Global Ambassador Spotlight: Laurence Yap

Welcome to our Transform Global Ambassador Spotlight Series, where we shine a light on the dynamic individuals at the heart of our global community. Through the Transform Global Ambassadorship Program, we’re bridging continents and cultures, empowering thought leaders to inspire groundbreaking innovations and cultivate connections that resonate worldwide.

About Our Transform Global Ambassador

Laurence Yap is an accomplished and influential human resources leader with over 20 years of experience in organization development, corporate learning, and talent management. He has worked in key HR roles across various industries including retail, technology, engineering, pharmaceuticals, manufacturing, hospitality, and renewable energy for major multinational and Malaysian corporations. Leveraging his extensive professional experience, Laurence co-founded the HR Leaders Circle in Malaysia comprising over 250 HR directors. He is also an active founding member of Hacking HR Malaysia, part of a global HR network. He is widely recognized in the HR community. He won the prestigious HR Leader Award in 2017 and the HR Best Practice Award in 2019 from the Malaysia Institute of Human Resources. He was named a Top LinkedIn Influencer in Malaysia for 2017-2018 and a Top 23 HR Influencer in Southeast Asia for 2023-2024 by ETHRWorld

Ambassador Journey:

Q: What are your experiences and motivations for becoming a Transform Global Ambassador?

As a Transform Ambassador in Malaysia, I’m excited to put my love for leadership, innovation, and social impact to work.

Transform’s values center on the development of meaningful interactions and human connections. As an Ambassador, I’m looking forward to engaging with HR leaders, managers, and executives from other businesses. These partnerships foster collaboration and creativity, altering our workplaces.

Transform’s emphasis on mobilizing businesses for positive change resonates with me. As an Ambassador, I consider my role as a catalyst for important social activities both locally and globally. Together, we make a lasting effect and inspire others to join us on our quest.

Proactive leadership is required in today’s changing workplace. As a Transform Ambassador in Malaysia, I am driven to influence the future of work in our region. Influencing strategy, spurring innovation, and promoting dialogue all contribute to a more inclusive and dynamic workforce.

Q: What inspired you to become a Transform Global Ambassador? 

A: My motivation for becoming a Transform Global Ambassador stems from a strong desire to positively change business HR practices. The potential to engage with like-minded people from all backgrounds and countries to reshape the future of work in Malaysia truly appealed to me.

Engagement and Impact

Q: How do you engage with the community as a Transform Global Ambassador?

A: As a Transform Global Ambassador, I participate with the community by organising events, leading debates, and collaborating on initiatives.

Q: What unique experiences or perspectives do you bring to the Transform Global community?

A: My unique experiences in the HR sector and overseas working experience enable me to contribute new ideas to the Transform Global community.

Outreach and Advocacy:

Q: How do you advocate for Transform’s mission and values in your activities?

A: I promote Transform’s mission and principles via my actions and encourage others to join the movement. Whether through speaking engagements, seminars, or online venues, I aim to spread Transform’s message of positive change and social impact.

Collaboration and Networking:

Q: Can you share examples of how you’ve collaborated with others in the Transform Global community and/or your chapter?

A: Collaboration and networking are crucial to our success as Ambassadors. I’ve had the privilege of working with various HR communities in Malaysia and Asean to encourage innovation, diversity, and inclusion. We use our collective skills to generate significant change.

Personal Insights:

Q: How has being a Transform Global Ambassador impacted your personal or professional life?

A: Being a Transform Global Ambassador has greatly enhanced my personal and professional life. It has given me the opportunity to broaden my network, improve my leadership abilities, and contribute to issues that line with my values.

Community & Future Vision:

Q: What do you see as the future of the Transform Global community and your role within it?

A: The global community is a dynamic and active network of changemakers. I envision our community expanding and evolving, generating even more cooperation, innovation, and influence. In terms of my job, I hope to continue to be a catalyst for positive change and an advocate of transformative leadership.

Q: What message would you like to share with those considering joining the Transform Global Ambassadorship community as an ambassador or member within your chapter?

A: I advise those considering joining the Transform Global Ambassadorship community to fully embrace the opportunity. Together, we can effect significant change, inspire innovation, and create a future in which work is genuinely a catalyst for growth, connection, and prosperity.

More About Laurence:

Q: When you are not engaging in ambassador activities, what does a day in your life look like?

A: On days when I’m not involved in ambassador activities, I spend my time researching new ideas, refining my talents, and interacting with loved ones. I believe in balancing work, personal development, and recreation.

Q: What is a quote or mantra that inspires you?

A: As the saying goes, “Be the change you wish to see in the world.” – Mahatma Gandhi. This slogan reminds me of the potential of individual actions to promote collective change, and it motivates me to lead by example in whatever I do.

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