In 2002, Malaysian native Stevens Chan was diagnosed with glaucoma. He didn’t know he had an eye disease, let alone one with no obvious symptoms, no cure, and which often leads to blindness. His vision loss occurred quickly. In just 5 years, he was blind. Stevens’ experience led him to establish a Malaysian branch of Dialogue in the Dark, a social enterprise that works to increase public awareness around preventable blindness and support individuals with visual impairments.
Malaysia is one of Asia’s great melting pots, with diverse representation from many Asian countries and cultures. From native Malay to Indian, Chinese and more, Malaysia brings amazing food to the dinner table. It is also home to over 150,000 refugees and asylum-seekers.¹
23-year old Swee Lin Lee and her co-founders, Suzanne Lin and Kim Lim, founded the Picha Project to help refugees find employment and contribute their own culture to the Malaysian mixing bowl.
What happens when two American college students start a club focused on entrepreneurship in the Middle East? They end up setting out to transform the entire region by unlocking the entrepreneurial potential of an entire generation of young Arabs.
In today’s technology-driven world, it is increasingly common for people to find and access job opportunities through digital platforms like LinkedIn. In many ways, this is beneficial and helps both employers and potential hires to find one another efficiently. But where does that leave people who have little access to digital platforms, or who don’t have the training to use them? For many, especially those living in low-income neighborhoods, access and information isn’t the only challenge. Through their work in Argentina, Agustina Jait and Santiago (Santi) Figueroa found that many people are often discriminated against on paper because of details on their resume (their home address, for example). In creating Tu Video CV Online, Agustina and Santi are working to remove these barriers and improve access to jobs.