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WOMEN MATTER: “Inspiring Stories for Aspiring Women”

Minister at the Prime Minister’s Office

YB Puan Hajah Nancy Haji Shukri was appointed as Member of Intellectual
Property Corporation of Malaysia (MyIPO) on 1 July 2008. She holds a Diploma
in Public Administration from UiTM, Bachelor of Law(Honours)from University of
Hull, United Kingdom and an Executive Masters in Business Administration from
University of UiTM/Ohio(Beta Gamma Sigma Honorary Award). She was the
Legal Adviser for Dewan Bandaraya Kuching Utara from 1992 to 2003.

She is the Chairman of MyIPO`s Nomination and Remuneration Committee,
Member of Audit Committee and Member of Investment Committee.
Currently she is a Member of Parliament for Batang Sadong, Sarawak.

She is also among others, Assistant Secretary General for Parti Pesaka
Bumiputera Bersatu Sarawak, Member of The International Parliamentary
Union, Member of the ASEAN Inter Parliamentary Association and Member of
The Commonwealth Parliamentary Association. She serves as Chairman of
Women Parliamentary Caucus and National Archives of Malaysia

Women Leading the Future

Honorary President
Perdana Leadership Foundation

Born on 20 December 1925 in Alor Setar, the capital of the State of Kedah, Tun
Dr. Mahathir did his early and secondary education in his home town. In 1947,
he gained admission into the King Edward VII College of Medicine in
Singapore. Upon graduation, he joined the Malaysian government service as
a Medical Officer. He left in 1957 to set up his own practice in Alor Setar. Tun
Dr. Mahathir has been active in politics since 1945. He has been a member of
the United Malays National Organisation (UMNO) since its inception in 1946.

In 1973, Tun Dr. Mahathir was appointed a Senator. He relinquished this post in
order to contest in the 1974 General Elections where he was returned
unopposed. Following the elections, Tun Dr. Mahathir was appointed the
Minister of Education.

In the 1987 party elections, Tun Dr. Mahathir defeated his challenger to retain
the Presidency and in 1990 and 1993, he was again returned unopposed as
party President. Under his leadership, the ruling party Barisan Nasional (National
Front) won landslide victories in the 1982, 1986, 1990, 1995 and 1999 General

Tun Dr. Mahathir MohamadTun Dr. Mahathir is married to a doctor, Tun Dr. Siti
Hasmah bt Mohd Ali, and they have seven children.

Tun Dr. Mahathir bin Mohamad became the fourth Prime Minister of Malaysia
on 16 July 1981 and stepped down as Prime Minister on October 31st 2003.
SME Corp. Malaysia

Dato’ Hafsah Hashim is currently the Chief Executive Officer of the SME
Corporation Malaysia (SME Corp. Malaysia). She holds a Bachelor in Applied
Science from Science University of Malaysia and Masters in Business
Administration from Aston University, United Kingdom.

Dato’ Hafsah has vast experience in public sector administration and has
served in several ministries including Ministry of International Trade and Industry
(MITI), Ministry of Agriculture and Ministry of Primary Industries.

Her passion for the development of SMEs in Malaysia has brought her
involvement as a member of Special Task Force to Facilitate Business
(PEMUDAH) as well as Council Member of Malaysian Services Development
Council under the Industrial Master Plan (IMP 3)


CEO, Global Learning Solutions
Best-Selling Author, International Speaker
Multi-Awarded Learning Leader

ROGER COLLANTES is a best-selling motivational author, a sought-after
international speaker and a senior executive coach with more than 20 years
of experience as a Global Learning Leader and International Training
Innovator. He founded and managed Citibank's training consultancy
company, the Institute for Learning Excellence and Accelerated Development
(ILEAD), in Shanghai and set up the first Wealth Management Institute (WMI) in
He currently heads two Singapore-based training and consulting businesses as
CEO of Global Learning Solutions (GLS) and Chief Learning Officer of The
Global Sales Institute (TGSI).
Roger is a multi-awarded industry icon and a thought leader also known for his
highly popular Resiliency Development Program, called "The Thrivers Seminar"
which is based on his best-selling book on BEYOND SURVIVAL.

Founder Extreme Cars and Extreme Supercars

Melvin is an entrepreneur, visionary and risk-taker. Over the years, Melvin has
involved himself in a wide range of businesses but his passion is now into cars
and charity work, especially in his cause in raising awareness for the abused
children. The most important lesson he learned in business and life is – If you
put your heart and soul as well as your time, effort and love in doing something,
nothing is impossible to you. One of his most notable achievements is
developing a very successful online publication for computer hardware news
and reviews despite having no prior working experience and driven only with
a strong passion for computers in his teenage years around y2k.

Founder & President of Chalre Associates

Rebecca Bustamante is considered one of the most accomplished female
entrepreneurs and professional development trainers currently active in
Philippines. She helps organizations develop employees into world-class
individual contributors and leaders. Rebecca Bustamante's activities and
achievements have been featured on television interviews and programs.

She is President and co-Founder of Asia CEO Awards, the largest business
awards event in Philippines and Asia CEO Forum, the largest regular business
event. Other major events she oversees include: Asia CEO Summit, Asia CEO
Women’s Summit, Asia Finance Summit, Asia Real Estate Summit, Asia ICT
Summit, among many others. Rebecca has been a developer of talent for
many years for corporate organizations.

Rebecca began her 20-year career in Toronto, Canada. She was previously
Senior Sales Director for a large international cosmetics company. Some of the
many awards she received from the company over a period of years included:
Top Rookie Sales Director for North America, Top 10 Unit Sales Award (for each
year of service) and Top 10 Personal Sales Award (for each year of service). As
part of her responsibilities, Rebecca regularly provided sales and management
training presentations for up to 500 people at national company functions.

How Women Lead – Connections between
Business and Society

Corporate Advisor / Director World Communication
Network Resources

Datuk Atikah Adom spent 28 years in BSN. Her career in the baking industry
culminated in her assuming the roles of Director of Corporate Communications
and Public Affairs, Director of BSN Finance and Director of Permodalan BSN
Berhad. She has had good international exposure through active participation
and representation in overseas conferences, marketing exchange programs
through the ISBI (International Savings Banks Institute, Geneva/Brussels) and
Bank Bumiputra Malaysia Berhad in London.
Datuk Atikah currently presents workshops/seminars on numerous topics with
regard to projecting and enhancing good corporate image to an impressive
list of corporate clientele. She brings a wealth of experience to her instruction
and demonstrates etiquette concepts with plenty of ‘real life’ examples. The
principles introduced in the seminar are transferable between business and
social situations.
With over 30 years of working experience and her exposure in the corporate
and with NGOs she has been associated with; Datuk Atikah now lends her
experience to these organizations. What Datuk Atikah does best is help people
build their own ‘personal brand’ through seminars and courses in Social and
Corporate Etiquette, Effective Communications and Motivational Seminars in
Government, Corporate and NGOs. Datuk Atikah has a Bachelor’s Degree
(Hons) in Sociology and Anthropology.

How Women Lead – Connections between
Business and Society

President of Celemi APAC

Barbro Andersson is the President / Celemi Consulting (Shanghai)
Ltd and she has been with Celemi since year 2000.

As a President of Celemi Consulting (Shanghai) Ltd, she plays as a
consultant role responsible in delivery and design capability. Barbro
has 20 years of experience in business simulations and extensive
experience in developing and modify/update Celemi business

Barbro holds an Executive MBA from Uppsala University,
Sweden/Kellogg’s Business School, USA

How Women Lead – Connections between
Business and Society

CEO Leaderonomics &
Chairman Leaderonomics Holdings

Roshan Thiran is the Founder and CEO of Leaderonomics, a social enterprise
dedicated to providing access to leadership development to everyone of all
ages in developing nations across Asia Pacific.

Roshan began his career with Exxon-Mobil in an operational role. He later
moved to General Electric (GE) and began his GE career at GE Investments in
Stamford, CT, USA. He then joined National Broadcasting Corporation (NBC) at
its Rockefeller Center, New York City hub as News & Sports Analyst responsible
for 6 news programs, The Today Show, Dateline, and Sunrise and lead the
MSNBC cable network start-up efforts. He was part of numerous media
initiatives at NBC Universal helping drive growth.

In 2003, Roshan took over as Director of HR Asia Pacific, overseeing Finance
organizations across Asia. In 2007. Roshan moved out of GE and took a role as
the Director of Global Talent Management for Johnson & Johnson. He was also
instrumental in driving talent management processes across Asia.

He has won numerous awards in business, HR and leadership development,
including a Global HR award and the Malaysia HR Leader Award. Roshan
currently hosts his own TV show and also writes a few newspaper columns and
has his own weekly radio segment.

How Women Lead – Connections between
Business and Society

Chairman & Founder
Netrove Ventures Group, Hong Kong

Mr. Teh’s background spans the legal, corporate advisory, M&A and
corporate finance, venture capital and technology industries in Asia. Trained
in London as well as in Hong Kong, he has undertaken major successful
engagements in venture capital investments, M&A and corporate finance
including deals such as the listing of companies in Hong Kong and London
and cross-border M&As in Asia.

Mr. Teh holds an LL.B. (Hons) from Leeds University, England, LSF from
Manchester Metropolitan University and an LL.M. (Hons) from Queens’
College, University of Cambridge, England.

Prior to founding Netrove, he was a partner, director and COO at Clarion
Capital, a regional investment firm. Currently, he sits on various public boards
of directors/advisors including that of Genetec Technology Berhad, listed on
the stock exchange of Malaysia.

Men Standing with Women

Head, Graduate Employability Malaysian Talent
Talent Corp Malaysia

Liza heads the Graduate Employability department in TalentCorp as well as
oversees GEMS Malaysia Sdn Bhd as its Chief Operating Officer. In her current
role, she interacts with universities and undergraduates to create awareness
on career choices available in various sectors as well as collaborating with
ministries/government agencies and industries players in developing
programmes to enhance employability of young graduates.

Liza has been involved in the Customer Services and Human Capital
Development fields for over 15 years in various capacities – from managing
contact centres and heading customer service departments to managing the
overall HR function.

Her passion in talent management and human capital development
particularly in graduate employability initiatives stems from her stint in Strategic
Human Capital Management at Khazanah Nasional Berhad. While in
Khazanah, she was exposed to the Human Resources Operations including
Industrial and Employee Relations and Compensation & Benefit.

She started her career with Maxis where she was the team lead in the contact
centre before joining PMCare Sdn Bhd as the Head of Customer Service

Men Standing with Women

VP-APAC, Kelly Outsourcing Consulting Group

Anthony Raja Devadoss is the Vice President, APAC with the Kelly Outsourcing
and Consulting Group’s (KellyOCG).

Having served the Kelly Group for more than 12 years, he brings with him a
wealth of experience in sector based HR Outsourcing and Consulting, Learning
and Development, Career Transition, Executive Coaching,
Professional/Technical Outsourcing, Recruitment as well as Executive Search
Consulting Services.

Graduated from Loyola College in Science and his MBA majoring in Marketing
and MIS in the US, he also holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Computing from

He is the Head of Policy Enablement & Government Liaison with Outsourcing
Malaysia and part of the HR Capacity Building task force by the Ministry of
Human Resources, Govt of Malaysia.

Men Standing with Women
YM Raja Azlan Raja Azwa
Managing Director
Sime Darby Healthcare Sdn Bhd

Raja Azlan Shah Raja Azwa served as the Managing Director of Healthcare
Group at Sime Darby Berhad. Mr. Azwa served as the Managing Director of
Healthcare Group at Sime Darby Global Berhad since September 16, 2010.

He served as Chief of Staff at Sime Darby Berhad since September 16, 2010
and served as its Chief Operating Officer of Healthcare Group. YM Raja Azlan
served as the Group Head of Strategy & Business Development of Sime Darby
Berhad. He joined the KSDB Group in May 2005 as the Group Head of
Corporate Finance. Prior to Sime Darby Berhad, he served with the Corporate
Finance department of CIMB Investment Bank since 1999.

YM Raja Azlan began his career in 1993 as an Auditor at Arthur Andersen & Co.
He serves as a Member of Flagship Subsidiary Board at Sime Darby Healthcare
Sdn. Bhd. Mr. Azwa is a Member of the Malaysian Institute of Certified Public
Accountants. Mr. Azwa holds a Degree in Accounting and Financial
Management from the University of Sheffield, United Kingdom.

Men Standing with Women

Managing Director
Dragonfire Corporate Solutions Sdn Bhd

George has 18 years' experience in the fields of SME development, economic
development, and community/social development. He has worked for NGOs
and governments at the mid- and senior management levels as Executive
Director, Program Manager (small business funding and microfinance
programs), and Economic Development Officer.

George’s areas of expertise include MSME development,
economic/community development, operational and strategic planning,
corporate social responsibility (CSR), program management and delivery,
database development, accounting, and business writing. George’s passion
for service excellence in the area of Aboriginal economic development has
been recognized with awards from the Government of Canada (2006 INAC
Deputy Minister’s Award of Excellence), and the Government of Alberta (2009
Aboriginal Relations Team Merit Awards for Corporate Planning and the
Gathering for Success Symposium).

As a writer, George has solid experience developing a wide range of material
for a variety of audiences. He is as comfortable producing business plans,
proposals and reports for submission to government ministries and funding
agencies as he is writing speeches and speaking notes for CEOs and
government ministers in both Canada and Malaysia, or developing electronic
newsletters, marketing collateral, and website content for past employers and
current clients. George is a contributing author to the Nunavut Handbook:
Travelling in Canada’s Arctic, published by Nortext Multimedia.
Men Standing with Women


With over 30 years of Information Technology experience, Jerry Durant
provides maturity to Red Core’s strategic corporate development and
operations. Jerry, formerly Chairman Emeritus of the International Institute for
Outsource Management, is a recognized leader in the outsourcing industry
and a board member in various international outsourcing councils. A well
Known innovator and leader in setting standards and advancing
improvements in the outsourcing, information technology, and business
process sectors, Jerry’s agile and forward thinking has helped develop
companies around the globe. This is probably why he ranks as one of the Top
25 Most Influential Global Outsourcing Leaders according to IAOP (2011)
Globalization Today. Jerry obtained his M.S. Computer Science at New
Hampshire College Graduate School.

Debate: Entrepreneur “SHE”
Managing Director
Hyrax Oil Sdn Bhd

Dato’ Hazimah Zainuddin is the Founder and Managing Director of Hyrax Oil
Sdn Bhd, established in 1991. Her marketing skills has steered Hyrax Oil to be a
leading global player in lubricants, with exports to nearly 40 countries. The
achievements of Hyrax Oil have earned the company the Export Excellence
Award 2009 (Merchandise) from the Malaysian Ministry of Trade and Industry
(MITI). This has led her award winning in entrepreneurship.

She also sits on the Board of Directors of the Malaysian External Trade
Development Corporation (MATRADE), and Scientex Berhad as well as a
member of Malaysian Special Taskforce to Facilitate Business.

She is also active in various non-governmental associations, with focus on the
development of entrepreneurship.

Debate: Entrepreneur “SHE”

Managing Director
Megapadu Sdn Bhd

Dato' Normaziah Sheikh Mohamed known as Dato' Azie, 44 years is an
entrepreneur and a specialist in producing brilliant ideas to ensure that
business will be successful. With a long business experience in the beauty
industry, she has expanded the business to be involved in an industry
dominated by men, the industry HDPE pipe and pipe connections using
methods Elektrofusion. One of the many successes she has achieved, Dato
'Azie has succeeded in making the Transfer of Technology of the Italian
company, Eurostandard SpA in manufacturing plumbing connections for
water and gas. Megapadu Sdn. Bhd. has made its mark as the first company
to successfully bring technology to the Malaysian Manufacturing Extension
Pipe. Similarly, in the beauty industry, Dato 'Azie has created a new
phenomenon in the industry when she makes the product SimplySiti Sdn. Bhd.
became the first cosmetics brand that has been certified Halal that has same
standard as Halal International.

Dato’ Azie had been selected to be the First Malaysian Women's Icon (Wanita
Ikon) in 2007. Since then, all her efforts and contributions made her one of the
most successful women entrepreneurs in Malaysia.

Debate: Entrepreneur “SHE”

President Peniagawati Malaysia

Dato’ Azlin Ahmad Shaharbi is the Managing Partner of Messrs Azlin
Shaharbi & Associates (formerly known as Azlin Alahakone &
Associates) which she founded in 1990 at the age of 26. Under her
leadership, Messrs Azlin Shaharbi & Associates has grown strongly
for 22 years since its inception.

Dato’ Azlin is a senior legal counsel experienced in a wide scope of
law and has provided legal service and advice to clients including
banks, financial institutions, corporations, multinational company,
property developers and statutory bodies during her 25 years in the
legal profession.

In 2006, she launched a book entitled “Undang-Undang Untuk
Usahawan” highlights on the legal aspects of running a business as
entrepreneurs. Her second publication in 2011 entitled “Panduan
Undang-Undang Untuk Kejayaan Perniagaan” also received well
acceptance by both entrepreneurs as well as government
ministries involved in entrepreneurship.

Debate: Entrepreneur “SHE”

President and CEO
John Clements Consultants, Inc

Extensive history of building exceptional client portfolios in Human
Resource Consultancy through strategic approaches, including
concept, research and analysis, marketing and sales, and
execution. Revenue-driven professional with the talent for
expanding the client base through a keen knowledge of human
resources products to serve customers’ needs and focus on
relationship management. Forthright and competitive in pursuit of
deals, while quick to gain and close opportunities.

Debate: Entrepreneur “SHE”

Producer at BFM89.9 - The Business Station

Lim Soon Heng, with one MA from Brigham Young University and
another from Duke University in the USA, was an instructor of English
and literature; a writer and publisher of IT magazines; a reviewer of
serious fiction; a first-generation mobile content manager; and
currently a radio producer for BFM89.9, the Business Station. He
originated and continuously producing HerVantage, a radio show
which focuses on women entrepreneurs and women high up the
corporate ladder so that all can hear her stories and see the world
through her eyes.

Life’s Thrid Age – Her Wealth, Her Legacy, Her

President Kechara Soup Kitchen

Dato’ Ruby Khong is the President of Kechara SoupKitchen (KSK), the
Director of a nationwide chain of Himalayan Artefactretail Shops, the
Director of an international petroleum company, Executive Producer of
TV series “The Paranormal Zone”, socialite and mother of three beautiful
grown children.

In September 2010, Dato’ Ruby brought KSK to greater heights with the
opening of a permanent soup kitchen in Kuala Lumpur and Penang, a
non-profit organisation that offer services such as regular medical aid,
laundry facilities, counselling as well as job placements to their homeless
clients. In early 2012, Dato’ Ruby launched KSK’s mobile clinic in
conjunction with Yayasan Bakti Nusa.

She has won various awards include Forbes Asia, Darjah Indera Mahkota
Pahang, and many others. She often lends her expertise as a speaker in
many international summits, forum/conferences as well as TV shows.

Life’s Thrid Age – Her Wealth, Her Legacy, Her

MD Neuramatix Sdn Bhd
& Founder of PERTIWI Soup Kitchen

Munirah Hamid, Founder & Managing Director Munirah earned her LLB (Hons)
from the University of London. She has over 38 years' experience in running
various businesses. From 1985 to 2000, Munirah worked as Managing Director,
Chief Editor and Executive Producer for a publishing house which also
produced various programmes for television.

She is currently the Managing Director of Neuramatix and its subsidiary
companies. She is also the Executive Director and co-founder of Malaysian
Genomics Resource Centre Bhd (MGRC), one of Asia's leading providers of
genome sequencing and analysis, and genetic screening services. Besides
contributing significantly towards the Group's continuing growth and
expansion into new markets, she is responsible for the administrative, legal,
accounting, human resource and marketing functions.

In addition, Munirah is an active social worker who has contributed significantly
to society for more than 40 years, especially for the betterment of women and
children in education. Working together with her childhood friends and other
volunteers, she is the main coordinator of a soup kitchen project that feeds
and provides basic medical service to Kuala Lumpur's homeless and poor four
nights a week.

Life’s Thrid Age – Her Wealth, Her Legacy, Her
Corporate Financial Advisor

For more than 10 years Jenny Yeoh was an aspiring nightingale from Penang
who turned into a successful insurance agent of Prudential Malaysia. From the
memorable experiences of nursing patients to health and witnessing those
who succumb to their sickness, she finds it most difficult to see helpless patients
who can’t afford their own treatment. Her sister-in-law’s diagnosed lung
cancer and her best friends developed colon cancer.

In 2002, she joined Prudential Assurance Malaysia Bhd as an agent, and
determined to work with all her heart to create awareness and to protect
people financially.

Armed with this belief, she has collected an impressive list of accolades. To
date, she is among the very top insurance agents in the country.

She is the first agent in the history of Prudential in Malaysia for over 80 years, to
have the record of achieving the prestigious award as a Star Club President
and Top Of Table (TOT) award (6 times the sales volume of a Million Dollar
Round Table member in a year) & International Gold Dragon Award 2006.
Life’s Thrid Age – Her Wealth, Her Legacy, Her

Managing Director
MSP Communications Sdn Bhd

MAHANI AWANG is the Founder and Managing Director of MSP
Communications Sdn.Bhd. She is no stranger in the Media Industry. She has 20
years experience in journalism and has been involved in various types of local
and international events. She started her career as a journalist right after SPM
with Berita Publishing, a subsidiary of The News Straits Times and sat for her HSC
while working. After graduating in Creative Writing from Universiti Sains
Malaysia she established her journalism profession in Jelita Magazine, Berita
Harian, RIAS Magazine, and she became the Editor of WANITA Magazine.
Mahani is still active in writing and currently is a columnist with KOSMO
newspaper. Her love for fashion inspired her to form the Bumiputra Designer
Association (BDA) to bringBumiputra designers at par with other designers. She
also had helped establish the International Women Heritage Vision (WARISTA),
of which she is now the Secretary-General, in aid of women and children’s

Disruptive Innovation – a Man or a Woman’s Game?

Regional Director
International Society of Neuro-Semantics (USA)

Tessie Lim is a Regional Director of The International Society of Neuro –
Semantics (USA) Tessie Lim is a certified Meta Coach ACMC MNLP with an
extensive background in marketing, business and education. Her personal
mission is to inspire the courage, confidence and the freedom so that we live
our best life. She extends her skills to the area of developmental, performance
and transformational coaching. Now she works with the management of
organizations to enable and enhance sustainable & profitable growth through
unleashing the potential of their managers and executives.

Tessie Lim is an NGH Board (National Guild of Hypnotherapists USA) Certified
Hypnotherapist. Prior to this, for 20 years Tessie contributed to the Limkokwing
Group of companies in the capacity of its Director of Marketing and Business
Development. The Group is known for setting pioneering creative and
innovative standards in industry and has interests in advertising, media,
marketing, publishing, education, retail merchandising and events

Within the integrated group of companies, Tessie served The Limkokwing
University of Creative Technology and the Limkokwing Executive Leadership
College in the capacity of its Governor, Senior Vice President of Market
Development and its 1st Executive Director.

Among the responsibilities was to be a Director of the Malaysia Design &
Innovation Center (MDI), a company specializing in the teaching, learning,
research & development of creativity, design, branding and innovation. (MDI's
mission is to pioneer, lead and be catalytic to all activity that creates focus
and enhances development in strategic communication and in business
systems of Malaysian industry)

Tessie Lim is acutely aware of the importance of personal branding and of
building one's credibility as a professional of integrity and ability, recognized
and respected for being able to compete by any world standard. For many
years, Tessie played a leadership role in the National Women Entrepreneurs
Association of Malaysia where she created the nation's 1st Innovative Women
Entrepreneurs Awards; after this recognition, the recipients of this award have
all gone on to enjoy greater confidence and success.

Disruptive Innovation – a Man or a Woman’s Game?
Nadi Ayu Technologies Sdn bhd

Nadira Mohd Yusoff, Chief Executive Officer of Nadi Ayu Technologies Sdn Bhd
and founder of NATSB since 2002. She is also the lead architech for Nadi-Ayu’s
products, merging both the business and market demands in ensuring the
company’s and products’ growth and sustanability.
Nadira graduated from Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) Skudai with BSc
(Hons) in Electrical Engineering nutured her love for new technologies when
she founded Natsys™ and sucessfully establishing Natsys as a Local Original
Equipment Manufacturer (LOEM) of Microsoft which has more than 400,000
users in Malaysia, and has successfully penetrated the Asean market. Natsys
was awarded the Best Local Brand by the Hardware Magazine in 2011 and
Most Innovative Company award at the NEF-AWANI ICT Awards 2011.
NATSB expanding its wings into the Edutainment sector with the launch of
Morrieland Children Edutainment Network which has successfully penetrated
the global market, with users from Thailand, China, Indonesia, Japan, Philipines
and India.
She is currently a Council Member for the Bumiputera ICT Entrepreneur
Association NEF, and the deputy secretary of the Kluster Ekonomi for the Majlis
Perundingan Melayu (MPM). She was nominated for the Prime Minister’s
Award for Women Entreprenuer in 2011 and a Finalist for Great Women of Our
Times Award by Malaysian Women Magazine 2012.

Disruptive Innovation – a Man or a Woman’s Game?

Inventor & Winner of the National Innovation Award 2007

Mr. Bugs Tan is one of the most outstanding inventors in the country. He has 15
national awards to his name. He received the National Innovation Award from
the Prime Minister in 2007. In 2009, he was honoured in India with an
International Excellence Award for Innovation. In 2012 he was made a Fellow
and was also inducted into the Innovation Hall of Fame at the University
Technology of Malaysia Over the past decade, Bugs has created a string of
indigenous inventions, of which some are sold in the market place. One of such
good product is the Litewalk steel grating panels which are used on oil
platforms and heavy industry.

As part of his contribution to the nation, he has served as a Fellow Researcher
at the Institute Sultan Iskandar. He also served as a Judge in many invention
competitions notably, the James Dyson Award (UK), CIGIF (Korea), IDEAS
Malaysia Inventor’s Challenge, MyInovasi, National Academic Award and a
few others. Bugs is also a certified trainer. He uses a unique course developed
by himself – Creative and Innovative Practising Company (CIPCO). The CIPCO
training is a short one day program with the focus of changing the mind-set
and attitude of the staff in an organization towards creativity and innovations
Bugs currently served as Innovation Consultant to the Logistic Dept at the Royal
Malaysian Police. He also served as an Innovation Advisor to several
companies in Malaysia and abroad.

Disruptive Innovation – a Man or a Woman’s Game?

Founding Chairperson/CEO
WealthAsia Group

Elsa is the Founder, Publisher and CEO of WealthAsia Group. She is
a publisher, conference organizer and social entrepreneur, whose
interest is to innovate and drive interesting propositions that benefit
real change for the community. Elsa is a finance industry veteran,
Editor-in-Chief of BENCHMARK Magazine and Senior Partner at
Estate Solutions Group, an estate planning consultancy for high net
worth individuals. Prior to setting up WealthAsia, she was Managing
Director at Tai FookWealth Management and Group Head at Allen
Perkins Financial. Elsa is a popular conference moderator, business
consultant, trainer and coach in the finance industry. She was once
named by AsiaWeek as one of Asia’s Most Influential Women.

Redefining Masculinity

Malaysian Celebrity Chef

Chef Wan is the 'Food Ambassador of Malaysia'.
Creative, enthusiastic and passionate about his country
and it's food, he has successfully travelled the world
introducing the culinary art of Malaysian Cuisine.
Colourful, exotic hot and spicy may well describe this
energetic character. His love of food is infectious.

Redefining Masculinity
Bumiputra Designer’s Association / Fashion Designer

Bon Zainal is a graduate from the School of Fashion & Merchandising, Los
Angeles (a member of the National Education Corporation, U.S.A.). Whilst in
the United States, he was a council member of the Fashion Institute of Design
and Merchandising in Sherman Oaks, California and also a Charter Member
of GQ Magazine’s Reader Report.

Bon brings with him, his invaluable working experience under the tutelage of
Rick Pallack, the man who dresses the celebrities such as Hugh Hefner,
Sylvester Stallone, Arsenio Hall, Michael Jackson and even Burt Reynolds.
Assisting Rick at his boutique in Beverly Hills, California, Bon gained insight into
the lifestyle of the rich and famous. His credentials also include working with
Ralph Lauren Boutique in Beverly Hills, California and Gary’s Tux (a tuxedo shop)
situated in Studio City, California.

Bon is currently heading Artiizax Sdn Bhd, RTZ Marketing Services and Image
Consultancy Services, a MODA (Malaysia Official Designer Association)
member, an Advisor to BDA (Bumiputera Designer Association), is much sought
after for fashion show events such as the KL International Fashion Week, MIFA,
Stylo, Islamic Fashion.
Redefining Masculinity

Executive Director
SEGI Group

Mr. Odhner is currently an Executive Director of SEG International Bhd. one of
the largest private higher education providers in Malaysia serving more than
27,000 students through its six major campuses. Prior to joining SEG, Mr. Odhner
was CEO of the Institute of American Education (IAE), a provider of tertiary
education and English language training in Vietnam, which catered to more
than 11,000 students system-wide. During Mr. Odhner’s tenure IAE, together
with Broward College from the US, operated one of the only fully licensed and
regionally accreted American institutions in Vietnam. Mr. Odhner was also a
Director of Apollo Education Centre Ltd., a premier English language training
operator throughout Vietnam.

Mr. Odhner has nearly 20 years of direct investment, executive-level
management and portfolio operations experience in the region. Working with
firms such as Navis Capital, Blackhorse Asset Management, Prudential Fund
Management, Sycamore Ventures, Cairnwood Capital, Epsilon Capital, and
Corning Venture Capital; Mr. Odhner has served executive and non-executive
Directorships in more than a dozen listed and non-listed companies across
various sectors. In the early 1990s, Mr. Odhner was among the earliest
investor/developers of international-standard commercial real estate in post-
war Vietnam.

Redefining Masculinity

Managing Director
i2M Ventures Sdn Bhd

Redefining Masculinity

Founder/CEO Brandt International Sdn Bhd

Munirah is an accomplished entrepreneur having built an established
consulting and business transformation outsourcing with offices in KL,
Singapore, Jakarta, Manila and Colombo. She is a MBA-HRM graduate, a
Master Six Sigma Black Belt, a member of International Who’s Who of
Professional, and life member of International Business Leaders. She has 25
years working experience and is experienced facilitator/business consultant in
the areas of BPO, customer relationship management, customer experience
management, human performance management, strategic management,
business process redesign, sales & marketing and project management. She is
currently the VP of CCAM and EXCO Member for Outsourcing Malaysia.
Munirah is also actively involved in NGO and community development for
women of which she founded and established the Women Extraordinaire
Foundation in November 2013. The Foundation was established to provide
inspiration and information to women in particular to enhance and transform
their potential in life to globalization and to be more competitive in the new
edge era. Its strategic intent is to educate and inspire women in Malaysia to
be more competitive and viable in their lives in becoming Women of
Excellence to the community, family and country.

What Teenages Want & What Mothers Say?

Teenagers - PANELLIST (1)


Muhammad Farouq Bin Abdul Patah (born January 3, 1989) is the 5
of the Student Representative Council (SRC) of SEGi University and a Student
Ambassador for Upper Iowa University in Malaysia. Born in Hospital Universiti
Kebangsaan Malaysia (HUKM), he is a student of SEGi University, where he
studies the American Degree Program (ADP) under Upper Iowa University (UIU)
majoring in Communications and Psychology.
He was previously an English debater (2008-2011) for debate competitions on
the national level representing many composite teams within the country. He
then continued on being an adjudicator and coach (2012-2013) for debate
competitions on the international level.
Aside from studies, he is also working as a freelance emcee and host for various
formal/casual/semi-formal events within the country such as conventions,
product launches, gigs, convocations. Not to mention that he is the official e-
Sports Commentator/ Shoutcaster (2013/2014) for South East Asia (SEA) under
the name “Flava” for E-Club, JoinDOTA, BeyondTheSummit (BTS), Genesis,
Mineski (MineskiTV) and much more with hundred thousands of viewers.

Teenagers - PANELLIST (2)

University of Nottingham, Malaysia Campus

Nur Hajar is 21 years old and currently studying in University of Nottingham
Malaysia Campus. She is pursuing undergraduates in International
Communications Studies with German Language. Not only that, in this course,
she’s learning a lot about different backgrounds in cultures and politics.

She enjoys learning the subjects as they had opened her eyes and mind to
think differently about specific topics and readings. Besides studying, she plays
sports and do research on interesting articles during her leisure time. This helps
her to gain more knowledge as well as being healthy and not being stressed
out by studies.

Teenagers - PANELLIST (3)

University of Nottingham, Malaysia Campus

Muhammad Imran bin Muhamad Her is 20 years old and currently studying at
University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus. He is majoring in Psychology and
Cognitive Neuroscience. His passion is in the field of Psychology ever since
high school because he is much interested in the nature of the human mind.
He believes learning Psychology is very beneficial as it is very important to
understand the human nature to ensure a continuing development of a more
empathic society. In his spare time, he enjoys listening and playing music,
especially Heavy Metal. He also enjoys practicing mixed martial arts. Imran
describes himself as someone who is very strong-minded and have natural
leadership qualities. He believes a true leader does not just lead, but is very
understanding and motivating to the team. He hopes being part of The
Women Extraordinaire Forum will provide valuable experiences and
knowledge. Also, most importantly, making new friends.

Teenagers - PANELLIST (3)



1MCC Sports Sdn Bhd

Datin Vivienne Leong is currently the Chief Executive of 1MCC Sports Sdn Bhd
and is actively involved in the development of football at grassroots level. The
Company, which she co-founded, aims to help youths realise their highest
personal potential using sports as the medium. A firm advocate of ‘character
building through sports’ she ensures that the Company’s activities are socially
inclusive; involving youths from all walks of life, different social and economic
backgrounds and those who possess different levels of ability. She is actively
involved in community work throughout the country via Sports and Education.

A Computer Programmer by training, Datin Vivienne started her career with
the Statistics Department of Malaysia in the early 80s before venturing into the
field of Marketing. She worked for Avon Cosmetics and Cosmetiques de
France, managing renowned fragrance and cosmetics brands like Paloma
Picasso, Gorgio Armani, Burberry, Calvin Klein and Davidoff. In the early 90s, to
cater to the needs of her young sons, she bought a franchise to operate
Tumble Tots, a programme for young children aged 6 months to 5 years. In
1996 she started a Coaching Consultancy which offered Management
Services to corporations in Malaysia and Australia, specialising in Restaurant
Management and Human Resources.

Datin Vivienne is also currently involved in her other passion, Complementary
and Holistic Healing. She has practised Reiki for 20 years and is a certified Reiki
Master Teacher. She conducts Reiki workshops as well as sessions in a whole
host of healing modalities. Holding a firm belief that the mind and body should
always be in harmony, she offers sessions specially designed for specific groups
as well as personal private counselling and consultative sessions.


Senior Executive Director
Sunway University & Sunway Education Group

Dr Elizabeth Lee Fuh Yen is the Senior Executive Director of the Sunway
Education Group. Since her appointment in 1992, Sunway Education Group
has developed from just one institution, Sunway College which had a student
population of less than 1,000 to a dynamic group of twelve institutions, catering
for more than 20 000 students.

Educated and trained in the U.K. in Multi-Cultural Education, Elizabeth read her
M.Phil. in Education at the University of Cambridge. Her Cambridge links see
her actively involved in the Oxford & Cambridge Society of Malaysia of which
she is a past President. A veteran in the field of private higher education
provision, Elizabeth also serves on National Higher Education Research Institute
(IPPTN) and the International Academic Advisory Council (IAAC) of Jeffrey
Cheah Institute on Southeast Asia. She sits on the Board of Management of the
Master Builders Association of Malaysia Education Fund and also the Board of
Trustees of MERCY Malaysia. A thought leader in her own right, her recent
international invitations to speak include the Harvard Business School, University
of Oxford and the University of Edinburgh.

She was conferred the Doctor of Laws (Honoris Causa) by the University of
Nottingham for her immense and exceptional contributions to education in
Malaysia. She had also received the Outstanding Asian Women Community
Contribution Award from Malaysia Women’s Career Building Association in


Emergenetics International – Malaysia & Brunei

Sangeeta’s strong passion to help others discover their potential by
understanding their uniqueness and unlocking and harnessing their hidden
strengths has been the driving force behind her career as a counsellor, trainer
and, more recently, CEO of her own firm offering psychometric profiling
solutions. As a professional counsellor registered and certified to practice by
Lembaga Kaunselor Malaysia, and a member of the Malaysian Psychometrics
Association (MPA), and the Association of Psychological and Educational
Counselors of Asia Pacific (APECA), Sangeeta has employed her skills for
several year as a counsellor to youth, families, individuals and working adults.
Special subjects of interest that Sangeeta seeks to integrate into her work
include Art Therapy, Sand Therapy and Reality Therapy, which she is studying
through the William Glasser Institute, USA. As a professional trainer with Train-
the-Trainer certification from Malaysia’s Pembangunan Sumber Manusia
Berhad (PSMB), Sangeeta conducts workshops and seminars promoting self-
esteem and gratitude for organisations and corporations. She also provides
training in the area of effective communications, leadership, change
management, conflict management, interpersonal skill and motivation.
Her caring, empathetic personality, coupled with her non-judgmental and
non-stereotyping outlook, are natural assets that put people at ease and make
them feel comfortable sharing and working through personal trauma and life

Vice President
Malaysian Facilitators Association for Learning and

Andal Krishnan holds a Masters in Training from the University of Leicester. She
also has a Post-graduate Diploma in TESOL from Sheffield Hallam University and
a Licentiate Diploma TESL from Trinity College, London. Besides that, she is a
licensed trainer in Public Speaking from Guildhall-Trinity College of Music and
Andal is currently the Vice President of Malaysian Facilitators Association for
Learning and Development and uses the tools of facilitation to moderate
panel discussions. Her exposure in international forums includes APEC and The
Asia Foundation. She also incorporates Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) in
her methodology together with Accelerated Learning and Multiple
Intelligences focused discussion groups
Issues regarding young adults are close to her heart and she co- authored the
book ‘Rockstar Principles for Teen’s Happiness.”
Currently she is doing her PhD in adult learning methodology

What Teenagers Want & What Mother’s Say?

CEO, Global Learning Solutions
Best-Selling Author, International Speaker
Multi-Awarded Learning Leader

ROGER COLLANTES is a best-selling motivational author, a sought-after
international speaker and a senior executive coach with more than 20
years of experience as a Global Learning Leader and International
Training Innovator. He founded and managed Citibank's training
consultancy company, the Institute for Learning Excellence and
Accelerated Development (ILEAD), in Shanghai and set up the first
Wealth Management Institute (WMI) in Singapore.
He currently heads two Singapore-based training and consulting
businesses as CEO of Global Learning Solutions (GLS) and Chief Learning
Officer of The Global Sales Institute (TGSI).
Roger is a multi-awarded industry icon and a thought leader also known
for his highly popular Resiliency Development Program, called "The
Thrivers Seminar" which is based on his best-selling book on BEYOND