Thursday, September 8, 2016

What is ENACTUS?



I have a lot of people, especially those I used to work with, asking where I work now, and when I told them that I work for Enactus Malaysia, this question follows almost like a default : “What is Enactus?”. I can simply say:

"Enactus is an international organization that brings together a network of student, academic and business leaders who are committed to enabling progress through entrepreneurial action.

We operate by establishing programs on university campuses around the world, which provide a platform for teams of students to develop innovative, entrepreneurial-based projects that (make a positive social impact and) empower people to improve their lives in a sustainable way."

But of course, the above often lead to more questions, so I think it’s best to explain a little bit more. So here goes:

ENACTUS stands for ENTrepreneurial, ACTion, US.

Enactus is an international non-profit organization dedicated to inspiring students to improve the world through entrepreneurial action. We provide a platform for teams of outstanding university students to create community development projects that put people's own ingenuity and talents at the center of improving their livelihoods. Guided by educators and supported by business leaders, our students take the kind of entrepreneurial approach that empowers people to be a part of their own success. Our work transforms both the lives of people we serve, and in turn, the lives of our students as they develop into more effective, values-driven leaders.



We currently have operations in 36 countries, with programs on more than 1,600 campuses and 66,000 student participants. Each of our campus programs functions like independent “innovation labs” and rather than mandating a uniform approach, students are challenged to get out of the classroom and work hands-on with the people and communities for which they are helping to develop uniquely tailored solutions. Every team works with a dedicated faculty mentor and business advisory board that help the students achieve the highest level of creativity and excellence in their work.

In Malaysia, we have chapters in 32 university campuses, with almost 2,900 student participations. Below is the distinguished members of our primary governing body, which includes senior leaders from a diverse range of industries and companies that support Enactus Malaysia.

ROYAL PATRON

YAM Tunku Besar Seri Menanti , Tunku Ali Redhauddin Ibni Tuanku Muhriz

BOARD OF TRUSTEES

Chairman
YM Tengku Dato’ Sri Zafrul Aziz, Group CEO, CIMB Group

Trustees
YBhg Tan Sri Abdul Rahman Mamat, Chairman, Asia Logistics Council Sdn. Bhd
YBhg Dato’ Sri Amrin Awaluddin, Group Managing Director, Media Prima Berhad
YBhg. Datuk Johan Idris, Managing Partner, KPMG in Malaysia
Mr. Ruben Emir Gnanalingam Abdullah, CEO, Westports Malaysia

Last year, Enactus teams worldwide implemented more than 6,000 individual projects that helped about two and a half-million people. For example in Enactus Malaysia, Enactus Universiti Tenaga Nasional, Sultan Haji Ahmad Shah Campus (UNITEN KSHAS) helped created 70 beekeepers in 6 villages in Pulau Tioman, and 110 beekeepers in Kiulu, Tamparuli, Sabah. Through this effort that aimed at elevating the socio-economic level of communities, we have seen the average household income of each beekeeper has increased from RM480 to RM1,600, and production increased from 50 bee boxes to 1,816 bee boxes in the span of 4 years.

The quality and impact of the students’ projects are then assessed through a series of regional and national competitions, which are judged by leading executives. The top team from every country gets invited to showcase their projects on a global stage at the Enactus World Cup.

What makes the whole process so compelling is the way in which Enactus students are able to make a tangible difference today, while at the same time enhancing their own entrepreneurial talents and developing into socially-responsible leaders.

The companies that support Enactus find it to be a tremendous win/win proposition. They view their contribution as an investment that is generating a long-term, sustainable benefit for millions of people and shaping a future generation of leaders, while at the same time providing very practical opportunities associated with being a part of the Enactus community… such as the chance to network with potential customers and business partners, to creating meaningful engagement experiences for their employees, to getting access to an amazing talent pool.

So, when asked am I happy with what I do? My answer (often comes out of my mouth in lightning speed) is YES! Working for a cause, with a sense of purpose, who ain’t?

For more info on what Enactus is all about, here is where you can find us *wink!* or better still, just call me! Hehe…

www.enactus.org | www.enactusmalaysia.org.my
Instagram : +Enactus  | +EnactusMalaysia 

I will be posting about what I do at Enactus every now and then, so stay tuned!