BFM Emerging Leaders Programme
for new managers,
registration ends on 31 July


Upcoming Programmes

Sexual Harassment and Discrimination: Can We Fix it?

Recent scandals have rocked Silicon Valley and put the spotlight on sexual harassment and discrimination, while raising questions on what is considered acceptable behaviour of men and women. Physical abuse is a crime but many cases that go unreported or unpunished could be verbal or in text messages.

What do you do if you receive indecent messages from a figure of authority such as bosses, clients or investors? How do you deal with unspoken consequences of filing a complaint on harassment, such as colleagues avoiding interaction with you? How do you respond if you are asked in a job interview if you are going to get pregnant? As an employer, how do you deal with the abuser if he or she has been a sterling performer at the workplace? 

Join Animah Kosai, lawyer, advocate and corporate coach, as she explains what is considered harassment and discrimination, and strategies and legal tactics to deal with it from an employee and employers' viewpoint. 


Animah Kosai is a lawyer with 11 years of experience in oil and gas and 10 years in legal practice in Malaysia. Her passion is to educate companies, students and lawyers on business ethics, sexual harassment, and workplace bullying. Animah also co-founded Surya Women with likeminded friends to coach and mentor women professionals. Her feature writings on women empowerment and leadership can be found on Surya Women’s blog and Facebook page.

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What Can Leaders Learn From Aristotle?

On the surface, philosophy and leadership come from different worlds. Rarely taught in schools, philosophy is sometimes perceived to be the domain of those who purely introspect in the abstract world – think of Immanuel Kant, one of history’s greatest philosophers who never left his home village of Koenigsberg. On the other hand, leadership is something that cannot exist solely in theory; it needs to be applied and practised. 


In this talk, we learn how philosophy and leadership are mutually inclusive and perhaps even, symbiotic. Philosophy gives business leaders the foundation in critical reasoning, questioning and rethinking their assumptions and limitations in an era of rapid changes and complexity. The concept of business as usual and decision-making process traditionally espoused in traditional management education has become outdated. Instead, a new normal calls for creative and abstract thinking. To truly grow as a leader, one cannot lead without understanding philosophy at the micro (self) and macro (society) levels.


Nicholas Khaw is a development economist at Khazanah Nasional, Malaysia’s sovereign development fund, where he leads the economic development research track. His work at Khazanah covers a wide range of development issues including, but not limited to, industrial policy, cluster development, economic complexity, demographics and political economics. In addition, he also heads the knowledge management team at Khazanah, covering knowledge systems, events, and publications as well as the Khazanah Resource Centre.

Prior to Khazanah, Khaw served as an economist in Malaysia’s Economic Planning Unit, where he was directly involved in several national development projects such as the 10th Malaysia Plan, the Economic Transformation Programme, and the Strategic Reform Initiatives. His research interests and intellectual passions are in the field of development economics particularly related to the long-term persistence of historical events and cultural factors on economic and public policy outcomes today.

Khaw holds a Master in Public Administration in International Development from the Harvard Kennedy School and completed his undergraduate studies in economics at Harvard College. He writes a monthly column for The Edge Malaysia. All his writings can be found at

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Vacancy: Intern

With a mission to advance Malaysia, BFM-Edge Education owned by The Edge and BFM Media is looking for a self-driven Intern. Our focus is corporate education in areas of leadership, innovation, big data and artificial intelligence.

Core Responsibilities

  1. Make phone calls to build contacts

  2. Help team members with other tasks such as event organising


  1. Super results-focused

  2. Pleasant, trustworthy and self-confident

  3. Interested in education and self-development

  4. Good spoken and written English

  5. Adobe Illustrator, copywriting or web designing/development skills are a big plus


  1. Opportunity to attend classes and events at BFM-Edge

  2. Opportunity to help shape a startup

Please send resume indicating track record in achieving results to

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Vacancy: Account Manager

With a mission to advance Malaysia, BFM-Edge Education owned by The Edge and BFM Media is looking for a self-driven, results-oriented Account Manager. Our focus is corporate education in areas of leadership, innovation, big data and artificial intelligence.

Core Responsibility

  • Make phone calls to build contacts

Other Responsibilities

  • Network to do market research and build contacts at events
  • Follow up on sales leads
  • Help team members with other tasks such as event organising


  • Super results-focused
  • Pleasant, trustworthy and self-confident
  • Must love education and self-development
  • Good spoken and written English
  • Prior sales experience in training and education is a plus
  • A university degree is a plus
  • Adobe Illustrator, copywriting or web designing/development skills are a big plus


  • Opportunity to attend classes and events at BFM-Edge
  • Participate in profit share
  • Opportunity to help shape the future of a startup
  • Option to work from home

Please send resume indicating track record in achieving results to

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Fusionex: Applied Data Engineering

Gain globally-portable skills in this five-day, practical course that prepares you to become a data engineer. 

A data engineer builds and maintains the software infrastructure that enables large data sets to be computed. Participants must have basic knowledge of Python, SQL, HTML and JavaScript, and are recommended to have attended Fusionex: Applied Data Analytics

During this hands-on workshop, you will cover among other topics: integration between RDBMS and Hadoop, data processing using Hive, interactive query using Impala, processing and querying data using Spark, job orchestration and workflow using Oozie, and develop data visualisation using D3.js.

Upon satisfactorily completing the course, you will receive a certificate of participation from Fusionex and BFM-Edge Business School.



  • Perform advanced data analysis
  • Perform complex data management
  • Create visualisation on top of data


Listed on the London Stock Exchange, Fusionex is a multi-award winning international provider of software solutions, specialising in Analytics, Big Data, the Internet of Things (IoT), Artificial Intelligence and Deep Learning. With offices in Asia, Europe and the US and currently one of the largest ASEAN-grown ICT companies by market capitalisation, Fusionex has a track record in serving blue chip clients across the world.

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Arbinger: How Outward Mindset Transforms Organisations & Retains Gen Y

Every organisation is striving to maximise results. Conventional strategies include strengthening people, strategies, resources, structures and more. Indeed, many organisations are very successful in such endeavours. However, our work with organisations reveals that substantial human potential is still untapped, even in high performing teams. 


This untapped potential can be released by deeply addressing mindset that is how we see the world, specifically people, challenges, opportunities and circumstances. Research in human sciences reveal two distinct mindsets that shape human interaction, behavior and our experiences. 


With one mindset (Inward Mindset), people may be exhibiting all the right behaviours but they are nowhere near performing at their full potential. In the other mindset (Outward Mindset), people are truly functioning at their best and it shows in the results and culture of the organisation.

Also, concerns around creating and managing a harmonious workplace for multiple generations - baby boomers, Gen X and Gen Ys - can be addressed by promoting the right mindset and constructive communication.


In this talk, we explore how leveraging an Outward Mindset can be the disruption leaders need to sustain business growth, deliver results and gain a competitive edge.


Senthiyl S S G, Director (Consulting) for Arbinger Singapore/Malaysia, leads his team in delivering Arbinger's technologies, intellectual properties and programmes in Singapore and Malaysia with the concerted objective of leading and supporting organisations, families and voluntary organisations in their transformation efforts. 

The Arbinger Institute is an international training and consulting firm headquartered in the US. Discovered by scholars working at the deepest levels of human sciences, Arbinger principles and technologies provide a robust framework to support lasting solutions and meaningful relationships at home and work.

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BFM Young Graduates Programme

Transitioning from university to the workplace can be a daunting experience for fresh graduates. 

The challenges are often about adapting to office culture and managing generational differences. For employers, having a robust orientation programme will help young hires assimilate quickly. 

In its first year, this half day programme helps graduates and soon-to-be graduates make career choices, find their fit, and gain a headstart.

You will explore work-life dilemmas and refer to the works of foremost Harvard professor on innovation, Clayton Christensen, and Professor Carol Dweck at Stanford University on growth mindset. 

A certificate of participation is awarded for completing the programme.

Programme goals

  • Help participants transition to a job environment with ease
  • Gain more awareness about the impact of behaviour on others
  • Equip participants with tools to think critically

Learning outcomes

  • How to manage generational differences
  • How to accelerate your career and earn early promotion
  • A framework to make career and life decisions

Who is right

  • Fresh graduates
  • Graduating students


Noelle Lim is a Director of BFM-Edge Education. She was VP of corporate communications at DBS Bank Singapore, and prior to that, a presenter and first employee at BFM 89.9 where she was instrumental in establishing the station's straight-talking reputation. She was also a contributor to Forbes Asia and The Edge, and had worked with OSK Investment Bank, the Securities Commission, and Arthur Andersen & Co in various roles - strategy, corporate finance, and audit. She is a Fellow of the Eisenhower Fellowships US; Temasek Foundation's Asia Journalism Fellowship in Singapore; and the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales (ICAEW). She graduated with a BSc Accounting (1:1) from the University of Hull under a full scholarship.

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Fusionex: Applied Data Science

Join this four-day, hands-on workshop to become a full-fledged data scientist. Data science has been ranked by Glassdoor as one of the top jobs in the US, and leading organisations are investing in data science. 

During this programme, you will apply advanced statistics and complex data modelling to identify patterns and make predictions on for example customer behaviour. Among other topics you will cover include machine learning, Spark and MLLib, predictive models and geo-clustering analysis.

Participants must have knowledge in at least Python/R and are recommended to have completed Fusionex Applied Data Engineering.


Upon satisfactorily completing the course, you will receive a certificate of participation from Fusionex and BFM-Edge Business School.




  • Learn data science lifecycle and activities 
  • Develop predictive models and recommendation engines 
  • Learn natural language processing and sentiment analysis


Listed on the London Stock Exchange, Fusionex is a multi-award winning international provider of software solutions, specialising in Analytics, Big Data, the Internet of Things (IoT), Artificial Intelligence and Deep Learning. With offices in Asia, Europe and the US and currently one of the largest ASEAN-grown ICT companies by market capitalisation, Fusionex has a track record in serving blue chip clients across the world.

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BFM Emerging Leaders Programme

In a world marked by uncertainty, change is inevitable and challenging to manage. Organisations need adaptable managers who can initiate and support transformation efforts.

BFM’s second flagship course, the Emerging Leaders Programme (ELP) (formerly Gen Y Leadership Programme, GYP) is designed to equip new managers with the mindset and tools to enhance their self-awareness, build stronger teams, and increase their leadership effectiveness.

This five-day programme links strategy and innovation, followed by a deep dive into human-centred design methodology and leadership. You will get an opportunity to do an assessment to identify your strengths and blind spots as a manager and learn how to lead yourself and your team more effectively. 

Participants are typically new managers and may be interviewed prior to enrolment.

A certificate of participation is awarded for completing the programme. 

Programme Goals

  • Prepare new managers to lead teams
  • Develop a generation of visionary leaders
  • Equip managers to lead change and innovation

Learning Outcomes

  • Lead human-centred design process
  • Manage self and others
  • Coach team for high performance

What you can expect

  • Presentation, activities and project work
  • Talks by career and human resource experts
  • Reflection on professional goals

Who is right

  • Staff in their first managerial position
  • Staff transitioning to managerial positions
  • Staff in the strategy, product/service development or CEO's office


Innovation, 11 - 12 September

As industries are disrupted by digital players, it is critical that managers understand the language of innovation. You will learn about the connection between strategy and innovation, and through human-centred design methodology, you can expect to gain a deeper understanding of your customers to pursue new areas of growth. 

Leadership, 13 - 15 September

This module aims to help you sharpen your skills as a confident leader by increasing your self-awareness as a manager and equipping you to lead others effectively. You will explore different leadership skills and values, how to use your time as a manager, and how to hold yourself and others accountable. You will also cover the foundation of coaching and managing conflict.

Entrepreneurial Leadership, 15 September 

You will get an inside perspective from the founder of BFM Media on building an entrepreneurial organisation. Built on an egalitarian culture and a mission to “build first-world Malaysians”, BFM encourages its employees of all ages to have purpose and to experiment with new ideas.



Christoffer Erichsen, CEO, Human Inc

Erichsen has over 20 years of experience in the fields of innovation, learning and change. He has led and delivered large change management and innovation projects in Europe and Southeast Asia. He advises the UN on innovation, works with business leaders, and mentors startups. He has also been involved in supporting urban innovation in the Middle East and is collaborating with The Danish Design Centre.

Cheryl Wong, Certified Professional Coach, Innovative Formula

Wong has over 20 years of corporate human resource experience, having worked at Accenture as a consultant and at the British American Tobacco Group. Leveraging her rich professional experience, she gives participants practical, commercial insights which help them deliver results. She holds an honours degree in economics from University of Malaya, and an MBA from Heriot-Watt University. She is also a Certified Coach/Mentor, BarOn EQi Assessor and Professional Trainer.

Kitty Foo, Certified Professional Coach, Innovative Formula

Foo has over 20 years of multinational corporate experience in the fields of management, marketing and training, and brings with her a passion to build the skills of the people she works with. She graduated with a Bachelor of Public Administration (first class honours) at Universiti Utara Malaysia, and is a gold medal recipient for the class of 1992. Foo is also an ACC Certified Coach/Mentor, BarOn EQi Assessor and Professional Trainer.



“This programme is very relevant at this stage of my career. There were lots of interesting concepts, stories and topics covered - all very interesting.” Amruta Vivek Patkar, Manager, The Boston Consulting Group (GYP ’16)

“The programme was very relatable and relevant to me, and the faculty gave good examples in illustrating their points.” Cheah Lie Yee, Manager, GoGet (GYP ’16)

“I like the practical focus, examples, and engaging speakers with good experiences to share. The modules are well focused on new managers. I learned about coaching, leading self and flexible thinking strategy.” Dexter Foong, Manager, Rampai Niaga (GYP ’16)

“I like the networking, and getting to know the faculty and participants. It was a very positive environment on top of very good content.” Megat Armand Yazid Jeffrey Adzman, Manager, PLM Solutions (GYP ’16)

“The faculty was insightful, clear on delivery and supportive in guiding discussions.” Muhammad Ezanie Noorazman, Associate, Khazanah Nasional (GYP ’16)

“The leadership faculty constantly reinforce their material with quizzes and games. They were very experienced, knowledgeable and friendly, and provided a comfortable environment to talk about important and personal topics.” Johari Imran Lok, Director, Rasa Perpaduan (GYP ’16)

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UGL - Understanding Group & Leader (by Swedish Defence)

Designed by the Swedish National Defence College, Understanding Group & Leader (UGL) is the most highly regarded leadership training in Sweden and is widely used in the Swedish army and organisations such as IKEA and Volvo. The main areas of the course are group development and leadership, communication and effective feedback, conflict management and team building in connection to increased self-awareness, personality factors, drivers and group dynamics.

UGL is an intensive five-day residential course including evening activities that uses experience-based learning with group members working individually and in groups to solve different tasks. This is followed by reflection on personal insights and feedback between participants based on emotions and reactions occurring while working together. What was experienced as positive and negative and what could have been done differently. These insights are shared in reflection sessions after each group task and in a session called "the rearview mirror" every morning. After UGL training, participants say they experience greater effectiveness as group members and leaders, and that the learnings provide concrete tools that can be used in everyday business life.

Participants are typically between 25 to 45 years old, senior managers and above who are interested in honing their skills as a developmental leader.


Each class is strictly limited to 12 participants.

Those who come from the same company should preferably not know or work with each other.

Every participant is expected to attend all sessions, both days and evenings - the group does not proceed until everyone is present.

The programme does not involve major physical activity but requires participants to be emotionally fit and are not undergoing personal and work crisis.


  • Become more effective as a group member and a leader
  • Move from command and control style of leadership to developmental leadership
  • Understand how your leadership and communication styles affect others
  • Learn to become an adaptable leader and communicator
  • Understand yourself better as a leader
  • Build cohesive and high-performing teams


Jan Ingerlund is the CEO of Här & Nu Ledarskap (Here & Now), a Swedish leadership and group development training company he started in 1998. He has trained managers in many well-known organisations, both Swedish and international for more than 16 years, and organises and facilitates UGL training in Swedish and English. He also certifies new facilitators on behalf of the Swedish National Defense College who owns the rights of UGL.


Register your interest with Noelle Lim at

For participants who are interested in attending UGL training outside Malaysia, there are courses in English and Swedish in Stockholm (Nasby Castle). For more info, contact Noelle Lim,

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