Youth Leadership Academy 2019

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 aimed to help you develop the skills, knowledge and experience to fulfill your full potential.

3 full day workshops consisting of two full day capability forums & 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 that we use in our engagements with support from distinguished speakers that will help inspire and instill confidence

A social entrepreneurship project

that you will work with your team to define, develop and even pilot. Throughout this project, one of our McKinsey & Company faculty members will be your project adviser and support you and your team in turning ideas into clear initiatives and actions

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Speaker series

where we will invite influential leaders in Malaysia to share their experience on how they made their dreams come through, and how you can take small steps now 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 can share their experiences on topics ranging from career choices and work life balance to what made them leaders today! (e.g. Johan Merican, CEO, TalentCorp; Chen Chow, co-founder of Fave; Dzameer Dzulklifi, Founder and MD, 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 put their best quality handmade crafts to the public

Recycle Papers

Collecting one-sided used papers from schools and companies to turn them into paplets

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 2019 Team

Meet the team behind YLA 2019!

Mei graduated from The Chinese University of Hong Kong and is a HKSAR Government Scholar. She has a Bsc. in Molecular Biotechnology, focusing on Animal and Plant biotechnology. Due to her interest in technology, she spent the first 5 years of her career as an technology consultant for mining and telecommunications companies, prior to joining McKinsey. Mei enjoys going to the gym, watching movies and travelling to tropical islands.

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Brian spent 5 years in the education sector, including 2 years teaching in a secondary school, and helped to start a non-profit to help underprivileged students to get top tier scholarships. Prior to that, he spent 5 years in the UK studying Mathematics and Physics. He enjoys spending his weekends with his family

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Hanif received his Master in Islamic Finance from INCEIF. Before joining McKinsey, He was worked with PEMANDU Associates, with almost 8 years’ experience serving clients in Malaysia, Africa and Middle East in developing and delivery large-scale transformation programmes and socio-economic development planning. This also includes establishing and operationalizing of national delivery units in various countries. His passions in life are traveling, food and friends & family – something he shares with his wife.

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Hui Xuan graduated from University of Melbourne, Australia with a PhD in Neuroscience and was a Postdoctoral scientist in University of California, San Francisco. Prior to McKinsey, Hui Xuan supported a medtech startup from Silicon Valley in their market entry into South East Asia. She is passionate about making healthcare affordable for less privileged community. Outside of work, Hui Xuan enjoys jazz and swimming.

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Mandy graduated from Massachusetts Institute of Technology with a Master’s degree in Materials Science and Engineering. After completing her research work on creating pressure sensor for underwater unmanned autonomous vehicles, Mandy joined a consumer packaged goods startup in Boston where she launched more than 60 products ranging from skincare, dietary supplements, and over-the-counter drugs. Mandy is an avid foodie who loves trying out different cuisines, and she enjoys Pilates, reading, and traveling.

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Kai graduated from the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine with a PhD in Biomedical Engineering. Kai’s PhD research focused on developing the next generation of hearing device, during which he developed strong relationship with industry partners and healthcare providers. Outside of work, Kai enjoys reading, watching movies, and spending time with family.

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