Speakers' Profiles

Politicians Forum

Kuasa Anak Muda: Increasing Youth Political Candidacy & Representation In Elections 

Speaker: YB Adam Adli, Deputy Minister, Ministry of Youth & Sports

YB Adam Adli Abd Halim (born July 3, 1989) is a Malaysian politician and student activist who has served as the Deputy Minister of Youth and Sports in the Pakatan Harapan (PH) administration under Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim and Minister Hannah Yeoh Tseow Suan since December 2022 and the Member of Parliament (MP) for Hang Tuah Jaya since November 2022. He is a member of the People's Justice Party (PKR), a component party of the PH coalition. He has also served as the 5th Youth Chief of PKR and Deputy Youth Chief of PH since July 2022.


Speaker: Jo-Anna Sue Henley Rampas, Deputy Head of Wirawati, Parti Warisan Sabah

Jo-Anna Sue Henley Rampas is a young politician from Sabah. She holds a law degree from the University of London, and completed a Master of Laws from the University of The West of England. Throughout her career, Jo-Anna has held several political positions, including serving as the Deputy Head of Wirawati of Parti Warisan Sabah, Head of Wirawati of Tuaran Division, and as the former Political Secretary to the Chief Minister of Sabah, YB Datuk Seri Panglima Haji Shafie Apdal.

Additionally, she has been actively involved in welfare and community programmes in empowering interior locals of Sabah, women and youth as well as a deep passion in early childhood education.With her diverse background and experience, Jo-Anna strives towards having deep understanding of the needs of her community and having a clear vision for the future of Sabah.


Speaker: YB Amira Aisya, ADUN, Puteri Wangsa & Co-Founder, MUDA

YB Amira Aisya, 28, has made a significant impact in Malaysian politics. She shattered barriers as the youngest and first female ADUN (State Assemblywoman) for Puteri Wangsa, amplifying the voices of her constituents. Amira's influential role extends as the Deputy President of MUDA, a youth-led political party, where she advocates passionately for the rights and aspirations of young Malaysians. Her strategic prowess has led her to serve as the election director for Malaysia's 15th General Election, contributing to the democratic process. Recognised for her exceptional leadership potential, YB Amira Aisya was selected as part of the Young Global Leader class of 2023 by the World Economic Forum. Furthermore, she represented Malaysia in the esteemed International Visitors Leadership Programme in 2023, showcasing her international engagement and influence. Her dedication and trailblazing spirit inspires a new generation of leaders in Malaysia.

Speaker: Bawani KS, Deputy Secretary General, Parti Sosialis Malaysia

Bawani is a notable figure in the realms of politics, law and activism. She currently serves as the Deputy Secretary General of Parti Sosialis Malaysia (PSM) and also serves as the Chairperson of PSM in Perak. She is a lawyer by profession, and is also the Managing Partner of Messrs Bawani Nur, a law firm based in Kampar, Perak. She stood as a candidate in GE14 in DUN Malim Nawar as well as in GE15 in DUN Ayer Kuning.

Moderator: Amy Suhana, Content & Marketing Officer, MIDP

Amy is an international relations graduate driven by a profound passion for politics, education, and youth empowerment. Leveraging her background in IR and debating, she excels in providing platforms for young individuals to voice their opinions, question norms, and challenge the status quo. Aside from serving as the Content and Marketing Officer at MIDP, her work revolves around creating opportunities for youth to speak up and empowering them to make a positive impact. Through her role at MIDP, Amy continues to make a difference by fostering an environment of critical thinking, engagement, and growth.

Keynote Sharing

Hard Heart Work: Empowering Refugees And Stateless People In Malaysia

Heidy Quah, Founder, Refuge For The Refugees (RFTR)

Heidy Quah is a champion of human rights. At just 18 years old, she founded RFTR, an organisation that has been making a real difference in the lives of refugees in Malaysia for 10 remarkable years. 

Now at 28 years old, Heidy’s influence extends far beyond Malaysia, as she guides policy and corporate responsibility efforts both locally and internationally. At the moment, Heidy wears multiple hats, including being the Expansion Lead of Pinkcollar, Malaysia's first ethical recruitment agency for migrant workers. She's also an Associate Professor at Taylor's Lakeside University and a PhD supervisor at Australia Catholic University.

Over the past decade, Heidi has received numerous accolades for her work. In 2017, she was named a recipient of the prestigious Queen's Young Leaders Award. And in 2020, she was honoured with the South East Asia Women Of The Future Award for her ongoing contributions to human rights and social equity in the region. 


Youth Forum

IPCMC Now: Addressing Violence & Death In Custody In Malaysia

Speaker: Jernell Tan, Documentation & Monitoring Coordinator, SUARAM

Jernell Tan is currently the Documentation & Monitoring Coordinator at Suara Rakyat Malaysia (SUARAM). She is the former Information & Communications Officer at All Women's Action Society (AWAM). On the side, Jernell is involved in the area of mental health, via the youth-led and youth-run NGO Mental Health Aid Association (Nyawa). 

Speaker: Sharon Wah, Co-Founder, MISI: Solidariti

Sharon Wah is the co-founder of MISI: Solidariti, a youth collective aiming to teach the utility of intersectional perspectives and bring out the value of direct action in Malaysian activism. She was actively involved in the fight against custodial deaths in 2021. Having worked as a campaign member for the IPCMC cluster alongside SUARAM, she lobbied for change through a petition with over 250k signatories, and spoken on various panels— some of which have landed her in some “interesting” encounters with the police.

Speaker: Katrina Jorene Maliamauv, Executive Director, Amnesty International Malaysia

Katrina Jorene Maliamauv is a human rights activist who has worked for over a decade upholding and defending the rights of all people, particularly migrants, refugees and persons in various forms of slavery. Currently serving as Executive Director of Amnesty International Malaysia, Katrina leads the organisation in their campaigns to defend and protect freedom of expression, abolish the death penalty, defend the rights of migrants and refugees, end police violence, and promote an intersectionality of issues and rights.

She has a BSc in Psychology, and is a Chevening Scholarship recipient with a Master’s degree in Applied Human Rights. She is unwavering in the pursuit of justice, a feminist, and a believer in the power of hope, radical love, and collective action to reimagine and create a more inclusive, just and equal world for all.


Speaker: Goh Cia Yee, Criminal Lawyer & Member, Young Lawyers Movement

Goh Cia Yee is a criminal lawyer with extensive experience in handling cases involving prisoners in remand, persons under investigation and detainees without trial for offences such as murder, drug trafficking, immigration and many others. He also provides legal assistance to complainants in cases of police misconduct. He is also a member of the Young Lawyers Movement, a group of public-spirited individuals advocating for better working conditions in the legal profession. In his spare time, he channels his passion for human rights in his writings and articles, hoping to contribute to a larger journey of change for the nation.

Moderator: Saraya Mia, Broadcast Journalist, Astro AWANI

Saraya Mia is a broadcast journalist in Astro AWANI who among others, anchors and produces It’s About Youth, a current affairs talk show that delves into issues concerning young Malaysians and inspires youth to speak up for change.

Being in the news and current affairs industry for about five years, topics such as climate change, wildlife conservation, education, and women and children’s rights have always been her passion as she aims to become the voice of the unheard.

Politicians Presidential Debate

The Rakyat’s Concern: Mitigating The Rising Cost Of Living In Malaysia

Speaker: YB Senator Fuziah Salleh, Deputy Minister of Domestic Trade & Cost Of Living

YB Senator Puan Hajah Fuziah Salleh is a Malaysian politician who has served as the Deputy Minister of Domestic Trade and Costs of Living in the Pakatan Harapan (PH) administration under Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim and Minister Salahuddin Ayub as well as a Senator since December 2022. She served as the Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister's Department in charge of religious affairs in the PH administration under former Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad and former Minister Mujahid Yusof Rawa from July 2018 until February 2020 and as Member of Parliament (MP) for Kuantan from March 2008 to November 2022.

She is a member of the People's Justice Party (PKR), a component party of the PH coalition. She also served as the Women Chief of PKR from July 2020 to July 2022 and Vice President of PKR from November 2010 to August 2014 as well as the State Chairperson of PH of Pahang from March 2019 to September 2022.


Speaker: YB P. Prabakaran, MP, Batu 

YB. P Prabakaran is a Malaysian politician and law student who has served as Member of Parliament (MP) for Batu since May 2018. He is a member of the People's Justice Party (PKR), a component party of the Pakatan Harapan (PH) coalition, and was an independent before joining PKR. He has also served as the Division Chief of PKR of Batu since July 2022 and as the Youth Chief of PKR of the Federal Territory from February 2020 to August 2022.

He is presently the second youngest MP at the age of 27 after Sungai Petani MP Mohammed Taufiq Johari who was born a month later than him. He was the youngest MP from 2018 to 2022 after Johari was elected. However, he is the youngest to be elected at the age of 22 years, 90 days in 2018 in the history of Malaysia.

Speaker: Dr. Ong Kian-Ming, Program Director, Philosophy, Politics & Economics (PPE)

Dr. Ong Kian-Ming is a Program Director in Philosophy, Politics & Economics (PPE) at Taylor’s University, Malaysia. He is a Visiting Senior Fellow at the Yusof-Ishak Institute of Southeast Asia Studies (ISEAS). He is a former two-term Member of Parliament in Malaysia from 2013 to 2022 representing the Democratic Action Party (DAP). He was the Deputy Minister of International Trade and Industry (MITI) from July 2018 to February 2020. He was also a former Fulbright Scholar and holds a PhD in Political Science from Duke University, an MPhil in Economics from the University of Cambridge, and a BSc in Economics from the London School of Economics.

He was formerly a lecturer at UCSI University, a researcher at the Socio-Economic Development and Research (SEDAR) Institute and the Institute of Strategic Analysis and Policy Studies (INSAP) and a consultant with the Boston Consulting Group (BCG) in the KL office. He was an ASEAN Scholar and completed his “O” and “A” levels in Raffles Institution and Raffles Junior College respectively.

Moderator: Emellia Shariff, CEO, MIDP

Emellia was a corporate advisory and civil litigation lawyer turned compliance executive for a multinational GLC in Malaysia. Throughout this time, she was entrusted with Corporate Governance matters, while managing the Whistleblowing channels and cases within the organisation. 

In 2019, she left her corporate job to serve as the CEO of MIDP. Under her leadership, MIDP cemented its role as a leading institute on soft skills education in Malaysia, both in the education and corporate sectors. 

Emellia is also the Managing Partner of Speak Up Malaysia. She is currently leading the project to draft the first ever Corporate Governance Guidelines on Diversity, Equality and Inclusion in the country. She was a part of the team to draft and successfully lobby for the passing of the Anti-Sexual Harassment Bill with the Ministry of Women, the Attorney General's Chambers and Parliament. Emellia is also a consultant for various other Ministries, working hand-in-hand with the Government to create policies, mechanisms and cultures that promote safe, inclusive and productive spaces for Malaysian students and workforce.

Moderator: Keerat Kaur Wathan, President, Scholar’s Club, Taylor’s University

Keerat is an enthusiastic and motivated 19 year old undergraduate who is eager to learn and grow. She is currently the President of the Scholar's Club at Taylor's University and was previously the 1st Runner Up at the English Speaking Union Malaysia Public Speaking Competition in 2021. Keerat is a recipient of the Talent Scholarship from Taylor’s College and Taylor’s University. She has a great passion for the betterment of the world and how the younger generation can do so, which is reflected through her charity work, especially regarding animal rights.


The Abandoned 16%: Building A Better Malaysia For Persons With Disabilities

Speaker: Dr. Anthony Chong, Co-Founder & Secretary, Malaysian Sign Language & Deaf Studies Association

Dr. Anthony Chong is the co-founder and secretary of the Malaysian Sign Language and Deaf Studies Association. He graduated with a PhD degree in Sociology and two masters, namely Linguistics and Deaf Studies with a focus on Cultural Studies. He was the recipient of the World Deaf Leadership Scholarship, funded by the Nippon Foundation for his second master’s degree.

He has presented papers on Deaf People and Culture at various conferences and has authored several articles on topics related to the Malaysian Sign Language and Deaf community. The focus of his study is mainly on the Malaysian Deaf and for this, he is actively involved in Deaf community projects through the association which allow him to conduct research on Deaf people. He is a Deaf activist for more than 20 years with multiple roles: advocate, educator, facilitator, speaker, and researcher.

He was invited as a speaker and facilitator to talk about Deaf people, Deaf culture and Malaysian Sign Language. He also has wide experience in organising programmes, such as international camps and training courses with local associations. His deafness since birth does not stop him from doing what he wishes, which is to see better development in the community.

Speaker: Dr. Noraishah Mydin, Scientist & Spina Bifida Advocate

Noraishah Mydin bt Haji Abdul Aziz, PhD was born on the 3rd of May 1975 with a severe congenital defect known as lipomyelomeningocele. Despite being born with a high spina bifida, she learnt how to walk with the aid of orthoses and crutches and completed the Malaysian education system before reading Developmental Neurobiology at University College London. She made senior lecturer on the 1st of September 2007 and has since done everything in her power to fight for the layman in Malaysia. She abhors any form of patronage and will do everything in her power to champion hardwork and judicious methods of meritocracy. On the 5th of November 2022, Dr Noraishah became the 1st woman of Person With Disability to contest for a Malaysian Parliamentary seat.

Speaker: Fahda Nur, Lawyer & Director, Anak Istimewa Selangor (ANIS)

Fahda Nur is an Advocate & Solicitor of the High Court of Malaya and was called to the Bar in 2001. Fahda’s twenty (20) years of practice was focused primarily on litigation. Formerly an associate at the law firms of Zain & Co. and Tommy Thomas, Fahda is currently the Managing Partner of her own law firm, Fahda Nur & Yusmadi.

Fahda was the former recipient of the National Youth Award (1999) and Commonwealth Youth Award (1999) who continued her passion to work towards community empowerment and is currently focused on issues affecting women and the disabled. In 2017, she was named a Member of the Order of the Crown of Selangor (A.M.S.). She is currently a trustee and director of a foundation and member of the Board of Advisors to Anak Istimewa Selangor (ANIS), after completing her term as Chairman of Majlis Tindakan OKU Selangor (MTOS). She is also a mother of three and was gifted with a special needs daughter born with Down Syndrome.


Speaker: Meera Samanther, Lawyer & Member, Harapan OKU Law Reform Group

Meera Samanther completed her Master of Laws in Intellectual Property and Shipping Law, where she worked as a Commercial Litigator. In 1995 Meera became a member of the Women's Aid Organisation (WAO) and was elected as President in 2000 for several years. Meera was part of a 6 member NGO team that went to New York in 2006 to present before the CEDAW Committee, when the Malaysian government was reporting. In 2010, she was elected as President of the Association of Women Lawyers (AWL) and she now remains as a Committee Member. 

Meera is a part of a 6 member NGO team of the Harapan OKU Law Reform Group that has re-drafted the Persons With Disability Act and presented the draft to various Ministries. In March this year , she was appointed by the Government to be part of the Special Project Team, representing the Bar to amend the present Persons With Disability Act . Meera has on various occasions been on BFM and presented to various Ministries on the need to address Disability Rights in Malaysia.


Moderator: Nara Shahab, Co-Founder, Boleh Space

Nara Shahab is the Co-Founder of Bolehspace, a social enterprise, established to highlight and share issues related to disability. It started from the intention to build a social media platform to create an online community for the disabled during the pandemic. She became a disability advocate starting from the year 2017 when she became a Professional Communication student in UiTM. To date, she has given multiple talks and sharing and the most notable one would be Hari Terbuka Aspirasi Keluarga Malaysia 100 Hari in KLCC back in December 2021 as the moderator for one of their Urban Cafes.

Currently, she is one of Maybank’s employees who strives to give her all to open more doors for disabled out there while playing my role in the society as an advocate for social issues such as #JusticeforBella, accessibility, education and employment of the disabled.



Moderator: Hasbeemasputra Abu Bakar, Founder, SIUMAN

Hasbeemasputra Abu Bakar has been working in human rights since 2009 with, and for various organisations such as Saya Anak Bangsa Malaysia (SABM), Suara Rakyat Malaysia (SUARAM) and the Malaysian Centre for Constitutionalism & Human Rights (MCCHR aka Pusat Rakyat LoyarBurok). He employs various modalities in his advocacy, including facilitating workshops to train new advocates, public speaking engagements, and also engagement with policy and law makers. He has contributed to MCCHR's Activating Malaysians - DIY Toolkit and designed their IdolaDemokrasi workshop, put together SUARAM's 2011 Annual Human Rights Report, and participated in former UN Special Rapporteur for Health, Dr. Dainius Puras' country visit to Malaysia in 2014 as a client-advocate. He was diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder in 2011, and that is the reason why he has chosen to work in the niche of mental health and human rights. He is also the founder of Rangkaian Solidariti Demokratik Pesakit Mental (SIUMAN), a collective of lived experience advocates pushing for inclusion of the disabled in governance.


Youth Presidential Debate

This House Would Accept Refugees & Stateless Children Into Public Schools In Malaysia

Speaker: Ameera Natasha Moore, Triple Asian Debate Champion & World’s Best Speaker (ESL Category)

Ameera has over 10 years of experience in debate coaching. She was the co-coach to Team Malaysia when they ranked top at the prestigious World Schools Debating Championship, and was also a co-coach for Team Qatar when they broke open for the first time. When Ameera was a student at the International Islamic University Malaysia, she was a part-time lecturer for the university debate program. She is currently a coach for a Shanghai-based debate education company, Dialogy.

As a debater herself she is a triple Asian Champion and was a part of the first Asian ESL team to win the Australasians Championship in the Open Category. She is also one of the World’s Best Speaker in the ESL category. As a judge, she was the Chief Adjudicator of the World Universities Debating Championship and has quadruple judged the World’s Finals.

Speaker: Tariq Maketab, 2x Asian Semifinalist & Winner, 8 National & International Debating Championships

Tariq has been involved in debating for almost 2 decades in a plethora of roles: as a debater, he won multiple championships and participated in regional and international competitions. As a coach, he's trained students in South Korea, China, and Thailand to win their own competitions and represent their respective countries. Tariq also took part in public debates regarding minimum wage and school autonomy on BFM. In his legal career, he has worked at Lee Hishammuddin Allen & Gledhill and a billion-ringgit retail conglomerate.

Moderator: Elise Oh En Xin, Law Student, Taylor’s University

Currently pursuing a Bachelor of Laws (Hons) in Taylor's University, Elise has always been an avid fan of debate and public speaking. Other than the mental rigour found in sports, she enjoys planning and hosting events, creative work and reading!  She especially finds passion in events where personal growth is parallel with contributing back to society, so other than being involved with law related clubs, being a part of AIESEC is also a way of realising this for her.

Keynote Sharing

From Passion To Profit: My Entrepreneurship Journey

Julius Ho, Co-Founder & CEO, Arrivo

Julius Ho is the Co-founder and CEO of Arrivo, which is an AI Company that builds innovative Artificial Intelligence products starting with License Plate Recognition. The mission of the company is to create Artificial Intelligence products which have low entry barriers so everyone can adapt Artificial Intelligence into their life with ease. 

Julius also believes that Artificial Intelligence will transform everyone’s life one day. In 2020, Julius and James decided to quit their first job and founded Arrivo together because they believed they have a purpose to change the world using AI. With AI being more sophisticated, Arrivo is ready to push the boundaries and create more meaningful products that make Artificial Intelligence even more user-friendly.

4 years into the entrepreneurial journey, Julius clings to his purpose-led mantra “Protect your purpose and your purpose will protect you.”



The Marginalised Bumiputera: Addressing The Needs & Rights Of Orang Asli In Malaysia

Speaker: Eliana A/P Tan Beng Hui, Programme Coordinator, Apa Kata Wanita Orang Asli

Eliana is an Orang Asli youth from the Jakun tribe from Kampung Petoh, Pahang. She serves as a coordinator for the collective programme Apa Kata Wanita Orang Asli (What Says the Orang Asli Women) and is a Youtuber that uses videos and short films to drive social change and fight for Orang Asli rights. With the group Apa Kata Wanita Orang Asli, Eliana trains female Orang Asli youths that are interested in creating YouTube content. She is also an active panellist and facilitator for film screenings and sharing sessions at multiple schools, including private schools (Chinese Independent School), government schools and universities.

Speaker: Amani Williams-Hunt, Semai Leader & Advocate

A notable and highly respected Semai (a Malaysian Aboriginal individual) leader, Amani has devoted most of his life to campaigning, advocating, and defending the rights of his people to their lands and livelihoods for more than three decades. Popularly known as Bah Tony (his Semai name) by the Orang Asli communities, he is the first Orang Asli graduate from University of Malaya, with a Bachelor’s degree in Economics awarded in 1979. He is also the first male Orang Asli admitted into the legal fraternity. In an interview with the media, Bah Tony revealed that he wanted to be a lawyer to seek justice for his people through the courts and other legal avenues. As a lawyer and social justice activist, Bah Tony has been involved in several Orang Asli land claim cases as a legal representative as well as in supporting roles. 

He served as the President of the Peninsular Malaysia Orang Asli Association from 1987 to 1991 and is currently the Deputy Chairperson of the Malaysian Bar Council’s Committee for Orang Asli Rights.

Speaker: Dr. Colin Nicholas, Founder, Center for Orang Asli Concerns (COAC)

Dr. Colin Nicholas founded the Center for Orang Asli Concerns (COAC) in 1989 and has been the Coordinator of this small volunteer-run organisation since then.  COAC works with Orang Asli – the indigenous minority communities in Peninsular Malaysia – to help build their capacity for the advocacy of their rights and for their self-development.

He received his PhD (with distinction) from the University of Malaya in 2000, writing on Orang Asli politics, development and identity. Colin has authored several popular academic articles and published a few books on Orang Asli and indigenous issues.

He was also an expert witness in seven Orang Asli land rights cases, several of which were precedent-setting. He is also associated with JOAS, the Indigenous Peoples Network of Malaysia, and the Chiang Mai-based Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP).

Speaker: Jerald Joseph, Director, KOMAS

For the last 30 years, Mr Jerald Joseph has been a human rights defender and an experienced trainer consultant with a focus on issues concerning the rights of the Orang Asli community, elimination of racial discrimination, and economic, social and cultural rights (ESCR). With this extensive experience, he has made significant contributions to promoting non-discrimination and combating racial discrimination in Malaysia.

Mr Joseph has served as a Commissioner of SUHAKAM and chaired the Working Group of Complaints and Monitoring. He has also been actively involved in various human rights CSOs, including leading NGOs reporting to the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) Working Group in Geneva.

Additionally, he holds advisory and leadership positions in international and regional organisations such as Forum ASIA, International Movement for Catholic Student Asia-Pacific (IMCS), Pax Romana ICMICA Asia Pacific, and board memberships in Pusat KOMAS and Greenpeace Southeast Asia. His dedication to human rights extends to his involvement in governmental committees, including the Consultative Council on Foreign Policy and the Independent Committee on Migrant Workers. He continues to contribute as a human rights consultant and trainer both locally and globally.

Speaker: John-Son Oei, Co-Founder & Group CEO, Epic Collective

Established in 2010, John-Son Oei inspires, mobilises and empowers individuals to live extraordinary lives dedicated to creating a positive impact around them. This is best shown through John-Son's flagship initiative, Epic Homes, which focuses on building homes for marginalised indigenous communities while bridging the gap between the rural and urban divide. To date, Nearly 7000 volunteers were mobilised to build homes for almost 200 families in 16 villages across Malaysia.

John-Son has also been proudly involved in community development projects around the region, while also establishing itself as a consultant to organisations from multiple sectors, including the Malaysian government and most recently the Obama Foundation.

John-Son’s work has also won him recognition and awards; amongst which include being accepted into the prestigious Ashoka Fellowship, The Muhammad Ali Humanitarian Award for Dedication in 2017, being listed in Forbes 30 under 30 in 2016, and SME Malaysian Social Entrepreneur of the Year in 2017. John-Son also served on the Board of Directors of Malaysian Global Innovation & Creativity Centre (MaGIC) from 2019-2021.



Moderator: Nailah Huda, News Anchor & Journalist, Astro AWANI

Nailah Huda is a news anchor and journalist in both broadcasting and digital media platforms with Astro Awani. She is experienced in presenting news, hosting programmes, producing content, reporting news as well as conducting interviews. Nailah is deeply motivated to speak truth to power and is against injustice.


Accelerator Workshops

Leadership And Communication Skills: The Power Of You(th)

Trainer: Leeroy Ting, Head, Regional Public Affairs, CARSOME

Leeroy Ting is a law graduate who is deeply passionate about public policy and leadership. He currently leads the Regional Public Affairs function at Carsome, Malaysia’s first unicorn and Southeast Asia’s largest integrated car e-commerce platform. Prior to this, he established and led the Public Policy and Government Affairs team at Shopee Malaysia - growing the role from a team of 1 to a team of 12 spanning 3 distinct functions.

Leeroy also has meaningful experience in Government, having served as a Special Officer to the Minister of Domestic Trade & Consumer Affairs and Perdana Fellow to the Prime Minister of Malaysia. He is also an accomplished debater, having won multiple speaker awards and crowned champion of various national and international competitions.

Career Development: From Dreams To Reality

Trainer: Harinder Sekhon, Athlete, Two Time Box-Jump World Record Holder

Harinder Sekhon, a renowned professional athlete and high school mathematics teacher, brings a unique blend of athletic prowess and academic expertise. As a two-time world record holder in the categories of "highest single leg box-jump" and "highest seated box-jump," Harinder's exceptional achievements exemplify his dedication to pushing boundaries. Currently training with the national long jump team, he has also represented the nation in cricket, showcasing his versatility and commitment to sports. With an unwavering belief in the value of hard work, discipline, and dedication, Harinder inspires individuals to strive for excellence in all aspects of life.

Digital Literacy: Click. Create. Communicate

Trainer: Firzana Redzuan, Advocacy and Outreach Officer at KRYSS Network

Firzana founded Malaysia's first youth-led child sexual abuse prevention NGO, Monsters Among Us (MAU). Currently, she serves as the interim President of Protect and Save the Children, a child rights NGO providing educational tools and capacity building for adults to combat sexual violence involving children. She is also the Advocacy and Outreach Officer at KRYSS Network,  focusing on projects pertaining to meaningful internet access as a human rights and bodily autonomy for students.

Previously, she was a Programme Officer with ARROW's Information and Communications team for almost two years working on projects on gender equality and the harmful practice of female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C). She is legally trained in civil law (LLB) and Syariah Practice (DLSA) and has been called to the Bar in 2021. She is also an alumni of the YSEALI Academic Fellowship and has participated in Indonesia's Women Ulama Congress as an observer in 2022.


Safe & Vibrant Campus For All: Say No To Sexual Harassment

Trainer: Shakirah Rahman, Senior Partner, Speak Up Malaysia

Shakirah Rahman is a Senior Partner at Speak Up Malaysia which focuses on enhancing workplace ethics, eliminating gender and sexual harassment, as well as creating safe spaces through training and various tools to improve compliance, corporate governance and organisational culture. She is also a regional Head of Growth in the Education Technology sector where she develops organisational strategies and policies, including policies on child protection and safety in online spaces. Passionate about gender rights, she has been a member of Young Women Making Change (YWMC) Malaysia since 2014, pushing for legal reform and public education on sexual harassment. Through this initiative, she went on to participate in the drafting of the Anti-Sexual Harassment Act 2022. She previously facilitated workshops with Projek Layang-Layang educating adults on child sexual abuse. She has also served on the British High Commission's Successor Generation Initiative Advisory Board as well as the National Youth Consultative Council.


Fake News: Being Responsible Digital Citizens

Dr. Nurul Wahidah Mahmud Zuhudi, Senior Lecturer & Impact Lab Hub Leader, School of Media & Communication, Taylor's University

Dr. Nurul Wahidah is an accomplished academic and researcher in visual communication and new media. She is passionate about education and enjoys motivating students to learn new things. She earned her Ph.D. from Universiti Sains Malaysia and is dedicated to encouraging critical thinking and a dynamic learning environment. She has made significant contributions to the field of learning by utilising the innovation of digital media platforms as a teaching approach, and she has received a number of awards and recognition for her efforts. For her, learning never stops as she continues on her path to greater success.