KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia, Aug. 11, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- After an intense 10-day competition, the Top Winners of the Maybank Go Ahead. Challenge (MGAC) 2017 were revealed at its Gala Dinner, held in Kuala Lumpur. MGAC is Maybank's award-winning, multi-disciplinary talent acquisition and recruitment programme. In its 6th instalment this year, MGAC remains both an innovative and responsible recruitment platform to spot, build and nurture diverse, global talent.
Loh Rachel from Malaysia was named as the Global Champion of Maybank Go Ahead Challenge 2017. Loh Rachel from HELP University was awarded with a cash prize of USD1,000 and an opportunity to pursue a two-week internship at any Maybank office of his/her choice around the world. Team Wonderwomen, comprising Finalists from Malaysia, Singapore, Philippines and Indonesia emerged as the Global Champion, and walked away with a cash prize of USD40,000. Team Dark Knight, with Finalists from Sri Lanka, Singapore, Malaysia, Vietnam and Cambodia was named as the 1st runner up winner and won USD20,000 prize money. The 2nd runner-up went to Team Avengers, comprising Finalists from Malaysia, South Korea, Philippines, Ukraine and Thailand who received the prize money of USD10,000.
The ultimate reward for all the Finalists is a conditional offer to join Maybank in its entry-level pipeline programme, the award-winning Global Maybank Apprentice Programme (GMAP). The two-year rotational management trainee programme offers best in-class development, on-the-job training, assigned coaching by Maybank's senior management and the opportunity to undergo international assignments to any Maybank offices in the 20 countries, where Maybank has a presence.
Present at the Gala Dinner were Datuk Abdul Farid Alias, Maybank Group President & Chief Executive Officer; Dato' Wan Amirul Feisal, Maybank Group Chief Financial Officer; Nora Abd Manaf, Maybank Group Chief Human Capital Officer; Dato' Rafique Mohamed Merican, Chief Executive Officer of Maybank Islamic and Group Head of Islamic Banking; Suhail Amar Suresh, Group Chief Technology Officer; Kamaluddin Ahmad, Chief Executive Officer of Maybank Ageas Holdings and Maybank Group Head of Takaful and Insurance. Senior representatives from top universities across Malaysia and other countries were also present at the event.
"The Challenge increased in complexity through each stage, and pushed us to our limits as we were tested physically, mentally, emotionally to help us discover our inner strength. What I will always remember is to understand each of my teammate's strengths and weaknesses, to create a winning formula for the team. Thank you Maybank for giving us this money-can't-buy experience!" said Sorfina Hassan, Team Leader of Team Wonderwomen.
Loh Rachel shared her excitement on being named the Global Champion. "When I first applied to join MGAC 2017, I told myself that I will have to learn as much and as fast as possible. When we think positively and turn every challenge that comes our way into a learning opportunity, whether as a team or individually, we will be able to grow from strength to strength," she said. Loh Rachel selected Maybank United States of America for her internship as she wanted to experience life in a totally new city and environment that will open her eyes to new challenges and new ideas.
In a two-minute pitching session held for top Finalists in the running for the Global Champion spot, they delivered their level best pitch under the theme "What Defines Your Tomorrow" to captivate the audience to vote for them. In this year's MGAC, audience present at the Gala Dinner were able to vote for Finalists that they support as Global Champion. The Best MGAC 2017's University Award, an award for universities with the highest number of students participation in the MGAC 2017's University Leaderboard campaign, were also awarded later that night. With close to 2,000 students joining MGAC 2017, Sunway University was announced as the winner for this award category.
MGAC 2017 continues to be impactful and outstanding as it is the first student competition that tests its participants in both financial and non-financial disciplines, challenging them beyond their academic excellence.