MENTORS FOR THE WOMEN IN LEADERSHIP 2020 PROGRAMME
Executive Coach and Board Director
Fatimah Merican is an Executive Coach focused on women in leadership. With over 35 years of experience in ExxonMobil in various professional, managerial and leadership roles, juggling career and family, Fatimah is well equipped to coach women aspiring to leadership roles.Fatimah is also an Independent Non-Executive Director of United Overseas Bank (Malaysia) Berhad, IJM Plantations Berhad and Paramount Corporation Berhad .Fatimah retired as Vice President and Director, ExxonMobil Exploration and Production Inc. in March 2014. In this capacity, she was responsible for the financial services of the company, as well as having oversight for procurement, building facilities and a 700-strong IT support centre.For most of her career, Fatimah was in IT, working in Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand. Fatimah is an advocate for inclusion and diversity, developing and running a program for ExxonMobil IT in support of culturally diversified and dispersed teams.
DATIN SUNITA RAJAKUMAR
Chairperson, Caring Pharmacy Berhad
Datin Sunita Rajakumar has been a professional independent director since 2008 and a strong advocate of the importance of governance in general and risk management in particular. She is founder of the Malaysia Chapter of the World Economic Forum’s Climate Governance Initiative, the first in Asia and second in the world, and is a member of the Global Advisory Board of Nottingham University’s School of Business. She is Chairperson of Bursa-listed Caring Pharmacy and an independent director of Dutch Lady Milk Industries, MCIS Insurance (a member of the Sanlam group) and Zurich General Insurance.
Her legal degree from the University of Bristol and professional qualification as a Chartered Accountant (England & Wales) led to a career in investment banking for six years. She was then invited by the Malaysian Ministry of Finance to manage the first government-owned foreign technology venture capital fund. She has also advised on national innovation ecosystems.
DATIN NANCY SY SIM
Human Resources Consultant and Coach
CHEW MEI LING
CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER, BLUEFOX INTERNATIONAL MALAYSIA
Mei Ling has more than 27 years’ experience in both financial services and information technology and her strengths lie in running and managing companies, providing strategic direction and managing sales, marketing and operations within Asia Pacific.
Prior to joining Bluefox, Mei Ling was the Country Director/Board Director for Western Union Malaysia. She was selected by Malaysia’s Central Bank (BNM) to set-up the MSB National Association and was also the Council Member of the association and elected as the Chairman for the Remittance Industry in Malaysia. Her role was to lead and guide the remittance players in the country to achieve higher standards based on BNM’s expectations on Malaysia. Mei Ling was the Committee Member of the Disciplinary Committee and Chairman of Membership Committee for the Association. Prior to joining Western Union, Mei Ling was the country manager for Diebold.
Mei Ling is passionate about developing talent within the business and has been involved in mentoring/coaching high performance individuals and new junior colleagues within the company, particularly in dealing with difficult situations or customers. She enjoys seeing them progress up the career ladder and achieve their goals.
Partner / Global Employer Services (GES) National Practice Leader, Deloitte
Weina graduated from the National University of Singapore with a Bachelor of Accountancy. She is a Fellow of the CPA (Singapore) (Australia), an Associate Member of the Chartered Tax Institute of Malaysia and a Chartered Accountant of the Malaysian Institute of Accountants.
As a Partner at Deloitte Malaysia’s tax practice she leads the Global Employer Services (GES) Division and 29 years of experience with Deloitte in Singapore, Japan and Malaysia.
Weina supports and mentors the firm’s talents (the managers and the new partners) not only in Malaysia but in South East Asia (SEA) and also Asia Pacific (AP). She is a highly rated Partner facilitator at Deloitte AP University programmes namely AP & SEA Lead Client Service Partners’ Programme, AP Manager’s Milestone Programme and SEA Partners’ Programme.
Weina is engaged actively in employees’ affairs. She is the President of the firm’s Sports Club; she is one of the firm’s Talent Partners and presents regularly to the undergraduates on careers and also on her specialised subject matter. As an advocate for gender and diversity inclusiveness, she leads the Firm’s women leadership programme dedicated to high performing female talents in their readiness for their career progression. She sits on the CPA Australia (Headquarter) Professional Qualification Council and is also a member of the School of Business advisory board at the School of Business, Monash University – Sunway Campus, Malaysia.
ELISABETH MELANDER STENE
Chief HR Officer, Digi
Elisabeth was appointed Chief HR Officer in Digi on 1 October 2018. Prior to that she was Chief HR Officer at Multiconsult, ASA, a Norway based engineering company. Before joining Multiconsult , Elisabeth spent 16 years with Telenor, both at the Business Unit and Group level across various functions including HR. During that period she also served as the Chief HR Officer at Uninor, a Telenor subsidiary in India.
Skills & Expertise
Elisabeth holds a Masters of Science from the London School of Economics and Political Science, and a Bachelor of Science from University of Salford, United Kingdom.
Her critical mission in Digi would be to support business growth and development through learning, agile way of work, talent management, employee engagement and facilities, health & safety, in order to create a safe and hassle-free work environment and culture that enable Digi employees (or fondly known as Digizens) to collaborate effectively and create impact. This is in line with Digi’s employee value proposition of Freedom to Inspire The Next where every Digizen has the ‘Freedom to be who I am and do what I love. To work with the best people around me and build something great together that we can be proud of’.
CORPORATE ORGANISATIONAL CHANGE DIRECTOR
After successfully obtaining a BSc in Chemical Engineering in The Netherlands, Frank was recruited to South Africa by the African Explosives and Chemical Industry. There he worked for five years before starting a career at The Dow Chemical Company, an American multinational chemical company. His 29 years with The Dow Chemical Company lead him on 2-4 year projects to South Africa, Italy, Germany, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and the USA .
He started his career in various manufacturing positions. During the last fourteen years Frank specialized in change management and organizational development, assigned to integration projects of new international acquisitions and joint ventures. He has proven his skills, being a member of successful corporate integration teams in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Working within the different corporate and local cultures required intensive customization for each assignment, bestowing him with a broad business and cross-cultural experience.
Frank currently is an executive coach and mentor, living in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
LILY ROZITA MOHD KHAIRI
Ethics and Compliance Officer, Shell Malaysia Limited
Lily is currently the Ethics and Compliance Officer looking after Shell’s global downstream E&C interests. Previously, she was the Head of Legal and Managing Counsel for Downstream, Shared Services, Corporate and Company Secretarial for Malaysia. She has over 20 years Oil and Gas industry experience with significant knowledge in O & G projects and operations, leadership, change management, corporate governance, board management, talent development, litigation management, policy formulation, crisis and risk management and compliance.
Her leadership exposure and experience includes advising the Shell Board and management in a public-listed entity, as a director in a few of Shell’s boards and member of its various management team in country, as a faculty for Shell’s leadership programme and regular speaking engagements in the region on Inhouse Counsel, Compliance and Governance. She has held various external and leadership positions – Deputy President of the Malaysian Corporate Counsel Association, Shell Women Action Network (SWAN) President. an attachment with the Government of Malaysia, Shell Malaysia’s representative to the Malaysian International Chamber of Commerce Legal Affairs Committee and a member of the Kolej Tunku Jaafar Board of Trustees and Governors.
In addition to her business responsibilities, Lily is passionate about people and talent development and is an active Diversity and Inclusion champion within Shell. Her higher purpose in life is to help others reach their true potential through her mentoring/coaching work and sharing her life and career experience.
She read law at Cardiff Law School, United Kingdom and holds a Diploma in Human Resource Management from the Malaysian Institute of Personnel Management.
Her hobby is balancing a full time global career with caring for her special-needs child whilst pursuing the outdoors.
DR RAYMOND MADDEN
Mentor and Executive Coach
Raymond has extensive international experience in human capital development, talent management and leadership development. His book ‘The Business of Ethics’, looks at challenges facing business today from an international perspective.
He has held senior roles within the European financial and professional services industry; and several academic appointments including Professor of Management Practice and Dean at the London Metropolitan Business School and Associate Dean at Cass Business School. He was former head of research at London Business School. He has consulted widely with the Bank of China, BT, Coutts, Erste Bank, European Commission, Prudential, Standard Life, and Texaco. He also advised Governments on curriculum reform, professional education as well as talent development.
Raymond is a renowned speaker at international conferences and a personal coach to C-suite executives and senior civil servants. He was formerly Chief Executive Officer of the Asian Institute of Finance and lives in Kuala Lumpur. He is an adjunct professor of management practice and ethics at IUMW.
Group Chief Human Capital Officer, Maybank Group
In addition to Nora Manaf’s role as the Group Chief Human Capital Officer and member of the Group EXCO of Maybank, Nora chairs several national level committees and holds several Board memberships. Nora is also an Adjunct Professor appointed by the College of Business, University Utara Malaysia (UUM).
Nora is actively engaged in the country’s FI, Employers’ and Education circles via the leadership roles she holds. In 2018, Nora was appointed to the Malaysian Human Resource Minister’s Advisory Group. She is also Chairman of the Malayan Commercial Banks’ Association, Chairman of the Banking Sector HR Networking Group (HRNG), Council Member of the Malaysian Employers Federation (MEF), a member of the National Labour Advisory Committee (NLAC), Advisory Committee for UUM Master of Science (Finance) and an Advisory Council Member of Yayasan Peneraju Pendidikan Bumiputera as well as for the University-Industry Advisory Council Universiti Utara Malaysia. Nora was recognised as a Global Top50 Human Resource Professional, and was appointed into Talent Compact 4.0, an Industry Talent Advisory Panel of Talent Corporation Malaysia Berhad.
Nora’s Board memberships include the Board of Etiqa General Insurace Berhad, Etiqa Life Insurance Berhad, MBB Labs Private Limited, Bangalore and the Malaysian American Commission on Educational Exchange (MACEE).
Nora is also a Member of the Board of Examiners for the Asia Institute of Chartered Bankers (AICB), Member of the Asia Pacific Industry Advisory Panel for the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) and a Qualified Person for Training (QPRT) for the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW).
Nora is active in her quest to make a difference to empower women. She is the Executive Sponsor for Maybank’s Women Mentor Women Council established in 2013, as well as a Mentor for the ICAEW-TalentCorp Women in Leadership Programme. In 2016, Nora was awarded the “Beacon of Light” award at the National Women in Leadership Summit organised by the Asian Strategy & Leadership Institute (ASLI) in partnership with the Ministry of Women, Family and Community Development. Nora also spoke at a Women in Leadership seminar in Oxford University in 2016.
Nora is a qualified Chartered Accountant and is registered with the Malaysian Institute of Accountants (MIA). Nora also holds a post-grad certification in Human Resource Development from Cornell University and is a certified Gallup Strengths finder Coach Level II. She is also a graduate of the Advanced Management Program from Harvard Business School
TUNKU ALINA ALIAS
Chair of the Board, JA Russell & Co Sdn Bhd
Tunku Alina Alias is a mediator, a facilitator and an experienced legal counsel who specialises in corporate and private investments. She serves as an independent board director of several Malaysian public listed companies namely Batu Kawan Berhad, Malaysian Pacific Industries Berhad and IJM Corporation Berhad. She is also a director of MBSB Bank Berhad , and is the Chair of the Board of JA Russell & Co Sdn Bhd
She is interested in the role of the voluntary sector, as the third institution to complement the roles of the government and the private industry in socio-economic system of a nation. She serves as a council member of the Malaysian Oils Seicentists & Technologists Association (MOSTA) and is a trustee of the Raja Alias Foundation. Her PhD research in Islamic finance and philanthropy has given her broad-based exposure to the Islamic finance and banking industry.
Tunku Alina taught as an adjunct professor at the School of Law, University of Miami, Florida and was an adjunct Research Fellow with the International Centre for Education in Islamic Finance (INCEIF) Malaysia for some years.
She also volunteers as an online facilitator with Erasmus + Soliya to promote intercultural dialogue between college students in the West and the Middle East.
Her papers and articles can be accessed on https://tunkualinaalias.academia.edu
Her linkedin profile is linkedin.com/in/tunku-alina-alias-3339633a
CHUA CHAI PING
Human Resource Director
Global Development Centre, Experian
Chai Ping joined Experian as the Human Resources Director in their Global Development Centre in Kuala Lumpur. In January 2018, she was also asked to assume the role of Site Leader in Experian, providing overall leadership for the Centre locally. Over a career that spans more than 20 years, she joined the “Big 4” fraternity in Consulting before her foray into HR, providing strategic direction and driving the people agenda with the business. During her tenure in Accenture, she was the Country HR Lead of Malaysia & Vietnam and subsequently became the Asia Pacific HR Business Partner for Accenture Strategy, rolling out the Accenture Growth Model where Accenture reorganised its global operating structures. She also played a key role in leading and managing Accenture’s International Women’s Day and was awarded Champion of the Accenture Global Inclusion & Diversity Excellence Award in 2013.
Prior to joining Experian, Chai Ping was the HR Director of Mondelėz Malaysia. In addition, Chai Ping is one of TalentCorp’s Diversity Advocates and has been featured in various publications and the media. She is a Member of the MIHRM National Council, Mentor for the APEC Women in Transportation Mentoring Programme and an Industry Adjunct Faculty for INTI International Universities & Colleges. In August 2017, Chai Ping was bestowed the Asia HRD - Contribution to HR Community Award 2017. Most recently, Chai Ping received the TalentCorp Life At Work CEO Champion Award in 2018. The CEO Champion Award recognises a true leader as someone who champions diversity & inclusion in creating workplaces that are family- and women-friendly.
Managing Director, Technology Delivery Lead Executive, Accenture
Janet Yap is a managing director leading the Accenture Technology Delivery team. She has built her 30+ year career in Technology spanning various industries such as Consumer Goods & Services, Telecommunications & Media, Travel &Transportation, Utilities and Oil & Gas.
A versatile leader, Janet relocated to Accenture China (Hong Kong office) in 1995 where she led the Enterprise Business Solutions group covering Greater China. Six years later, she moved to Singapore to work with clients in Oil & Gas and Utilities.
Janet returned to Kuala Lumpur in 2003 to establish the Accenture Technology Solutions group, which has now been reorganised as Accenture Technology and is the largest workforce in Accenture Malaysia.
Janet is passionate about diversity-related causes and was the first woman to helm the Country Managing Director post in Accenture Malaysia and led the company in the area of Inclusion & Diversity. She was actively involved as a mentor for the ICAEW’s Women in Leadership 2015 program and a member of the steering committee for The 30% Club, Malaysian chapter.
In addition to this, Janet is also on the Board of AMCHAM and World Vision Malaysia.
Janet enjoys spending time with her daughter learning about anime and online games. She is an avid collector of new tech gadgets, a big fan of Star Wars, and reads many science fiction books.
MARZIDA BINTI MOHD NOOR
INDEPENDENT NON-EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, ALLIANZ MALAYSIA BERHAD
Marzida has an extensive experience in leading information technology (IT) business change and transformation, IT management and operations, programme management, outsourcing and management consulting. She started her professional career with a merchant bank and subsequently as an IT Management Consultant with KPMG Peat Marwick. She then joined Malaysia Airlines in 1992 and held various leadership and management positions including in the Corporate Planning Division, the Chairman's Office and subsequently as the Chief Information Officer (CIO) in 2001.
While in Malaysia Airlines, she implemented a change programme to stabilise, rationalise and transform the Airline's IT landscape. Key achievements included improvement of the IT operations services, an annual savings of 24% on key IT spend areas, set up of a global IT helpdesk, a successful upgrade of hardware and network infrastructure across more than 190 destinations worldwide. Marzida also negotiated and successfully implemented a multi-year IT operations outsourcing agreement as part of the Airline's IT transformation agenda.
During her tenure as the CIO, Marzida served as a Board member of the Societe Internationale de Telecommunications Aeronautiques (SITA), an air transportation member-based organisation which offer advanced technology solutions to airlines and airports worldwide, representing Malaysia Airlines. She was also a member of the Gartner CIO Roundtable.
In 2007, Marzida joined Shell Malaysia as the Head of IT Strategy and Planning and subsequently as the Head of Programme Delivery of SAP Human Resources System globally. In the latter role, she set up and transitioned the IT delivery centre from Europe to Malaysia achieving a total cost reduction of more than 50% and an increase in the number of projects delivered from Malaysia (from 10% to 70%).
Upon leaving Shell, Marzida became an entrepreneur as a licensed financial consultant, an investment coach and an entrepreneur in the financial services industry. She regularly conducts financial awareness talk to corporations and the public.
Marzida is currently an independent Non-Executive Director of Allianz Malaysia Berhad, lending her experience as an IT practitioner by providing oversight on the company’s IT and digital transformation programme. She is an active advocate of the 30% Club Malaysia particularly in helping to build a healthy pipeline of potential women board talents. The 30% Club is a business campaign supported by corporate leaders, champions and advocates who are committed to encouraging more women onto the Malaysian corporate boards.
HEAD, HUMAN RESOURCES, HSBC MALAYSIA
Norlida has over 20 years of international and regional strategic development and management experience. She recently began her role as Head of Human Resources at HSBC after 4 years as Group Chief Human Capital Officer at UEM Group.
Prior to joining UEM Group, she was the Global Head of Talent Management at Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank (ADIB) where she established and implemented an integrated talent management framework with her “talent book” which identified senior talent and high potentials, succession planning, regional and international resourcing and mobility programmes. In 2009, she became ADIB’s Chief Operating Officer / Head of Business Development & Strategy Wholesale Banking Group.
She also held Executive General Manager role in a Commercial Bank Group where she spearheaded the Group Human Resource and Corporate Communications.
SAW CHOOI LEE
Non-Independent Non-Executive Director
Dutch Lady Milk Industries Berhad
30 years of working experience with more than 15 years in the dairy industry. After 10 years as a pure marketer, I decided to switch and build a career also in Sales which have helped me to be a better leader in my role as Managing Directors. Besides Malaysia, I have lived and worked in USA, Hong Kong and China. My favourite part of working is coaching and leading young co-workers to become responsible adults/citizens.
Chooi Lee was formerly the Managing Director for Dutch Lady Milk Malaysia and Singapore from 2015 to 2017. She was redesignated as Non-independent Non-Executive Director with effect from January 2018.
Chooi Lee started her marketing career by joining the Unilever management training programme and since then, she has held various senior managerial positions within the fast-moving consumer goods industry. She first joined Dutch Lady Malaysia (a.k.a FrieslandCampina Malaysia) in 2003 as a Commercial Director. She was transferred to Hong Kong in March 2018 as the General Manager, FrieslandCampina Hong Kong and then promoted to become the Managing Director for FrieslandCampina Mainland China from 2011 to 2014.
She was also one of the 2018 mentors for ICAEW Women in Leadership programme partnering with Talent Corp Malaysia and Lead Women Organization. She was recently appointed as the Adjunct Professor for UKM -Graduate School of Business.
Director, Open University Malaysia
She is a Board Member for one of Top Ten Coop in Malaysia name Koperasi Tunas Muda Sdn Bhd, Penang. She is now a Director for the Open University Malaysia.
She demonstrated a willingness to be flexible, versatile and tolerant in a changing work environment while maintaining effectiveness and efficiency. She established and maintained positive working relationship with others, both internally and externally, to achieve goals of the organizations. She developed new and unique ways to improve operations of the organizations and to create new opportunities. Anticipated, understanding and respond to the needs of internal and external clients to meet or exceed their expectations within the organizational parameters.
She has 27 years of experienced in manufacturing and education industries. She has expertised in purchasing, marketing and management. Offer outstanding leadership skill with high integrity and committed to job task. Business oriented and result driven person. She drives the organization in a positive revenue growth. Pleasant personality and great rapport with stakeholders.
CHIEF CORPORATE AFFAIRS OFFICER, DIGI MALAYSIA
Joachim Rajaram is Chief Corporate Affairs Officer at Digi, and has overall responsibility for the company’s regulatory, government affairs, legal and governance, corporate communications, and business sustainability functions. He has been with Digi and Telenor Group for more than 11 years. His previous roles included Growth and Partnerships Lead at Digi’s venture building arm Digi-X, Vice President and Head of Corporate Communications in Telenor Myanmar, and Head of Communications and Sustainability at Digi. Joachim has two decades of experience in public affairs, corporate communications, business environment management, and sustainability planning and governance. He holds a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) degree from the University of London, and has attended executive education programmes at London Business School.
Principal, Korn Ferry
Tian Pouw (TP) has for the past seven years managed searches for independent board positions, C-suite and management positions across various industries in Malaysia and the region. He is humbled to have played different roles, be it as a mentor or a coach, in the career journey of many.
Throughout his 27 years of line and consulting experiences, TP has worked with boards and leaders throughout Asia Pacific including India, Indonesia, Korea, Malaysia, Mauritius, the Philippines, Singapore and Thailand. His interest and experiences cuts across board and executive searches, board and C-suite leadership assessment and development, strategic human capital and talent management. Prior to Korn Ferry, TP has assumed leadership roles in Andersen Consulting, Hong Leong Group (Malaysia) and Hewitt Associates.
TP is also a faculty member of the Women Directorship Program organized by LeadWomen in collaboration with NIEW and the Ministry of Women, Family and Community Development. He feels honoured to be a Diversity Advocate nominated by TalentCorp Malaysia to help address the talent needs of our nation, particularly in areas related to diversity and flexible working arrangement.
He has been a volunteer with the Befrienders Worldwide for the past eleven years, providing emotional support to those distressed and in despair. He was a board member and took a year off to be the Executive Director for the Befrienders Kuala Lumpur. He is currently a life skills coach for underprivileged children. TP enjoys public speaking and partaking in career counselling and leadership assessment and development programs.
SEAN O. FERGUSON
ASSOCIATE DEAN, ASIA SCHOOL OF BUSINESS (ASB)
Mr. Sean O. Ferguson is currently the Associate Dean at the Asia School of Business (ASB) in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Prior to HKUST, Mr. Ferguson was Associate Dean of MBA & MSc Programs at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology(HKUST) Business School. Prior to joining the board of MBACSEA, Ferguson served on the boards of the CEMS Global Alliance in Management, the American Chamber of Commerce-Hong Kong, and the Graduate Management Admissions Council (GMAC). Ferguson received his BS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor and his MBA from Rice University.
CEO, ANZ Banking Group Limited in Malaysia
Tracy Ong is the CEO of Australia & New Zealand Banking Group Limited in Malaysia. She has more than 30 years of experience in banking and financial services where she held several senior positions. Prior to ANZ, she was Managing Director and CEO of Bank of America Malaysia Berhad. Her other previous roles include Deputy CEO of Danajamin, Executive Vice President & Head of Corporate Banking in Maybank Group and Chief Commercial Officer & Head of Debt Markets in Maybank Investment Bank.
Tracy has a career-long interest in mentoring, with a particular interest in helping her mentees develop their confidence and profile, to match their capabilities and realize their potential. She is currently an executive member of the Malaysia Australia Business Council and she chairs the sub-committee for Women in Business. She is a mentor for the ICAEW Leadership Programme since 2014 and was a member of the 30% Club Malaysia steering committee at its inception in 2015.
Tracy has a daughter and 2 sons who are working professionals. She is active in community work and together with her husband, they are facilitators for the Catholic Marriage Preparation Course since 2008.
Tracy holds a Master in Business Administration from the University of Strathclyde, United Kingdom and a Bachelor of Economics (Hons) from the University of Malaya.