Youth Leadership Academy 2021

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?

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) 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 (former CEO of TalentCorp), Chen Chow (Co-founder of Fave) and Dzameer Dzulklifi (Founder and former 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 2021 Team

Meet the team behind YLA 2021!

Haswiny graduated from Cornell University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Industrial and Labor Relations. Prior to McKinsey, she’s worked across industries helping organizations build successful teams from the ground up . Outside of work, she is an aspiring plant mom who enjoys “vegetarianizing” recipes and putting together IKEA furniture.

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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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Ming Huey graduated from Imperial College London with a Masters in Mechanical Engineering. Prior to joining McKinsey, she was a project consultant at a non-profit, working on a system to monitor LGBT+ rights abuses across the world. She enjoys roasting meats and holds a private pilot’s license in Europe. One of her retirement dreams is to open a roasted pork stall.

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Lily graduated from Taylor’s University with a degree in journalism from the University of South Australia. Prior to joining McKinsey, Lily worked as a lifestyle journalist with a luxury publication, specializing in feature stories and personality profiles. She is passionate about storytelling, especially ones that inform, inspire and uplift. She enjoys K-Pop (particularly BTS), video games, reading, indoor cycling and taking long walks in nature.

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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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Originally from the Netherlands, Jules moved to South East Asia over 6 years ago. Prior to joining McKinsey & Company, Jules worked across commercial, logistics and product functions at Lazada Group,
building the early stages of e-commerce in the region. In his spare time, Jules enjoys playing field hockey and tennis.

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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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Xiao Wei read Economics and East Asian Studies at Brown University, with a particular interest in East Asian media and cultural production. Having volunteered at Outward Bound Malaysia for 5 months, she is a firm believer of outdoor education – the outdoors as a medium for self-discovery and experiential learning. She also enjoys reading, backpacking and a good cup of coffee.

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Vee Lee studied Petroleum Engineering and Computer Science at the University of Texas at Austin. He is passionate about the energy industry, data science and how these two areas overlap. In his free time, he enjoys playing chess, strategy-based board games and watching F1.

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Vee Lee

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