dr-randel-s-carlock beverly-behan ross-dawson dr-yeah-kim-leng john-zinkin vincent-loh na-boon-choong dr-suraya-sulaiman azim-pawanchik azryain-bohan wee-hock-kee prof-datuk-dr-mohamed-ariff norhisham-abd-bahrin mohamed-anwer-mohamed-yusoff ravi-chaudhry david-bobker shai-ganu vijayam-nadarajah nik-Hasyudeen leesa-soulodre Philip-Koh

dr-randel-s-carlockDr. Randel S. Carlock

Dr. Randel S. Carlock has vast experiences as a CEO, management professor, consultant and psychother. He is the first Berghmans Lhoist Chaired Professor in Entrepreneurial Leadership anapistd the founding Director of the Wendel International Centre for Family Enterprise at INSEAD (Europe, Asia and Abu Dhabi).

Carlock has an MA in education and training, an Executive MBA in strategic management, and a PhD from the University of Minnesota.

Carlock is author or co-author of several articles, chapters, case studies and books. His current book is Family Business on the Couch: A Psychological Perspective with Manfred Kets de Vries and Liz Florent (John Wiley and Sons, 2007).

Carlock has 25 years of management and leadership experience serving as a CEO and Chairman of four companies he created including a NASDAQ listed corporation. He currently advises corporations and global business families specializing in Asia, Europe and the Middle East.

beverly-behanMs Beverly Behan

Beverly Behan is the Lead Facilitator for MINDA’s programme on Boards Rising to the Challenge of Corporate Entrepreneurship. She has worked with more than 130 Boards of Directors over the past 16 years from the Fortune 500 to recent IPOs, both public companies and private (including family-controlled and government –controlled entities).

Beverly is the author of “Great Companies Deserve Great Boards” (Palgrave Macmillan, 2011) which was recently named Governance Book of the Year by Directors & Boards magazine and co-author of “Building Better Boards” (Wiley, 2005). For three years, she served as a regular columnist for BusinessWeek.com on board issues and has been quoted as an expert on governance and CEO succession planning by the Wall Street Journal, Forbes, CBS News, Business 2.0, the Times of London, the Globe & Mail and many other business publications

Beverly holds both LL.B. and M.B.A. degrees and is a native of Canada. She has lived and worked in New York City for the past 12 years. She was a partner with Mercer Delta Consulting in New York for 6 years and was Managing Director of the Board Effectiveness Practice of the Hay Group for 2 years before starting her own firm, Board Advisor, in 2009. She has worked with boards in North and South America, the Middle East and Asia and has served as a senior faculty member of the Directors’ Education Programme at McGill University in Canada for 9 years.

ross-dawsonMr Ross Dawson

Ross Dawson is globally recognised as a leading strategy advisor, entrepreneur, keynote speaker, and bestselling author.

He is Founding Chairman of four companies: international consulting and ventures firm Advanced Human Technologies, futures think-tank Future Exploration Network, events company The Insight Exchange, and mobile start-up MultiDimension Corp.

Strong demand for Ross’s expertise has seen him deliver keynote speeches across six continents and consult to leading organisations worldwide such as Ernst & Young, Macquarie Bank, Microsoft, News Corporation, Procter & Gamble and many others.

He is author of the Amazon.com bestseller Developing Knowledge-Based Client Relationships, now out in its second edition, the acclaimed book Living Networks, which foresaw the social networking revolution, the highly successful Implementing Enterprise 2.0, and Getting Results From Crowds. He also writes the highly influential Trends in the Living Networks blog, and has published over 100 articles in leading publications worldwide.

Ross’s frequent media appearances include CNN, Bloomberg TV, SkyNews, European Business Network, Channel News Asia, ABC TV, Today and Sunrise shows, New York Times, The Guardian and many others.

Ross has run executive education programs and lectured at numerous academic institutions around the world, including the University of Virginia, Australian Graduate School of Management, Singapore Institute of Management and the Institute of Banking and Finance.

Previously Ross worked in senior positions in London, Tokyo and Sydney with organisations including Merrill Lynch, NCR and most recently Thomson Financial as Global Director – Capital Markets. He holds a B.Sc (Hons) from Bristol University and a Grad.Dip in Applied Finance from Macquarie University, and is certified as a Master Practitioner of Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP). He has extensive international business experience, and speaks five languages.

dr-yeah-kim-lengDr Yeah Kim Leng

Dr Yeah is the Dean of the School of Business at Malaysia University of Science and Technology (MUST), a position he took up in May 2014. he was previously the group Chief Economist at RAM Holdings Bhd, having served the organisation for two decades (1994-2014).

He stint at the country’s first credit rating agency included being the Managing Director and chief Economist of RAM Consultancy Services Sdn Bhd, a wholly-owned subsidiary that spearheaded the group’s search and advisory services.

Prior to joining RAM Holdings Bhd, he was a senior analyst at the Institute of Strategic and International Studies (ISIS) Malaysia. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Forestry from Universiti Putra Malaysia in 1978 and obtained a Master of Business Administration (MBA) and a PhD in Agricultural and Resource Economics from the University of Hawaii, USA, both under the East-West Centre degree participant programme.

john-zinkinDatuk John Zinkin

John Zinkin has 44 years’ experience in business, of which thirty have been in Asia, holding senior line management and corporate strategy/business development positions in major multinational manufacturing, marketing and consulting companies. Since moving to Malaysia in 2001, John has set up his own independent consulting company specialising in corporate positioning, change management and communication, as well as marketing strategy and training. He is a member of MINDA’s faculty training boards and senior management in corporate governance, ethics and leadership. He was the Managing Director, Corporate Governance of Iclif Leadership and Governance Centre.

He was also the CEO of the Securities Industry Development Corporation (SIDC) the training and development arm of the Securities Commission. John was Vice President of the Business Council for Sustainability and Responsibility Malaysia (BCSRM), and is a member of the Global Coaching Partnership based in Sydney.

John has written “Rebuilding Trust in Banks” published by John Wiley in 2014, “Challenges in Implementing Corporate Governance: Whose business is it anyway?” published by John Wiley in 2010 and “What CEOs must do to succeed” published by Prentice Hall in 2003, and co-authored “Corporate Governance” published by John Wiley in 2005. He is a regular speaker on corporate governance and trainer of boards in the subject and a regular writer on issues of governance for the Star and was awarded writer of the year award in 2014 by MSWG.

John was Associate Professor of Marketing and Strategy at Nottingham University Business School, Malaysia Campus teaching marketing and strategy in the MBA program and International Management and International Marketing in the M.Sc program on International Business. He has published articles on CSR in international journals and was a Visiting Fellow at the International Centre for Corporate Social Responsibility in Nottingham, UK.

vincent-lohMr Vincent Loh, FCA, CPT

Operating from Kuala Lumpur, Vincent Loh has over 40 years of knowledge, exposure and experience in auditing, consulting, financial and business management.

Vincent is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales (FCA) and also a certified professional trainer (CPT) from the Malaysian Institute of Management.

After qualifying as an accountant in London working for an audit firm, Vincent moved to industry and held a number of senior financial positions in London, Singapore and at Cambridge, England. He also gained management consultancy experience during his time in Singapore.

Upon his permanent return to Malaysia, Vincent took on senior positions in KL ranging from Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of a public-listed conglomerate to Group General Manager of an international manufacturing & retail group, with top & bottom line responsibilities, before setting up on his own management consultancy & training practice.

He has worked and lived in several countries including the UK, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, HK and Cambodia, providing him with deep understanding of the various cultural environments and business regimes, dealing with all levels from corporate leadership to the shop-floor.

Based in KL, he is currently Chief Executive of Core Management Resources providing financial management and business consulting services to clients in Malaysia, Hong Kong and Indonesia. He also conducts training in public seminars and in-house customised programmes on financial and strategic management topics in Malaysia and overseas.

In addition, he is also an independent, non-executive director of a public company listed on Bursa (Chairman of Audit Committee) and involved with automated test equipment for the semi-conductor industry.

na-boon-choongMr Na Boon Chong

Boon manages Aon’s human capital consulting business in Southeast Asia and has more than 25 years’ experience consulting in Southeast Asia and Greater China on corporate governance, executive compensation, public sector pay, organisation transformation, post-merger integration and talent management. He oversees the Best Managed Boards Award (a joint study with the Singapore Institute of Directors examining best board practices locally and globally) which is part of SGX and the Business Times’ Singapore Corporate Awards.

Prior to joining Aon Consulting, he spent a long career with Hewitt, most recently as head of its Singapore consulting operations and regional practice leader in Corporate Restructuring and Change.

Boon graduated from University of Minnesota and Rutgers University (USA) with a B.Sc. and M.Sc. respectively. He is a Certified Compensation Professional with the American Compensation Association, and is a member of the Singapore Institute of Directors. He contributes frequently to boardroom discussions on issues relating to performance, compensation and leadership.

dr-suraya-sulaimanDr Suraya Sulaiman

Dr. Suraya specialises in innovation culture and capability, helping organisations address their growth and transformational challenges, through innovation. She works closely with internal cross functional teams to identify the resources and roles necessary to expedite innovation while simultaneously building their capacity to lead and drive innovation. These have materialised as new strategies and business concepts for the client.

Dr. Suraya has also played a crucial role in the development of various innovation strategies and roadmaps, at a national level. She co-authored the chapter on Stimulating Innovation in Large Organizations for the National Innovation Strategy and subsequently was involved in developing the Roadmap for Open Innovation initiatives for Multimedia Development Corporation. In 2010, she had also co-authored the book ‘Leading InnovAsian: Embedding Innovation Culture in Malaysian Organizations.’

She has been interviewed on BFM radio station and has also been featured on Astro Awani on a couple of accasions. In addition, she has published articles on innovation, in many corporate and women’s magazine.

Trained initially as a doctor, she brings with her the rigorously analytical discipline in medicine. Her years of being immersed in medicine and complementary health has helped her understand the complexities of the brain and body, allowing her to leverage on the strengths of both worlds, when designing programmes.

The latest phase of her exposure was at Cambridge University, where she delved deeper into elements of Innovation Leadership and Culture in large organisations, over an extended time.

Dr. Suraya has worked with clients such as DiGi, Nippon Oil, Technip, Petronas, and Panasonic and regularly speaks in Malaysia and Singapore.

azim-pawanchikMr Azim Pawanchik

Azim is the co-founder and Principal Consultant for Alpha Catalyst Consulting (ACC). In the last ten years, he has been instrumental in transforming the company into one of Malaysia’s leading innovation consulting companies. He has extensive experience in measuring innovation and in establishing innovation frameworks and approaches within organisations. In addition, he has also managed culture change projects, mergers and acquisition, organisational realignment and strategy development for companies, to innovate.

Azim is a respected thought leader in the realm of innovation in Malaysia and is frequently sought after to speak and discuss on the topic of innovation within the public and private sectors alike. He has previously been featured on Astro Awani to discuss the state of innovation in Malaysia and has also been a reference point for few magazine articles written on innovation. Azim has also spoken at conferences in Singapore and Australia.

In 2010, he co-authored the book “Leading InnovAsian: Embedding Innovation Culture in Malaysia Organisations”. This book, which has laid the foundations for managing innovation in many companies, has highly praised by leaders in the corporate sector, as a fresh insight into innovation. Azim has also written for The Edge, The Public Listed magazine and MyForesight magazine (a MIGHT publication) in the past.

Prior to co-founding ACC, he worked for PPG, ICI and Alcom. He has consulted many major corporations and government agencies in Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia and the Middle East in developing and executing their innovation strategy. The latest project undertaken was on designing and deploying an approach for innovation, while assisting the formation of an innovation framework within Malaysia statuary body. Other companies that he has done work for include Panasonic, Digi, ABN, AMRO, Shell, Technip, CCM, Petronas and many others. Azim received his MBA from Keele University (UK) and BSc (hons) in Chemistry from University Malaya.

azryain-bohanMr Azryain Bohan

Azryain is the Chief Executive Officer of Pinnacle Perintis Sdn. Bhd. (Pinnacle Perintis), a start-up company focusing on corporate learning and consultancy.

Azryain previously served the Companies Commission of Malaysia (SSM) as Director of Corporate Development & Policy Division and later, the SSM Training Academy. While there, he was seconded to the Prime Minister’s Office Special Innovation Unit (Unit Inovasi Khas – UNIK). He also advised the Prime Minister’s Office Perumahan Rakyat 1Malaysia (PR1MA) initiative. Prior to joining SSM, Azryain was an Assistant Vice President, Legal & Support in Khazanah Nasional, a Legal Manager in Borcos Shipping Sdn Bhd, a Senior Prosecution Officer and subsequently a Senior Associate in Securities Issues Division, Securities Commission.

He was admitted as an advocate & solicitor of the High Court of Malaya and briefly practised in the areas of litigation, intellectual property and corporate advisory. Azryain graduated from the International Islamic University Malaysia with an LLB (Hons).

wee-hock-keeMr Wee Hock Kee

Wee Hock Kee is the Founder and Chairman for CG Board Asia Pacific. He established the firm in 2005. Wee began his career as an internal audit trainee in Fraser & Neave in 1985. Within a span of 20 years he rose to the position of Regional Audit Director at AstraZeneca (AZ) Plc for Asia Pacific, Middle East and Africa. As part of the global senior management team of AstraZeneca Group Internal Audit, he was responsible for developing and charting the Group’s governance strategy. Assuming the Project Lead role for subsidiary compliance (Japan, Australia and China), he was instrumental in driving global compliance to Section 404 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act.

In 2001, he won the prestigious Malaysian Internal Auditor of the Year Award. In 2005, he decided to dedicate his efforts to public practice and passionately promote internal audit by assuming the driver-seat in CG Board Asia Pacific. As the Chairman of CG Board, he now consults on matters relating to corporate governance, risk management and internal control.

As an experienced consultant, trainer and leader, he brings invaluable experience in performing internal audits and board governance review for public listed companies across a range of diversified industries. His key expertise lies in advising companies on the implementation of corporate governance and risk management programmes. At the helm of CG Board, he has also conducted numerous trainings for public listed companies on the implementation of governance, risk management, and compliance (GRC) frameworks within their organizations. He has also managed Quality Assurance Reviews of Internal Audit units in Government Linked Companies (”GLCs”) such as Malaysian Airport Holdings, Malaysian International Shipping Corporation, POS Malaysia, and Chemical Company of Malaysia Berhad. Additionally, he has conducted directors’ trainings for companies such as Euro Furniture and Pantech Group Holdings Berhad. Business Process Improvement and internal control review of PT Atmindo Indonesia and Prestariang Berhad. Recently Wee has appointed as one of the trainers in Women’s Directors Training by MINDA/NIEW. He is also a faculty member of MACD and is a speaker in their Professional Directors Programme (PDP).

In early 2000, Wee was also the lead founder of CGRM Infocomm Sdn Bhd, a company that provides Internal Audit services to Small Medium Enterprises (“SMEs”) and Public Listed Companies (“PLCs”). In his capacity as Founder, he managed the internal audit portfolio for more than 20 public-listed companies such as Green Packet, Hovid Pharmaceuticals, Magnium Corporation, Menang Corporation, Daiman Developments, Axis Incorporation, AFC, Atis Corporation, SPNB, Kotra Industries, Silverlake, Lityan Holdings, GHL Systems, OKA Corporation, LCTH Corporation, Atlan Holdings, Carotech, LKT Industrial, Yee Lee Corporation, Petra Energy, and Kamdar Group.

Wee became the Organising Chairman of the 2011 Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA) International Conference held in Kuala Lumpur from 10 to 13 July 2011. Wee has served on multiple boards and organisations including:

  • Organising Chairman of the 2011 Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA) International Conference held in Kuala Lumpur from 10 to 13 July 2011.
  • IIA Global Governance Task Force and Nomination Committee – Member (2009 to 2010)
  • Internal Audit Working Group of MIA (Malaysian Institute of Accountants) – Chairman (2007 – 2009)
  • Asian Confederation of Internal Auditors (ACIIA) – President (2006 – 2007)
  • IIA Inc USA – Board Member (2005 – 2007)
  • IIA Malaysia – President (2004 – 2006)
  • ACCA Malaysia Advisory Committee – Member (2002 – 2006)
  • Ideal Jacobs (Malaysia) Corporation Berhad – Independent Non Executive Director (May 2011 – Jan 2013 )
  • ERMA Asia Sdn Bhd (ERM Academy) – Chairman (2012 to present)
  • Independent Non -Executive Director in November 2012 and yet to be listed.
  • Recently appointed as an I N E D of an IPO company due for listing in 2014.

Wee is a Chartered Fellow of IIA Malaysia, a Fellow Member of ACCA, Chartered Accountant with MIA and a Certified Risk Management Assurance (CRMA-US). He is also a trained and fully qualified Quality Assurance Review Assessor with the Institute of Internal Auditors, USA

prof-datuk-dr-mohamed-ariffProf Datuk Dr Mohamed Ariff

Prof Datuk Dr Mohamed Ariff, a specialist in International Economics, is currently a Professor of Economics and Governance at INCEIF (International Centre for Education in Islamic Finance), “The Global University of Islamic Finance”. Concurrently, he also holds the titles of Professor Emeritus at the Faculty of Economics and Administration (FEA), University of Malaya, and Distinguished Fellow at the Malaysian Institute of Economic Research (MIER). He is a Council Member at the Quest International University Perak (QIUP) and Advisor to the Malaysian Economic Association.

Ariff was the Executive Director of MIER from June 1997 until December 2009. Previously he had held the Chair of Analytical Economics at the University of Malaya where he had also served as the Dean of FEA. He was conferred emeritus professorship by the University of Malaya in August 2004

Ariff obtained his B.A. with First Class Honours and M.Ec. from the University of Malaya. He completed his Ph.D. programme at the University of Lancaster, England, in 1970, as Commonwealth Scholar. He had a brief stint in the private sector as the Chief Economist at the United Asian Bank in 1976.

norhisham-abd-bahrinMr Norhisham Abd Bahrin

Hisham is an Advocate and Solicitor of the High Court of Malaya and his practice focuses on corporate matters, mergers & acquisitions, aviation as well as data protection. He graduated from the International Islamic University Malaysia with LLB (Hons.) in 1999 and holds an MBA in International Business from the Royal Docks Business School of the University of East London. Hisham is recommended in the fields of Corporate, Mergers and Acquisitions in the Asia Pacific Legal 500. He is also the co-author of the Malaysian chapter in the Mergers & Acquisitions Review 2015 (9th Edition), published by the Law Business Research Ltd, London. Hisham regularly speaks on legal and corporate matters for PLCs and SMEs.

mohamed-anwer-mohamed-yusoffMr Mohamed Anwer Mohamed Yusoff

Anwer graduated with a degree in Bachelor of Science in Aeronautical Engineering from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Daytona Beach, Florida and did post graduate studies at Universiti Teknologi Malaysia in the area of artificial intelligence in aircraft design.
He has more than 20 years of extensive experience in the Malaysian ICT industry, and his skill-sets encompass Supply Chain Management, Business Process Re-engineering, and in the last 5 years in the area of information security.

He is currently the Head of Industry and Business Development at CyberSecurity Malaysia and passionately believes that the cornerstone of cyberspace security is and will remain a public-private partnership and only by acting together can we build a more secure future in cyberspace.

ravi-chaudhryMr Ravi Chaudhry

Ravi Chaudhry is a strategy consultant to corporations, governments and civil society, mentor to CEOs and corporate boards, author, public intellectual, and Fellow, World Business Academy, a network of global thought leaders that represent some of the best and brightest men and women shaping today’s landscape. He is often referred to as a leadership guru. Slovenia-based Life Learning Academia has conferred on him the prestigious ‚Ambassador of Knowledge” Award.

He is the founder Chairman of CeNext Consulting & Investment Pvt Ltd, New Delhi. Prior to that, he was Chairman of four companies in the Tata Group, India. He specializes in ‚Strategy Audit and Re-alignment‛ to bridge the gap between ‘what is’ and ‘what could be’. An astute observer of the emerging global complexities, trends and risks, he blends information, knowledge and wisdom, to create holistic, innovative modules such as ‘Re-inventing Leadership to Cope with Future’, and ‘Mindfulness – the trait to bridge the gap between Achievement and Potential’.

His clients include several Fortune 1000 corporations, including BASF and BMW (Germany), DHV (Holland), Sunstar (Japan), Sabanci (Turkey), Domino Sciences (U.K.), Perfetti (Italy), numerous Indian business groups, and many others. He has been an advisor to Governments of Switzerland, Turkey, Brazil and Norway, and has done many assignments for multilateral organizations (UNIDO and World Bank), think-tanks and universities, as well as Governments of Austria, Argentina, Canada, Germany, the Netherlands and Uganda. He has addressed numerous conferences and interactive CEO Dialogues on ‚Investment and Growth Strategies for Emerging Markets‛, and lectured in over twenty five countries on ‚What Foreign Businessmen need to know about Business in India‛.

His book, Quest for Exceptional Leadership: Mirage to Reality has been globally acclaimed as ‚the best book on leadership in years and a rare combination of sound business thinking and accessible philosophy.‛ He makes a compelling case that business and community leaders need to re-align themselves with the new ground realities, now. He analyzes the base camp traits of today’s leaders and vividly portrays the journey to the summit of leadership. He is a much sought-after strategy consultant and speaker on Leadership Development, Corporate Governance, Innovation, Morality and Values, and Sustainable Equitable Growth.

He has served on the boards of several companies and organizations. He is International Board Director, Future 500 USA; Member, Advisory Board of Ethical Markets USA, Co-Chair, EthicMark® Judges Panel USA; Member, Club Of Rome Initiative for Ethics in 21st century; EVIAN Brains Trust at IMD Switzerland; New Civilization Youth Entrepreneurship Initiative, Japan and Executive Committee of Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry.

david-bobkerDr David Bobker

Dr David Bobker was appointed in July 2014 as Director of the Centre for Economics and Risk at the Malaysia University of Science and Technology where as an Associate Professor in Risk Management he is leading initiatives to enhance teaching in these areas at the Business School and he has also commenced a number of related research projects.

Prior to July 2014 he was Head of Risk at Asian Institute of Finance, Kuala Lumpur. AIF was set up by Bank Negara Malaysia and the Securities Commission to co-ordinate and promote human capital development in the financial services industry in Asia. As the Head of Risk he did research in risk management and designed and delivered training programmes on strategic risk management and governance to directors and C-suite senior managers in major organisations

David has extensive experience in the areas of governance and risk training having been the lead presenter for risk management for Bank Negara Malaysia’s Financial Institution Directors Education (FIDE) programme in 2009 and 2010. This is a unique programme for all directors of Malaysian banks and insurers in the areas of governance and risk management. For eleven years, he ran his own risk consulting and training firm.

David has also worked as an external auditor and consultant with KPMG and Deloitte, he was Group Head of Internal Audit of Alliance & Leicester and Norwich Union, both FTSE 100 financial institutions, and he was a supervisor and policy maker at the UK Building Societies Commission (now part of the FSA).

With a varied career spanning over three decades, David has worked for blue chip and small, successful and failed organisations and has observed many fascinating issues worthy of study. He is therefore able to share much experience during his programmes which balance hard technical aspects with equal emphasis on the realities of corporate life.

David holds a DPhil in mathematics from Oxford University, he is a UK (ICAEW) Chartered Accountant and holds the GARP FRM qualification.

shai-ganuMr Shai Ganu

Shai Ganu is the Market Business Leader for Mercer’s Talent Consulting segment across ASEAN. He also leads the Executive Rewards and Sales Effectiveness practices for ASEAN – focusing on Board and Executive Compensation, Reward Strategy, Performance Management, Incentive Design, Sales Effectiveness, and Organizational Transformation projects. He specializes in Financial Services, FMCG/Retail, Utilities/Industrials, Telco industries.

Shai has extensive experience in the diagnosis, design and implementation of board and executive reward frameworks, long and short-term incentive plans (equity and cash based), sales compensation plans, organizational design, and annual report disclosures.

Most recently he was the Head of Executive Reward at Westpac (the leading bank in Australia-New Zealand), responsible for board and executive remuneration, incentives, scorecards and performance management, annual remuneration report, share plans, and governance functions. Prior to that he led the reward function at St.George Bank where he re-designed all the incentive plans, and developed their reward strategy and employee value proposition. He also managed the reward integration during the Westpac-St.George merger. Over a period of 12 months, he successfully re-designed all the sales incentive plans and scorecards for the bank.

Prior to that Shai was an Associate in Mercer’s Sydney practice and managed large executive reward and incentive design projects for several ASX Top 50 clients. Currently his clients include a leading Asian insurer, two regional FMCG companies, a global asset/investment management firm, one of the world’s largest sovereign wealth funds, several banks across ASEAN, three of the major telecommunication companies in ASEAN, a leading energy/utilities company, and some of the largest listed companies in the region on executive remuneration and incentive design issues. He has redesigned sales incentive arrangements for leading hi-tech, pharmaceutical and FMCG companies in the region. He has also led organization transformation initiatives for a major telecommunications company, a large FMCG organization, and a leading energy/materials company in the region.

Shai has a Bachelor of Chemical Engineering degree from the University of Mumbai, and a Master of Business Administration from the Sydney Business School.

vijayam-nadarajahMrs Vijayam Nadarajah

Mrs. Vijayam Nadarajah is a Past President and Governor of the Institute of Internal Auditors Malaysia (IIAM). She trains directors on board and corporate governance, risk management and audit committee responsibilities and is a guest faculty member of the Malaysian Directors Academy. She is a guest speaker and facilitator on internal auditing at the International Finance Corporation, World Bank. She also speaks and moderates panel discussions at conferences.

Vijayam co-chaired the taskforce in IIAM on the Guidance on Internal Audit Function. The Guidance provides boards and audit committees of Malaysian Public Listed Companies an insight on internal audit principles and activities to fulfill oversight responsibilities on internal audit functions in the Malaysian Code on Corporate Governance 2017.

Vijayam was an in house consultant with China Construction Bank Malaysia. She assisted the bank on licensing, incorporation, setting up of boards and board committees and prepared the bank for internal audit readiness. She spent 25 years in internal audit, finance, change management, risk management, business process reengineering and corporate governance functions. She held roles as specialist in corporate governance, internal audit and compliance to develop industry learning standards and frameworks, and financial controller and operational heads in financial institutions. Vijayam is very passionate about strong corporate and internal audit practices and continues to contribute in these fields to the financial services sector and through stakeholder supported organizations such as Bank Negara Malaysia and Securities Commission via training and writing standards on learning and development.

Vijayam writes on board and HR governance for publications and had written a real life case study on board governance in a problematic Malaysian public listed company which is used to train directors. She is a Fellow member of IIAM and CPA Australia, and Chartered Accountant with Malaysian Institute of Accountants. She holds a Bachelors degree in Economics and MBA from Monash University, Australia and LLB, London University.

nik-hasyudeenMr Nik Hasyudeen

Nik Hasyudeen has strong passion for leadership development, leveraging on experience in governance, strategy and regulation. He is currently an Adjunct Professor at the Faculty of Business and Accountancy, University of Malaya.

Nik was the Executive Chairman of the Audit Oversight Board, Securities Commission, Malaysia as well as Executive Director, Market & Corporate Supervision. He was also a member of the Operational Review Panel of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission and also serves on the Corporate Debt Restructuring Committee which was set up by Bank Negara Malaysia. He was the former President of the Malaysian Institute of Accountants and also the former Vice-President of the Asean Federation of Accountants. He had also served on the Malaysian Accounting Standards Board and the Listing Committee of Bursa Malaysia.  Nik holds a Bachelor of Business degree from Curtin University of Technology and is a Fellow of CPA Australia.

leesa-soulodreMs Leesa Soulodre

Leesa Soulodre is a strategic advisor who has consulted to more than 400 multinationals in 19 sectors over the past 20 years across Europe, Asia Pacific and the Americas. Her consulting work in strategy, risk, communications and technology has enabled companies with proven strategies, tools and technologies to acquire, protect and support their license to operate, to mitigate risks and to exploit opportunities for revenue growth/market share. Leesa holds deep industry expertise in the financial services and TMT sectors (18+years), fashion, beauty and luxury (20+ years) and the FMCG and pharmaceutical sectors (10+ years). Her clients have included 80 of the world’s leading asset owners and their managers and global multinational corporations such as Telstra, HSBC, AXA SA, Barclays Bank, Visa Europe, Nestle, Unilever, Vale, GSK, Sanofi Aventis, Gucci Group, Groupe Richemont, Marks and Spencer among others.

An accomplished innovator and entrepreneur, Leesa has 14 years experience as a Company Director and 20 years experience leading companies into new markets with turnovers from $4M to $14B USD. Today she leads as Director and Managing Partner, RL Expert Group Limited, a boutique strategy consulting practice based in Asia.

In 2014, Leesa graduated with an Honours equivalent, Global Executive MBA from TRIUM. TRIUM is the #1 FT ranked Global Executive MBA program offered jointly by the NYU Leonard N. Stern School of Business, the London School of Economics and Political Science & HEC School of Management, Paris. Leesa holds a Masters in Management (Marketing) (USQ) and Certificates in Sustainability Strategies (Harvard), Risk Management (Australian Graduate School of Management – UNSW) and Technology Entrepreneurship (Stanford). She is a Certified Reputation Manager of the Reputation Institute.

For her work in sustainable investment and environmental, social and governance risk analytics she was recognised in 2014 by Global CEO Magazine as one of the world’s Top 100 Influencers in Corporate and Social Responsibility. In 2014 she received a Scholarship for “Doing Business in Asia” from the University of Melbourne. For her work in reputation risk management and technology, she was recognised in 2011 as one ofthe top 3 Innovators in the UK by Women in Technology. In 2008, Telstra International recognised herperformance for increasing their market and brand awareness in Northern Europe. In 2004, she was recognised as a Finalist Outstanding Lifetime Achiever by Women in IT in Australia.

As a Digital Director, Leesa is a Member of the Global Board Ready Women database, Women on Boards and is a CoFounder of the DiversityDirectory Asia Pacific (DDAPAC). DDAPAC is a not-for-profit/social enterprise organisation whose mission is to enable access to a regional pool of diverse senior leadership talent, both executive and non executive, to accelerate corporate governance and performance in the Asia Pacific.

Leesa is a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, The Pan-Asia Risk & Insurance Management Association, the Global Association of Risk Professionals, the Royal Institute of International Affairs and the Public Relations Consultants Association.

A passionate philanthropist in support of the economic empowerment of women, Leesa is actively involved in programs and community initiatives that support women in leadership and women in non-traditional industries. Leesa leads the TRIUM Women’s Group, is an active Coach on the Cherie Blair Mentoring Women in Business Programme and is a member of Women in Technology.

Philip-KohMr Philip Koh

Philip is the Senior Partner at MKP and brings to the Firm over 30 years of expertise in three worlds: the academic, the professional and industry. His specialisation includes contract & investment laws,  mergers & acquisitions, financial services & securities industries, corporate law & governance, commercial & civil litigation and public law. He has been involved in a number of landmark Public and Constitutional case  which has shaped public discourse.

Philip’s writings have been  widely published. Philip has served as an Adjunct Professor of Deakin University and as visiting Fulbright Scholar attached to the Harvard University Economics Department. He is a sought after speaker at conferences.

He is currently member of Financial Stability Executive Committee, Bank Negara Malaysia, the Private Sector Group Global Corporate Governance Forum, International Finance Corporation and Board member of Minority Shareholder Watchdog Group.

He also has a Masters of Laws (LL.M.) from Kings College University of London and Masters of Arts (Theology) from Australian Catholic University. He is also Founding Chair of World Vision Malaysia, a local chapter of a humanitarian  and relief organisation.

Philip is into the ‘gentle madness’ of books and reading poetry and philosophy. Art-house movies and classical music also moves him deeply.


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  • Capital Markets
  • Corporate and Commercial Advisory
  • Corporate and Securities Regulation and Litigation
  • Corporate Governance
  • Cross Border Investments
  • Governance Advisory and Training
  • Civil and Commercial Litigation and Dispute Resolution
  • Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Public Law and Law Reform


  • University of Malaya, LL.B (Hons), 1978
  • King’s College, UK, LL.M, 1980
  • Australian Catholic University, Australia, Master of Arts (Theology), 2003

Professional Affiliations

  • Malaysian Bar, 1979
  • Member, Panel of Arbitrators, Kuala Lumpur Regional Centre for Arbitration, 2010
  • Notary Public

Fellowships & Appointments

  • Adjunct Professor, School of Law, Deakins University, Melbourne, Australia
  • Adjunct Faculty Staff, Handong International University Law School
  • Director, Kairos Research Group
  • Director, Minority Shareholder Watchdog Group
  • Founder Chairman, World Vision Malaysia (humanitarian relief organization)
  • Member, Executive Committee for Financial Stability, MOF/Bank Negara
  • Member, Private Sector Advisory Group of International Finance Corporation / World Bank

Notable Past Appointments

  • Advisor, Malaysian Institute for Corporate Governance
  • Executive Committee, Federation of Public Listed Companies Malaysia
  • Member, Corporate Law Reform Committee, Malaysia
  • Member, Ethics Committee for review of IFAC Code of Ethics for the Malaysian Institute of Accountants
  • Member, Ethical Advisory Panel of Ethical Fund Mayban
  • Member, Kuala Lumpur Stock Exchange Audit Sub Committee (2002-2004)
  • Member, legal consultative team for United Nations John Ruggie Committee for Corporations and Human Rights


  • The Law of Contract in Malaysia and Singapore—Cases and Commentary by V. Sinnadurai, Oxford, 1979 (co-author)
  • Principles Practice and Prospects of Corporate Governance: The Malaysian Legal Framework, MLJ 1998
  • Chan & Koh’s Company Law, Malaysian Corporate Law Service, Sweet & Maxwell, 1998
  • The Constitution of Malaysia, Sheridan & Groves, 4th Ed., 2004

Personal Involvements (Key Projects)

  • Constitutional law disputes involving the states of Perak, Selangor and Sabah
  • Tort case in Federal Court, establishing Concurrent Causation test as vs “But for”
  • Land dispute at Court of Appeal
  • Internal Securities Act Tribunals