Meet the youngest honourees on the Gen.T List 2021

From founding Hong Kong’s first diverse modelling agency to creating artworks that celebrate the untapped potential of neurodivergent people, this year’s youngest Gen.T List 2021 honourees are making waves in their respective industries. Read on to learn more about them and the achievements that bagged them a spot on this year’s list. 

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Wan Jamila Wan Shaiful Bahri

Age: 19
Profession: Artist and founder, ArtJamila Gallery
Location: Malaysia

The youngest honouree on the Gen.T List this year, artist Wan Jamila Wan Shaiful Bahri made headlines in 2020 with her artistic tribute to frontline workers fighting Covid-19 in her native Malaysia. The self-taught artist, who is autistic and previously non-verbal, initially used art to communicate with the world but has since won awards for her paintings, which highlight themes related to sustainability and diversity.

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Anne-Marie “Harmony” Ilunga

Age: 23
Profession: Founder and CEO, Harmony HK
Location: Hong Kong

After facing discrimination as an African model in Hong Kong, Anne-Marie “Harmony” Ilunga–who was born in the Democratic Republic of Congo and moved to the city as a refugee in 2011–founded a different kind of modelling agency, Harmony HK. Since its inception in 2018 Harmony HK has worked to represent Hong Kong’s ethnic minority groups and refugees through greater representation in fashion shows, music and arts.

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Lee Zii Jia

Age: 23
Profession: Badminton Player
Location: Malaysia

Bringing home victory for his country at the prestigious All England Open earlier in 2021––and knocking out two world champions along the way––23-year-old Badminton player Lee Zii Jia has had quite a year. The young star has been playing since he was 6 and turned pro at 13, thanks to the support of his sporting family––his parents both represented Malaysia in basketball. 

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Natalie Chung

Age: 24
Profession: Co-founder and Director, V’Air Hong Kong
Location: Hong Kong

Natalie Chung’s journey towards social entrepreneurship started when she was still at school. A classroom talk about climate change from legendary Hong Kong explorer Rebecca Lee prompted Chung to think about the impact of tourism on our planet, eventually leading her to co-found social enterprise, V’Air Hong Kong. Promoting sustainable tourism and climate education through ecotours and environmental education workshops, V’Air was founded and run by Chung and other team members that won the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference Hong Kong Tertiary Schools Challenge. 

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King Alandy Dy

Age: 24
Profession: Co-founder and CEO, Expedock
Location: Philippines

24-year-old Filipino tech entrepreneur King Alandy Dy wants to revolutionise the global supply chain’s digital infrastructure by eliminating inefficiencies and reducing room for error. His start-up, tech firm Expedock uses AI to make sense of documents with 99.95 percent accuracy, without the need for templates or instructions and is already used by some of the world’s biggest logistics firms.

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