06 December 2017


Kuala Lumpur: In an effort to empower youths to start playing a role in shaping ASEAN's future, CIMB Foundation ("the Foundation") organised the fifth edition of its Young ASEAN Leaders ("CIMB YAL"), this time in partnership with Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM).


CIMB YAL is an annual event that promotes learning, networking and cross-cultural understanding amongst ASEAN youths. This year's programme brought together 50 undergraduates from Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam for a four-day workshop on ASEAN's economic future, with the theme ‘Sharing Economy Beyond Boundaries’. The programme content is specially curated every year to help these youths foster a better understanding of current issues, and a deeper sense of shared responsibility in shaping ASEAN’s sustainable future based on the principle of inclusivity.


The programme, which features different themes every year, is also aimed at creating a platform for young ASEAN leaders to share experiences and be inspired to initiate programmes that benefit their respective home communities. This year’s theme – Sharing Economy Beyond Boundaries – focuses on two sub-topics, firstly, the Fourth Industrial Revolution characterised by new technologies that blur the lines between the physical and virtual worlds, defining new ways for us to live, work and connect and secondly, the concept of a sharing economy that aims to democratise and leverage on a community's collective physical and intellectual resources.


Dato’ Hamidah Naziadin, Chief Executive Officer, CIMB Foundation said, “It is imperative that youths be empowered to help us shape the future of ASEAN, for they are the ones who will inherit it from current leaders. And what better time than during their undergraduate years to inculcate in them the importance of embracing and promoting ASEAN's diversity to maintain its strength, peace and prosperity as an economic bloc supporting over 630 million people?"


The four-day workshop discussed ASEAN Identity and Unity, Entrepreneurship in the Fourth Industrial Revolution, Socio-economics of ASEAN countries, and Online Web Creation and e-Commerce. There was also a special panel session on ‘Entrepreneurship’ featuring successful young entrepreneurs across the ASEAN region. Key speakers for the panel session include Ambika Sangaran (Partner, Biji-Biji Initiative), Mohamed Ismail Shaik (CEO and Co-Founder, Jom Tumpang), Wan Nong Muzafar (CEO, ILM Legacy Sdn. Bhd.), Rhonwyn Hagedorn (Founder and Managing Director, Project WHEE), and Ilylia Kamaruzaman (Founder and Managing Director, Roboticist Malaysia).


“The Fourth Industrial Revolution has given rise to a borderless world where collaborative and on-demand economy is fast becoming the norm, democratising the way goods and services are supplied, and information is shared. Our aim is for the participants to not only brainstorm on opportunities afforded by this new tech-defined operating landscape, but also reflect on how such developments may exclude pockets of society. The key to ASEAN’s future success lies in these youths, whom we hope will develop into holistic strategists and effective change agents who can successfully embrace the new frontier, anticipate the next, and most importantly address the pressing needs of tomorrow to ensure ASEAN's sustainable success as a region," added Hamidah.

Dato' Hamidah Naziadin, CEO of CIMB Foundation (Fifth from left), Dato’ Robert Cheim, CIMB Foundation Board of Trustee (Fifth from right), Professor Dato’ Dr. Imran Ho Abdullah, Deputy Vice-Chancellor Industry and community partnership of Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (Fourth from right), Professor Datuk Dr. Rokiah Haji Omar, Director University Community Transformation Centre (Third from right), Professor Dr. Mohd Aderi Che Noh, Deputy Director, University Community Transformation Centre, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (Fourth from left), and Freddie Ancho Bian, Head of Corporate Responsibility, CIMB Foundation (Second right) with delegates at the closing ceremony of the 2017 CIMB Young ASEAN Leaders programme, to empower youths to start playing a role in shaping ASEAN's future.