Chairman, WCES & CEO, Asian Strategy & Leadership Institute (ASLI)


Day 1 – 13 Nov 2017

Welcome Speeches | 9.00 am - 9.20 am

TAN SRI DR. MICHAEL O.K. YEOH is a public intellectual, social entrepreneur and thought leader. He is Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of The Asian Strategy & Leadership Institute (ASLI), recently ranked as one of the world’s and region’s top think tank. ASLI was ranked no. 23 in the world among think tanks with budget below USD5 million and 22 in the world among think tanks to watch. ASLI’s Centre for Public Policy Studies (CPPS) was also ranked 7th best in Asia Pacific región. Dr. Yeoh is also Founder Vice-Chairman of CPPS.

Dr. Yeoh was appointed by the Prime Minister of Malaysia to be a Member of the National Unity Consultative Council, the Advisory Board of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission and a Commissioner in Malaysia’s Competition Commission. He was appointed by the Malaysian Government to be Malaysia’s Representative with Ambassador status on the ASEAN High Level Task Force on Connectivity. He has served two terms as a Commissioner in Malaysia’s Human Rights Commission.

With over 30 years corporate experience, he sits on the Board of Directors of Pan Malaysia Corporation, Malaysia- China Business Council and MUI Properties and was a Director of Star Publications and the National Heart Institute. He also sits on the Board of Governors of the Wawasan Open University and the Research Advisory Committee of the University of Malaya. He is also Chairman of the World Chinese Economic Forum and the ASEAN Leadership Forum.

He graduated in Economics and Accountancy from Australia’s Monash University and has undertaken senior executive programmes at Harvard Business School and Aresty Institute of Wharton School. He was conferred a Doctorate in Laws (honoraris causa) by the University of Nottingham. He is a sought after speaker at international conferences and has authored several books on leadership, management and politics. Dr. Yeoh is also a member of the Institute of Strategic and International Studies London, the UK Institute of Directors and Fellow of the Malaysian Institute of Management.

He enjoys photography, reading and travelling.