The Star: This young leader is ready to work for change

The Star: This young leader is ready to work for change

“It’s the last day of the World Halal Conference, and Ng Yeen Seen is striding along the plush carpet floors. At the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre, lunch has arrived in steaming trays, arrayed on long tables.

In the thick of the lunchtime crowd, Ng is growing impatient. There are 800 participants from 50 countries at the event, and it’s hard to find a quiet spot to talk amid the hungry crowd.

“OK, we’ll go to a VIP room,” she says, pushing open a heavy door. Setting down her mustard-yellow handbag, she settles into an armchair, prepared to field questions.

The 35-year-old has been riding a wave of publicity since she was declared a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader (WEF YGL). As one of the YGLs of 2016, she joins the most exclusive and elite club in the world: past winners include Mark Zuckerberg, Sheryl Sandberg, and Jack Ma of Alibaba. Closer to home, fellow YGLs are Khairy Jamaluddin and Nurul Izzah.”

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