Youth Leadership Academy 2023

The Youth Leadership Academy aims to equip aspiring young Malaysians with skills and coaching that will enable them to become successful leaders of change.

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What is YLA?

YLA is a programme that consists of 4 main pillars to develop the skills, knowledge and experience you need to fulfill your potential

3 workshops supplemented by 3 training sessions, to build your problem-solving and leadership capabilities

led by McKinsey & Company consultants who will teach you how to approach, dissect and tackle problems through problem solving methods they use in their engagements, with support from distinguished speakers that will inspire and instill confidence

A social entrepreneurship project

that you will define, develop and pilot with your team. Throughout this project, a McKinsey & Company faculty member will be your project adviser to support you and your team as you turn ideas into clear initiatives and actions

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Speaker series

wherein influential leaders in Malaysia share experiences from their leadership journeys, and small steps you can take to achieve your ambitions. Past speakers include: Datuk Seri Amir Hamzah Azizan (former CEO of TNB), Gökhan Öğüt (CEO of Maxis), Mark Chang (CEO of JobStreet), Dato’ Seri Nazir Razak (former Chairman of CIMB Group), Sajith Sivanandan (Managing Director of Google), Dato’ Shahril Ridza Ridzuan (CEO of EPF), Khailee Ng (Managing Partner of 500 Global) and Datuk Hisham Hamdan (Executive Director of Khazanah)

Personal mentoring/coaching

from a host of distinguished mentors, who will share their experiences on topics ranging from career choices and work-life balance to what made them leaders today. Past mentors include: Johan Merican (former CEO of TalentCorp), Chen Chow (Co-founder of Fave), Dzameer Dzulklifi (Founder and former MD of Teach for Malaysia), Greg Blackwood (Founder of Genuine Interest) and Zaman Ahmad (Head of Corporate Ventures at TNB) and Gurpreet Khera (Director of Strategy & Partnerships at Axiata Digital)

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Past YLA Projects

Past participants of YLA have exemplified social entrepreneurship in projects that have included:

Handmade Crafts

Providing refugees with the platform to market their best quality handmade crafts to the public

Recycle Papers

Collecting donated books and bringing the books to the underprivileged communities by building libraries at schools

Additional Income For Orang Asli

Developing a program to help Orang Asli earn additional income through odd jobs in nearby towns


Providing accessible healthcare to the needy

YLA 2022 Team

Meet the team behind YLA 2022!

Kenneth is an Erasmus Mundus scholar, graduating from KU Leuven (Belgium), University of Munster (Germany) and TalTech (Estonia) with a MSc in Public Sector Innovation and Design. He graduated from YLA's 2014 cohort and published a best-selling book as his project. Prior to joining McKinsey, he was a unit lead in the Education and Performance Delivery Unit (PADU) and a consultant at EY. Kenneth is passionate about K-12 education, Human Capital and reskilling for the Future of Work, with a minor in Muai-Thai and Terrarium making

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Shu Chern graduated from Imperial College London with a Master’s degree in Electrical and Electronics Engineering. Prior to joining McKinsey & Company, Shu Chern worked in microprocessor semiconductors before moving into in Merger & Acquisition advisory in the telecommunications sector. He is passionate about blockchain technology, 5G networks and smartphones and consumer devices. In his free time, Shu Chern practices mindful meditation, brews green tea and enjoys street photography.

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Shu Chern

Cha Sheng graduated from University of Cambridge with a Masters in Chemical Engineering. Before McKinsey, he interned in investment industry in Malaysia including private equity and asset management. Outside of work, he enjoys running and watching The Office for the 13th time. 

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Cha Sheng

Daniel graduated from Imperial College London with Masters in Chemical Engineering and MBA. Prior to joining McKinsey, Daniel worked in the O&G industry. He enjoys snowboarding, gaming and salsa dancing.

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Wayne graduated from University of New South Wales (UNSW) with a Degree in Chemical Engineering. Before joining McKinsey, Wayne worked as a management consultant with PwC and was a field engineer with Halliburton. In his free time, Wayne likes to play golf (badly). Wayne was part of the YLA 2020 committee.

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Khalid graduated from Monash University with a Bachelor of Business and Commerce and subsequently worked in banking where he became a CFA charterholder. He has also had stints in venture capital and strategy consulting prior to joining McKinsey. Khalid is a nature lover and a father to two six cats 

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Kean graduated from RMIT University, Melbourne with a degree in Multimedia Design. Prior to joining McKinsey, Kean worked as an associate creative director with an advertising agency. Kean has a multidisciplinary background and always brings this perspective to his work. Focusing on creative concept, ideas development and art direction.

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Danial graduated from the University of Manchester with a Masters in Chemical Engineering. Prior to joining McKinsey, he had worked in oil and gas as well as investment management. Outside of work, he loves everything sports-related. His greatest passion though is swimming and he used to swim at the national and international level. 

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Ying Wan graduated from the University of Glasgow with a BEng (Hons) in Mechanical Design Engineering and the the University of Cambridge with an MPhil in Industrial systems, manufacture and management. Prior to McKinsey, Ying Wan worked as an engineer at Rolls-Royce. 

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Ying Wan

Amalina graduated as a Medical Doctor from Manipal University along with a Masters in Healthcare Management form Nagoya University, Japan.  Prior to working with Mckinsey, she was practicing physician and deputy director of Hospital Kajang. In her free time she enjoys weight lifting and playing with her two children 

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Charlotte holds a Master’s degree in Energy Science from Utrecht University and a Bachelor’s degree from Imperial College London. Prior to joining McKinsey, she was working for the United Nations on country and city-level energy transition. Currently in McKinsey, Charlotte focuses on topics related to climate sustainability and energy transition. Charlotte enjoys salsa dancing and looks for every opportunity to go scuba diving. 

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Laurena graduated with a Bachelor's in Psychology from HELP University. Prior to joining McKinsey, she was recruiting for the manufacturing and ops industry before making a switch into management consulting. Currently in McKinsey, Laurena focuses on recruiting for experienced professionals across various practices in the region. Outside of work, she is pawrent to a cat named Cat and is looking to recruit more furiends for Cat in the future. She is also obtaining her diving & yoga certs.

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