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IAC 2021 Speakers

IAC 2021 Industry Insights sessions will bring together experts from academia and industry to debate a range of contemporary topics set around the conference theme, ‘Digitalisation in Transformation: Bridging Academia and Industry. The five panels during conference day 1 cover the following topics:

1. Global Impact of Disruptive Technology

2. Supply Chain 4.0: Agility, Efficiency & Growth

3. Digitalisation in Media, Sports & Entertainment

4. Bridging Academia & Industry: Reinventing the Current Landscape

5. Transforming Lives With Technology

Global Impact of Disruptive Technology

Tay Kay Luan is the Vice Chancellor of the International University of Malaya-Wales (IUMW). He is responsible for the leadership and management of the institution and is accountable to the Board of Directors for growth, academic reputation and administration excellence. 

Tay Kay Luan brings with him more than 30 years of leadership experience from his leadership roles at the Australia New Zealand Institute, Asian Institute of Chartered Bankers, ACCA, Hay Group and Accenture. 

He has written and published 3 books, including the recently published book (2020) entitled Sustainability Is the Future. He remains a regular speaker and writer on contemporary matters across social developments and education, talent development and corporate sustainability at public conferences and seminars across the Asia Pacific region. He is a member of the Board of Trustees for Yayasan Astro Kasih. Besides having served as the President for the Business Council for Sustainable Development.

Tay Kay Luan is a Certified Training Professional in training strategy and delivery. He obtained his MSC Industrial Relations from the London School of Economics and Political Science and BA Honours Social Science from Kingston University London. 

Bridging Academia & Industry: Reinventing the Current Landscape

Salika Suksuwan has reinvented herself by taking up a new role in Clients and Markets, after spending more than 20 years as a HR practitioner. She has a breadth of experience leading HR projects across the talent lifecycle. 

Her passion lies in the areas of developing young talent and advancing women in the workforce. In her previous role as the Head of Human Capital, she led her team to strengthen PwC’s position as a leading employer in Malaysia with progressive work life practices and innovative talent programmes.

She was on secondment to TalentCorp for close to 3 years where she was involved in influencing national policies particularly towards raising women participation rate in the workforce and expanding TalentCorp’s employer network.

Driven by her sense of purpose to make a difference in people’s lives, Salika is proud to be a Malaysian and believes that her country has the potential to be a successful nation if it could harness the strength of its diverse population.

When she’s not at work, Salika takes the time to go for a good run and is currently learning to speak Mandarin from her young daughter.

Transforming Lives with Technology

Professor Medwin Hughes is the longest-serving Vice-Chancellor in Wales and over the last 20 years has played a significant role in the reconfiguration of Higher Education in Wales.

Professor Medwin Hughes, DL, is the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Wales Trinity Saint David (UWTSD), a university created under Wales’s oldest university Royal Charter established in 1828. He is also the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Wales established by Royal Charter in 1893 as a national institution at the heart of Welsh education and cultural life.

A graduate of Aberystwyth University and of Jesus College, Oxford, his primary area of scholarly interest lies in the study of education and inter-cultural dialogue. He has served as the Deputy Chair of the Welsh Language Board and on numerous advisory committees of the Welsh Government and the Council of Europe with regard to educational and cultural policy initiatives.

The UWTSD Group is a confederation of several institutions including the University of Wales, as well as constituent colleges, Coleg Sir Gâr and Coleg Ceredigion. Professor Hughes is leading a number of major projects across the University’s
campuses, including the redevelopment of the former docklands area in Swansea to create a neighbourhood where the University will co-locate and co-create with industry. The £500 million project will also provide economic and commercial benefits
to the Swansea Bay City Region by attracting new companies, partnerships and investment.

He was appointed as a Welsh Supernumerary Fellow of Jesus College Oxford and is also an Honorary Fellow of Harris Manchester College, Oxford University.

He served as Her Majesty’s High Sheriff of Dyfed for 2016-17. He also serves as Her Majesty’s Deputy Lieutenant of the County of Dyfed, and is a Fellow of the Learned Society of Wales and of the Royal Society of Arts.

Supply Chain 4.0: Agility, Efficiency & Growth

Charles H. Fine is the Chrysler LGO Professor at MIT Sloan and the founding President and Dean of Asia School of Business. He was a founding co-director of both MIT’s Communications Futures Program and the Tata Center for Technology and Design at MIT. For over 30 years, Professor Fine has taught at MIT Sloan courses in Operations Strategy, Supply Chain Management, Quality Management, and Innovation.

Professor Fine’s recent research focuses on the development of principles for entrepreneurial companies to build operations strategies and capabilities consistent with their business objectives. His previous work addressed strategic supply chain design principles for fast-clockspeed manufacturing and service industries. Professor Fine’s work has supported the design and improvement of supply chain relationships for companies in electronics, automotive, aerospace, communications, and consumer products.

Professor Fine also teaches and consults widely with such clients as 3M, Accenture, Agile Software, Alcan, BellSouth, Boehringer Ingelheim, Bombardier, Caterpillar, Chrysler, Delphi Automotive, Deutsche Bank Alex Brown, Embraer, Fluor, GE, GM, Goodyear, HP, Honeywell, Intel, Kodak, Lucent, Mercury Computer, Merrill Lynch, Motorola, NCR, Nokia, Nortel, Oracle, Polaroid, PTC, Research-in-Motion, RollsRoyce, Sematech, Teradyne, Toyota, TRW, Unilever, Volkswagen, Volvo, and Walsin Lihwa.

He has also served on the board of directors for Greenfuel Technologies Corporation, a biotechnology company that he co-founded, and Brightstar Corporation which was purchased by Sprint. Professor Fine has also served for over a decade as co-director of an executive education program, Driving Strategic Innovation, which is a joint venture between MIT Sloan and IMD in Lausanne, Switzerland.

Professor Fine is the author of Clockspeed: Winning Industry Control in the Age of Temporary Advantage (1998) and the co-author of Faster, Smarter, Greener: The Future of the Car and Urban Mobility (2017) co-written with Venkat Sumantran and David Gonsalvez. He is also a prolific writer of industry articles on quality management, flexible manufacturing, supply chain management, and operations strategy.

Digitalisation in Media & Entertainment

A multiple award-winning marketing man, Andreas is a game-changer, an NLP Executive Coach, a Certified Trainer, a TEDx speaker, and among the 100 most inspirational LinkedIn icons. With a purpose to be a catalyst for positive change, he has guided many people & businesses to find their purpose and achieve exponential growth & success. In his tenure, he has built & managed several media agencies for Publicis, Omnicom, WPP and Havas, leading them to flagship positions in their respective markets. 

After his tenure as the Group CEO of Star Media Group in Malaysia, he launched AMVPLUS ADVISORY in August 2020, specializing in Coaching, Training and Consulting.  Andreas brings in the forefront extensive practical experience in strategic areas such as People Development, Business Growth, Purpose Creation, Leadership & Transformation.  

A High Honors Advertising graduate, he has forged a life journey from Greece to New York, from Tokyo to Taiwan, made Malaysia his home base since 2006 and has served in numerous industry associations, several industry committees & boards, many university advisory boards and in multiple awards juries.   You can learn more at http://www.amvplus.com/

Digitalisation in Media & Entertainment

Brandon is an integrated marketing consultant with 11 years of experience across non-profits, key government initiatives and consulting agencies. He is best known for his traits as a brand specialist with a knack for humanizing brands through holistic brand frameworks and media strategies. 

Globally, he has worked alongside worldwide movements like WWF, Earth Hour, Global Peace and is an alumnus of the Global Shapers Community -an affiliation to the World Economic Forum for young leaders. Closer to home, he has dedicated many of his efforts to nation-building during his tenure with Talent Corporation Malaysia and Malaysia Healthcare Travel Council.

He is currently the Programme Advisor at Nippon Paint’s AYDA Awards and runs his boutique brand consultancy. In his spare time, he is looking to complete his Master in Media and Communications at Università Telematica Pegaso while teaching as a part-time lecturer at numerous renowned colleges in Malaysia. 

Bridging Academia & Industry: Reinventing the Current Landscape (moderator)

Guy Perring is Regional Director, SE Asia for i-graduate, an independent benchmarking and consultancy, delivering comparative insights for the education sector specializing in internationalisation, improving the student experience and assisting institutions in ensuring their students are achieving their objectives in employment and citizenship. 

Guy is responsible for spearheading their ASEAN operation. He has worked in education for over 25 years in a variety of roles from teacher to administrator, market researcher to consultant. He previously worked at the British Council for 12 years in a variety of roles, including leading a Southeast Asian Regional Transnational Education Project designed to offer support for UK and local institutions in establishing sustainable partnerships. 

He has presented at a number of international conferences including Going Global, QS-Apple and the Commonwealth of Education Ministers.

Bridging Academia & Industry: Reinventing the Current Landscape

Professor Mushtak Al-Atabi published three books, “Shoot the Boss,” “Think Like an Engineer” and “Driving Performance” and he has numerous research publications, awards and honours. He delivered two TEDx Talks, “Engineering the Language of Success” and “Storytelling and Engineering a Lasting Change

He is a Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (FIMechE), a member of the Executive Board of Vice Chancellors’ Council for Private Universities Malaysia and a Director at the British Malaysia Chamber of Commerce. 

Professor Al-Atabi is an innovative educator who believes that the main goal of education is to mobilise individual’s purpose into positive impact on the world. He pioneered Purpose-Led Education, CDIO (Conceive, Design, Implement, Operate) methodology and delivered the first MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) in Malaysia. 

Professor Al-Atabi is highly sought after keynote speaker and trainer. He trains executives from Multinational Corporations including banks, energy companies as well as universities. His impact statement reads “I am a storyteller. My purpose is to inspire others to tell more empowering stories about themselves and the world we live in.”

Transforming Lives With Technology

Dr. Dzahar Mansor received a First-Class Honors Degree in Computer Systems Engineering from Monash University, Australia in 1985, and completed his PhD in Computer Science in 1988. He completed the MIT Management Sloan School on AI Implications  on Business Strategy in 2020, and has professional certifications in AI, Big Data, Data  Science, Cloud, Cyber Security and Computer Architecture. Dr Dzahar joined  Microsoft in 2005 and has more than 36 years of professional experience in  technology in senior leadership, engineering, research as well as academic roles. 

In 2010, he had the honor of leading the Business Services Economic Transformation  Program (ETP) Labs and was appointed as a National Education Policy Review Council member in 2018. He has been a key contributor in various other national technology

roadmaps and frameworks in the areas of Artificial Intelligence (AI), Cyber Security, IoT, Green Technology, Technology Foresight, Interoperability, and others. He is an  Adjunct Professor at International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM) and member of  Industrial Advisory Panels at several other universities. He also holds several associate  positions at PIKOM, MQA, Department of Standards/SIRIM and others.  

Dr. Dzahar is passionate about technology and aspires to contribute towards the  nation’s Digital Economy initiative.

Bridging Academia & Industry: Reinventing the Current Landscape

Farid Basir, 51, joined MBSB Bank as the new Chief People Officer on April 19, 2021. With experience in Human Resources (HR) disciplines spanning over two decades, Farid brings along a wealth of professional insights to MBSB, having had career exposures abroad and across industries, ranging from telecommunications, insurance to fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) and banking.

He started off his career with Telekom Malaysia Bhd (TM), specializing in HR restructuring, training, succession planning, total rewards, organizational development and policies & procedures. He then moved to focus on performance and rewards management at the country’s then-largest national insurer, Malaysia National Insurance Bhd (MNI).

Ten years on, Swiss multinational food and drink processing conglomerate Nestle took him on board in 2004, where he assumed various HR roles in Malaysia, Switzerland, The Philippines and South Africa. Upon his return under the TalentCorp’s Returning Expert Programme (REP), Farid was appointed as the Chief Human Capital Officer at Bank Kerjasama Rakyat Malaysia Bhd in 2016. Thereafter, he returned to TM to assume a similar post until December 2020.

Being a proponent of continuous professional education, Farid has added several business and leadership programmes into his curriculum vitae – with certifications from Cambridge Judge Business School; Said Business School at University of Oxford; Institut Européen d’Administration des Affaires, or popularly known as INSEAD; and the Institute for Management Development (IMD) in Switzerland. 

He took centre stage internationally when he was awarded the “Upcoming Personality in Islamic Finance 2017” at the Global Islamic Finance Awards (GIFA) 2017, held in Kazakhstan; and the “CHRO of the Year” at the World HRD Congress 2018 in India. A strong advocate of leadership excellence initiatives for the younger generation of workforce, Farid is presently the Vice- President of Malaysian Employer Federation (MEF).

Transforming Lives With Technology

Victor Lam leads the Google for Education efforts in the South East Asia region. He has worked in both the private and public sector after earning his degree in finance & economics from the University of Melbourne, Australia and postgraduate diploma of education from Universiti Utara Malaysia. 

Prior to Google, Victor worked as a public school teacher in rural Borneo where he taught STEM subjects to indigenous school children. When it comes to education, he always believes that it takes a village to raise a child” and that education is the silver bullet as no other single institution has the same capacity to empower individuals and transform our economy and society

Supply Chain 4.0: Agility, Efficiency & Growth

Joon Teoh is a Global Business Services (GBS) and Finance expert, and the CEO of AGOS ASIA, a firm specialising in assisting companies jump-start the setup & implementation of  Shared Services and in automation and Robotics Process Automation initiatives.  In addition, she provides strategic mentoring & coaching to senior leaders within the shared services industry. Her team focuses on training & development to upskill shared services professionals. 

Joon is a speaker for the Malaysian Institute of Accountants (MIA), CFO Forums and organizes the annual Finance Transformation & Shared Services forum.

Joon holds a BSc Econs in Accounting & Finance from the London School of Economics and is a Fellow Chartered Accountant of ICAEW (Institute of Chartered Accountant England & Wales) and the Chartered Accountant of MIA (Malaysian Institute Of Accountants).

Global Impact of Disruptive Technology

Sumitra is Vice-President & Head of Digital Skills and Jobs at Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC). She leads MDEC’s digital talent development and inclusion initiatives. To-date her work has impacted more than 2 million Malaysians via digital skills and income opportunities.

 She also serves as Adjunct Faculty at the Monash University School of Business and Economics. Her past roles include leadership and advisory positions in corporate responsibility and sustainability portfolios at DiGi Telecommunications and Telenor ASA (Norway). 

Sumitra holds a PhD in Business & Economics from Monash University Malaysia, a Graduate Diploma in Accounting and Finance from the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), an Executive Management Certificate in International Marketing from INSEAD University, as well as a Bachelor of Economics with Honours from University Malaya. Her most important role is being a mother to two digital natives.  

Bridging Academia & Industry: Reinventing the Current Landscape

Derek Toh is the Founder and CEO of WOBB, a job search platform that specializes in creating an  engaging experience for young talent (Gen Y and Z) to find the right employer. The platform has  won multiple awards including Alliance Bank Bizsmart Academy Top 20, DIGI WWWOW Awards  Mobile e-commerce Top 5, and featured on TechinAsia, The Edge, Focus Malaysia, The Star and  BFM89.9.  

WOBB is one of the few selected Malaysian startups funded by Cradle Fund, a government-linked  body incorporated under the Ministry of Finance of Malaysia.  

Derek is on a personal mission to make Asia a great place to build a career, and regularly shares  his thoughts on company culture, Gen Y and Z talent and also digital recruitment and social  media. He speaks at public conferences, on radio and has been on a debate moderated by BBC  World News.  

Derek was a mentor at McKinsey and Co’s Youth Leadership Academy, and has worked with some  of the brightest young talent in Malaysia.  

He completed the Stanford Entrepreneurship Program in 2014, where he worked with top  mentors at Stanford University and Silicon Valley in developing the foundations of WOBB. 

Derek was previously an Associate Director and Global Top Performer at Robert Walters, a top  international recruitment firm. In his early career, Derek was a fellow of the ACCA and an auditor  with Ernst and Young in the UK. 

“Gen Y and Z are the future leaders of every organisation, and employers who plan for a future  that includes them will outperform their competitors.” Derek Toh 

Global Impact of Disruptive Technology

Raymond has extensive international experience in human capital development and talent management, having first coined the term the ‘talent game’ in 2009 to describe how organisations can best manage the careers of critical personnel. His book ‘The Business of Ethics’, published in 2016, contains a unique perspective on how organisations should rethink what they are doing about ethics.  

He has held senior roles within the European financial services industry, including tenures as Global Head of Learning at ABN AMRO Bank and Lloyds Banking Group. Raymond has also held a number of academic appointments including Professor of Management Practice and Dean at the London Metropolitan Business School and Associate Dean at Cass Business School, United Kingdom. For almost a decade he was Director of Research at London Business School. He was former Chief Executive Officer of the Asian Institute of Finance, a think tank established by the Central Bank of Malaysia (Bank Negara Malaysia and the Securities Commission Malaysia) focussed on the financial services industry.

He has extensive experience in financial services having consulted widely with the Bank of China, BT, Coutts, Erste Bank, European Commission, Prudential, Standard Life, and Texaco. Publications include: Consumer Trust in the Digital Economy; Skills 4.0 Future Proofing the FSI for the Digital World and Enhancing Digital Trust in FSI: a Multi-sensory approach.

Raymond, is a renowned speaker at international conferences, and believes that Asia will continue to challenge global thinking.  He feels that the challenge is how Asia will sustain its global economic and cultural influence across the world.  Raymond lives in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Digitalisation in Media & Entertainment

Dato’ Afdlin Shauki is a singer, musician, and live performer who performs R&B, acid jazz, and funk with his band Acid Iz. In late 2003, he launched his debut album, FUUYO! In 1992, he appeared in the ‘Ikhlas Concert,’ alongside Zainal Abidin and Sheila Majid, among others, in front of a crowd of 50,000 people. Dato’ Afdlin Shauki is a Malaysian actor, director, and television presenter.For his role as the host of the late-night chat show Bila Larut Malam on Astro, he won the title for Best Presenter in an Entertainment Programme at the prestigious Asian Television Awards in 1999. For the past six years, he has hosted the programme, as well as game shows, sports, music, and lifestyle shows.

As a film actor, he had his local debut in Pesona Pictures’ Mimpi Moon as a member of the supporting cast, followed by a role as the “Interpreter” in the Hollywood picture “Anna and the King.” Dato’ Afdlin Shauki made his acting debut in Serangkai Filem’s Soal Hati, for which he won a Best Actor award at the Anugerah Skrin Panca Delima Awards in 2000 for his depiction of “Daniel.”

Other movies since then include Gila-Gila Pengantin Remaja, Pontianak, Biar Betul and Baik Punya Cilok (which received the Film Goer’s Choice Award at the Anugerah Skrin Era Awards of 2006).

Digitalisation in Media & Entertainment

Victoria Ong is a journalist, host and producer who has worked with international broadcasters in both on-air and content creation roles. A former Channel NewsAsia TV journalist, she is skilled at interviewing and communicating with diverse audiences. 

Victoria is also a seasoned MC/moderator with over 15 years of experience in hosting live and virtual events. She recently launched “TV Secrets for Virtual Impact”, an online training workshop where she teaches broadcasting techniques to help working professionals ace their Zoom presentations.

Victoria holds a Master’s degree in media and journalism, completed on full scholarship from The University of Sydney.

Transforming Lives With Technology (moderator)

Professor Dr Vinitha Guptan is a visionary and strategic senior level academic leader with a natural propensity for high performance who is currently Vice-Chancellor, Saito University College. She was previously the Dean of Taylors Business School for 13 years. As a Chartered Accountant who is also academically qualified with a Doctorate and coupled with industry experience, her views are both forward thinking and unconventional. 

As VC, her achievements are extensive. Leading a university that predominantly serves the underserved is aligned with her personal values and good teaching, applied learning and work-integrated learning as now become the key tenets of the institution. She believes in impacting communities through education and the university charges minimal fees and supports students to cope in this more digitally divided world. She diversified programme offerings and established new and innovative schools to ensure students are prepared for the future.

She is spearheading hybrid programmes for women entrepreneurs and the indigenous communities. This is done with diversity and inclusion are the main focus and to ensure students apply their knowledge meaningfully. She works with corporates and communities purposefully to enable seamless and borderless learning which will impact the rural and marginalised communities. She is instrumental for setting up the Centre for Law Enforcement and Security, Asia that focuses on providing the latest insights, research and professional development in the region.

She is a highly skilled and an active researcher, with particular interest in service-learning, leadership, and corporate social responsibility with a focus on governance, diversity and inclusion. She is respected in the field of specialism and has travelled sharing her knowledge as a speaker and presenter. Committed to continual learning and self-evaluation, she has received numerous awards for her community engagement and service leadership work in the region. She is also a recipient of the Women Leadership Achievement Award and Humanitarian Awards. In 2020, she was recognised as India’s Top 50 Women Leaders in Education Industry.

Some of the more notable engagements are at the UN–EBAC (Education), EBAC & UNESCAP Business, Trade & Industry Association Singapore (TIAS), UMFCCI, Yangon, Intellectual Discourses – India, Malaysia, Korea and holds adjunct and visiting roles both on locally and abroad. 

She now a Fellow of CMI, UK and also serves as the Treasurer, Regional Board Member of the Chartered Management Institute, Malaysia (CMI, UK) and is also a member of various professional bodies. She is the Special Advisor to Globsyn Business School, India and is a much sort after advisor and academic leader in the Region. She is Senior Member of the International Economics Development Research Center(IEDRC) and technical advisor for AKPK AFBES 2020/21 and contributes professionally as a member of the board of advisors and sits on various committees in the Australia New Zealand Institute (ANZI) and serves as a Mentor and Coach for various organisations. She serves as an external examiner and validator for various universities in the UK, India and Australia. Currently, she is a Visiting Professor at the Myanmar Human Resource Institute.

Supply Chain 4.0: Agility, Efficiency & Growth

Joel Soloman is an entrepreneurial leader with 20 years of experience in building supply chain and operations activities to contribute to  bottom line accountability and sustainable business growth in a constantly changing, fast-paced environment. Employed by global companies for the past 20 years, to build high performing team, build supply chain capability and as an organisational change agent. Experience board leadership in shaping and driving company strategy.

Transforming Lives with Technology

In addition to Datuk Nora Manaf’s role as the Group Chief Human Capital Officer and member of the Group EXCO of Maybank, Datuk Nora chairs several national-level committees and holds several Board memberships. Datuk Nora’s Board memberships include the Board of Etiqa General Insurance Berhad and MBB Labs Private Limited, Bangalore. Datuk Nora is actively engaged in the country’s Financial Institutions, Employers’ and Education circles via the leadership roles she holds. In 2018, Datuk Nora was appointed to the Malaysian Human Resource Minister’s Advisory Group. She is also President of the Malayan Commercial Banks’ Association (MCBA), Chairman of the Banking Sector HR Networking Group (HRNG), Council Member of Malaysian Employers Federation (MEF), a member of the National Labour Advisory Committee (NLAC), a council member of Industry
Advisory Council (IAC) of Department of Polytechnic & Community College Education (DPCCE), and an Advisory Council Member of Yayasan Peneraju Pendidikan Bumiputera as well as for the University-Industry Advisory Council Universiti Utara Malaysia. Datuk Nora was recognised as a Global Top 50 Human Resource Professional and was appointed into Talent Compact 4.0, an Industry Talent Advisory Panel of Talent Corporation Malaysia Berhad.

Datuk Nora is also a Member of the Board of Examiners for the Asia Institute of Chartered Bankers (AICB), Member of the Asia Pacific Industry Advisory Panel for the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) and a Qualified Person for Training (QPRT) for the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW). In 2020, Datuk Nora was appointed as an Adjunct Professor by Pusat Citra Universiti of the National University of Malaysia. She is also an Adjunct Professor appointed by the College of Business, Universiti Utara Malaysia (UUM) since 2015. In July 2019, Datuk Nora was also appointed into the Board of Advisors for UUM’s undergraduate programme for Bachelor of Applied Linguistics and Business Administration with Honours.

Datuk Nora is active in her quest to make a difference to empower women. She is the Executive Sponsor for Maybank’s Women Mentor Women Council established in 2013, as well as a Mentor for the ICAEW-TalentCorp Women in Leadership Programme. In 2016, Datuk Nora was awarded the “Beacon of Light” award at the National Women in Leadership Summit organised by the Asian Strategy & Leadership Institute (ASLI) in partnership with the Ministry of Women, Family and Community Development. Datuk Nora also spoke at the Women in Leadership seminar at Oxford University in 2016. The Singapore Management University (SMU) published a Case Study, titled “Maybank: Organisational Transformation through Human Resources” in collaboration with Datuk Nora in 2019. On 31 March 2021, Datuk Nora was conferred the Top 50 Impact Lifetime Achievement Awards for Women Excellence by KSI Strategic Institute for Asia Pacific.

Datuk Nora is a qualified Chartered Accountant and is registered with the Malaysian Institute of Accountants (MIA). Datuk Nora also holds a post-grad certification in Human Resource Development from Cornell University and is a certified Gallup Strengths finder Coach Level II. She is also a graduate of the Advanced Management Program from Harvard Business School. In February 2020, Datuk Nora was conferred the Chartered Banker (CB) by the Chartered Banker Institute (CBI) headquartered in Edinburgh, Scotland.

Global Impact of Disruptive Technology

With over 25 years in the business, Neal Estavillo has expertise in company and culture leadership, marketing and communications, and business to business/ customer environments. He has proven success in securing big new businesses and developing strong client relationships, having overseen and led significant regional and local pitch wins including Celcom, Sunway Group, Coca-Cola, P&G, and Fonterra.

Global Impact of Disruptive Technology

Edward Clayton is a Partner in PwC’s Advisory business and leads its Capital Projects & Infrastructure and Real Estate practices for Malaysia and Vietnam. Edward has been working in global strategy consulting since 2005 after gaining international business experience at both British Airways (1988-2000) and HOCHTIEF AirPort (now AviAlliance), a German airport investor (2000-2005). He moved to Kuala Lumpur in 2007 and re-launched Booz & Co’s Malaysia office, before becoming a Partner of PwC following its acquisition of Booz in 2014. He has carried out numerous advisory assignments in the region, including Malaysia, Brunei, Thailand, Singapore, Indonesia, Cambodia, the Philippines, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Vietnam and South Korea. He is a permanent resident of Malaysia, and has been married to a Malaysian since 1991. Edward has an MBA from London Business School and a BSc in Computer Systems Engineering from the University of Kent.

Supply Chain 4.0: Agility, Efficiency & Growth

Sharmila has been a teaching member of the Faculty of Business and received her DBA in Business in 2019 from Swiss School of Management. She began her employment in 1990; teaching in several colleges and taking up leadership role in a large private University in 2013. She is currently the Dean of the Faculty of Business and a Senior Lecturer in Business Strategy and Change Management; whilst supervising PhD and DBA students in the field of Business, Management and Marketing. 

Keynote Speaker

Frank Ravanelli has been in digital marketing since 1995, leading remote teams since 2003. He developed an in-depth experience in APAC, Americas, EMEA markets, with a focus on performance marketing and digital operations. He has a keen interest in applied psychology, with a focus on organizational and transpersonal psychology.

Keynote Speaker: Impact of Artificial Intelligence on Future Jobs

Prof. Dr. David Asirvatham is currently the Executive Dean for the Faculty of Innovation  and Technology, Taylor’s University, Malaysia. Prior to this, he was the Director of the Centre of Information Technology at the University of Malaya (Malaysia) and Senior  Director of Centre for Information Technology, Multimedia University (Malaysia). He has  held numerous posts such the Associate Dean for Faculty of Information Technology  (Multimedia University), Project Manager for the Multimedia and IT Infrastructure  Development for a university campus (US$14 million), Finance Committee for  Multimedia University, SAP Advisory for High Education Council (Germany), Consultant  for e-University Project and many more. Dr. David completed his Ph.D. from Multimedia  University, M.Sc. (Digital System) from Brunel University (U.K.), and B.Sc. (Hons) Ed.  and a Post-Graduate Diploma in Computer Science from the University of Malaya. He  has been lecturing as well as managing ICT projects for the past 30 years. His area of  expertise will include Digital Neural Network, E-Learning Technologies, ICT Project  Management, Multimedia Content Creation and recently he has done some work on Big  Data Analytics and AI. 

At the national level, he was the Chairman for the ICT Human Capital Development for  11th Malaysia Plan 2016-2020 (Prime Minister’s Office), Secretary for the Artificial  Intelligence Society Malaysia, President of Data Science Association (Malaysia) 2021/22, Country Representative for the Asia E-learning Network (AEN) based in Japan,  Steering Committee Member for the Implementation of E-Learning for Malaysian Public  Sector, and Member of the Malaysian Grid for Learning’s (MyGfL) Standards Expert  Group (SEG), 2003-2004. 

At the International level, he worked on various ICT Projects and e-learning technologies  workshops in South Africa, Sudan, Iran, Ghana, Kenya, Vietnam, Maldives, Bangladesh (World Bank Project), UAE, India, and Brunei. 

In the area of research, he had the following grants: (a) Newton Grant – Smart  sustainable cities (RM340,000) and (b) Taylor’s University Grant for Travel Behavior

Analytics (RM300,000). (c) Predicting Consumption Intention of CRM Users Using Deep  Learning RM100,000 (d) Big data analysis and Cloud platform for education RM22,500.

Keynote Speaker: Nail it, Scale it and Sail it :  Entrepreneurship in Action

Loredana Padurean is the Senior Associate Dean at Asia School of Business (ASB), a collaboration between the MIT Sloan School of Management and Bank Negara Malaysia (the Central Bank of Malaysia), and holds an appointment of International Faculty Fellow at MIT Sloan where she also teaches in 3 executive education programs.

At ASB, Prof. Loredana has been one of the key “nailers” behind the establishment of the school and in particular, has directed the development of the globally recognized action learning program at ASB. She is a global entrepreneurial academic with a track record of program, school and intellectual leadership for multiple degrees. She is a global keynote speaker and her popular “Nail it, Scale it, Sail it” is a popular TedX talk.

This “Nail it, Scale it, Sail it” describes the evolution of start-ups to scale-ups to sail-ups, the challenges, opportunities and leadership styles that come with each stage. Prof. Loredana has an MA in Communication and Economics and a PhD in Management from USI Switzerland.

Keynote Speaker: Utilising digital technologies in rural enterprise, challenges and opportunities:  academic, business, governmental and community interfaces.

Transforming Lives With Technology

Dr Helmi Zakariah began his journey in Big Data Analytics & Digital Epidemiology as the Chief Executive Officer of AIME and AI4Good, where he led the delivery of data analytics solution in public health, women and reproductive health, as well as sustainable agriculture across three continents. 

In Nov 2019, Dr Helmi Zakariah was appointed as a member of the WHO/ITU Working Group for AI in Outbreak, a multi-institutional and global platform aiming to leverage on Machine Learning in order to mitigate outbreaks. 

When Covid-19 reached Malaysia, he was tasked to lead the Digital Epidemiology portfolio for the Selangor Task Force for Covid-19 in the most densely populated state in Malaysia. Here, he had pioneered the nation’s first QR-based e-tracing ecosystem, which was then replicated nationwide. His IRC (Inherent Risk of Contagion) Modelling for outbreak prediction was the foundation of Selangor’s containment policy, thanks to which it has seen low local transmission cases despite its population density and demography.

Dr Helmi started off his career in Public Health as a district program manager for the National Tuberculosis Control Programme. Subsequently at Malaysia’s Ministry of Health, he co-pioneered the establishment of Global Health Division. He had also represented Malaysia’s engagement with global health entities such as the World Health Organisation, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), ASEAN, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) over various topics including the International Disease Control, Migrant Health and Trade Impact on Public Health.

Dr Helmi had his early education in MRSM Jasin, and holds a Medical Degree from the Russian Federation with a Master’s in International Public Health from the University of Liverpool, United Kingdom. 

He regularly shares his thought as a speaker on global cooperative platforms such as the Chatham House, the World Economic Forum, and the Commonwealth Digital Health Forum.

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