Youth Leadership Academy

YLA 2017

A brief summary of our 2017 YLA programme

ReJuice (YLA 2017 Winning Team)

Tasked with tackling the issue of reducing food wastage, the ReJuice team set out to create fresh, made-to-order juices, sustainably produced to reduce wastage of fruits and vegetables. In their words…

Ugly fruits are still fruits. Ugly they may be but it's important to remember that despite their looks, they are perfectly okay on the inside!

And that is why #reJuice uses ugly fruits to produce #reJuice. Our juices are a testament to people that sometimes, what's ugly might not necessarily be bad.
Our aim is not only to reduce food wastage but to raise awareness among Malaysians that sometimes even something small (like choosing ugly fruits when grocery shopping!) can help reduce the amount of wastage that goes to landfills. #reJuiceWastage.

To support their cause, visit their Facebook page here.

Our runner-ups were…


Crafugees is a social enterprise committed to providing refugees with the platform to put their best quality handmade crafts to the public, with the hopes of giving them a better quality of life. We achieve this by building a sustainable yet environmental friendly ways of creating crafts such as beanbags, pouches, clutches, tote bags, and etc.

Project Pedal

Project Pedal is a social enterprise driven by a single goal: to provide accessible healthcare to the needy. The idea: Volunteer cyclists travel to rural communities carrying medical kits containing basic healthcare essentials, thus creating awareness and social impact.

The YLA 2017 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:-

  • Ahmad Zulqarnain Onn, Executive Director, Investments and Head of Strategic  Management Unit, Khazanah Nasional Berhad
  • Anand Krishnan, Managing Director, Endeavor
  • Azran Osman-Rani, CEO and Co-Founder, Naluri Hidup & Advisor, iflix
  • Chen Chow Yeoh, Co-Founder, KFit
  • Derek Toh, Founder and CEO, WOBB.CO
  • Dzameer Dzulkifli, Managing Director and Co-Founder, Teach for Malaysia
  • Eugene Teh, Chief Corporate Affairs Officer, Digi
  • Thor Eu Gene, SVP, Creador
  • Fermin Fautsch, CEO, Blueberry Telecom
  • Jenny Yeh, Managing Director, Din Tai Fung Malaysia
  • Jing Pei Goh-Asmala, Regional Director of Partner Engagement, Teach for All
  • Karthik Karunanithy, Co-Founder, 100% Project
  • Khairil Anuar, Group Strategic Management Division, SME Bank
  • Selvendran Katheerayson, Director, Investments, Khazanah Nasional Berhad
  • Sylvia Yin, Co-Founder and COO, Shoppr
  • Terry Lim, Head, Corporate Strategy and Planning, CIMB Group

The YLA 2017 Team

YLA Malaysia is organised and run by colleagues McKinsey & Company's Kuala Lumpur office. The 2017 team are a group of passionate individuals who are excited to meet you and make the programme a fulfilling 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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Benjamin joined McKinsey after completing his MBA at INSEAD. Prior to INSEAD, he worked with PwC in France, before joining CMA-CGM in Malaysia in 2011, where he led their finance shared services center. Benjamin is an avid badminton and squash player. He is new to YLA and looks forward to meet the 2017 participants!

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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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Bukhari graduated with a PhD in Electrical Engineering from Imperial College London in 2012. Before joining McKinsey, he was a management consultant at a boutique strategy firm based in Malaysia. Prior to that, he was a telecommunications engineering lecturer at a public university in Malaysia. Bukhari enjoys travelling and watching movies and is excited to meet this years 2017 cohort!

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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 was the mentor for YLA 2016's winning project, Project Paplet. He was also the mentor for Mekong Business Challenge's first runner up team in 2017.

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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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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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Kelvin graduated from Monash University with a Bachelor in Mechanical Engineering. Prior to joining McKinsey, he was a mechanical engineer in Shell, charged with the maintenance of 3 main hubs across Sarawak waters. He is passionate about life, coffee and entrepreneurship. His long term goal is to start and manage an education institution.

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Nabila holds a MA (Hons) in History and Politics from the University of Edinburgh. Interested in youth development, she looks forward to meetings participants of YLA 2017.

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Victoria graduates with a Bachelor's Degree in Electronic and Electrical Engineering from 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 looks forward to being part of YLA's 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 2017!

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