30 August, 2016

The Team

Malaysian Association of ASEAN Young Entrepreneurs (MAAYE) is a private sector initiative by Malaysian Young Business Leaders below 40 years of age. It functions to activate & connect Malaysian young entrepreneurs with the ASEAN market more affectively through official & regulated channels such as the ASEAN Young Entrepreneurs Council (AYEC). MAAYE promotes empowerment in business skills, regional market insight, services & innovation. Such connectivity will contribute significantly to the strengthening of the ASEAN single market and production base.


The Team

MAAYE was founded by Syed Nabil Aljeffri, who is the Secretary General of ASEAN-BAC. Through his passion to elevate the youth & have a platform in ASEAN, MAAYE was formed after the inclusion of youth under the economic pillar by ASEAN Leaders in the Bandar Seri Begawan Declaration 2015. The current committee members are:

  • Founder – Syed Nabil Aljeffri

  • Deputy President – Tai Qisheng

  • Secretary General – Asyraf Niza

  • Treasurer – Ashveen Sekaran


  • Dania Irdina
  • Farah Nabillah
  • Muhammad Azmudeen
  • Ahmad Wafi


  • To facilitate Malaysian Young Entrepreneurs to capitalise on the regional market offerings.

  • To emphasise and advocate the importance of the ASEAN Economic Community and what it means for youth.

  • To promote access to the regional market by official channels and network.



“To have a proactive, aspiring and industrious committee to promote Malaysia as the regional hub for young entrepreneurs across ASEAN.”


“Propelling Young Entrepreneurs towards ASEAN Economic Integration.”



Syed Nabil Aljeffri is a lawyer by training who has been active in corporate structuring and acquisition activities for a Private Equity Firm based in Malaysia. He is also the Head of Corporate Services and Legal Compliance for AljeffriDean Chartered Accountants, Chairman of Eco-Hygiene Services Sdn Bhd and a director of several other private limited companies.

Syed Nabil is the Founder of the Malaysian Association of ASEAN Young Entrepreneurs (MAAYE), and was founding Chair of the regional ASEAN Young Entrepreneurs Council (AYEC) in 2015. He currently serves as the Co-Chair of the AYEC.

Syed Nabil had served in the Asean Business Advisory Council (Asean-BAC) since 2009, beginning as a member of the secretariat before eventually being appointed Council Member. During that time, Nabil was also elected Secretary General of Asean-BAC for 3 terms. Besides Asean-BAC, He also served on various council secretariats including the Malaysia-Venezuela Business Council and Malaysia-China Business Council.

Syed Nabil has participated in various speaking capacities both in and out of Malaysia, including at Malaysian and international universities such as Universiti Malaya and UiTM, Deakin University and University of Melbourne. Internationally, he has also served as speakers at various Forums including the ASEAN Business and Investment Summit, the United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF), the ASEAN-Japan Business Forum, Australian Aid  Programme on Asean Services and Labour, GIZ ROO Workshop and many more. He has also served as partner consultants with various Asean agencies.

Syed Nabil has organised numerous initiatives under several organisations and was the organising Chairman of the 1st ASEAN-Malaysia Business Seminar in 2013 and the 1st ASEAN-Malaysia Young Entrepreneurs Forum 2015. Most recently, Nabil founded and was the organising Chairman of the inaugural Asean Young Entrepreneurs Carnival.



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