In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TED has created a program called TEDx. TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience.

Our event is called TEDxKL, where x = independently organized TED event. At our TEDxKL event, TEDTalks video and live speakers will combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events, including ours, are self-organized

Durreen Shahnaz

Durreen ShahnazDurreen Shahnaz  – Founder & Chairperson, Impact Investment Exchange

Durreen Shahnaz is the Founder and Chairperson of Impact Investment Exchange, a social stock exchange for Asian social enterprises to raise growth capital. Durreen is also Head of the Programme on Social Innovation and Change and Adjunct Associate Professor at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy at the National University of Singapore. Durreen has been a change maker throughout her career which has spanned both the social and private sector. As a successful social entrepreneur, Durreen Shahnaz founded, ran and sold oneNest, a New York-based social purpose business which operated a marketplace for products produced by microfinance, micro enterprises and artisan groups from all over the world.

Durreen Shahnaz began her career in the social sector at Grameen Bank (Bangladesh) where she played a critical role in the bank’s first major capital raising exercise. At World Bank (Washington, D.C.) Durreen evaluated non-performing loan portfolios for the East Africa Department and at the International Finance Corporation she assisted in selling Ashanti, the largest gold mine in the world for the Ghanian government.

In the private sector, Durreen worked as an investment banker at Morgan Stanley (New York) and Merrill Lynch (Hong Kong) before moving to the media sector. As the head of three regional media companies (Asia City Publishing Group, Hearst Magazines International and Reader’s Digest Asia), Durreen worked vigorously to incorporate social responsibility into these companies’ work.

Durreen Shahnaz holds a BA from Smith College (double major in Economics and Government); and a joint graduate degree — MBA from Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania (Finance) and MA from School for Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University (International Economics and International Relations). Recently Durreen was nominated as one of the Young Leaders of Asia by Asia Society.

Durreen was also selected as one of the 25 TED fellows, which spoke at TED 2010 in Long Beach, California.

Nadira Ilana

Nadira IlanaNadira Ilana – Writer & Upcoming Director

Nadira Ilana is a 24 year old writer-filmmaker from Kota Kinabalu, East Malaysia. She procured her BFA in Film and Television at the Queensland University of Technology and also attended Montclair State University in New Jersey, USA in between.

Nadira Ilana’s films have screened at the Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane, Australia and Filmmakers Anonymous Kuala Lumpur. She most recently wrote ‘Creatures’ for Bernice Chauly in conjunction with HerStory Films. ‘Creatures’ has toured nationwide, including cities such as Penang, Kuala Lumpur and Kota Kinabalu.

Nadira Ilana describes her work as experimental-narrative and is currently working on her feature script titled ‘Wilderness’, which was expanded at the Berlinale Talent Campus’ Scriptwriters Station in 2011.

Vishen Lakhiani

vishen lakhianiVishen Lakhiani – CEO, Mindvalley

Vishen Lakhiani is the co-founder of the quirky, award winning-company Mindvalley, which
comprises of 50 incredibly smart young people from some 20 different countries. Their mission is to combine marketing and technology to help spread enlightened ideas. Vishen Lakhiani and his crew at Mindvalley work with authors, thinkers, revolutionaries and leaders who have pioneered new ways of doing traditional things: parenting, entrepreneurship, spiritual growth, self-development and more.

The result is a new kind of publishing company; one that merges software, mixed media, video, and social networks to put authors in the personal development movement in front of the internet generation while bypassing traditional media like printed books.

Vishen Lakhiani is also a highly sought after speaker and consultant in the art of attracting top talent, growing employees and creating a healthy work culture. He has shared the stage with Tony Robbins, Jack Canfield and many other top speakers and authors.

As a highly successful online entrepreneur, Vishen Lakhiani is constantly offered speaking engagements regarding the world of internet business building. He has spoken at events with Tony Robbins, Sir Richard Branson, His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Jack Canfield, President F.W DeKlerk and other luminaries.

Yap Kwong Weng

yap kwong wengYap Kwong Weng – Secretary General, United Nations Association of Singapore

Inspirer, community leader, adventurer.  Yap Kwong Weng’s defining confidence and conviction have enabled him to lead with purpose. What’s less known about him is that he develops social capital by leading youth teams and inspiring voluntarism.

Described as 93.8 Live’s “Passion People”, Yap Kwong Weng trekked across 100km across the world’s largest non-polar Taklamakan desert to raise awareness for the millennium development goals in Singapore.

Yap Kwong Weng is the Secretary-General of the United Nations Association of Singapore, and founded it’s vibrant youth group. He was selected as one of Singapore’s Young Outstanding Singaporeans in 2011.

Yap will talk about “Spaces and Choices”. He believes these elements will shape outcomes in societies and spur volunteerism.

Anas Zubedy

Anas ZubedyAnas Zubedy – Unity Advocate & Founder, Zubedy

Anas Zubedy is a unity advocate and founder of zubedy (M) sdn. bhd., a training provider with the mission to add value to society. With zubedy, he has developed and facilitated training programs which have helped change the lives of individuals and the culture of corporations.

Believing that a merciful God allows us many ways to reach Him, Anas Zubedy has strong convictions that all who do good work will go to heaven. A businessman and a writer, Anas Zubedy sits on the Industry Advisory Board of Sunway University’s School of Business; is an honorary member of Yayasan 1Malaysia and is secretary-general of the International Movement for a Just World (JUST).

Jamal Raslan

Jamal RaslanJamal Raslan  – Spoken Word Poet

A trilingual Malaysian, Jamal Raslan who can’t seem to make up his mind between Bahasa Melayu & English as his main language, is a poet who is a great example of the conundrum that is the current Malaysian youth – modern, exposed, liberal but yet struggling to find a sense of belonging in the identity crisis that rocks every English-speaking Malay Muslim. Equally at home conversing & thinking in Bahasa Melayu & English, he used to write exclusively in Bahasa Melayu as Jamal Raslan didn’t think he has an English writing “voice”, until recently.

Heavily inspired by spoken word poets around the world, from slam poets to Def Poetry to the articulate & emotive local African poets at Poet’s Passport, Jamal Raslan writes about the the challenges that the country & it’s people face in its pursuit for progress & Wawasan 2020 in a way that he hopes will one day help form a unique “voice” that is Malaysian spoken word.



TiC – Digital Musicians

TiC (formerly known as The Infernal’s Conundrum) comprises Angelo Manuel and Brendan Teh. Formed in 2009, the duo from PJ fuses elements of digital and analogue instruments to create their music, and has previously collaborated with numerous artistes from diverse musical backgrounds.

Heavily inspired by soundscapes, industrial elements, electronica, and ambient music, TiC aims to captivate the imagination – through the use of outrageous sounds, outlandish themes, and unconventional methods of playing instruments.

By day, Angelo is a writer in the magazine publishing line. After hours, he spends most of his time composing tracks on the computer or guitar. Seldom adhering to a single genre, most of his work features a dark theme, and a fusion of various elements. His influences include: Sascha Konietzko, Trent Reznor, and Jesper Kyd. In TiC he programs tracks, and adds a little ‘sugar and spice’ to them through his guitar and equipment.

Brendan, who works as a production engineer, has to handle strange sounds and voice overs on a daily basis. While being known as guitarist for the Free Deserters, he serves as TiC’s ‘effects wrangler’, seldom touching the guitar, and focusing on the instrument which is an extensive collection of electronic gizmos and effects. His influences include: Toshimaru Nakamura, M. Sachiko and Sonic Youth.

Dinesh Nair

Dinesh Nair

Dinesh Nair – Grey Hat Hacker

Dinesh Nair a.k.a. Alphaque has always been interested in technology. Not merely an enthusiast, he finds joy in figuring how it works and tinkering with new-found ways to push its limits. An accidental hacker, he has been actively involved in open source since 1986.

He designed the PicoBSD embedded operating system jointly with Andrej Bialeki; developed the m0n0wall embedded firewall distribution tool and created a smartcard operating software for Malaysia’s national identification card and passport.

More recently, Dinesh Nair has started a local IP PABX company QubeConnect Sdn Bhd and is currently Head of Infotech Industry Cluster at MDeC.

Zubin Mohamad

zubin mohammadZubin Mohamad – Contemporary Arts Performer

Dr. Zulkifli Mohamad (known as Zubin Mohamad) is a highly-decorated dance-performance artist, curator, writer and director of performance theatre and media, winning such awards as the Asia Fellow Award 2002 (Indonesia Contemporary Dance), UNESCO’s Artisan of Southeast Asia 2000, Rockefeller’s Southeast Asian Islamic Scholars Award 2003 (Performing Arts and Islam in Malaysia) as well as British Council, Australian High Commissioner, Goethe Institute, Toyota Foundation, Sasson Foundation, UCLA, UCR, Brown, UDT  awards. He is a Fulbright Award Recipient for 2010/11.

Zubin Mohamad’s doctorate research on Contemporary Arts (Malay Dance Theatre) through Political Economic theories and Cultural Studies focused on “Artistic Creation Management in Contemporary Malay Dance Theatre in Malaysia”. His research works spanned from heritage, tradition, contemporary, modern, post-modern to popular arts and culture.

Zubin Mohamad also took the opportunity to put up several contemporary dance performances in several cities, including New York and Los Angeles.

Yogesh Arora

yogesh aroraYogesh Arora – Consultant Chef, Design A Cuisine

Chef  Yogesh Arora is a highly regarded chef in the Asian gourmet scene. He helmed the kitchen of Raffles Hotel’s Indian restaurant Tiffin Room as Chef de Cuisine for 12 years where his interest in the healing properties of food and cooking was piqued. His deep passion in healing cuisine led him to learn about holistic cuisine based on ancient Indian principles from his Guru, Sri Sri Poonamji. He learnt these principles for more than a decade throughout his career.

He now hails Design A Cuisine where he whips up tasty dishes with fountain of youth properties! At Design A Cuisine, Chef Yogesh Arora heals your palate through the appropriate use of herbs and spices in his food. His exclusive knowledge on holistic principles enlightens anyone on the healing wonders of foods found in their pantry.

Having been an integral part of Singapore’s culinary scene, Chef Yogesh’s food has tickled the tastes of dignitaries such as President S.R Nathan and Prime Minister of UK John Major, Queen Elizabeth of UK, Queen Rania of Jordan, Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Indian president Dr. APJ Abul Kalam,Indian , as well as famous Bollywood star visitors like Shah Rukh Khan and Rani Mukerji. He has also been invited to give cooking demonstrations at leading hotels in Australia, and Europe and so on.

Chef Yogesh Arora has also been featured in various media, such as Straits Times, Wine & Dine, Cuisine & Wine Scene, Elle magazine, Her World, Singapore Women’s Weekly, Cleo magazine and international media, such as Hindustan Times, Times of India, Sunday Telegraph, Financial Express, Robb Report Worth and Hamburg Post.

More recently, Chef Yogesh Arora shared healing and pleasing cuisine during a Holistic Indian food promotion at a prestigious Singaporean hotel, Royal Plaza on Scott’s. Patrons and media were full of rave reviews about unique Indian flavours that left them feeling, according to Singaporean women’s magazine, Elle, “light and detoxed as a meal at a wellness camp”!

Zlwin Chew

zlwin chew

Zlwin Chew – Magician & Mentalist

Zlwin Chew is a well known practitioner of magic and mentalism. As an inquisitive child,  he has been fascinated by the mysteries of magic, always trying to comprehend how they happen.

A few years back, he joined a magic club and never looked back since. Zlwin has met and performed for some of the country’s most renowned individuals, including the 12th King of Malaysia, Sultan of Perlis, Raja Syed Sirajuddin ibni Syed Putra Jamalullail and former Prime Minister of Malaysia, Tun. Dr. Mahathir bin Mohamad.

Zlwin Chew currently works for Kuala Lumpur’s most prestigious and recognised club, Zouk Club KL, as their Resident Magician. He came into the club scene bringing bringing a fresh spin to his trade. For 18 months, Zouk Club KL became the only club that has a Resident Magician working in its premises.

Other clubs are now working their way to hire other magicians to work for them. Being familiar with the clubbing environment, he is able to incorporate magic flawlessly into his performances. Performing magic in crowded areas with low lighting and very loud music is no stranger to Zlwin. With his signature Zouk Magic, he is able to capture his audience’s attention quickly and blow them away with his skills – leaving them with a clubbing experience they will never soon forget.

In January 2011, Zlwin Chew performed on stage in front of 20,000 people at India’s TECHFEST 2011. Techfest: Asia’s Largest Science and Technology Festival is held annually at Mumbai and draws forward more than 70, 000 people each year. In July 2011, Zlwin made his Middle-East debut show at The Sultanate of Oman, Arab. He represented Samsung Malaysia as its Brand Ambassador and did a Samsung phone launch in Oman.

Chen Pelf Nyok

Pelf Nyok

Chen Pelf Nyok – Turtle Conservationist & Marine Biologist

She is a freshwater turtle researcher and conservationist based in Kuala Terengganu, Malaysia. Unbeknown to Pelf, she has had a strong affinity towards turtles when she was a little girl. However, she was only formally introduced to turtles in her undergraduate studies at Universiti Malaysia Terengganu.

Upon receiving her Bachelor’s degree in Marine Biology in 2004, she landed herself a job as a Research Assistant in a new river terrapin project on campus. In was here that she gained the opportunity to learn the ropes in turtle research and conservation. One thing led to another, and Pelf Nyok went on to pursue a Master’s in Biodiversity and Conservation. Throughout her Master’s research, she raised more than 800 river terrapins, and determined the best feeding practices to raise these river terrapins in captivity. Currently, Pelf is pursuing her Ph.D. in Zoology at Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia.

In 2008, Pelf became the first Malaysian to be awarded a turtle conservation scholarship from the Asian Scholarship Program for in-situ Chelonian Conservation to the United States. Through the scholarship, Pelf Nyok had the opportunity to learn about and participate in various turtle research and conservation projects that her hosts were involved in, e.g. at the University of Tennessee of Chattanooga, Behler Chelonian Center in California, and the Wetlands Institute in New Jersey.

In addition to turtle research and conservation, Pelf Nyok is also experienced in public outreach campaigns. She coordinates and conducts various turtle education programs and fund-raising events, as well as participates in exhibitions and carnivals. For example, in 2010, she conducted Turtle Awareness Camps in 15 primary schools in Terengganu with the help of volunteer facilitators, successfully reaching out to more than 500 students.

Apart from nurturing her passion in turtle research and conservation, Pelf is also an avid blogger and a social media enthusiast. Since realising the power of blogging and social media in advocating the cause that she so strongly believes in, she has been tirelessly promoting awareness in turtle conservation through her blogs, social media sites and to anybody who would listen! She has been featured in magazines such as Singapore Women’s Weekly, Malaysian Women’s Weekly and I.M. Mag in Malaysia.

Pelf Nyok is currently the Program Manager at Turtle Conservation Centre, a newly-established turtle conservation organisation that focuses mainly on the conservation of critically-endangered freshwater turtles in Terengganu.