University of Southern Queensland (USQ) alumnus Tawfique Roseli was named Young Entrepreneur of the Year at the 2017 Malaysia Australia Alumni Council Awards in Kuala Lumpur on 1 December.

Mr Roseli, who completed his Master of Business Administration, is the co-founder and Marketing Director for TAPAK, a new street dining park in Kuala Lumpur that helps food trucks increase their profits by 500 percent, and provide food lovers with a variety of delicious meals on wheels.

Passionate about food, he started the company after graduating from USQ in 2016 as a sustainable business platform for elevating and expanding the creativity and innovation of young food-preneurs.

Being the first food truck park in Malaysia, TAPAK’s has more than 250 trucks participating, serving  up to 3000 hungry patrons daily.

Mr Roseli said he was thrilled to receive the prestigious award.

“I am wholeheartedly grateful for the recognition I have received for this initiative,” Mr Roseli said.

“Winning this award would have not been realised without the inspiration I have gained from my family, friends, lecturers and partners whom I have the deepest respect, and from whom I have derived the strength to challenge myself and perform better at each stage.”

The awards, which were presented at a special gala dinner, were attended by more than 380 guests including the Australian High Commissioner, His Excellency Mr Rod Smith PSM, and USQ Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Students and Communities) Mr Carl Rallings.

Four other USQ graduates were finalists for awards on the night, including Louis Liu Ban Hong for the Community Achievement Award, Benedict Foo for the Young Entrepreneur Award, Eris Elianddy Bin Supeni for the Distinguished Alumni Award, and Adele Chow Siew Lee for the Distinguished Alumni Award.

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