Youth Leadership Academy

YLA 2016

A brief summary of our 2016 YLA programme

Paplet Project (YLA 2016 Winning Team)

Did you know that Malaysians consume 3 million tons of paper annually and only recycle less than 5% of it? Did you know that paper production makes up 6% of the world’s total energy consumption?

This is where Paplet Project comes in. Our project saves 50% of paper wastage by making Paplet booklets out of used papers that are printed only on one side. We collect used paper from universities in the form of assignments, tutorials and also documents from companies. Any full-printed paper received is then sent to our partnering recycling companies.

In September 2017, we won the Responsible Consumption and Production Award at the Junior Chamber International Malaysia (JCIM) Sustainable Development Awards, an award for those who carry out sustainable projects that advance any of the United Nations’ 17 Sustainable Development Goals.

In late August 2016, we organised a mega event in Publika to showcase how easy it is to save and reduce paper consumption. The event garnered more than 500 visitors and landed us a spot in The Malaysia Book of Records. We are officially the pioneer of “The Most Number of Booklets Made from Recycled Paper”, producing 10,114 booklets within the span of 10 hours.

We partnered with 74 institutions, including the United Nations High Commission of Refugees (UNHCR). Through this partnerships, 50 refugee schools across Malaysia was able to get sufficient booklets to aid them in their studies. We have made an estimated 20,000 Paplets which equates to 2 tonnes of paper.

We strive to make the Paplet Project a global movement. There are currently 2 local government schools planning to adopt our project, and we have gained partnership with the University of Illinois to join hands with us in expanding our legacy. Project Paplet America has also helped autistic children gain the books for their education.

Join our efforts in overcoming the excessive usage of paper. We are Paplet Project, from Team Power & Energy, true problem-solvers & impact-makers. Saving the world, one page at a time!

For more information or to find out how to get involved, please visit our Facebook page.

In the press:
Record-breaking paplets by UNITENians

The YLA 2016 group was greatly inspired by some of the most influential leaders in Malaysia for which are grateful for their support.

Mentors and Speakers

To name a few, we have had the honor of having:-

  • Alina Amir, Co-Founder, Arus Academy
  • Datuk Abdul Rahman Ahmad, Chairman, ILMU Education Group
  • Tengku Dato’ Sri Zafrul Aziz, Chief Executive Officer, CIMB
  • Ehon Chan, Executive Director, MaGIC
  • Dzameer Dzulkifli, Managing Director and Co-Founder, Teach for Malaysia
  • Karthik Karunanithy, Co-Founder, 100% Project
  • Rejina Rahim, Managing Director, Nomura Asset Management Malaysia
  • Rhoda Yap,  Managing Director at Metamorphic Training
  • Chen Chow Yeoh, Co-Founder, KFit

YLA 2016 Ambassadors

Our ambassadors are selected YLA alumni dedicated to making YLA 2016 better than ever!

Mahvin is currently working as a technology consultant with Accenture Malaysia. In his job, he helps Oil & Gas companies to improve their business performance by utilizing best-in-class processes and systems. He is excited by technology and its potential to disrupt the way businesses have traditionally been run. He also believes that leaders should lead by example. Mahvin holds a Masters in Economics and a Bachelors' degree in Mechanical Engineering. He enjoys reading on just about anything and occasionally does social dancing.

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Mah Vin Cho

YLA 2015: Action Hunger

An ACCA and Finance graduate, Mallory is The Founding Director of TalentLinkz Resources, an online platform that links young talents with future employers through meaningful opportunities. She is also the Director and Lead Trainer of Thriving Talents, a millennial talent expert with a mission to enhance the performance and refine the potential of young talents. She consults organisations in youth development, particularly in women and employability matters. She is currently a member in the youth advisory board of the Global Movement of Moderates (GMM), a global organisation established by the Prime Minister of Malaysia to support moderation in thinking and policies. She was also recognized as a Fellow of President Obama's Young South East Asia Leaders initiative (YSEALI). More about her can be found here

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Mallory Loone

An ICAEW Chartered Accountant by training, Adam Malik is currently in the Investment Banking & Advisory department in Maybank. He was a Perdana Fellow to the Deputy Prime Minister of Malaysia in 2014 and was placed in MOE and PADU. In 2013, his YLA project - MyUnibus, which aimed to revolutionize the public transport scene in Sunway City - took first place, where he was the team lead. In his spare time, Adam enjoys traveling and exploring the beauty of South East Asia. A proud alumni of YLA 2013, this will be his 3rd time mentoring YLA participants and he is looking forward to meet the YLA 2016 cohort.

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Adam Malik

YLA 2013:

Agnes, an Alumni of YLA 2014, co-founder of Ladies4Tech, a project to raise the awareness of students, especially female towards IT and Engineering, the idea of this project was inspired after her completion internship with Accenture Malaysia. She is currently working as a Business Analyst at Johnson & Johnson supporting the management team in decision making for healthcare businesses. As a Master student of Economy and a Biomedical Engineering graduate from the University of Malaya (UM), her interest lies in studying economics concerned with issues related to efficiency, effectiveness and value in the production and consumption of health and healthcare. Agnes also serves as a Global Shaper of the Global Shaper Community Georgetown (Penang) Hub under the World Economic Forum and has contributed to "Mobile Clinic" assisting medical professionals providing medication to Myanmar refugees and orang asli. Agnes enjoys musicals, and book and enjoys activities such as jogging, swimming. She is also an avid traveller, frequently craving backpacking adventures.

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Agnes Tan

YLA 2014

Formerly an regional account manager for P&G, Nick Tan found his passion in entrepreneurship. Like any ambitious start-up entrepreneur, Nick Tan founded a total solution company, catering for below the line marketing solutions specifically for FMCG companies such as Nestle, P&G, L'Oreal, Unilever, and Reckitt Benckiser. A passionate entrepreneur, Nick won Monorail Kuala Lumpur's Entrepreneurship Challenge 2009 and P&G's Business Challenge in 2010. In his free time, he enjoys jogging, jungle trekking and diving. He strongly believes in the slogan "one should always make the most from the path one it taking now" and is excited to share his experiences with this years YLA cohort.

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Nick Tan

Yong Lin has a psychology background and is now working as a Growth Marketer at NEXT Academy. At the age of 23, he is already a full-stack marketer and is specialising in content marketing. During Mckinsey's YLA, he co-founded a social initiative, The SCHOLARSTories - winner of Mckinsey's YLA. The SCHOLARSTories was later crowned as the Malaysian Startup of the Year under the Vulcan Post Readers' Choice Award. With his passion for marketing and business, he was the President of JCI Youth UNMC. Under his leadership, JCI Youth UNMC was recognised as the most active youth chapter by the national board and was also awarded the best business event in Malaysia by SEC Award. He was also the marketing co-lead of the largest TEDx in Asia, TEDxKL.

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Yong Lin Teh

YLA 2014: The SCHOLARSTories

Jermaine currently works at BFM Radio station as the Community Manager, connecting with various corporate and professional leaders in their specific fields. Formerly the Head of Learning & Development for Leaderonomics Sdn Bhd, she headed a team of great talents with the aim to grow people into leaders, she was passionately involved in developing leaders through consultative learning solutions and organizing leadership development programmes. She is passionate in giving back to the community in every possible way and she'd love to be able to provide coaching and leadership development to individuals longing to achieve greater things in life and to make a difference in what they do. Outside work, Jermaine enjoys watching movies, traveling and discovering new ventures. In the community space, she has also organized multiple fundraising activities and visitations as well as activities to various orphanage homes. She currently also runs a premium gift business on a side. Her motto in life is "Life is a Work of Art, You Just Gotta Paint it Colorful".

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Jermaine Bee

YLA 2009

The YLA 2016 Team

YLA Malaysia is organised and run by consultants from the McKinsey & Company Kuala Lumpur office. The 2016 team are a group of passionate individuals who are excited to meet you and help make YLA 2016 a great experience!

Aidan graduated with a degree in Economics from the University of Durham, UK. Prior to McKinsey, Aidan interned in the investments division of Khazanah Nasional. Aidan is passionate about providing opportunities to young, talented Malaysians and hopes to contribute to the Malaysian education system and economic development in the future. Outside of work, Aidan enjoys playing and watching football and is also an avid Formula 1 fan.

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Ahmad graduated in Economics from the University of Warwick. Prior to McKinsey, Ahmad was working at Permodalan Nasional Berhad. His work there was mainly in the strategic investment unit, focusing on property and finance sector. While there, he held assignments at a private equity firm in New York as well as at a Malaysian-based pharmaceutical company. Ahmad is a huge football fan and loves being in a football stadium. While in the UK, he worked as a safety steward at football matches as it gave him access to the stadium. He is excited to help Malaysia's brightest concoct the formula to take over the world and believes that there is no better place to meet Malaysia's most talented youth.

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Anusha has a BSc (Hons) in Actuarial Science from Cass Business School, London. Before returning home to Malaysia, Anusha worked in Barclays Capital as an investment banking Risk analyst for several years. Prior to joining McKinsey, she consulted with Malaysian Global Innovation Center (MaGIC) and Roland Berger Strategy Consultants in KL. Anusha has a passion for entrepreneurship and has dabbled in this space both in London and Malaysia. Anusha believes that YLA is a great platform to learn capabilities, build relationships, test ideas and push towards a final output together. She is looking forward to meeting the amazing people of YLA 2016 and being part of their journey.

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Prior to joining McKinsey, Aren was involved in building a mind-controlled robot as an engineering undergrad at Imperial College as well as a start-up co-founder for a spotify for eBooks. In his spare time, he has also pursued a postgraduate law qualification and hiked the 3 highest peaks of England, Scotland, and Wales. He enjoys traveling, start-ups, and cooking.

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Chin Loong graduated from Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS, and is an alumni of YLA 2010. A petroleum engineer in a former life, he received the Silver Vice Chancellor Award, and was the winner of both P&G Business Challenge and HSBC Challenge best visual award. Chin has an incredible energy and can always be found smiling! He is passionate about building the capabilities of others and is enthusiastic to share how thinking crazily outside the box can lead you to achieve surprising results. He is a firm believer that everything in life is a journey and your experiences shape you to be the leader you want to be.

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Dipak holds a BCom. in Finance from The University of British Columbia and Master in Finance from Queen's University, Canada. Prior to joining McKinsey, he was an Investment Banker in Hong Kong and Malaysia where he was involved in Equity Derivatives Structuring and Fixed Income Syndication respectively. From a young age, Dipak was curious to understand how global inter-relationships between economic, politics, and business impact society. Outside work he enjoys reading, power lifting, and eating good food. This is his first year volunteering for YLA and he looks forward to meeting the young and energetic youth of Malaysia.

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Janne completed his Masters in Knowledge Management at Tampere University of Technology, Finland. Prior to McKinsey, he worked with the Human Capital Practice at Deloitte Consulting, ran his own consulting company, co-founded a co-working space for social entrepreneurs, and served as the lead developer for two successful startups. Janne is curious about how to bring the depth of the human journey to the workplace, particularly into leadership development. He spends his free time meditating, reading, and occasionally hitting the gym. Janne is excited to welcome the next batch of young Malaysians to find their true potential at YLA.

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Joshua graduated with a Bachelor of Civil Engineering from the University of Melbourne. Prior to joining McKinsey, Joshua was involved with start-ups such as GoGet Malaysia, a mobile marketplace for errands and delivery, and HiddenStove, an online marketplace for home cooked food. Outside of work, Joshua enjoys travelling, watching football and playing sports, especially futsal.

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Before joining McKinsey, Kok Hin spent 2 years teaching English in a Malaysian secondary school as a Teach For Malaysia Fellow, and was the chairperson of the Teach For Malaysia Alumni Board. He is also a co-founder of Project ID : Impianku, Destinasiku, a community project that helps secondary students achieve their ambitions through high-impact activities. He graduated from the University of Melbourne with a Bachelor of Commerce. In his free time, he enjoys swimming, reading and trekking.

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Nabila holds a MA (Hons) in History and Politics from the University of Edinburgh. She is part of the External Relations team for Southeast Asia and is looking forward to meeting participants of YLA 2016.

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Victoria did her Bachelor's Degree in Electronic and Electrical Engineering at The University of Sheffield. During her studies, she worked as a content marketer and managed affiliate websites in the British gambling and iGaming industry. In her spare time, Victoria enjoys running and watching movies. She is new to YLA and is looking forward to being part of this vibrant family.

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Prior to joining McKinsey, Zain spent spent four years in Malaysia in the biofuel space and consulting primarily in the public sector. Outside of work, Zain enjoys board games (especially Scrabble!), going to the movies, and soccer . Zain is keen to meet the future leaders of Malaysia at YLA 2016!

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