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Industry Advisory Panel

Mr Ooi Kok Seng

Partner
KPMG
Jason is the Group General Manager of the MTT Group of Companies, which is a Group with core businesses in total logistics services, township & property development, education, information & software solutions and business services & consultancy. He manages all subsidiaries of the Group having direct reporting from General Managers and some Managers of each subsidiary. Due to his passion in education, he has found time to teach a few classes in MTT’s very own Prince of Wales Island International School. He was promoted to the position after being involved in either the restructuring or the establishment of new companies when he was the Head of the Corporate Development Department, being the one who initiated the department. Prior to this, he practised law briefly in Australia and he was the Associate Lecturer in The University of Western Australia in the Faculty of Business.

Mr Jason Tan Khee Kwong

Group General Manager
MTT Group of Companies
A proud father of three young daughters, Jason is the Group General Manager of the MTT Group of Companies, which is a Group with core businesses in total logistics services, township & property development, education, information & software solutions and business services & consultancy. He manages all subsidiaries of the Group having direct reporting from General Managers and some Managers of each subsidiary. Due to his passion in education, he has found time to teach a few classes in MTT’s very own Prince of Wales Island International School. He was promoted to the position after being involved in either the restructuring or the establishment of new companies when he was the Head of the Corporate Development Department, being the one who initiated the department. Prior to this, he practised law briefly in Australia and he was the Associate Lecturer in The University of Western Australia in the Faculty of Business.

Ms Joyce Wong

Executive Director
JWC Consulting
She has more than 11 years professional experience in providing assurance and consulting services such as risk-based internal audit services, enterprise risk assessment and management, internal controls reviews, risk management and corporate governance reviews for proposed listing, business process reviews and enhancements as well as formulation and documentation of policies and procedures. Her experience includes providing assurance and consulting services to public listed companies and local corporations ranging from property development, construction, manufacturing and trading sectors to gaming and amusement operations, food industry and shopping complex management. Joyce has wide exposure gained from providing assurance and consulting services in Singapore, Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, Philippines, Mongolia, Dubai and Malaysia.

Mr. Thomas Ch’ng

Director of Human Resources
Hard Rock Hotel Penang
Mr. Ch’ng came from a humble beginning and worked his way up to a Director in Human Resources. He had many years of experience in opening new hotels. He has deep knowledge in human resources at the palms of his hands. He is abreast with the current human resources issues in the hospitality service industry.

Mr. Abdul Aziz Bin M M Yusoff

Training Manager/Human Resources Manager
Hotel Jen Penang
Mr. Aziz has a strong interpersonal skills and passionate in the field of learning and development. Has more than 30 years of experience in the hospitality service industry.

Mr. Danny Ng Chun Siew

Co-Owner and Chef
Restaurant Eighty Eight
Mr. Ng has the knowledge and experience in setting up the food and beverage outlet as a young entrepreneur. He is abreast with the current culinary skills dealing with the latest technology in producing contemporary food cuisines.

Mr. Ramesh JC Balachandran

Director of Human Resources
Rasa Sayang Resort & Spa Penang
Mr. Ramesh has over 25 years of knowledge and experience in human resources. He had opened many new hotels, the latest Shangri-La Hotel in Ulaanbaatar.

Mr. Sivasegaran A/L Bala Gangdaram

Executive Chef
Hotel Jen Penang
Mr. Sivasegaran has a strong interpersonal skills and passionate in the field of learning and development. He has more than 32 years of experience in the culinary industry. His desire is to serve delicious food to the customers and ensuring that the menu is always appealing.

Mr. Steven Ang Cheng Liang

General Manager (Northern Region)
Hotel Sentral Group
Mr. Ang had vast experience in the pre-opening of hotels, which include the training and recruitment of staff. He is a hotel consultant; thus enabling him to achieve high standards of customer satisfaction and greater understanding of employee behaviours and needs. He has more than 20 years of experience in the hotel industry.

Ms. Nirmala Pathmanathan

Director of Human Resources
Hotel Jen Penang
Ms. Nirmala has the knowledge and experience in human resources at the palm of her hand. She is abreast with the current human resources issues in the hospitality service industry. In her capacity she has plan, direct, and coordinate the administrative functions of an organization. She also oversees the recruiting, interviewing, and hiring of new staff; consult with top executives on strategic planning; and serve as a link between an organization's management and its employees.

Ms. Wong Peng Lin

Communications and Events Consultant
AV Event Essentials
Ms. Wong has a strong interpersonal skills and passionate in the field of learning and development, events communications, corporate communications, CSR projects and corporate collaterals. Has 15 years of experience in the various industry.

Professor Tham Choy Yoong

Former Acting Deputy Vice-Chancellor
Wawasan Open University, Penang
Tham Choy Yoong’s career spans across industry, business and academia. He began his involvement in tertiary education, particularly in the area of science and engineering, in various capacities since 1995 while he was working in industry. He had acted as external examiner and member of academic quality validation panel for franchised British university programmes in Malaysia. He still serves as a member of the industrial advisory panel of and external programme assessor for such programmes offered by a college in Penang. After graduating from the University of Malaya in 1973, for 10 years he worked in the public sector, then in industry, followed by another 14½ years operating his own engineering consultancy business. As employer, he gained insight into the training and education of graduate level manpower. He was founding dean of the Faculty of Engineering and Science, Tunku Abdul Rahman University, Kuala Lumpur where he had spent 6 years, and dean, School of Engineering and Science, Wawasan Open University, Penang. He retired as Professor and acting Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) of this institution in 2013. Choy Yoong received the PhD in electrical and electronic engineering from Swansea University in 2000 and spent 3½ years as postdoctoral academic staff in the University of Cambridge working in astrophysics. his current interests include open resources, software development, applications and policy issues in open education.

Dr Tan Seow Hwee

Founding President
Values First Consulting Sdn. Bhd.
Dr Tan Seow Hwee Tan is the founding CEO of Values First Consulting Sdn. Bhd. (Malaysia), an established engineering firm with an international clientele in the semiconductor industry, and Values First, Inc. (USA), a tech company providing augmented reality apps to enable innovative solutions for industries world-wide. He holds a Ph.D. in Digital Signal Processing and a M.Eng in Instrumentation and Electronics from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI), Troy, NY. Prior to founding Values First Consulting and Values First, Inc., he was managing Computer Integrated Manufacturing (CIM) projects at Intel Technology Sdn Bhd, Intel Corporation's largest Assembly/Test plant from 1992-1997. At Intel, Dr. Tan was a pioneer in introducing SECSII equipment interface, wafermapping capability and automated SEMI Standards-based data collection and analysis, among others, as part of his overall responsibility for data automation at the plant. Prior to that, he worked as a researcher/inventor from 1990-1992 for the R&D Department of Walt Disney Imagineering (of the Walt Disney Co.) in Glendale, CA., in projects ranging from real time voice transformation to virtual reality. Dr. Tan’s experience also extends to the industrial automation arena. From 1985-1986 he was a Senior Officer at the German Singapore Institute of the Singapore EDB, where he implemented robotic workcell projects and conducted industrial automation courses for the local industry. A co-inventor of US Patent 5,327,521 entitled “Speech Transformation”, Dr. Tan continues to identify and work in a number of areas of technology that may be applied for the advancement of modern society.

Mr Mahfooz Nabi Rasool

Mahfooz NR is a low profiled published photographer, the former editor and one of the pioneers who started CLICK!, a local based digital photography magazine. In his early years, he was a columnist for Photo Asia, a Singapore based regional photography magazine, photojournalist and assigned photographer to International Freelance Photographers Organization (I.F.P.O.), World Wildlife Fund for Nature (W.W.F.) and National Geographic Society (N.G.S.). Some of his very early works has also been published in Fotografik Malaysia magazine and Utusan Melayu/Malaysia newspapers. His works have been showcased in the Islamic Heritage and Culture Exhibitions throughout the world since he was very young. He was also the editor of Camerasia magazine (for Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand editions) and Imaging Channels, a photographic trade magazine meant for the photographic dealers, distributors and manufacturers circulation. He has conducted numerous photography workshops with CLICK! magazine, on his own and also for Nikon Malaysia. Now he’s in charge of the Nikon Professional Services (NPS), a department providing technical and service support to Nikon professional photographers worldwide, including press/media, commercial, studio, sports, wildlife etc. During his work as the head of NPS, he’s been sent to 2011 Rugby World Cup in New Zealand, London 2012 Olympic Games and Incheon 2014 Asian Games. He’s also conducting extra-oral photography workshops to dental post grad students and practicing dentists since 2010 until now. He has also been involved in outlining the syllabus of photography and multimedia faculties plus being one of the External Assessor and Industry Advisor for UUM and Disted College.

Dr. Lai Fong Hwa

Senior Consultant, Child Adolescent & Adult Psychiatrist
Penang General Hospital
Dr Lai Fong Hwa is a psychiatrist in Penang General Hospital since 1994. He is a certified affiliate and diplomat of the Academy of Cognitive Therapy (America). Among his contributions include leading awareness programmes, screening, and support groups on depression. He is also responsible for establishing trauma support team to provide psychological support training. He has received multiple awards from the government namely Darjah Johan Negeri (DJN) 2010, Pingat Kelakuan Terpuji (PKT) 2008, Pingat Jasa Khidmat (PJK) 2000 for his excellent service and contributions. Dr Lai who has less than 2% central vision was awarded the Tokoh Orang Kurang Upaya Pulau Pinang 2006 by the Governor of Penang.

Dr. Lynne Yong Ee Lin

Consultant Clinical Psychologist
Penang Adventist Hospital
Dr. Lynne Yong completed her Bachelor’s, Master’s and Doctoral work and training in the United States of America and is a licensed psychologist in the State of Connecticut, USA. She has worked in Penang General Hospital and Gleneagles Medical Centre before joining Penang Adventist Hospital in 2008. She works with a variety of mental health issues such as mood disorders, anxiety disorders, dissociative disorders, somatoform disorders, adjustment disorders and some personality disorders. Having worked in several medical facilities, Dr. Lynne Yong also interested in behavioural medicine, especially behavioural interventions for chronic medical problems. Additionally, she is active in international relief work and has been active in trauma counselling and training for government medical personnel. Dr. Lynne Yong holds president position for Malaysian Society of Clinical Psychology since year 2015 till year 2017.

Ms A. E. Margarita Malayapillay

President
Penang Association of Counselling and Psychology (PACP)
Ms. Rita is the President of Penang Association of Counseling & Psychology (PACP), she was involved with (PACP) since its inception in 2000. She obtained her Bachelor with Honours Degree and Diploma of Education from University Malaya, Master of Education on Guidance and Counseling from New Zealand. She is a registered licensed counselor and advisor to the Children’s Court. She is also a Panel Counselor of National Population and Family Development Board (Penang branch).

Prof Dr. Raman Santhiram

Dean
School of Education, Languages and Communications Faculty, WOU
Prof Santhiram Raman has over 47 years of experience in the field of education. He has vast experience in course developments which includes Education & Development (M.Ed., Universiti Brunei Darussalam (UBD), Education Research Methods (M. Teach. UBD), History Education ll (M. Teach. UBD), Curriculum & Innovation in Soc. Studies Education (M. Ed. UBD), Critical Review of Research in Soc. Studies Education (M. Ed. UBD)

Prof. Mohd Jain Noordin Mohd. Kassim

Professor Kehormat
School of Chemical Sciences, USM
Prof Jain has over 35 years of teaching and research experience. He's the Chief Adminstrative Officer for the 'Pra Universiti USM MARA' programme and has been awarded with 'Profesor Kehormat' by University Sains Malaysia in 2015 for his contributions in the field of education.

Mr Subramanian Singaram

Professor Kehormat
Regional Director for South East Asia
Mr. Subra has been involved in the academia for more than 13 years. The School strongly recommends Mr. Subra as an EPA for the area cluster of Certificate in Intensive English.

Mr. Ganesan A/L Kuppusamy

Senior Lecturer
Institusi Pendidikan Kampus Guru, Pulau Pinang
Currently holding the responsibility as the Subject Matter Expert (SME) for the English Proficiency courses for the Ministry of Education’s TESL Degree in Programme to ensure an appropriate mapping of the CLO, PLO and PEO in the summary of information on each course.