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Meet The 11 Malaysians Who Made It To This Year's Forbes 30 Under 30 List

It's not just Neelofa or Vivy Yusof, there are more.

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Vivy Yusof, Co-founder of FashionValet

The perfect poster child of the modern, Malaysian woman, Vivy Yusof is young, smart, beautiful, and stylish. Being one of Malaysia's biggest Internet celebrities, the 29-year-old was featured in the Forbes 30 Under 30 list of 'Pioneer Women'.

Co-founder of FashionValet, Vivy is also a model, blogger, fashion icon, and a mother of two, reads her Forbes' profile. As a Muslim woman, she has also launched The dUCk Group, her own brand of scarves and branded accessories.

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Neelofa, Founder of NH Prima International

Her name needs no introduction. A household name in Malaysia, Neelofa, who is an actress and TV host, changed the way Muslim women wear hijab.

Among her handful of lifestyle brands, the "Naelofar hijab" line now sells in 38 countries, including in London's upmarket Chelsea district, reads her Forbes' profile.

Neelofa credits a big part of her success to entering the market at the right time.

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Jan Wong, Founder of OpenMinds Resources

The founder of OpenMinds Resources, Jan Wong is also a part-time lecturer at the Asia Pacific University College of Technology and Innovation.

According to his Forbes' profile, Jan's startup, which provides digital marketing, consulting, data analytics and technology development services has recently expanded to Hong Kong after it successfully growing millions in revenue.

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Victor Chua, VP of Gobi Partners

A Venture Capitalist and the only Malaysian to be featured in the category, Victor Chua joined Gobi Partners in early 2015 to invest its South-east Asian fund of USD15 million.

And since then, this 29-year-old has backed 32 startups and emerging companies, two of which got funding from major investors including Yahoo Japan, while another expanded to Korea, reads his Forbes' profile.

Before joining Gobi, Victor was the investment manager at Malaysia Venture Capital Limited - the country's largest VC firm and was also associated with 500 startups.

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Jazz Tan Yee Mei, Founder of YouthsToday

This 27-year-old is the founder and CEO of YouthsToday, a youth sponsorship platform, which has over 50,000 users and recently raised USD250,000 from Gobi Partners.

According to her Forbes' profile, Tan's father was murdered by gangsters, which led her to found YouthsToday with the objective to help get kids off the streets by putting them in youth development programs.

She is looking to expand YouthsToday from Malaysia into other Southeast Asia markets.

Edmund Ooi, Fashion Designer

Born in Malaysia, living in Belgium, Edmund is a menswear designer.

According to his Forbes' profile, his mother - a tailor - inspired him to get into the fashion industry. Ooi has some big names on his side, like Giorgio Armani. The legendary label hosted the budding designer's show during Milan Men's Fashion Week in early 2015.

Edmund, who has been educated at the Royal Academy of Fine Art in Antwerp, launched his men's collection in 2014. Since then, the 29-year-old hasn't looked back.

Sasha Tan, Founder of Favful

The founder and CEO of Favful, a TripAdvisor-like platform for beauty products, Sasha is a serial entrepreneur. She started her first F&B business in Singapore at age of 21.

And as the former founding team member and VP of online grocery delivery startup HappyFresh, Sasha is also well-versed in growing Internet businesses.

According to her Forbes' profile, Favful, which is Backed by Segnel Ventures, Gobi Partners and 500 Startups, is now present in 3 countries, works with 20,000 beauty advisors, partners with over 2,000 brands and covers more than 40,000 products.

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Mohd Lutfi Fadil Lokman, Co-founder of HBB

The 29-year-old grew up in a family of medical practitioners.

While studying in Indonesia, Lufti witnessed the disparity between the rich and poor when it came to receiving medical care and decided to do something about it.

To this end, he founded Hospitals Beyond Boundaries (HBB), an organisation that builds healthcare facilities in Cambodia and Malaysia, reads his Forbes' profile.

Apart from treating patients, HBB also trains local residents to be community health workers alongside the organisation's own doctors and nurses.

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Goh Chee Hau and Nadhir Ashafiq, Co-founders of theLorry

These two friends Goh Chee Hau and Nadhir Ashafiq are the co-founders of theLorry, which offers an on-demand cargo transportation services throughout Malaysia.

The startup helps more than 1,000 drivers connect with clients, who can book vehicles as well as extra services such as packing and dismantling via its online platform.

While Goh worked as a cargo manager for a number of global airlines before founding his own business, Ashafiq has worked as an associate at the CIMB investment bank.

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Yazrie Shukri, Founder of YAZ Ventures

Shukri's MyFed ASIA provides over-the-top (OTT) streaming services in Malaysia.

The company launched its KLIX platform in April 2016 in Jakarta, which unifies linear traditional TV broadcasters, content owners, SVOD service providers, last-mile providers and global e-commerce partners into a single integrated service.

According to his Forbes' profile, last year, the startup signed an agreement with China's Hisense to manufacture its latest KLIX devices.

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