Judges (Semi-Finals Presentation)

ICAEW
MS LOH WEI YUEN
Head of Malaysia, The Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales (ICAEW)

Ms Loh currently heads the ICAEW office in Malaysia.

She graduated from University College London in Biochemical Engineering in 1987 and qualified as a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales in 1991.

When she returned to Malaysia in 1993, she worked as a management consultant in one of the Big 4 where her work includes corporatization and privatization advisory, mergers and acquisitions and financial feasibility studies.

Prior to her role in ICAEW, she has over 10 years of experience in the education industry having held the position of Director, Corporate Affairs with a private higher institution.

MS TEH EE LAINE
Assistant General Manager, Sunway Group

Teh Ee Laine is the Assistant General Manager of Brand, Communications and Special Initiatives in Sunway Property.

She graduated in 1999 from the University of Southampton with a degree in Electronics Engineering. Prior to joining Sunway, she was a management consultant specialising in strategy, business process re-engineering and project management. She was working with various sectors including the public sector, banking, education, human resource, entertainment, as well as the Transformation Offices of Malaysia Airlines and Etiqa.

MS IRENE SIN
Sunway Group

Irene Sin is the Head of Finance for Property Investment and Venture divisions of Sunway Berhad.

She has more than 20 years of working experience in financial accounting and reporting, strategic planning, investment evaluation, budget preparation and project management accounting. She is a member of Malaysian Institute of Accountants (MIA) and a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) with CPA Australia. She holds a Bachelor of Business from the University of Technology, Sydney. Prior to her commercial experience in Sunway, Irene started her career with PwC focusing in areas of audit, learning and development. Besides that, she has also worked with other public-listed entities, including involvement in an IPO listing at the Hong Kong Stock Exchange Limited.

MS ARINA KOK
Senior Manager, Climate Change and Sustainability Services (CCaSS), Ernst & Young

Arina Kok is a Senior Manager with the Climate Change and Sustainability Services (CCaSS) practice of Ernst & Young.

She has extensive experience providing training on sustainability reporting and integrated reporting, conducting materiality assessment workshops as well as carrying out data gathering exercises on Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) matters. She has also represented EY as part of a judging panel for corporate annual reporting awards.

Prior to joining CCaSS, Arina served more than 11 years in the Assurance practice, providing various types of assurance and business advisory services to public listed, privately held companies and subsidiaries of MNCs in various industries, including oil and gas upstream, shipping, construction, property development and investment, fast moving consumer goods, contract service providers, power plant operators, manufacturing and trading entities, hotel operations, football confederation and education.

Her experience covered both financial reporting and assurance work, initial public offerings, financial due diligence, Malaysian Financial Reporting Standards (“MFRS”) conversion exercises, as well as process review engagements.

Arina is a member of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) as well as the Malaysian Institute of Accountants (MIA). She is also a working committee member of the Integrated Reporting Steering Committee under the MIA.

MS ADELENE ANTHONY SINNIAH
Senior Manager, Advisory Services, Ernst & Young

Adelene Anthony Sinniah is a Senior Manager with the Advisory practice of Ernst & Young Advisory Services Sdn Bhd (“EY”).

She has 16 years of work experience in operations, consulting and corporate planning roles; where 11 years were spent in the petrochemical, oil and gas and shipping sectors, prior to joining EY.
Adelene has spent the last five years in EY providing advisory services to help companies integrate sustainability into their organizations’ long-term strategic and operational plans to create lasting value, enhance reputation and build public trust.

Adelene’s area of expertise is Environmental management and Sustainability. Her proficiencies include developing Sustainability Strategy and Reporting frameworks; developing Health Safety and Environment (HSE) Management Systems; conducting Environmental Due Diligence and HSE Compliance Audit; as well as developing and managing greenhouse gas (GHG) emission inventory while also verifying accuracy of data reported.

Adelene holds a Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Environmental Science from Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, and a Masters in Environmental Management from the National University of Singapore.

MR FABIAN MENDEZ-RAMOS
Economist, World Bank Group

Fabian Mendez-Ramos is an economist in the Development Research Group at the World Bank Global Knowledge and Research Hub in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. His research interests include: understanding uncertainty of information and economic processes; the study of patterns of development and structural change of economic sectors; and identification of key determinants of poverty dynamics and economic growth. He is also interested in the modeling of economies using the framework of computable general equilibrium(CGE) models.

Fabian joined the World Bank in 2013 working at the Development Prospects Group where he contributed in two World Bank publications, the Global Monitoring Report (GMR) and the Global Economic Prospects (GEP). Prior to joining the World Bank, Fabian completed his PhD in applied economics at Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas.

MR JOSHUA FOONG
Communications Associate, World Bank Group

Joshua Foong is a Communications Associate at World Bank Group East Asia and Pacific Region. He currently serves the World Bank Group Global Knowledge and Research Hub in Malaysia, leading the communications program of the Hub. Prior to the World Bank, he was Senior Analyst at the Performance Management and Delivery Unit (PEMANDU) as part of the National Transformation Communications team. He was a journalist at The Star and was a correspondent in London for BERNAMA when completing his M.A. in Public Policy at King’s College London. He holds a BComm in Journalism from Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman.

MS LOH WEI SAN
Research Analyst, World Bank Group

Loh Wei San is a Research Analyst with the World Bank Poverty team in Malaysia. Over the past year, she has been working as a short term consultant with the World Bank office in Kuala Lumpur on a fee-based service (FBS) assignment on reviewing and redesigning Malaysia statistical and information system to assist social and economic planning. Wei San holds an M.A. in International and Development Economics from Yale University and B.A. in Liberal Arts focusing on Economics from Soka University of America.

DR CHANDRA MUZAFFAR
President, International Movement for a Just World (JUST)

Dr. Chandra Muzaffar is the President of the International Movement for a Just World (JUST), an international NGO based in Malaysia, which seeks to critique global injustice and to develop an alternative vision of a just and compassionate civilisation guided by universal spiritual and moral values. Chandra is also the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the 1Malaysia Foundation.

He has published extensively on civilizational dialogue, international politics, religion, human rights and Malaysian society. The author and editor of 31 books in English and Malay, among his most recent are A World in Crisis: Is There a Cure? and Critical Concerns from East to West. Both are e-books.
Chandra was Professor and Director of the Centre for Civilisational Dialogue, University of Malaya (1997-1999) and Professor of Global Studies at Universiti Sains Malaysia (2007-2012)
Chandra travels abroad frequently, giving lectures and speaking at seminars and conferences. He is also a regular speaker at meetings at home in Malaysia.

Chandra is the recipient of a number of international awards related to his scholarship and social activism.
Chandra is married to Mariam Mohd Hashim and they have two daughters.

MR VOON ZHEN YI
Manager of Programme and Research at ASLI’s Centre for Public Policy Studies (CPPS)

Mr. Voon Zhen Yi is Manager of Programme and Research at ASLI’s Centre for Public Policy Studies (CPPS). He frequently writes about politics, governance, education, defense & security, and human rights policies. Voon is ASLI’s representative in Dialog Rakyat, a movement striving for the promotion of national unity and cohesion. Prior to joining CPPS, Voon spent five years working in a Malaysian youth NGO, focusing in the area of training and development.

Voon has a passion for young people and is active in social youth works. He serves as the director of youth and programmes at the YMCA Kuala Lumpur, an NGO which activities are centred on social advocacy, community outreach, and the provision of life-long education. He is also the National Brigade Secretary of the Boys’ Brigade in Malaysia and captain of the 3rd Kuala Lumpur Company, where he volunteers most weekends in the provision of leadership training and skills development to young members from primary school, secondary school and college.

He holds a Master’s Degree in Public Policy and Management and a Bachelors of Business and Commerce (Economics and Management) from Monash University, Australia.

MS YOUNG EUN KIM
Economist, World Bank Group

Young Eun Kim is an economist in the Development Research Group based in the Malaysia office. Her current research is on the drivers of total factor productivity and challenges in achieving universal health coverage. She holds a PhD in health economics from the University of Basel (2015) and an M.S. in statistics from the University of Chicago (2007). Before joining the World Bank, she worked at the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute as a health economist/PhD researcher (2012–2015).

PROF MAHENDHIRAN SANGGARAN NAIR
Chief Executive Officer, Monash Malaysia R&D Sdn Bhd & Vice President (Research and Development)

Professor Mahendhiran Nair is the Chief Executive Officer of Monash Malaysia R&D Company Sdn Bhd and Vice President (Research & Development) at Monash University Malaysia. He is a Fellow of CPA (Australia). He is also a Professor of Econometrics at Monash University Malaysia.

Prior to taking up his current position, he was the Deputy President (Strategy) and Head of School – School of Business at Monash University Malaysia. In his current role as Vice President (Research & Development), he is leading the development of multi-disciplinary research platforms that contribute to the strategic socioeconomic development of Malaysia and regional economies.

Professor Mahendhiran’s academic background is in econometrics and statistics. He has many years of experience researching and teaching in Canada and the Asia-Pacific region. He currently leads a research team that studies the impact of ICT and innovation ecosystems on socioeconomic development in emerging countries. He has published his research work in leading international journals and presented in high impact conferences & forums.

Professor Mahendhiran has been a subject matter expert on the knowledge economy and the development of innovation ecosystems for government agencies, public policy organisations and ‘think- tanks’ in Malaysia and the Middle East. He was a subject matter expert for the following studies: Malaysian ICT Strategic Roadmap (Ministry of Science, Technology & Innovation, 2007); and The Malaysian New Economic Model (NEAC – Prime Minister’s Department, 2010); National Broadband Policy (Academy Sciences Malaysia, 2012-2013); Knowledge Content in Key Economic Sectors in Malaysia (Economic Planning Unit – Prime Minister’s Department, 2015-2017); and the Selangor Industrial Master Plan (Invest Selangor, 2016-2017).

Professor Mahendhiran is a member of the Technical Committee for the Malaysian Indian Blueprint – Prime Minister’s Office. He is a member of the Secretariat for the Empowerment of Indian Entrepreneurs – Prime Minister’s Department.

Professor Mahendhiran is an Advisor for the Program Titian Digital, a community based program that provide students from marginalised communities’ access to ICT literacy programs. He also provides regular commentaries on the state of the regional economies in local and international media.

His expertise and research interests are: Econometrics, Big Data Analytics, Statistical Pattern Recognition, Development Economics, Innovation Ecosystems and ICT Strategy & Policy.

MR CHEN CHOW YEOH
Co-Founder, FAVE

Chen Chow is Co-Founder of KFit.com, fast-growing fitness sharing platform in Asia Pacific. Prior to this, he was the Regional Operations Director for Asia Pacific for Groupon, besides holding several other roles within Groupon during his stint there. Earlier on in his career, he was Product Manager at JobStreet.com and Management Consultant at Accenture. He graduated from Cornell University. In 2013, he was selected as Eisenhower Fellow, to embark on a 7-week fully paid trip to 8 states in the United States of America to study on education technology (edtech) industry.

He has strong passion in mentoring, where he has been mentoring at McKinsey’s Youth Leadership Academy for past few years, besides also becoming a mentor for MaGIC Social Enterprise Accelerator and Young Corporate Malaysians Mentorship Program. He is a mentor for EduAdvisor.my as well. During the past few years, he has been actively involved in organizations such as USApps.org, American University Alumni Malaysia, Malaysian Mensa Society, Malaysian Sudoku Society, Young Corporate Malaysians, Cornell Alumni Admission Ambassador Network, What’s After SPM etc.
Chen Chow is excited to be involved as a judge for ICMS’s Malaysia Public Policy Competition for the 5th consecutive year.

DR MOHAN V AVVARI
Acting Dean and Associate Professor of Strategic Management, University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus

MS MARINA MOKHTAR
Executive Director, PwC

MS NEGIN VAGHEFI
Senior Analyst in Economic Studies, Penang Institute

MR ALI SALMAN
Director Research, Institute for Democracy and Economic Affairs (IDEAS)

MR BILL GARTHWAITE
Analyst, World Bank Group

MR AHMAD FAEZAL MOHAMED
Vice President of Maybank Foundation

MR AHMED FARIS
CEO of Malaysian Institute for Debate & Public Speaking (MIDP)