Youth Leadership Academy

YLA 2018

A brief summary of our 2018 YLA programme

BookMyHappiness (YLA 2018 Winning Team)

Did you know that thousands of underprivileged communities in Malaysia don’t have access to books? With a passion to rewrite a child’s story, one book at a time, the BookMyHappiness set out to change that!

Aimed with the mission to improve the quality of education among underserved communities in Malaysia, the BookMyHappiness team embarked on a journey to collect donated books and bring the books to underserved communities by building libraries at schools

The team has since collected more than 1,000 books, built four libraries and raise more than RM1,000 to buy bookshelves and school supplies.

To support their cause, visit their Facebook page here.

The YLA 2018 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:-

  • Dato’ Dr. Vaseehar (Former chairman, RHB Islamic Bank)
  • Mohd Azharuddin (CEO, SPAD)
  • Chen Chow Yeoh (Co-Founder, Fave)
  • Wan Shamilah (Chief Digital Director, PETRONAS)
  • Datuk Yasmin (CEO, MDEC)
  • Dato’ Mohd Izani Ghani (Executive Director, Investments at Khazanah)
  • Derek Toh (Founder & CEO, WOBB)
  • Jia Wen Chuah (Head of Industry – FMCG, Google)
  • Amanda Chin Yee Mun (Head of Innovation, Touch ‘n Go)
  • Johnson Oei (Founder, Epic Home)
  • Habibah Abd Rahim (Executive Director, MOE Padu)
  • Tobias Mangelmann (Director, Merica Forestry)
  • Koh Eng Seng (Vice President, Sime Darby)
  • Connie Foong (Co-founder & CEO, Closing The Gap)
  • Wai Hong Fong (Founder, StoreHub)

The YLA 2018 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!

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

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.

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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 Kai

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