Youth Leadership Academy 2018

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

How does YLA work?

The YLA programme consists of 4 main pillars that will help you develop the skills, knowledge and experience to fulfill your full potential.

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 2018 Team

Meet the team behind YLA 2018!

Benjamin graduated with a Masters in Engineering, Economics and Management from the University of Oxford. During his time at university, Benjamin led the Oxford Management Society, a society that inspires fellow students with the world of consultancy. Benjamin also had the opportunity to lead the regional expansion strategy for a P2P automotive start-up. Outside of work, Benjamin enjoys travelling, attending concerts and finding good eating spots. Benjamin is new to YLA and can’t wait to engage with future leaders of Malaysia.

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Julia graduated from University of California, Los Angeles and is a Fulbright scholar. In addition to PhD research on blood stem cell, Julia was involved in a business venture on a MedTech device. Prior to UCLA, Julia earned her Master’s degree in Saudi Arabia, where she spearheaded the set-up of a new research laboratory in stem cell biology. Julia enjoys 10K runs, scuba diving and roller coaster.

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Lee Chon is an Analyst in Energy Insights. Prior to McKinsey, Lee Chon spent 4.5 years at ExxonMobil. He began his career as an inspection engineer in ExxonMobil Singapore. He then led the Turnaround inspection team in Singapore Refinery before moving to his next role as Strategy Engineer in Singapore. He develop strategies for ExxonMobil Singapore for crude feed feasibility study, refinery equipment integrity and start-up of the decommissioned unit. In his free time, he leads Singapore Chapter of Singularity University, a Silicon Valley think tank that focuses education program in disruptive and exponential technology.

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Lee Chon

Shi Khai holds a BSc in Biology from Imperial College London. Prior to McKinsey, he dabbled in the startup field, and has remained passionate about social entrepreneurship. Outside of work, Shi Khai enjoys martial arts, ramen hunts, and geeky conversations. His trigger word is “social impact”, hence is incredibly excited about YLA!

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Shi Khai

Xin Ying graduated with a MEng in Chemical Engineering from Imperial College London. During her studies, she worked as a brand manager for a social media startup to facilitate its new market entry. She also worked as a teaching assistant to mentor students from disadvantaged background. Outside of work, Xin Ying enjoys travelling and food hunting. Xin Ying is passionate about social entrepreneurship and is keen to meet the future leaders of Malaysia at YLA 2018!

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Xin Ying

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