About Dr Wong Lai Yong & First Penguin Sdn. Bhd.

Consulting, Training & Expertise In Sustainability Matters For Corporate Needs

Dr. Wong Lai Yong
Founder, Principal Trainer & Consultant,
First Penguin Sdn. Bhd.  

I enjoy being a “connector” between Japan, Malaysia and Asia as I write and speak fluent Japanese, English, Mandarin, Malay and Chinese dialects (Cantonese, Hokkien). Having lived in Japan for 16 years,
I bring an in-depth perceptivity towards business, social, political and cultural understanding of Japanese lifestyle, culture and corporate life.


Dr Wong Lai Yong is the founder, principal trainer & consultant of First Penguin Sdn. Bhd. based in Penang, Malaysia that helps organizations in Asia create purpose-driven and people-driven sustainability practices. She speaks, advises, consults and trains on sustainability and Environment, Social and Governance (ESG) matters.

She works with Japanese sustainability consulting firms whose clients need objective reviews on their materiality and sustainability reporting. She also helps corporations tackle root causes that prevent global talent growth and talent development from an ESG approach. 

Working with her, clients gain innovative and competitive advantages through her holistic advisory and consulting approach. She streamlines and integrates business strategies with people development goals, fully optimising stakeholders’ benefits within the organization and fulfilling corporate needs. In this area, she is passionate about unleashing the full potential of women, youth and Gen Z.

She is an advocate for thinking differently and challenging stereotypes and norms, making her an invaluable board member and business adviser who is courageous and conscious in delivering an uncommon Asian female outlook to strategic business decisions. 

Dr Wong holds a PhD in Business Administration from Yokohama National University, MBA from Keio Business School and Bachelor of Economics (First Class Honours) from University of Malaya. (Connect with her on LinkedIn.)

In 2016, she was conferred the Asia Pacific Shining Women award by the Japanese Cabinet Office (equivalent to the Prime Minister’s Office in Malaysia).

An experiential workshop for a Japanese company that was keen to promote Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to all their employees.
Dr Wong explaining the 2030 SDGs game to corporate leaders. She is a certified facilitator of “2030 SDGs Game” by Imacocollabo (Japan).

Media Highlights

“While we work with a lot of Japanese organizations, we have experience with sustainability projects across the Southeast Asian region. We have served in Malaysia, Hong Kong, Mainland China, Indonesia, Myanmar and we can work with teams virtually and physically too.”

Dr Wong Lai Yong
Founder, Principal Trainer & Consultant, First Penguin Sdn. Bhd.

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About First Penguin Sdn. Bhd.

First Penguin Sdn. Bhd. was established to awaken people and corporations to their true purpose as citizens of the world. Our belief is one of connecting the developed countries with the developing countries, reducing the gap between the have and the have-nots.

We envision a world of understanding, peaceful co-existence, shared prosperity and a sense of purpose through our sustainability approaches.

We work with corporations, universities, governments, family offices and CEOs by offering a holistic, global and long-term perspective in sustainability, global talent development, cross-cultural global management, career consulting and nurturing and expanding consciousness. Here’s how we can help.

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