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ELF 2021

ELF 2021 was organised online due to the COVID-19 pandemic, with speakers and attendees attending the forum via Zoom. Total sign-ups were 797, another record high among all previous ELF forums, with 9 guest speakers and 13 student ambassadors. 

ELF 2021 Theme


Keynote Speakers


Gopi Ganesalingam

Vice President of Tech Ecosystem & Globalization (TEG) at Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation Berhad (MDEC)

Prior Experience and Awards

Independent Board Director
MCIS Life (Insurance) 

Board Director
Junior Achievement Worldwide, Malaysian Chapter

Founder & Group Managing Director
LAVA Protocols Malaysia


Finance, BS
University of Alabama at Birmingham

Hann Liew

Co-Founder of Jirnexu Sdn Bhd 

Prior Experience and Awards

Chief Executive Officer (2016-2019)

Co-Founder and

Former Assistant Vice President, Equities and Funds Structured Markets
Barclays Capital UK

Certified Financial Planner (CFP)
Financial Planning Association Malaysia

Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA)



Bsc Business Mathematics and Statistics
The London School of Economics
and Political Science


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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