WHAT MAKES A LEADER?

Is it a title? Power? Influence? Charisma? We believe leaders and changemakers start in our homes, offices, and neighborhoods – with ordinary people who go the extra mile to make a difference in the lives of others, one life at a time. And the stories of these everyday changemakers are often untold.

This is why the Iclif Leadership Energy Awards was created. We believe in celebrating and rewarding individuals who channel their time, skills, and energy – to create a better future for us all. Join us in our mission to unfold the untold stories of the changemakers who walk among us.

NOMINATE SOMEONE TODAY FOR USD15,000 REWARD

Do you know someone who has made a difference in your workplace or community? We are looking to honor leaders who demonstrate leadership energy in action. Three winners stand to be rewarded with USD15,000 each. But that’s not all – if you are nominating someone, you stand to be rewarded too – with iPad Minis and other rewards up for grabs!
*Terms and Conditions apply

WHAT WE ARE LOOKING FOR

Purpose and authenticity

Leaders with integrity, who are driven by an extraordinary, authentic purpose and vision.

Resilience and innovation

Leaders who demonstrate grit, resilience, and an unconventional, innovative approach in striving towards their vision.

Measurable, sustainable impact

Leaders who are able to harness their resources, skills, and connections to create a sustainable, measurable impact.

AWARD CATEGORIES

BUSINESS LEADERS AWARD

Recognizing business founders, owners, entrepreneurs and employees who create positive, lasting impact within their own teams, departments and enterprises in order to achieve measurable, sustainable results that encompass social, environmental, and economic impacts.

SOCIETAL LEADERS AWARD

Recognizing the unsung heroes of society – who possess exceptional clarity of their purpose and seek out innovative and sustainable solutions to address critical problems for society and the environment, to propel their communities and societies forward.

YOUNG LEADERS AWARD

(Open to those 30 and below only)

Recognizing the next generation of exemplary leaders aged 30 and below who understand the importance of sustainability and our interdependence, and are able to tap into opportunities to create solutions for the future.

2020 WINNERS

Business Leaders Award
Marita Cheng

Founded Robogals, a platform to increase the participation of women in STEM, at 19. Founded Aubot, a startup that designs telepresence robots and Aipoly Vision, an AI-based app to help blind people navigate.

Societal Leaders Award
Dian Sasmita

Former lawyer who founded NGO Sahabat Kapas to assist juvenile offenders in prison. Advocates for restorative justice for detained children. Founded Gerabak Kopi Onjel, to provide barista training for juvenile ex-offenders to reintegrate into society.

Young Leaders Award
Dr. Tamana Asey

Program Director of the Afghanistan Forensic Science Organization. First woman medical doctor in Afghanistan to stand against virginity testing in the country. Instrumental in helping to criminalize the practice in the Afghan Penal Code.

PAST NOMINATIONS CAME FROM ALL AROUND ASIA PACIFIC

AFGHANISTAN / AUSTRALIA / BANGLADESH / CAMBODIA / HONG KONG / INDIA / INDONESIA / JAPAN / SOUTH KOREA /

MALAYSIA / MYANMAR / NEPAL / PAKISTAN / PHILIPPINES / SINGAPORE / SRI LANKA / THAILAND / VIETNAM

ILEA ADVISORY COUNCIL

The ILEA Advisory Council is an independent panel consisting of renowned experts, professionals and thought leaders from across the industry spectrum. Chaired by Tan Sri Dr. Jemilah Mahmood, this distinguished council is responsible for identifying, evaluating and awarding outstanding Leadership Energy Champions while also mentoring and nurturing nominees to achieve their fullest potential.

TAN SRI DR. JEMILAH MAHMOOD

Executive Director of Sunway Centre for Planetary Health

CALLISTER KOH

Regional Head of Learning, Talent & Leadership HSBC Asia Pacific

CHIN SUIT FANG

Independent Non-Executive Director, Bank Negara Malaysia

CHRISTOPHER TOCK

CEO of Digitally.Asia Group

MALEK ALI

Founder & CEO Of BFM Media and BFM Business School

DATUK NORA ABDUL MANAF

Group Chief Human Capital Officer of Maybank

RAJA TAN SRI DATO' SERI ARSHAD RAJA TUN UDA

Non Executive Independent Director of Maxis Berhad

THERESA GOH

Managing Director of 360 Dynamics Pte Ltd

WAN YON SHAHIMA

Chief Customer Officer of Human Resources Development Berhad

YVONNE CORPUZ

Global Learning Adviser of MUFG

Frequently Asked Questions

1. The Iclif Leadership Energy Awards (ILEA) and Leadership for Enterprise Sustainability Asia (LESA) – what’s the connection?

The Iclif Leadership Energy Awards (ILEA) celebrate an unconventional new way of thinking about leadership. The awards draw together thought leaders who live the principles of conviction, courage, and momentum to create a sustainable, tangible impact in their communities.

The Leadership for Enterprise Sustainability Asia conference (LESA) is the flagship annual conference of Asia School of Business, attended by business, government, and societal leaders across Asia. Previously known as Leadership Energy Summit Asia, the conference has been renamed in 2021 to recognize the need for enterprises across Asia to heed the urgent call for sustainable development and growth especially in terms of the environmental, social, and economic triple bottom line. The ILEA Awards are announced and awarded every year at the LESA conference.

2. Who is eligible for these awards?

We seek nominations for leaders in Asia under the following categories:

– Young Leaders (below age 30)
– Business Leaders
– Societal Leaders

Any residents of Asia-Pacific countries can be nominated or nominate themselves for the Awards.

These leaders should be those who have demonstrated their commitment to creating a better future through sustainable and values-driven ‘leadership energy’; and resulted in positive transformation in their team, organization or community. Team nominations are also encouraged.

3. Who can nominate?

Asia School of Business (ASB) accepts self-nominations and nominations by any third party. However, employees of ASB, MBA students and MBA alumni may not nominate themselves or any of their immediate family members as a nominee for ILEA.

4. How are nominations submitted?

Nominations must be received by 11.59pm (Malaysian time) on 10 August 2021 via the nomination form.

5. Can a nominator submit more than one nominee?

Yes. Each nominee is evaluated and selected separately.

6. Do nominators need to submit references for the nominee?

Upon shortlisting, the nominator may be contacted to provide referee details to ASB to obtain further information and validation.

7. How are the award winners selected?

The award winners are selected by an independent Advisory Council. For more information about the process, click here.

8. What is the judging criteria for the awards?

The following are the judging criteria for each category of the awards:

Innovation: An idea or strategy that challenges conventional practice and wisdom for a better future.

Integrity: The entire vision is driven by the right set of deeply held values, which they have demonstrated and articulated to their team, organisation, or community.

Resilience: The leader has overcome significant professional or personal obstacles in the pursuit of his or her goals.

Authenticity: The leader has a true and courageous sense of self, which is demonstrated in his or her daily interactions with other people, be it colleagues, clients or partners.

Measurable impact: This accomplished change can be clearly measured through tangible results and outcomes, both quantitative and qualitative.

Sustainability: The leader is focused on responsible growth with positive economic, social or environmental outcomes.

Collaboration: The leader has worked successfully with colleagues or partners to create a better future.

9. Will the nominator/nominee be updated on the status of the nomination?
Only finalists will be notified.

10. When will the announcement of award recipients take place?
The announcement of the winners will be made during the LESA event held from 15-18 November 2021.

11. Are winners allowed to appoint a representative to receive the reward on his/her behalf?
All winners must be present at LESA to receive the reward receive the award live, in person or virtually, depending on circumstances. Only under unique circumstances, appointment of representative may be allowed under the discretion of ASB.

Terms & Conditions

ILEA Nomination Incentive Program

The following terms and conditions govern the ILEA Nomination Incentive Program (“incentive program”):

1. Every individual (“the nominator”) who is a citizen or resident in any country in Asia / Asia-Pacific and who submits an ILEA nomination for another person (self-nominated individuals are not allowed) is eligible to participate in this incentive program.

2. The nomination form submitted by the nominator must be complete and according to the criteria for the relevant award category.

3. As part of this incentive program, the nominator will receive a reward if his/her nominee wins in any one of the three (3) ILEA categories.

4. The reward for up to three (3) nominators will be an iPad mini for each nominator, on the condition that his/her nominee wins in one of the ILEA categories.

5. The Award category winners are selected by the panel of judges who are the members of ILEA Advisory Council members. The judges’ results are final and no appeal will be entertained.

6. Only the nominators who qualify for the reward will be notified to receive this incentive.

7. The organizer reserve the right not to continue with this reward/incentive in the event that the organizer deemed none of the entry received had fulfilled the said criteria

The reward is not exchangeable for cash or any other form of reward.