Youth Leadership Academy

YLA 2019

A brief summary of our 2019 YLA programme

Ibupreneur (YLA 2019 Winning Team)

In 2018, approximately 4.8 million of women were outside the labor force. Ibupreneur aims to ensure unemployed B40 women rise with a purpose by doing what they love whilst earning additional income, such as reviving Malaysian traditional goods. We provide an integrated e-commerce platform that offers on-boarded mothers with necessary skills to succeed in their business and financial planning. 

The team has since on-boarded 7 mothers, sold ~200kg of Kek Lapis, generated more than RM15,000 in sales revenue and raised ~RM10,000 of funding to continue the social enterprise beyond YLA. 

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The YLA 2019 group was greatly inspired by some of the most influential leaders in Malaysia to whom they are grateful for their support.

Mentors and Speakers

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

  • Halif Hamzah (Country Manager, Traveloka)
  • Gökhan Ogut (CEO, Maxis)
  • Tunku Alizakri Raja Muhammad Alias (CEO, EPF)
  • Dzuleira Abu Bakar (CEO, MaGIC)
  • Dato' Khairussaleh Ramli (CEO, RHB)
  • Dato' Muzaffar Ramli (Global Banking CEO, Maybank)
  • Mustamir Mohamad (Group Chief Finanical Officer, Sime Darby Bhd)
  • Chen Chow Yeoh (Co-founder, Fave & Kfit)
  • Dr. Habibah Abd Rahim (Deputy Director
  • General, Ministry of Education Malaysia)
  • Choong Fui-Yu (CEO, Kaodim)
  • Greg Blackwood (Chairman & Founder, Genuine Interest Ltd.)
  • Muhundhan Kamarapullai (Deputy Director, Digital Adoption Ecosystem, MDEC)
  • Danny Chew (Chief Consumer & Home Business Officer, Axiata)
  • Liew Suet Li (Special Officer (Policy), Ministry of Education Malaysia)
  • Ida Thien (Co-founder & Lead, Closing the Gap)

The YLA 2019 Team

YLA Malaysia is organised and run by colleagues McKinsey & Company's Kuala Lumpur office. The 2019 team is a group of passionate individuals who are excited to meet you and make the programme a fulfilling experience!

Mei graduated from The Chinese University of Hong Kong and is a HKSAR Government Scholar. She has a Bsc. in Molecular Biotechnology, focusing on Animal and Plant biotechnology. Due to her interest in technology, she spent the first 5 years of her career as an technology consultant for mining and telecommunications companies, prior to joining McKinsey. Mei enjoys going to the gym, watching movies and travelling to tropical islands.

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Brian spent 5 years in the education sector, including 2 years teaching in a secondary school, and helped to start a non-profit to help underprivileged students to get top tier scholarships. Prior to that, he spent 5 years in the UK studying Mathematics and Physics. He enjoys spending his weekends with his family.

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Hanif received his Master in Islamic Finance from INCEIF. Before joining McKinsey, He was worked with PEMANDU Associates, with almost 8 years’ experience serving clients in Malaysia, Africa and Middle East in developing and delivery large-scale transformation programmes and socio-economic development planning. This also includes establishing and operationalizing of national delivery units in various countries. His passions in life are traveling, food and friends & family – something he shares with his wife.

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Hui Xuan graduated from University of Melbourne, Australia with a PhD in Neuroscience and was a Postdoctoral scientist in University of California, San Francisco. Prior to McKinsey, Hui Xuan supported a medtech startup from Silicon Valley in their market entry into South East Asia. She is passionate about making healthcare affordable for less privileged community. Outside of work, Hui Xuan enjoys jazz and swimming.

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Mandy graduated from Massachusetts Institute of Technology with a Master’s degree in Materials Science and Engineering. After completing her research work on creating pressure sensor for underwater unmanned autonomous vehicles, Mandy joined a consumer packaged goods startup in Boston where she launched more than 60 products ranging from skincare, dietary supplements, and over-the-counter drugs. Mandy is an avid foodie who loves trying out different cuisines, and she enjoys Pilates, reading, and traveling.

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Kai graduated from the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine with a PhD in Biomedical Engineering. Kai’s PhD research focused on developing the next generation of hearing device, during which he developed strong relationship with industry partners and healthcare providers. Outside of work, Kai enjoys reading, watching movies, and spending time with family.

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