Eleven industry leaders are helping us to identify 30 young Malaysian leaders to know for our Gen.T 2020 list
It's been a challenging time in Malaysia and the rest of world in the wake of Covid-19, but life must still go on as best as it can in anticipation of a new normal.
Here at Tatler, we have been hard at work preparing for the fourth edition of Malaysia's Gen.T List. Helping us is a panel of experts known as the Tatler Tribe who will curate a strong list of young leaders making an impact right now.
Over the next few months, we will be working closely with them. They will submit their nominations and give us an insight into all the candidates and their respective industries before we come up with a shortlist.
This year's Tatler Tribe consists of well-established names in fields like technology, arts, finance as well as science and healthcare. They join the ranks of past Tatler Tribe members including Dato’ Simon Foong, Kathy Lam, Tan Sri AK Nathan and Azran Osman-Rani.
This serial entrepreneur needs no introduction as he is one of the pioneers of tech startups in the country. The businessman behind Catcha Group is also the force behind iFlix, iCar Asia, Frontier Digital Ventures and iProperty. Thanks to his foresight, he has helped shape and influence the way we consume and use technology.
Grove continues to be passionate about transforming Malaysia as a leader in digital economy in Southeast Asia.
Surina Shukri is the CEO of Malaysia’s Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC). She brings with her two decades of experience working across a diverse range of companies including global multinationals, middle market companies and early stage startups in such sectors as financial services, natural resources and technology.
She spent the bulk of her professional career in the US, including 17 years at JPMorgan Chase & Co. She left in 2018 to start SheNovation Ventures, where she advised fintech and blockchain startups on growth strategy and capital raising, as well as consulted business leaders on culture change and transformation.
Prior to joining Endeavor Malaysia as its managing director, Arthur Chan had worked on various projects that cover both consumer and business banking for more than 20 years.
In his most recent role, Chan was the Head of Group Marketing and Branding for Alliance Bank. During his tenure, he was an essential part of the team that successfully enhanced the organisation’s focus in the SME segment and developed the BizSmart programme. Part of the programme featured the BizSmart Challenge, which saw more than 100 startups benefitting from mentorship and funding.
Andrew is a consulting partner at PWC Malaysia. His experience is focused around strategic growth and delivering transformative outcomes. He is heavily involved in the movement to redefine value creation, broadening beyond traditional financial measures.
Andrew also leads the Sustainability & Climate Change practice for PWC's South East Asian Consulting services, and is a key figure in developing the corporate sustainability agenda across Southeast Asia. He has personally led over 150 corporate and developmental sustainability engagements across the region.
Datuk Hartini Zainudin
Datuk Hartini is a prominent child activist who also currently serves as a consultant for various government and UN organisations. She is the co-founder of Yayasan Chow Kit (formerly known as NurSalam) and served as the Head of Advocacy and Funding as well as the Outreach programme in Chow Kit.
She is also the vice president of Voice of the Children, a local NGO that does advocacy work, law and policy reforms as well as training on children’s issues. She currently dedicates her time towards ensuring the marginalised community has their basic needs and rights attended to during the movement control order.
Patricia is the co-founder and Platform Lead of Circles of Angels. A former regional banker, She has also invested in various internet startups in Asia Pacific region - focusing on companies giving back and making positive impact to local communities tackling United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UNSDG).
Patricia believes the greatest positive impact one can make is by championing, mentoring, guiding, and investing in the social enterprise space.
Currently, she is focused on empowering Stratificare, WEDU and The United Nations Development Programme Asia Pacific YouthCo:lab’s young entrepreneurs in ASEAN and China to connect and influence the impact ecosystem.
The man behind Joe Sidek Productions is in the business of arts. He has played major roles in various forms of art expression – from event management and art curatorship to restaurant ownership and even costume design.
Besides growing the George Town Festival in Penang into the international stature that it now enjoys, Joe was also the brainchild behind the Rainforest Fringe Festival in Kuching. He also runs his family-owned textile chemical factory.
A twist of fate led Lim Wei-Ling to open her own art gallery after a small exhibition of her own personal artworks resulted in artists knocking on her door. Today, she runs two art galleries and is one of our nation’s highly sought-after art consultants.
Tengku Datin Paduka Setia Zatashah
Tengku Zatashah is the royal patron of Make-A-Wish Malaysia and president of the Alliance Francaise de Kuala Lumpur.
She is also passionate about environmental sustainability and champions against single-use plastics and food wastage on her social media, under the #sayno2plastic and #zerofoodwastage campaigns.
Datin Sri Lara Hussein
Coming from a political economics background, Datin Sri Lara ventured into advertising by chance. She played key roles in Bates and Y&R before starting Brand Energy, a creative consultancy company handling an array of global names such as Shell, Cadbury and P&G.
In 2003, Datin Sri Lara joined the M&C Saatchi network, setting up the KL office of one of the most sought-after agencies in the world. Under her decade-long leadership, M&C Saatchi continues to excel, winning numerous industry awards and accolades.
Dr George Lee
After attending Cambridge for medicine, Oxford for surgery and Imperial College of London for urology, this polymath became a consultant urologist in the UK for a few years before returning to Malaysia to serve the nation.
Dr Lee is currently a clinical Associate Professor of Surgery at Monash University and Consultant Urological Surgeon at Gleneagles Intan Medical Centre, Kuala Lumpur. He has published extensively in Biochemical Journal, BJUI and International Urology and Nephrology.
An advocate for men’s health, he has also given a few TEDx talks.
Learn about our Gen.T Asia methodology here and stay tuned for more on our Gen.T 2020 List.