Despite Abe’s presence in the e-commerce industry for 7 years, Abe has dipped her toes into various industries like the F&B and fashion retailing. After founding a
successful online shoe business at 16, she ventured into apparel before selling her company at 19 and became a fabric supplier. Then, she founded Apver, an online
furniture marketplace and Blackbird KL, a bar and restaurant in Mont Kiara. Some of her other past and present ventures include Collab Coworking and OHM Ipoh,
a coworking space and nightclub respectively. Ventures aside, she’s still involved in her law degree. Her major interests include online retail, corporate law, digital
marketing, growth hacking, project management, and social media marketing.
Best known for his viral speech to former US President, Barack Obama regarding the 1MDB scandal, Monash’s Dean’s List graduate Alphaeus Tan already has an incredible
body of work. His political involvements include working with the current Minister of Youth & Sports, Syed Saddiq to launch Red Circle, a digital youth movement to increase youth involvement in politics. After turning down the opportunities to join the Perdana Fellowship in 2016 and 2017, he went on to advocate for youths by being on The Amazing Race Asia. He continues to use his social media influence to increase public awareness on Malaysian politics. As a member of the Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative, Fund for American Studies, and Royal Commonwealth Society, Alphaeus has also been sponsored to the United States, Hong Kong, and Czech Republic for political studies and leadership development.
As Head of Innovation at Maybank, Amran Hassan is responsible for raising the bar on innovation across the Maybank group. Although he graduated from Imperial College, University of London with a Masters in Chemical Engineering, he has always been interested in technology. Amongst other programmes, he launched the region’s first bank-run fintech accelerator program, #MaybankFintech. Whilst keeping an eye on the latest developments in innovation and technology, he continues to engage the eco-system to explore new ways for innovation to strive. He was formally the CIO for international operations at Maybank. Prior to Maybank, he was a Partner at Accenture, leading Technology Consulting in Malaysia and Infrastructure in South East Asia. He was recently voted as one of the Top 200 Fintech Influencers in Asia by Fintech Asia / Lattice80.
Dr. Felicia Chang
A palliative care physician specializing in dealing with the final journeys of terminally-ill cancer patients through the best pain and symptom management
techniques. Besides taking care of her patients’ emotional, psychological, and spiritual wellbeing, Dr Felicia also aids the families and caretakers of her patients in understanding the importance of managing pain to improve their quality of life. She strongly believes in having palliative care as a basic human right that requires higher public awareness. Through lectures and bedside teaching, she hopes to inspire young medical professionals and volunteers to venture into palliative care. She has never allowed her disability to hinder her from achieving her goals Dr. Felicia’s main message is simple: “Do what you love and you will excel in it. Be good to others as it is a bigger blessing to give than to receive.”
Dzameer’s early days as a consultant in PwC has allowed him to develop skills in capital development, process improvements, and project management in both Indonesia and Malaysia. Along with co-founder Keeran Sivarajah, he launched Teach For Malaysia (TFM) based on his belief of how every child can be empowered towards their highest
potential through education. Today, together with the Ministry of Education, this movement has accumulated over 200 Fellows and Alumni, impacting over 33,000
students in over 70 schools across 9 states. Having won the Best Graduate Program at the Graduate Recruitment Awards 2015, and a Top 3 Finalist at the Anugerah Inovasi Perdana Menteri 2015, TFM was also awarded the Youth Organisation of the Year by the myHarapan HOPE Awards 2015 under the Education and Employability category.
Harsha is a social entrepreneur, international conference speaker, life skills trainer, youth influencer, accomplished musician, and a founding member
of the nationwide youth empowerment organization, Ascendence*—all of these
while being a full-time student. Her entrepreneurial journey began at age 11 with
the hope of solving world problems starting at an everyday scale. To date, she has been a voice for the younger generation in several international conferences, sharing how lay-people play significant roles in tackling global issues. Amongst her most notable addresses are the Global Social Business Summit 2018, ASEAN Summit for Shared Prosperity and Solidarity, and the International Association of Volunteer Efforts (IAVE) Conference. Harsha continues to represent Ascendence in national interviews and initiatives including with Astro Awani and the Ministry of Education.
As the Founder and Group CEO of Epic Collective, John-Son Oei aims to make collaborative social impact accessible to all. With his core belief of “great things
can be achieved by masses of people doing small purposeful actions”, EPIC which stands for Extraordinary People Impacting Community empowers anyone through its flagship program of building sustainable homes in three days while cultivating relationships. Inspired by Ikea and Lego, a modular building system was formed along with friends, architects, engineers, and designers. With the help of over 5000 volunteers from around the world, they have managed to build more than 100 homes. The collective’s EPIC Communities and EPIC DNA allow them to develop individuals and communities. His accreditations include the Ashoka Fellowship and The Muhammad Ali Humanitarian Award for Dedication.
Since selling his life to a knife at the tender age of 14 through a holiday job, Chef Justin has admired the flair and traits of a chef (especially the knives and fire part). His education in culinary started at Taylor’s University and extended towards the Culinary
Institute of America. In the States, he finessed and developed his skills under Michelin-starred restaurants like Le Bernardin, Alinea, and Eleven Madison Park. While Chef Justin’s speciality is in modernist cuisine and fusion dining, he truly believes that anyone can master any sort of cuisine through a strong understanding of ingredients. He is currently the R&D Manager / Executive Chef of Momentz Restaurant & Bar.
Nirmala Devi Windgaetter
A firm believer in the importance of societal grassroot movements, as a schoolgirl, Nirmala joined an NGO focused on mobilising communities such as local
fisherfolk, traditional midwives, and the rubber tappers obtain and defend their rights. After meeting her husband and relocating to Berlin, she worked with the
Berlin Economic Development Corporations before deciding to become a fulltime homemaker to care for her two children. Even as she integrated into her new home country, her heart was still beating for her original home country. Looking for ways to mobilise Malaysians in Germany, she single-handedly organized the 2015 Bersih 4 rally in Germany. She has been coordinating all Bersih activities in Germany since then. She is also the secretary for the Global Bersih—the international arm of Bersih 2.0, advocating Malaysian human rights issues globally.
Yi Wei Lim
Lim Yi Wei is the current state assemblywoman for Kampung Tunku, Selangor, as well as one of the Democratic Action Party Socialist Youth heads. She majored in finance at the Hong Kong University of Science & Technology (HKUST). Inspired by Hong Kong’s Umbrella Revolution, YB Lim returned to Malaysia to serve her countrymen, leaving behind her chapter as a conference producer focusing on trading technology, derivatives, and risk management. She was previously political secretary to Tony Pua, MP for Damansara, and a councillor with the Petaling Jaya City Council (MBPJ). YB Lim is passionate about education, youth and women empowerment, and culture. With her present constituency including the busy SS2 district, she aims to present her people a balance between urban development and quality of life.