The founders of boutique financial services group ECM Libra have always believed that education is the best way out of poverty. So, they set up a foundation to drive the pursuit of education among the underprivileged in Malaysia. Ten years on, they have expanded their reach in the region and are about to launch the Spark Leadership Programme, which will take their support of learning to a new level. Anandhi Gopinath speaks to two founders of the ECM Libra Foundation, Dato’ Seri Kalimullah Hassan and Lim Kian Onn, on how they went from banking to benevolence and the unique journey of the 100% self-funded passion project.

Judging by the collection of artworks, interesting artefacts and elegant rugs that grace the corridor, the ECM Libra office in Damansara Heights must be a nice place to work. The sunlight streams in through ceiling-to-floor glass windows while the finishings are soft and comfortable. Peitro, an Italian restaurant located at the ground floor of the building, is pretty decent and has a mean Asian-inspired lunch menu too.

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From: The Edge Malaysia