REB judge

Gemma Manning

Founder & Managing Director
Manning & Co

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 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.

Among Gemma’s many accolades, she was awarded the Entrepreneur of the year award from AustCham in Singapore in May 2018.

In May 2016, Gemma was one of 28 entrepreneurs invited to Richard Branson’s Necker Island for a week of collaborative brainstorming.

Gemstar’s work in Singapore and ASEAN has been featured extensively over the years in a range of publications as well as mentioned at the highest level by Singapore’s very own Prime Minster, Mr Lee more recently at the ASEAN summit hosted in Sydney.