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A leader is a leader because of his vision of the future, and the desire to make it happen. But where others back off, they take it head on, with an intrinsic strength that we call Personal Leadership Energy. It’s a combination of 2 things, a set of deeply held values, and a clear sense of purpose. Once this energy is tapped, they can harness the Collective Leadership Energy of their organisation, by proactively shaping a vision, resulting in a working condition for flawless execution.

Leadership Energy is found not only at the top. Every day, ordinary people are challenging the status quo, overcoming adversity and disabilities with relentless tenacity.

Iclif believe in recognising and rewarding such individuals, and the Iclif Leadership Awards, or ILEA, were created for that purpose.

Becoming a Leadership Energy Champion: What It Takes

An Extraordinary Purpose

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.

A Relentless Drive

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.

A Measurable, Sustainable Impact

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 2020, so get started now!

Award Categories 2020

Iclif Leadership Energy Awards (ILEA) reward individuals who’ve harnessed their Personal Leadership Energy to effect a positive, sustainable impact in their organisations or communities. The Leadership Energy Champions are selected via a holistic range of criteria, including vision & strategy, personal conviction, measurable results, commercial or social impact and sustainability. Winners are selected in three categories:



Corporate employee (Private or public sector) means an employee of both organisations that a privately owned or operated by the governments.


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.


Categories For ILEA 2020

Business Leaders Award

The Business Leaders Award recognises individuals involved in for-profit businesses and organisations who have demonstrated outstanding leadership in driving, inspiring and creating extraordinary outcomes for their respective companies.

This award aims to acknowledge business founders, owners, entrepreneurs and employees who create positive, lasting impact within their own teams, departments and organisations in order to achieve measurable, sustainable results. These must be shown to have been enabled by clearly defined strategies, effective decision-making and visible, tangible action, all of which is driven by a vision to create a better future

Societal Leaders Award

The Societal Leaders Award is aims to identify and recognise individuals who are driven to solve pressing social, environmental, or community-related issues for the betterment of the world around them.

These unsung heroes of society – including those in the government and public sector – possess exceptional clarity of their purpose and seek out innovative and sustainable solutions to address critical problems.

Young Leaders Award

A brand new category, the Young Leaders Award aims to recognise individuals below age 30 who are making significant impact in their endeavours, primarily those who have displayed inspiring and authentic leadership to create a better future.

This category aims to identify and award the next generation of exemplary leaders who are able to tap into the opportunities of the open source era, those who are unencumbered by the limitations, restrictions and confines of the past, are driven to overcome the barriers, borders and boundaries of the present, and believe in the limitless possibilities of the future.

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Closing date: 31 July 2020
Have questions? Read our FAQ / T&C.


Social Enterprise Owners/ Founder means an organisation that applies commercial strategies to maximising improvements in 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.

ILEA Winners 2019

Helianti Hilman

Business Leaders Winner

Founder, Javara

Arn Chorn Pond

Societal Leaders Winner

Co-Founder, Cambodian Living Arts

Ankit Kawatra

Young Leaders Winner

Founder, Feeding India

Past Winners

Dr. Krisana Kraisintu

Corporate Employee Winner

A consultant in the transfer of technology for local production of anti-malarial and anti-retroviral drugs in 17 African countries.

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Vinesh Sinha

Business Owner / Founder Winner

Founder company that turns waste oils from the food industry in Malaysia into biofuels that are marketed to companies all over the world.

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Hasina Kharbhih

Social Enterprise Owner / Founder Winner

Hasina is the creator of the internationally acknowledged Impulse Model, a comprehensive tracking system combat cross-border human trafficking.

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V.R. Ferose

Corporate Employee Winner

A proponent of inclusion initiative and transformative leadership, V.R. Ferose is an advocate for hiring people with autism into the workforce.

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Kentaro Yoshifuji

Business Owner / Founder Winner

The creator of the “OriHime” robot avatar, Kentaro Yoshifuji wishes to reintroduce people suffering from loneliness to society.

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Sanjit (BUNKER) Roy

Social Enterprise Owner / Founder Winner

The founder of the Barefoot College, Sanjit “Bunker” Roy aims to improve the fortunes of the rural poor in his home country of India.

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Mohammad Rizan Hassan

Corporate Employee Winner

A believer of second chances, Muhammad Rizan Hassan has helped transform vulnerable youths into productive members of society in Malaysia.

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Srikanth Bolla

Business Owner / Founder Winner

The first ever internationally blind graduate from MIT, Srikanth Bolla has employed over 400 differently able individuals into his own company.

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Arunachalam Muruganatham

Social Enterprise Owner / Founder Winner

Hailed as a hero by the women of India, Arunachalam Muruganatham is responsible for generating widespread awareness on traditionally unhygienic menstruation practices in India.

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Past Nominations Came From:

Australia / Bangladesh / Cambodia / Hong Kong / India /
Indonesia / Japan / South Korea / Malaysia / Myanmar /
Nepal / Pakistan / Philippines / Singapore / Sri Lanka /
Thailand / Vietnam

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Closing date: 31 July 2020
Have questions? Read our FAQ / T&C.

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

Regional Head of Learning, Talent & Leadership HSBC Asia Pacific

Chin Suit Fang

Retired PwC Malaysia Partner

Christopher Tock

Director of Digital Transformation of EYE Project

Eddie Ahmed

Chariman, CEO & President of
MassMutual International

Tan Sri Dr. Jemilah Mahmood

Under Secretary General, Partnerships of IFRC


Group Human Resources Ofiicer of
Prudential Corporation Asia

Malek Ali

Founder & CEO of BFM Media and
BFM Business School

Mohd Adhari Belal Din

Assistant Governor of Central Bank Malaysia

Datuk Nora Abdul Manaf

Group Chief Human Capital Officer of

Raja Tan Sri Dato’ Seri Arshad Raja Tun Uda

Chairman of Maxis Bhd

Theresa Goh

Managing Director of 360 Dynamics Pte Ltd

Wan Yon Shahima

Chief Customer Officer of
Human Resources Development Berhad

Yvonne Corpuz

Global Learning Adviser of MUFG



A Word From Our Sponsor

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In order to cope with the speed, volatility, and complexity of today’s fast-changing environment, we believe we must nurture our people to be truly agile, resilient and adaptive for them to succeed not only within the organisation, but also in our communities. It is only by developing the intellectual, emotional, and innovative capabilities of people, that we can effectively leverage them for our competitive advantage.

Maybank leaders see themselves growing together with the communities they serve. Our aim is always to maintain a good balance between doing well, growing the business, and doing good, while providing equitable opportunities for all.

In line with Maybank’s mission of humanising financial services, we are proud to support individuals to expand their intellectual, emotional, and innovative capabilities to bring about impactful changes to the most challenging issues of our time.


  • 1. The Iclif Leadership Energy Awards (ILEA) and Leadership Energy Summit Asia (LESA) – what’s the connection?

    The Iclif Leadership Energy Awards (ILEA) 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 (LESA) is Asia’s premier conference on leadership energy. 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 under the following categories:

    – Young Leaders (below age 30)
    – Business Leaders
    – Societal Leaders

    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 in their team, organization or community. Team nominations are also encouraged.

  • Who can nominate?

    Asia School of Business (ASB) accepts self-nominations and nominations by third party. However, employees of ASB, MBA students and MBA alumni may not nominate themselves or any of their immediate family members as the nominee for ILEA.

  • How are nominations submitted?

    Nominations must be received by 11.59pm (Malaysian time) on 31 July 2020. Nominations may be submitted electronically at email to

    The following details are needed for nominations via email:

    Nominee details:
    a. Name and Award category
    b. Contact details (Phone number, email address)
    c. Name and address of organization founded by the nominee
    d. The nominee’s leadership story in creating a better future. Links to videos, press release, articles may be attached in the email as further details/supporting for the nomination.

    Nominator details:
    a. Name and contact details (Phone number, email address)
    b. Relationship with the nominee (Acquaintance, colleague, friend, employee, employer, business partner, spouse, relative)

  • Can a nominator submit more than one nominee?

    Yes. Each nominee is evaluated and selected separately.

  • Do nominators need to submit references for the nominee?

    Upon shortlisting, the nominator may be contacted to provide referee details to ASB 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 nominator/nominee be updated on the status of the nomination?

    Only finalists will be notified.

  • When will the announcement of award recipients take place?

    The announcement of the winners will be made during the LESA event.

  • Are winners allowed to appoint a representative to receive the reward on his/her behalf?

    All winners must be present at LESA to receive the reward in person. Only under unique circumstances, appointment of representative may be allowed under the discretion of ASB.


Iclif Leadership Energy Awards

The future of the nation is shaped by the leaders of today. Nominate who you think is worthy of being recognised as an exemplary leader for 2020.