GIFT’s Malaysia Young Leaders Programme (YLP) builds on our experience conducting close to 50 executive education programmes across the region. Facilitated by the Global Institute for Tomorrow (GIFT), the Malaysia YLP adapts the Global Leaders Programme for a Malaysia context, combining intellectual rigor, a beyond-classroom methodology and an output-driven approach to leadership development. The two-week programme provides a platform where young professionals from all parts of society can engage in constructive dialogue, equip themselves to be effective leaders and collaborate across sectors and industries.
PROGRAMME STRUCTURE & CONTENT
Invites participants to speak openly about their understanding of Malaysia and its future, through candid discussion, debate and role play.
In teams, participants carry out research and due diligence for the upcoming field project.
Rigorous field-based learning alongside intensive business planning sessions to truly “think outside the box”.
Final Forum & Business Output
Participants present the highlights of their analysis and proposal to key project stakeholders from business, government, civil society and media.
module one: challenging business orthodoxy
Module One consists of the core curriculum and conveys a new narrative of Malaysia, its role in ASEAN and the world; economic development and the role of different sectors in society. GIFT’s original classroom-based content challenges participants to go beyond conventional wisdom and business orthodoxy, spurred by topics ranging from the impacts of globalisation; the shifting relationship between business and society; the roles for government, business, civil society and media among others.
Rather than listening to lectures from experts, participants engage in open and candid discussion, debates and role plays, allowing them to internalise often new or unfamiliar views and then come to their own conclusions. Sessions are led by GIFT facilitators and guest speakers and are carefully designed to provide a safe, non-threatening environment that encourages participants to speak openly and honestly, become intellectually engaged, and develop the skills required to assert their views and learn from others.
DISTINGUISHED GUEST SPEAKERS & MENTORS
TAN SRI DATUK DR. REBECCA FATIMA STA MARIA
Former Secretary-General of the Malaysia Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI)
TAN SRI DATO' SRI DR ZETI AKHTAR
Former Governor of Bank Negara Malaysia
Former CEO of Prudential New Markets-Asia
TAI SOOK YEE
Former Group Managing Director of IMC Industrial Group
PROF. HIDEAKI TAKAHASHI
Professor, Keio University
Between Module One and Module Two, participants have the opportunity to further research and carry out due diligence on the upcoming field project. Interim Team Assignments will assist in furthering collaboration and discussion around the issues in preparation for Module Two.
MODULE TWO: EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING
Module Two is the experiential component of the programme. Participants' skills are tested on a variety of levels, as is their ability to collaborate effectively across sectors to drive a successful outcome. Module Two is also an opportunity to play a pioneering role in the creation of a socially beneficial output for Malaysia and show what can be achieved through cross-sectoral collaboration.
Module Two includes project site visits, stakeholder meetings and project planning sessions to gather information and insights, conduct in-depth analysis and acquire practical knowledge about project topics. Fresh perspectives and new ideas are consolidated into a robust business plan or policy paper. Highlights of the plan are presented to a wide variety of stakeholders at a final forum on the final day of the programme.
PROJECT PARTNERS & EXPERIENTIAL FIELD PROJECTS
GIFT’s programmes are conducted in partnership with a local SME, social enterprise, non-governmental organisation, or government agency that are looking to address critical socio-economic and environmental concerns. A partner’s business model and aspirations for growth for example, provides participants with a central motivating challenge, which they tackle during Module Two.
The output produced by participants provides practical value to the partner, through objective observations and recommendations for improvement. It typically includes an original business model, sales and marketing plans, policy recommendations, organisational and governance recommendations, social impact assessment and financial projections.
CREATING A NETWORK OF COMMUNITY SPORTS HUBS IN MALAYSIA (2017)
Project Partner: Ministry of Youth & Sports, Malaysia
Output: Proposal for a Suka Sukan Trust to fund the revitalisation and construction of sports hubs across Kuala Lumpur and to select operators to run affordable and community-based sports programmes.
For photos and output from the previous Malaysia YLP, please view here.
View past Business Plans developed by participants on our programmes in the Business Plan Archive.
BUSINESS PLANNING SESSIONS
Participants meet with government, community and business leaders to gain greater understanding of specific social, political and economic landscape. They learn how to be flexible and pragmatic in their approach to problem-solving.
Participants gain direct exposure to issues shaping the future and are encouraged to “connect the dots” from the global level to the local and practical levels. Field-work builds empathy and an appreciation of the impacts their decisions have on others.
Following site visits and through frank and open discussions, participants question and test their assumptions, learn to navigate conflicting and contradictory views, and learn to transform concepts and theories into practical and actionable ideas.
The Malaysia YLP culminates in a public forum, where participants present highlights of their analysis and proposal to an audience of key project stakeholders, including business leaders, potential investors, community representatives and government officials.
This live learning platform gives participants an opportunity to refine their communication and presentation skills. At the same time it drives interest and engagement in the implementation of the project among key stakeholders.
UPCOMING Malaysia YLP 2018
Majestic Hotel, Kuala Lumpur | 2 - 7 April 2018
Kuala Lumpur & Kampar, Perak | 22 - 27 April 2018
An Integrated Approach to Forest and Land Management through Sustainable Agricultural Practices in the Palm Oil Industry
In partnership with Wild Asia, a social enterprise promoting traceability among groups of independent palm producers, YLP participants will propose a scalable business model framework to integrate independent producers into the local and global palm oil supply chain through sustainable agricultural practices.
The field project will expose participants to an industry which, although integral to the national economy, must become more socially and environmentally sustainable if it is to contribute to a more prosperous Malaysia and ASEAN.