In 2014, ICMS proudly expanded its influence in Canada and the United States of America. The 2014/2015 Council, which is the first council of the ICMS NA Chapter, then began groundwork all around Canada and the U.S.



ICMS Venture Challenge: Entrepreneurship

Event Details:

Date: 27-28 January 2018

Venue: The Ohio State University, Columbus

Event Description:

Innovate. Visualize. Enhance. Connect.

The ICMS North America Chapter’s flagship event, the ICMSxEPiC Venture Challenge was held at The Ohio State University, Columbus. The theme addressed was on Entrepreneurship where IVEC focused on the complexities and realities of building our own business and sustaining a startup in this age. The Business Case competition was held in January and enhanced participants’ public speaking skills and their knowledge in entrepreneurship. Participants had a chance to have an immersive experience in startup culture and the production of ideas.

Entrepreneurship is not foreign to Malaysia, with the Malaysian government’s initiatives to boost the entrepreneurial sector via Budget 2018 and “Malaysian Global Innovation and Creativity Centre” (MaGIC), also with Selangor’s State Government’s initiative for “Selangor Information Technology and E-Commerce Council” (SITEC). Movements like these help grow startups in Malaysia, as the quality of startups has to increase to partake in this competitive market.

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Malaysia Midwest Games 2017


Event Details

Date: 12th – 14th May 2017
Venue: Michigan State University

Event Description

On the 12th to 14th May 2017, ICMS-NA sent several Associates as representatives to the Malaysia Midwest Games held at Michigan State University. This prestigious event is an annual sports carnival hosted by one of the Malaysian Student Associations from the Midwest region of the USA with support from Ministry of Education (Malaysia) and Education Malaysia Chicago (EMC).

This three days sporting event which was hosted by different universities since the 1970s served the same goal; to bring together Malaysian students in North America and Canada through the spirit of sports. The games ranged from outdoor sports such as football, touch rugby, netball, basketball, and ultimate frisbee to indoor activities like chess, congkak, table tennis and electronic games.

The purpose of opening a booth at the Malaysia Midwest Games is to reach out to the numerous Malaysian students attending, illustrating the objectives of ICMS and the upcoming flagship events held in Malaysia and North America over the year.

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ICMS NA Speaker Series: Kevin Davies (Banking)

Event Details

Date: 10th August 2017
Venue:  Hangouts on Air

Event Description

ICMS North America chapter invited Kevin Davies, the Managing Director of Client Coverage at Maybank, to share his wealth of experience within the banking and finance industry.

He mentioned how I&B typically hires from a diverse range of backgrounds as long as you are numerate and fit for the job. In his words, junior employees should be prepared to make tradeoffs especially in high-intensity business units, and employees looking to make an impact must be willing to learn, possess maturity, and a good attitude. Ultimately, I&B’s clients including corporations grow the economy and contribute to the economic multiplication process.

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ICMS NA Speaker Series: Yeoh Chen Chow (Entrepreneurship)


Event Details

Date: 26th May 2017
Venue:  Hangouts on Air

Event Description

ICMS North America chapter invited Mr. Yeoh Chen Chow, the co-founder of Fave Group, Southeast Asia’s leading online-to-offline (O2O) e-commerce market leader to share his personal experience as an entrepreneur.

Before starting Fave, Chen Chow led regional operations for Groupon Asia Pacific, moving up the ranks since joining as COO for Groupon Malaysia and Taiwan in 2012. Prior to Groupon, Chen Chow was a product manager at JobStreet.com and a management consultant at Accenture. Chen Chow is a graduate of the prestigious Cornell University and an Eisenhower Fellow.

Knowledgeable and experienced, he shared wisdom pertaining to not just entrepreneurship but also personal growth and team strategy. Outside of work, he is passionate about youth empowerment, with involvement in various non-profit organisations such as The Worldwide Malaysian Students Network, Young Corporate Malaysians, and more.

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Virtual Career Fair (VICAF)

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Event Details

Date: 11th to 15th October 2017
Venue:  Seeds Job Fair

Event Description

ICMS North America had collaborated with some of the biggest Malaysian student organisations in the United States such as NAMSA, EPiC, WCC, COMMS and KULN Penn State alongside Education Malaysia in hosting the first Virtual Career Fair (ViCaF) for Malaysian students studying in North American region.

The organisers of ViCaF had achieved their goal which was; hoping that the platform would help bridge the Malaysian students studying in the United States and Canada with industry-leading Malaysian firms. During the duration of this event, students could interact and network with companies to gain further insights on career opportunities and the working environment in Malaysia.

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ICMS - Maybank: Exclusive Tea Session with Nora Abd Manaf

Event Details

Date: 30th September 2016
Time: 10.00am – 12.00pm
Venue: Maybank New York, 400 Park Avenue, New York, NY 10022, USA
Attire: Business Formal

Event Description

The International Council of Malaysian Scholars and Associates was honoured to invite ASEAN students to join an EXCLUSIVE tea session with Puan Nora Abd Manaf, Group Chief Human Capital Officer of Maybank Group.

This exclusive session gave attendees exclusive access to connect with a key industry influencer, Puan Nora Abd Manaf.

Aside from leading the people transformation programme of the Maybank Group since 2009, Nora is also actively engaged in the country’s financial and business employers’ circles in her various roles. She is also a member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) Industry Executive Panel – Asia Pacific. In 2013, Nora was inducted into the Global HR 50 World Top 50 Human Resource Professionals.

As students explore their prospects within and beyond college, it is apparent that the job market grows increasingly crowded for the millennial. Through attending this session, participants were able to engage with an industry leader and gain insight into cultivating a competitive edge as well as expand their understanding of current and future trends within the job market.

ICMS Venture Challenge (IVEC)


Event Details

Date: 4th – 6th of November 2016
Venue: Maybank New York, 11th Floor, 400 Park Avenue, New York, NY 10022, USA
Eligibility: Malaysian Pursuing Undergraduate Education in North America

Event Description

The ICMS Venture Challenge (IVEC) was a three-day event: kickstarting with an intense, creative problem solving challenge focusing on a general prompt, and followed up with professional development opportunities such as a networking session. In order for impactful, incremental and radical innovations to occur, the blending of solid knowledge in each individual’s field of study and creative problem solving skills is critical. While creativity remains an essential skill for leaders who strive to make a difference, the real challenge lies within developing the ability to think critically and act creatively.

The three challenges held in the event exposed participants to various efforts geared at promoting Internet connectivity, the theme of this year’s event. The first challenge placed teams in a technology summit in which they, as a technology startup, had to develop a business proposal to obtain governmental support. The second challenge pitted teams against each other in a parliamentary debate on the issue of Free Basics by Facebook, and the final challenge was to prepare a five-year plan to present to the board of directors of an internet service provider. Two seminars conducted by Mr David Chak, the founder of ArusAcademy and a fellow of Teach for Malaysia and Mr. Samuel Kim, President and Founder of the Center for Asia Leadership helped prepare participants for the challenge.

The primary objective of IVEC was to encourage students to develop practical and effective solutions in a highly collaborative and cross-functional environment. The winning team proposed a way to combat market dominance in the Wi-Fi market while maintaining cost-effective prices, and walked away with internship opportunities and a USD 300 cash prize.

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