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    Y.M. Raja Azura Raja Mahayuddin
    Chief Executive
    Yayasan Peneraju Bumiputera Malaysia
      
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    Y.M. Raja Azura Raja Mahayuddin /Chief Executive
    Yayasan Peneraju Bumiputera Malaysia/

    Raja Azura was appointed as Chief Executive of Yayasan Peneraju in year 2012. Under her leadership, Yayasan Peneraju is made responsible in fulfilling the government’s mandate in grooming 40,000 Bumiputera talents in enhancing their capabilities through academic, vocational and professional education by 2020. This includes improving the marketability and competitiveness of Bumiputera in high growth and high income sectors, in line with Malaysia's vision to become a Developed Nation by 2020.

    She brings with her 19 years of experience in the field of human capital and audit. She has previously served Malaysia Airlines as Chief Internal Auditor and Executive Vice President – Human Capital, Khazanah Nasional Berhad as Senior Vice President – Strategic Human Capital and Arthur Andersen & Co. as Assistant Manager – Services Division. She is also a member of the Board of Directors of Malaysia Professional Accountancy Centre (MyPAC).

    Raja Azura was awarded the Excellent Alumni Award – Public Sector in 2004 by Universiti Utara Malaysia and was conferred the Global HR Excellence Award 2011/12 by World HRD Congress in February 2012 for her contributions at corporate level. In 2014, she was a recipient of the Inaugural Malaysia Women of Excellence Award for Quasi Government category. Her passions include sports, music and participating in voluntary activities.
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    Dato' Mohammad Faiz Azmi
    President
    Malaysian Institute of Accountants
      
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    Dato' Mohammad Faiz Azmi /President
    Malaysian Institute of Accountants/

    Dato' Mohammad Faiz Azmi was elected as MIA President on 27 July 2015.

    He was re-appointed to the MIA Council on December 2014 after last serving on the Council in 2012.

    Dato’ Faiz is the Executive Chairman of PriceWaterhouse Coopers (PwC) Malaysia and has over 30 years of experience in the audit and business advisory services of financial institutions in Malaysia. He has been involved in the audits of clients in the banking, healthcare, power and construction sectors. He has led a number of projects relating to strategy, investigations and merger work both locally and internationally. He has also acted as the Administrator for a national airline.

    He is also the Project Director, leading a team on the Accrual Accounting project together with the Accountant General’s Department of Malaysia.

    He currently sits on the Financial Reporting Foundation and is a member of the International Advisory Panel of Labuan International Business Financial Centre (Labuan IBFC). He is a Board Member of the Kuala Lumpur Business Club (KLBC) and Chairman of Malaysia Professional Accounting Centre (MyPAC).

    Dato’ Faiz is the past Chairman of the Malaysian Accounting Standards Board (MASB) and a Council Member of The Malaysian Institute of Certified Public Accountants (MICPA). In addition, he is a member of The Chartered Institute of Islamic Finance Professionals and chairs the Islamic Finance Working Group of the Asian-Oceanian Standard-Setters Group. Dato’ Faiz has been appointed as the Chairman of the International Accounting Standards Board’s Islamic Finance Consultative Group.

    Dato’ Faiz was educated in Malaysia and UK and read law at the University of Durham before being called to the English Bar. He is the past city Group Chairman and a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW), a Liveryman of the city of London, and a member of the Worshipful Company of Chartered Accountants England and Wales. He was conferred an honorary degree of Doctorate of Laws by the University of Nottingham in July 2016.
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    Nik Mohd Hasyudeen Yusoff
    Former Executive Chairman, Audit Oversight Board
    Securities Commission Malaysia
      
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    Nik Mohd Hasyudeen Yusoff /Former Executive Chairman, Audit Oversight Board
    Securities Commission Malaysia/

    Nik Mohd Hasyudeen Yusoff is the founder of Inovastra Capital Sdn. Bhd., a company providing advisory services in leadership, governance and strategy and investing in startups and high growth enterprises. He is also a board member of Cagamas Berhad, a Fellow at Putra Business School and a member of the Corporate Debt Restructuring Committee set up by Bank Negara Malaysia.

    Nik was the Executive Director in charge of Market and Corporate Supervision at the Securities Commission Malaysia and the former Executive Chairman of the Audit Oversight Board. Nik was also member of Bursa Malaysia Listing Committee, a former board member and chairman of audit committee of Danajamin Nasional Berhad and served on the Operational Review Panel of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission.

    As a FCPA of CPA Australia, Nik was very involved with the accountancy profession in Malaysia and the region. He was a former President of the Malaysian Institute of Accountants, former Vice-President of the ASEAN Federation of Accountants and served on the Executive and Strategy committees of the Confederation of Asian and Pacific Accountants. He was also the chairman of the Committee to Strengthen the Accountancy Profession which recommended measures to reform the Malaysian accountancy profession.
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    Uantchern Loh
    Former Chief Executive
    The Singapore Accountancy Commission
      
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    Uantchern Loh /Former Chief Executive
    The Singapore Accountancy Commission/

    Background

    Uantchern Loh is currently the CEO, Asia Pacific for Black Sun Plc. He has built an extensive career in corporate governance, risk management and IT security that has spanned 30 years in various organisations, including Big 4 accounting firms.

    Prior to joining Black Sun, Uantchern was the founding Chief Executive of the Singapore Accountancy Commission (SAC), a statutory body under the Ministry of Finance. The SAC is the lead government agency in spearheading the development of the accountancy sector in Singapore, with the vision of making Singapore the leading global accountancy hub. He helped in formulating the SAC’s mission, vision, strategic plan and the SAC Act, which lead to the creation of the SAC on 1 April 2013.

    One of the strategic initiatives of the SAC is the Singapore Qualification Programme (Singapore QP). This is a post-graduate professional accountancy programme that leads to the conferment of the Chartered Accountant of Singapore title. Uantchern was instrumental in the development of the Singapore QP, which was launched in June 2013.

    Uantchern was the architect behind the development of the Singapore CFO Institute, the Institute of Valuers and Appraisers of Singapore and the Asia Centre of Excellence for Internal Audit, which are all initiatives under the SAC.

    The first annual report of the SAC for the year ended 31 March 2014 was developed using the principles of integrated reporting. Uantchern helped to design the report, which is the first integrated report for a Government organization in Singapore.

    Academic & Professional Qualifications

    Uantchern graduated with a Bachelor of Accountancy degree from the National University of Singapore in 1987. He obtained his Master of Hospitality Administration from the University of Nevada Las Vegas in 2009, graduating Summa Cum Laude and on the Dean’s List. His thesis was on business continuity management in the hospitality industry.

    His professional accountancy qualifications include:
    • Chartered Accountant, Institute of Singapore Chartered Accountants
    • Chartered Accountant, Chartered Accountants Australia New Zealand
    • Chartered Accountant, Malaysian Institute of Accountants
    • Fellow Chartered Management Accountant, Chartered Institute of Management Accountants
    • Fellow CPA, CPA Australia
    Reflecting his early career focus in the area IT audit and security, Uantchern obtained the following related professional certifications:
    • Certified Information Systems Auditor, ISACA
    • Certified Information Security Manager, ISACA
    His internal audit and risk management professional qualifications include the following:
    • Fellow, Institute of Internal Auditors Singapore
    • Certified Internal Auditor, Institute of Internal Auditors
    • Certification in Control Self-Assessment, Institute of Internal Auditors
    • Certified Financial Services Auditor, Institute of Internal Auditors
    • Certified Fraud Examiner, Association of Certified Fraud Examiners
    • Certification in Risk Management Assurance, Institute of Internal Auditors
    Uantchern has attended the following executive management programs:
    • Strategic Leadership Program, Chinese University of Hong Kong
    • Global Clients & Markets Development Program, Columbia Business School
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    Christopher Fabling
    Senior Financial Management Specialist
    World Bank Group
      
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    Christopher Fabling /Senior Financial Management Specialist
    World Bank Group/

    Chris is a qualified Chartered Accountant with over 25 years of experience in New Zealand and internationally.

    He joined the World Bank as a Senior Financial Management Specialist in the East Asia and Pacific Region in 2008. He has worked in a number of developing countries in ASEAN on accounting and auditing reforms in both the public and private sectors and the associated capacity building required. He has led the teams that prepared the Reports on Standards and Codes for Accounting and Auditing in Malaysia, Vietnam and Myanmar.

    Prior to joining the Bank the majority of Chris’s career was spent in external audit in both the public and private sectors in New Zealand and overseas. He was General Manager Operations for the Office of the Auditor General in New Zealand responsible for leadership of the national operations (external audit, IT and taxation) from 2005 to 2006.
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    Alan Hatfield
    Executive Director – Strategy and Development
    ACCA UK
      
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    Alan Hatfield /Executive Director – Strategy and Development
    ACCA UK/

    Alan Hatfield has held the position of executive director – strategy and development at ACCA since April 2015, with responsibility for the full range of ACCA’s intellectual capital from the overall strategy to talent, brand, policy and qualifications.

    Immediately prior to this, Alan led ACCA’s learning directorate for five years, with overall responsibility for developing and maintaining ACCA’s qualifications and continuing professional development requirements. Alan has over 20 years’ experience in professional education and is a graduate of Glasgow University and a member of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators. Alan also holds an MBA with distinction from Oxford Brookes University.
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    Dr Nurmazilah Dato’ Mahzan
    CEO
    Malaysian Institute of Accountants
      
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    Dr Nurmazilah Dato’ Mahzan /CEO
    Malaysian Institute of Accountants/

    Dr Nurmazilah Dato’ Mahzan was appointed as the Chief Executive Officer of the Malaysian Institute of Accountants on 2 July 2016. She was previously the MIA Deputy Chief Executive Officer.

    Prior to her role in the MIA, Dr Nurmazilah was the Director of University Malaya Graduate School of Business. She started her career with Arthur Andersen in 1993, and later joined KUB Malaysia Berhad as Group Accounts Manager. Her corporate experience covers various industries including property development and construction, banking, unit trusts, trading and manufacturing.

    Dr Nurmazilah was a MIA Council member from 1 August 2012 until 31 July 2014, a Member of the Malaysian Accounting Standards Board (MASB), elected member of Board of Governors for the Institute of Internal Auditors Malaysia (IIA Malaysia), Council member of The Malaysian Institute of Certified Public Accountants (MICPA) and the Honorary Treasurer with Persatuan Ekonomi Malaysia. Dr Nurmazilah also served in various committees of MIA and MICPA.

    She holds a PhD in accounting from University of Birmingham, United Kingdom. She has conducted various research projects in the areas of auditing, financial reporting and corporate governance.
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    Chuah Jia Wen
    Head, Finance & Insurance Sector
    Google Malaysia
      
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    Chuah Jia Wen /Head, Finance & Insurance Sector
    Google Malaysia/

    Jia Wen's life revolves around technology and media, where she currently leads the Finance & Insurance sector in Google Malaysia. Her forte is to help brands craft their overall digital strategy to ensure that these brands reach and connect with their audiences online.

    Jia Wen holds a Degree in Economics and Finance from Purdue University and has worked in various companies such as Walt Disney, KSC Capital, and Genting Berhad.
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    Azran Osman Rani
    CEO
    IFlix Malaysia
      
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    Azran Osman Rani /CEO
    IFlix Malaysia/

    Azran Osman-Rani is currently the CEO of iflix in Malaysia – a disruptive internet television subscription video-on-demand service that was launched in May 2015 and now operates across Southeast Asia and scaling to emerging markets in other regions.

    Previously, Azran pioneered the long-haul, low-cost airline model as the founding CEO of AirAsia X. He led the growth from start-up to US$1 billion in revenue and a public-listing in six years.

    Azran held previous positions at Astro All Asia Networks, Kuala Lumpur Stock Exchange, and at McKinsey & Company.

    He holds both a Masters degree and Bachelor’s degree in Management and Engineering from Stanford University.

    He currently Chairs the Advisory Board of the Asia Business Centre at Curtin University, Chairs the Malaysia Chapter of YPO, and mentors high-growth companies for Endeavor.
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    Nic Chambers
    Director
    Michael Page Malaysia
      
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    Nic Chambers /Director
    Michael Page Malaysia/

    Nic is the director of the Michael Page Finance business in Malaysia. He joined Michael Page Australia in 2006 after two years of finance and accounting recruitment experience in the UK. In 2011 Nic was appointed director and took over the Page Personnel business in Perth in 2011. After 10 years with the Australian business, Nic moved to Michael Page Malaysia to take on the new opportunity of leading the finance, accounting, shared services and technology disciplines.
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    Dr Veerinderjeet Singh
    Executive Chairman
    Axcelasia Inc
      
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    Dr Veerinderjeet Singh /Executive Chairman
    Axcelasia Inc/

    Dr Veerinderjeet has served as a Tax Partner/Executive Director at Arthur Andersen and Ernst & Young in Malaysia and has also served in the Malaysian Inland Revenue Department. He has over 30 years of experience in the tax profession as an Inland Revenue Officer, academician, consultant, author & tax observer. He is a co-Founder and Chairman of Taxand Malaysia Sdn Bhd, a boutique tax advisory firm which is a member of the Taxand Global organisation of independent tax firms in nearly 50 countries. He is also a member of the Taxand Global Board. He has been consistently cited as a leading tax adviser in Malaysia in the World Tax Guide (published by the International Tax Review) on the world’s leading tax firms. In August 2015, he was appointed Executive Chairman of Axcelasia Inc which is a holding company of various entities (including Taxand Malaysia Sdn Bhd) offering integrated professional services. Axcelasia Inc was listed on 27 November 2015 on the Catalist market of the Singapore Stock Exchange.

    He graduated with a first class honours degree in accounting from University of Malaya and obtained his Doctorate from Universiti Putra Malaysia. He passed the professional accountancy examinations of the Malaysian Institute of Certified Public Accountants (MICPA) and was awarded the Gold Medal for the Best Performance in the examination.

    He has advised multinationals, quasi-Government agencies, financial institutions and other companies on various tax matters including incentives, restructuring and listing exercises and has also been involved in providing input to the Ministry of Finance on various tax reforms and initiatives.

    He actively participates in the professional bodies where he currently serves as a council member of the MICPA and the Malaysian Institute of Accountants (MIA). He was a council member of the Chartered Tax Institute of Malaysia (CTIM) and a Past President of CTIM. He is also a member of CPA Australia as well as the Chairman of the International Fiscal Association (IFA)–Malaysia Branch. In addition, he is also a General Committee member of the Malaysian International Chamber of Commerce & Industry (MICCI). He is the Malaysian representative on the Commission on Taxation of the ICC (International Chamber of Commerce) based in Paris.

    On the academic side, he has held the position of Associate Professor in Taxation and Head of the Division of Accounting at the Faculty of Economics & Administration, University of Malaya where he served for 8 years. He had also been a visiting Associate Professor at the University of Newcastle in New South Wales, Australia, and a Visiting Scholar at the International Tax Program at Harvard University, U.S.A. Currently he is an Adjunct Professor at the School of Business, Monash University in Malaysia.

    He is a member of the Canadian Tax Foundation, the Board of Editors of the Asia Pacific Tax Bulletin, the Board of Trustees of the International Bureau of Fiscal Documentation (a world renowned tax research body in the Netherlands) and consultant editor for the “Malaysian Master Tax Guide” published by CCH/Wolters Kluwer.

    On the corporate side, Dr Veerinder is an Independent Director on the Board of the Bank of Nova Scotia Berhad and is also a member of the Audit Committee of InvestKL.

    As an accomplished author and tax observer, he has published books and numerous articles in local and international tax, law and accounting journals. Among the books he has authored are “Veerinder on Taxation”, “Malaysian Taxation: Administrative and Technical Aspects”,“Tax Compliance & Ethical Decision-Making: A Malaysian Perspective” and “Tax Thoughts on Today’s Taxing Times. He has spoken at various local and international events on tax policy and tax reforms and also has a grasp of economic developments.
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    MA Sivanesan
    Deputy UnderSecretary (Indirect Tax & GST Policy Sector)
    Tax Division, Ministry of Finance Malaysia
      
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    MA Sivanesan /Deputy UnderSecretary (Indirect Tax & GST Policy Sector)
    Tax Division, Ministry of Finance Malaysia/

    Mr. Ma.Sivanesan holds Bachelor of Economics (Hons) from University of Malaya and Masters in Economics from Tohuku University, Sendai, Japan. He also holds post-graduate Diploma in Public Administration awarded by the National Institute of Public Administration.

    He has extensive experience in the area of public finance, especially in tax policies, both direct and indirect taxes. He started his career as an Administrative and Diplomatic Officer in 1996, and has served in Ministry of Finance Malaysia since then in various capacities. Throughout his service, he has been involved in the preparation of many annual national Budgets where he has contributed in developing various tax policies and incentives for investments. In his current position as the Deputy Undersecretary of Tax Division (Indirect Tax and GST Policy) which he has held since March 2014, he has been directly involved in the GST implementation in Malaysia including the improvement in the Malaysian GST model, the finalization of the GST Act and all its subsidiary legislations, coordination of GST training, publicity and promotion. He has also played a key role in some of the indirect tax reforms, particularly on excise duty restructuring on tobacco products and alcoholic beverages. He also represented Malaysia in sharing the Malaysian Experience in Implementing GST in The Asia Pacific Tax Forum, held in Jakarta in April 2014. He is also currently leading the Task Force on implementing the 2017 Malaysian Harmonized System of Tariff Classification and also the Project Director for the Malaysian Government Tax Management and Information System (myCukai) at the Ministry of Finance.

    He also serves as Member in the Intellectual Property Corporation of Malaysia (MyIPO) effective from July 2016 . At MyIPO, he is the Chairman of Audit Committee and member of Investment Committee. He has also previously served in the Finance and Investment Committee of German-Malaysia Institute, Alternate Board Member in Maritime Institute of Malaysia and member of Board of Governors in National Kidney Foundation, Malaysia.

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    Dato' Noor Azian Abdul Hamid
    Deputy Director General (Policy)
    Inland Revenue Board Of Malaysia (IRBM)
      
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    Dato' Noor Azian Abdul Hamid /Deputy Director General (Policy)
    Inland Revenue Board Of Malaysia (IRBM)/

    Qualification

    Bachelor of Science (Hons) Applied Chemistry
    University of Wales Institute of Science & Technology

    Master of Business Administration
    Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia


    Working Experience

    Noor Azian Abdul Hamid is the Deputy CEO of IRBM in charge of tax policies. She has over 30 years of experience in assessment, training, audit as well as transfer pricing. She is a member of the United Nations Committee of Experts on International Co-operation in Tax Matters, the UN Subcommittees on Transfer Pricing; and MAP-Dispute Avoidance & Resolution. She was also Co-Chair to the Advisory Group for Co-operation with OECD Partner Economies.
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    Dato’ Paddy Abd Halim
    Director General of Customs Malaysia
    Royal Malaysian Customs Department
      
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    Dato’ Paddy Abd Halim /Director General of Customs Malaysia
    Royal Malaysian Customs Department/

    Education

    Sarjana Muda Sains

    Education Sains Matematik

    Career

    03/05/1983
    Perlantikan baru sebagai Penguasa Kastam Gred W3 di JKDM Ipoh, Perak

    30/05/2007
    Penolong Kanan Pengarah Kastam I, Penguasa Kastam, Gred W52

    06/10/2008
    Timbalan Pengarah Kastam, Penguasa Kastam, Gred W54

    12/09/2011
    Pengarah Bahagian Pengurusan Pematuhan Penolong Ketua Pengarah
    Kastam, Penguasa Kastam, Gred Utama C, Bahagian Pengurusan Pematuhan

    15/07/2016
    Penolong Ketua Pengarah Kastam (Penguatkuasaan), Gred Jusa B
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    S.Saravana Kumar
    Partner
    Lee Hishammuddin Allen & Gledhill
      
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    S.Saravana Kumar /Partner
    Lee Hishammuddin Allen & Gledhill/

    Committed, sound in knowledge, amiable and always well-prepared.

    Saravana has appeared in benchmark litigations with a sizeable volume of wins in tax disputes. Praised for his ability to “think outside the box” and “innovative approach” in interpreting the law, Chambers Asia Pacific acknowledged Saravana for being “dynamic, efficient and helpful”.

    Saravana is an Adjunct Professor with Universiti Tenaga Nasional (UNITEN) and chairs the Taxation Section of LAWASIA.

    Qualifications
    • LLB (Honours), University of London
    • LLM in Taxation, London School of Economics and Political Science
    • M.Sc in Development Planning, University College London
    • Bar Vocational Course, Nottingham Law School
    • Advocate & Solicitor of the High Court of Malaya
    • Barrister-at-Law (Inner Temple)
    Practice Areas
    • Income Tax
      • Tax Litigation & Dispute Resolution Proceedings
      • Tax Advisory & Planning
      • Tax Audit & Investigation
      • Transfer Pricing & Thin Capitalisation
      • International Tax (including cross-border transaction tax & double taxation issues and withholding tax)
    • Goods & Services Tax
      • GST Litigation
      • GST Legal Advisory
      • GST Audit & Investigation
      • Anti Profiteering
    • Real property gains tax
    • Petroleum income tax
    • Customs Duty, Excise Duty & Anti-Dumping Duty
    • Stamp duty
    • Private Clients
    Publications
    • Co-author – Malaysia Singapore Tax Cases Digest, CCH
    • Co-author – CCH GST Case Summaries, CCH
    • Co-author – The Law of Goods & Services Tax in Malaysia, CCH
    • Co-author – Halsbury’s Laws of Malaysia (Revenue Law) by LexisNexis
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    Datuk Rahim Razali
    Ex-sports Commentator/Celebrity
      
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    Datuk Rahim Razali /Ex-sports Commentator/Celebrity
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    Dato' Rahim Razali was born on the 3rd July 1939 in Batu Gajah, Perak.

    A student of Anderson school Ipoh, Dato Rahim was offered a scholarship by the United Nation to pursue Chartered Accountancy at the University of Melbourne in Australia. He was given his first opportunity as a sports commentator when he was asked to replace the late Mustaza Zaaba who was not well.

    Upon his return from Australia, he got actively involved in advertising as well as being sports commentator. He went on to start his own company Angkatan Seniman Abad XX Sd. Bhd. (ASA XX) along with Wan Rohani Zin, a former news anchor from Radio Televisyen Malaysia (RTM).

    Matinya Seorang Patriot, Tsu Feh Sofia, Abang dan Pemburu are among those films that gave fame to Dato' Rahim Razali.
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    Datuk Soh Chin Aun
    Defender
    Football Veteran
      
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    Datuk Soh Chin Aun /Defender
    Football Veteran/

    Played for :
    Malaysia : 1970-1985 (Played : 252, Goals : 10)
    Selangor : 1970-1980 (Played : 345, Goals : 5)
    Malacca : 1981-1983 (Played : 37, Goals : 1)

    Soh Chin Aun (born July 28, 1950) was a Malaysian national defender and captain from Malacca. He was born on July 28, 1950 in Malacca. He was known as Tauke or Towkay by his team mate and fans.

    In 1971, when he played in the Olympic qualifier in Seoul, South Korea, he was the youngest member of the national team at the age of 21. He participated in the 1972 Munich Olympic Games and was the captain of the qualifying team to the 1980 Moscow Olympic Games. Unfortunately Malaysia did not participate the 1980 Olympic.

    However because of his contribution for helping Malaysia to qualify for 1980 Olympic, he awarded Ahli Mangku Negara by Yang di-Pertuan Agong.

    His partnership with Santokh Singh was the most solid defence in the much-feared Malaysian team back then. He earned the nickname The 'god of war' for his commanding play. He retired from international football in 1985. In 1999 he become part of the AFC Century Club.

    He was appointed as the chairman of the referees’ committee on 13 March 2007. He was the manager of Malaysia national football team from 2007 until 2009.

    Although not recognised internationally, he was claimed to have had 252 international appearance for his country, making him the most capped international player in the world.
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    Datuk Santokh Singh
    Defender
    Football Veteran
      
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    Datuk Santokh Singh /Defender
    Football Veteran/

    Played for :
    Malaysia
    Selangor

    Santokh Singh was a Malaysian national defender from Selangor. He played alongside the late Mokhtar Dahari, Soh Chin Aun and R. Arumugam.

    His partnership with Soh Chin Aun was the most solid defence in the much-feared Malaysian team back then. Santokh currently resides in Setapak area in Kuala Lumpur. Singh appeared for Malaysia in eight qualifiers for various FIFA World Cups.

    An instrumental defender, Santokh first represented Selangor in the Burnley Cup in 1971 and played for the senior squad a year later.

    In 1973, then national coach M. Kuppan roped Santokh into the national stable for the Jakarta Independence Cup (Piala Merdeka Jakarta) and aided Malaysia to create history by netting the 1974 Asian Games bronze medal in Tehran, Iran.

    He participated in the 1972 Munich Olympic Games. He was also part of the team that qualified for the 1980 Moscow Olympics but failed to see action in Soviet Union after the government decided to boycott the Games.

    Santokh quit Selangor in 1985 but has been playing in several veteran matches in and outside the country since.
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    Datuk James Wong
    Striker
    Football Veteran
      
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    Datuk James Wong /Striker
    Football Veteran/

    Played for :
    Malaysia : 1974-1982
    Sabah : 1972-1985

    James Wong was a striker who played for Sabah FA and Malaysia. He was known as King James Wong by the local fans and Ah Fook by his teammates.

    James is well known for his physical and finishing touch. His partnership with Hassan Sani produce many memorable goal for Sabah and Malaysia. The most memorable one was in the 1980 Olympic games qualification.

    In the 1980 Olympic games qualification, Malaysia manage to win the play-off against South Korea with 2–1 score in the Merdeka Stadium. The scorer of winning goal is James himself thanks to the assist from Hassan Sani.

    However Malaysia did not go to the Olympics as it joined the US-led boycott against Soviet Union for the invasion over Afghanistan.

    Wong appeared for the Malaysia national football team in six qualifying matches for various FIFA World Cups.
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    Datuk Hassan Sani
    Striker
    Football Veteran
      
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    Datuk Hassan Sani /Striker
    Football Veteran/

    Played for :
    Malaysia : 1978-1986
    Sabah : 1977-1984

    Hassan Sani (born March 12, 1958) was a Malaysian striker. He played for Sabah FA in the semi-pro league and Malaysia Cup in the late 1970s and in the 1980s.

    Hassan started representing Malaysia in youth competition from 1977–1978. He was brought into the senior team in 1978 by national team coach Karl Heinz Weigang.

    He is remembered as a member of the potent strike force comprising the likes of Mokhtar Dahari and James Wong (another player from Sabah). He was called lipas kudung because of his agility.

    He was a member of the Malaysia squad that qualified for the 1980 Olympics in Moscow.

    He is best remembered for setting up the winning goal for James Wong against South Korea that won Malaysia the ticket to the Olympics.

    Unfortunately, Malaysia did not go as it joined the US-led boycott against Soviet Union for the invasion of Afghanistan.

    In 1996, Hassan join Malaysia national beach soccer team. He played in the Beach Soccer World Cup 1999 as well.
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    Rasmimi Ramli
    Head, Financial Reporting & Assurance
    Malaysian Institute of Accountants
      
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    Rasmimi Ramli /Head, Financial Reporting & Assurance
    Malaysian Institute of Accountants/

    Rasmimi Ramli heads the Financial Reporting and Assurance Department in MIA. She oversees the technical activities of MIA on financial reporting, audit and assurance, taxation and Islamic Finance; including managing four technical committees. She also provides technical support to MIA on Malaysian Financial Reporting Standards (MFRS), Private Entities Reporting Standards (PERS), Malaysian Private Entities Reporting Standard (MPERS) and Malaysian Public Sector Accounting Standards (MPSAS). She actively participates in various Malaysian Accounting Standards Board (MASB) working groups and task forces and Government Accounting Standards Advisory Committee (GASAC). She was the technical advisor to Datuk Wan Selamah Wan Sulaiman, former Accountant General, when she served as the member of International Public Sector Accounting Standards Board (IPSASB) between 2013 and 2015. She has audit experience with the international audit firms both in Malaysia and United Kingdom. Prior to joining MIA, she was an Internal Audit Manager with Maxis. Rasmimi is a member of MIA and a fellow member of ACCA.
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    Chong Chen Kian
    Audit Partner
    KPMG Malaysia
      
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    Chong Chen Kian /Audit Partner
    KPMG Malaysia/

    Chen Kian is an Audit Partner of KPMG in Malaysia. He has more than 15 years of experience with KPMG auditing public listed and multi-national companies, including 2 years with KPMG in the UK. In addition to audit, he is also involved in providing accounting advisory services such as accounting standards conversion and implementation projects, and reporting accountants work in capital market transactions and project financing exercises. Chen Kian has a wide range of industry experiences, which includes oil and gas, power, trading, manufacturing, construction and agriculture sectors. Chen Kian speaks at public seminars and workshops, and conducts in-house technical trainings on accounting topics for the firm’s professional staff as well as client in-house trainings.

    Chen Kian is a fellow member of CPA Australia, and a member of both MIA and MICPA. He is also a member of the Industry Advisory Board of a local university.
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    Azlina Nordin Torji
    General Manager – Financial Control and Accounts
    Telekom Malaysia Berhad
      
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    Azlina Nordin Torji /General Manager – Financial Control and Accounts
    Telekom Malaysia Berhad/

    Azlina is currently the General Manager for Financial Control and Accounts with Telekom Malaysia’s Group Finance, reporting directly to Group Chief Financial Officer, Datuk Bazlan Osman. She oversees the Group’s statutory financial reporting to external stakeholders such as Bursa Malaysia as well as lead the Group’s tax functions, supporting the group and subsidiaries in alignment with Financial Reporting Standards as well changes in tax requirements. Current projects which she oversees include the implementation of new MFRS standards such as MFRS15 and 16, all activities related and impacted by these two significant new standards. Like many other accounting professionals, with over 17 years of professional experience, she is a Fellow of Certified Chartered Accountants (FCCA), an MIA member and her early career was with one of the Big Four accounting firms. Azlina also participates as industry representative in some MASB working teams which discuss and deliberate on new or revised IFRSs.
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    Daud Vicary Abdullah
    President and CEO
    INCEIF
      
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    Daud Vicary Abdullah /President and CEO
    INCEIF/

    Daud Vicary Abdullah is the President and Chief Executive Officer of INCEIF, The Global University of Islamic Finance. He has been in the finance and consulting industry for over 43 years, with significant experience in Asia, Europe, Latin America and the Middle East. Since 2002, he has focused exclusively on Islamic finance where he has contributed to a number of books on the subject and has co-authored a book on Islamic finance entitled “Islamic Finance: Why it makes sense.” He is also a frequent speaker and commentator on matters relating to Islamic finance.

    Prior to INCEIF, Daud was the Global Islamic Finance Leader with Deloitte. He was also previously Acting CEO of Asian Finance Bank, an Islamic bank based in Malaysia, and was the first Managing Director of Hong Leong Islamic Bank.

    He is a Chartered Professional in Islamic Finance (CPIF), CPA (Australia), a Distinguished Fellow of the Islamic Banking and Finance Institute of Malaysia (IBFIM) and a former Board member (2003 – 2007) of the Accounting and Auditing Organization for Islamic Financial Institutions (AAOIFI).

    Currently, Daud is a member of the Global Group in Islamic Finance & Investment (Global IFIG), under the Foreign & Commonwealth Office, UK; a member of the Steering Committee for The Royal Awards for Islamic Finance (RAIF), a member of the Islamic Finance Committee at the Malaysia Institute of Accountants (MIA), a member of the Board of Trustees of RFI Foundation and a Senior Advisor for University of East London’s Islamic Finance and Banking Advisory Board.
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    Mohd Zabidi Md Nor
    Director of Islamic Banking and Takaful Department
    Bank Negara Malaysia
      
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    Mohd Zabidi Md Nor /Director of Islamic Banking and Takaful Department
    Bank Negara Malaysia/

    Mohd Zabidi Md Nor is currently the Director of Islamic Banking and Takaful Department, Bank Negara Malaysia. He is responsible for strategic development and market surveillance, internationalisation strategy, talent development, shariah and prudential policies for the Islamic banking and takaful sectors with the objective to promote a sound and robust Islamic financial sector.

    Mohd Zabidi Md Nor has served the Bank Negara Malaysia for 20 years and had previously been the Director of Prudential Financial Policy Department where he led and provided oversight role as well as technical advice on the development and implementation of key of prudential regulation such as Basel II and Basel III regulations for banks & risk-based capital framework for Insurance, prudential standards on corporate governance, securitisation, liquidity ,derivatives, structured products and financial reporting standards (mainly provisioning and fair value related standards).

    Mohd Zabidi Md Nor holds a Bsc. Econ (Accounting and Finance) from the London School of Economic and is a Fellow Chartered Certified Accountant and a member of Malaysian Institute of Accountant (MIA). He currently serves as a council member of the MIA and chairs the Audit and Risk Management Committee of the MIA. He is a member of the Islamic Financial Services Board (IFSB) Technical Committee and chairs the IFSB Working Group on Supervisory Review Process for Takaful Operators.
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    Mohamed Rafe Mohamed Haneef
    CEO
    CIMB Islamic Bank Berhad
      
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    Mohamed Rafe Mohamed Haneef /CEO
    CIMB Islamic Bank Berhad/

    Rafe became the Chief Executive Officer of CIMB Islamic Bank Berhad on 4th January 2016 and is in charge of the CIMB Group's Islamic banking and finance franchise. CIMB Islamic operates as a parallel franchise to the Group’s conventional operations and covers Islamic wholesale banking, Islamic consumer banking, Islamic commercial banking and Islamic asset management and investment.

    Rafe has 20 years of experience covering a range of businesses and functional roles gained from three global banks, an international asset management company and a legal firm, at various financial centers including London, Dubai and Kuala Lumpur.

    He read Law at the International Islamic University Malaysia and also holds an LL.M degree from the Harvard Law School. He was admitted to the Malaysian Bar in 1995 and qualified for the New York State Bar in 1997.

    Rafe first joined HSBC Investment Bank plc, London in 1999 and thereafter HSBC Financial Services Middle East, Dubai where he set up the global sukuk business in 2001. Subsequently, he became the Global Head of Islamic Finance business at ABN AMRO Dubai in 2004 covering both consumer and corporate businesses. In 2006, he moved back to Malaysia with Citigroup Asia as the Regional Head for Islamic banking, Asia Pacific. He later joined HSBC Amanah in 2010 as the CEO, Malaysia and Managing Director of Global Markets, ASP
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    Dato’ Richard Azlan Abas
    CEO
    MINDA
      
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    Dato’ Richard Azlan Abas /CEO
    MINDA/

    Dato’ Richard was appointed CEO of MINDA in October 2016.

    He completed a Bachelor of Commerce at the University of Western Australia in 1984 and articled with Arthur Andersen in Perth. He joined the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia in 1988.

    He has worked with the Arab Malaysian group, Johor State Government and Tabung Haji Group. He currently serves on the board of Theta Edge Berhad as Independent Non-Executive Director. He has served on several other public listed boards in the past twenty years.

    He is a member of the Malaysian Institute of Accountants and is Asia Councillor for Chartered Accountants Australia New Zealand (CAANZ).

    He has an interest in Kufi Squares and provisional approval for a patent for a mathematical algorithm to convert latitude and longitude to a single string.
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    Datuk Zainal Amanshah
    CEO
    InvestKL
      
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    Datuk Zainal Amanshah /CEO
    InvestKL/

    Datuk Zainal Amanshah was appointed Chief Executive Office of InvestKL in 2011. InvestKL is tasked by the Malaysian Government to attract 100 of the world’s largest multinationals to invest in the Greater Kuala Lumpur by 2020.

    With more than 22 years of experience in the private sector and 4 years in Government, Datuk Zainal has held senior positions in multinationals, Malaysian companies, start-ups and now, InvestKL. Prior to joining InvestKL, he was the Group CEO of REDtone, a Malaysian public listed telecommunications provider. He was also one of the company’s founders.

    In the course of his career, Datuk Zainal has familiarised himself with many industries such as banking, insurance, oil & gas, automotive and manufacturing. He is also well versed with the public sector especially with regards to foreign investment. He sits in the Investment Committee under MITI and PEMANDU, the Greater KL Steering Committee and Pemudah–DBKL Steering Committee.

    Datuk Zainal graduated with Bachelor of Science (Electronic Engineering) from the University of Kent, United Kingdom in 1989. He has attended several Executive Programs, namely the Harvard Premier Business Management Program Malaysia in 2007 and the Wharton School of Finance Program in Malaysia. He is a member of Vistage Malaysia, a premier CEO development organisation, the KLBC (Kuala Lumpur Business Club) and ASLI (Asia Strategic Leadership Institute).
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    Faris H. Hadad-Zervos
    Country Manager
    The World Bank
      
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    Faris H. Hadad-Zervos /Country Manager
    The World Bank/

    Mr. Faris Hadad-Zervos is the World Bank Country Manager for Malaysia, based in Kuala Lumpur. Mr. Hadad-Zervos, a US national, joined the World Bank in 1996 with the Private Sector Development Department. He served as Manager of the Technical Cooperation Program with the Gulf Cooperation Countries (2000-2003), Head of Mission for Iraq (2003-2005), Operations Manager for the West Bank and Gaza (2005-2008), Acting Director for Fragile States in the Operations Department (2010-2011) and Country Manager for Bolivia (2012-2015). In 2008, Mr. Hadad-Zervos took a leave of absence from the World Bank to serve as the Deputy Head of the Quartet Office for the Middle East Peace Process, based in Jerusalem.

    Mr. Hadad-Zervos holds a Master's Degree in Economics from George Mason University, and a Master's Degree in Finance from George Washington University.
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    Wan Suraya Wan Mohd Radzi
    Deputy Secretary General (Strategy & Monitoring)
    CIO, Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI)
      
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    Wan Suraya Wan Mohd Radzi /Deputy Secretary General (Strategy & Monitoring)
    CIO, Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI)/

    Education
    • LLB (Hons.) Sheffield University, UK
    • Bar Vocational, Southbank University and Lincolns Inn, UK
    • Diploma in Public Administration, National Institute of Public Administration Malaysia (INTAN)
    • Diploma in Trade Policy (WTO)
    • High Potentials Leadership Programme, Harvard Business School
    Work Experience
    • Deputy Secretary General
      (Strategy and Monitoring)
      Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI)
      (1 July 2016 – present)
    • Senior Director
      Sectoral Policy Division, MITI
      (8 June 2015 – 30 June 2016)
    • Senior Director
      Investment Policy and Trade Facilitation Division, MITI
      (26 November 2014 – 7 June 2015)
    • Director, Investment and Industrial Policy
      Investment Policy and Trade Facilitation Division, MITI
      (4 March 2014 – 25 November 2014)
    • Minister Counsellor (Economy)
      Malaysian Trade Commission
      High Commission of Malaysia to Singapore
      (30 September 2009 – 3 March 2014)
    • Minister Counsellor (Economic Affairs)
      Mission of Malaysia to the European Commission (EC)/Embassy of Malaysia, Belgium and Luxembourg
      (July 2005-September 2009)
    • Principal Assistant Director/Assistant Director, ASEAN Economic Cooperation Division, MITI (1995-2005)
    • Trainee, National Institute of Public Administration Malaysia (INTAN)(1994-1995)
    • Trainee Journalist, Malaysian National News Agency (BERNAMA)(1994)
    Award

    Kesatria Mangku Negara – KMN (2014)

    Other Responsibilities
    • Member of the Academy of Sciences Malaysia (ASM) Working Group on Science Outlook 2016-2017 (Energising Industries)
    • Board of Director
      Federal Agricultural Marketing Authority (FAMA)
      (15 April 2015-14 April 2017)
    • Board Member of the National Precision Tooling Sdn Bhd
      (19 October 2015 – present)
    • Board Member of the Malaysia Automotive Institute (MAI)
      (6 December 2015 – present)
    • Board Member of the Malaysia Steel Institute (MSI)
      (10 October 2015 – present)
    • Chief Negotiator for Malaysia for the ASEAN-Hong Kong FTA
      (2 April 2014)
    • Chief Negotiator for Malaysia for the Malaysia-EU FTA
      (1 July 2016)
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    Ibrahim Sani
    Presenter/Producer
    BFM Radio
      
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    Ibrahim Sani /Presenter/Producer
    BFM Radio/

    Ibrahim Sani is a presenter/producer at BFM 89.9, a business radio station. He co-hosts the station's flagship show, the Breakfast Grille, as well as the Morning Run segment

    Prior to this, he was at CIMB Investment Bank; where he worked at various departments, including Debt Capital Markets, Global Markets, Retail Strategy, and more. His last position was at the CIMB Group's CEO Office, in charge of Islamic Banking Strategy.
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    Hugo Walkinshaw
    Advisory Partner
    Ernst & Young Advisory Pte. Ltd.
      
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    Hugo Walkinshaw /Advisory Partner
    Ernst & Young Advisory Pte. Ltd./

    Hugo Walkinshaw is an Advisory partner at Ernst & Young Advisory Pte. Ltd. and is part of EY’s Asia Pacific Advisory Centre.He has 25 years of management consulting experience and has provided assistance to clients across the Asia Pacific region, as well as in the US and Europe. Hugo has spent the last 20 years living and working in the region, and is currently based in Singapore.

    Hugo currently leads EY’s Asia Pacific Advisory Life Sciences sector team, as well the Asia Pacific Centre of Excellence for Global Business Services, covering the full transformation life cycle of the Enterprise functions including Finance, HR, IT, Procurement and Customer Management, with a specific focus on Service Delivery Models, Shared Services and Outsourcing Advisory and Implementation.

    He has assisted clients in a number of areas including corporate strategy, functional transformation, operations improvement, systems implementation, performance measurement and cost management, shared services and outsourcing advisory, and customers and markets strategies.

    Although his primary industry experience is in Life Sciences, where he has focused for the last 15 years, he has also worked in the Manufacturing, Consumer Business, Oil & Gas, Communications, Financial Services and Defence& Aerospace industry sectors. Hugo is a Management Accountant by training, and is a Modern History graduate from Exeter University. He currently sits on the regional Southeast Asia board for the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants.
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    Raju Venkataraman
    Former CFO & Head of Strategy and Business Development
    The Walt Disney Company, South East Asia
      
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    Raju Venkataraman /Former CFO & Head of Strategy and Business Development
    The Walt Disney Company, South East Asia/

    Raju is a Senior Management Professional with a successful track record in commercial & financial leadership, in Consumer & Media businesses in Asia-Pacific. He has proven expertise in business partnership, strategy development & execution, risk management, governance & an in-depth understanding of APAC economies. Most recently, Raju was the CFO and Head of Strategy & Business Development for The Walt Disney Company (TWDC) in South East Asia. While providing overall financial leadership for TWDC operations in the region, his remit included partnering with the businesses to deliver sustainable profitable growth as well as spearheading the commercial aspects of business development and strategy across the key business segments namely, Media networks, Retail and licensing, Studio, Interactive Gaming.

    Prior to joining Disney in Year 2000, Raju had worked in finance and commercial roles in different industries including Pharmaceuticals, Fashion Garments and Engineering, both in India and in South East Asia.

    Raju is a fellow member of CIMA, UK and an associate member of CA Institutes in India and in Singapore. He is also a member of the Singapore Institute of Directors. He has spoken in various forums about partnership between finance and strategy, finance and marketing, ongoing digital transformation, creativity and innovation.
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    Abdul Rahim Abdul Hamid
    Chairman
    Malaysian Venture Capital Management Berhad
      
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    Abdul Rahim Abdul Hamid /Chairman
    Malaysian Venture Capital Management Berhad/

    ABDUL RAHIM HAMID was admitted as an Associate Member of the ACCA in 1975 and as a Fellow in 1980.

    He started his career soon after completing the Professional Examinations in 1971 in Cooper Brothers & Co. He remained in the Firm which was renamed Coopers & Lybrand in 1973 and PricewaterhouseCoopers following the merger of Price Waterhouse and Coopers & Lybrand in 1998 throughout his Career.

    He was admitted as a Partner of Coopers & Lybrand in 1982. He assumed the leadership role as Managing Partner/Chief Executive of Coopers & Lybrand in 1993. Upon the merger between Price Waterhouse and Coopers & Lybrand in 1998 he assumed the role of Deputy Executive Chairman of PricewaterhouseCoopers until he retired in June 2004.

    Post retirement he continued serving the Profession through the Malaysian Institute of Accountants where he was first elected as a Council Member in 2001; serving as President of MIA for 2 terms in 2005-07 and 2009-11. During his second term he was also the President of the ASEAN Federation of Accountants. He also presided over the 18th World Congress of Accountants in November 2010; a once-in-4-years event hosted by Malaysia for the first time. The 18th WCOA attracted more than 6000 delegates from 134 countries which was a record.

    He has since retirement accepted roles as Independent Non-Executive Director in 5 Public Companies, 2 MOF Incorporated companies, a PNB Group company and an Islamic Bank.

    Presently, he is Chairman of Malaysia Venture Capital Management Berhad, an MOF Incorporated company, of Ire-Tex Corporation (M) Berhad and of GFM Services Berhad.
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    Sanjay Gordon Panjabi
    Audit Analytics Leader, Deloitte Southeast Asia
    Assurance and Advisory Partner, Deloitte Southeast Asia
      
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    Sanjay Gordon Panjabi /Audit Analytics Leader, Deloitte Southeast Asia
    Assurance and Advisory Partner, Deloitte Southeast Asia/

    Sanjay is an Assurance & Advisory Partner with Deloitte Southeast Asia (SEA) based out of Singapore with over 20 years of experience in public accounting in Singapore and Hong Kong. He focuses on Life Science & Healthcare (LSHC) and Oil & Gas (O&G) industries.

    He brings with him extensive experience in the audits of multinational and local companies in a number of industries including those listed in Singapore and Hong Kong. Sanjay has also advised companies on their initial public offering and led financial due diligence engagements.

    Sanjay is our Audit Analytics Leader for Deloitte SEA and a member of our Global Audit Innovation Network as the Audit Innovation Leader for our Singapore practice.

    Sanjay is a regular speaker at our public seminars on accounting technical updates. He also leads similar sessions for his clients customized to their business & industry.

    Sanjay, a Chartered Accountant in Singapore and CPA in Hong Kong, is also a Fellow Member of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants and a Member of CPA Australia.
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    Rohit Kumar
    Director of Forensic Practice
    PwC
      
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    Rohit Kumar /Director of Forensic Practice
    PwC/

    Key experience summary

    Big Data Analytics
    • Development of predictive analytics solution for a cloud based Bio Tech company that offers human genome data analysis as a service
    • Led the development of cloud based financial reporting risk analytics as a service
    • Built a multi-tenant data warehouse for audit compliance analytics at a large financial services company
    Financial Statement Fraud Detection
    • Development of financial statement fraud analytics and later applied them to a large number of audit and financial restatement engagements
    • Undertook numerous investigations in USA, in matters such as revenue inflation, expense and procurement fraud
    • Led an audit restatement analytics engagement for a multinational telecommunication company
    Financial and Operational reporting
    • Assisted several Fortune 500 companies in building operational reporting analytics and dashboard
    • Helped a PwC led financial services consortium in developing financial reporting for IRS reg 1441
    • Led procure to pay and order to cash analytics engagements for several financial services and technology companies
    • Built an analytics solution for forecasting tax implications for securities buy and sell at a large mutual fund company
    IT System and Architecture
    • Led a team of business and technical experts at a large investment bank in building a multi-layered partnership allocation system for partners and participants
    • Led master data design for a large business transformation at a Fortune 100 technology company
    • Led master data design (customer, product, vendor) for a global manufacturing company
    Thought Leadership
    • Published paper on “Detection of Large Scale Irregularities in Accounting Data” at International Conference on Data Mining
    • Featured in several prestigious magazines, CIO Review Magazine (2014, 2015), The Silicon Valley Review (2014)
    • Speaker at industry conferences, Information Systems Audit and Control Associations (ISACA), The Indus Entrepreneurs and others
    • Played a key role in developing Audit Data Standards for financial data, general ledger, accounts receivable, released by AICPA
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    Wong Chiun Chiek
    CFO
    IBM Malaysia
      
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    Wong Chiun Chiek /CFO
    IBM Malaysia/

    Chiun Chiek is the Chief Financial Officer of IBM Malaysia, and sits on the board of three business entities. He is also part of the Senior Finance Leadership within IBM Asia Pacific, and lead several talent and transformation initiatives across the region.

    Since joining IBM in 2001, after brief spells with banking and shipping companies, Chiun Chiek fast-tracked through the ranks by taking on new challenges including building and leading shared services operations, managing complex services engagements, as well as being controller and consolidation to hardware and services businesses.

    In 2011, he was assigned to the IBM Asia Pacific, Africa and Latin America Headquarter in Shanghai, China to lead an IBM Chairman and CEO-mandated project to optimize global talent deployment.

    This success led him to be tasked to manage a 400-man strong finance operation, with the imperative to deploy Big Data Analytics capabilities into the management decision-making processes. In this capacity, Chiun Chiek revamped the organization’s talent model, which resulted in more than 50 local talents being assigned overseas for professional development.

    Chiun Chiek is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants, and a member of the Malaysia Institute of Accountant. He is an alumni of INTI University, and holds a Bachelor Degree in Finance conferred by the University of Hertfordshire.
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    Geraldine Magarey
    Leader, Policy & Thought Leadership
    CAANZ
      
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    Geraldine Magarey /Leader, Policy & Thought Leadership
    CAANZ/

    Geraldine is Leader, Policy and Thought leadership and Acting Leader of Audit and Insolvency based in Sydney. She is responsible for leading initiatives for thought leadership through Chartered Accountants ANZ’s future[inc] program as well as policy and technical guidance around business issues, including cloud computing, corporate governance, and cyber security to Chartered Accountants, government, regulators and business. Recent future[inc] papers have included the Future of Work, Protecting our Cyber Future and Fast Forward: Leading in a Brave New World of Diversity.

    Geraldine is a chartered accountant with over 25 years of experience in the finance and accounting profession including over ten years with Big 4 accounting firms in London, Sydney and Adelaide and an in-house role with an Australian subsidiary of a global media and entertainment company. Prior to joining the Institute, she was a senior manager at the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC), where she was involved in the strategic direction and management of the accountants and auditors team.

    Geraldine holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Government from the University of Sydney, a Master of Commerce in Accounting from the University of New South Wales and well as a Graduate Diploma in Management from the Australian Graduate School of Management.
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    Prof Dr Ainin Sulaiman
    Department of Operation and Management Information System
    Faculty of Business and Accountancy, University of Malaya
      
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    Prof Dr Ainin Sulaiman /Department of Operation and Management Information System
    Faculty of Business and Accountancy, University of Malaya/

    Ainin obtained her PhD from University of Birmingham, UK. Prior to that she did her Masters of Business Administration in the University of Stirling, United Kindom. Her undergraduate qualification, the Bachelors of Public Administration was obtained from Universiti Utara Malaysia (UUM)

    Upon her graduation from UUM, she worked as a Software Analyst for two years in a software house. She resigned to join University of Malaya as a tutor.

    Her academic career took off after obtaining her PhD in 1995. She has held several administrative posts at the Faculty Business and Accountancy (Dean, Deputy Dean and Head of Department) over the years.

    She is currently serving as the Dean of the Equitable Society Research Cluster, University of Malaya.

    Her research interest includes Social media, social networks, IT adoption and usage and organizational performance.
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    Lee Ching Wei
    Co-founder/Group CEO
    iMoney Group
      
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    Lee Ching Wei /Co-founder/Group CEO
    iMoney Group/

    Ching Wei graduated from The University of Melbourne and is also a CFA and CAIA charter holder, two prestigious qualifications in the finance field.

    When he moved back to Malaysia, he found that it was extremely difficult to get banking done fairly and the power weighed heavily in favour of the banks. He sought to change that through a revolutionary website that shifted the power into the consumer’s hands.

    He founded iMoney in 2012 and with his drive he secured US$2.5 million in funds including grants from Cradle and has also been recognized as the Best Cradle Recipient in 2013. These successes have allowed him to turn iMoney into the powerhouse it is today.
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    Izatul Arini Mohd Ariff Albakri
    Head of Finance Division
    Cyberview Sdn Bhd
      
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    Izatul Arini Mohd Ariff Albakri /Head of Finance Division
    Cyberview Sdn Bhd/

    Izatul Arini has 17 years of working experience from Real Estate and Building and Infrastructure. She specialises in Internal Audit, Finance, Corporate Services and Strategic Management.

    Izatul holds a Bachelor of Arts (Accounting & Finance) from Manchester Metropolitan University, UK and is a Chartered Accountant (CIMA).

    Izatul has been with Cyberview Sdn Bhd since 2006 to which she is now Head of Finance Division.
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    Ir Dr Karl Ng
    Director, Innovation Capital Division
    Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation
      
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    Ir Dr Karl Ng / Director, Innovation Capital Division
    Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation/

    As Director of the Innovation Capital Division, Dr Karl leads MDEC’s efforts in strengthening the Innovation Ecosystem within the digital economy. His responsibilities include Entrepreneurship, Technology Innovation and Funding. He has contributed towards the growth of the industry by advocating and implementing policies and initiatives to help entrepreneurs gain funding, new innovation, market share and international recognition. He is currently leading the National Big Data Analytics (BDA) initiative which aims to drive Malaysia as a leading regional BDA solution hub and proliferate usage of BDA in all sectors. Open Data, Talent Development and Open Innovation are some of the key focus of the National BDA initiative. He holds a Bachelor degree in Engineering from The University of Birmingham, United Kingdom and MBA with Distinction and Doctor of Business Degrees from Charles Sturt University Australia. He is also a Chartered and Professional Engineer. He sits in advisory board of several universities in Malaysia and has served as judge in international Entrepreneurship and Innovation awards.
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    Dato' Hj Muhammad Redzuan Abdullah
    Executive Director, Surveillance & Enforcement
    Malaysian Institute of Accountants
      
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    Dato' Hj Muhammad Redzuan Abdullah /Executive Director, Surveillance & Enforcement
    Malaysian Institute of Accountants/

    Dato’ Redzuan is the Executive Director of the Surveillance & Enforcement Division of the MIA. He has 39 years of experience – as a police officer involved in technical operations and prosecution, as a Senior Magistrate handling criminal and drug related cases and as a Senior Director of Enforcement-cum Senior Federal Counsel in Companies Commission of Malaysia (SSM) handling corporate matters.
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    Professor Dr Aiman Nariman
    Professor of Law
    International Islamic University Malaysia
      
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    Professor Dr Aiman Nariman /Professor of Law
    International Islamic University Malaysia/

    Professor Dr Aiman Nariman Mohd Sulaiman is currently attached to the Law Faculty, International Islamic University Malaysia. She is currently a board member of the Listing Committee of Bursa Malaysia. She is a Chairperson and director of IIUM Corporate Management Sdn Bhd , a subsidiary of IIUM Holdings Sdn Bhd. She has experience in teaching and researching corporate law, corporate governance, securities law and governance in the financial services sector. She has conducted various speaking engagements and training on matters relating to corporate law and governance. She is also a member of audit and risk management committee of IIUM. She was a key figure in the Malaysian Corporate Law Reform Programme (2004—2008) as the consultant for the project. She has been a Visiting Professor at School of Law, Bond University and has been a recipient of the Australian Endeavour Fellowship Award (Nov 2012-April 2013).
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    Nor Azimah Abdul Aziz
    Deputy CEO (Regulatory & Enforcement)
    Companies Commission of Malaysia
      
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    Nor Azimah Abdul Aziz /Deputy CEO (Regulatory & Enforcement)
    Companies Commission of Malaysia/

    Nor Azimah joined SSM since 2003 and is currently the Deputy Chief Executive Officer (Regulatory & Enforcement). She oversees the Enforcement arm of SSM that comprised of Corporate Compliance, Investigation, Prosecution & Litigation as well as Regulatory Review and Legal Services Divisions. Prior to this post, she was the Director of Corporate Development & Policy Division and Director of Companies Commission of Malaysia Training Academy. Nor Azimah obtained her law degree from ITM (UiTM) Shah Alam in 1991 and began her career as an Advocate and Solicitor in 1992. She then joined the National University of Malaysia (UKM), as a Law Lecturer (Accounting Dept) and acquired her LL.M in Business Law from the University of Aberystwyth, Wales in 1996.
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    Lee Shih
    Partner
    Skrine
      
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    Lee Shih /Partner
    Skrine/

    Lee Shih is a Dispute Resolution Partner of Skrine. He graduated from the University of Bristol. He is a Barrister-at-Law (Gray’s Inn) and an Advocate & Solicitor of the High Court of Malaya.

    His work focuses on corporate litigation, corporate insolvency and international arbitration.

    He has been ranked in Chambers Asia-Pacific and in the Legal 500 Asia Pacific. He is a Council Member of the Insolvency Practitioners Association of Malaysia (IPAM).

    He regularly speaks at conferences on the Companies Bill and on company law. His views on the Companies Bill 2015 have been featured on Bloomberg, The Edge, Focus Malaysia and BFM Radio.
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    Andrew Chiew Ean Vooi
    Partner
    Lee Hishammuddin Allen & Gledhill
      
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    Andrew Chiew Ean Vooi /Partner
    Lee Hishammuddin Allen & Gledhill/

    Andrew Chiew has a broad commercial and corporate dispute resolution practice. He acts for financial institutions on matters involving banker’s liability, corporate insolvency and security enforcement. His practice also includes shareholders disputes as well as liability of directors, liquidators and receivers & managers.

    Andrew read law in University of Leeds. He was called to the Bar at Middle Temple, and, later, admitted as an advocate and solicitor of the High Court of Malaya. He is ranked as a recognized practitioner by Chambers Asia.
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    Johan Mahmood Merican
    Deputy Director General (Human Capital)
    Economic Planning Unit, Prime Minister's Department
      
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    Johan Mahmood Merican /Deputy Director General (Human Capital)
    Economic Planning Unit, Prime Minister's Department/

    Johan was appointed Deputy Director General (Human Capital) of the EPU in June 2016. Prior to that, Johan was the CEO of TalentCorp from its inception in January 2011, driving public private partnerships to meet the nation’s talent needs. Between 2004 and 2010, Johan had served as Principal Private Secretary to the Minister in the Ministry of Finance and subsequently, in EPU, with a focus on policy development, such as the 10th Malaysia Plan and annual Budgets. Before serving the Government, Johan worked in the private sector for 9 years in corporate finance and accounting roles at MRCB, Sime Darby and PricewaterhouseCoopers.

    Johan trained as a Chartered Accountant, being member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of England & Wales since 1998. He also holds a degree in Economics from the University of Cambridge.
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    Dr Elizabeth Lee
    Senior Executive Director
    Sunway Education Group
      
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    Dr Elizabeth Lee /Senior Executive Director
    Sunway Education Group/

    Dr Elizabeth Lee Fuh Yen is the Senior Executive Director of the Sunway Education Group. Since her appointment in 1992, the Sunway Education Group has developed from just one institution, Sunway College which had a student population of less than 1,000 to a dynamic group of twelve institutions, catering to more than 25,000 students.

    Educated and trained in the United Kingdom in Multi-Cultural Education, Elizabeth read her Master of Philosophy (MPhil) in Education at the University of Cambridge. Her Cambridge links see her actively involved in the Oxford & Cambridge Society of Malaysia of which she is a past President.

    A veteran in the field of private higher education provision, Elizabeth also serves on National Higher Education Research Institute (IPPTN) and the International Academic Advisory Council (IAAC) of Jeffrey Cheah Institute on Southeast Asia. She sits on the Board of Management of the Master Builders Association of Malaysia Education Fund and also the Board of Trustees of MERCY Malaysia. A thought leader in her own right, her recent international invitations to speak include the Harvard Business School, University of Cambridge, University of Oxford and the University of Edinburgh. She is also known as an advocate for women in leadership and serves as a mentor in the ICAEW global programme for specially chosen female corporate leaders.

    In August 2014, she was conferred the Doctor of Laws (Honoris Causa) by the University of Nottingham for her immense and exceptional contributions to education in Malaysia. She is also a recipient of several international and national awards which include the Visionary Women Leadership Award at the 2nd World Women Leadership Congress & Award (WWLCA) in Mumbai (2015), the Malaysia Most Impactful Leadership Contribution Award 2014 by Asia Success Inc. and the Outstanding Asian Women Community Contribution Award from Malaysia Women’s Career Building Association in 2011.

    Elizabeth was recently elected a member in the Malaysian Qualifications Agency (MQA) Council effective January 2016, Chair of the MQA Investment Committee and member of the MQA Disciplinary Committee since 1 February 2016.

    In April 2016, she was conferred a second honorary doctorate by Victoria University. The Doctorate of the University award is in recognition of Elizabeth’s role as a distinguished educator, for her work in promoting international education and issues relating to the education of women. The award also recognises her pivotal role in fostering the partnership between Victoria University and the Sunway Education Group.

    In her personal capacity, she has written and edited a number of children’s English storybooks for early language learning. Her culinary interests find her serving on the National Council of the Confrerie de la Chaine des Rotisseurs, Baillage de Malaisie, where she is the Baili Regional for the state of Perak.

    She is married to Company Director Mr Cheah Ming Chiew. They have three daughters, aged between 17 years and 21 years.
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    Dato' Hamidah Naziadin
    Group Chief People Officer
    CIMB Bank Berhad
      
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    Dato' Hamidah Naziadin /Group Chief People Officer
    CIMB Bank Berhad/

    Dato' Hamidah Naziadin is the Group Chief People Officer of CIMB Group, a leading ASEAN universal bank. Dato' Hamidah is also the Chief Executive Officer of CIMB Foundation responsible for corporate responsibility initiatives.

    Dato' Hamidah transformed Human Resource from an administrative function into a strategic business partner, contributing to CIMB’s rapid growth into a regional financial institution that it is today. She also strategised resource integration for various mergers and acquisitions within Malaysia, ASEAN and APAC regions.

    Dato' Hamidah holds a Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Wolverhampton, UK. She is also an Independent Director on the board of Maxis Bhd.
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    Wan Yon Shahima Wan Othman
    Chief Operating Officer
    Human Resources Development Fund
      
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    Wan Yon Shahima Wan Othman /Chief Operating Officer
    Human Resources Development Fund/

    Wan Yon Shahima, a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science degree holder, is a passionate supporter in technological innovation to drive business and workplace environment. As the Chief Operating Officer of Pembangunan Sumber Manusia Berhad, she spearheads the HRDF core business operation covering HRDF membership portfolio, training grant, product marketing and women programme.

    With over 25 years of experience in various industries including banking, discrete and process manufacturing and training services, she plays strategic role to encourage active participation of Malaysian employers to continuously upgrade knowledge and skills of their employees to increase the competitiveness of their organizations and contribute to the nation’s growth.

    A person driven by objective, Wan Yon Shahima is also a strong advocate of women’ agenda. She is actively involved in the Housewife Enhancement and Reactivate Talent Scheme (H.E.A.R.T.S), a project focuses on upgrading knowledge and competency of the latent educated women. This national programme aims to bring women back to employment and increase their participation in the labour market.
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    Datuk D.P.Naban
    Senior Partner
    Lee Hishammuddin Allen & Gledhill
      
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    Datuk D.P.Naban /Senior Partner
    Lee Hishammuddin Allen & Gledhill/

    A tenacious, mature, composed and technically-sound legal strategist.

    A Senior Partner of the firm, Datuk Naban is a highly-acclaimed Band 1 tax lawyer (Chambers Asia). He has appeared in some of Malaysia’s most significant recent tax disputes, where clients describe him as “outstanding” and recommend him for his “superb” advocacy skills.

    A client remarked to the Legal 500 that “Despite many years at the bar, he (Naban) still exudes a fresh and tireless enthusiasm for the law, which translates to immaculate service”.

    Qualifications
    • LLB (Hons), University of London
    • Barrister-at-Law (Lincoln’s Inn)
    • Advocate & Solicitor of the High Court of Malaya
    Practice Areas
    • Income Tax
      • Tax litigation & dispute resolution proceedings
      • Tax advisory & planning
      • Tax audit & investigation
      • Transfer pricing & thin capitalisation
      • International tax (including cross-border transaction tax & double taxation issues and withholding tax)
    • Goods & services tax
      • GST Litigation
      • GST Legal Advisory
      • GST Audit & Investigation
      • Anti Profiteering
    • Real property gains tax & real property company
    • Petroleum income tax
    • Customs duty, excise duty & anti-dumping duty
    • Stamp duty
    • Private clients
    Publications
    • Co-author – Malaysia Singapore Tax Cases Digest, CCH
    • Co-author – CCH GST Case Summaries, CCH
    • Co-author – The Law of Goods & Services Tax in Malaysia, CCH
    • Co-author – Halsbury’s Laws of Malaysia (Revenue Law) by LexisNexis

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    Paul Drum
    Head of Policy
    CPA Australia
      
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    Paul Drum /Head of Policy
    CPA Australia/

    Recently described in the Australian Financial Review as CPA Australia’s “long-standing tax expert,” Paul Drum has worked in the tax and business policy arena for over 30 years, principally in Australia, but also in Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, New Zealand and Hong Kong.

    As Head of Policy at CPA Australia, his work has involved tax policy, law and administration, superannuation, financial planning, business management, education and representation and advocacy to government and core government agencies.

    He is a fellow member of CPA Australia, a Chartered Tax Adviser, and a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Paul is a regular speaker on the Congress circuit - both in Australia and markets of interest to the organisation.

    He is CPA Australia’s leading speaker on tax issues in the Australian media.
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    Bernice Tan
    Executive Director
    BDO Tax Services Sdn Bhd
      
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    Bernice Tan /Executive Director
    BDO Tax Services Sdn Bhd/

    Bernice served as a Director with the International Tax practice of Ernst & Young for over 14 years where she specialised in transfer pricing. She has worked abroad in the transfer pricing practices of Ernst & Young Singapore and Arthur Andersen Australia. Prior to joining BDO in 2014, she was attached with a boutique tax advisory firm for three years.

    Bernice has assisted clients with transfer pricing planning and risk management, transfer pricing documentation, tax efficient supply chain management and controversy management. She has been involved in assisting both Malaysian and multinational companies involved in a broad spectrum of industries, such as fast moving consumer products, oil & gas, telecommunications, electronics, industrial and passenger equipment, pharmaceutical products, banking, property development and highways.

    She also has extensive experience in both compliance and tax related advisory work for local corporations, multinationals and individuals in terms of tax planning exercises, inbound and outbound investments and restructuring exercises.

    Bernice has wide experience conducting in-house transfer pricing training for clients and is also a trainer at regional transfer pricing schools. She has spoken at various client seminars and participated in transfer pricing workshops for the Chartered Tax Institute of Malaysia and Malaysian Institute of Accountants, and has contributed to the International Tax Review and Malaysian Business. She was a co-author of Guide To Transfer Pricing — Rules, Planning and Compliance Strategies published by CCH.
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    Simon Clark
    KPMG Regional Tax Partner
    ASPAC Regional Leader, Alternative Investments
      
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    Simon Clark /KPMG Regional Tax Partner
    ASPAC Regional Leader, Alternative Investments/

    Simon is an internationally recognised tax advisor who is part of KPMG’s regional M&A team as well as leading the regional private equity and alternative investment practises from a tax perspective. Prior to joining KPMG, Simon worked with one of Australia’s leading legal tax practises where he was Head of International Tax and Head of Property. On the advisory side, he is experienced in M&A, capital raisings, fund establishment and out-bound and in-board investment structures, having worked with many of the biggest global investors.

    Simon and his team co-ordinate the provision of tax advice across regional and global assignments. In recent times, this has included deals in Indonesia, Vietnam, the Philippines, Cambodia, Australia and Thailand as well work in Europe and especially the UK. Recent M&A/PE transactions include transactions in micro-banking (regional), property (Australia and regional), media (European and regional), oil & gas (regional), health (Australia and regional), retail industry (Indonesia) and infrastructure (regional).

    Simon is also part of KPMG’s global SWF network and the global and ASPAC BEPS groups. He is the global tax lead for GIC and the regional tax lead for CPPIB. He has been involved in providing detailed advice for GIC in relations to BEPS related issues in Europe including involvement in lobbying UK treasury in relation to aspects of its tax regime. Within Singapore, Simon is also the tax lead on the firms infrastructure initiative and works with key infrastructure clients such as Macquarie and GIC. Representative clients include CPPIB, UBS, KKR, Blackstone, CVC, General Atlantic, Morgan Stanley, Temasek, GIC, ADIA, Equis, Macquarie
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    Professor Dr Arfah Salleh
    Vice-Chancellor Elect of
    UNITAR International University
      
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    Professor Dr Arfah Salleh /Vice-Chancellor Elect of
    UNITAR International University/

    Arfah Salleh is Professor of Human Governance at Putra Business School (PBS) where she is now the CEO and President. She is instrumental in the novation of the former Graduate School of Management, Universiti Putra Malaysia (GSM-UPM), a faculty-equivalent responsibility centre within a public research university where she was then Dean, into PUTRA which is now a full-fledged fully autonomous business school of university status.

    She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Accountancy; a Master’s degree in Finance & Investment; and a PhD in the area of ICT integration in accounting education and in systems design. She is also a Fellow member of CPA Australia and a member of the Malaysian Institute of Accountants with training and work experience in investment and fund management.

    Since assuming full-time academic position in the late eighties, Arfah has always maintained close linkage with the accounting profession and industry through serving on the committees of various professional accountancy bodies. For instance, from 2006 to 2008, she was appointed a member of the Malaysian Accounting Standards Board (MASB). In 2010, Arfah was invited to participate as a member of the Industry Advisory Panel initiated by Deloitte. She was also involved in an advisorial capacity in the training programmes for entrepreneurs conducted by SME Bank (2009) and MARA (1990).

    In her academic capacity, Arfah has among others, served as consultant in the rating initiatives of universities, university colleges and polytechnics as well as an Adviser to the Ministry of Education in the design of accounting curriculum at the secondary school SPM level as well as polytechnic. She was a member of the Panel comprising industry captains and academics to develop the criteria for evaluation of business schools in the country. Arfah was also an Adjunct Professor at Sunway University apart from sitting on the Board of Studies of a few public universities’ programmes. She is the Founding President of the Malaysian Accounting Association (MyAA).

    At the international front, she has recently been appointed member of the Committee on Issues in Management Education of the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) with head office in Tampa Florida and member of the Asia Pacific Advisory Council of AACSB. She was also Adviser for the ICT implementation in accounting programme at Tampere University of Applied Science, Finland.

    In research, Arfah has earned various awards for her courseware invention in the methodology of teaching accounting at the national and international levels, including the Woman Inventor of the Year Award 2005 from the International Federation of Inventors’ Association, Geneva. Her current research interest is in the areas of human governance; human-centred epistemological and ontological worldviews; the application of quantum physics in management and leadership; and inter-subjectivity and ethics in accounting.
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    Tan Sri Dato' Setia Hj Ambrin Buang
    Auditor General
    National Audit Department Malaysia
      
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    Tan Sri Dato' Setia Hj Ambrin Buang /Auditor General
    National Audit Department Malaysia/

    Kelulusan Akademik

    1971 - B. Econs (Hons), Universiti Malaya
    1981 - Master in International Business, University Of South Carolina, USA

    Pengalaman Perkhidmatan

    1971-1979 - Kementerian Perdagangan dan Perindustrian
    • Penolong Setiausaha, Bahagian Pentadbiran dan Kewangan.
    • Penolong Pengarah, Bahagian Perdagangan Antarabangsa
    • Setiausaha Sulit Kepada Menteri
    • Timbalan Pengarah, Bahagian Perindustrian
    1981-1982 - Kementerian Perdagangan dan Perindustrian
    • Timbalan Pengarah Bahagian Perusahaan Kecil
    1982-1987 - Lembaga Perindustrian Kayu Malaysia (LPKM)
    • Pengarah Pemasaran
    • Timbalan Ketua Pengarah
    1987-1991 – Institut Tadbiran Awam Negara (INTAN)
    • Ketua Pusat Pentadbiran Ekonomi dan Dasar Awam
    • Timbalan Pengarah (Pengurusan)
    1992-1995 - Kedutaan Besar Malaysia di Tokyo
    • Menteri Kedutaan
    1995-1999 - KL International Airport Berhad
    • Pengurus Besar Kanan
    1999-2001 - Kerajaan Negeri Selangor
    • Setiausaha Kerajaan Negeri
    Okt 2001-Feb 2006 - Kementerian Pelajaran Malaysia
    • Ketua Setiausaha
    Feb 2006–Sekarang - Jabatan Audit Negara
    • Ketua Audit Negara
    Lain-lain
    • Ahli Dewan Diraja Selangor
    • Ahli Lembaga Pengarah Institut Integriti Malaysia
    Kurniaan
    • 1990 - Kesatria Mangku Negara (K.M.N.)
    • 2000 - Darjah Paduka Mahkota Selangor (D.P.M.S)
    • 2005 - Panglima Setia Mahkota (P.S.M)
    • 2005 - Dato' Setia Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah (S.S.I.S)
    • 2014 - Darjah Kebesaran Setia Mahkota Kelantan Yang Amat Terbilang (S.P.S.K.)
    • 2015 - Darjah Panglima Pangkuan Negeri Pulau Pinang (D.P.P.N)
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    Ting Choo Wai
    Executive Director, Public Sector Finance
    PricewaterhouseCoopers Malaysia
      
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    Ting Choo Wai /Executive Director, Public Sector Finance
    PricewaterhouseCoopers Malaysia/

    Qualifications:
    • Bachelor of Accounting (Hons) University Putra Malaysia
    • Member of Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA)
    • Member of Malaysia Institute of Certified Public Accountants (MICPA)
    • Member of Malaysian Institute of Accountants (MIA)
    Executive Summary

    Choo Wai is an Executive Director and currently leads the Public Sector Finance unit. He has over 17 years experiences dealing with public and private sector clients on areas such as financial audit, finance function transformation, credit processes improvement, capital management framework implementation and strategic business plan development

    He is currently the lead project director to manage and implement as service provider, the transformation of the Malaysian Federal Government’s accounting practices from modified cash to accrual accounting. He has also assisted various Malaysian government agencies in their MFRS implementation as well.
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    Dr. Ian Ball
    Chairman
    CIPFA International
      
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    Dr. Ian Ball /Chairman
    CIPFA International/

    Ian Ball is Chairman of CIPFA International. He is also the Chair of the Audit Committee for the financial statements of the New Zealand Government, and is an advisor on government accounting matters to Japonica Partners.

    From its inception until 2015 he was a board member of the International Integrated Reporting Council, and chaired the Working Group responsible for proposing the Framework to the IIRC Council. He was Chief Executive Officer of the International Federation of Accountants (IFAC) between 2002 and 2013. Earlier, as Chairman of the IFAC Public Sector Committee he initiated and led the development of International Public Sector Accounting Standards (1995-2000). From 1987 through 1994, he was Director of Financial Management Policy and Central Financial Controller in the Treasury, responsible for developing and implementing the New Zealand Government’s financial management reforms. During this time he was on the OECD’s Senior Budget Officials Working Group and its Budget Experts Panel. He has also been Professor of Accounting and Public Policy at Victoria University of Wellington, and Principal of Public Sector Performance (New Zealand) Limited. He has served on the NZ Accounting Standards Review Board, the (then) Institute’s Financial Reporting Standards Board and the IASB’s Standards Advisory Council.

    He is a member of CIPFA and a Life Member of ICANZ. He was educated at VUW and the University of Birmingham.
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    Paul K. Jambunathan
    Consultant Cinical Psychologist
      
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    Paul K. Jambunathan /Consultant Cinical Psychologist
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    Paul studied at Sheffield University, UK and further trained at Murdoch University, Perth, Australia. He also specialized in Sports Psychology (a Canadian / Olympic Council of Malaysia venture). Paul, with over 35 yrs of experience in applied psychology in Britain, Australia and Malaysia, has extensively dealt with a wide spectrum of emotional and behavioural problems. Being one of the first few Clinical Psychologists in the country his applied and clinical skills cover a wide range of issues which include children’s and family problems, parenting, interpersonal effectiveness, personal development, and performance enhancement. During his stint in Perth, Australia, Paul was the Coordinator of Services for the Resource Unit for Children (and families) with Special Needs (RUCSN), a Commonwealth Govt. funded project.

    Paul runs numerous workshops and seminars for the general public and specialised groups which include companies, universities, colleges, parents and private requests. His Consultancy experience includes more than 5,000 children, 10,000 families, and over 1000 companies. (Includes counselling and custom-designed analyses and training programmes). Paul, until recently, had his own weekly regional counseling and mental health radio programme with Astro’s Lite-FM. Paul has had his own radio programme with various Radio Stations for the last 20 yrs . He is frequently quoted in the national papers and appears regularly on live TV.

    Paul has served as a member of the National Board of Directors for the Ministry of Women, Family and Community Development. He has served as an advisor to the National Diabetes Institute. He has also served as a member of the Sexual Health Advisory Committee of Malaysia and as a member of the Board of Trustees for Cancerlink Malaysia. He is also an advisor to the National Association of Early Childhood Care and Education Malaysia (NAECCEM). Paul is a professional proponent of Emotional Intelligence and Positive Psychology. He is active in advancing the practice of Emotional Intelligence & Positive Psychology in private and professional settings. He is well known for his custom-designed workshops that involve practical applications of fundamental psychological principles - especially within natural and applied settings. He is a highly sought-after speaker and facilitator. Paul is a pioneer proponent of Mental Hygiene in Malaysia and is passionate about the prevention of mental and emotional problems through the empowerment of the individual.

    Paul is a firm believer in healthy living, exercise and fun. He is a SCUBA Dive Master and is passionate about diving and conservation. He is equally passionate about Ecopsychology and believes there is lots to learn from nature and that Mother Nature is a teacher of infinite potential. He runs numerous workshops, teaching sessions and therapeutic sessions in natural settings. Paul’s current research interests are in Effective Living with Stress and Mental Health. His other areas of interest include Emotional Intelligence, Positive Psychology, and Ecopsychology.
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    Mary Easaw
    Senior Manager (Chief Dietitian)
    National Heart Institute
      
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    Mary Easaw /Senior Manager (Chief Dietitian)
    National Heart Institute/

    Mary Easaw – John is the Chief Dietitian and Senior Manager, of Dietetics and Food Services, of Institut Jantung Negara (National Heart Institute) Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
    • She holds a First Class (Hons) Bachelor of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics from the University of Madras, Chennai, India, where her practical aspects of nutrition management won her The Fatima Akthar Award in 1983 for preventing malnutrition in a preschooler.
    • She also holds a Professional Diploma in Cardiovascular and Thoracic Sciences with a Distinction from the John Moores Liverpool University, United Kingdom in 2009.
    • She also has obtained her Master of Science in Advanced Healthcare Sciences from John Moores Liverpool University, United Kingdom.
    • She is a certified mentor Level 2 from John Moores Liverpool University, United Kingdom as well.
    She started her career in Nutrition and Dietetics at the Johor Specialist Hospital, Johor Bahru, Malaysia and moved to work at Selesa Health Farm in Pahang where she worked as a Wellness dietitian , before joining Institut Jantung Negara. She was trained at the Papworth Hospital in Cambridge and Royal Brompton Hospital in London on nutritional management of heart diseases and heart transplant patients. She managed the nutrition of the first heart transplant patient in Malaysia in 1997.

    Besides holding the responsibilities as the Chief Dietitian and Senior Manager in the Department of Dietetics and Food Services, Mary is a sessional lecturer in International Medical University since 2011.

    Mary is currently the Country Representative for Malaysia appointed by American Overseas Dietitians Association, (AODA) in 2004.
    • She is the first Malaysian and Asian dietitian recipient of the International Dietetic Network STAR Award bestowed by the AODA for 2005 - 2006. This award recognizes leadership skills and promoting nutrition and dietetics, locally and internationally as a country representative.
    • She has been appointed to the Board of American Overseas Dietitians Association as the as the Country Representative Chair (June 2007- 2008). She was the conference chair for the American Overseas Dietitian Association Conference, which went down in history for the first time held in an Asian Country, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia from 23 to 25 April 2009. For hosting a successful conference, she was awarded the AODA Service Award 2009, by the American Overseas Dietitian Association at the conference.
    • In 2013, she was appointed as Kesatria (Ambassador) for Malaysia for Asia’s Business Event by Ministry of Tourism, Malaysia.
    • In 2016 Mary as awarded the Outstanding Dietitian of the Year 2016 for her leadership in dietetics by the Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics , USA in recognition of her hosting the second MDA AODA conference in May 2016 in Kuala Lumpur
    Mary is one of the authors and editors of two other healthy recipe books Resipi Sihat, Pilihan Bijak (Healthful Recipes, the wise choice) Volume 1 and Volume 2. She authored the third cook book with Berita Publishing titled Meals without Guilt. She hosted her own cooking show on Malaysian TVs.

    She is a much sought after speaker and has made numerous presentations at seminars and conferences on various issues of nutrition and food services locally and internationally. She is a key opinion leader in matters of nutrition and serves as an advisor in nutrition for pharmaceutical and food companies in Malaysia. She served as a consultant for special meals for Malaysian Airline and Cathay Pacific Airlines. She frequently appears as a nutrition authority on television and radio and has been interviewed by many leading health and women’s magazines.

    She was the chairperson of Guidelines for Dietary Management of Hyperlipidemia 1999 and Medical Nutritional Therapy Guidelines for Hyperlipidemia and Hypertension 2004. Mary also conducts wellness workshop for corporate organizations.
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    Nik Fazila Nik Mohamaed Shihabuddin
    Group COO/CFO
    Chemical Company of Malaysia
      
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    Nik Fazila Nik Mohamaed Shihabuddin /Group COO/CFO
    Chemical Company of Malaysia/

    Qualifications
    • Bachelor of Economics (Accounting), Flinders University of South Australia, Adelaide, Australia
    • Chartered Accountant, Malaysian Institute of Certified Public Accountants (MICPA)
    • Chartered Accountant, Malaysian Institute of Accountants (MIA)
    • Associate Member, Certified Practising Accountant (CPA) Australia
    Working Experience and Occupation

    Nik Fazila has more than 25 years of experience in the field of accounting, finance, business assurance and various corporate transactions. She started her career with Price Waterhouse (now known as PricewaterhouseCoopers - PwC) in the audit and business advisory services, and was with PwC for 10 years from 1988 to 1998. Her last position at PwC was as Senior Manager, Audit & Business Advisory.

    She has also served three (3) Main Board public listed companies in Malaysia, as General Manager Finance and Chief Financial Officer. During her tenure at those public listed companies, apart from accounting, finance and treasury, she was involved in various corporate transactions, namely merger and acquisitions, corporate restructuring, creditors’ scheme of arrangement and capital repayment exercises. The listed companies that she had worked for were Sapura Telecommunication Berhad, KUB Malaysia Berhad and UDA Holdings Berhad. Her last employment prior to joining CCM was as Chief Financial Officer of Biotropics Malaysia Berhad, a subsidiary of Khazanah Nasional Berhad.
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    Kevin Zahri
    Fitness Celebrity
      
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    Kevin Zahri /Fitness Celebrity
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    Affectionately known as Cikgu Fitness, Kevin Zahri is one the most successful health and fitness experts in Malaysia. As a passionate advocator of health and fitness education, he is the founding creator behind Malaysia’s nationwide weight loss program called Jom Kurus. He has over 10 years experience as fitness trainer, corporate speaker, fitness writer, TV host and various personal appearances. Kevin Zahri is one of the most followed health and fitness social media accounts in Malaysia with a combined following of over 700,000 followers throughout the social media hemisphere. Kevin Zahri was award the most influential health and fitness personality (Malaysia) by Influence Asia, Asia’s largest social media awards for 2015. www.influence-asia.com
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    Dato' Ramesh Kodammal
    Council Member
    ASEAN-BAC Malaysia/Chairman, Goldtex Group Group of Companies
      
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    Dato' Ramesh Kodammal /Council Member
    ASEAN-BAC Malaysia/Chairman, Goldtex Group Group of Companies/

    Dato’ Ramesh Kodammal is the Chairman of Goldtex Group of Companies, a company which he founded since 1976 specialising in import & export of garments and textiles, as well as manufacturing of home furnishings.

    Dato’ Ramesh has been appointed by the Ministry of International Trade & Industry (MITI) Malaysia as the Chairman of ASEAN-India Business Council Malaysia and the Co-Chairman of ASEAN-India Business Council (AIBC). He is also a Council Member of the ASEAN Business Advisory Council (ASEAN-BAC) since 2010, which has been mandated by ASEAN Leaders since 2003 to provide private sector feedback and guidance to boost ASEAN's efforts towards economic integration. He is also the Malaysian representative in the MSME ASEAN-BAC Working Group. Dato’ Ramesh is an Honorary Member of the Kuala Lumpur Malay Chamber Of Commerce (KLMCC).

    Dato’ Ramesh actively promotes the interests of the business community between ASEAN-India and he has been actively involved in the visits by Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi to Malaysia as part of this initiative. He has actively participated in various international forums and seminars representing Malaysia as a moderator and speaker.

    Among the posts which Dato’ Ramesh has held previously include the Deputy President of Kuala Lumpur Selangor Indian Chambers Of Commerce (KLSCCI ), Vice President Of Malaysia Associate Indian Chambers & Industries and Treasurer of National Chambers of Commerce and Industries Of Malaysia (NCCIM ). He currently still holds various positions in other non-governmental organisations (NGOs).
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    Stephen Darley
    CEO
    BDO Asia Pacific
      
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    Stephen Darley /CEO
    BDO Asia Pacific/

    Areas of Expertise
    • Professional Practice & Governance
    • Strategic & business planning
    • Business & market analysis
    • Corporate restructuring & insolvency
    Experience Summary Stephen Darley is the CEO Asia Pacific for BDO International Limited. In that role, he serves on the BDO Global Leadership Team and is the Chairman of the BDO Asia Pacific Board.

    His focus is on the corporate and strategic development of BDO in the Asia Pacific region and its alignment to the BDO Global Strategy and Vision.

    Stephen has 25 years of professional and operational experience across eight countries in the region including leading roles with KPMG and Standard Chartered Bank.

    He has had a wide and varied professional experience that includes incorporating and establishing the first foreign controlled Asset Management Company in Thailand; building a distressed debt servicing platform in New Delhi; and leading roles in the valuation of distressed debt portfolios across South East Asia. Whilst stationed in Jakarta and following the 1998 Asian financial crisis he led the review team into one of the four operating subsidiaries of what was then the largest defaulting debtor in the emerging markets.

    His Asian and professional experience across borders and cultures in the emerging markets of Thailand, Indonesia, the Philippines and India together with the more mature economies of Taiwan, Singapore, Hong Kong and his native Australia, provides a sound base for his current role.
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    Rick Payne
    Head of ICAEW
    Finance Directions Programme
      
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    Rick Payne /Head of ICAEW
    Finance Directions Programme/

    Rick Payne is ICAEW’s expert on building effective finance functions and the role of the Chief Financial Officer. Having worked as a divisional CFO in a leading financial services firm he now draws on his experience to lead ICAEW’s Finance Direction programme. The programme aims to help finance professionals contribute to organisational success. Rick co-authored ICAEW’s report ‘The Finance Function: A Framework for Analysis’ which draws on wide-ranging research by academics, consultancies and professional bodies supplemented by discussions with leaders in the field. The framework provides an excellent means of presenting and discussing the ways in which CFOs and finance departments can add greater value to their organisations, while taking into account their unique circumstances. Building on this foundation Rick authored ‘Finance business partnering: a guide’, which provides practical guidance on the skills, processes and structures required for finance to position itself as a business partner. He is currently working on a report looking at the role of the CFO as strategist and also looking at the implications of big data and analytics for accountants in business.

    Soon after qualifying as a Chartered Accountant with KPMG Rick moved into investment banking. During his business career he covered most areas in financial control and held roles as CFO for Corporate Banking, Structured Finance and Corporate Finance, Regional CFO for Asia Pacific and Global Head of Finance for Global Financial Markets. After these roles Rick worked as an independent consultant focussed on organisational development and talent management. This gave him the opportunity to qualify as a trainer and executive coach. He also gained an MSc (with distinction) in Organisational Behaviour at Birkbeck College University of London.

    Rick presents regularly to audiences of finance professionals and academics in the UK and internationally.

    In his spare time rick enjoys travel, the arts, sport and trying to get his golf handicap down.
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    Megan Mulia
    Director, Research and Information
    Asialink Business
      
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    Megan Mulia /Director, Research and Information
    Asialink Business/

    Detailed Biography
    • Megan Mulia has 20 years' experience in the strategic management of market intelligence, business information and research. Megan was based in Asia for 14 years, managing content and research for firms such as Factiva, Thomson Reuters, and PricewaterhouseCoopers, and is able to bring a unique perspective on the information requirements of companies operating in the region.
    • Megan managed commercial relationships with various information providers across the region including various stock exchanges such as Bursa Malaysia, SET, SGX, as well as bond information vendors, national news agencies and major publishing houses.
    • Prior to joining Asialink Business, Megan worked with KPMG Singapore as part of its government-supported ‘Institutes’ initiative to drive the business advisory and accountancy sector in the broader Asian region, through thought leadership and C-level stakeholder engagement. Megan managed a specialist team to deliver 30 major research initiatives over a two-year period, including reports on:
      • Path to a CFO & Female CFOs in Singapore
      • Stakeholder Communications
      • Family Business in Singapore
      • Hard Facts about Accurate Estimates (Fair Value)
      • The Ties that Bind (Interested Party Transactions)
    • Megan currently leads the research function at Asialink Business responsible for developing content such as Country Starter Packs, and various research and thought leadership reports including Growing Knowledge Economies and Australia’s Jobs Future: The Rise of Asia and the Service Opportunity.
    Relevant Skills/Qualifications/Memberships
    • Former Director, Institutes Group, KPMG Singapore
    • Market intelligence and content strategy roles for a number of organisations including Factiva, Thomson Reuters, Bloomberg and PricewaterhouseCoopers
    • Master of Arts (Asian Economics, Banking & Finance), Monash University
    • Bachelor of Arts (Indonesian) & Bachelor of Commerce (Applied Economics & Marketing), Deakin University
    • Member Australian Institute of Company Directors
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