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Women With A Mission (WWM)

WWM is a new program at MyWIN Academy with the following broad objectives:

  • To gather promising young Malaysian women with a mission in their lives and coming from various fields
  • To assist the participants to create change and drive innovative solutions and projects.


This program will provide a platform for emerging Malaysian women to achieve their missions through the implementation of impactful projects based on innovation and to give back to the nation.

The Participants

  • Comprise of [20-25] high potential young women with a mission
  • Deep expertise in their field of experience
  • Recognized as emerging leaders in their profession in the public or private sector
  • Displayed high leadership qualities
  • Demonstrated academic excellence in top global universities
  • Identified as upcoming change agents with a mission to serve and lead their communities and peers forward to make positive impact at home and/or abroad.

Women With A Mission

Lead Council of WWM

“Never let anyone tell you what you cannot do, just because they can’t”.

A First Class Honours degree holder in BSc Actuarial Science from Swansea University, Wales, Abir also owns a Masters Degree in Actuarial Management from CASS Business School, London when she was one of the 12 recipients of the King Scholarship Award.

Upon returning to Malaysia, she began her career at Syarikat Takaful Malaysia Berhad. With a few papers left to qualify as an actuary, Abir serves her current employer by managing the portfolios of Actuarial Pricing and Actuarial Project. Alongside her tasks, she is heavily involved in the development of Insurance and Takaful Industry in the country, and an active member of the Institute Faculty of Actuaries (IFoA, UK).

Throughout her university days in the UK, she was part of the United Kingdom & Eire Council of Malaysian Students (UKEC), holding the position of National Treasurer during her final year. Now, she wishes to continue her contribution to nation building via championing women empowerment.

On that aim, Abir is now the Co-Founder and Director of Asia Women Circle (AWC); that drives “Lean In Malaysia”, a women-led non-profit organisation inspired by Sheryl Sandberg’s (COO, Facebook) #leanin movement which harnesses the power of leadership and community to embolden women to achieve their full potential by educating, enabling and empowering them to define their success. The platform challenges the norm and raises the status of women in the society. In January 2016, Abir was named Regional Leader of Leanin.Org by Sheryl Sandberg.

My Mission is….

To provide a platform that is accessible for anyone to run personal or professional development programs that educate and produce more socially conscious global women leaders, and ultimately empower women.

Dalila graduated with a BSc in Actuarial Science (First Class Honours) from the London School of Economics, London and an MSc in Actuarial Management from Cass Business School, London. She is currently a Risk Actuary in Permodalan Nasional Berhad (PNB), overseeing the risk management aspects of the investment processes in PNB. She is also a Fellow Actuary from the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries (IFoA), UK and a certified Financial Risk Manager.

In her career, she is an active contributor to the Risk Management practice. She has presented twice at IFoA’s Risk and Investment Conference in Wales, United Kingdom. She is also currently a committee member for IFoA’s Asia Conference 2018 which will be held in Bangkok. She holds a deep passion about actuarial education, reflecting by her service as IFoA’s exam paper reviewer and student counsellor.

Outside the professional realm, Dalila is an active member of Toastmasters International since 2014, having earned the Competent Communicator Award in 2016. She is also a talented pianist with Grade 8 of the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM) qualification. She has recently launched her own YouTube channel “The Taugeh Project” with more videos to come!

My Mission is….

To support the microinsurance/microtakaful development in Malaysia, by improving the selection of microinsurance/microtakaful options in Malaysia that meet the financial protection needs of the poor.

Dr Murni Wan Mohd Nor has a long interest in issues of public interest and human rights. She holds a LLB and Masters in Comparative Law before resuming—and finishing—her PhD in Human Rights and Constitutional Law, focusing on the issue of hate speech before turning 30. She is now a senior lecturer at Universiti Putra Malaysia, specializing in the field of political science and human rights. She has been a consultant to a project awarded by the Home Ministry, in which she studied the impact of rehabilitation centres on prison inmates.

Dr Murni cares deeply for fostering racial unity and interfaith understanding; having written a number of published papers in journals and articles in the online media, as well as organized successful interfaith dialogue sessions. She has also written a motivational book for those who wish to switch career paths and pursue their postgraduate studies; detailing the many challenges that come along with it and how to overcome them.

Dr Murni is also passionate about many social causes, and is active with the Small Changes organizations. With Small Changes, she helps organize fund raisers for various causes; among them are educational camps to benefit underprivileged students in rural areas. She hopes to continue motivating people and creating a positive impact on the community at a much bigger scale.

My Mission is….

to encourage girls not to shy away from achieving their INTELLECTUAL potential, inspire them to DREAM BIG—and show them how to make their dreams a REALITY.

Dr. Syafrina Sharif obtained her PhD in Environmental Governance from the Centre for Environmental Policy, Imperial College London. Her research explored environmental democracy in Malaysia, focusing on public access to environmental information and participation in environmental decision-making. Dr. Syafrina’s three years of rigorous research work resulted in the ground-breaking ALAMRAKYAT Framework. The first of its kind, the ALAMRAKYAT Framework aims at enculturing environmental ethics, values, and responsibility through the cultivation of environmental citizenship and leadership amongst Malaysians. The success factor of the ALAMRAKYAT Framework is grounded on good environmental governance, including democracy, inclusivity and citizen centricity.

Prior to her doctoral studies, Syafrina obtained an International Masters in Sustainable Development & Corporate Responsibility at the EOI Business School (Escuela de Organización Industrial) in Madrid, Spain. Through the Masters programme, she was exposed to social innovation and gained a better understanding of its potential benefits to people, planet and profit.

Her passion and interest in social innovation were reflected through the success of her group’s final project, “Conceptualizing & Prototyping an Online Platform for Collaboration in Social Innovation”. The platform was adopted by a think-tank (iristhinking.org) that works on empowering and connecting change agents and social innovators across sectors.

Dr. Syafrina is well-equipped with research and communication skills, strategic thinking and analytical abilities. Her fluency in the Malay, English, Italian and Spanish languages has enhanced her cultural diplomacy skills previously gained from her internationally diverse experiences. All this, coupled with her work experiences in policy and strategy at a government-linked company, marketing, broadcasting and at Open Air Laboratories (OPAL), a UK-wide environmental citizen science initiative, stands her in good stead for any future career goals related to her field of interest.

My Mission is….

To enculturate environmental ethics, values, responsibility and innovation amongst Malaysians, particularly through the empowerment of women and their advancement in environmental decision-making.

Hema Letchamanan is a senior lecturer at Taylor’s University, Malaysia. She is also working on her PhD (nearing completion) at the Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge, UK. She holds an MSc in Comparative and International Education from the University of Oxford, UK. Her research interests include education for marginalized communities in South Asia/Southeast Asia, sociology of gender, inclusive education, and narrative inquiry. She has done extensive research on educational needs of refugee children in Malaysia. Hema has also previously taught in a primary school in Malaysia and worked with street children and refugee children in Nepal. Her current research focuses on gender non-conforming children in Tamil Nadu, India, and in what ways schooling can offer positive support to those who challenge conformity to gender dualism. Hema is passionate about education reform and how schools can support individuals to develop to their fullest potential. She believes access to quality education is a right of every child. Besides teaching and researching, she also enjoys travelling and drinking a good cuppa.

My Mission is….


To ensure that disadvantaged children receive the support they need to be able to effectively participate in society and that schools are a safe space for all disadvantaged children.

Izzana Salleh is dedicated to the advancement of Malaysia’s National Agenda, and has stayed true to her country’s pursuit in transforming the economy towards becoming a high income nation in 2020. She is currently pursuing a career in Management Consulting with PEMANDU Associates, focusing on the Government Transformation agenda. During her tenure in Islamic Finance as a corporate and investment banker, she focused primarily on the Sukuk (Islamic Bonds) market. Izzana spent majority of her early days in the career in agribusiness, setting up a halal beef production supply chain for the Malaysian market.

Outside of her work, Izzana is extremely passionate in matters of women empowerment and education. She has founded and has set up projects to better the opportunity of girls and women as a community. These programs include Harvard-born Project Girls4Girls, a global mentoring platform to propel young girls into the public leadership space; Permata Interact which empowers underprivileged urban poor youth in Kuala Lumpur through English literacy; ASEAN Women in Politics in advocating for more women in the position of leadership; and Lean In Malaysia.

Izzana graduated from Harvard Kennedy School of Government with a Master in Public Administration, Imperial College Business School with a Master in Business Administration and an undergraduate degree at California State University, Pomona with a focus on Biotechnology and colorectal cancer research.

My Mission is….

to help develop an ecosystem which is gender inclusive to propel women and girls into positions of leadership through policy making, advocacy, education and mentoring.

Nik Zarifah Anis read law at the International Islamic University of Malaysia with a First Class Honours. Nik holds a Masters Degree in Law (BCL) from St. Catherine’s College, University of Oxford in 2011. She was called to the Malaysian Bar and was admitted to practice in the High Court of Malaya in April 2010. She obtained the French certificate of Cours de Civilisation Française, l’Université de Sorbonne with a mention très bien in 2013.

She had first gained her practice experience at Zaid Ibrahim & Co, where her area of focus at the time was employment laws and industrial relations. She then joined Wong & Partners, a member firm of Baker & McKenzie International in 2014. Her main area of focus includes competition laws, corporate and commercial laws. She had advised on the compliance aspect of the Malaysian competition laws vis-à-vis the sale of a regional company’s business and its subsidiary. She also had the opportunity to assist Google on its Competition Law Mapping Project.

Currently, she is with PETRONAS’ Corporate Governance and International Compliance, Group Legal where she is in charge of the economic sanctions and export control portfolio for PETRONAS businesses and subsidiaries globally. She also assists on the competition law dimension for PETRONAS operations.

She enjoys travelling and is a full-time mother of 2 sons aged 3 years old and 5 months respectively. She is passionate about contributing to the development of young women talents!

My Mission is….

To play a leadership role in the oil and gas sector that is typically male-dominated

Nooryana Najib is currently completing a dual degree Masters in Public Administration (MPA) from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and Masters of Business Administration from the Wharton Business School, University of Pennsylvania. She obtained a Bachelor’s Degree from Georgetown University’s Edmund Walsh School of Foreign Service with a concentration in International Politics and Foreign Policy.  Prior to pursuing her Masters, she worked at TPG Capital, one of the world’s largest global private equity firms. At TPG, she was a Fundraising Associate based out of the London, San Francisco and Hong Kong offices. Part of her responsibilities included supporting major fundraising campaigns (most notably, TPG Asia VI $3.3Bn fundraise) and working with TPG founders and partners on their emerging markets-focused presentations and talks.

In 2014, Nooryana decided to move back to Malaysia to gain a better understanding of opportunities related to entrepreneurship and youth empowerment. She spent a year with Cradle Fund focusing on Cradle’s Angel Tax Incentive and Cradle’s CIP-500 grant program. During this time, she also co-founded Permata Interact, a volunteer program which seeks to empower hard-to-reach Malaysian youth through the proficiency of the English language. Permata Interact works with a dedicated team of 50 college or university mentors to deliver high quality English language proficiency training with the guidance of the British Council. The project started with a pilot stage in partnership with Permata Perkasa Remaja at the PPR Komuniti Pantai Dalam and PPR Komuniti Desa Rejang. Since 2017, Permata Interact has expanded to serve more than 150 students in four public high schools in the Putrajaya area. As the co-founder of Permata Interact, Nooryana hopes that more working professionals can take the time to work on sustainable, high impact projects at the grassroots level.

Given her finance, public policy and international politics background, Nooryana hopes to utilize her cross-sectoral experience in her career moving forward.

My Mission is….

to build more sustainable programs and/or organizations related to youth empowerment, as it is high time that Malaysia breeds a new generation of thoughtful and passionate leader in all levels of society.

Nurlin Mohd Salleh graduated from the University of Cambridge with a Bachelors and Masters in Manufacturing Engineering in 2006.

She started her career in Supply Chain Management in Procter & Gamble in the U.K. She has since moved into management consulting and has been with The Boston Consulting Group since 2007, initially in the London office before transferring to the Kuala Lumpur office in 2010. She is currently a Principal focusing on public sector and industrial goods.

She currently leads Women@BCG and Social Impact for the BCG Kuala Lumpur office. In her free time, she enjoys horse-riding and has previously represented Malaysia at the SEA Games and brought home a bronze medal in the team event. Nurlin is a mother of two, Sharifah NurAlara and Syed Azlan both under 3, who makes sure she is continuously kept on her toes.

My Mission is….

To raise the profile and support growth of women in leadership roles across all sectors (public, private, NGOs); as well as to encourage women to independently take control of their future and to make a difference for the nation.

Drawing upon her experience leading a franchise business and in new corporate development, Sarah is now focused on spurring a mega development project expected to generate RM290Bn in investments with one of Asia’s largest conglomerates, Sime Darby. Earlier, she pioneered the roll out of a new corporate venture capital unit in the company, from strategy paper to P&L responsibility – which invested in pre-commercial companies in the biotechnology space. Notably, she worked on a US$30Million acquisition which signing was witnessed by former President Obama.

An emerging thought leader in Women & Business, Sarah is a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce of England, was recently named Prestige Top 40 Under 40 and FEMALE’s “Iconic Woman”. Sarah also co-founded Asia Women Circle that drives @leaninmalaysia, a platform which harnesses the power of community to embolden women to achieve their full potential. In 2016, Sarah was appointed by Sheryl Sandberg (COO, Facebook) as Regional Leader, championing Lean In Asia with a reach beyond 300,000.

Sarah also now represents the millennial voice at the 30% Club, with the aim of getting more women on boards in corporate Malaysia. She continues to be called upon internationally to challenge discussions, having spoken on Facebook’s grounds in Palo Alto, on the investor panel at Cleantech Forum Italy, in consultation with former UK Business Minister Mark Prisk and recently in Washington DC with the Women in International Trade.

Sarah holds a Bachelor of Laws from King’s College London, and is now pursuing the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) qualification.

My Mission is….

To create opportunities and a level playing field for young leaders and women to drive progress forward within different sectors of the economy, ultimately delivering global impact.

Aliza holds a LL.B law degree from International Islamic University and the Bachelor of Civil Law (BCL) from the University of Oxford. She graduated top of her class and received the University’s Best Overall Student Award at the 22nd IIUM Convocation. For her BCL, she was an Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies scholar. Aliza was called to the Malaysian Bar as an Advocate & Solicitor of the High Court of Malaya in 2007 and practiced law for a while as a civil and commercial litigator, before being invited back to her alma mater, IIUM, as a lecturer.

Aliza is particularly passionate about nurturing young talents in legal skills and advocacy, believing that future lawyers should be equipped with more than just knowledge of substantive law and that local law graduates can be at par with overseas graduates in terms of legal skills. She trains students for legal advocacy competitions such as mooting and client consultation and has been instrumental in coaching numerous IIUM teams in representing Malaysia for competitions locally and abroad. She was also one of the judges at the International Media Law Mooting Competition at Oxford University.

Aliza specializes in contract law, commercial law and law of obligations, besides also working in the area of constitutional, international, biomedical and shipping law. Her active research work transcends boundaries, working with fellow researchers from ASEAN countries and the US. She is a IIUM’s Gold Award recipient for her research on unfair contracts; and a team member of a global collaborative publication effort on constitutional dimension of contract law by Springer, Australia. In 2016, Aliza was one of five Malaysians chosen by the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade for the Malaysian Muslim Young Leaders Program in Australia. Aliza hopes to pursue her PhD soon in the area of Unjust Enrichment.

My Mission is….

To work on nation-building policies and to improve the quality of Malaysian legal education in equipping local law graduates with legal skills necessary for a millennial-driven accelerated legal market, to be at par with law graduates of renowned world institutions.