These are some of the Malaysians who made it to Forbes ‘First 30 under 30 Asia’ list
Yunalis Mat Zara’ai (Yuna), 29
An independent Malaysian singer-songwriter, Yuna was writing her own songs when she was only 14 years old. She performed her own song at the age at 19. Now the chart topping singer has also worked with international music producers like Pharrell Williams and has signed on with Verve Records. Yuna also founded a clothing line, November Culture and a fashion store IAMJETFUELshop.
Zikry Kholil, 29
A former national ice hockey player and radio DJ, Zikry co-founded Incitement in 2011 with Dutch national Daniel de Gruijter. Incitement is an international community that promotes volunteerism and positive social impact. Their events have been organized in over 43 countries by independent event organizers who believe Incitement can help inspire their community to do social good.
Actress, model and entrepreneur Noor Neelofa Mohd Noor is the founder of NH Prima International Sdn Bhd, a modest fashion business popular among her legions of fans. Her hijab line, Naelofar, was launched in 2014 and is now sold in 38 countries including in London’s upmarket Chelsea district.
Faeez Fadhlillah, 29
Faeez co-founded Tripfez in 2013, a tour company that offers Muslim-friendly packages and tours and advice on halal food options. It offers Muslim-friendly tour packages and advice about halal food options and whether the Quran is available. Customers are able to compare 650,000 places to stay in 83,000 destinations. It rates services and facilities in how well they cater to Muslims.
Ian Chua, 27
Chua is the co-founder of Hermo, a top e-commerce website. Along with his friend PS Chong, the duo have grown the business into one of Malaysia’s leading online shopping sites for beauty products.
Yeoh Choo Kuan, 27
A contemporary artist, Yeoh’s abstract artwork has been featured in exhibitions in Malaysia, the Philippines and elsewhere in Asia. In March, his work was exhibited at the Art Central in Hong Kong under Richard Koh Fine Art.
Diani Cheng Ni Lee, 27
Lee is the General Manager of Corporate Marketing and Communications at property conglomerate Country Heights Holdings Berhad. The youngest daughter of property tycoon Tan Sri Lee Kim Yew, she is also a national Equestrian Dressage athlete.
Wee Kiat Teoh, 27
Teoh founded the myBurgerlab food franchise in 2012. Today, the business has expanded to four outlets and continues to delight Malaysians with its line of scrumptious gourmet burgers.
Sylvia Yin, 23
The stylish Yin is one of the founders of mobile app Shoppr, an online platform that gives fashion lovers clothing recommendations. Shoppr has won startup competitions such as AngelHack Kuala Lumpur and D3 Hackathon, Facebook PARSE, Best App for Commercialisation and the MYDD AT&T Hackathon.
Vivy Yusof, 29
Vivy is the co-founder of Fashion Valet, a fashion site that carries Asia’s top designer labels. A mother of two, she is also a model, blogger and fashion icon. She has also launched the dUck Group, featuring her own brand of scarves and fashion accessories.