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Theme: Money Invented Here

This event occurred on
December 5, 2013
5:00pm - 10:30pm MYT
(UTC +8hrs)
Kuala Lumpur, 14

TEDx is a programme created and designed in the spirit of TED’s mission, “Ideas Worth Spreading”
– to give communities, organizations and individuals the opportunity to stimulate dialogue through TED-like experiences.
A conference open to all. TEDxKLwomen celebrates the art of entrepreneurship, innovation and invention in all its forms.

This year we are back with the theme:
‘MONEY – Invented Here’ is to explore the ways to obtain financial success through passion.

Ever wonder how does an inventor or an innovator turn their new ideas into money?
Finds out what worked for our guest entrepreneur speakers and the lessons they learnt along the way.

Midvalley Exhibition Center
Kuala Lumpur, 14, 59200
Event type:
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Melody Hossaini

She is the Founder and CEO of InspirEngage International. She's a young female social entrepreneur with a strong profile globally. She is a leading professional speaker (including having spoken at G8, Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting at United Nations) and an expert in skills training with a passion in supporting individuals to explore social enterprise as an option. From a war-torn Iran, to starting out in the Youth Sector aged just 13, Melody is now a multi- award winning businesswoman spearheading a shift that will turn the business world on its head. In 2011, she became the first ever social entrepreneur to appear on BBC’s The Apprentice, now using the platform to champion young people and women.

Joanne Kam

The emancipation of Joanne Kam into the entertainment industry in the 90’s, turned around and introduced a whole new meaning of comedy in the conservative night scene of Kuala Lumpur. Joanne’s distinct style of acid tongue humor earned her the reputation of being one of the most notoriously funny Lady on the Malaysian stage. The audience just can’t get enough of her candid, risqué jokes. A versatile performer, comedy DIVA, stage actor cum producer and single mother; Joanne is the lady boss of her own destiny. She is the director of her own event management company, a contributor for Esquire Magazine, previously with Capital FM; she is now a radio DJ announcer with REDFM and a celebrity in her own right.

Samantha Lee

A food artist, Samantha uses her imagination and simple tools to create beautiful works of gastronomical delights. A person who doesn’t like to see edibles go to waste; self-trained Samantha places meticulous aesthetics into her dishes, making art, delicious with each bite.

Cheryl Yeoh

Cheryl Yeoh, born and raised in Kuala Lumpur, received a full scholarship from JPA of Malaysia to study engineering at Cornell University, New York in 2002. In 2010, she co-founded a tech startup called CityPockets Inc and raised USD$1M from top tier investors in New York and Silicon Valley. Her product Reclip.It, a personalized shopping list and digital coupons app, was acquired by Walmart Labs in Silicon Valley in 2013. She currently resides in San Francisco and is the product lead for personalization across all Walmart properties globally. Cheryl was named the Top 44 Female Founders Every Entrepreneur Should Know by Mashable in 2012, awarded the L'Oreal Top 10 Women in Digital Award in 2012, and was recently selected to be one of 10 Global Ambassadors to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro on a charity mission in March 2013. She has appeared on Fox News and ABC7, as well as many other global conferences and tech publications. Cheryl actively mentors other startups through The Founder Institute, Peter Thiel's 20Under20 Fellowship, The Lean Startup Machine Weekend and is also on the advisory board for several startups in the Bay Area.

Sereni & Shentel

Sereni Linggi, a property manager, and Shen-Tel Lee, a graphics designer, are two best friends turned accidental headband designers. They have managed to turn their hobby into a business through friendship, laughter, tears, determination and a little headband magic. Sereni & Shentel headbands are handmade headbands made in Borneo by a team of artisans with a love for head turning and whimsical hair accessories. Eye catching, memorable and mad with a bit of humour is what the label is all about. Founded in 2009, the headband label Sereni & Shentel are now stocked in stores all over Malaysia, Singapore, Brunei, Japan and New Zealand and have appeared on US hit television shows Gossip Girl and Desperate Housewives. Today, Sereni and Shen-Tel continue to pursue their intended careers along with their company; The Playground Borneo which houses the headband brand Sereni & Shentel and their photo booth rental business Photobooth Events.

Rachel Koay

An avid traveler, she made her dreams come true by opening an ideal locale for backpackers to call ‘home’ in Penang. Queen's Hotel offers budget-friendly lodging strictly for ladies - snagging the title as the local's first female-friendly hostel. The hostel features mixed couples rooms (open to female guests with male friends) and upstairs, a canopy-covered dorm with comfortable mattresses to rest your weary heads. Beauty essentials from hair straighteners to OPI nail lacquers and full-length mirrors are also available to make you feel all-pretty before stepping out. To satiate your midnight hunger pangs without braving the darkened streets and corners, rummage their lobby basket for mineral water, instant noodles and snacks.

Tintoy & TakeHuat

Tintoy Chuo, founder of Actiontintoy Design Lab: a 10 years old award-winning Character Design studio in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. A multimedia design graduate that uncovered his true passion in cartoon and character creation, where he has done Mascot design for KFC Malaysia, Astro XTY channel, Cadbury Malaysia, Singapore Tourism, Nike Singapore, Channel-V Hong Kong, Swatch China, 7-up China, GamePox Sweden & many more. ActionTintoy was the grand winner for Malaysia's MDeC's 2009 IPCC animation Super-Pitch contest, & recently a regional winner for Japan TBS's 13th DigiCon6 animation contest. No stranger to design magazines and web portals, Tintoy Chuo constantly involves in international design collaboration campaigns to aid in promoting and increasing awareness about the Malaysian design industry, & giving talks nationally to share his valuable insight about character design. TakeHuat, currently a Senior Art Director based in an international advertising agency. He is working with local & international clients in Asia Pacific Region for 3 years. Before advancing his career in advertising agency, he was a mulit-talented designer expanded his creativity on Toy, Action Figurine, Premium Gift, Product Design, Character Design, Mascot Costume Design, Digital Illustration for cartoon characters, Digital Imaging, 2D Graphics, Season Greeting collateral, Printing Solutions, Point of Sales design, Corporate Identity design, Brand Building etc. Besides that, he has the passion in photography for more than 10 years, developed skills on landscape, macro, wildlife, street, travel, studio, and time-lapse video. With his hands full of experience in design & production practice, He is able to bring the creativity to live in its best.

Organizing team


Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  • Lynn Loo
    Project Manager