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IAC 2021 Speakers

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

1. Global Impact of Disruptive Technology

2. Supply Chain 4.0: Agility, Efficiency & Growth

3. Digitalisation in Media, Sports & Entertainment

4. Bridging Academia & Industry: Reinventing the Current Landscape

5. Transforming Lives With Technology

Global Impact of Disruptive Technology

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

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

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

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

Global Impact of Disruptive Technology

Professor Dato’ Ir. Dr. Mohd. Hamdi Abd. Shukor holds a Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical) degree from the Imperial College,  London, England; a Master of Science degree in Advanced Manufacturing and Management Technology from the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology, United Kingdom; and a Doctor of Engineering degree from Kyoto University, Japan. He is the former Dean of theFaculty of Engineering, UM (2009-2011) and the former Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic and  International), UM (2011-2014). On top of that, his service and expertise are also recognised  internationally. He was a Visiting Professor at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) in  2015-2016. 

His astounding academic excellence as well as his remarkable leadership quality made him a natural fit to helm Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia as its Vice-Chancellor in 2019 and in  November 2020, he assumed the role of leading Universiti Malaya as the 13th Vice-Chancellor. 

Dato’ Mohd. Hamdi founded and has served as the Head of the Centre  of Advanced Manufacturing and Material Processing (AMMP) and Centre for Research in  Industry 4.0 (CRI4.0) in UM. In addition to producing more than 160 impactful publications in  journals indexed by the Web of Science, he also has recorded a h-index of 33 with total citation  of over 3850. 

Throughout his career as an academician, he has mentored more than 150 postgraduate  candidates particularly in the field of advanced manufacturing research and material processing.  To date, he has supervised a total of 66 doctoral candidates. 

Dato’ Mohd. Hamdi’s achievements, especially in the commercialisation of research activities,  were truly proven when he was awarded the Universiti Malaya Excellence Award for two consecutive years in 2012 and 2013. In recognition of his outstanding service and  contribution, Dato’ Mohd. Hamdi was conferred the Darjah Johan Mangku Negara (J.M.N.) by  KDYMM Seri Paduka Baginda Yang di-Pertuan Agong in 2019 and also Darjah Dato’ Paduka  Negeri Sembilan (D.P.N.S.), which carries the title of Dato’ by DYMM Yang di-Pertuan Besar  Negeri Sembilan in 2020.


Transforming Lives with Technology

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

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

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

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

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

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

Supply Chain 4.0: Agility, Efficiency & Growth

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

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

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

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

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

Digitalisation in Media & Entertainment

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

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

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

Digitalisation in Media & Entertainment

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Bridging Academia & Industry: Reinventing the Current Landscape

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

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

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

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

Bridging Academia & Industry: Reinventing the Current Landscape

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

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

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

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

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

Bridging Academia & Industry: Reinventing the Current Landscape

Thomas Mathew brings with him more than 30 years of experience in corporate management, business strategy, and risk management. He began his career as a banker, holding management positions in the corporate and commercial banking divisions of several local commercial banks, from where he joined Pengurusan Danaharta Nasional Berhad (Danaharta), Malaysia’s asset management company in 1998. He was initially involved in loan restructuring and thereafter headed its risk management unit, prior to its successful closure in 2005. 

Thomas then joined the MBf Holdings group of companies, initially as its Chief Operating Officer and thereafter as its President. Thomas then assumed the role of Group Finance Director at Ben Holdings group in Sri Lanka, an established retail, media and theatre group, where he oversaw all aspects of Finance, Treasury, Legal, Human Resources, Risk Management, Audit, and IT. 

Thomas holds a Bachelor of Science in Agribusiness from Universiti Putra Malaysia.

Transforming Lives With Technology

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

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

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

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

Bridging Academia & Industry: Reinventing the Current Landscape

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

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

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

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

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

Transforming Lives With Technology

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

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

Supply Chain 4.0: Agility, Efficiency & Growth

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

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

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

Global Impact of Disruptive Technology

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

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

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

Bridging Academia & Industry: Reinventing the Current Landscape

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Global Impact of Disruptive Technology

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

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

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

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

Digitalisation in Media & Entertainment

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

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

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

Digitalisation in Media & Entertainment

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

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

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

Transforming Lives With Technology (moderator)

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

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

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

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

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

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

Supply Chain 4.0: Agility, Efficiency & Growth

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

Transforming Lives with Technology

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

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

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

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

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