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ELF 2020


ELF 2020 was organised in hybrid form due to COVID-19 pandemic, with speakers invited to speak at the venue and attendees could attend the forum via Zoom platform.  Total sign-ups were 793, a record high among all ELF forums, 9 guest speakers and 25 student ambassadors. 

ELF 2020 Theme

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Keynote Speakers

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Dr Tng Boon Hwa

Deputy Director, Bank Negara Malaysia

Prior Experience and Awards

Senior Economist
Bank Negara Malaysia
RAM Holdings Berhad
Young Malaysian Research Prize 2016
World Bank


PhD in Economics

University of Malaya

BA and MA in Economics

University of Western Ontario

Dr. Muhammed

Abdul Khalid

Managing Director/Co-founder,

DM-Analytics Board of Trustee,

Malaysia Institute

of Economic Research (MIER)

Prior Experience and Awards

Economic Advisor

Prime Minister Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad


Council of Eminent Persons' (CEP) secretariat

Director of Research

Khazanah Research Institute

Senior Technical Advisor

Institute of Strategic and International Studies

Director of Research

UNDP Malaysia




Institut d’études Politiques de Paris

Master’s Degree in Economics

University of Malaya

Bachelor Degree

University of Southern California

Panel 1

Leaders of Tomorrow:

The Current State of Malaysian Youth

Tharma Pillai


Advocacy Director and Co-Founder, #Undi18

Prior Experience and Awards

Ministerial Appointee

National Youth Consultative Council

Malaysia Country Lead (Account Manager) - Education

TechSource Systems

Regional Sales Engineer for Middle East & North Africa

Intralink Techno Sdn Bhd

Perdana Scholar Award 2016

Prestige 40 under 40 2019


BSc in Mining Engineering

Virginia Tech

Prior Experience and Awards


Yang Berhormat

Michelle Ng

Assemblywoman, Selangor State Legislative Assembly for Subang Jaya constituency

Legal Bureau Secretary, Democratic Action Party (DAP)

Legal associate

Gobind Singh Deo & Co

Sreenevasan Young


Inner Temple

Prior Experience and Awards


Bachelor of Laws

London School of Economics and Political Science

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Chan Soon Seng

CEO, Teach For Malaysia

Programme Director

Teach For Malaysia Fellowship

Post-Graduate Diploma in Education

Universiti Utara Malaysia

Degree in Management and Marketing

Murdoch University

Panel 2

Frontiers of Tomorrow: The Fourth

Industrial Revolution 


Dato’ Yasmin Mahmood

Prior Experience and Awards

Managing Director, FutureReady Consulting Sdn Bhd

Chairman, Pos Malaysia Berhad

Board member, Bintulu Port Holdings Berhad

Executive Director

YTL Communications Sdn Bhd


YTL e-Solutions Bhd


Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC) Sdn Bhd

Malaysia and ASEAN Representative

World Economic Forum (WEF)

International Telecommunication Union (ITU)

World Islamic Economic Forum (WIEF)

Top 100 Influential People in World’s Digital Government

Managing Director

Microsoft Malaysia

Global Leadership Award 2017

Leadership Excellence in Digital Transformation


BSc in Computer Science and Applied Maths

University of New South Wales

Yeoh Chen Chow

Prior Experience and Awards



Co-Founder, Fave Group

Regional Operations Director

Groupon Asia Pacific

Product Manager


Management Consultant


Eisenhower Fellow Awardee

BSc in Computer Engineering

Cornell University


Mr. Ryan Sim

Partner, Malaysia Global

Compliance and Reporting Leader

Ernst & Young Tax Consultants 

Prior Experience and Awards

Head of Cloud First practice

Accenture Technology Malaysia

SAP Technical Consultant

Diagonal Consulting

Java Developer

IHS Global Insight

Certified Project Management Professional (PMP)


Bachelors Degree (Hons) in Computer Science

Universiti Teknologi Malaysia


Mark Disney

Kolej Tuanku Ja'afar

Mark has been in Malaysia since 1992.

He left Oxford with a degree in English Literature, so inevitably moved into accounting with what is now PwC.


He has worked in the education sector as a lecturer, publisher, editor, consultant and salesman, before recently returning to teaching at Kolej Tuanku Ja'afar where he helps students prepare for top-tier universities.


He likes politics, religion and football but not necessarily in that order. 


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