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Young Executives Sustainability Summit 2023

Summit Day > 24 August 2023  •  Experiential Learning Day > 26 August 2023


Young Executives - Leading The Charge For A Sustainable Future

Malaysian young executives possess significant potential as agents of change and offer unique perspectives that are frequently undervalued. The youth population in Malaysia represents 45.8% of the total population and plays a critical role in driving economic, environmental and social growth. In acknowledgement of International Youth Day in August, UN Global Compact Network Malaysia & Brunei brings you an exclusive 1-day Young Executives Sustainability Summit (YESS) 2023.


The event will focus on sustainability issues from a diverse perspective targeted at young professionals who are working in SMEs or large organisations. The goal of this Summit is to bring together young professionals to discuss sustainable best practices in their industries and societies, to learn about innovative solutions and approaches that can help organisations and communities become more sustainable, and to network with other professionals who are passionate in pushing sustainability in the workplace.


Additionally, there will be an opportunity for participants to put their knowledge to action by taking part in an Experiential Learning Day of voluntary activity sessions held by social enterprises and organisations.


Thursday, 24 August 2023

9:00AM - 5:15PM


Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre

Participants: Young executives aged 20-35



Saturday, 26 August 2023

9:00AM - 1:00PM


Various Locations within Kuala Lumpur

Participants: Young executives aged 20-35

  • Due to limited seats, we encourage early registration.

  • Confirmation priority will be given to young executives aged 20-35 years old from corporations and SMEs for whom the summit is intended.

  • The organiser reserves the right to refuse registration at its discretion.

  • All registrations will be confirmed within seven (7) working days.

  • UNGCMYB Member Companies may request a maximum of two (2) tickets per organisation.

  • Non-member Companies will be limited to one (1) ticket per organisation.

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To inspire young

Malaysian executives

to take the lead to drive

sustainability initiatives within their organisation

and their communities.

To advocate best practices, from the perspective of

intergenerational leadership.

To foster meaningful connections for collective action.

Summit Agenda
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24th August (Thursday) • 9.00am – 5.15pm {Malaysian time}


Registration Opens

Participants are required to arrive and register before 8.40am.


Welcome Remarks

  • Mr. Faroze NadarExecutive Director, UN Global Compact Network Malaysia & Brunei (UNGCMYB)

9.20 AM

Panel Session 1

Championing Diversity and Inclusion: A Young Executive's Role in Sustainability 

This panel session explores the current state of diversity and inclusion, and challenges faced by young professionals. Discover effective strategies employed by businesses to address these issues and the role of  young executives as agents of social change.

  • Ms. Evelyn Tay, Vice President, Communications, Public Affairs and Sustainability, foodpanda APAC

  • Ms. Sophia Ang, Executive Vice-President, Head of Talent Attraction, Workplace Futurisation and Group Human Capital Sustainability Director, Maybank

  • Ms. Azizah Ali, Chief Operations Officer, Microsoft (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd

  • Ms. Aidonna Jun Ayub, Head & Programme Manager, SEEd.Lab 

  • Moderator: Mr. Kishan Buxani, Coordinator, Partnerships & Programmes, UN Global Compact Network Malaysia & Brunei (UNGCMYB)

10.20 AM

Inspirational Dialogue

Generation Next: Building a Stronger, More Inclusive Malaysia

  • YB Hannah Yeoh, Minister of Youth and Sports, Malaysia

  • Interviewer: Ms. Jess Yeoh, Director of Programmes & Enterprise Insights, UN Global Compact Network Malaysia & Brunei (UNGCMYB)

10.50 AM


11.25 AM

Sharing Session 

Ideas of Authority vs Authority of Idea

Challenge conventional thinking in this thought-provoking sharing session that explores the clash between the authority of established ideas and the innovative ideas that challenge the status quo. Gain fresh perspectives on how ideas can drive meaningful change and reshape the future.

  • Mr. Faroze NadarExecutive Director, UN Global Compact Network Malaysia & Brunei (UNGCMYB)

11.40 AM

Young Executive’s Talk 1 

Embark on a journey with young professionals as they share their stories, challenges, and triumphs as changemakers. Gain valuable insights to ignite your own impact and become a catalyst for positive change in your sphere of influence.

  • Mr. Jaganath Puvanen ThiranR&D - Research Scientist, Nutrition Technologies Sdn. Bhd.

11.55 AM

Panel Session 2

Intergenerational Dialogue - Sustainability: Passion or Realism?

Engage in a captivating intergenerational dialogue that delves into the intricate balance between passion and realism in the pursuit of sustainability. Explore diverse perspectives and uncover pathways to create a sustainable future that embraces both fervent passion and practical realism.

  • Mr. Philip Ling, Head of Sustainability, CelcomDigi Berhad

  • Mr. Liew Tian Wei, Chairperson of EcoWorld's Green Council, Eco World Development Group Berhad

  • Ms. Rahimah Farjan Ali, Head, Group Sustainability, Malaysia Aviation Group

  • Ms. Angeline Seah, Co-Founder & Chief Product Officer, Virtualtech Frontier

  • Moderator: Mr. Mohamad Irwan Aman, General Manager, Sustainability, Sarawak Energy Berhad

12.55 PM

Sharing Session: Corporate Sustainability Practitioner Competency Framework

Ready to supercharge your sustainability impact? In this session, you will discover the Corporate Sustainability Practitioner Competency Framework – your toolkit for driving change. Developed in partnership with Bursa Malaysia and the UN Global Compact Network Malaysia & Brunei, this transformative resource empowers you with the skills and expertise to navigate the corporate sustainability landscape and ignite lasting, meaningful change.

  • Mr. Ikram Rafie, Vice President & Head, Sustainability Management, Group Sustainability, Bursa Malaysia

1.25 PM


2.25 PM

Panel Session 3

Unlocking Opportunities: Paving the Pathway of Just Transition

This panel explores the present and future of energy transition in Malaysia and provides insight on the challenges of driving a sustainable and just energy transition, and resources required to capitalise opportunities to achieve our net-zero carbon aspirations.

  • Mrs. Diyana Rahimatsah, Specialist, Group Sustainability, Axiata Group Berhad

  • Ms. Esther Lew, Principal Assistant Secretary (Renewable Energy), Ministry of Natural Resources, Environment and Climate Change

  • Ir. Shah Rizal Dahlan, Senior General Manager, Head Strategy & Corporate Services, Project Delivery & Technology, PETRONAS

  • Ms. Lara Ariffin, Producer/President, Nuvista Media/Tiger Protection Society of Malaysia (RIMAU)

  • Mr. Mohamad Irwan Aman, General Manager, Sustainability, Sarawak Energy Berhad

  • Moderator: Ms. Nik Nur Liyana Rahimi Nik Mohd Rahimi, Process Safety Executive, Health, Safety, Security & Environment, Gas Processing & Utilities, PETRONAS Gas Berhad

3.25 PM

Young Executive’s Talk 2

Embark on a journey with young professionals as they share their stories, challenges, and triumphs as changemakers. Gain valuable insights to ignite your own impact and become a catalyst for positive change in your sphere of influence.

  • Mr. Suthan Mookaiah, CEO & Founder,

3.55 PM

Inspirational Dialogue

  • Mr. Jeevan Rajoo, Country Head, Tata Consultancy Services Malaysia

  • Interviewer: Ms. Khadijah M. Yunos, CEO & Co-founder, Sejolly

4.10 PM

Closing Keynote

  • YB Tan Sri Dato' Johari Bin Abdul, Speaker of the Dewan Rakyat, Parliament of Malaysia

4.30 PM


Speakers & Panelists


Experiential Learning


26th August (Saturday) • 9.00am – 1.00pm {Malaysian time}
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The Experiential Learning Day is a half-day event and an opportunity for participants to gain practical experience, a deeper understanding and an increased retention of topics discussed in The Summit by taking part in voluntary activity sessions.


26th August (Saturday) • 9.00am – 1.00pm {Malaysian time}


Clean City, Clear Conscience: Upcycling the City

Hosted By: Upcycled by Fuze Ecoteer

Fee: Complimentary


Sharing Abundance: Cultivating Sustainability Through Food Surplus

Hosted By: The Lost Food Project

Fee: Complimentary


'Merdekarpenter' Open Day: Embracing Sustainable Wood Manufacturing & Resource Maximisation

Hosted By: The Green Factory

Fee: Complimentary


Sustainability 101: Mastering the Fundamentals of Corporate Sustainability

Hosted By: UN Global Compact Network Malaysia & Brunei

Fee: Complimentary

Venue Partner

Summit Partners

Experiential Learning Day Partners

Supporting Partner



United Nations Global Compact (UNGC) is a strategic policy initiative for businesses that are committed to take actions to advance broader societal goals. UN Global Compact Network Malaysia & Brunei (UNGCMYB) is the official local network of UNGC, that supports Malaysian & Bruneian companies in enabling them to contribute towards the SDGs and achieve business excellence via our 10 principles, programmes and tools while providing access to partnerships with a range of stakeholders – to share best practices and emerging solutions. We also seek to position Malaysian and Bruneian businesses as a benchmark and a primary agent in driving a sustainable world.

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KL Office (HQ): 

B2-8-1, Block 2, VSquare @ PJ City Centre, Jln Utara, Petaling Jaya 46200, Selangor   •  T: +6 03 2935 9051  •  E:


Johor Office: 

No. 51B, Jalan Impian Emas 5/1, Taman Impian Emas, 81300 Skudai, Johor  •  T: +607 5712 016


Labuan Office: 

Unit 15A, 1st Floor, Paragon Labuan Centre, Jalan Tun Mustapha, 87000 Labuan F.T  •  T: +608 7490 175

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