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Normalis is the HR Director of Danone Dumex Malaysia, a member of the Danone Group, a world leading food company with its headquarters in Paris. She has more than 18 years of HR experience and has spent her career in diverse industries, ranging from Oil & Gas to FMCG. Her career has predominantly been with Shell, where she started in operational HR and later moved into specialist HR roles at regional and global levels. She has also previously held leadership roles in Public Mutual and Lee Hishammuddin.
Normalis holds a Bachelor of Science (Econ) in International Relations from The London School of Economics, and a Masters Degree in Training and HR Development from the University of Warwick, United Kingdom. Before Danone, she was the Head of Resourcing & OD for the Sime Darby Group, responsible for Recruitment, Manpower Planning, OD and Change Management.
Deanna Yap has over 13 years of experience across all spectrums of Human Resources Management (HRM) as well as executive search, business advisory, client management, corporate communications, project management, corporate responsibility, branding & communications. Before joining DKSH, Deanna was with Pricewaterhouse Coopers as a Senior HR Business Partner to the advisory practice in Malaysia as well as lead of several strategic projects at regional level including a core HR systems implementation.
Deanna started her career in DKSH as the Head of Human Resources & Communications for the Corporate Shared Services Centre in 2011. She was then promoted to Deputy General Manager in 2013, leading the Talent, Organization & Performance portfolio within the Human Resources Department consisting of the functional units of HR strategy development and implementation, recruitment, learning & development, performance management, employee communications & engagement. She also held the role of the HR Business Partner for the centralized support services. In 2015, she was promoted to General Manager and later moved into DKSH Group HR Center of Excellence team as Director, Group HR Operational Projects responsible for the overall implementation and execution of Group-wide HR strategy and initiatives globally.
She holds a Masters in Industrial Relations and HRM and Bachelors of Business Administration an HRM from the Kelee University, Staffordshire.
Ravindran is currently the Senior Director, Head of Global Human Resources at Zaluvida Group.
Zaluvida invests in life science companies, largely in the Consumer and Animal Health industries. Zaluvida’s companies are spread worldwide with offices in Malaysia, Germany, Netherlands, Singapore, Switzerland, UK and USA with activities and customers in more than 55 further countries.
Ravindran was previously the Regional HR Director, Asia Pacific with UCB Chemicals/Pharmaceuticals (a European MNC) and also held Senior HR leadership positions at large conglomerates such as TA Group, Sunway Group and Hong Leong Group in Malaysia.
Ravindran’s passion is to develop HR professionals to function as a key strategic business partner. He is a strong believer in “HR Simplification” i.e. using HR tools to simplify and expedite business success.
Natalia Navin is the HR Director for Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) Malaysia. She is a qualified lawyer specializing in employment law and has worked with Zaid Ibrahim & Co, United Nations and CIMB prior to joining HPE.
Natalia has extensive experience in labour relations and is a believer in delivering results through team work and acting with integrity and respect. She is also passionate about developing talents and providing equal opportunities at the workplace.
Natalia graduated from Staffordshire University in the UK and was admitted as an advocate and solicitor in Malaysia in 2004. She lives in Kuala Lumpur with her husband and son. Natalia loves travelling, reading and watching cricket.
Asha Menon, offers more than a decade of accomplishment-laden experience in the field of human capital management in diverse industries managing and driving achievement in HR systems, compliance and governance leading to strategic HR. She has proven expertise in policy design, system development and implementation, talent acquisition, rewards and recognition mechanisms, continuous learning and development, competency mapping, capability building and effective performance management systems, employee relations and industrial harmony, restructuring and change management, strategic planning, resulting in Organizational development.
Asha has recently relinquished her role as the Vice President, Human Resources at Citigroup and the past 13 years has been a learning curve for her, going through corporate chapters of setting up HR departments, building talent pipeline, harmonization work in mergers and acquisitions, organizational cultural transformation, design, leading and managing teams and individuals with the aid of change strategies, coaching and developing talents from middle level to leadership roles. She is now the Director, Human Resources (Malaysia, Indonesia, Vietnam & Cambodia) at Agility Logistics and is responsible for heading the human resources division forward and in line with the organisations goals.
Emily Wong is a people developer. She currently heads the Organisational Development & Learning Department at Alliance Bank. Prior to joining Alliance Bank, she was engaged by a top learning institution in Australia, a large media company in Singapore as well as several other financial institutions. As an HR practitioner, she has worked tirelessly and successfully to transform HR as a strategic business partner.
Emily has extensive experience in talent management and development and she continues to transform the talent development and learning landscape by focusing on promoting leadership excellence, culture change and generating a strengths-based culture at work. She is certified as an Accelerated Strengths Coach as well as an Instructional Systems Designer.
Emily graduated with a Bachelor Degree in Social Science from Flinders University of South Australia. She also holds a post-graduate Diploma of Education (TESL & Bahasa Indonesia).
Currently the Human Resource Director for Goodyear Malaysia. Main responsibility is to oversee the overall HR functions of Malaysia which includes a unionized manufacturing facility and business teams. Her vision is to see the employees realizing their full potential to grow their careers and in achieving company’s business goals.
Has more than 25 years of HR experience gained both in local and multinational companies, including Avery Dennison, Nippon Sheet Glass and Texchem Corporation. In her previous roles, she was also directly involved in managing HR matters for Vietnam, Indonesia and Thailand.
Murni Masrom is the Human Resources Director at LEGOLAND® Malaysia Resort (LLMR), since October 2014. LLMR, the first of its kind in Asia, is operated by Merlin Entertainments Plc, Europe’s number one and the world’s second largest visitor attraction operator. Prior to joining LEGOLAND®, Murni was with the Marriott International Inc., an American diversified global hospitality company that manages and franchises a broad portfolio of hotels and related lodging facilities. For 16 years with Marriott, Murni has worked on permanent as well as short term assignment in different geographical locations namely Malaysia, Singapore, Vietnam, Thailand, India, Indonesia, UAE and the Philippines. Murni has over 20 years of Human Resources experience, providing her leadership expertise in attracting, developing and retaining highly motivated and engaged employees. Murni holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Public Administration from West Texas State University & a certificate in Industrial Relations from MEF Academy. Murni believes in getting the right talent, providing them with opportunity to grow and keep them within the company.
Muhammad Rizal is the Head of Group Human Capital, Drb-Hicom Berhad. Rizal has significant senior level experience in developing strategic HR solutions in diverse sectors such as oil & gas, property development, automotive, IT, police, utilities, engineering, plantation, healthcare and telecommunications. Rizal has successfully spearheaded and completed major HR consulting projects for clients. He has also leveraged his creative skills and project management skills to design and develop a project management culture, tools and framework. He has been recognized for delivering high impact speeches in HR conferences and training programmes in Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Bahrain, Malaysia, Brunei, Indonesia, and Vietnam. He completed his MBA (International Management) from RMIT, and holds a Bachelor’s (Hons) in Electrical and Engineering from University of Brighton, UK. He has also successfully completed his Certificate of Training Practice (CTP) from the Chartered Institute of Personnel Development (CIPD), UK.
Karen is a highly successful, business-focused HR leader with intimate knowledge and direct experience of several industries in both local and multinational companies. She built strong early foundations in HR at Gamuda Berhad as Senior Manager, Human Resources. Subsequently Karen developed her flexibility and learning agility as she took on roles of increasing responsibility at AIG, Nike, Eli Lilly, Green Packet Berhad, and then back to the insurance industry with Zurich Insurance Malaysia Berhad, and in 2013 she was appointed to her current role as Chief Human Resources Officer at Manulife Holdings Berhad. In her most recent role Karen has been instrumental in bringing operational excellence to the HR team and in driving dramatic improvements in the employee engagement scores. Karen is particularly sought out by business leaders as a trusted advisor as they think through the challenging business of building and leading organizations to excellent results.
Shankar is currently the APAC HR Director – Talent Management for IHS. He has had more than 21 years of experience in numerous human resources functions supporting Services and Solutions, Technical Support, Business Operations, Manufacturing, Information Technology, Sales & Marketing and Contact Centers, within multinational environments. In his current portfolio, Shankar is responsible for Talent Growth across APAC locations and is also focused in growing and developing the APAC HR Shared Services to drive Operations excellence and provide world class HR service delivery. He also is the HR Lead for IHS Malaysia.
During Shankar’s 10 years tenure in Dell, he has held key positions such as Country Human Resources Director for South Asia & ANZ, Director of Talent Acquisition for South Asia/ANZ and Human Resources Business Partner leading Global Marketing and Global Business Operations. Prior to that, Shankar spent more than 10 years as the Talent Acquisition lead for Komag USA (Malaysia Sdn), currently known as Western Digital. He has been instrumental on building Human Capital Talents for Komag USA.
Nor Arzlin Redzwan was appointed as Group General Manager, Group Human Resources Department of Media Prima Berhad on November 1, 2009. Graduating from Sheffield Hallam University with a bachelor’s degree in Accounting & Business, Nor Arzlin started her career as a Management Trainee with a local bank in Malaysia. She then moved to Celcom (M) Berhad in 1993 with her last position in being Manager, HR Strategic Planning, responsible for the development of human capital strategies, key performance indicator and performance management. She was a key player during the harmonisation exercise of human resources post-acquisition of Celcom (M) Berhad by Telekom Malaysia.
On October 28, 2002, Nor Arzlin joined Sistem Televisyen (M) Berhad (STMB) as Manager, HR Planning and was then transferred to Group HR. On July 1, 2007, she was promoted as General Manager, Human Resources Management and was given the task to head the Group Human Resources Department in November 2009.
She was a key member in the turnaround exercise of STMB and Media Prima and involved in major strategic initiatives of the Group. In 2013, she led the HR team to win 3 HR Excellence Awards organised by Human Resources Magazine, Singapore in the area of Excellence in Employee Work-life Balance, Graduate Development and Employee Development.
Florence Foo was appointed as the Head of Human Resources (HR) for Standard Chartered Bank Malaysia Berhad on 1 September 2015. As the Head of HR for Malaysia, Florence is responsible for leading the country’s HR function, providing strategic HR guidance and expertise to the implementation of Standard Chartered’s business strategies.
Florence has been with the Bank for almost five years and has held several senior HR roles at regional and group levels. She previously held the role of Head, Human Resources, Corporate & Institutional Clients at Group level.
Prior to Standard Chartered Bank, she spent more than six years with Barclays Capital in both Hong Kong and Singapore where she was HR business partner for Investment Banking and Sales for Asia Pacific. Before embarking on her HR career, Florence was a regional currencies short term interest rate trader with DBS Bank and The Royal Bank of Canada in Singapore, and Phileo Allied Bank in Malaysia.
She holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Major in Finance) degree from the University of Calgary, Canada. She is married with two children, and enjoys reading and languages.
Yeoh Sai Yew started working in Air Asia since 2010 as the head of rewards and people services. He is now responsible for AirAsia Group Rewards and AirAsia X Berhad. He has 15 years of experience in HR, mainly in compensation and benefits. Yeoh was responsible for revamping DiGi’s terms and conditions benefits from a multi-level benefit structure to a single-level structure. This resulted in a reduction in the hierarchy level and an enhanced communication efficiency. Yeoh believes that attributing the necessary recognition to the people who contribute towards the growth and profit of the organisation is the key to motivating employees to perform better at their job.
Francis began his career in the financial services industry and was a Branch Manager before switching his career into Human Resources. From there he has more than 22 years of HR experience in multi-national companies as well as local conglomerates across various industries.
Some of the senior positions Francis has served prior joining the IMU were Head of HR for Prudential Services Asia (Prudential’s first Regional Shared Services and IT Hub for South Asia), HR Director of Malaysia and Singapore for AstraZeneca (a global bio-pharmaceutical multinational) and HR Director of other local conglomerates.
Francis holds a Bachelor of Social Sciences (Hons) majoring in Political Science from Universiti Sains Malaysia and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) specializing in Human Resource Development from The University of Hull, United Kingdom. He is also a Certified Professional Coach and Certified NLP Practitioner. He is currently a Member of the Malaysian Institute of Management and the Malaysian Association of Certified Coaches.
KC Lim is the Chief Corporate Services (CCS) of Pembangunan Sumber Manusia Berhad (PSMB), an agency under the Ministry of Human Resources Malaysia involved in Human Capital Development of the workforce of Malaysia through the Human Resources Development Fund (HRDF). He has over 20 years of experience in research & analytics, human resources management and talent development. He has been actively promote, advocate quality strategy and involve in human capital development at both international and national level.
In his current capacity as CCS, he leads and strategises the Human Capital, Accounts & Finance, Fund Investment, Procurement, Legal Advisory, Enforcement and Facility & Administration Division. Besides his involvement in various HR initiatives, he also responsible for the expansion of PSMB Act 2001, where he hopes that there are more people who will be able to access to quality trainings. He believes quality training will produce more skilled labour subsequently the vision 2020 of achieving high income economy and developed nation powered by its skilled and talented workforce will be a reality. Prior to his current office, KC Lim was part of the MNCs, namely Sony Electronics, Motorola Semiconductors and On Semiconductor.
KC Lim graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Technology from the University of Science Malaysia and completed his MBA from the University Putra Malaysia. He is also the Chartered Fellow of Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) and the first Fellow of Australian Human Resources Institute (FAHRI) in Malaysia.
PSMB envision to be the human capital development authority in strengthening the economic development of Malaysia. Science is about what is. Engineering is about what can be. KC Lim’s analytical mind from his engineering background has attributed to his successful career in human resources management today and we believe the vision of PSMB will be achieved under his strategic leadership together with the management of PSMB.
Anuradha Katyal is currently the HR Director, South East Asia at Scania. She has over 20 years experience in HR with extensive international exposure (US, including Canada, Asia Pacific and EMEA) both on a strategic and operational level.
At Scania, Anuradha provides leadership and coordinates with the HR Managers to develop the necessary strategy, planning, development, and implementation of human resources programs. She works closely with the Managing Director to develop and implement human resources strategies aligned with corporate goals.
Anuradha is responsible to coordinate efforts across all human resource functional areas to guide the achievement of key strategic goals. Her core functional areas include employee relations, employee communication, training and engagement, compensation and benefits, HR business partner group, occupational health, safety, environment, recruitment and organizational development.
Audruy Chong is the Regional Human Resource Director for Asia Pacific at Comptel Communications. She joined Comptel in June 2014 and is responsible for people strategy and human resource management for the region.
Audruy has extensive working experience in senior human resource positions, including specialization in compensation and benefits for South East Asia/Sri Lanka/Bangladesh. Prior to joining Comptel, Audruy was the Human Resource Director at Alcatel-Lucent Malaysia(now known as Nokia). In 2014, Audruy was honoured with the Alcatel-Lucent Malaysia“StrongHER” Award. This award is part of the global gender diversity initiative and is presented to a female employee, who is voted by employees, as a role model to both men and women and who can inspire others through own work, dedication, achievements inside or outside of the company.
Audruy is passionate about helping businesses maximise the potential of their employees.She believes that by creating and nurturing a trusting and creative environment and culture,it will allow employees to grow and find passion in what they do. She holds a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Sunderland United Kingdom.