Youth Leadership Academy 2020

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

What is YLA?

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

3 full day workshops consisting of two full day capability forums & a mid-point problem-solving session

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 even 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: Azran Osman-Rani (CEO of iflix Malaysia), Khairy Jamaluddin (Minister of Youth and Sports), Mark Chang (CEO of JobStreet), Dato’ Seri Nazir Razak (Chairman of CIMB Group), Sajith Sivanandan (Managing Director of Google) and Dato’ Shahril Ridza Ridzuan (CEO of EPF)

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 (CEO of TalentCorp), Chen Chow (Co-founder of Fave) and Dzameer Dzulklifi (Founder and MD of Teach for Malaysia)

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Making an impact with Youth Leadership Academy

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 2020 Team

Meet the team behind YLA 2020!

Shu graduated from Imperial College London with a Master’s degree in Electrical and Electronics Engineering. Prior to joining McKinsey & Company, Shu 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 practices mindful meditation, brews green tea and enjoys street photography.

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Opal graduated from the University of Sydney with a combined BCom/LLB degree (Hons.). Prior to re-joining McKinsey, Opal spent 6 years in SE Asia, Hong Kong and Taiwan, co-founding and managing multiple ventures (e.g., fashion e-commerce, food & grocery delivery, specialty coffee concept). He is passionate about digital & technology, including its application in achieving social outcomes. Opal enjoys spending time with his family, reading and watching shows.

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Neo graduated from University College London with a Bachelor’s degree in Economics. Prior to joining McKinsey, Neo spent 6 years in banking and his last role was to lead the exponential growth strategy for a Global Bank. He has held multiple roles across business strategy, product management, expense optimization and financial planning & analysis. He is passionate about making an impact to business and the society. Neo enjoys doing community service and spending time with his family.

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Ka Yee graduated from University of Minnesota Twin Cities (US) with a Bachelor Degree in Chemical Engineering. She spent 7 years as a linear programming optimization consultant in a software company in Singapore, where she provides business consultation in refinery optimization and deliver trainings to clients in the oil and gas industry, prior to joining McKinsey. Ka Yee enjoys travelling alone, loves foods and jokes.

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Joy studied math and computer science at Princeton, but truthfully spent more of her college days cooking, taking art and education classes and dancing poorly. In her free time, she enjoys food-related activities with friends and family.

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Izmal graduated from London School of Economics (LSE) with Bachelor’s in Accounting and Finance. Then he pursued a post-graduate degree at Imperial College Business School. Prior to Mckinsey, Izmal was serving public sector clients in the banking industry. He is passionate about strategy and making differences where it matters the most. Outside of work, Izmal loves playing futsal and hitting the gym regularly – with the aim to keep healthy.

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Crystal read Government and Economics at the London School of Economics, and then completed her Master's degree in Education at the University of Cambridge. She is passionate about education and the creative arts, and worked on improving students' happiness in schools via architecture and design through her research. Crystal is an avid foodie and traveller, and enjoys writing and performing music in her spare time.

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Boon Fei graduated from University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur Malaysia with Master of Engineering science majoring in artificial intelligence. Prior to Mckinsey, he worked in oil and gas and technology companies, developed large scale digital transformation and operational excellence programs across multiple functions. He enjoys movies, music, reading and traveling.

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