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CAAYE has a mission to create and sustain a recognized body that exists as part of the official Commonwealth process and is able to engage, contribute to and impact the work of the Commonwealth to raise awareness and address the issues of young entrepreneurs.
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The 3rd edition of CAAYE Young Entrepreneur Summit will be hosted in Brunei Darussalam, following the success of previous summits in Mumbai (2012) and Colombo (2013).
"CAAYE has achieved numerous recognition since we were formed in 2011, including being recognized as a Best Practice by the Commonwealth Secretariat. We look forward to provide a platform for young entrepreneurs to connect, enhance the trade in the region and touch the hearts of Commonwealth young entrepreneurs at our annual CAAYE Summit."
– Nurul-Huda Mohamed Afandi
2014 President of Commonwealth Asia Alliance of Young Entrepreneurs (CAAYE)
"Dear Delegates, The Young Entrepreneurs Association of Brunei (YEAB) welcomes you to Brunei Darussalam. As a founding member and key participant of CAAYE since its inception, we look forward to contributing to the growth and progress of the alliance through the 3rd CAAYE Young Entrepreneur Summit. The 2014 Summit will focus on sharing best practices around the central theme 'Innovate with Purpose' that will bring together 200 dynamic entrepreneurs from 9 countries in the Commonwealth-Asia region and Nepal to participate in the summit proceedings, field visits and communique development. Together, we can build a more sustainable and socially responsible entrepreneurship ecosystem! We hope to see you in Brunei."
President of YEAB
Summit Chair 2014 & CAAYE Brunei Representative
MK Curtain Group of Companies
KFC (B) Sdn Bhd
K.M.S.T Sdn Bhd
Bangladesh Youth Leadership Center
Ministry of Industry and Primary Resources
JJ Confectionery (P) Ltd
Malaysia Graduate Entrepreneur Association (PUGM)
Digital Entrepreneurs Organization
Aries Agro Ltd
Malaysia Graduate Entrepreneur Association
Heng Hiap Industries Sdn Bhd
Young Entrepreneurs Forum (YEF)
Lohia Group of Companies
*** Volunteer registration has already closed ***
Dr Rahul Mirchandani is the Executive Director of Aries Agro Limited, an Indian Multinational company in the business of manufacturing of specialty plant nutritional solutions.
Winner of the 2011, 2012 & 2013 Inc India Awards for the 500 fastest growing mid-size companies in India, 2013 Inc India Innovative 100 Award for the 100 most innovative Indian companies under the categories of product design and responsible business, 2008 CNBC Emerging India Award in the FMCG, Food and Agribusiness Sector and the 2010 Brand Innovator Award, Aries is consistently recognized among India's best-in-class companies with 85 brands in the niche plant nutrition industry selling at 90,000 retail outlets across India and also in 11 countries globally. Rahul holds a Doctorate in Management Studies and is also a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) and holds an MBA from the University of Canberra, Australia.
Rahul has delivered sessions on Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the Oxford University, UK and has lectured at over 50 B-Schools in India. A Past National Chairman of CII's Young Indians he is the architect of Yi's Farmers Net program and has served on the CII Agriculture, Innovation, International Policy and India@75 National Councils. He has been the Chairman for the Yi's Next Practices platform and has also chaired Yi's International Relations and Partnerships, playing a key role in connecting Yi with 28 Youth organisations globally. Rahul was the President of the Indian Delegation at the G20 Young Entrepreneur Summit in France, the Chair of the G20 YEA Governance Committee and is the Founder of the Commonwealth-Asia Alliance of Young Entrepreneurs (CAAYE).
He is the recipient of the Bharat Ratna Rajiv Gandhi Yuva Shakti Award 2010 in recognition of outstanding achievements towards Youth Empowerment and Inclusive Growth. Recognized as one of the world's foremost achievers in his field, Rahul is listed in the Who's Who in the World 2013 and is a Fellow of the Aspen Global Leadership Network's India Leadership Initiative.
Shaban Khalid started his engagement with the Islamabad Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ICCI) in 2007-2008 when he initiated the Young Entrepreneurs Forum (YEF); the only youth entrepreneurship initiative within any Chamber in Pakistan. YEF works for inculcating an entrepreneurial mindset among the youth, and provides leadership opportunities for them towards a progressive and prosperous Pakistan. It is based on the belief that with 60% population under the age of 25, the only sustainable solution is to encourage the youth to become job creators rather than job seekers. Under his leadership, YEF conducted the first Anti-Corruption Survey, and organized the first Indo-Pak Young Entrepreneurs Bilateral in 2013: only movement to create a linkage between the young entrepreneurs of Pakistan and India.
His active participation and innovation to give ICCI a new direction were rewarded when he was elected the youngest Senior Vice President in 2008. In 2013, he was elected un-opposed the President of ICCI, the second youngest President in any Chamber in Pakistan to date. During his tenure, ICCI has advocated for a better eco-system towards a progressive economy. It remains in close liaison with all stakeholders, including the government, civic bodies, FBR, other Chambers, trade associations, educational institutions, and others. During his time, he has taken on a facilitation role between the business community and the various government departments including FBR and CDA. He is emphasized on entrepreneurial development especially among the youth, in recognition to promote more job creators versus job seekers in the country.
He was also the one of the seven and the youngest delegate from Pakistan to be invited at the President Obama’s Summit on Entrepreneurship (Washington, 2010).
He still remains active in the family business of Steel Manufacturing, and also heads his entrepreneurial venture of an automotive dealership. He also volunteered and helped in relief efforts during the Earthquake (2005) and the Floods (2010).
As President ICCI, Shaban Khalid was selected in July 2014 for 10th Draper Hills Summer Fellowship training program by the Stanford University, USA held at Stanford’s campus in Palo Alto, California. He was selected from over 500 applicants holding outstanding civic records and occupying high-impact positions in the policy, development and social sectors of their countries and was the only Pakistani to represent his country in 2014 in said program. He got the opportunity to meet with diverse and outstanding group of leaders hailing from 25 countries around the world connected with a global community of over 230 Draper Hills Summer Fellows alumni network from over 60 developing democracies worldwide.
Mr. Seah is the Founder and Managing Director of Heng Hiap Industries Sdn Bhd. Coming from humble beginning and a large family, Kian Hoe Seah developed a strong work ethic at a very young age. Helping his parents manage their own recycling initiative while going to school gave him his first exposure to how a business idea can help protect the environment. After completing a degree in mechanical engineering and then earning the Fulbright Research and Development Scholarship to continue his graduate studies, Seah began to focus on the recyclability of plastic and commercialization of its innovations. He closely studied the supply chain of plastics recycling and uncovered inefficiencies that could be easily fixed. Seah connected his knowledge and ultimate goal of protecting the environment to design an integrated supply chain system in the plastics recycling industry. The renewed system reduced the labor force by 40% and logistics by more than 60%. The second step he took to create a better business for plastics recycling was customizing the product. Seah created a new material that passed all necessary environmental and product tests and eventually turned into an entire line of smart plastics. Seah’s socially responsible business practices and method of production is praised and acclaimed by many business and social leaders around the world. He is known for innovative thinking and passion for continually seeking further knowledge and improvement for his plastics venture. When faced with challenges, Seah perseveres to find a sustainable, environmentally beneficial solution. His honest, focused and hardworking personality makes him a role model for young active citizens everywhere, looking to succeed in business while protecting our planet and its resources. For his extraordinary work in sustainable business and plastics recycling, Mr Seah has won the JCI Ten Outstanding Young Persons under the moral and/or environmental leadership category in Brazil 2013 and 2013 JCI Creative Young Entrepreneur Award (M).
Heng Hiap Industries Sdn Bhd, formed in 2002, is at the forefront of developing innovative recycling technologies. Conceived and developed locally, the company has rolled out a total of eight breakthrough technologies to date with eighteen patents filed. One of our groundbreaking mechanical recycling technologies includes transforming plastic scrap into Smart Plastics, which can be used in highly specialized niche applications. Some unique features of Smart Plastics include electric conductive, bio plastics, fast cycle and anti-bacteria. Through Thermal Recycling, the company converts plastics scrap into a New Coal, a substitute with three times calorific value higher than conventional coal. In addition to that the company also converts plastics scrap to New Oil, an industrial equivalent bio diesel with cetane number of higher than 55. The first order from oversea was to export to Netherlands for full robotic production. The company export grew from 9 countries ( including UK, Germany South Africa, and Japan in 2010 and to 22 countries including India, Angola, Japan, Korea , Australia and etc) in 2014, thus penetrating 13 more countries. The applications started from agriculture and packaging industries in 2010 to additional automotive, home appliances and electronic industry. The company also accredited by international standards such as SVHC by SGS Hongkong, Green label Singapore, EU REACH, ISO 19001 and ISO 14001. Through innovation and continuous improvement, all products are both cost effective and less harmful to the environment. The company is currently handle about 5,000MT of scrap plastic per month. Heng Hiap Industries plans to move to new factory by end of 2014. With the new facilities the company could at least double the capacity to meet the growing demand from our customers.
Del Goh has been contributing to the community ever since he graduated from England back in 2003. Currently the vice president of KFC (B) Sdn Bhd, he already has his hands full expanding the fast-food eatery business in Brunei; but he still finds time to contribute in other aspects.
One of which is through the platform of the Young Entrepreneurs Association Brunei (YEAB), in which he has been a member for over 4 years and has just been nominated as the president for the current term. His vision during his tenure is to create a greater awareness for the association in the eyes of the local community.
Another avenue of leadership training which he supports greatly is the local Toastmasters club, which he is currently part of the executive committee member of the Brunei Advanced Speakers' Club. This particular club takes its members to a higher, more professional level in terms of the speaking environment. Believing in the constant improvement of oneself, that is the main driving force behind his life energy.
On top of that, he is an active crossfitter, a Lego collector, a movie enthusiast and an artist at heart.
Nurul is a Chartered Accountant (Australia) and a Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA). A graduate from University of Melbourne, she started her career in KPMG Information Risk Management, before moving to PETRONAS Group Internal Audit. She escaped the corporate cage in April 2010, and is currently enjoying her freedom and exciting life as Founder CEO of Thrift Solutions, specializing in Internet Marketing of Holiday Rentals and Entrepreneur Workshops. She also served as Audit Committee of Malaysian Government Officers Cooperative in 2013-2014.
Voluntary Organization Career
She actively volunteers in several non-profit organizations as per below.
She was President of Melbourne University Overseas Students Service 2000/2001, representing over 7000 international students on campus. Upon returning back to Malaysia, she joined the alumni and served as Secretary of University of Melbourne Alumni Association in Malaysia from 2009-2013.
Nurul joined JCI Petaling Jaya (JCI PJ) in May 2010. She then served as JCI PJ Vice President Business 2011, Executive VP & JCI Youth Advisor 2012, President 2013, and Immediate Past President 2014. She was recently appointed as 2015 JCI Malaysia National Secretary General
In JCI, Nurul has won numerous awards including the Most Outstanding Member of JCI PJ and JCI Malaysia in 2012, Most Outstanding Member at JCI Asia Pacific level in 2013 and Most Outstanding Local President of JCI Malaysia in 2013. She had also been appointed as awards judge for JCI Malaysia Annual National Convention, JCI Asia Pacific Conference and JCI World Congress.
From 2011-2013, she represented Malaysia and JCI PJ as Founding Member of Commonwealth Asia Alliance of Young Entrepreneurs (CAAYE), and is currently serving as 2014 CAAYE President.
As CAAYE President, she has spoken at:
- Commonwealth Regional Senior Officials Meeting, India
- G20 Young Entrepreneur Alliance Summit, Sydney
- International Labour Organisation (ILO) Advocacy and Lobbying Training, Samoa
- United Nations (UN) SIDS Youth Forum, Samoa
Ejaj Ahmad is a consultant, practitioner, and instructor of leadership. He has 10 plus years of experience in the private and nonprofit sectors. Ejaj's passion for leadership development has led him around the world as a speaker and advisor on leadership issues.
Ejaj is the founder and president of the Bangladesh Youth Leadership Center (BYLC), the country's first leadership institute. BYLC aims to create an inclusive, tolerant and just society by training the next generation of home-grown leaders. Since starting BYLC in 2009, he has overseen the organization’s rapid growth—to date, there are 2,000 BYLC alumni, who have logged over 25,000 community service hours, and many of whom have gone on to leadership roles across Bangladesh.
Prior to starting BYLC, he was an economist and entrepreneur in Bangladesh. He worked on economic development projects undertaken by the World Bank, UNDP, and the Bangladesh Government. Ejaj also founded an international trading company engaged in the pharmaceutical sector.
Ejaj regularly speaks at global conferences and workshops, most recently in Nairobi, Kyoto, Zhenjiang, and Colombo. He is an Eisenhower Fellow, Asia Society’s Asia 21 Fellow, Global Fellow of the International Youth Foundation, and recipient of Harvard Kennedy School’s Rising Star Award. Ejaj holds a master’s in public policy from Harvard University and a master of arts with honors in economics from St. Andrews University.
Jacob Joy is Director of JJ Confectionery (P) Ltd, a family owned facility manufacturing toffees, candies and éclairs for Parle and Lotte India. Also playing an active role in the family’s other business interests of plantations’, real estate, hospitality and Automotive tuning (Pete’s).
In 2012, Mr Jacob did his ADP from Wharton University, Diploma is Chocolate and Confectionery Manufacturing, ZDS Solingen, Germany, MBA – International Agri-Food Management, ESSEC Business School, Paris, France & MBA from Bharati Vidyapeeths’s Institute of Management And Entrepreneurship Development, Pune University.
He is board member at MOSC Medical College and Hospital, Kolencherry Board Member at St. Peters Arts College, Kolencherry and Managing Committee Member Christava Mahilalayalam Public School, Alwaye.
At Yi, Mr Jacob was Chapter Chair of Yi Kochi Chapter (2009 -2010), National Student Nets Chair (2010-11) and Co-Chair Membership (2011-12), National Finance Chair 2012-13,National Chair - Youth Affairs( 2013-14) and presently he is National Chair – International Engagement.
Edwin is an aspiring Bruneian entrepreneur who is passionate about promoting a culture of continuous improvement and personal growth. His business ideals are centred around personnel development, innovative business processes and strategic partnerships.
Currently Edwin manages multiple businesses ranging from oil & gas contracting works to retail businesses within Brunei and recently embarked on outside expansion. His ventures include:
K.M.S.T. Sdn Bhd - an Oil & Gas oriented contracting company set up in 2007 that specializes in personal protective equipment and various other safety related products and services. Other services on offer are industrial chemical cleaning employing best practices and environmentally friendly products.
Prompt Marine Services - a joint venture company that is focused on providing specialized safety products and services especially for the marine industry.
Simpor Resources - a Bahrain based company that was set up in order to provide manpower and other related services from Asia to assist in large scale projects in the Middle East.
Linda & Lydia group of companies - comprises of retail florist/events management, landscaping/garden maintenance and a foreign employment agencies to cater for the domestic market in Brunei.
Edwin has been a member of YEAB since year 2008 and is currently the Secretary of the association. He obtained a BA (Hons) in Computation from Oxford University in 2002.
Founding Member & Brunei Country Representative, CAAYE
Member, Young Entrepreneurs Association of Brunei (YEAB)
Lead Entrepreneur-in-Residence, TruSynergy, Brunei
Fatin recently joined Tru, a private sector entity that scales start-ups. She also co-manages the ASEAN Young Professionals Volunteer Corps (ASEAN) for the Brunei government since its inception in 2013 which seeks to provide a platform for young professionals to do community work across Southeast Asia. She co-founded Green Brunei in 2012, a social enterprise that aspires to educate young people about environmental sustainability by working in partnership with both the public and private sector. At the side, she also manages Organisation for Building Community Resources (OBCR) in Cambodia which focuses on education and micro-financing to lift the Cambodian community out of poverty.
Fatin graduated from King’s College London in September 2014 with an MSc in Emerging Economies and International Development. She was awarded with the Chevening Scholarship from the British government in 2013.
Vice President of Malaysia Graduate Entrepreneur Association
Dr Raja Suzana Raja Kasim is the Vice President of the Malaysian Graduate Entrepreneur Association and Patron of the Executive DBA - Doctorate of Business Management Programme at the Eurogio Management School, Stichting Euregio University in the Netherlands. She is a Visiting Scholar at the Babson Global (a member of the Global Consortium for Entrepreneurship Educations, US). A Postgraduate in Entrepreneurship from Cambridge Judge Business School, University of Cambridge, UK; she takes keen interest in social entrepreneurship and socially relevant innovation. Dr Kazim is the President and Founder of Social Enterprise Malaysia which helps young people living in the marginalised community to start their business. She works actively to build capacity of youth not only in Malaysia, but also in ASEAN countries, Bangladesh and China.
Dr Kazim’s experience includes programmes on socially relevant innovation and entrepreneurship programmes at Babson College, Massachussetts, USA, the Beehive, Paris, France, the Sofia University, Bulgaria, and the Judge Business School, University of Cambridge.
"If you can Dream it, then you can Achieve it" Suraj Rajan, a Serial Entrepreneur from India shares his secret on how he started his journey as Counter Sales executive at Baskin Robbins to create a million dollar business at the age of 29.
Suraj was born in State of Kerela, South India in 1985 and further on he did his schooling at State of Gujarat, West India and then went on to do his Computer Engineering in South India. This travelling across the country has helped him learn the languages of the states which are Hindi, English, Tamil, Malayalam & English. He has attended various leadership Sessions at the Indian Institite of Management, Ahmedabad & Indian School of Business, Mohali & Hyderabad.
His story begins with his first part time job at Baskin Robins at the age of 18, he moved onto work at various part time jobs during his college days from Event management, where in he learnt how to manage Human Resource to a job at a Call Center, where in he learnt to improve his speaking skills and with every new job a new mission to learn and perfect himself as an individual.
At the age of 25, He setup his first Startup " Suraj Logistics India" a freight forwarding company with a vision to become a Single window Logistics Solutions service provider with a State based focus and to have a presence globally. Within 2 years of handling the company he now has a fulltime CEO to handle the day to day operations.
At the age of 27, He has moved on to setup his second Startup " SR Container Carriers" a Transportation Company with a vision " Our Vision is to change the current perception of the carriers and replace it with the one that spells professionalism, satisfaction and technologically-synced by setting up new benchmarks with efficiency & reliability". He has now involved a fulltime CEO to handle its day to day operations and he overlooks the business.
He has recently setup his new Startup, an online store for shipping and packaging supplies as "Paramount Flexipack Pvt Ltd" with a perception in mind to deliver Paramount Quality packaging products online to small scale companies and quality packaging solutions to Multinational Companies based in the state of Gujarat, India.
He was awarded as Youth Transport Personality 2014 ( Western India) from Mahindra Transport Excellence Awards for his second Startup SR Container CarriersHe has been a part of the Commonwealth Asia Alliance of Young Entrepreneurs in Mumbai, India 2012. He has been selected as a part of the Indian Delegation to represent at the G20 Young Entrepreneurs Alliance in Australia, Sydney 2014. During his leadership session at the Indian Institute of Management (Ahmedabad), he has been awarded with the best presentation.He is also currently acting as a Chairperson for Confederation of Indian Industry's - Young Indians (Ahmedabad Chapter).
He is an Avid Reader and Adventure Seeker. His hobbies are Astronomy, Coin Collector.
Wivina Belmonte is the UNICEF Representative to Malaysia and Special Representative to Brunei Darussalam. She is passionate about leveraging social media for social change, to engage, inspire and connect audiences to create social good. Previously, as Deputy Director of UNICEF’s global communications network, she oversaw the organization’s active shift towards social media. She has lectured at Harvard’s Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy on issues of digital literacy and digital citizenship.
She co-authored "Investing in Girls Education – An Opportunity for Corporate Leadership", with Shannon Murphy for the Harvard Kennedy School, Corporate Responsibility Initiative, and wrote an article for the University of Ghent in Belgium, entitled "Child Rights – from theory to practice".
Wivina was a a journalist with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation for nearly two decades, before dedicating herself to development and human rights issues, first with the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Federation, and for the past 13 years with UNICEF. Ms. Belmonte earned her Masters in Public Administration from Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government in 2009, specialising in public policy issues, and was the recipient of the Barbara Jordan Award for Women's Leadership. In 1982 she received an undergraduate degree from Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada, having majored in both international relations and journalism.
CAAYE Country Representative – Maldives
Director Growth & Development – JCI Maldives
Shifaza, a civil society promoter, working towards empowerment of Young People and Women for the development of a better society. She has experience in the private sector in different industries before starting her work for the civil society sector. She joined JCI Maldives in 2009 and has continued her work, participating in different forums and conferences to find developmental opportunities for young people. Her vision for promoting entrepreneurship among young people includes setting up incubators, promoting social entrepreneurship and is exploring other areas.
Shifaza has been elected as the National President if JCI Maldives for 2015.
Varun Lohia is the Executive director of Lohia Group of Companies, which is over 100 years old company in Nepal, involved in various manufacturing and trading activities. Currently Lohia Group has the following companies under its umbrella:
Aarti Soap & Chemical Ind. Pvt. Ltd. : Manufacturing Laundry, Toilet soaps and detergents.
Aarti Vegetable Products Pvt. Ltd.: Manufacturing Refined Soybean, Sunflower and Palmolien oils in collaboration with Adani Wilmar Ltd. India ( the biggest edible oils company in India) under ‘FORTUNE’ brand.
LG International Trading Co. Pvt. Ltd.: Importing FMCG products such as Edible oils from Singapore/India. Juices from South Africa, Detergents from China etc.
LG Thyrocare Nepal Pvt. Ltd.: Medical Diagnostic centre in collaboration with Thyrocare India Ltd.
Varun Lohia completed his schooling from Welham Boys School, India and his graduation from Has Raj College New Delhi. He finished his MBA in finance from Kathmandu University – School of Management.
He was the founder member of Nepal Young Entrepreneurs Forum (NYEF) and currently is its Vice President.
Prabin Gautam is a born entrepreneur. Following his pioneering entrepreneur father, he learnt that if you want to live your dreams you sometimes have to be willing to live by the seat of your pants.
Originally from Nepal, today Prabin is recognised as one of Australia’s most innovative and successful Digital Entrepreneurs. Winner of G20YEA and The EAIC’s Young Entrepreneur of the year awards he is a leading expert in making money online. Prabin has helped companies like Telstra International, British Telecom, Telstra Business and Optus as well as working with 1000’s of small business owners to dominate their digital domains.
Prabin is not only renowned for his digital expertise but also for the extraordinary work empowering children who are disadvantaged to facilitate their communities with special needs to live, laugh and learn.
Dato’ Calvin Khiu founded MK Curtain in year 2005, and has turned it to be a wholesaler for curtains, bed sheets, wallpaper, cushions, carpets and home decoration. From one shop which is located in Nilai, today Calvin has expanded his small business into a big warehouse and expanded to 25 branches in Malaysia (equivalent to 100 shops) within 9 years, including a new 99,000sqf ‘Home Décor Retail Center’. Calvin focuses on high customer satisfaction by sourcing original & quality materials, introducing creative design manufactured by professional tailors and ensuring fast delivery. He also introduced profit sharing concept via a licensing program to his staff to promote entrepreneurship spirit in his team.
Recently, he launched a new brand -"M.Kaye" focusing on premium products. He also introduced chic yet eco-friendly line of beautiful carpets made from recycled textiles. In addition, he expanded his business into producing specialized handbags and accessories under the brand Chairlarry, using eco-friendly cotton, harvested and reared in a sustainable manner.
Dato’ Calvin, despite growing up in a single parent family, working as night market hawker and LPG delivery boy in his teens, has defied all odds to be a millionaire in just 2 years after opening his business and has won numerous awards in Malaysia. He lives by the motto "If I can, everybody also can".
Katherine Ellis joined the Commonwealth Secretariat as Youth Director in March 2012. She brings over 20 years’ diverse experience in senior positions across the private, public and civil society sectors, with extensive expertise in youth development, organizational leadership, and cross-sectoral collaboration.
Katherine's first career in international business provided an excellent basis for a successful transition into social impact, and she has successfully led, transformed, created and advised a number of youth development focused civil society organisations. Katherine brings to her role a unique blend of expertise in youth-led social impact, youth enterprise, and youth leadership and volunteering, combined with organizational development, service delivery, cross-sectoral partnership building and youth policy.
"Through working with young people in environments of empowerment and participation, I have a genuine appreciation for the greatness that is in every young person. I am deeply committed to opening up possibilities for young people to fulfill their potential, and use their energy and talents to make major contributions in the world. When young people are empowered, respected and resourced, they become assets to their societies, and can achieve extraordinary things."
An Australian citizen, Katherine holds a Master in Public Administration from the Harvard Kennedy School, a Master in e-Business, a Bachelor of Commerce, and a Diploma of Youth Work.
Samira Zuberi Himika is a serial entrepreneur, campaigner, Communications & Social issue specialist, product designer, startup mentor, public speaker, art promoter& curator and a vocalist.
She is the Founder & Managing Director of ‘Team Engine’ - a social good company and also the founder of ‘Social Good Foundation’.
This year she is elected as EC board member / Director of Bangladesh Association of Software and Information Services for the tenure of 2014-16 becoming the second woman to lead ICT sector since BASIS started its journey 16 years ago. Throughout her 11 years of work life, she has been dedicatedly producing first-of-its kind projects, platforms for bridging socio-economic gaps and needs of "Missing-Middle" groups mostly.
The country’s pioneer flagship platform and event - "National Entrepreneurship Summit", also her brainchild, has been nationally and globally appreciated and celebrated by 32,000 Bangladeshi entrepreneurs and enterprises in 2013 giving voice to grass‐route level entrepreneurs and ecosystem.
Himika is actively involved in mentoring and promoting entrepreneurs, artisans and creative minds through her organizations. She also represented Bangladesh in Global Entrepreneurship Summit 2013 in Malaysia, participated by 130+ countries.
She is working with "Global Startup Movement", which is active in 130+ countries. As a judge, coach, organizer, public speaker and curator, Himika led and contributed in Startup Weekend Dhaka, Startup Cup Bangladesh, World Bank Hackathon and other 20+ startup events in Bangladesh and abroad.
During her time at BBC as Deputy Head, her BBC Janala team received a global award‐ BBC Reith Award 2010 (best craft category) for extraordinary global innovation in enabling people to learn English language through mobile technology. Her campaign and strategies till February 2012 ensured 10 million individuals used the website, making 18 million phone calls into the mobile platform to learn contents that were developed in‐house.
Mr. Muzamir obtained his first degree in Logistic & Operation Management from University of East London and continues to pursue his second degree in Law from University Technology Mara (UITM) after venturing in working life for 10 years.
He is the Founder and President of PUGM (Malaysia Graduates Entrepreneur Association), a Non-Government Organisation (NGO) in Malaysia. PUGM was formed due to his passion in assisting the youth especially those from rural area as well as school dropout to get an equal share in the global market as an entrepreneur.
Currently he is the Group Managing Director and CEO of a Logistic Company, Agriculture / Plantation Sectors and in a Trading Business as well.
Golf is his interest and he has passion for fast cars.
Hajah Normah S.H. Jamil received her BSc (Hons) Applied Biology from the University of London and her MSc in Botany from The National University of Malaysia (Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia).
She held various positions in the Department of Agriculture during her 24 years with the department – Head of Biotechnology Unit, later become Head of Research and Development, then move to become the Head of Agribusiness Development Division. She spent 1 year at the Policy and Planning Division at the Ministry in 2004 and return to the Department of Agriculture as Deputy Director of Agriculture. She became the Director of Agriculture and Agrifood in May 2007. She has played a key role in the department’s milestone, led the formation of the Strategic Plan for the Department of Agriculture 2008 – 2013 and contributed to the country’s Food Security Program and took part in the big rice plating proram, a national agenda.
In September 2010, she was appointed as the Deputy Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Industry and Primary Resources to further the development of primary industry sectors under the Ministry of Industry and Primary Resources. A year later she was appointed as the Permanent Secretary at the same ministry.
Her career milestones included the development of the Brunei Halal Brand, Brunei Halal Standards for Food, the Brunei Agro-Tech Park, the establishment of the commercial structure for Brunei Halal, launching of the International Halal Product Expo (IHPE), and launching of The Agriculture and Agrifood Fair.
Her passion is to keep Brunei Darussalam ever green, the sky remains blue and the air remains fresh.