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.

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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.

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.

2021 WINNERS

Business Leaders Joint Winner
Novita Tan and Ovy Sabrina

Founders, Rebricks

Founded Rebricks, a start-up producing building from multi-layered plastics that are usually not recycled, but sent directly to landfills and incinerators. Now save 88,000 discarded multi-layered plastic packets every day from landfills, converting them into resilient and environmentally-friendly paving bricks.

Business Leaders Joint Winner
David Cutler and Tamara Mekler

Founders, Fortuna Cools

Transformed an industry by-product – coconut husks from the coconut meat industry – into upcycled high-performance coolers, providing a natural alternative to the highly-polluting, low-durability insulated Styrofoam packaging widely used in the fisheries industry, and uplifting the lives of impoverished coconut farmers in the Philippines.

Societal Leaders Winner
Patima Tungpuchayakul

Co-Founder of the Labour Rights Protection Network

Spent the last 26 years advocating for the rights of migrant workers who are abused by their employers, especially in the fishing industry, which traps an estimated 21 million people in enslaved labor. Founded the Labour Rights Protection Network Foundation (LPN) to end slavery at sea.

Young Leaders Winner
Kartik Sawhney

Founder of I-Stem (27y)

Founded I-Stem, an ed-tech organization focused on developing assistive technology on empowering students and other professionals with disabilities. Was the first blind student in India to study science in secondary school, going on to graduate from Stanford. Awarded several recognitions including the Queen’s Young Leaders Award 2016 and the UN Young Leaders 2018.

2020 WINNERS

Business Leaders Award
Marita Cheng

Societal Leaders Award
Dian Sasmita

Young Leaders Award
Dr. Tamana Asey

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

RAJA TAN SRI DATO' SERI ARSHAD RAJA TUN UDA

Non Executive Independent Director of Maxis Berhad

CHIN SUIT FANG

Independent Non-Executive Director, Bank Negara Malaysia

CHRISTOPHER TOCK

CEO of Digitally.Asia Group

HELIANTI HILMAN

Founder, PT Kampung Kearifan Indonesia (Javara)

MALEK ALI

Founder & CEO Of BFM Media and BFM Business School

DATUK NORA ABDUL MANAF

Group Chief Human Capital Officer of Maybank

VINESH SINHA

CEO of FatHopes Energy

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 15 November 2022 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 in 2023.

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.