Low Ngai Yuen

President, Kakiseni

Low Ngai Yuen

President, Kakiseni

Biography

Low Ngai Yuen is one of Malaysia’s most well-known social entrepreneurs who is leaving a legacy through championing two of her beloved causes, women empowerment and the performing arts. In the past 15 years, Yuen has gone from producing, directing and creating some of the highest rating TV programmes in the country and regional countries to joining the corporate world for four years – as the Director of Marketing and Communications of Carrefour Malaysia and Singapore, sitting on its top management and executive committee as the youngest executive director. During her tenure, she championed the TUKAR program (Program Transformasi Kedai Runcit) both at the blueprint and execution phases as contribution to the ETP. In 2011, she was selected as a subject matter expert for the Prime Minister’s Roundtable on engaging the youth and subsequently, she heads the performing arts pillar, mapping out the industry’s growth for the Dasar Industri Kreatif Negara as she took over and run the country’s premier arts platform, Kakiseni that enables access to creativity and innovation through arts and cultural pedagogy models. Yuen also conceptualised WOMEN:girls in the same year, a not for profit and cause driven organisation later registered under the Registration of Societies in 2013 with a mission to use role-modeling and pop culture to drive higher women’s share of voice, support financial freedom, create access and network and mentor young achievers. Earlier launch of this platform is awarded the Best Campaign of The Year 2011 by the Malaysia PR Association. WOMEN:girls launched a storytelling movement, ‘Ikal Mayang’ in 2013 which uses short films to start conversations within communities in order to empower voices to be heard. An important milestone is achieved when Ikal Mayang is selected officially to premiere internationally at the 18th Busan International Film Festival 2013. Adding to her list of accolades is being named the Most Successful Woman of 2014 by Jessica Magazine. Other recognition includes Bella Creative Award 2013 by ntv7, Women Weekly’s Great Women Of Our Time 2012 award for the category of Media and Arts as well as Her World’s Young Achiever of the year 2008.