PETALING JAYA: Thirteen young Malaysians have made it to the Forbes 30 Under 30 Asia list this year.
The full list comprises 300 young innovators and disrupters across 10 categories that are re-inventing their industries and driving change across the region and the selections were made from thousands of online nominations representing 24 countries across Asia-Pacific.
The Malaysians on the list included Zahara luxury cosmetics brand founder and CEO Amira Geneid, 25. She created the brand out of the sheer frustration of not being able to obtain quality halal-compliant cosmetics.
The products are sold online in Singapore and Malaysia with plans to expand to other majority Muslim markets like Indonesia and Dubai, according to Forbes.
Shila Amzah, 27, is a singer and songwriter, and the first Malaysian recording artist to break into the Chinese music market.
After winning a reality TV singing competition in China, Amzah became an overnight sensation. She has over 2.3 million fans on Weibo, and as a Muslim woman, tries to promote religious inclusiveness in China, added Forbes.
The others are Raeesa Sya, 28, the CEO of Orkid Cosmetics, dahmakan founder Jonathan Weins, 28, and Jason Lee, 30, the global director of partnership and strategic alliances of NEM.io Foundation.
Famous for his story of brewing his own mix of biodiesel in his home kitchen is Vinesh Sinha, 29, of FatHopes Energy.
The company, set up in 2010, turns waste oils from the food industry in Malaysia into biofuels that are sold to companies globally.
FatHopes currently has about 35,000 points of used oil collection, dominating roughly 70% of the available points in the Malaysian market. The company’s sales totalled US$147.6mil last year and it is still looking to grow further.
The others are finance and venture capital co-founders of PolicyStreet Wilson Beh, 27, and Winnie Chua, 29. According to Forbes, PolicyStreet has already covered over 1,300 people within just one year of operation.
The others are Ammar Roslizar, 28, and Ammar Shahrin, 29, the co-founders of ARBA Travel & Tours, and The Picha Project co-founders Lim Yet Kim 27, Lee Swee Lin, 24, and Ling Sook Shian, 25.
Others on the list, from other countries, included Japanese innovator Kaz Ishigame, 25, who launched his own start-up focusing on space, Infostellar – a satellite-antennae sharing service for small, low-earth-orbit satellites – in what he calls “an Airbnb for satellites.”
China’s 27-year-old Shi Xioagang is banking on the Chinese government’s adoption of technologies like AI and AR to grow his startup, Xloong.
Francisco Serra-Martins’ start-up, Sonder Design in Australia, makes customisable keyboards using custom-made software and E-ink display technology to detect a user’s activity and change the display accordingly.
Anushka Sharma, India’s highest paid actress, has starred in over 15 films to date. She co-owns production company Clean Slate Films with her brother, and recently launched her own clothing line, Nush, aimed at making fashion more accessible to women of all sizes and incomes.
Momina Mustehsan is one of Pakistan’s biggest music stars, while Indonesia’s Dian Pelangi is bringing modernity to the modest fashion market. Young You is the youngest on the list, she is the 2016 South Korean figure skating national champion.