YCM CONVENORS 2011
In 2011, Young Corporate Malaysians were founded by the following Convenors
Ahmad Fahmi Mohd Saldi | Alia Ishak | Azlan Ishak | Chang Lih Ren |Chen Chow Yeoh | Christopher Tock | Dayana Safian | Dimishtra Sittampalam | Farhana Aiman Sidek | Farhana Roslan | Iliyas Jamil | Keeran Sivarajah | Qurratul Ain | Regina Goh | Mohd Reza Samsani | Naim Ahmad | Rashdan Harith | Salem Ghandour | Siti Kamariah Ahmad Subki | Suhana Alia Sidek | Syed Aiman Kifli Syed Jaafar | Tai Zee Kin | Tengku Iedildzuhrie Putra Alaudin | Tengku Nor Azah | Thomas Yap | Wan Mohd Firdaus Wan Mohd Fuaad| Zain HD |
Wan Mohd Firdaus Wan Mohd Fuaad
born 25th March 1983. Educated at SRK Sultan Ibrahim Satu Pasir Mas, SRK Sri Subang Jaya and Sek Men Agama Persekutuan Kajang. He read Law at the University of Nottingham and Lincolns Inn London (BPP School of Law). Chairman of UKEC (UK and Eire Council for Malaysian Students) from October 2005 to October 2007, Firdaus was also a national executive member of FOSIS UK and Ireland, president of KPUM in 2004, and co founded the Institute for Democracy and Economic Affairs, an institution promoting libertarian values in Malaysia. In his pastime, he likes to read The Edge and Off The Edge.
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Chen Chow Yeoh
is an alumnus of Cornell University, majoring in Electrical & Computer Engineering, with minors in Industrial System & IT, Information Science and Engineering Management. He is currently Product Manager at JobStreet.com. Prior to this, he was a management consultant with Accenture. He was instrumental in growing ReCom.org (The Worldwide Malaysian Students Network) since 2003. He is currently Secretary of Malaysian Mensa Society and American Universities Alumni Malaysia, Chairman of Cornell Alumni Admission Ambassador Network. His professional CV is at http://pitchyourtalent.com/chenchow
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completed his SPM at Kolej Tuanku Ja’afar, in 2001 and obtained straight As for A-levels in 2003 as a KTJ Scholarship award recipient. Before graduating with a B.Sc degree in Joint Mathematics and Computer Science from Imperial College, London, he was previously the Director of Information Systems for the UK and Eire Council for Malaysian Students from 2005 till 2007. He now actively involves himself in social unity and development through RandomAlphabets and a potential economical think tank via the Imperial College Alumni while working in ECM Libra Investment Bank as an e-Business developer. Follow him at www.spinzer.us or through his Twitter account,@spinzer.
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graduated from Lancaster University in International Business (Economics). He was the President of Lancaster University Malaysian Students Society and subsequently elected to be the National Treasurer of UKEC, a coalition of more than 50 Malaysian student societies in the UK. His career started in 2007 with PNB as a Management Trainee. In 2008, he joined Accenture KL as an Analyst. In Accenture, he was involved with a few management consulting projects with Oil & Gas companies including an 8 month stint in Brunei. Currently, Iliyas is working as the Project Manager for Central Business District Development.
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Ahmad Fahmi Mohd Saldi
(Born April 4, 1985) is an engineer, socialite and an aspiring entrepreneur. He is currently in Sapuracrest Petroleum, and assisting the CEO and COO Office. He graduated from University of Manchester in Civil Engineering and furthered his studies at International Islamic University for his MBA (Construction Business). He was the Vice Chairman of United Kingdom Executive Council (UKEC) in 2004 and was actively involved in Projek Kalsom , a motivational program for underprivileged students. He is also “Money and You” graduate and is involved in various business ventures as well as numerous charity events.
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graduated from Queen Mary University of London in which she holds a degree in BSc Economics, Mathematics and Statistics. Previously, she headed the Queen Mary Malaysian Society as the President before moving on to being an active member in the UKEC for 3 consecutive years – where she was appointed as the Project Director for the 1st Annual Malaysian Student leaders Summit (MSLS), and was also the National Liaison Officer. She is currently working as an investment banker, managing the Islamic Investment Banking desk at CIMB Investment Bank Berhad. Follow her on Twitter where she publishes YCM-related info, @aliaishk or at aneconomathemathstisticiansthoughts
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Born in Assunta Hospital, Azlan had his early education in SK Kampung Tunku, SMK Sultan Abdul Samad and MCKK. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from University Malaya and was awarded the best speaker for the First Undergraduate Project Award in 2007. Aspiring to be a successful engineer, Azlan joined MISC Berhad in the same year and is currently working as a project engineer in the Offshore Business Unit. Azlan is a known sports enthusiast among friends and spends most of his free time associated with sporting activities.
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Chang Lih Ren
Graduated with an honours degree from Multimedia University in Software Engineering and Games Design, Ren is currently working in Interactive Intelligence Incorporation as a System Engineer. At the same time Lih Ren wears another hat as a social executive in SocialGrooves.com, a social media consultancy firm. Apart from his day job, Lih Ren works part time as a cinematographer (you can find his work here). He was the Director for a short film that won 2nd prize in a national short film contest organized by theStar+Canon. When he’s not doing all these, Ren turns into an activist “wanna-be” and tweets as @PD_Ren.
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Dimishtra Sittampalam completed his high school education at Victoria Institution and his A-Levels at Taylor’s College. He went on to read Economics at UCL and graduated in 2010. In university, he was active in the United Kingdom & Eire Council for Malaysian Students (UKEC), and was involved in both the Malaysian Student Leaders Summit (MSLS) and Projek Amanat Negara (PAN). Dimishtra follows the economic and political scene when he can. He is a supporter of progressive values (as well as Manchester United) and believes in the virtues of a strong working class. He tweets at twitter.com/dimishtra
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Farhana Aiman Sidek
(Born August 23, 1985) attending Bukit Bintang Girls School for her schooling. She received Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Communication from Upper Iowa University in March 2008. Currently finishing up her Masters in Counselling at Universiti Malaya. In her past time when she is not in the library, she liks to enhance her knowledge regarding teenagers and kids, playing games and people watching.
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Farhana is currently an equity analyst for local investment manager, Permodalan Nasional Berhad (PNB). She graduated from the LSE with a BSc Accounting and Finance in July 2010. She was actively involved in the UKEC from ’07 till ’09. She was the co-director of the organisation’s flagship annual Careers Fair in London and National Treasurer in 2009. Farhana also made the most random friends through active involvement in AIESEC for the London School of Economics and AIESEC UK. An alumnus-returnee of Antarabudaya Malaysia (AFS) student exchange programme, she loves everything French as long as it’s not blue cheese. Apart from finance and investments, Farhana’s next new hobby is personal finance.
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Is a Co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer of Teach For Malaysia, an independent foundation tht enlisting the support of Malaysia’s most promising future leaders in its mission to end education inequity. Keeran wrote the original business plan for Teach For Malaysia while working as a management consultant at Princewaterhouse Coopers (PwC), and then took what was originally planned as a two-month leave of absence in April 2010 to develop and build support for the idea. He was voluntary tutor for children of African refugees in Melbourne, Australia. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce in Finance & Strategic Management from the University of Melbourne, Australia
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Qurratul Ain Zainol
Holds an LLB from London School of Economics & Political Science (LSE). She is Barrister-at-Law in Lincoln’s Inn and has been admitted as an Advocates & Solicitor in the High Court of Malaya. Qurratul Ain is currently attached to thee Islamic Banking & Takaful department in Bank Negara Malaysia. Previously in London, she was actively involved in UKEC from 2006 until 2008 and was the Project Director for Project Amanat Negara IV in 2007. Apart from her interest in the Islamic Finance Industry, Qurratul Ain loves to scuba dive, run, cook and read books in her free time.
Is a freelance consultant and writer, who is currently working on communcations public relations and event management projects with a few agencies and companies. Her experience in the media industry included being a journalist, and working in corporate communications in Media Prima Berhad (which owns free-to-air TV stations like TV3, ntv7, 8TV and TV9 and radio stations FlyFm and HotFm). She was also a copywriter for advertising agencies. Her tenure in the corporate scene included banking, telecommunications and recruitment.
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Reza Mohd Samsani
graduated with an honours degree from the University of London in Economics and Management. Completed his ‘O’ Levels at Sayfol International School where he was the Vice President of the Student Council and Captain of the Sports Team and subsequently, pursued his ‘A’ Levels at Kemayan ATC. He had the privilege of work experience under the security management of the aviation sector and accounts dept. of a multi national corporation. Currently he is a Consultant with Covenant Equity Consulting, where amongst others, he had served the ICT and GLC sector. Being an avid sports lover, he still organizes and participates in sports activities amidst busy work commitments.
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after completed his secondary education at SMK Syed Hassan, Kangar, he graduated in Animation from Limkokwing University of Creative Technology where he has previously involved in making 3D animated cartoon for Upin Ipin and Boboiboy before joining IDEAS, Malaysia’s first think-tank dedicated to promoting market-based solutions to public policy challenges. He has been offered placement at University of Kent in UK. Instead, he’s taking a “gap year”. He is a proud Sunderland football supporter for the past 16 years. You can find him write rubbish by accident, and pretends to be an intellectual at twitter @shujiokishima.
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graduated from Cardiff University with an Honours Degree in LLB (Law). While in Cardiff, he was also the President of the Malaysian Student Society as well as Supreme Council member of the United Kingdom and Eire Council (UKEC). He is now an associate with local management consulting firm Ethos & Co and has served both public and private sector clients the Aviation and Security industries. Before joining Ethos, he worked with KAM Consults Sdn Bhd as a researcher dealing with the regulatory frameworks of the manufacturing industry. In addition, Rashdan is also a singer/songwriter and theatre performer.
Of Syrian/French and American parents in France, attended international schools (elementary through high school) developing fluency in Arabic, English, French, German and Spanish. In 2005, Salem was selected by the US Department of State as Honor Diplomatic Intern serving at the American Embassy in Paris before graduating from the University of Michigan in Politic Science and Near Eastern Studies in 2008. He was then selected in 2008/09 as a Fulbright Scholar to Malaysia focusing on energy and economic issues. Salem joined CIMB Islamic in 2010 leading the organization’s efforts to expand its operations within and without ASEAN.
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Siti Kamariah Subki
Recently returned to Malaysia after a 4-year stint with Australian and American consulting firms in Sydney is currently a Senior Consultant at PricewaterhouseCoopers Kuala Lumpur. A Chartered Accountant by training, she graduated from the University of Sydney, in 2002 with Bachelors of Commerce. A member of the Golden Key International Honor Society, she later obtained Masters of Commerce from the University of New South Wales, in 2003. Actively involved in the Malaysian Students’ Council of Australia National Committee during its early days, she served as Treasurer in 2002 and subsequently re-elected as Secretary in 2003, drawing from her past experience as Secretary for Students Council at Kolej Yayasan UEM in 1999. When she is not busy, she reads about issues from economics, politics, philosophy to history and does water colour painting.
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Suhana Alia Sidek
Alia Sidek is currently working in the Islamic Banking & Takaful department at Bank Negara Malaysia. Alia graduated from City University, London with BSc Actuarial Science in June 2009. She was actively involved in the UKEC (UK and Eire Council for Malaysian Students) from 2006 till 2008 and was the Project Director of the First Annual Malaysian Student Leaders Summit (MSLS). Alia is also the leading member of the TKC Class of 2003 Alumni (http://tkc9903.com/) and has real passion for baking and cake decorating. Her secret wish is to become a homemaker and monopolise the bakery chain.
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Syed Aiman Kifli Syed Jaafar
Completed his high school at the British International School of Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, prior to coming back to Malaysia to do A-levels at Kolej Tuanku Ja’afar. During his time at the University of Nottingham, Malaysia Campus, he was elected twice into the Student Association, first as Information Technology Officer 2006-2007 and later President of the Student Association 2007-2008. He graduated with a degree in Computer Science and Management Studies. He is currently working as a management consultant in Accenture. His other societal affiliations include MBRAS and MENSA Malaysia. Follow him on Twitter @aimansjaafar where he provides live-tweets of YCM events.
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Tai Zee Kin
Graduated from Kings College London with a LL.B degree and is currently pursuing his CLP in Kuala Lumpur. During his time in London he worked with the International Centre for Security Analysis as a Nuclear Research Consultant. He was selected to attend the fully sponsored ESARDA (Nuclear Safeguard and non-proliferation) seminar in Ispra, jointly organized by the JRC (Joint Research Centre) and the European Commission. Upon graduation he was invited to join the IAEA in Geneva but chose to serve his country instead. He was also part of the Penang state Symphony Orchestra, and PCC orchestra. His childhood passion in locomotive and philatelic has never gone away. He twits at www.twitter.com/zeekin88
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Tengku Iedildzuhrie Putra Alaudin
is currently pursuing a degree in Medical Sciences at Management & Science University. He was previously the President of Queen Mary University of London Malaysian Society before being elected as Vice Chairman of UKEC. An avid sports lover, he is also an active theatre practitioner having featured in many theatre productions around Kuala Lumpur and also a budding television and film actor. Apart from that he is a member of KNUKE, an event organizing body that has brought local independent music act such as Hujan, Estrella and Seven Collar T-Shirt to perform in the UK.
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Tengku Nor Azah
attended SRK Zainab (1) Kota Bharu of which she is the Alumni’s Founder-President. She then went to Sek. Men. Dato’ Ahmad Maher before later joining MRSM Kuala Terengganu. She is currently in the final stage of completing Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA). She served as Vice President of CIMA Students Club Malaysia and also represented Malaysia in Rotary Youth Leadership Awards Asia while in MARA University of Technology. She was attached to Kurnia Asia and CIMB Bank with various portfolios prior to joining Kenanga Investment Bank. Azah challenges herself in extreme sports whenever her schedule permits. Support her project in helping a Cambodian student become a doctor at http://makerolyadoctor.blogspot.com
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educated at SRK Jalan Batu Tiga (2) Klang and completed his secondary education at SMK Tinggi Klang (Klang High School). He gained his “sociaholic” skills during his secondary term at Klang High School as the President of Interact Club and the rest is history. He graduated from Taylor’s University College (TUC) with a Higher Diploma from University of Toulouse in France. He joined Wah Tung Travel in 2006 and in 2009 he held the position of Business Development Manager. After 5 years in the tourism industry, he now ventures on his own business of student university placement and travel destination management. You can find him blogging at http://yapthomas.com or Twitter @yapthomas.
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Is a middle class child who fancies the fine exquisite things in life but often have his hands meddling with the opposite. Unlike you, he does not take comfort in referring to myself as a third person. I am based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. My background is law and now work in communications, primarily social media and alternative events. I am interested in people, art and politics. Sometimes you. To simplify, my time is split into four quartiles. Working with clients via my startup – Wago Sdn Bhd, managing a project for the non-profit arts collective I founded – Random Alphabets, consulting NGOs or CSOs on their communications strategy and finally travelling when I’m not frolicking on social media..
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