” Life is Much more Fun & Exciting when We have the Tools & Knowledge to Create Better Opportunities for Ourselves. ”
The Global Education Entrepreneur
An Educator at Heart, and an Entrepreneur in mind, Michael Teoh has combined both his Passion and Profession as the Founder of Thriving Talents, an international award-winning talent development company, with a rich clientele of Fortune 500 companies, spreading across 39 countries, with their track-record of having trained more than 100,000 young leaders to lead their organisations and societies better, since 2012. Recognized as a Global Top 100 Learning & Development Coach of the Year 2017, this youthful Malaysian Educator & Entrepreneur, has amassed an accolade of achievements in recognition of his consistent contributions in the fields of Human Resources development, Capacity Development for the Underprivileged, and his keen interest in Volunteerism. Since 2010, Michael has been recognized as one of Malaysia’s National Youth Icons, with his appointment as an ‘Ambassador’ for both IM4U and Negaraku, Malaysia’s Most Enterprising Youth by the Global Entrepreneurship Week, PRESTIGE’s Top 40 Under 40 and had even landed his name in the Malaysian Book of Records, CNN, BBC and the United Nations.
From his work in Human Capital development, he had also shifted his expertise towards Leading Positive Change among the world’s most celebrate leaders, by his appointment into various Boards, often being remarked as one of the Youngest Board of Advisors for major organisations. He is the Global Advisor for Microsoft ‘YouthSpark’ in Seattle, U.S.A., the Economic & Entrepreneurship Advisor to the World Youth Government in Geneva, Switzerland, a Board Member with the Global Peace Foundation (GPF) Malaysia, and the Board Member of the Student Volunteers Foundation of Malaysia, owned by the Ministry of Higher Education since 2012.
He has shared the stage speaking globally with icons like Virgin’s Sir Richard Branson, Father of Social Business Prof. Muhd Yunus, Rockstar Legend Sir Bob Geldof, AirAsia’s Tan Sri Tony Fernandes, Celebrity Chef Jamie Oliver, World’s No.1 Leadership Coach Dr. Marshall Goldsmith and had even received a special visit by President Barack Obama and Prime Minister Dato’ Seri Najib Tun Razak during a workshop organised by Microsoft, in which Michael was a Coach & Facilitator.
Michael was recently inducted into the AIESEC Alumni Hall of Fame in Poland, joining luminaries like Bill Clinton and Bono, whilst being an Honorary Inductee into the Golden Key Society, U.S.A , and an Associate Fellow with the Royal Commonwealth Society, U.K.
Cherishing his Passion of Educating People, Michael spreads his messages on ‘Positivity’ and on equipping the millennials with strategies to become effective leaders in their lives, through his writings as a Columnist with the New Straits Times (NST), a Radio D.J. with IM4U.fm, and occasionally as a Television Personality, with his experiences in Coaching & Training people to unleash their fullest potential!
Prior to his career as a global speaker, advisor and entrepreneur, Michael has worked as a Management Consultant, Outreach Strategy Director, Brand Consultant and was part of the pioneering team who organised Malaysia’s first TEDx talk - TEDxKL. He obtained his tertiary education from New Zealand, aside from attending educational courses in Harvard University, Stanford University and INSEAD.