The fourth edition of the annual Borneo Youth Leadership Conference, taking place September 13 -16, will be the largest to date with 500 delegates being targeted – thrice the size of the last three conferences.
While the previous editions were held at Curtin Sarawak in Miri as part of a student council programme, the coming event will move to Sarawak's capital Kuching to accommodate a larger audience.
Borneo Youth Leadership Conference was created by Vinodh Menon, a Curtin graduate who is passionate about empowering youths. This year's edition will be organised by Vinodh’s company, Phoenix PR, of which he is the COO.
Vinodh is confident of achieving the targeted number of delegates with the support of Sarawak Convention Bureau which is assisting with delegate boosting activities, marketing and promotion support and speaker support.
Tan Wei Ni, business development manager at Sarawak Convention Bureau, said the bureau was supportive as the conference is essential for human capital development, The conference is also supported by the Ministry of Youth and Sports Malaysia and Leaderonomics, a training provider based in Malaysia.
This year’s conference takes a new approach, providing opportunities for delegates to apply themselves through engagement and leadership simulations and to learn the traits required to pursue their dreams in line with the conference theme, Pursuing Your Passion, explained Vinod.
He added: “We have pushed the envelope with our speaker panel, comprising 25 young, successful personalities.”
The list includes Zee Avi, Malaysian singer and songwriter; Phat Fabes, radio DJ and television host; and Shanjhey Kumar Perumal, a Malaysian director and writer who produced the documentary, The Day That River Ran Red, which won the Jury Award at The KOMAS Freedom Film Festival Southeast Asia in 2013.