Learn & Connect with Industry Experts

The AmBank BizCONFERENCE is a series of special sessions in which Malaysian business leaders from all over the country share their insights on how they grew their companies, all completely FREE. Five conferences will be held in different cities, bringing together hundreds of SME CEOs to network, interact and pick up valuable knowledge on how to grow their business.

Stay tuned for more updates on the AmBank BizCONFERENCE in 2019!

 

 

KL BizCONFERENCE - 27 November 2018

Tan Sri Azman Hashim
Christopher Yap
Azri Zahier Azmi
Sharala Axryd
Faisal Ariff
Ko Chuan Zhen
Jonathan Lee
James McCulloch
Bront Palarae
Yeo Swee Key

 

Melaka BizCONFERENCE - 4 December 2018

Christopher Yap
Poh Tyng Huei
Low Fang Kai
Datuk Dr. Dominic Lau Hoe Chai

 

Johor Bahru BizCONFERENCE - 6 December 2018

Christopher Yap
Ko Chuan Zhen
Low Fang Kai
Datuk Dr. Dominic Lau Hoe Chai

 

PENANG BizCONFERENCE - 10 November 2018

Christopher Yap
Ch’ng Chuwn Leong
Peter Fitch
Jonathan Lee
Caroline Ong
Chan Kin Peng

 

KLANG BizCONFERENCE - 16 November 2018

Christopher Yap
Ko Chuan Zhen
Low Fang Kai
Prof. Dr. Gan Seng Kian

Tan Sri Azman Hashim

Chairman, AmBank Group

Tan Sri Azman Hashim has been in the banking industry since 1960 when he joined Bank Negara Malaysia. He practised as a Chartered Accountant in Azman Wong Salleh and Co. from 1964 to 1971. He was on the board of Malayan Banking Berhad from 1966 to 1980 and was its Executive Director from 1971 until 1980. He was the Executive Chairman of Kwong Yik Bank Berhad, a subsidiary of Malayan Banking Berhad, from 1980 until 1982 when he acquired AmInvestment Bank Berhad.

Tan Sri Azman is Chairman of the Asian Institute of Finance Berhad, Asian Institute of Chartered Bankers, Asian Banking School Sdn Bhd, Malaysian Investment Banking Association, the Malaysia Productivity Corporation, Malaysia South-South Corporation Berhad and Chairman Emeritus of Pacific Basin Economic Council (PBEC).

He is the President of Malaysia South-South Association, Malaysia-Japan Economic Association, Malaysian Prison FRIENDS Club and a Member of the APEC Business Advisory Council and East Asia Business Council. He is also the Leader of the ASEAN Japanese Business Meeting (Malaysia Committee, Keizai Doyukai). He is the Pro-Chancellor of Open University of Malaysia and a member of the Governing Body of Asian Productivity Organisation.

Tan Sri Azman is also involved in several charitable organisations as Chairman and Trustee of AmGroup Foundation and Perdana Leadership Foundation and Trustee for Yayasan Azman Hashim, Malaysian Liver Foundation, Yayasan Tuanku Najihah and Yayasan Canselor Open University Malaysia. Tan Sri Azman is also the Founder and Council Member of Azman Hashim Family (L) Foundation and Azman Hashim Charitable (L) Foundation.

Christopher Yap

MD of Business Banking, AmBank

Christopher Yap holds a Bachelor of Science degree from St. Cloud State University, USA and he brings with him close to 20 years of experience in the financial services industry with specific focus in the SME and Commercial segments. Christopher started his early career in Trade Services at Citibank Berhad Malaysia. Prior to joining AmBank Group, he held the position of Head of SME Banking with Alliance Bank. Under his helm, the SME business accounted for 25% of revenue for the bank. One of Christopher’s key achievements recently was when he and his team won the award for “Best SME Bank in Asia Pacific 2015” from The Asian Banker.

Azri Zahier Azmi

Director/CEO of The BOOM BEVERAGE SDN BHD

Succesfully brought the product, Hausboom – Sparkling Real Juice to be exported to several countries including China, Brunei, Singapore, Maldives, United Kingdom and Germany. Domestically, Hausboom is available in major Petrol Stations and convenient stores nationwide. Currently, Hausboom is in the process of exporting to another 22 countries

Sharala Axryd

Founder, The Center of Applied Data Science (CADS)

With a passion for data science and over 15 years of experience in the telecommunications field under her belt, Sharala Axryd is leading the data-driven business transformation and driving the benchmark for data science education in the ASEAN region. A thought leader in the data science space, she is a highly sought-after speaker for conferences with topics ranging from analytics to women in STEM.

Award-winner of the EY Woman Entrepreneur Of The Year 2017 Malaysia and among the Digerati 50 by Digital News Asia (DNA), she is the Founder of The Center of Applied Data Science (CADS), ASEAN’s first and only one stop platform and center of excellence for Data Science. She was part of the team that brought in The Data Incubator (an American-based data science center) to Malaysia, launched ASEAN’s first data science accelerator program in 2016 and spearheaded an initiative with the Harvard Business School in Boston to support Malaysia’s national agenda to be the hub for Big Data Analytics (BDA).

Faisal Ariff

Founder & CEO, BorderPass

Faisal founded BorderPass, an autogate service that gets travelers through airport immigration in seconds. He previously worked in the fund management industry in London, KL and Singapore.

Faisal graduated from Cambridge and Columbia University, where he was a Fullbright scholar.

Ko Chuan Zhen

Co-Founder & CEO of Plus Solar Systems Sdn Bhd

Ko Chuan Zhen is the CEO and co-founder of Plus Solar, a multi-award-winning clean technology company in Malaysia. Combined with great leadership, passion and in-depth knowledge in renewable energy, he has made Plus Solar the industry leader together with a team of passionate co-workers who give their best to achieve the company’s vision and mission. To date, Plus Solar has powered more than 700 buildings and 100MWp in power capacity for the country with solar PV technology. He believes that clean energy is the key towards sustainable living and has been instrumental in driving Plus Solar customer through a transformational energy shift experience from polluted to clean energy, in order to make the world a much better place for the future generation.

Jonathan Lee

Group COO of Reapfield Properties

Although starting his career in music, Jonathan Lee made the decision to shift his focus to real estate more than a decade ago. His determination led his agency to become the appointed agency to market multiple Tier 1 developers such as UEM Sunrise, Paramount Group, Man Sing and many more. In 2016, Jonathan’s agency, GMAC Realtors, was acquired by Reapfield Properties and he was then appointed as Group COO of the Reapfield Group, overseeing 11 branches nationwide and almost 1,000 real estate negotiators. Ever since coming on board, business expansion and multiple key partnerships were formed. This created more platforms for the real estate negotiators to be better equipped and to add value to the market place. Reapfield’s total transacted value has seen a 8% growth year on year in 2017, surpassing more than RM3bil worth of property transactions

James McCulloch

Director of Leadership at Inspire Group

James is Director of Leadership at Inspire Group, an award winning international learning design company founded in New Zealand and now operating globally. He has extensive senior leadership experience in the public, private and non-profit sectors. As a CEO, he has led organisations in the UK and New Zealand, and was formerly Community Director for the City of London.

James leads on the scaling of Inspire’s development teams and product innovations through growing its brand presence and client base globally.

Through this work, James has seen first-hand that one of the biggest influences on our health, happiness and wellbeing is where most of us will spend around 10,000 days of our lives: work.

And what has the biggest impact on the quality of that experience? The leadership we experience, and practice.

But what is great leadership? Why is it so complicated? And why does the leadership development ‘industry’ often do such a poor job of developing great leaders, and promoting wellbeing?

Drawing on his own global leadership journey, research and stories, and Inspire’s award winning track record, James advocates for a simpler approach- and explains why focusing on being, and not doing, is what really makes a difference.

James has spoken at numerous conferences across five continents- including keynotes in New Zealand, the UK, Scandinavia, Malaysia and South Africa, and as special advisor on non-profit leadership at a major New York City conference hosted by Michael Bloomberg

James has a passion for the non-profit sector, and maintains this through his current trustee and Chair roles at Skylight NZ.

Bront Palarae

CEO & Co-founder, Pixel Play

Bront is the CEO and co-founder of Pixel Play, spearheading a multi-faceted media company that provide services in various fields. He is also the Managing Director of The Daily Seni, a news platform for Malaysian arts and culture.

Bront also is a screenwriter, director and producer. Been an actor, he had appeared in over 35 film titles. His many acting accolades include the 2015 Best Actor Award at the ASEAN Filmfest Awards for Terbaik Dari Langit, and the Kuala Lumpur Critics’ Choice Award 2016 for Best Supporting Actor in acclaimed Malaysian sports football film, Ola Bola. Pixel Play recently co-produced the successful crime action film, 1, 2, Jaga, in which he also played a cameo role.

Yeo Swee Key

Director, One Commercial Partners & SMC, Microsoft Malaysia

Yeo Swee Key, Microsoft Malaysia’s OCP (One Commercial Partner) & SMC (Small, Medium & Corporate) Lead is responsible for orchestrating the partner ecosystem and enabling small, medium and corporate customers to accelerate growth and enhance their business digitally.

Yeo plays a critical role in driving Microsoft Malaysia’s SMC customers and partner landscape to greater heights. His main objective is to design, align and empower the SMC segment as they embark on their digital transformation journey. He is also responsible for strengthening the partner ecosystem by helping them build a profitable business, enabling them to recognize and respond to new opportunities, and helping them identify and connect with new customers to market solutions.

Yeo started his career developing and marketing applications before eventually moving into hardware sales and channel management roles. Now, with over 28 years of experience in the IT sector, and experience in leadership and management roles spanning across the ASEAN markets, Yeo is an industry veteran who is well recognized and respected by peers. Prior to joining Microsoft Yeo was the Regional Lead for Asean Distribution for Cisco Systems Malaysia Sdn Bhd. A veteran in the IT industry, his experience spans across stints at Dell Asia Pacific, NEC Computers Malaysia, IBM PC Division, HP Commercial Sales and Mesiniaga.

Yeo holds a Bachelor of Science in Physics & Computer Science from Campbell University and is also a member of Mensa Malaysia.

Christopher Yap

MD of Business Banking, AmBank

Christopher Yap holds a Bachelor of Science degree from St. Cloud State University, USA and he brings with him close to 20 years of experience in the financial services industry with specific focus in the SME and Commercial segments. Christopher started his early career in Trade Services at Citibank Berhad Malaysia. Prior to joining AmBank Group, he held the position of Head of SME Banking with Alliance Bank. Under his helm, the SME business accounted for 25% of revenue for the bank. One of Christopher’s key achievements recently was when he and his team won the award for “Best SME Bank in Asia Pacific 2015” from The Asian Banker.

Poh Tyng Huei

Co-Founder & Chief Operating Officer of Plus Solar Systems Sdn Bhd

Poh Tyng Huei is the COO and co-founder of Plus Solar, a multi-award-winning clean technology company in Malaysia. Having met his 2 future partners in year 2011 at a coffee shop, he was inspired by the tremendous growth and unlimited potential about green energy. At the age of 28, he decided to realize the dream of changing the world with the philosophy of energy trilogy – energy generation, energy efficiency and energy storage. Formed by his leadership and inspiring dream, the company’s philosophy has also attracted many green passionate talents to join the ranks which has since evolved into an excellent team. With determination and belief in green energy, he will guide the young team towards a brighter tomorrow.

Low Fang Kai

Managing Director, VHR Consultancy

Low Fang Kai is the founder and Managing Director of VHR Consultancy. He has over 15 years’ of combined corporate and executive search experience with both local and regional exposure.

He founded VHR Consultancy, a multi-award winning agency, in 2012. Prior to that, he founded and set up MRI Executive Search (Indonesia) as Country Director and worked as Managing Consultant (MRI Malaysia).

His varied achievements also include proven turn-around experience, having worked in an engineering public-listed company as Country Manager, and twice successfully turning around operations from negative outlook to positive cash flow within one year. Low also has over 10 years’ of regional marketing and SEA distribution network experience.

Datuk Dr. Dominic Lau Hoe Chai

Director, SQC Consulting Group

Datuk Dr. Dominic Lau is the Adjunct Professor for the Centre for Postgraduate Studies & Research and also member of Industry Expert Advisory Panel (IEAP) for Tunku Abdul Rahman University College (TAR UC). He is also former Professor in Razak School of Engineering and Advanced Technology, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM).

Prior to joining UTM, Datuk Dr. Dominic Lau is a certified Blue Ocean Strategy practitioner and formerly the Director of Applied Research Centre of Blue Ocean Strategy Regional Centre in UCSI University. He has successfully completed the Blue Ocean Strategy qualification process administered by the Blue Ocean Strategy–Initiative Centre guided directly by Prof. Kim Chan, the author of Blue Ocean Strategy. Datuk Dr. Dominic Lau is also the founder of leading consulting firm in Malaysia named SQC Consulting Group since June 1995 and currently acting as a Technical Advisor.

Datuk Dr. Dominic Lau is a practitioner in the field of quality management system & business management. He is an IATCA registered Lead Assessor (IRCA, QSA & MRCA). As a specialist in consultation & training industry, he has assisted numerous companies achieve business excellence by embracing the use of state-of-the-art technical & management improvement systems & principles.

By virtue of his qualification and experience in the field of quality management system and business management, Datuk Dr Lau was appointed by the Japan Register of Certificated Auditors (JRCA) to help the Japanese Auditors in Malaysia verify their competence in the Auditing System. He is also a registered consultant of the Department of Standard Malaysia and a registered chemist for his sought after skill and expertise in Business Performance Improvement, Total Customer Satisfaction, Total Quality Management, ISO 9001, ISO 14001, OHSAS 18001, ISO/TS 16949, ISO/IEC 17025, Process Reengineering, Change Management and Strategic Planning. He has written seven books in the areas of strategic management, entrepreneurship, and quality assurance as well as Blue Ocean Strategy.

Datuk Dr. Lau released his publication of “Blue Ocean Strategy” on 15 successful cases of the application of Blue Ocean Strategy in the Malaysian context and also published a book in regards to Blue Ocean Strategy in politics in 2012. Recent publication was his second book on “Blue Ocean Strategy” on the implementation of Blue Ocean Strategy tools and techniques.

He was also awarded as Honouree for The Outstanding Young Malaysian Award in year 2002 for the category of Personal Development and Accomplishment and also conferred as Penang Top 10 Outstanding Chinese Youth Award in year 2004. With his contribution to the Junior Chamber International has conferred him with JCI Senatorship 2006–Life membership.

In recognition of his credentials, Datuk Dr. Lau is an appointed columnist in Malaysian’s leading dailies as SinChew Jit Poh, Kwong Wah Yit Poh, Oriental Daily and so on. Besides, he has also made his presence felt on TV in regards to management system programme and current issue forum. He is a sought after speaker and participates actively in various national and international conferences. He is also active in research publications and has written numerous papers in academic journals.

His passion and interest in knowledge development has earned him an Adjunct Professor in TAR UC as well as the lecturer and academic supervisor for Warwick University, UK Master Program students. Datuk Dr. Lau also has been appointed as an external examiner for Southern College for BBA program.

Christopher Yap

MD of Business Banking, AmBank

Christopher Yap holds a Bachelor of Science degree from St. Cloud State University, USA and he brings with him close to 20 years of experience in the financial services industry with specific focus in the SME and Commercial segments. Christopher started his early career in Trade Services at Citibank Berhad Malaysia. Prior to joining AmBank Group, he held the position of Head of SME Banking with Alliance Bank. Under his helm, the SME business accounted for 25% of revenue for the bank. One of Christopher’s key achievements recently was when he and his team won the award for “Best SME Bank in Asia Pacific 2015” from The Asian Banker.

Ko Chuan Zhen

Co-Founder & CEO of Plus Solar Systems Sdn Bhd

Ko Chuan Zhen is the CEO and co-founder of Plus Solar, a multi-award-winning clean technology company in Malaysia. Combined with great leadership, passion and in-depth knowledge in renewable energy, he has made Plus Solar the industry leader together with a team of passionate co-workers who give their best to achieve the company’s vision and mission. To date, Plus Solar has powered more than 700 buildings and 100MWp in power capacity for the country with solar PV technology. He believes that clean energy is the key towards sustainable living and has been instrumental in driving Plus Solar customer through a transformational energy shift experience from polluted to clean energy, in order to make the world a much better place for the future generation.

Low Fang Kai

Managing Director, VHR Consultancy

Low Fang Kai is the founder and Managing Director of VHR Consultancy. He has over 15 years’ of combined corporate and executive search experience with both local and regional exposure.

He founded VHR Consultancy, a multi-award winning agency, in 2012. Prior to that, he founded and set up MRI Executive Search (Indonesia) as Country Director and worked as Managing Consultant (MRI Malaysia).

His varied achievements also include proven turn-around experience, having worked in an engineering public-listed company as Country Manager, and twice successfully turning around operations from negative outlook to positive cash flow within one year. Low also has over 10 years’ of regional marketing and SEA distribution network experience.

Datuk Dr. Dominic Lau Hoe Chai

Director, SQC Consulting Group

Datuk Dr. Dominic Lau is the Adjunct Professor for the Centre for Postgraduate Studies & Research and also member of Industry Expert Advisory Panel (IEAP) for Tunku Abdul Rahman University College (TAR UC). He is also former Professor in Razak School of Engineering and Advanced Technology, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM).

Prior to joining UTM, Datuk Dr. Dominic Lau is a certified Blue Ocean Strategy practitioner and formerly the Director of Applied Research Centre of Blue Ocean Strategy Regional Centre in UCSI University. He has successfully completed the Blue Ocean Strategy qualification process administered by the Blue Ocean Strategy–Initiative Centre guided directly by Prof. Kim Chan, the author of Blue Ocean Strategy. Datuk Dr. Dominic Lau is also the founder of leading consulting firm in Malaysia named SQC Consulting Group since June 1995 and currently acting as a Technical Advisor.

Datuk Dr. Dominic Lau is a practitioner in the field of quality management system & business management. He is an IATCA registered Lead Assessor (IRCA, QSA & MRCA). As a specialist in consultation & training industry, he has assisted numerous companies achieve business excellence by embracing the use of state-of-the-art technical & management improvement systems & principles.

By virtue of his qualification and experience in the field of quality management system and business management, Datuk Dr Lau was appointed by the Japan Register of Certificated Auditors (JRCA) to help the Japanese Auditors in Malaysia verify their competence in the Auditing System. He is also a registered consultant of the Department of Standard Malaysia and a registered chemist for his sought after skill and expertise in Business Performance Improvement, Total Customer Satisfaction, Total Quality Management, ISO 9001, ISO 14001, OHSAS 18001, ISO/TS 16949, ISO/IEC 17025, Process Reengineering, Change Management and Strategic Planning. He has written seven books in the areas of strategic management, entrepreneurship, and quality assurance as well as Blue Ocean Strategy.

Datuk Dr. Lau released his publication of “Blue Ocean Strategy” on 15 successful cases of the application of Blue Ocean Strategy in the Malaysian context and also published a book in regards to Blue Ocean Strategy in politics in 2012. Recent publication was his second book on “Blue Ocean Strategy” on the implementation of Blue Ocean Strategy tools and techniques.

He was also awarded as Honouree for The Outstanding Young Malaysian Award in year 2002 for the category of Personal Development and Accomplishment and also conferred as Penang Top 10 Outstanding Chinese Youth Award in year 2004. With his contribution to the Junior Chamber International has conferred him with JCI Senatorship 2006–Life membership.

In recognition of his credentials, Datuk Dr. Lau is an appointed columnist in Malaysian’s leading dailies as SinChew Jit Poh, Kwong Wah Yit Poh, Oriental Daily and so on. Besides, he has also made his presence felt on TV in regards to management system programme and current issue forum. He is a sought after speaker and participates actively in various national and international conferences. He is also active in research publications and has written numerous papers in academic journals.

His passion and interest in knowledge development has earned him an Adjunct Professor in TAR UC as well as the lecturer and academic supervisor for Warwick University, UK Master Program students. Datuk Dr. Lau also has been appointed as an external examiner for Southern College for BBA program.

Christopher Yap

MD of Business Banking, AmBank

Christopher Yap holds a Bachelor of Science degree from St. Cloud State University, USA and he brings with him close to 20 years of experience in the financial services industry with specific focus in the SME and Commercial segments. Christopher started his early career in Trade Services at Citibank Berhad Malaysia. Prior to joining AmBank Group, he held the position of Head of SME Banking with Alliance Bank. Under his helm, the SME business accounted for 25% of revenue for the bank. One of Christopher’s key achievements recently was when he and his team won the award for “Best SME Bank in Asia Pacific 2015” from The Asian Banker.

Ch’ng Chuwn Leong

CEO of Thunder Print Group

Thunder Print Sdn Bhd started off as a humble shop in 1996 in Sungai Petani town in Kedah. CEO Mr. Ch’ng Chuwn Leong established the business initially to provide photocopying and binding services.

Today, Thunder Print Sdn Bhd is an ISO 9001:2015 certified printing factory and business catering from low to high volume print orders targeted at the Small Medium Enterprises (SME), Small Medium Industries (SMI) and Multinational Corporation (MNC) customers in Malaysia and abroad. We’re still headquartered in Sungai Petani, Kedah but we now operate a 200,000 square foot printing factory. Our printing facility is the most well-equipped in Northern Malaysia. Additionally, we manage 5 retail outlets across Penang and Kedah, including Langkawi under our own Thunder Print brand.

Thunder Print now offers custom print solutions (printed cartons and boxes) and standard printing solutions (business cards, flyers, brochures, calendars, notebooks, invoices, cash bills). Thunder Print Sdn Bhd is among the leaders in the printing industry, having garnered 3 industry awards consecutively in just 6 months – The Golden Bull Award, SME Service Excellence Award & Top 50 Enterprise Award in 2008.

Peter Fitch

Managing Director, Segamat Panel Boards

Peter has over 22 years experience in the wood based panel business and more than 30 years experience in the Manufacturing, Engineering and Project related industries. He has worked for such prestigious international companies as Unilever, HJ Heinz and the London International Group.

Some of his more recent appointments have been as Manufacturing Manager for LRC (M), Operations Manager for Takeuchi MDF, Project Director for PTP (China) and now as Managing Director of Segamat Panel Boards Sdn Bhd (SPB) and UC Gravure Sdn Bhd (UCG) . He also holds Executive Director posts for Matak Sdn. Bhd.

Peter is the founding Managing Director of SPB and together with his project team started operations in 2002. SPB is now one of Asia Pacific major producer of specialty thin panel MDF

Jonathan Lee

Group COO of Reapfield Properties

Although starting his career in music, Jonathan Lee made the decision to shift his focus to real estate more than a decade ago. His determination led his agency to become the appointed agency to market multiple Tier 1 developers such as UEM Sunrise, Paramount Group, Man Sing and many more. In 2016, Jonathan’s agency, GMAC Realtors, was acquired by Reapfield Properties and he was then appointed as Group COO of the Reapfield Group, overseeing 11 branches nationwide and almost 1,000 real estate negotiators. Ever since coming on board, business expansion and multiple key partnerships were formed. This created more platforms for the real estate negotiators to be better equipped and to add value to the market place. Reapfield’s total transacted value has seen a 8% growth year on year in 2017, surpassing more than RM3bil worth of property transactions

Caroline Ong

Director, Client Engagement Leaderonomics

Caroline has approximately 20 years of experience in people-related engagements, with her founding years spent in Sales and Marketing, mainly in electronics manufacturing and IT-related industries and her latter years in Management Consulting, specialising in Human Capital consulting. Caroline is currently the Director of Client Engagement at Leaderonomics, where she works closely with organisations to diagnose, design and facilitate leadership development interventions. She believes in maximising the potential of people and wants to continue to make a difference to others. Caroline has a Bachelor of Economics, majoring in International Trade & Business. She is a HRDF-certified trainer and also holds the European Federation of Psychologists’ Associations (EFPA) Level 1 ATU Certificate.

Chan Kin Peng

Founding Partner of Kasatria

Chan Kin Peng is the founding partner of Kasatria, the only Premium partner for Google Analytics in Malaysia and also partners with Microsoft and Amazon. He leads a team that deploys digital analytics & customer profiling platforms that leverage behavioural streams to assess audience interest and propensity to buy.

The last decade has seen his team collaborate with industry leaders in banking, telecommunications, entertainment, hospitality & healthcare to enable data-driven decisions. His current area of focus revolves around data models that enable machine-to-machine

interaction & deep learning. This enables hypotheses and outcomes to be tracked, analysed and improved in real-time independent from human intervention.

Christopher Yap

MD of Business Banking, AmBank

Christopher Yap holds a Bachelor of Science degree from St. Cloud State University, USA and he brings with him close to 20 years of experience in the financial services industry with specific focus in the SME and Commercial segments. Christopher started his early career in Trade Services at Citibank Berhad Malaysia. Prior to joining AmBank Group, he held the position of Head of SME Banking with Alliance Bank. Under his helm, the SME business accounted for 25% of revenue for the bank. One of Christopher’s key achievements recently was when he and his team won the award for “Best SME Bank in Asia Pacific 2015” from The Asian Banker.

Ko Chuan Zhen

Co-Founder & CEO of Plus Solar Systems Sdn Bhd

Ko Chuan Zhen is the CEO and co-founder of Plus Solar, a multi-award-winning clean technology company in Malaysia. Combined with great leadership, passion and in-depth knowledge in renewable energy, he has made Plus Solar the industry leader together with a team of passionate co-workers who give their best to achieve the company’s vision and mission. To date, Plus Solar has powered more than 700 buildings and 100MWp in power capacity for the country with solar PV technology. He believes that clean energy is the key towards sustainable living and has been instrumental in driving Plus Solar customer through a transformational energy shift experience from polluted to clean energy, in order to make the world a much better place for the future generation.

Low Fang Kai

Managing Director, VHR Consultancy

Low Fang Kai is the founder and Managing Director of VHR Consultancy. He has over 15 years’ of combined corporate and executive search experience with both local and regional exposure.

He founded VHR Consultancy, a multi-award winning agency, in 2012. Prior to that, he founded and set up MRI Executive Search (Indonesia) as Country Director and worked as Managing Consultant (MRI Malaysia).

His varied achievements also include proven turn-around experience, having worked in an engineering public-listed company as Country Manager, and twice successfully turning around operations from negative outlook to positive cash flow within one year. Low also has over 10 years’ of regional marketing and SEA distribution network experience.

Prof. Dr. Gan Seng Kian

Founder & CEO, Genesis Academy

As both an academic and business leader, Dr. Gan has an outstanding list of academic achievements including double doctorates (DBA, PhD), and double master degrees (M. Eng., MBA) & B. Eng (Civil Engineering). He is an Adjunct Professor of the International Business Academy, Switzerland.

His business accolades include his previous tenure as a CEO of a Public-Listed Group subsidiary business, and being an Internationally-certified CEO by The CEO Institute, Australia. Most recently, Dr. Gan founded Genesis Academy, a boutique executive development provider focusing on equipping business leaders through programmes such as their flagship Executive Master of Business Administration.