. A showjumping champion and dressage medium champion, Deborah also represented Argentina in the KL Grand Prix held in Bukit Jalil. Upon semi-retirement from showjumping, Deborah now plays recreational polo with her ponies and is a FEI Level 1 certified coach.
The Malaysian Association of ASEAN Young Entrepreneurs (MAAYE) is the official representative of Malaysia in the ASEAN Young Entrepreneurs Council (AYEC). Launched in commemoration of Malaysia’s Chairmanship of ASEAN in 2015, MAAYE was founded in conjunction with the integral role of youth under the economic pillar of the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC). With the announcement of a single regional economic community at the end of 2015, issues affecting youth in business and economic activity was officially included under the economic pillar of ASEAN, and entrepreneurship duly recognised and included in the ASEAN Strategic Action Plan. MAAYE is under the purview of the Malaysian Ministry of International Trade and Industry Malaysia (MITI).