PhD, University of Cambridge; MEng, Imperial College London of Science, Technology & Medicine

Leong Yuen Yoong co-leads the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) ASEAN Green Future project, which involves decarbonising of technical systems and re-carbonising of ecosystems. Whilst developing technology roadmaps forward for deep decarbonisation is important, Southeast Asian countries are heavily ecosystem dominated and need to develop a forward strategy which not only recognises ecosystems but also puts it centre-stage in our forward strategy. City-oriented consumerism is unsustainable. Southeast Asia aspires to achieve ecosystem understanding, symbiosis and full lives using less material, and lead the planet in this.

Yuen Yoong also teaches Sustainable Management and Operations in the Master in Sustainable Development Management programme at the Jeffrey Sachs Centre on Sustainable Development. She brings the care and growth leadership model, the European heritage regarding work as a learning process and board level perspectives to her teaching. She contributes creatively to a board by providing independent oversight and constructive challenge to the executive directors.

Her work is enriched by her training in taichi and moxibustion, which are about enabling the qi to flow – a desired state of all.


Member, Institute of Corporate Directors Malaysia

Current Projects

Selected Publications

Leong, Y. Y., Platts, M. J., Amran, S., Fun, W. P., Teh, A. K., Fan, A., Low, W. S., Agamutu, P., Chen, J. E., Gopalasamy, R. C. (2021). Options for Decarbonizing Malaysia. United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network.

ASEAN Green Future Teams (2021). The Agenda for Decarbonizing ASEAN. United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network.

Leong, Yuen Yoong. “An ASEAN Regional Green Development Strategy Must Guide ASEAN’s Covid-19 Recovery Plan.” The Compass (Jeffrey Cheah Institute on Southeast Asia; Jeffrey Sachs Center on Sustainable Development), no. 7 (March 2021): 18-19.

Platts, M.J. and Leong, Y.Y. (2020) Soil Fertility Is a Productive Capital Asset, Agricultural Sciences, 11, 744-776.

Platts, M.J. and Leong, Y.Y. (2019) Achieving High Soil Fertility, Efficient Fruit Harvesting and Low Carbon Footprint Palm Oil Production in Malaysia. Agricultural Sciences, 10, 1396-1403.

Elizabeth Garnsey and Yuen Yoong Leong (2008) Combining Resource-Based and Evolutionary Theory to Explain the Genesis of Bio‐networks, Industry and Innovation, 15:6, 669-686, DOI: 10.1080/13662710802565271

Khairudin Hashim and Yuen Yoong Leong (2007) Peaceful Co-existence: The Oil Palm Supports Both Economic and Environmental Outcomes. Global Oils & Fats Business Magazine, 4(2), 6-12.

Elizabeth Garnsey, Yuen Yoong Leong. Combining Resource Based and Evolutionary Theory: A Synthesis with Exemplars from Bio-enterprise Networks. Cambridge : University of Cambridge, Institute for Manufacturing, 2007. ISBN-10: 1902546547; ISBN-13: 978-1902546544.

Elizabeth Garnsey and Yuen Yoong Leong (2007). Combining Resource Based and Evolutionary Theory: A Synthesis Applied to Bio-Enterprise Networks. Centre for Technology Management (CTM) Working Paper, No. 2007/03

Yuen Yoong Leong (2005) Biopharmaceutical Development Networks: Architecture, Dynamics Processes and Evolution, University of Cambridge: PhD Dissertation.

Selected Presentations

  • “ASEAN Green Future: Decarbonising Technical Systems and Re-carbonising Ecosystems”, SDG and High Level Political Forum: Global Sharing of Best Practices, organised by the Institute of Strategic & International Studies Malaysia and All-Party Parliamentary Group Malaysia SDG , 30 June 2022
  • “企业永续发展,  如何超前部署?[How to Advance Corporate Sustainable Development?]” 啓航講座,Sin Chew Daily Malaysia, 11 May 2022
  • With Michael James Platts, “New Energy Supply Infrastructure System for Electric Vehicles”, China ASEAN Energy Transition Roundtable: Vehicle Electrification and Green Transportation Development in Asia, organised by Centre for International Knowledge on Development, 6 May 2022
  • “Unpacking Climate and Justice: Perspectives from Malaysia”, Worldwide Teach-in for Climate and Justice, organised by the Association of Pacific Rim Universities; University Malaya Sustainability and Development Center , 30 March 2022
  • With Michael James Platts, “Implications of the Circular Economy for Malaysia’s Timber Sector: Key Issues, Challenges, Strategies”, for Malaysia Timber Council and Malaysia Economic Association, 23 December 2021.
  • Moderator, “A Conversation on ‘Peering Into the Future of Procurement – Procurement for a Climate Conscious Environment”, 9th Governance in Procurement Conference 2021, Malaysian Institute of Corporate Governance, 9 December 2021.
  • ASEAN’s Green Future: Farther, Faster, Together“, Zero Emissions Solutions Conference, 3 November 2021.
  • With Michael James Platts, “Viewing Plantation Decarbonisation Through the Lens of Soil Fertility”, Sime Darby Group HSE Virtual Conference, 27 October 2021.

News & Op/Eds

2412, 2021

Crossing the Great Decarbonisation River

Leong and Platts develop a logic model in words and quantity-type numbers, setting out the elements that are happening and need continued attention in a technology roadmap concerning moving away from coal.