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3 Asian Forum KL 2011 Basic Information & Program 5 Introduction to Asian Solidarity Economy Forum by Benjamin R.Quinones, Jr 17 Reflections on Second Asian Forum & pointers towards KL 2011 by Datuk Dr Denison Jayasooria 23 National Organising Committee in Malaysia
The Asian Solidarity Economy Forum (ASEF) is an initiative of advocates and practitioners that trumpets the call for an ‘alternative’, more compassionate economy. It seeks to draw and galvanize the support of national networks of social enterprises towards strengthening the macro and mega systems of solidarity economy. The Asian Forum KL 2011 is the Third Asian Forum. The focus is on providing a platform for advocates, practitioners, academics, policy makers, community leaders and the business community to interact, share experiences and draw upon our collective community innovations for the common good.
ASIAN FORUM KL 2011
Theme : Date: Venue: Social Enterprise as a vehicle for Socio-Economic Transformation of Communities Oct 31 – Nov 2, 2011 Seri Cempaka, No 8, Jalan Pudu Ulu, Cheras, Kuala Lumpur Tel 603 9289 6888 https://sites.google.com/site/scdsef/home
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The Program Structure for KL 2011
Day 1, October 31, 2011 (Monday)
Advocates/ practitioners from various continents of the world will expound on the concept and practice of solidarity economy in their respective continents. The plenary session in the morning of October 31 will be followed by break-out workshops in the afternoon which will focus in more details on the various approaches to solidarity economy already on the ground. These approaches include fair trade, organic farming, microfinance, territorial anchorage of alternative economy, social currency/ complementary currencies, eco-tourism and the like.
Day 2, November 1, 2011 (Tuesday)
Plenary sessions in the morning, followed by break-out workshops in the afternoon, will focus on the issues:
How do we measure the performance of social enterprises/ solidarity economy?; and How can we promote social responsibility, solidarity and reciprocity among social enterprises/ stakeholders of solidarity economy?
Performance measurement tools such as social performance indicator, social return on investment, CSR compliance, and the like will be featured. Social mobilization tools such as the CHR (charter of human responsibility), social network analysis, building shared vision workshop, and social dialogue toolkit will also be taken up.
Day 3, November 2, 2011 (Wednesday)
Plenary Sessions will focus on post-forum collective actions among advocates and practitioners of solidarity economy/ social entrepreneurship. These actions include:
(1) the establishment of the Asian Social Entrepreneurs Coalition (ASEC); (2) the adoption of Value Chain Development Program (VCDP) as flagship program of ASEC; (3) the conduct of CEOs Seminar on Solidarity Economy and Social Entrepreneurship to be sponsored by and conducted in Malaysia on an annual basis; and (4) the conduct of ASEF IV in conjunction with the RIPESS International Forum on the Globalization of Solidarity Economy in November 2013.
There will be also adjoining activities of ASEF III:
the Global Chinese Economic Forum, Nov 3 & 4, 2011, and the ASEF Trade Exhibit to be sponsored and organized by the Ministry of Domestic Trade and Cooperatives of the Malaysian government in collaboration with the cooperative movement of Malaysia.
Introduction to the Asian Solidarity Economy Forum (ASEF) Social Enterprise as a Vehicle for Socio-Economic Transformation of Communities
by Benjamin R. Quiñones, Jr. Chairman, Coalition of Socially Responsible Small & Medium Enterprises in Asia (CSRSME Asia). Email - email@example.com
Ben at the 2nd Asian Forum at Tokyo (2009) The Coalition of Socially Responsible Small and Medium Enterprises in Asia (CSRSME Asia), a non-stock, not-for- profit organization registered in September 2004 with the Philippine Securities and Exchange Commission, is the founding organizer of the Asian Solidarity Economy Forum (ASEF). After ASEF I (Manila, October 2007), participants agreed to rotate the hosting of ASEF in other Asian countries (ASEF II in Tokyo 2009, ASEF III in Kuala Lumpur 2011). Through its websites (www.aa4se.com; www.iisocial.ning.com) and some workshops (e.g. Value Chain Financing of Agriculture, Social Dialogue Toolkit for Value Chain Development), CSRSME Asia continues to play the role of a knowledge resource center on solidarity economy and social entrepreneurship in Asia.
CURRENT SOCIO-ECONOMIC SITUATION
The current socio-economic situation is characterized by: • Global crisis of mainstream economic systems (capitalist & socialist): This resulted from the convergence of energy crisis, environmental crisis, food crisis, financial crisis and spiritual crisis brought about by inherent conflicts within these systems themselves. Whereas capitalism gives private capital much freedom to exploit man and environment for the purpose of advancing profit and wealth accumulation, socialism stifles the democratic rights of people in a bid to democratize wealth distribution. People are searching for an alternative economy. • Globalization of poverty: the phenomenon of poverty is no longer confined among less developed countries. Even developed countries are now haunted by creeping poverty. The fight against poverty can no longer be confined in developing countries. This must be a fight joined by all nations for all nations. Systemic limitations of the program-oriented approach and the community development approach: Development programs tend to be location and target-population specific. They gloss over socio-economic interrelationships that cut across geographic boundaries, income classes, and ethnic groups and, therefore, fail to integrate sustainability into the program design. Moreover, politicians change them every time there is a change in administration. There’s a need to design development approaches that delineate interventions not only in local, but also ‘macro’ and ‘mega’ systems.
• Supremacy of global supply/value chains over communities & nation states: As global brands dominate both international and local markets, local enterprises struggle hard to find a market niche for their products. Alternative development approaches need to integrate a global supply/value chain perspective for the small and marginalized producers.
The Asian Solidarity Economy Forum (ASEF) In search of a better deal for the greater majority of people, the Coalition of Socially Responsible Small & Medium Enterprises (CSRSME Asia) organized the first Asian Solidarity Economy Forum (ASEF) in Manila in October 2007 to trumpet the call for an alternative economy. Although not expressly stated, the theme of ASEF I can be summed as “Building a People and eco-centered economy”. This was followed by ASEF II in Tokyo in November 2009, as participants of ASEF I decided to hold the forum on a biennial basis and to rotate its hosting among countries in Asia. Also not expressly stated, the theme of ASEF II could be defined as “Visions of Solidarity Economy – Global & Asian Perspectives”. ASEF III will be conducted in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on October 31-Nov 2, 2011. It’s theme is clearly specified: “Social Enterprises as Vehicle for Socio-Economic Transformation of Communities”. Expected Results of ASEF III 1. Greater understanding of Social enterprises as the focal system and building block of solidarity economy, and that while social enterprises may have different approaches to solidarity economy, their performance are objectively verifiable and can be measured. 2. Greater understanding of the Macro system of Solidarity Economy as consisting of the integrated supply chains of social enterprises. 3. As a result, solidarity economy advocates in Asia establish the Asian Social Entrepreneurs Coalition (ASEC) and endorse the Value Chain Development Program (VCDP) as its flagship program, with the view to vigorously promoting solidarity economy and social entrepreneurship in Asia.
4. Greater understanding of the need to strengthen the Mega system of solidarity economy by encouraging support from the government, private corporate sector and international networks of development organizations. 5. In support of solidarity economy’s Mega system, the following initiatives for capacity building, information and experience sharing are endorsed: (i) ASEF IV to be held in 2013 in conjunction with (ii) RIPESS International Forum on the Globalization of Solidarity Economy; and (iii) CEOs Seminar on Solidarity Economy and Social Entrepreneurship. The focal system of Solidarity Economy is the Social Enterprise, a mission oriented organization with the triple-bottom-line goals of social development, environmental conservation, and sustainability. Its Macro system consists of supply chains of social enterprises whose activities are inter-connected. Its Mega system is composed of the integrated supply chains of social enterprises and the government, the private corporate sector and the Rest of the World, particularly those parts of such ‘external sector’ which support and do business with social enterprises. Strengthening of solidarity economy’s mega system is important for the growth and development of its Focal and Macro systems. Efforts must, therefore, be also geared towards cultivating support for solidarity economy and social enterprises from the government, the private corporate sector, and international development agencies. The participation of these sectors in ASEF is crucial. In addition, a more concerted effort to tap the support of these sectors can be made by enjoining them to participate in the annual “CEOs Seminar on Solidarity Economy and Social Entrepreneurship”.
WHAT IS SOLIDARITY ECONOMY?
Solidarity Economy has been defined in various ways: 1. “Activities of production, distribution, and consumption which contribute to the democratization of the economy based on the involvement of citizens at a local and global level.” International Forum of the Alliance for a Responsible, Plural and United World, 2001. 2. “Alternative economic model to neoliberal capitalism, one which is grounded on solidarity and cooperation, rather than the pursuit of narrow, individual self-interest”. U.S. Solidarity Economy Network, U.S. Social Forum 2007 3. “An alternative economic order where all players work together toward a shared goal of uplifting the lives of all—that is, an economy built on solidarity rather than on competition and conflict .” Asian Solidarity Economy Forum, Manila, October 2007. 4. “An economy centered on people, not on profits, and on ecological sustainability, instead of on immediate gains at any cost. ”. Marcos Arruda, Institute of Alternative Policies for Southern Cone of Latin America 5. “An economy with compassion and sympathy; it gives priority to the welfare of the people and not to increasing profits for selfgain.” .” Asian Solidarity Economy Forum, Tokyo, November 2009. 6. “An economy comprising supply chains of enterprises which have triple-bottom-line goals of eradication of poverty & social exclusion, environmental conservation, and sustainability ”. Asian Forum on Value Chain Financing, Manila, November 2010 As shown above, advocates and practitioners view Solidarity Economy from different perspectives. One approach is to look at it in terms of the economic activities that contribute to greater participation of people in the economy.
Another approach is to compare the motivation of economic actors in solidarity economy as against those in the mainstream, profitoriented economy. Thus, one may highlight altruistic compassion as a crucial element that sets solidarity economy apart from the profit-oriented economy, or put emphasis on the triple-bottom-line goals of solidarity economy as opposed to the single-bottom line goal (i.e. profit) of the mainstream economy. The mainstream for-profit economy was conceived by people who believe that profit is the supreme motivator of economic activity. They also believe that profit-oriented economic activities should be left alone to go on its course with the least intervention from the State. Rather than the State facilitating transactions among economic actors, the actors themselves decide and undertake their own transactions given their respective motivations for selfgain. In contrast, advocates of solidarity economy believe that upholding man’s dignity and maintaining ecological balance should be the primary goals of economic development. This could not be fully achieved when people go on their individual ways to seek greater economic gains for themselves because this will lead to marginalization of the weak and marginalized and the degradation of the environment. People have to learn to cooperate with one another in co-creating a better world. They can design an alternative market for their products and services which supports the triple bottom line goals of social development, ecological conservation and sustainability. Synthesis Definitions are oftentimes snapshot pictures of objective reality that the perceiver wants to highlight in a conceptual frame. One needs to understand the building blocks of an economy in general so that he may be able to use these blocks in constructing his own conceptual frame. It is also important to discern the motivation behind the establishment of an enterprise, which could either be mainly for-profit taking/wealth accumulation (single bottom line), or for benefit of all people and the conservation of environment.
At the core of every economic system is the FOCAL system, the fundamental unit upon which the economy builds on. In the marketoriented economy, the commercial enterprise is the Focal system.
Focal System of Solidarity Economy: Social Enterprise (triple bottom line enterprise) In contrast, the Focal system of solidarity economy is the social enterprise, a mission oriented organization with the triple-bottomline goals of social development, environmental conservation, and sustainability. Its Macro system consists of supply chains of social enterprises whose activities are inter-connected. Its Mega system is composed of the integrated supply chains of social enterprises and the government, the private corporate sector and the Rest of the World, particularly those parts of such ‘external sector’ which support and do business with social enterprises. As you trace the relationships created by an enterprise to run its business, you will find other enterprises, people, systems, organizations, and products/services that support it. All these elements and relationships comprise the enterprise’s supply chain, also called its ‘Macro’ system. The ‘Macro’ system of a social
enterprise is the supply chain of its business. Further, when you combine the macro systems of social enterprises, you arrive at the Macro system of solidarity economy. Strengthening of solidarity economy’s mega system is important for the growth and development of its Focal and Macro systems. Efforts must, therefore, be also geared towards cultivating support for solidarity economy and social enterprises from the government, the private corporate sector, and international development agencies. The participation of these sectors in ASEF is crucial. In addition, a more concerted effort to tap the support of these sectors can be made by enjoining them to participate in the annual “CEOs Seminar on Solidarity Economy and Social Entrepreneurship”. The ‘external world’ of an enterprise consists of sectors outside its supply chain. This may include government agencies and private companies not directly doing business with the enterprise, and the ‘rest of the world’. The interactions and interrelationships of the enterprise with the ‘external sector’ comprise its Mega system.
Macro System of Solidarity Economy: Integration of Supply Chains of Social Enterprises
The conceptual framework elaborated above provides a basis for our definition of ‘Solidarity Economy’ as a triple-bottom-line economy co-created by supply chains of social enterprise & their allies from the Rest of the World. Inasmuch as social enterprises comprise the fundamental building block of Solidarity Economy, it is essential to understand its nature and how it behaves. A social enterprise is mission oriented. Its mission could either be social development (e.g. poverty eradication, social inclusion), environmental conservation (e.g. alternative energy sources, greening), spiritual development, or social welfare (e.g. care of elderly). In this sense, a social enterprise differs radically from a commercial enterprise whose primary purpose is to generate profits for its shareholders. On the other hand, the social enterprise also differs qualitatively from charitable organizations. Whereas charitable organizations and many non-government organizations (NGOs) depend largely on donations to support their operations, the social enterprise uses the business model in mobilizing resources and in using them to create value added. But several charitable organizations and NGOs have become social enterprises. In most cases, the limitations of donations as resource for outreach expansion have propelled many charitable organizations and NGOs to adopt the business approach and in the process they were transformed into social enterprises. The social entrepreneur is the one who gives life to a social enterprise. He might be engaged in creating new innovations or inventions or raw material inputs. Or he might be a producer of goods/ services who uses the innovations. Inventions, or inputs supplied by another social entrepreneur. Or he might be engaged in assembling commodities from small social enterprises and distributing these to various outlets. Or he might be a retailer of products of social enterprises. Or he might be an investor/ financier of social enterprises. When all of these social enterprises are interlinked in a rationalized supply chain, the resulting entire system comprises the Macro system of solidarity economy.
Mega System of Solidarity Economy The Macro system of solidarity economy inevitably interacts with other systems in the general economy. The ‘external sector’ of solidarity may be construed as consisting of the government sector, the private corporate sector, the civil society sector, and the ‘rest of the world’. The Mega system of solidarity economy consists of its Macro system and the ‘external sector’, particularly those elements of the external with which social enterprises have interactions and interrelationships.
Interventions to Promote Social Reciprocity, Solidarity, Social Responsibility
Global SE Forum, ASEF, VCDP-Asia
Integrated SE Generalized reciprocity, Global Supply Chains + Government, Private Corporate Sector. Rest of the World Integration of SE Supply Chains (ISC-SE)
Macro System Focal System
Generalized reciprocity County SE within ISC-SE Forums, VCDP Business Development Services
Social Negative reciprocity Enterprise (SE) “What is in it for me?”
Understanding the three-tiered operating system of solidarity economy (focal, macro, and mega) and the actors that comprise each system tremendously helps in analyzing the nature and behavior of solidarity economy. It must be noted that these systems are operated by human beings called ‘social entrepreneurs’ whose motivations are different from those of the commercially/profitoriented entrepreneur. Thus, a social entrepreneur may successfully run his social enterprise and yet he might not be motivated to link the supply chain of his business with other social enterprises. He might only be contented in dealing with the mainstream, for-profit economy. The credit cooperative is an example of a social enterprise in developing countries that has been co-opted by the mainstream, for-profit economy and failed to help develop social enterprises among its clientele base. Because of the strong lure of the for-profit economy, reciprocal and solidarity-based relationships between and among social enterprises do not necessarily evolve naturally. Social enterprises have to be motivated to come together and co-create their own Macro system. Advocates of solidarity economy must, therefore, take up the challenge of providing business development services to social enterprises and bringing these social enterprises together to learn from and do business with each other. Towards this end, the Value Chain Development Program (VCDP) is a useful intervention that could rally social enterprises towards a common vision, mission and development goals. Collective gatherings and learning journeys such as the Asian Solidarity Economy Forum and the CEOs Seminar on Solidarity Economy and Social Entrepreneurship should draw the support of national networks of social enterprises as a means of strengthening the Mega system of solidarity economy.
THE VALUE CHAIN DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM (VCDP)
Visions or mental constructs of alternative ways of doing things do not evolve on their own. They must be captured by people who can break the grand ideas into smaller, time-bound, doable actions. In other words, solidarity economy advocates must conceptualize a specific, measurable, time-bound initiative that seeks to strengthen not only the focal system of solidarity economy (i.e. social enterprises) but also its Macro and Mega systems. In this context, the Value Chain Development Program (VCDP) espoused through the Asian Solidarity Economy Forum can serve as a rallying initiative of solidarity economy advocates and practitioners in Asia and a concrete platform for mutual cooperation in strengthening the focal, macro, and mega systems of solidarity economy. The objectives of VCDP are to: 1) help build the supply chain of social enterprises by providing technical, marketing, and financial support; 2) enable poor households acquire and utilize productive assets by making them stakeholders (i.e. clients, saver-investors, or service providers) of the supply chain of social enterprises; and 3) establish a VCDP Fund to help finance the production and marketing of products of social enterprises. At the core of VCDP is the social enterprise as mobilizer and user of resources for the purpose of creating jobs for people, enhancing their income potentials, while at the same time maintaining ecological balance to contribute to sustainable development. VCDP enjoins social enterprises to tap poor households, overseas contract workers, and other sectors of the socially excluded as integral part of their business supply chains. They can be suppliers of goods and services (labor, talents/ skills, distributors), saverinvestors/financiers, and of course consumer clients.
REFLECTIONS ON 2nd ASIAN FORUM & POINTERS TOWARDS KL 2011
By Datuk Dr Denison Jayasooria (Chair, Asian Forum KL 2011)
Denison at the 2nd Asian Forum at Tokoyo (2009)
It was a great pleasure to participate at the 2nd Asian Forum (Tokyo2009) which was held from Nov 7 & 8, 2009. During this Forum we learned many lessons and shared many experiences. I take this opportunity to thank you all for agreeing to Malaysia being the host for the 3rd Asian Forum in Kuala Lumpur (KL2011). Malaysia is an outstanding example where there has been tremendous socio-economic transformation which has taken place. Household poverty reduced from 50% of the population at the time of Independence in 1957 to less than 5% in 2009. While this
was our success story, there is however rising income inequalities in Malaysia between the top 20% and the bottom 30%, within and among communities. We also note the emergence of the poor and low income families in the urban areas and complexity of the rural poor especially the interior, forest based communities. Community based approaches which puts people before profits is the new models of socio economic transformation that Malaysia is adopting and therefore the KL2011 Asian Forum will enable Malaysia to show case its success models but at the same time learn from the experiences of other success stories from around the Asian region. Lessons learnt from 2009 Forum The experience at Tokyo was very enriching. I noted five key aspects which could serve as a helpful reminder of a memorable experience in promoting solidarity economy in Asia. First, a number of the speakers provided a comprehensive introduction both the theoretical as well as the historical development of solidarity economy especially the context of its emergence. Among those who developed this theme were Dr Yoko Kitazawa and Prof Jun Nishikawa. However we did not devote enough attention to this very important aspect in due time especially at the next Asian Forum Second, the practice dimensions through sharing of experiences and case studies. This is the most important contribution of the Tokyo gathering. A number were regional or national experiences as in the case of Martine Theveniaut of EU, Ben Quinones of the Philippians or Jang Won Bong of the Korean national model. In addition the many stories from Malaysia, India, Nepal and Japan added reflections of models and experiences. In the long run here too we must develop a framework for documentation, analysis and drawing lessons.
The third aspect relates to institutional development of the organizations involved. This was well illustrated by the presentation on social finance and social investment by Bernd Balkenhol and Ms Viviane Vandemeulebroucke (INAISE). In addition a new step forward was the social performance management tool which was highlighted by Ms Micol Pisrtell of MIX. In addition the ethical aspects’ discussed by Ms Edith Sizoo was also very critical. However there was not enough time for in-depth discussion and adoption of these by Asian Forum partners as the framework of operations. The fourth aspect is the policy dimension including advocacy and lobbing the governments for a conducive policy environment which will facilitate the development of solidarity economy and especially social enterprises. The policy and legislative framework in Korea was provides institutional support of the State. Likewise the policy changes in Japan also merits further study and reflection. These can serve as helpful developments within the region for other Asian countries to emulate. More focus must be given towards policy advocacy and public policy issues in the future. In this context too, Workshop E on International regulations for a solidarity levy warrants further reflections as the paper presenters shared experiences in attempting to influence the global financial order in a new and creative way. There is therefore an urgent need to balance micro development work at the grassroots with influencing and impacting global institutions, regional bodies and national governments to create new policies and legislation which will further enhance solidarity economy. Fifthly, the Tokyo2009 Forum provided tremendous opportunities for sharing, fellowship and networking among a multi diverse groups of people among whom were academics, grassroots leaders, civil society activist, development workers, policy makers, organizational leads and international representatives. This took place both during formal sessions but more so during the informal sessions. The Forum provided an opportunity for all to network with one another thereby enabling us to experience the richness and diversity of Asia.
Pointers towards the KL2011 Forum At the Asian Alliance Business Meeting held in the evening of Nov 8, 2009 at Akasaka Morroud Inn, chaired by Mr Ben Quinones (CSRSME Asia) and attended by about 26 people from Asia and our partners from other regions agreed to the following:That the Asian Alliance for Solidarity Economy be established as a network of likeminded organizations and individuals. Among the suggestions made was that the structure should be informal accepting direct members from the grassroots rather than establishing national institutions and to maintain a minimum structure. That the Asian Alliance be affiliated as an Asian regional branch of RIPES. It was also expressed that the work of the Asian Alliance is to undertake the promotion solidarity economy in the region including undertaking joint action in cooperation with Asian and regional partners. It was strongly emphasized that the Asian Alliance focuses on the development of young leadership and incorporate young people in all the programmes and activities. In this context the Asian Alliance will network with Global Citizens for Sustainable Development and promote the Asian Youth Assembly (August 13 to 15, 2010 in Banglore, India) and the Asian Citizens Assembly also in Banglore (August 18 to 20, 2010). Asian Alliance will work closely with Mr Anugraha John in developing this dimension. It was emphasized that the Alliance Asian adopts a new model of operations namely moving away from just hosting an event like a forum once is two years towards undertaking a regional project focus in terms of developing a learning journey process at the local community or a local district or geographical area or local territory (as used by Pactes-locaux in France).
In this context the Asian Alliance will work closely with PactesLocaux in learning from the methodology used as well as securing some funding from the European Union through Pactes-Locaux for the development of this learning journey at the local levels incorporating local governance and democracy, local citizens empowerment, local development which is comprehensive rather than piece meal. In this context the Asian Alliance will work closely with Ms Martine Theveniaut and Mr Yvon Poirier. A process/methodology paper on undertaking a Learning Journey will be circulated. Its features will include local mapping and discovering the comprehensive range of activities such as micro credit, fair trade, community empowerment and its interplay at the community level including the impact of globalization and how local communities are responding to its challenges. Mr Ben Quionones will circulate a paper on this aspect. We will also circulate PactesLocaux materials on this aspect. All these experiences can be documented over a period of time between 2010 leading on towards 2013 with the first set of presentations taking place at KL2011. It was also affirmed that the Asian Alliance and partners adopt the Charter of Human Responsibility as the foundational value base principles undergirding solidarity economy. Therefore partners should enable its members to reflect on these and share their reflections at KL2011. It was also emphasized that at KL2011 event invitations should be extended to grassroots actors such as famers, self help group women leaders in order for them to exhibit their products and share their experiences. Therefore along with the Forum there must be exhibition booths to display their works and opportunity for them to share their experiences.
It was suggested that we could speak to airlines officials such as CEO of Air Asia to seek special fares offers for participants especially from Indonesia, Thailand and Philippines in order for a large number of delegates from these countries close to Malaysia to participate. It was also suggested that the Asia Forum could serve as a hub for other networkers to all hold their programmes during the same time and in this way ensure that civil society organizations and leaders could incorporate the framework of solidarity economy. In this context cooperation with the Common wealth Association for People Centred Action (COMMACT), the World Fair Trade Organisations, Micro Credit Institutions, the Co-operatives and Credit Unions will enhance the Asian Forum. In this context the Asian Forum will work closely with Mr David Thompson (Jobs Australia) in securing the partnership of other networks
National Organising Committee
Advisors : Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah, Deputy Minister, Ministry of Higher Education, Government of Malaysia Dato Tan Lian Hoe, Deputy Minister, Ministry of Domestic Trade Co-operatives & Consumerism, Government of Malaysia Datuk M Saravanan, Deputy Minister, Ministry of Federal Territory and Social Wellbeing Chairman : Datuk Dr Denison Jayasooria, (Centre for Social Entrepreneurship, Binary University College) email: firstname.lastname@example.org Dato Dr Michael Yeoh, CEO ASLI Malaysia email: email@example.com
Members Prof Dato Joseph Adaickalam (Binary University College) Prof Dato Ir Dr Zainai bin Mohamed (University Malaysia Kelantan) Dr Syahira Bt Hamidon (Ministry of Higher Education) Puan Zabidah Ismail (Amanah Ikthair Malaysia) Mrs Jasmin Adaikalam (LHI –Pemandu) Mr Wong Young Soon (Malaysian CARE) Mr Paul Sinappan (Credit Union) Mr Azran Osman-Rani (Air Asia X) Mr Chris S Thiagarajah (Sky Bus) Mr Law Gin Kye (Generasi Gemilang) Secretriate Mr Ng Yee Seen (Centre for Public Policy Studies, ASLI) Mr James Pereira (Binary University College) Mr Mohamad Suji Bilang (Office of Deputy Minister –MoHE) Ms Lim Yen Leng (Office of Deputy Minister –MoDTCC)