Making a Difference

Rebound would not be possible without the support of The Asia Foundation and our community of Speakers, Mentors, Partners and Trainers who have put their hand up to help you Rebound and shape your professional journey through our programs. We, at TechSprint Academy would like to take this opportunity to thank them.

If you would like to join this group of Mentors and Trainers and lend a hand to help close the gap in the tech industry by sharing your knowledge or being a mentor, do reach out to us at vani@techsprint.academy.

PROGRAM COORDINATORS

Vani is an accountant by profession and a seasoned entrepreneur who has successfully co-founded and run ventures in the past including StartupMalaysia. Vani is a qualified accountant who has been actively involved in Project Management and entrepreneurship for over 25 years. She designs, develops and implements programs and projects that help young people become more entrepreneurial in their thinking.Vani co-founded TechSprint Academy in 2019 after realising the gender inequality in the tech industry and seeing that women need additional support to step into these careers which can give them flexibility as they juggle multiple commitments. Having taken a career break herself, Vani understood the challenges involved in making a successful career comeback and designed Rebound to help and support other women in their own journeys. Vani loves to read, travel and is also passionate about cooking.

Vani Mahadevan

Founder, TechSprint Academy & Mentor

Vani is an accountant by profession and a seasoned entrepreneur who has successfully co-founded and run ventures in the past including StartupMalaysia. Vani is a qualified accountant who has been actively involved in Project Management and entrepreneurship for over 25 years. She designs, develops and implements programs and projects that help young people become more entrepreneurial in their thinking. Vani co-founded TechSprint Academy in 2019 after realising the gender inequality in the tech industry and seeing that women need additional support to step into these careers which can give them flexibility as they juggle multiple commitments. Having taken a career break herself, Vani understood the challenges involved in making a successful career comeback and designed Rebound to help and support other women in their own journeys. Vani loves to read, travel and is also passionate about cooking.

Vani Mahadevan
Vani Mahadevan Founder, TechSprint Academy & Mentor

Emily, from Canada, holds an International MBA specialising in Cross-Cultural Management. She started her career in the Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs and came to Kuala Lumpur as the Executive Director of the Malaysia Canada Business Council. She subsequently joined Warisan Global Sdn Bhd to help conceptualize and execute Corporate Social Responsibility programs. Here she also developed initiatives to inspire, create and connect entrepreneurs across Malaysia to a global eco-system through various programs including as Malaysian host for the inaugural Global Entrepreneurship Week events. Emily is currently based in Kota Kinabalu, where she has co-founded The Borneo Tribal Squad MMA & Fitness Factory–with her husband, focusing on self-defense programs and fitness for women. She continues to work to inspire entrepreneurial ecosystems in Sabah and Malaysia.

Emily S. Barner

Program Coordinator/Mentor

Emily, from Canada, holds an International MBA specialising in Cross-Cultural Management. She started her career in the Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs and came to Kuala Lumpur as the Executive Director of the Malaysia Canada Business Council. She subsequently joined Warisan Global Sdn Bhd to help conceptualize and execute Corporate Social Responsibility programs. Here she also developed initiatives to inspire, create and connect entrepreneurs across Malaysia to a global eco-system through various programs including as Malaysian host for the inaugural Global Entrepreneurship Week events. Emily is currently based in Kota Kinabalu, where she has co-founded The Borneo Tribal Squad MMA & Fitness Factory–with her husband, focusing on self-defense programs and fitness for women. She continues to work to inspire entrepreneurial ecosystems in Sabah and Malaysia.

Emily S. Barner
Emily S. Barner Program Coordinator/Mentor

Nadhirah is from a finance and accounting background. In 2013, she took a leap of faith and joined StartupMalaysia – a company that provides programs to help build an entrepreneurial mindset. She has overseen a portfolio of programs aimed at creating more entrepreneurial youth in Malaysia over the years. Through her work, Nadhirah has been fortunate to impact people’s lives through the programs she has managed which include entrepreneurship training for over 10,000 youth nationwide. She has also worked on programs involving rural school children as well as regional social entrepreneurs. Nadhirah has also mentored many university students and startups whilst building strong network with various government agencies, universities, NGOs and corporates through collaborative initiatives. When she is not busy contributing to small impacts at work, Nadhirah enjoys outdoor activities mainly running, hiking and cycling, and she is also a self-proclaimed MasterChef!

Nadhirah Mustafa

Program Coordinator/Mentor

Nadhirah is from a finance and accounting background. In 2013, she took a leap of faith and joined StartupMalaysia – a company that provides programs to help build an entrepreneurial mindset. She has overseen a portfolio of programs aimed at creating more entrepreneurial youth in Malaysia over the years. Through her work, Nadhirah has been fortunate to impact people’s lives through the programs she has managed which include entrepreneurship training for over 10,000 youth nationwide. She has also worked on programs involving rural school children as well as regional social entrepreneurs. Nadhirah has also mentored many university students and startups whilst building strong network with various government agencies, universities, NGOs and corporates through collaborative initiatives. When she is not busy contributing to small impacts at work, Nadhirah enjoys outdoor activities mainly running, hiking and cycling, and she is also a self-proclaimed MasterChef!

Nadhirah Mustafa
Nadhirah Mustafa Program Coordinator/Mentor

Irina holds a Bachelor's Degree in Mass Communications from UiTM Shah Alam and a Digital Marketing Quantum Degree from NEXT Academy. She currently heads and manages the social media presence of the various initiatives of both TechSprint Academy and StartupMalaysia. Prior to joining StartupMalaysia, Irina was a marketing communications executive at Putra World Trade Centre (PWTC) and a public relations intern at Ogilvy PR Worldwide - where she was professionally trained to handle media relations, content development, influencer engagement and brand perception audit. She has also led various social media campaigns for major events like Malaysia's National Youth Convention for several years and the inaugural Commonwealth Youth Summit which took place in Malaysia in 2017.

Irina Ridzwan

Community Builder

Irina holds a Bachelor's Degree in Mass Communications from UiTM Shah Alam and a Digital Marketing Quantum Degree from NEXT Academy. She currently heads and manages the social media presence of the various initiatives of both TechSprint Academy and StartupMalaysia. Prior to joining StartupMalaysia, Irina was a marketing communications executive at Putra World Trade Centre (PWTC) and a public relations intern at Ogilvy PR Worldwide - where she was professionally trained to handle media relations, content development, influencer engagement and brand perception audit. She has also led various social media campaigns for major events like Malaysia's National Youth Convention for several years and the inaugural Commonwealth Youth Summit which took place in Malaysia in 2017.

Irina Ridzwan
Irina RidzwanCommunity Builder

TRAINERS & SPEAKERS

Adelina Iskandar now focuses on special projects on matters pertaining to Public Relations and Communications. Adelina's previous post was Vice President of Corporate Affairs at Tenaga Nasional Berhad. She was also in SYABAS as General Manager, Customer Service Division (PUSPEL). Adelina had also served as Director of Corporate Communications with the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC). Adelina has more than 30 years’ experience in public relations and training. Adelina holds a Degree in Humanities and a Masters in Linguistics.

Adelina Iskandar

Trainer/Mentor

Adelina Iskandar now focuses on special projects on matters pertaining to Public Relations and Communications. Adelina's previous post was Vice President of Corporate Affairs at Tenaga Nasional Berhad. She was also in SYABAS as General Manager, Customer Service Division (PUSPEL). Adelina had also served as Director of Corporate Communications with the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC). Adelina has more than 30 years’ experience in public relations and training. Adelina holds a Degree in Humanities and a Masters in Linguistics.

Adelina Iskandar
Adelina Iskandar Trainer/Mentor

As the first lady licensed financial advisor in Malaysia to be inducted into the Million Dollar Round Table – an association for the world’s top 1% financial practitioners, Brenda believes that financial planning is one of the key factors to living well. She also maintains a healthy balance between running her businesses and being a single mother to 3 lovely children. As the Group MD of KP Global Holdings Sdn Bhd, she founded the “Wealth of Life” series, a rapidly growing life and financial education program for all ages. Brenda holds qualifications in advertising, usiness management, financial planning and as a licensed Financial dvisor runs a successful financial planning practice licensed by Bank Negara & Securities Commission with UOB Kay Hian Wealth Advisors Sdn Bhd

Brenda Yong

Trainer

As the first lady licensed financial advisor in Malaysia to be inducted into the Million Dollar Round Table – an association for the world’s top 1% financial practitioners, Brenda believes that financial planning is one of the key factors to living well. She also maintains a healthy balance between running her businesses and being a single mother to 3 lovely children. As the Group MD of KP Global Holdings Sdn Bhd, she founded the “Wealth of Life” series, a rapidly growing life and financial education program for all ages. Brenda holds qualifications in advertising, usiness management, financial planning and as a licensed Financial dvisor runs a successful financial planning practice licensed by Bank Negara & Securities Commission with UOB Kay Hian Wealth Advisors Sdn Bhd

Brenda Yong
Brenda YongTrainer

Dash is a seasoned entrepreneur whose passion is to help people discover meaning and purpose through entrepreneurial endeavours. Dash believes everyone should be entrepreneurial; however not everyone will start companies. Dash’s expertise is in helping early stage and aspiring entrepreneurs figure out what they need to do to get started. Dash has founded several ventures, including Startup Malaysia. Dash is one of the judges for MIT Review’s Innovators under 30 for Asia Pacific and also a Founding Council member for the Allied for Startups, a worldwide network of advocacy organisations focused on improving the policy environment for startups. Dash is an IVLP alumni and an alumni of the Judge Business School, Cambridge University and Edinburgh Business School, Heriot Watt University.

Dash Dhakshinamoorthy

Trainer/ Mentor

Dash is a seasoned entrepreneur whose passion is to help people discover meaning and purpose through entrepreneurial endeavours. Dash believes everyone should be entrepreneurial; however not everyone will start companies. Dash’s expertise is in helping early stage and aspiring entrepreneurs figure out what they need to do to get started. Dash has founded several ventures, including Startup Malaysia. Dash is one of the judges for MIT Review’s Innovators under 30 for Asia Pacific and also a Founding Council member for the Allied for Startups, a worldwide network of advocacy organisations focused on improving the policy environment for startups. Dash is an IVLP alumni and an alumni of the Judge Business School, Cambridge University and Edinburgh Business School, Heriot Watt University.

Dash Dhakshinamoorthy
Dash Dhakshinamoorthy Trainer/ Mentor

Freda Liu is a highly sought after moderator, emcee and trainer. In the past decade, she has been with Malaysia's only business radio station and has conducted over 5,000 interviews that include prominent personalities like Stephen Covey, Nick Vijucic, Jack Welch and Julian Assange. She was awarded the ASEAN Rice Bowl Awards for Journalist Of The Year and the Kanebo Exceptional Award for Voice. Freda is a member of NAWEM and the Malaysian Association of Professional Speakers (MAPS). Freda is also a judge for Chivas Regal’s The Venture programme. A spokesperson for sustainability, she’s a World Vision Malaysia advocate for WASH (Clean Water & Sanitation). Freda is an ambassador for Women of Global Change KL Chapter and a mentor for the Cherie Blair Foundation for Women. Majoring in Marketing with a Bachelor of Business she has also recently completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Design Thinking.

Freda Liu

Speaker

Freda Liu is a highly sought after moderator, emcee and trainer. In the past decade, she has been with Malaysia's only business radio station and has conducted over 5,000 interviews that include prominent personalities like Stephen Covey, Nick Vijucic, Jack Welch and Julian Assange. She was awarded the ASEAN Rice Bowl Awards for Journalist Of The Year and the Kanebo Exceptional Award for Voice. Freda is a member of NAWEM and the Malaysian Association of Professional Speakers (MAPS). Freda is also a judge for Chivas Regal’s The Venture programme. A spokesperson for sustainability, she’s a World Vision Malaysia advocate for WASH (Clean Water & Sanitation). Freda is an ambassador for Women of Global Change KL Chapter and a mentor for the Cherie Blair Foundation for Women. Majoring in Marketing with a Bachelor of Business she has also recently completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Design Thinking.

Freda Liu
Freda Liu Speaker

Geetha is a pioneer, data science practitioner in Malaysia with more than 15 years’ experience in delivering data-driven insights and strategy in telecommunications, financial and education industries, across ASEAN and North Asia regions. Having led impactful analytics projects with double digit, sustainable returns at Maxis Communications, Celcom Malaysia, UMobile, Progresif Brunei, Unitel Mongolia, Astro Malaysia as well as Anti-Money Laundering (AML) Optimization in Citigroup Transaction Services (CTSM). Geetha holds a Phd in Management from Putra Business School (AACSB accredited). Core team member of Women in Artificial Intelligence (WAI) Malaysia. Geetha is presently attached with Priority Dynamics S/B as its Data Scientist.

Geetha Nadarajan

Trainer

Geetha is a pioneer, data science practitioner in Malaysia with more than 15 years’ experience in delivering data-driven insights and strategy in telecommunications, financial and education industries, across ASEAN and North Asia regions. Having led impactful analytics projects with double digit, sustainable returns at Maxis Communications, Celcom Malaysia, UMobile, Progresif Brunei, Unitel Mongolia, Astro Malaysia as well as Anti-Money Laundering (AML) Optimization in Citigroup Transaction Services (CTSM). Geetha holds a Phd in Management from Putra Business School (AACSB accredited). Core team member of Women in Artificial Intelligence (WAI) Malaysia. Geetha is presently attached with Priority Dynamics S/B as its Data Scientist.

Geetha Nadarajan
Geetha Nadarajan Trainer

Hanaa is passionate about women empowerment and has been active in entrepreneur and leadership groups in Sabah, nationally in Malaysia and internationally in the Commonwealth. Hanaa has been in the education arena for more than 20 years from when she lived in Sydney, Tokyo, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur before returning to her hometown in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah. Hanaa founded her training company in 2013 and has mentored women and young entrepreneurs to develop the best version of themselves, to discover and optimize their character strengths to achieve personal success in the areas they decide to focus on. Diversity and Inclusivity are important values which Hanaa shares in her work and which she lives by. When not working, Hanaa spends time on her NGO work as President in both Soroptimist International Kota Kinabalu and the Commonwealth Association of Leadership Malaysia.

Hanaa Wong Abdullah

Trainer/Mentor

Hanaa is passionate about women empowerment and has been active in entrepreneur and leadership groups in Sabah, nationally in Malaysia and internationally in the Commonwealth. Hanaa has been in the education arena for more than 20 years from when she lived in Sydney, Tokyo, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur before returning to her hometown in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah. Hanaa founded her training company in 2013 and has mentored women and young entrepreneurs to develop the best version of themselves, to discover and optimize their character strengths to achieve personal success in the areas they decide to focus on. Diversity and Inclusivity are important values which Hanaa shares in her work and which she lives by. When not working, Hanaa spends time on her NGO work as President in both Soroptimist International Kota Kinabalu and the Commonwealth Association of Leadership Malaysia.

Hanaa Wong Abdullah
Hanaa Wong Abdullah Trainer/Mentor

Jasmine graduated in Art and Design and has a decade of work experience in the design field. Jasmine's skills and knowledge have shaped her into a dignified expert in creating exceptional logo and web design. Jasmine is also a natural entrepreneur and is the founder of Gizwiz Studio and LogoDesignCreation.com, an agency providing logo design, web design and web software development services. Her work have thus far been featured in publications such as The Wall Street Journal, WIRED Magazine and Logolounge.com.

Jasmine Hor

Trainer

Jasmine graduated in Art and Design and has a decade of work experience in the design field. Jasmine's skills and knowledge have shaped her into a dignified expert in creating exceptional logo and web design. Jasmine is also a natural entrepreneur and is the founder of Gizwiz Studio and LogoDesignCreation.com, an agency providing logo design, web design and web software development services. Her work have thus far been featured in publications such as The Wall Street Journal, WIRED Magazine and Logolounge.com.

Jasmine Hor
Jasmine HorTrainer



Lalitha Wemel is the Regional Director of Community for APAC at Techstars. Since 2015, she has overseen partnerships, programming and startup ecosystems development across the region. Lalitha has worked with over 25+ corporate & government partners in APAC; developing strategy, executing corporation innovation programs and leading over 300 community growth activities, annually. She proudly leads Techstars Global Startup Weekend Women program series; a series of weekend programs focused on creating more exposure, leaders and opportunities for women in tech.Lalitha is also the co-hosts of the startup & wellness podcast, Happy Messy Humans; where she leads honest, funny & deep conversations with founders about the messy pursuit of happiness in startup life.

Lalitha Wemel

Speaker/ Mentor

Lalitha Wemel is the Regional Director of Community for APAC at Techstars. Since 2015, she has overseen partnerships, programming and startup ecosystems development across the region. Lalitha has worked with over 25+ corporate & government partners in APAC; developing strategy, executing corporation innovation programs and leading over 300 community growth activities, annually. She proudly leads Techstars Global Startup Weekend Women program series; a series of weekend programs focused on creating more exposure, leaders and opportunities for women in tech.Lalitha is also the co-hosts of the startup & wellness podcast, Happy Messy Humans; where she leads honest, funny & deep conversations with founders about the messy pursuit of happiness in startup life.

Lalitha Wemel

Lalitha WemelSpeaker/ Mentor

Malinda Coler, CEO at LessonsUp, started her career as a teacher in California, and was recruited into tech through her network. She was able to be successful in a new industry because she had access to a network of talented and generous professionals who helped her upskill along the way. In the last ten years she's led growth and operations teams at five different tech companies, notably scaling workforces and communities. She's now on a mission to give everyone access to one of the most lucrative networks in the world, and the skills they need to move forward in their career. Reach out to chat networking, career pivots, tech, growth marketing, leadership and team building.

Malinda Coler

Speaker

Malinda Coler, CEO at LessonsUp, started her career as a teacher in California, and was recruited into tech through her network. She was able to be successful in a new industry because she had access to a network of talented and generous professionals who helped her upskill along the way. In the last ten years she's led growth and operations teams at five different tech companies, notably scaling workforces and communities. She's now on a mission to give everyone access to one of the most lucrative networks in the world, and the skills they need to move forward in their career. Reach out to chat networking, career pivots, tech, growth marketing, leadership and team building.

Malinda Coler
Malinda Coler Speaker

Shareen is CEO & Co-Founder of Sorga Innovation (SI), a boutique human capital/talent strategies and solutions advisory firm. SI is the entity behind the gigxglobal.com, a gig economy talent platform for high value fractional work, connecting with experts and professional talent. Prior to founding SI, Shareen was CEO of TalentCorp, a Malaysian government agency responsible for talent strategy and planning for the country. At TalentCorp, Shareen was instrumental in the design and execution of a national talent/human capital strategy and action plan with a focus on optimising top talent to meet demands of key economic growth sectors. She advocated and implemented strategic interventions in building the right talent ecosystems in response to global trends with particular focus on digitalisation, IR 4.0 and its impact on the future of work.

Shareen Abdul Ghani

Speaker

Shareen is CEO & Co-Founder of Sorga Innovation (SI), a boutique human capital/talent strategies and solutions advisory firm. SI is the entity behind the gigxglobal.com, a gig economy talent platform for high value fractional work, connecting with experts and professional talent. Prior to founding SI, Shareen was CEO of TalentCorp, a Malaysian government agency responsible for talent strategy and planning for the country. At TalentCorp, Shareen was instrumental in the design and execution of a national talent/human capital strategy and action plan with a focus on optimising top talent to meet demands of key economic growth sectors. She advocated and implemented strategic interventions in building the right talent ecosystems in response to global trends with particular focus on digitalisation, IR 4.0 and its impact on the future of work.

Shareen Abdul Ghani
Shareen Abdul GhaniSpeaker

Shubhra has over a decade of experience as a front end developer. She is also a creative professional in the fields of theatre, short films and interactive content. She enjoys working on projects that are at the intersection of these disciplines. She recently served as a developer for HalApp, a project selected as part of the Virtual Beings Summit, that involved taking the poems of Hal Sorowitz to motivate people to improve their speech via an HTML web voice reactive interface. She was also a selected participant of Garage Stories by Cannes XR Festival as part of a team that has created an AR based comic book. Shubhra continues her journey as the paradigms shift and the world accepts developers in various avatars such as technologist storytellers.

Shubhra Prakash

Lead Instructor

Shubhra has over a decade of experience as a front end developer. She is also a creative professional in the fields of theatre, short films and interactive content. She enjoys working on projects that are at the intersection of these disciplines. She recently served as a developer for HalApp, a project selected as part of the Virtual Beings Summit, that involved taking the poems of Hal Sorowitz to motivate people to improve their speech via an HTML web voice reactive interface. She was also a selected participant of Garage Stories by Cannes XR Festival as part of a team that has created an AR based comic book. Shubhra continues her journey as the paradigms shift and the world accepts developers in various avatars such as technologist storytellers.

Shubhra Prakash
Shubhra PrakashLead Instructor

Sin Lee, based in Silicon Valley, is currently a Research Manager at Facebook and leads a research team who shape product direction through deep understanding of behaviors, needs, and goals of users and businesses globally. Her team builds end-to-end tools for businesses and specializes in new and early-stage product research and strategy - it's just more fun when you're early on the innovation bandwagon! Her previous researcher role shaped the creation of Facebook Marketplace, into the largest C2C platform in the world. She has also created Design Thinking and Brainstorming Toolkits for internal R&D use and co-founded the Mentorship Program for Women in Design at Facebook. Sin Lee holds a graduate degree in Human Factors and Ergonomics, with a specialization in Human-Computer Interaction.

Sin Lee Loh

Speaker/ Mentor

Sin Lee, based in Silicon Valley, is currently a Research Manager at Facebook and leads a research team who shape product direction through deep understanding of behaviors, needs, and goals of users and businesses globally. Her team builds end-to-end tools for businesses and specializes in new and early-stage product research and strategy - it's just more fun when you're early on the innovation bandwagon! Her previous researcher role shaped the creation of Facebook Marketplace, into the largest C2C platform in the world. She has also created Design Thinking and Brainstorming Toolkits for internal R&D use and co-founded the Mentorship Program for Women in Design at Facebook. Sin Lee holds a graduate degree in Human Factors and Ergonomics, with a specialization in Human-Computer Interaction.

Sin Lee Loh
Sin Lee LohSpeaker/ Mentor

Tami Wloch is the Director, Social/Digital Media of Strategic & Creative Marketing, Inc., a Chicago based organisation. Tami is a dynamic, international speaker uses real language to make the complex world of Social Media easy to understand. She encourages business owners to transform their social presence and get more sales! Her friendly, engaging presentation style captivates audiences & encourages questions. In her sessions, Tami shares her years of knowledge with clear, step-by-step instructions, so attendees always leave with powerful skills, ready to jumpstart their business! She’s right there in the trenches with her team, using expert strategies to run campaigns that can obtain 50,000+ views in a month and have engagement rates 200%+ higher than average. She is also certified in both SEO and Google Analytics.

Tami Wloch

Speaker

Tami Wloch is the Director, Social/Digital Media of Strategic & Creative Marketing, Inc., a Chicago based organisation. Tami is a dynamic, international speaker uses real language to make the complex world of Social Media easy to understand. She encourages business owners to transform their social presence and get more sales! Her friendly, engaging presentation style captivates audiences & encourages questions. In her sessions, Tami shares her years of knowledge with clear, step-by-step instructions, so attendees always leave with powerful skills, ready to jumpstart their business! She’s right there in the trenches with her team, using expert strategies to run campaigns that can obtain 50,000+ views in a month and have engagement rates 200%+ higher than average. She is also certified in both SEO and Google Analytics.

Tami Wloch
Tami WlochSpeaker

MENTORS

Amalina Ariffin is the Program Coordinator of the Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI), after becoming the YSEALI Academic Fellow and an award recipient for the YSEALI Seeds for the Future grant for Chili Padi Academy, an environmental accelerator for school students. She is also an Asia-Pacific Obama Leaders, a content contributor for Zero Waste Malaysia, a mentor for Closing the Gap 2020 and McKinsey Youth Leadership Academy 2019. She graduated with a Bachelor of Laws from the International Islamic University Malaysia.

Amalina Ariffin

Mentor

Amalina Ariffin is the Program Coordinator of the Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI), after becoming the YSEALI Academic Fellow and an award recipient for the YSEALI Seeds for the Future grant for Chili Padi Academy, an environmental accelerator for school students. She is also an Asia-Pacific Obama Leaders, a content contributor for Zero Waste Malaysia, a mentor for Closing the Gap 2020 and McKinsey Youth Leadership Academy 2019. She graduated with a Bachelor of Laws from the International Islamic University Malaysia.

Amalina Ariffin
Amalina AriffinMentor

Andal Krishnan holds a Masters in Training and Development from the University of Leicester, UK, has been awarded a Doctorate Specialist by Oxbridge Institute of Professional Development. She also has an advanced certificate in training and assessment and a diploma in adult learning in curriculum development, instructional and assessment designs from the Institute of Adult Learning, a subsidiary of Singapore University of Social Sciences. Andal has been involved in upskilling and reskilling in nationwide projects in Malaysia. She creates curriculum and assessment content to meet the demands in the employment sector. Her assessment portfolio for the Human Resource arena includes measuring the performance of a candidate with a variety of approaches, including digital tools. One of her recent projects is mentoring entrepreneurs in their digital marketing skills.

Andal Krishnan

Mentor

Andal Krishnan holds a Masters in Training and Development from the University of Leicester, UK, has been awarded a Doctorate Specialist by Oxbridge Institute of Professional Development. She also has an advanced certificate in training and assessment and a diploma in adult learning in curriculum development, instructional and assessment designs from the Institute of Adult Learning, a subsidiary of Singapore University of Social Sciences. Andal has been involved in upskilling and reskilling in nationwide projects in Malaysia. She creates curriculum and assessment content to meet the demands in the employment sector. Her assessment portfolio for the Human Resource arena includes measuring the performance of a candidate with a variety of approaches, including digital tools. One of her recent projects is mentoring entrepreneurs in their digital marketing skills.

Andal Krishnan
Andal Krishnan Mentor

An advocate for the underprivileged children in Malaysia, Anne is the CEO of The Budimas Charitable Foundation, a NGO. She also provides guidance and funding in support of the welfare and well-being of the underprivileged community in Malaysia. She has now ventured into the education sector as the CEO and President of the Edumaax Group of Companies and Imperium International College (IIC). As a striving trendsetter, Anne fundamentally established the space to e-learning and technological platforms through her work at the IIC while ensuring the quality achievements of the learning objectives. Recognised as a passionate leader and a recipient of the Women Icons Award Malaysia 2019, Anne firmly believes in the importance of women leadership and equal opportunity while embracing diversity in Malaysia.

Anne Rajasaikaran

Mentor

An advocate for the underprivileged children in Malaysia, Anne is the CEO of The Budimas Charitable Foundation, a NGO. She also provides guidance and funding in support of the welfare and well-being of the underprivileged community in Malaysia. She has now ventured into the education sector as the CEO and President of the Edumaax Group of Companies and Imperium International College (IIC). As a striving trendsetter, Anne fundamentally established the space to e-learning and technological platforms through her work at the IIC while ensuring the quality achievements of the learning objectives. Recognised as a passionate leader and a recipient of the Women Icons Award Malaysia 2019, Anne firmly believes in the importance of women leadership and equal opportunity while embracing diversity in Malaysia.

Anne Rajasaikaran
Anne RajasaikaranMentor

An experienced general manager, startup enthusiast and strategist with a passion for building businesses and challenging the status quo. 10+ year track-record of launching new products and ventures, defining new business strategies, and delivering operational impact in various organisations as a founding team member, founder and employee. Major experience lies in kicking off ideas from the ground, mobilising people and leading cross-functional teams to bring about fundamental change and improvement in strategy, process, and profitability. Proven track record in HR, Product, PR, Communications, Marketing and Project Management. Audra is currently the Head of Strategic Initiatives and PR at Fave Group, one of the South East Asia’s fast growing Fintech platform, supporting organization’s growth from start-up to scale-up building platform providing payments & loyalty solutions to offline merchants.

Audra Pakalnyte

Mentor

An experienced general manager, startup enthusiast and strategist with a passion for building businesses and challenging the status quo. 10+ year track-record of launching new products and ventures, defining new business strategies, and delivering operational impact in various organisations as a founding team member, founder and employee. Major experience lies in kicking off ideas from the ground, mobilising people and leading cross-functional teams to bring about fundamental change and improvement in strategy, process, and profitability. Proven track record in HR, Product, PR, Communications, Marketing and Project Management. Audra is currently the Head of Strategic Initiatives and PR at Fave Group, one of the South East Asia’s fast growing Fintech platform, supporting organization’s growth from start-up to scale-up building platform providing payments & loyalty solutions to offline merchants.

Audra Pakalnyte
Audra PakalnyteMentor

Aya's professional growth originates from an unpredictable environment that taught her to be resilient and adaptive. She started her career at 17 as a Central Asia analyst and a journalist. She has since been contributing to the empowerment and social inclusion of people with disabilities in Turkmenistan. After working as a Project Assistant for the UNDP, she then pursued a Master's Degree in Public Administration in the U.S as a Fulbright Scholar. Aya has called Malaysia home for the past 3 years as a Program Manager of the YSEALI Boot Camp at Me.reka. She has organised 16 bootcamps and mentored 10 teams of young Malaysian changemakers and countless webinars and online sessions. Aya firmly believes in life-long education and development.

Aya Mametnazarova

Mentor

Aya's professional growth originates from an unpredictable environment that taught her to be resilient and adaptive. She started her career at 17 as a Central Asia analyst and a journalist. She has since been contributing to the empowerment and social inclusion of people with disabilities in Turkmenistan. After working as a Project Assistant for the UNDP, she then pursued a Master's Degree in Public Administration in the U.S as a Fulbright Scholar. Aya has called Malaysia home for the past 3 years as a Program Manager of the YSEALI Boot Camp at Me.reka. She has organised 16 bootcamps and mentored 10 teams of young Malaysian changemakers and countless webinars and online sessions. Aya firmly believes in life-long education and development.

Aya Mametnazarova
Aya Mametnazarova Mentor

Charissa Ong Ty is the Lead Product Designer of the leading e-wallet Boost with a background of mentoring, consulting and venture building. She finds value not only in impactful ideas, but in executing them extremely well.

Charissa Ong Ty

Mentor

Charissa Ong Ty is the Lead Product Designer of the leading e-wallet Boost with a background of mentoring, consulting and venture building. She finds value not only in impactful ideas, but in executing them extremely well.

Charissa Ong Ty
Charissa Ong Ty Mentor

Cheryll is a “Hacker”, Interdisciplinary & Serial Executioner who is passionate about growing people and businesses. She is an experienced Operational Manager with a startup industry background focused in operations management, relationship building and customer experience. Cheryll serves as the Director of Operations at Dropee, a B2B Ecommerce solutions provider and Wholesale Marketplace that enables businesses to buy and sell confidently. Previously, Cheryll was Head of Strategic Development at GoCar Malaysia (the first car sharing company in Malaysia acquired by Tan Chong Group). Back in the early days, she single-handedly built, installed and repaired fleet trackers for the first 80 cars in their fleet. She grew the fleet from five cars to 400 and a team of five to 30.

Cheryll Wong

Mentor

Cheryll is a “Hacker”, Interdisciplinary & Serial Executioner who is passionate about growing people and businesses. She is an experienced Operational Manager with a startup industry background focused in operations management, relationship building and customer experience. Cheryll serves as the Director of Operations at Dropee, a B2B Ecommerce solutions provider and Wholesale Marketplace that enables businesses to buy and sell confidently. Previously, Cheryll was Head of Strategic Development at GoCar Malaysia (the first car sharing company in Malaysia acquired by Tan Chong Group). Back in the early days, she single-handedly built, installed and repaired fleet trackers for the first 80 cars in their fleet. She grew the fleet from five cars to 400 and a team of five to 30.

Cheryll Wong
Cheryll WongMentor

Christine is the Founder and CEO of Jota.ai. She has extensive B2B experience in technology and finance, with a global perspective having worked in San Francisco, London and Seattle. Her work experience includes Product Partnerships at Google Cloud, Channel Sales at Microsoft and M&A at Goldman Sachs. She was previously Founder & CEO of The Steps, a mentoring platform in Malaysia and Singapore. Christine graduated with an MBA from Harvard Business School and BSc Economics from University College London.

Christine Yoong

Mentor

Christine is the Founder and CEO of Jota.ai. She has extensive B2B experience in technology and finance, with a global perspective having worked in San Francisco, London and Seattle. Her work experience includes Product Partnerships at Google Cloud, Channel Sales at Microsoft and M&A at Goldman Sachs. She was previously Founder & CEO of The Steps, a mentoring platform in Malaysia and Singapore. Christine graduated with an MBA from Harvard Business School and BSc Economics from University College London.

Christine Yoong
Christine Yoong Mentor

A HR professional with over 20 years experience in senior HR roles in Australia and Malaysia Daphne Lok holds a Bachelor of Commerce from UNSW and a Master in Labour Law and Relations from USYD. Her industry experience is diverse including healthcare, logistics, shared services, property management and professional services. Having moved from Malaysia to Australia not once but twice, Daphne has had to pivot her career several times. Daphne is grateful to her mentors who have helped her in her career journey and would enjoy mentoring those who would like to know how to move from their current roles and circumstances into new challenges.

Daphne Lok

Mentor

A HR professional with over 20 years experience in senior HR roles in Australia and Malaysia Daphne Lok holds a Bachelor of Commerce from UNSW and a Master in Labour Law and Relations from USYD. Her industry experience is diverse including healthcare, logistics, shared services, property management and professional services. Having moved from Malaysia to Australia not once but twice, Daphne has had to pivot her career several times. Daphne is grateful to her mentors who have helped her in her career journey and would enjoy mentoring those who would like to know how to move from their current roles and circumstances into new challenges.

Daphne Lok
Daphne LokMentor

Elain is the Co-Founder and Director in Ata Plus, an Equity Crowdfunding platform. She believes nothing is impossible and views challenges as opportunities, which fueled her career in the areas of Management, Business Strategy and MarComm during her career in many notable organisations. Elain is a Board Member of Reservoir Link Berhad and Western Union Payments Malaysia from 2012-2019. Elain is the President of the Registered Digital Markets Association Malaysia. She was recognized by BERG 2019 Women Icons Malaysia for her achievements in Fintech; and by Digital News Asia in the 2020/2021 Batch of Digerati50 for pursuing her passion and pushing the boundaries in shaping the Digital Economy in Malaysia. Elain graduated from the London School of Economics with BSc in Actuarial Science and MSc in Operational Research.

Elain Lockman

Mentor

Elain is the Co-Founder and Director in Ata Plus, an Equity Crowdfunding platform. She believes nothing is impossible and views challenges as opportunities, which fueled her career in the areas of Management, Business Strategy and MarComm during her career in many notable organisations. Elain is a Board Member of Reservoir Link Berhad and Western Union Payments Malaysia from 2012-2019. Elain is the President of the Registered Digital Markets Association Malaysia. She was recognized by BERG 2019 Women Icons Malaysia for her achievements in Fintech; and by Digital News Asia in the 2020/2021 Batch of Digerati50 for pursuing her passion and pushing the boundaries in shaping the Digital Economy in Malaysia. Elain graduated from the London School of Economics with BSc in Actuarial Science and MSc in Operational Research.

Elain Lockman
Elain LockmanMentor

Farah Fauzi is the Regional Manager for Asia Pacific in Techstars where she builds entrepreneurship communities and helps startups. In her role, she supports partnership building, relationship management and startup programs across the region. Farah is currently a partner in a knowledge process outsourcing company and has previously built 2 other startups while completing her legal education. Her global experience includes facilitating innovation programs for corporate and governmental partners, advising, mentoring and judging startups as well as guest lecturing in global universities. She also serves as an Expert for the Impact Collective and is advising a number of impact-driven startups/organizations.

Farah Fauzi

Mentor

Farah Fauzi is the Regional Manager for Asia Pacific in Techstars where she builds entrepreneurship communities and helps startups. In her role, she supports partnership building, relationship management and startup programs across the region. Farah is currently a partner in a knowledge process outsourcing company and has previously built 2 other startups while completing her legal education. Her global experience includes facilitating innovation programs for corporate and governmental partners, advising, mentoring and judging startups as well as guest lecturing in global universities. She also serves as an Expert for the Impact Collective and is advising a number of impact-driven startups/organizations.

Farah Fauzi
Farah Fauzi Mentor

Ching Yee is a member of the senior leadership team at QS Enrolment Solutions, a business unit at QS Quacquarelli Symonds and oversees over 100 employees at the QS KL Office. She joined QS in 2016 after 17 years in the technology industry. She has a Computer Science degree from the University of Malaya and an MBA from the University of Nottingham Malaysia. She started her career as a software engineer managing the Asian development team for Intel’s Global Procurement Group, and co-founded a tech start-up that was later acquired by a multinational business services company. Ching Yee is also an IVLP Alumna for Women in Technology. Her background has given her a wide range of skills and experience ranging from solutions development to tech entrepreneurship.

Fu Ching Yee

Mentor

Ching Yee is a member of the senior leadership team at QS Enrolment Solutions, a business unit at QS Quacquarelli Symonds and oversees over 100 employees at the QS KL Office. She joined QS in 2016 after 17 years in the technology industry. She has a Computer Science degree from the University of Malaya and an MBA from the University of Nottingham Malaysia. She started her career as a software engineer managing the Asian development team for Intel’s Global Procurement Group, and co-founded a tech start-up that was later acquired by a multinational business services company. Ching Yee is also an IVLP Alumna for Women in Technology. Her background has given her a wide range of skills and experience ranging from solutions development to tech entrepreneurship.

Fu Ching Yee
Fu Ching YeeMentor

Grace is a human resources leader with more than 25 years’ experience in the areas of talent acquisition, development and management, succession planning, performance management, learning and development, and employee engagement from roles in the FMCG industry, banking, insurance, KLSE and diversified conglomerates. Currently the Senior General Manager of Group Human Resource and Administration at Berjaya Corporation Berhad, Grace led her company to win the ‘Employer of Choice Award (Gold Winner)’ in November 2017, Asia’s Best Employer Brand Awards 2017, 2018 and 2019. She is one of 4 women HR leaders honoured by LinkedIn for her contribution to the people industry. She is a certified coach and also certified practitioner in Neuro Languistic Programming. Grace is also currently the Program Quality Director for Toastmasters International District 51.

Grace Chan

Mentor

Grace is a human resources leader with more than 25 years’ experience in the areas of talent acquisition, development and management, succession planning, performance management, learning and development, and employee engagement from roles in the FMCG industry, banking, insurance, KLSE and diversified conglomerates. Currently the Senior General Manager of Group Human Resource and Administration at Berjaya Corporation Berhad, Grace led her company to win the ‘Employer of Choice Award (Gold Winner)’ in November 2017, Asia’s Best Employer Brand Awards 2017, 2018 and 2019. She is one of 4 women HR leaders honoured by LinkedIn for her contribution to the people industry. She is a certified coach and also certified practitioner in Neuro Languistic Programming. Grace is also currently the Program Quality Director for Toastmasters International District 51.

Grace Chan
Grace ChanMentor

Hanniz Lam runs a creative agency, Best Events Productions which is currently working on a FB Live Selling solution. They produce their own tech related events such as the Global Drone Conference & Hackathon and create pop up art experiences for brands to engage with their audience. Hanniz is also the host of Malaysian Entrepreneur Network with 5000+ members and Communications Director in the Malaysian Autonomous Intelligence and Robotics Association.

Hanniz Lam

Mentor

Hanniz Lam runs a creative agency, Best Events Productions which is currently working on a FB Live Selling solution. They produce their own tech related events such as the Global Drone Conference & Hackathon and create pop up art experiences for brands to engage with their audience. Hanniz is also the host of Malaysian Entrepreneur Network with 5000+ members and Communications Director in the Malaysian Autonomous Intelligence and Robotics Association.

Hanniz Lam
Hanniz LamMentor

Juliana is the CEO of Biji-biji Initiative, an impact-driven enterprise that champions sustainable living and practices. Having a strong passion for sustainability and the creative field, Juliana has also co-founded Me.reka, an alternative education space nurturing creativity and sustainability in STEAM-centric education; Taboo Enterprise -an events-based enterprise focusing on sustainable event management; and Tick Talk, a sustainability consultancy and impact reporting company. Juliana is driven to reach out to the masses in building impact and awareness towards sustainable living. Juliana has an innate deep passion to help people realise their hidden potential, and to nurture growth within the individual. She is an Acumen Malaysia Fellow, and strongly believes in creating changes through understanding the links between human behaviour, culture and sustainability.

Juliana Adam

Mentor

Juliana is the CEO of Biji-biji Initiative, an impact-driven enterprise that champions sustainable living and practices. Having a strong passion for sustainability and the creative field, Juliana has also co-founded Me.reka, an alternative education space nurturing creativity and sustainability in STEAM-centric education; Taboo Enterprise -an events-based enterprise focusing on sustainable event management; and Tick Talk, a sustainability consultancy and impact reporting company. Juliana is driven to reach out to the masses in building impact and awareness towards sustainable living. Juliana has an innate deep passion to help people realise their hidden potential, and to nurture growth within the individual. She is an Acumen Malaysia Fellow, and strongly believes in creating changes through understanding the links between human behaviour, culture and sustainability.

Juliana Adam
Juliana Adam Mentor

JUNE YAP founded Shine From Within, a 1- stop personal coaching consultancy that focuses on empowering women to transition from Pain to Gain. She aspires to help women experience life changing results by embracing self-love, charting a renewed vision and having a deeper passion to live a full and abundant life. June’s wealth of experiences comes from her 15 years of corporate background in both multinational and local conglomerates that spans across a myriad of industries, combined with her recent 5 years of entrepreneurship journey collaborating with various SMEs, as well as, her personal journey competing in 2 international world acclaimed beauty pageant. June enjoys going to the gym or going into the greens to hike and for some fresh air in her free time.

June Yap

Mentor

JUNE YAP founded Shine From Within, a 1- stop personal coaching consultancy that focuses on empowering women to transition from Pain to Gain. She aspires to help women experience life changing results by embracing self-love, charting a renewed vision and having a deeper passion to live a full and abundant life. June’s wealth of experiences comes from her 15 years of corporate background in both multinational and local conglomerates that spans across a myriad of industries, combined with her recent 5 years of entrepreneurship journey collaborating with various SMEs, as well as, her personal journey competing in 2 international world acclaimed beauty pageant. June enjoys going to the gym or going into the greens to hike and for some fresh air in her free time.

June Yap
June YapMentor

Over 20 years of experience working in multi country organizations in areas of IT systems implementation, project management, digital transformation, Robotics Process Automation (RPA), business intelligence and reporting. At least 10 years in leadership and management roles including co-founder of a tech startup.Most recent accomplishments include the successful multi country implementation of RPA to support a leading service organization's strategic direction in efficiency gains and headcount savings. Role and responsibilities include vendor evaluation and management, stakeholder management, scoping, quality assurance and extensive BI reporting on adoption trends, cost savings and ROI analyses.

Karyn Mak

Mentor

Over 20 years of experience working in multi country organizations in areas of IT systems implementation, project management, digital transformation, Robotics Process Automation (RPA), business intelligence and reporting. At least 10 years in leadership and management roles including co-founder of a tech startup.Most recent accomplishments include the successful multi country implementation of RPA to support a leading service organization's strategic direction in efficiency gains and headcount savings. Role and responsibilities include vendor evaluation and management, stakeholder management, scoping, quality assurance and extensive BI reporting on adoption trends, cost savings and ROI analyses.

Karyn Mak
Karyn MakMentor

After studying in Europe and working in finance and education, Katka worked in Silicon Valley for more than a decade - on innovation, entrepreneurship and related topics for the Institute of International Education, and in the U.S. Department of State programs/White House initiatives involving startups and other organizations from more than 170 countries. Since 2013, she has led startup innovation activities in Asia including engagements with Startup Malaysia and co-founded a bioactive demo-cosmetics startup in Prague and helped to scale it through Europe. She also co-founded and leads Kickstart Innovation working on innovation with startups and private and public sector organizations. She coaches student entrepreneurs in her free time helping them build businesses. She was also awarded for her efforts in diplomacy and innovation by the Department of State/White House.

Katka Letzing

Mentor

After studying in Europe and working in finance and education, Katka worked in Silicon Valley for more than a decade - on innovation, entrepreneurship and related topics for the Institute of International Education, and in the U.S. Department of State programs/White House initiatives involving startups and other organizations from more than 170 countries. Since 2013, she has led startup innovation activities in Asia including engagements with Startup Malaysia and co-founded a bioactive demo-cosmetics startup in Prague and helped to scale it through Europe. She also co-founded and leads Kickstart Innovation working on innovation with startups and private and public sector organizations. She coaches student entrepreneurs in her free time helping them build businesses. She was also awarded for her efforts in diplomacy and innovation by the Department of State/White House.

Katka Letzing
Katka LetzingMentor

Lennise Ng is the CEO & Co-Founder of Dropee - a B2B eCommerce platform that enables brands and wholesalers to be closer to their customers - both online and offline. Being very passionate about entrepreneurship and innovation, Lennise has worked with venture-building accelerators, venture capital companies, and multinational tech companies before starting Dropee. Lennise is also the 3rd-generation of a family business that manufactures and distributes rubber products. Combining the two worlds, Lennise started Dropee to address the issues of a growing brand and wholesale businesses. Up to date, Dropee has helped thousands of B2B businesses to leverage eCommerce to their growth advantage. A startup cheerleader by heart, Lennise is currently an active mentor for various startup events and hackathons.

Lennise Ng

Mentor

Lennise Ng is the CEO & Co-Founder of Dropee - a B2B eCommerce platform that enables brands and wholesalers to be closer to their customers - both online and offline. Being very passionate about entrepreneurship and innovation, Lennise has worked with venture-building accelerators, venture capital companies, and multinational tech companies before starting Dropee. Lennise is also the 3rd-generation of a family business that manufactures and distributes rubber products. Combining the two worlds, Lennise started Dropee to address the issues of a growing brand and wholesale businesses. Up to date, Dropee has helped thousands of B2B businesses to leverage eCommerce to their growth advantage. A startup cheerleader by heart, Lennise is currently an active mentor for various startup events and hackathons.

Lennise Ng
Lennise NgMentor

Puan Sri Maimon is a strong advocate for sustainability and collaboration to reduce inequity, especially in rural areas. She is also a dynamic mentor for many social leaders, changemakers and NGO leaders focused on personal development, growth, leadership and management. She brings her vast insights and experiences to inject professionalism, governance and sustainability in the NGO trustee boards where she volunteers. She comes with in-depth experience in property development and manufacturing. Prior to retirement, she was the Director of CSR in Hap Seng Group and was responsible for the Group Sustainability report. A practitioner of life-long learning, she is currently midway in her ICF coaching certification and having fun learning online to be a baker and a personal tailor to her grandchildren.

Maimon Arif Patail

Mentor

Puan Sri Maimon is a strong advocate for sustainability and collaboration to reduce inequity, especially in rural areas. She is also a dynamic mentor for many social leaders, changemakers and NGO leaders focused on personal development, growth, leadership and management. She brings her vast insights and experiences to inject professionalism, governance and sustainability in the NGO trustee boards where she volunteers. She comes with in-depth experience in property development and manufacturing. Prior to retirement, she was the Director of CSR in Hap Seng Group and was responsible for the Group Sustainability report. A practitioner of life-long learning, she is currently midway in her ICF coaching certification and having fun learning online to be a baker and a personal tailor to her grandchildren.

Maimon Arif Patail
Maimon Arif PatailMentor

Michelle Ann Iking is the Chief People Officer at SelfDrvn Enterprise, a HR tech startup that applies AI, gamification and ‘digital nudges’ to enhance all round performance of a diverse workforce - with client success stories including increased sales, greater adoption of digital learning and participation in wellness programs, fewer employee sick days, and higher external recruitment success from internal employee referrals. Michelle is a passionate advocate for gender diversity issues, an industry mentor for women’s empowerment non-profit Lean In Malaysia, and a believer in the creation of safe spaces for people to tap into the power of vulnerability, ultimately enabling individuals to be their best selves - in their workplaces as well as for their families and their communities.

Michelle Ann Iking

Mentor

Michelle Ann Iking is the Chief People Officer at SelfDrvn Enterprise, a HR tech startup that applies AI, gamification and ‘digital nudges’ to enhance all round performance of a diverse workforce - with client success stories including increased sales, greater adoption of digital learning and participation in wellness programs, fewer employee sick days, and higher external recruitment success from internal employee referrals. Michelle is a passionate advocate for gender diversity issues, an industry mentor for women’s empowerment non-profit Lean In Malaysia, and a believer in the creation of safe spaces for people to tap into the power of vulnerability, ultimately enabling individuals to be their best selves - in their workplaces as well as for their families and their communities.

Michelle Ann Iking
Michelle Ann IkingMentor

Monsy graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Boston University in the United States. Having had a few stints in marketing related roles in her early years of her career in a bank and multinational oil & gas company, she transitioned to HR in the professional services industry. Armed with more than a decade of experiences in various HR roles, she is now the Executive Director for the People, Performance and Culture team for KPMG in Malaysia. Her unique blend of marketing and HR experience has put her in good stead to champion the People agenda and help support the leadership team in driving their overall agenda and strategic priorities. She is a Chartered Member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel Development (CIPD).

Monsy Siew

Mentor

Monsy graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Boston University in the United States. Having had a few stints in marketing related roles in her early years of her career in a bank and multinational oil & gas company, she transitioned to HR in the professional services industry. Armed with more than a decade of experiences in various HR roles, she is now the Executive Director for the People, Performance and Culture team for KPMG in Malaysia. Her unique blend of marketing and HR experience has put her in good stead to champion the People agenda and help support the leadership team in driving their overall agenda and strategic priorities. She is a Chartered Member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel Development (CIPD).

Monsy Siew
Monsy SiewMentor

As the CEO of marketing agency Wavemakers.co, Nadzirah has over 8 years of experience in marketing & communications. Through her extensive knowledge, she has successfully led multilayer brand activation campaigns for companies such as ClassPass in Malaysia, Lelewatu Resort in Indonesia, and the Miru Collection Hotels in Japan. Her unique perspective on creating 360 marketing strategies has given her the ability to adapt easily to any company she works with. Nadzirah currently mentors via Futurelabs where she offers advice to mentees on how to select a suitable career path, mastering public speaking, and picking up the fundamentals of marketing.

Nadzirah Hashim

Mentor

As the CEO of marketing agency Wavemakers.co, Nadzirah has over 8 years of experience in marketing & communications. Through her extensive knowledge, she has successfully led multilayer brand activation campaigns for companies such as ClassPass in Malaysia, Lelewatu Resort in Indonesia, and the Miru Collection Hotels in Japan. Her unique perspective on creating 360 marketing strategies has given her the ability to adapt easily to any company she works with. Nadzirah currently mentors via Futurelabs where she offers advice to mentees on how to select a suitable career path, mastering public speaking, and picking up the fundamentals of marketing.

Nadzirah Hashim
Nadzirah HashimMentor

Norfaranina is an Online Branding strategist and founder of FaraBosnita. A graduate in Bachelors of Science (Hons.) majoring in Media Innovation, Fara has 6 years experience in retail & online business. She founded the first baby swim spa in Sabah called Little Penyu and recently received an award from the prestigious BabyTalk Parenting Magazine (Kuala Lumpur) for one of her baby products. She was also one of the Sabah Shell LiveWIRE 2018 winners and was recently selected to become one of the trainers in charge of digital marketing content. In 2019, Fara was selected to showcase her products for the CAEXPO trade show in Nanning, China. She hopes to use her experience and knowledge to help local entrepreneurs and SMEs create strong brands and be unforgettable online.

Norfaranina Zaki

Mentor

Norfaranina is an Online Branding strategist and founder of FaraBosnita. A graduate in Bachelors of Science (Hons.) majoring in Media Innovation, Fara has 6 years experience in retail & online business. She founded the first baby swim spa in Sabah called Little Penyu and recently received an award from the prestigious BabyTalk Parenting Magazine (Kuala Lumpur) for one of her baby products. She was also one of the Sabah Shell LiveWIRE 2018 winners and was recently selected to become one of the trainers in charge of digital marketing content. In 2019, Fara was selected to showcase her products for the CAEXPO trade show in Nanning, China. She hopes to use her experience and knowledge to help local entrepreneurs and SMEs create strong brands and be unforgettable online.

Norfaranina Zaki
Norfaranina ZakiMentor

Ophelia is an audiologist by profession. She is the owner of Ophelia Hearing Specialist, a hearing care center that has been around for 10 years. Ophelia is also the founder of Tipsy Tiramisu, a home-based dessert business that was born by accident in early 2020 and flourished during MCO. She finds joy in juggling between being an audiologist in the day and a tiramisu maker at night. Ophelia, who is also an experienced mentor and public speaker, believes that every woman can excel when given the right tools.

Ophelia Domingo

Mentor

Ophelia is an audiologist by profession. She is the owner of Ophelia Hearing Specialist, a hearing care center that has been around for 10 years. Ophelia is also the founder of Tipsy Tiramisu, a home-based dessert business that was born by accident in early 2020 and flourished during MCO. She finds joy in juggling between being an audiologist in the day and a tiramisu maker at night. Ophelia, who is also an experienced mentor and public speaker, believes that every woman can excel when given the right tools.

Ophelia Domingo
Ophelia DomingoMentor

Priyanka has worked for a total of 7 organizations in 6 distinct industries across 3 countries in the Asia Pacific Region. Upon graduating, she co-founded “Thrive”, a platform for women’s career building. This platform was supported by Monash University Malaysia and endorsed by Talent Corp. She is currently the Digital Analytics and Trend Specialist for a Public Listed Metal Fabrication Company in Malaysia which has operated for 39 years, serving customers in more than 15 countries globally. Her role involves business process enhancement, business process mapping, data analytics, technical marketing, B2B digital marketing, and digitization of customer experiences across touch points. In 2020, she led the automation of the firm’s customer feedback system.

Priyanka Puri

Mentor

Priyanka has worked for a total of 7 organizations in 6 distinct industries across 3 countries in the Asia Pacific Region. Upon graduating, she co-founded “Thrive”, a platform for women’s career building. This platform was supported by Monash University Malaysia and endorsed by Talent Corp. She is currently the Digital Analytics and Trend Specialist for a Public Listed Metal Fabrication Company in Malaysia which has operated for 39 years, serving customers in more than 15 countries globally. Her role involves business process enhancement, business process mapping, data analytics, technical marketing, B2B digital marketing, and digitization of customer experiences across touch points. In 2020, she led the automation of the firm’s customer feedback system.

Priyanka Puri
Priyanka PuriMentor

Purry Wijendra, started her career as a Civil Engineer and subsequently pursued studies in Computer Science and picked up coding and application building. Purry has over the last 6 years been developing mobile and web applications from scratch for various startups and organisations. While doing this Purry has further developed her interest in Artificial Intelligence (AI) and recently completed her Masters in Artificial Intelligence majoring in Machine Learning from UTM.

Purry Wijendra

Mentor

Purry Wijendra, started her career as a Civil Engineer and subsequently pursued studies in Computer Science and picked up coding and application building. Purry has over the last 6 years been developing mobile and web applications from scratch for various startups and organisations. While doing this Purry has further developed her interest in Artificial Intelligence (AI) and recently completed her Masters in Artificial Intelligence majoring in Machine Learning from UTM.

Purry Wijendra
Purry Wijendra Mentor

Qistina has extensive experience working across multiple sectors including government, consultancies and think tanks on issues related to international development. Among them include having conducted research on social movements in Malaysia and Thailand, Malaysia’s Role in South-South Cooperation and assisted in a study to develop women’s economic empowerment indicators. She previously worked on an ASEAN youth initiative that involved regional workshops and summits in Southeast Asia, bringing her skills in project management, intercultural relations and public outreach. She currently manages regional programs on digital literacy, youth empowerment and women leadership. She recently obtained her Master’s Degree from the Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex.

Qistina Kamarudin

Mentor

Qistina has extensive experience working across multiple sectors including government, consultancies and think tanks on issues related to international development. Among them include having conducted research on social movements in Malaysia and Thailand, Malaysia’s Role in South-South Cooperation and assisted in a study to develop women’s economic empowerment indicators. She previously worked on an ASEAN youth initiative that involved regional workshops and summits in Southeast Asia, bringing her skills in project management, intercultural relations and public outreach. She currently manages regional programs on digital literacy, youth empowerment and women leadership. She recently obtained her Master’s Degree from the Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex.

Qistina Kamarudin
Qistina Kamarudin Mentor

A HR person with true passion for business and people success. Sara has more than 25 years working experience with both local and regional exposure within Asia in various aspects of Human Capital, Business Process Management, Administration and Quality. She is presently working with an oil & gas Company as their Group HR & Admin Manager. She has strong interpersonal, people management and negotiation skills, as well as excels as both a leader and a team player. She firmly believes that people will always be our greatest assets! Outside of work, Sara is the Global Operation Head for Wealth of Life Women to enable women to discover their identity and fulfilled life’s purpose by being excellent stewards of their finances, talents and time.

Saraswathi Rajendran

Mentor

A HR person with true passion for business and people success. Sara has more than 25 years working experience with both local and regional exposure within Asia in various aspects of Human Capital, Business Process Management, Administration and Quality. She is presently working with an oil & gas Company as their Group HR & Admin Manager. She has strong interpersonal, people management and negotiation skills, as well as excels as both a leader and a team player. She firmly believes that people will always be our greatest assets! Outside of work, Sara is the Global Operation Head for Wealth of Life Women to enable women to discover their identity and fulfilled life’s purpose by being excellent stewards of their finances, talents and time.

Saraswathi Rajendran
Saraswathi RajendranMentor

Serene Chaw started her career as an auditor with Ernst and Young, and later was a Mergers and Acquisition specialist with PricewaterhouseCoopers. Shireen’s growing passion in developing people led her to a career in Human Resources 13 years ago. Serene is now the Director of Group Talent Development for DKSH Group. She oversees the global talent management and leadership development practices across 28 countries. Her work involves identifying future leaders and accelerating their development. Serene is a mentor and certified coach. Outside of work, Serene is the Chief Transformation Officer for the Wealth of Life women that enable women to discover their identity and fulfill their life’s purpose by being excellent stewards of their finances, talents and time.

Serene Chaw

Mentor

Serene Chaw started her career as an auditor with Ernst and Young, and later was a Mergers and Acquisition specialist with PricewaterhouseCoopers. Shireen’s growing passion in developing people led her to a career in Human Resources 13 years ago. Serene is now the Director of Group Talent Development for DKSH Group. She oversees the global talent management and leadership development practices across 28 countries. Her work involves identifying future leaders and accelerating their development. Serene is a mentor and certified coach. Outside of work, Serene is the Chief Transformation Officer for the Wealth of Life women that enable women to discover their identity and fulfill their life’s purpose by being excellent stewards of their finances, talents and time.

Serene Chaw
Serene ChawMentor

Shamala is the CEO and Co-Founder of HU Deccan Technologies Sdn Bhd. Hu Deccan specialises in Software Projects, Outsourcing and Software Testing services. The Company provides services to clients from various industries. Shamala leads the business development as well as the operations of the company and is also responsible for the long term growth of the company. Shamala has an in-depth knowledge of outsourcing and recruitment processes. Shamala designs and executes successful strategies to enhance her client’s growth. Shamala is also a Recruiters Association Malaysia (RAM), Board member. RAM in an industry driven initiative to unite recruiters to find solutions in the employment market to address challenges currently faced by organisations.

Shamala

Mentor

Shamala is the CEO and Co-Founder of HU Deccan Technologies Sdn Bhd. Hu Deccan specialises in Software Projects, Outsourcing and Software Testing services. The Company provides services to clients from various industries. Shamala leads the business development as well as the operations of the company and is also responsible for the long term growth of the company. Shamala has an in-depth knowledge of outsourcing and recruitment processes. Shamala designs and executes successful strategies to enhance her client’s growth. Shamala is also a Recruiters Association Malaysia (RAM), Board member. RAM in an industry driven initiative to unite recruiters to find solutions in the employment market to address challenges currently faced by organisations.

Shamala
Shamala Mentor

Alia is the Business Development Director at Dropee.com – a YCombinator-backed B2B SaaS company that solves procurement and distribution challenges for 10,000+ businesses. Being a problem-solver by nature, Alia has established win-win strategic partnerships and led supply chain technology adoption which resulted in a 300%+ Year-on-Year growth rate since 2018. Prior to Dropee, Alia spent 4 years at Maxis where she spearheaded the mass roll-out of digital retail solutions for their Enterprise customers as a Product Manager; on top of other notable distribution management and sales channel transformation projects. Alia is extremely passionate about helping individuals unlock their potential and grow into the best possible version of themselves. She holds a degree in Finance & Marketing from the University of Melbourne.

Sharifah Alia Alsagoff

Mentor

Alia is the Business Development Director at Dropee.com – a YCombinator-backed B2B SaaS company that solves procurement and distribution challenges for 10,000+ businesses. Being a problem-solver by nature, Alia has established win-win strategic partnerships and led supply chain technology adoption which resulted in a 300%+ Year-on-Year growth rate since 2018. Prior to Dropee, Alia spent 4 years at Maxis where she spearheaded the mass roll-out of digital retail solutions for their Enterprise customers as a Product Manager; on top of other notable distribution management and sales channel transformation projects. Alia is extremely passionate about helping individuals unlock their potential and grow into the best possible version of themselves. She holds a degree in Finance & Marketing from the University of Melbourne.

Sharifah Alia Alsagoff
Sharifah Alia AlsagoffMentor

Sharifah Shahirah Idid has a strong interest in development work. She started her career with The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in Malaysia where she was involved in a project to identify and reduce statelessness in Malaysia. She is now a Program Officer with The Asia Foundation Malaysia. Apart from managing private and government funded programs, Sharifah is also the focal person for the Books for Asia program and also a Country Advisor for Give2Asia.

Sharifah Shahirah Idid

Mentor

Sharifah Shahirah Idid has a strong interest in development work. She started her career with The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in Malaysia where she was involved in a project to identify and reduce statelessness in Malaysia. She is now a Program Officer with The Asia Foundation Malaysia. Apart from managing private and government funded programs, Sharifah is also the focal person for the Books for Asia program and also a Country Advisor for Give2Asia.

Sharifah Shahirah Idid
Sharifah Shahirah IdidMentor

Sri is the Country HR Manager and Senior HRM (Power) for GE Malaysia since April 2016. In this role, Sri is responsible to set and lead the human capital agenda for the company in Malaysia. Sri has been with GE for 13 years. Prior to joining GE, Sri has worked as a HRBP in the electronics, manufacturing, cement industry with companies such as Aiwa Electronics, ABB Malaysia & Holcim Malaysia. She has 20 years of experience in Human Resources Management at Senior Manager position and has been involved in coaching and training for the past 10 years. She is well-established HR professional and speaker in the field of Human Resources Management including Performance Management, Employee Experience, Young Graduates Employability and Motivational Talks.

Sri Vidya Nadarajah

Mentor

Sri is the Country HR Manager and Senior HRM (Power) for GE Malaysia since April 2016. In this role, Sri is responsible to set and lead the human capital agenda for the company in Malaysia. Sri has been with GE for 13 years. Prior to joining GE, Sri has worked as a HRBP in the electronics, manufacturing, cement industry with companies such as Aiwa Electronics, ABB Malaysia & Holcim Malaysia. She has 20 years of experience in Human Resources Management at Senior Manager position and has been involved in coaching and training for the past 10 years. She is well-established HR professional and speaker in the field of Human Resources Management including Performance Management, Employee Experience, Young Graduates Employability and Motivational Talks.

Sri Vidya Nadarajah
Sri Vidya NadarajahMentor

Sunita comes from a Business IT background, where she has had the opportunity to work in both government-linked and private sector environments. At The Asia Foundation, Sunita exercises her exceptional organizational and interpersonal skills in two areas - Malaysia-based programming and she also works closely with the Country Representative on government funded programs, handling projects under the U.S. Department of State and Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

Sunita Anandarajah

Mentor

Sunita comes from a Business IT background, where she has had the opportunity to work in both government-linked and private sector environments. At The Asia Foundation, Sunita exercises her exceptional organizational and interpersonal skills in two areas - Malaysia-based programming and she also works closely with the Country Representative on government funded programs, handling projects under the U.S. Department of State and Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

Sunita Anandarajah
Sunita Anandarajah Mentor

Uma has more than two decades of exposure and experience in managing human resource functions at both local and international hotel chains as well as multinational manufacturing, FMCG, retail and consumer product organisations. She is currently the Head of Human Resources at FFM Berhad. Uma’s wealth of HR knowledge and insights span across HR as a strategic business partner, organisational change agent, employee advocate and beyond. She is experienced in managing HR both at operational and strategic level. She advocates employer branding and employee engagement initiatives and is a sound adviser in the function of people agenda. Uma received BA Hons (Humanities) from USM and has an Advanced Certificate in Training & Development from Singapore Hotel and Tourism Centre (SHATEC). She is also a certified Master Performance Coach.

Uma Iyavoo

Mentor

Uma has more than two decades of exposure and experience in managing human resource functions at both local and international hotel chains as well as multinational manufacturing, FMCG, retail and consumer product organisations. She is currently the Head of Human Resources at FFM Berhad. Uma’s wealth of HR knowledge and insights span across HR as a strategic business partner, organisational change agent, employee advocate and beyond. She is experienced in managing HR both at operational and strategic level. She advocates employer branding and employee engagement initiatives and is a sound adviser in the function of people agenda. Uma received BA Hons (Humanities) from USM and has an Advanced Certificate in Training & Development from Singapore Hotel and Tourism Centre (SHATEC). She is also a certified Master Performance Coach.

Uma Iyavoo
Uma IyavooMentor

Yen holds a PhD in Geotechnical Engineering from the University of Cambridge. As a strategy consultant in a boutique KL firm Kuala Lumpur, she has helped advise clients in the tourism, power and agriculture industries. She then moved to London to take on a role as a consultant for M&A deals, analysing different sectors across industries for private equity clients looking to acquire businesses in those sectors. After returning to KL, Yen served as a director in a health therapy retail business and in 2014, co-founded Science Bridge Academy (SBA). SBA focuses on delivering innovative, hands-on science learning programmes to school students. SBA was awarded In 2020 as the “Best STEM Education Provider – Malaysia” in the SEA Business Awards by APAC Insider.

Yen Chua

Mentor

Yen holds a PhD in Geotechnical Engineering from the University of Cambridge. As a strategy consultant in a boutique KL firm Kuala Lumpur, she has helped advise clients in the tourism, power and agriculture industries. She then moved to London to take on a role as a consultant for M&A deals, analysing different sectors across industries for private equity clients looking to acquire businesses in those sectors. After returning to KL, Yen served as a director in a health therapy retail business and in 2014, co-founded Science Bridge Academy (SBA). SBA focuses on delivering innovative, hands-on science learning programmes to school students. SBA was awarded In 2020 as the “Best STEM Education Provider – Malaysia” in the SEA Business Awards by APAC Insider.

Yen Chua
Yen ChuaMentor

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