Saleen Press Conference, Intercontinental Hotel, Beijing, China"
Empowering Performance by Accelerating Change and AMG Thousand Oaks
Dare to be Different is one of the resounding philosophies Martina Kwan wishes to convey to all women. Martina Kwan is the Founder of 2 award winning businesses and one of the few Female Championship race car drivers in the World. She was born in Hong Kong to a German Mother and Chinese Father and grew up in Asia, the Middle East and Europe before eventually transferring to the United States to continue her University studies. She lived in war torn Beirut, Lebanon from the ages of 8-10, and this experience defined much of her fearless character today. She also lived in Hamburg, Germany, Bahrain, Amsterdam and Switzerland.
After earning her 2 Master of Science degrees, she worked in the male dominated finance and accounting fields in New York City with KPMG, PricewaterhouseCoopers, and Wall Street’s Lehman Brothers, as well as Director of Accounting of the Hudson Hotel and Financial Controller of the Paramount Hotel. She also had a strong entrepreneurial spirit which prompted her to create and successfully found 2 award winning businesses during her career.
Martina is the recipient of Telly and Emmy Awards for Producing and Production Management in the first company she founded, So! Animation, and the recipient of numerous Furniture Design and Booth Design awards in the second company she founded, Neoteric Luxury Outdoor Collections.
In the short 3 years since her debut as the world’s only female Chinese/European race car driver, Martina has been a pioneer in leveling the racing playing field becoming a three-time champion in a male-dominated racing field. In addition, she is now a fully sponsored FIA licensed race car driver of the Saleen S1 Cup Car in the Blancpain GT World Challenge Series. She is a Nationally Accredited Driving Instructor. A Mother of 2 teenage girls, one of her goals is to inspire girls and women to have the courage to Dare to be Different, and to convey that anything is possible, at any age.
Martina holds a Master of Science in Accounting from Bentley University as well as a Master of Science in Hotel and Restaurant Management from Florida International University. She recently completed a Certificate in Digital Marketing Analytics from MIT Sloan School of Management. She is fluent in German and conversant in French.