A TEAM of eight university students were crowned winner of the fourth Axiata University Leadership Development Programme (ULDP) for its CEO challenge.
Led by 21-year-old Kevin Yapp Jun Hao from University of Manchester, his team beat two other finalists with their victorious mobile application proposal.
The team members consisted of Jocelyn Lim Jia Sin, 21, from Universiti Sains Malaysia; Thiviya Sasidharan, 21, Derrick Tan Shun Sheng, 22, from Universiti Malaya; Nur Salsabila Muhammad Khuzairi, 22, Emily Neoh Gaik Kin, 22, from Imperial College; Melvin Khoo Teng Sheng, 20 and Erwin Lee Ki Feng, 21, from University of London.
“This is an amazing opportunity for participants from diverse backgrounds to come together as a team.
(From left) Nur Salsabila, Neoh, Yapp, Khoo, Tan, Lee, Thiviya and Lim celebrating their win at the Axiata University Leadership Development Programme 2016 CEO Challenge.
“The programme taught us things that we never learnt in class, exposing us to real business challenges in the ever-changing business environment,” said Yapp.
“Success is not achieved alone, but with the people around you. Without each other’s support, we wouldn’t have come this far,” said Nur Salsabila.
Their winning “On My Way” application concept was about providing users the details of public transportation such as precise arrival and departure times as well as duration to reach a specific destination, to help them plan their journeys.
“The idea came about based on our own experience with public transportation.
“This is also one of the daily issues which most people will encounter,” added Yapp.
Azwan Khan (centre in grey shirt and black blazer) and the top 20 performers of the Axiata University Leadership Development Programme 2016.
Second place was “On The Job”, a mobile application to assist employers when hiring and third place went to “Cheapo”, a free real-time application for credit card promotions.
The students were among the 76 young talented Malaysians who participated in a two-week summer camp programme at Awana Hotel, Genting Highlands.
Participants underwent hands-on workshops, business simulations, personal reflection, team-building activities as well as coaching and mentoring before the top three teams progressed to the CEO Challenge.
These activities centred around a framework designed by Axiata Young Talent Programme with emotional intelligence as the foundation with three critical skills – creativity, critical thinking and communication as pillars – with emphasis on leadership competencies to bring out the inner CEO in them.
At the closing ceremony held at Hilton Hotel Kuala Lumpur, the prestigious leadership award was presented to 20-year-old Karlson Cavil Dickman from Imperial College for having the most leadership skills while the top 20 performers each earned a fully-sponsored eight-week internship programme in Axiata Group of companies.
“From the programme, I learned that leadership is not about delegation and meeting deadlines, but empowering team members.
“It is about excelling as an individual and also progressing as a single unit,” said Dickman.
Also present was Celcom Axiata Berhad chief executive officer Datuk Seri Mohammed Shazalli Ramly, who shared his inspiring journey of ups and downs to where he is today.
The panel of judges comprised Axiata Group Berhad group chief talent officer Datin Seri Badrunnisa Mohd Yasin Khan, Celcom Axiata Berhad deputy chief executive officer Azwan Khan and chief mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) officer Mohammad Farid Mohamed Yunus.
“The ULDP targets Malaysian students currently pursuing their undergraduate studies in local or overseas universities, serving as a platform for experiential learning and for participants to practise what they learnt,” said Badrunnisa.
By RUBY LIM