What the Economic and Leadership Forum is all about
ELF is supported by the London School of Economics Students' Union Malaysia Club
This year's theme is "Reflect, Rethink, and Reshape"
Pictures taken during ELF 2018 at Sunway University © 2018. LSESU Malaysia Club.
The Economic and Leadership Forum (ELF) is an annual event supported by the London School of Economics and Political Science Students' Union Malaysia Club (LSESUMC) in Malaysia. ELF was established in 2014 by a few Malaysian students in London who felt that there was a low awareness among Malaysian youths on the importance and applicability of Economics. Hence, what started out as a one-off forum turned into a well-established event, currently on our 7th year running. Our past themes include discussions on brain drain, Fintech, Inequality and our national Oil and Gas industry.
We noticed that youths in Malaysia lack a platform where they can engage in intelligent discussion with leaders of the different sectors of industry in the country. Hence, we invite these highly-esteemed leaders to participate in our panel discussions and provide keynote speeches to allow us to interact with them through Q&A sessions, and shape our understanding with their experienced views on the role of Malaysia in the current global situation, both from an economic point of view and otherwise.
Our Vision and Mission of organizing ELF is to cultivate youths to have a passion and drive to engage with ideas and be an active participant in our society. We seek to achieve this by equipping Malaysians with relevant knowledge on the pertinent issues we face by tackling hot topics or growing issues of the year. We then invite hundreds of motivated, passionate young minds to be inspired with the ability to understand and help find solutions to issues the country might face.
Attending ELF promises you a platform to share your ideas with our revered panelists and speakers, to grow your horizons to the bigger picture, and to be moved to help use your knowledge to help our beloved Malaysia prosper and develop.
This year, we proudly present you ELF 2020: “Reflect, Rethink and Reshape.” Marching into the third decade of the 21st century, 5G infrastructures, artificial intelligence, etc would almost certainly revolutionise the economic and social aspects of our world. This panel will focus on the much talked about Industrial Revolution 4.0 (IR 4.0). We seek to talk about the preparedness of the Malaysian economy to face the potential disruption, as well as policies that will allow us to harness this wave of change and propel us into becoming a high-income nation. Another panel focuses on recent developments regarding youth engagement in politics and education. The successful constitutional amendment to lower the voting age from 21 to 18 (Undi 18) has raised questions as to the youth’s capacity to responsibly carry out their civic duty. We aim to discuss the adversities faced by young Malaysians eager to be politically involved, as well as their role in recent activist movements, and the potential ramifications on Malaysia’s social fabric.