Tegas and partners hosting Social Enterprise World Forum 2021 Malaysia Community Hub from Sept 16 to Oct 8

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KUCHING, Sept 29: Tabung Ekonomi Gagasan Anak Sarawak (Tegas) is hosting a Social Enterprise World Forum (SEWF) Malaysia Community Hub from Sept 16 to Oct 8 virtually, with the main SEWF 2021 happening live on Sept 28 and 29.

Through its Digital Village and Digital Innovation Hub, Tegas will be coordinating the events together with its partners namely NeoUprise Sdn Bhd, Social Enterprise Academy Malaysia, Me.reka, Biji-biji, Purpose Malaysia, Austral Media, IMU Cares and the Chamber of Social Entrepreneur Development (CSED) Malaysia.

Tegas chairman Datu Len Talif Salleh expressed pride that the organisation is part of a united effort to promote social entrepreneurship in a collaborative way that is beneficial for the ecosystem.


“We have the unique mix of global and local experience made up of a coalition of private sector organizations, social enterprises, as well as Sarawak government through Tegas Digital Village to design impactful localized programmes for SEWF 2021,” he said in a statement today.

During the SEWF Malaysia Community Hub, IMU Cares and Tegas will be co-hosting the ‘Youth Impact Leadership Forum: Building Communities for Impact’, to explore how youths can contribute to society and create impact through their social work, while also keeping the balance between work and passion.

This forum will be moderated by Tegas Digital Innovation Hub’s Community and Events Executive Hamzah Hamizan, joined by fellow panellists, Au-Diya Abdul (Seeder at SEEDS Malaysia), Dr Vincent Kor Win Sheng (Alumni at International Medical University) and Khasfairena Kadid (founder of Supa Readers).

Apart from that, under the ‘Tech for Good’ theme, Tegas will be discussing the challenges of running a social enterprise amidst a pandemic, and how adapting to technology could help to sustain businesses through virtual ways of connecting communities while still delivering.

This session will be moderated by Tegas Digital Innovation Hub’s Programmes and Partnerships Executive Jacob Jim, and joined by Haslina Abdul Malek (co-founder of All Aboard Young Leaders Centre), Teo Yuang Teck (founder and director of Realfun Learning Academy) and John-Paul Davis (co-founder of HAUS Kuching).

SEWF is an international event which provides opportunities for social enterprises from all over the world to come together, share wisdom, build networks and discuss how to create a more sustainable future.

The annual event, first held in Edinburgh in 2008 and since then on six continents, attracts social enterprise practitioners, social entrepreneurs, policymakers, community leaders, investors, activists, academics and more from across the globe.

The forum has been successful in galvanising the global movement of social enterprise and has created a platform for learning, sharing of good practice, ideas and creating partnerships.

Besides promoting sustainable economic growth for human development, offering a great opportunity to establish new relationships, and creating synergies for working together to increase the visibility of social enterprise on the global stage, SEWF also creates a platform for ongoing collaboration and sharing by connecting people across the world, between advanced and developing economies. — DayakDaily