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Theme: Re!magine Limits

This event occurred on
April 10, 2021
10:00am - 5:00pm +08
(UTC +8hrs)
Skudai, Johor

Re!magine. ‘Re’ challenges people to redefine their capabilities whereas
‘!magine’ dares us to dream big and believe in turning inconceivable to
the achievable.

Regardless of one’s inherent and environmental restraints, humans are
susceptible to fear in taking a step forward. However, some progressions in
life are inevitable and what seems to be impossible at first glance could be
a great opportunity in disguise. Analogously, existing groundbreaking
innovations were once another man’s imagination.

Preview of life’s coming attractions is through the power of imagination
and hence spark the beginning for creation. By believing that nothing is
unchangeable or certain, we endeavor to go beyond existing conventional
mind frame, ‘Re!magine’ a future for people that dare to dream their own
paths and explore the world with new perspectives without self-imposed

TEDxUTM2021 invites people from parallel paths of life to reconnect, to
mutually inspire and break free from our confined walls, because
limitations only exist in our minds.

Virtual Platform
Skudai, Johor, 81300
Event type:
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Anjoe Koh

Dual Licensed International Pharmacist, Miss Malaysia Chinese International Pageant 2014
Anjoe Koh never limits herself to a single profession or opportunity. She is the founder of beauty brand MadeByAnjoe, a Professional Pharmacist, Social Media Influencer, Actress, and TV host. Born in Kedah, Malaysia, Anjoe graduated with a Master of Pharmacy. She obtained UK and Malaysia certified pharmacist license. Being a dual license international pharmacist, Anjoe is recognized when she was crowned champion as Miss Astro Chinese International Beauty Pageant 2014. She broke Miss Astro’s record for winning the highest numbers of subsidiary awards beauty queen. (Miss Photogenic, Miss Body Beautiful, Miss Gorgeous Hair, Miss Popularity, and LifeTV Online Miss Popularity). At the age of 27, she Co-Founded U Pharma and Esyms, an online platform for healthcare products and independent pharmacy. In 2020, Anjoe founded the beauty brand, MadeByAnjoe, and developed a Lymphatic Drainage brush with her pharmaceutical knowledge.

Arisha Akhir

Writer, Poet
Arisha Akhir is a published spoken word poet, children’s book author, and storyteller with extensive experience in stage performance. She has released four volumes of poetry entitled Uncertainty (2014), Still (2015), Rahsia (2017), and Speak (2020). Apart from publishing written works, Arisha has shared her poetry everywhere from local spaces to international stages. She has exhibited her words in the prettiest galleries in the country and brought her poetry to the streets for a special performance in the heart of Kuala Lumpur. Her children’s book, The Girl Who Loves to Dance (2018) aims to celebrate local traditional art with a focus on the importance of preserving culture and heritage. The book was selected by the National Book Council as one of the “50 Best Malaysian Titles for International Rights for 2018/19” and the issue was displayed at the Frankfurt Book Fair 2018.

Hugo Tan

Transformational Trainer & Visionary of YANA
Hugo Tan is the visionary behind You Are Not Alone (YANA) Southeast Asia Mental Health Initiative that reaches over 50,000 young adults across seven countries during the pandemic. Locally, Hugo is the appointed Head of Youth & Adolescents for the National Coalition for Mental Wellbeing by Rotary Malaysia. The Coalition brings together mental health organizations in Malaysia for a coordinated effort in early intervention, destigmatization, and improved mental healthcare. As a master trainer, Hugo coaches working professionals across Southeast Asia to become better leaders, public speakers and networkers. Hugo draws from the proven strategies in NLP, cognitive behavioral psychology, strengths finder and emotional regulation to bring out the best in you. Hugo has been featured on various media and publications ranging from Astro Awani, The Star, Sin Chew Daily, Property Queen, Malaysia Today and many more.

Jing Yi Chan

Quantum Distinguished Ambassador, Technologist
Jing Yi Chan is an IBM Quantum Distinguished Ambassador in the Asia Pacific region and works as a Client Technology Specialist with IBM Singapore. She earned her Physics degree from Imperial College London; writing her thesis on direct and indirect dark matter detection experiments and identifying possible WIMP dark matter candidates. She now leads and oversees projects with enterprise clients from different industries, developing strategic partnerships and solving tactical business problems with proven technology solutions; focusing primarily on Cognitive Solutions and Quantum Computing.

Lt Col Patricia Syau Yin RMAF Yapp

Asia's First Female MiG-29 Fighter Pilot
Lt Col Patricia Yapp Syau Yin RMAF is The First Asian Woman Pilot to fly the MiG-29N Fulcrum air superiority jet. She was awarded the Sabah Woman of Excellence Award and recognized as an Icon of Malaysia in 2017. Patricia is an A-Cat Qualified Flying Instructor (QFI) and served in that position. Entrusted by the RMAF Commanders, Patricia was the first female pilot to lead a formation of 21 aircraft during the 60th Merdeka celebrations. Part of her exceptional experiences was in flying the Aermacchi MB339A aircraft for 3 years, including a Mayday call that led all her squadron mates to name her ‘Mulan.’ Graduated from UTM, Malaysia with a Diploma in Aeronautical Engineering, Patricia was bestowed the Academic Director’s Award. In addition, she holds a Master of Military& Defence Studies from Australian National University. After serving for more than 23 years, she is now the Staff Officer 1 at the Air Education and Training Headquarters which focuses on all basic military training.

Marcus Loh

Leadership Coach
Marcus Loh has been working closely with many organizational leaders in various training focusing on leadership, mindset, and management. Described as dynamic, engaging, and insightful, he has organized and conducted many local and national programs for emerging leaders from all over Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, the Philippines, and Sri Lanka. He strongly believes that by finding one's inner purpose with the right tools and guidance, we can bring out unique leadership in every person. By equipping them with powerful leadership tips and methods, they would be able to drastically change the momentum of the team, strengthen team spirit and achieve the high goals that they have adopted. As an advisor and leader for international organizations for the past few years, his vast experience in dealing with emerging leaders enables him to coach and mentor them in various projects and management. He has a deep belief in making a difference through empowerment.

Maverick Foo

Co-Founder of Authority Institute, New Profits Consultant
You know how there are many moments in life that defines you? When one of the business heads at the largest insurance company made that comment to him, it totally shifted Maverick Foo’s life trajectory. Dubbed an OG Marketer (Original Generation) by his younger peers, if you ask him what’s the true constant in a world of shifting technologies, he’ll tell you it’s psychology. Aside from building nine business and international brands, he has also helped clients achieve a breakthrough in growth performance, even in trying times such as the COVID-19 global pandemic. With Maverick, you can ditch the boring textbook materials and fancy theories. Whether it’s a keynote, workshop, or an online mastermind, in his sessions, you'll get practical techniques, proven strategies, quick-fire tips, insightful case studies and his best attempts at humor and storytelling.

Nicolette Wei Mei Wong

UX Researcher, MSc Sociology, Anthropology Ph.D. Candidate
Nicolette Wong is a Ph.D. candidate in Anthropology at the University of Pittsburgh. She received her MSc in Sociology from the University of Oxford. She currently studies how digital technology interacts with one’s offline reality and ideologies. Specifically, her dissertation looks at how dating app users in urban China navigate online dating while keeping in mind the cultural, economic, and political landscape the users inhabit. She has always been interested in social behaviour, even from a young age. Between the ages of 13 and 17, she manifested her observations into short stories published in The Star newspaper. As of December 2020, Nicolette leads user research at Perlego (the Spotify for textbooks), a London-based startup founded by Forbes 30 Under 30’s Gauthier Van Malderen and Matthew Davis. When not engaged in research, Nicolette can be found in deep discussions about various social phenomena while drinking bubble tea.

Sarly Adre Sarkum

Architecture Futurist, Sustainability Proponent, Design Activist
Assoc. Prof (I)Ar Sarly Adre Sarkumis an architecture futurist, sustainability proponent, and design activist. Currently, he helms the hybrid architectural design firm[SA]2 which combines cutting-edge architectural design solutions with an extensively researched-based explorative approach to solving challenging integrated design problems. The firm has won several international competitions and represented the country in several world-class exhibitions. He is currently a Past President Council in the Malaysia Green Building Council which is under the auspices of the World Green Building Council. He was the Deputy President of The Malaysian Institute of Architects for 2017-2019. He currently is a GBI facilitator, previously was one of the accreditation panels for the GBI Green Rating Tool. He was the editor-in-chief for ‘architecture Malaysia’ magazine. Currently, he is an academic advisor in Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM) and also an Assoc Prof. (Industry) for UM.

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