Angela Yap profile Aug 2014
A Social Entrepreneur, Author, Columnist, Performance Coach and former human rights advocate for
Amnesty International Malaysia.
She previously held positions as:
◊ Pioneer Intellectual Philanthropist to Albukhary International University.
◊ Industry Advisor, Australian University Programmes, Sunway University.
She extends pro bono consultation on human rights and refugee issues to the Malaysian Social Research Institute.
Her accolades include:
◊ Most Successful Women Award 2012 joining luminaries such as Dato’ Ambiga Sreenevasan and Datin Paduka
Marina Mahathir.
◊ Nominated one of the Great Women of Our Time by the Malaysian Women’s Weekly for her “outstanding career
achievements and contributions to society in the fields of finance and commerce”.
◊ Top 40 Under 40 Award by The Prestige, honouring Malaysia’s up-and-coming captains of industry.
◊ 2013: Featured in a special edition book titled “Successful Women Entrepreneurs” produced by the Ministry of
Women, Family & Community Development for the Global Women’s Summit.
◊ 2014: Nominated for the inaugural Women of Excellence Award, an event sponsored by the Ministry.
◊ August 2014: Nominated by UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office to attend “Future of Women Summit” in
London as a Malaysian delegate, including an invitation to tea at Buckingham Palace.
◊ August 2014: Invited to the prestigious Wilton Park Conference, an executive agency under the UK Foreign &
Commonwealth Office, for strategic discussions on Success for Women-led Businesses.
At age 22, Angela was the youngest elected Board of Governor for Amnesty International in Malaysia. She
represented Malaysia for the International Council Meeting in Amsterdam, the most important meeting for Amnesty
International worldwide and the highest decision making body.
Her book, Managing Yaa-hoos! True Accounts of Unscrupulous Conduct & The ‘Nobodies’ Who Change
Things, co-authored with Ritchie Ramesh, has received reviews by thought leaders from London School of Economics
(LSE) and Harvard Medical School. The Book Tour included invitations to speak at the Warwick International
Development Summit, LSE and UK & Eire Council.
She previously wrote a fortnightly column on financial and social reform in Malaysia SME, a fortnightly business
newspaper. Her articles have appeared in various publications, including interviews with Nobel Laureate, Prof. Dr.
Barry Marshall.
Her repertoire includes the United Nations Development Programme-The Urban Governance Initiative (UNDPTUGI) where she researched and co-authored Cities, Citizens & Civilisations, a book published by the UNDP. In
recent years, she has worked as a Strategist with one of the Big Four firms, and was formerly a corporate banker.
Her book, Answering Is An Art, was praised by the Western Australian education council as “an innovative
approach to teaching business issues”.
Her next book is an ongoing 10th-year research titled The Abdoolcaders: Chronicles of A British Knight & The
Legal Lion of the Commonwealth, a biography of Sir Husein & Supreme Court Judge Tan Sri Eusoffe Abdoolcader.
She is was on the Project Team for Spirit of Borneo: Martin & Osa Johnson’s Journey 1920 & 1935, a limited
edition coffee table book presented to dignitaries including Prince William and Catherine, and President Barack
Obama; Editor & Author of 1606 Nisi Dominus Frustra, a private collection coffee table book for the Freemasons;
Editor - Be Aware of Yourself C.C.C.
Angela Yap is Founder of Akasaa Pte. Ltd. and holds a BSc. (Hons) Econs, LSE.
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