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Leaders aren’t leaders because of a title or a position, but because of a burning desire to create a better future. They fully understand that creating a better future encounters steep resistance, so they uncover enormous intrinsic strength which enables them to keep going for as long as it takes, despite the most formidable of challenges. We call this strength Personal Leadership Energy, and it is a combination of two things: a set of deeply held values, and a clear sense of purpose. Once individuals discover their own energy, they are able to harness the Collective Leadership Energy of their organisation or ecosystem by proactively shaping a vision and strategy, then creating working conditions for flawless execution.

Every day, ordinary people across the world are challenging the status quo, overcoming adversity and disabilities with remarkable fortitude, and bringing their ideas for change to life. We believe they deserve their spot in the limelight and must be recognised.

The Iclif Leadership Energy Awards, or ILEA, were created to do just that.

Want to learn more about ILEA? Click here to download the brochure.

Recognising the Leadership Energy Champions of Today

The Iclif Leadership Energy Awards are not just another vehicle to recognise business achievement, but pay tribute to those in Asia who use their personal leadership energy to make a positive, sustainable impact in their organisations or communities. These Leadership Energy Champions are selected based on a broad range of criteria that considers personal conviction, measurable results, commercial or social impact, and sustainability. Winners are selected in three categories:

Corporate Employee
(Individual / Team)
Corporate employee means individual or teams under the employment of either the government, public listed company or private entity.
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Business Owner / Founder
Business owner/founder means owner/founder of business entities in an attempt to profit from the successful operations of the company or owner of an entrepreneurial venture. Typically start-ups of newly emerged, fast-growing businesses, generally involved in the design and implementation of the innovative processes of the development, validation and research for target markets.
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Social Enterprise Owner / Founder
Social Enterprise owner/founder means owner/founder of organisations that apply commercial strategies to improve human and environmental well-being. This may include maximising social impact alongside profits for external shareholders. Their social mission is as core to their success as any potential profit.
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Each Leadership Energy Champion, the most outstanding individual in each category, receives a cash award of US$15,000.The winners will be announced at the Leadership Energy Summit Asia on 14th & 15th November 2018 in Kuala Lumpur. Find out more here.

In order to make the ICLIF Leadership Energy Awards the most prestigious of its kind in Asia, we have formed an Advisory Council consisting of renowned thought leaders and change-makers. More about ILEA Advisory Council Members here.

Becoming a Leadership Energy Champion: What It Takes

Every individual nominated for a Leadership Energy award is a winner in their own right, but recognising the best candidate requires careful consideration based on the following criteria:


Leadership Energy Champions must have an authentic purpose to create a better future, driven by a set of deeply held values. This in turn should have led to an innovative idea, disruptive practice or strategy that has positively impacted lives in an organisation or community.


Leadership Energy Champions must have overcome significant professional or personal obstacles in pursuing their goals. They should have shown remarkable resilience and perseverance in the face of formidable adversities, resistance and rejection.


Leadership Energy Champions don’t just have a vision of transformation, they also translate it into clearly measurable financial, organisational or social results. Whether it’s in the public or private sector company, a start-up, social or commercial enterprise, these champions should have created responsible growth with positive economic, social or environmental outcomes.

If you’re Leadership Energy Champion material, or know someone who is, get recognised now!

Want to learn more about ILEA? Click here to download the brochure.

Nominate Someone Or Yourself

Are you someone who is out there every day, making a difference? Or do you know someone who does? Calling those who demonstrate the power of Leadership Energy that is wielded with passion. Stand in the spotlight. USD 15,000 is the reward that you may earn. Share your story or the story of someone you know.

Nominations end on 31 July 2018, so get started now!

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Closing date: 31 July 2018

Have questions? Read our FAQ.

ILEA Advisory Council

The ILEA Advisory Council is an independent panel consisting of renowned experts, professionals and thought leaders from across the industry spectrum. Chaired by former Bank Negara Malaysia governor Tan Sri Dato’ Sri Dr. Zeti Akhtar Aziz, this distinguished council is responsible for identifying, evaluating and awarding outstanding Leadership Energy Champions while also mentoring and nurturing nominees to achieve their fullest potential.

Read more about them below.

Tan Sri Dato’ Sri Dr. Zeti Akhtar Aziz

Former Governor of Central Bank Malaysia
Chairman of Iclif

Callister Koh

Head of Human Resources of HSBC Bank Malaysia

Chin Suit Fang

Senior Executive Director of PwC Malaysia

Christopher Tock

Co-Founder & Executive Director of
Empowering Youth Endeavours Project

Dato’ CM Vignaesvaran Jeyandran

Chief Executive of HRDF

Eddie Ahmed

Chariman, CEO & President of
MassMutual International

Tan Sri Dr. Jemilah Mahmood

Under Secretary General, Partnerships of IFRC

Malek Ali

Founder & CEO of BFM Media and
BFM Business School

Mohd Adhari Belal Din

Assistant Governor of Central Bank Malaysia

Nora Abdul Manaf

Group Chief Human Capital Officer of
Malayan Banking Bhd

Raja Tan Sri Dato’ Seri Arshad Raja Tun Uda

Chairman of Maxis Bhd

Theresa Goh

Managing Director of 360 Dynamics Pte Ltd

Yvonne Corpuz

Global Chief Learning Officer of
Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group

Tan Sri Dato’ Sri Zamzairani Mohd Isa

Chairman of UEM Sunrise Bhd

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Closing date: 31 July 2018

Have questions? Read our FAQ.

  • The Iclif Leadership Energy Awards and Leadership Energy Summit Asia – what’s the connection?

    The Iclif Leadership Energy Awards celebrate an unconventional new way of thinking about leadership. The awards draw together thought-leaders in the dynamic field of leadership energy, to celebrate leaders who live the principles of conviction, courage, and momentum.

    The Leadership Energy Summit Asia is Asia’s premier conference on leadership energy. Now in its sixth year, the Summit deals exclusively with the art and science behind leadership energy, using neuroscience, spiritual philosophy, psychology and management theory. An inspiring panel of speakers from business, media, philanthropy and science share their stories of triumph over adversity, and discuss what fuels their passion for positive change.

  • Who is eligible for these awards?

    We seek nominations for leaders in Asia working in one of the following categories:

    – Corporate employee (individual/team)
    – Business owner/founder
    – Social enterprise owner/founder

    These leaders should be those who have demonstrated their commitment to creating a better future through sustainable and values-driven ‘leadership energy’; and resulted in positive transformation and impact in their team, organisation or community.

  • Who can nominate?

    Nominations from colleagues, managers, human resource directors/personnel, friends or other individuals well acquainted with the nominated party, and who can attest to their qualifications. Self-nomination is also allowed.

  • How are nominations submitted?

    Nominations must be submitted electronically at by 11.59pm Malaysia time, July 31, 2018.

  • Can a nominator submit more than one nominee?

    Yes. Each nominee is evaluated and selected separately.

  • Can a nominee have more than one nominator?

    Yes. Iclif accepts multiple nominations for the same nominee. However, it does not impact on the judging process.

  • Do nominators need to submit references for the nominee?

    Upon shortlisting, the nominator/referee will be contacted to provide referee details to Iclif in order to obtain further information and validation.

  • How are the award winners selected?

    The award winners are selected by an independent panel of judges.

  • Will the nominee be updated on the status of the nomination?

    Shortlisted and finalist will be notified.

  • When will the announcement of award recipients take place?

    Announcement of the winners will be made during LESA 2018 event on 15 November.