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Azzad Mahdzir

EFY Academy Co-founder, Healing arts practitioner, Curriculum designer, SEL instructor

Azzad is an educator, healing arts practitioner and a multi-disciplinary artist. He graduated TESL graduate from Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, his institutional teaching experiences included high schools in Johor, Uttarakhand, India and colleges in Labuan.

Since 2011, he has ventured into visual graphics, filmmaking, theatre making and performing arts. In 2017, he started combining mindfulness and healing arts into his creative repertoire. He is also a practitioner of the Vipassana or Insight meditation tradition and an independent student of Buddhist psychology and ecopsychology.

Azzad co-founded Empathy For Youth Academy, a Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) platform during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020. He has since been serving the youth, marginalised bodies, artists, educators and civil societies through self-care and psychoeducational programming in Malaysia and the East-Asia region. Since January 2024, he appears as guest to the Gen-Z celebrated podcast series “Talk To You Later” under the aptly named segment “Empathy For Youth”.


Okt 2020 – Present

Co-Founder, Educator

Empathy For Youth Academy

Nov 2013 – Present

Founder, Artistic Director, Creative Producer

the keepers studio

the keepers studio is a multidisciplinary creative studio based in Petaling Jaya. As a collective, we are involved in commissioned content writing, research, experience and visual design, performance and branding works. Kenduri Kendara, a theatrical feast of food, identity, love and discontent is our latest work.