- YAM Tunku Ali, Tunku Besar Seri Menanti of Negeri Sembilan, started his career as a management consultant in 1998 with McKinsey & Company. At McKinsey, he advised governments and large corporations on issues ranging from long-term strategy to organisational and corporate governance. In 2004, he joined Khazanah Nasional Berhad and has since been actively involved in a number of significant transformation projects and strategic investments in Malaysia and abroad. Tunku Ali holds a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) degree in History and Social & Political Sciences, and recently completed the MC/MPA (Mid-career Master in Public Administration) at Harvard Kennedy School where he was a Mason Scholar.
Datuk Yvonne ChiaDatuk Yvonne Chia is a senior Fellow Chartered Banker, Senior Director and Mentor. Currently, she is a non-executive Chairman of Standard Chartered Bank Malaysia, and an independent director of several listed companies and the Nottingham Asia Advisory Board. She was the Group Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of Hong Leong Banking Group from 2003 to 2013 and RHB Banking Group from 1996 to 2002. A keen promoter of education, talent and personal development, Datuk Yvonne sees education and personal development as tools for women empowerment to enable financial literacy and financial independence. She is particularly admired for her agility to move with the changing times, her grounded style of walking the talk, showing the way in the language of the audience of seniors, young and millennial and the local communities she served. She sees her personal career success has set a path for women and girls to realise their full potential and economic worth through advocating opportunities that explore their potential choices be it in finance and other sectors. Datuk Yvonne was credited by Forbes Asia as one of the top 50 Businesswomen in the Mix in 2013. In August 2014, she was also appointed Honorary Professor by the University of Nottingham.
Shahnaz Al-Sadat MohseinShahnaz Al-Sadat Abdul Mohsein is an independent promoter of education, talent development and social enterprise reforms for Malaysia. Formerly the Executive Director of Strategic Human Capital Management at Khazanah Nasional Berhad, she served in various executive positions from 2004 to 2011. Shahnaz is currently the Chief Executive Officer of Arise Asia. She also serves on the Board for various education-related entities such as Teach For Malaysia, Yayasan AMIR and MINDA. She holds an LLB (Hons) degree from the University of Nottingham, United Kingdom and a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) from IMD in Lausanne, Switzerland. She is also a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and a Certified Internal Auditor
Chen Li-KaiChen Li-Kai is a Senior Partner with McKinsey & Company. His recent work is focused on education system transformation and public-private partnerships in education in the Asian region and globally. Li-Kai is also the head of the education practice of McKinsey & Company in Asia. McKinsey’s education practice conducts research on school systems worldwide and publishes global education reports such as the recent “How The World’s Most Improved School Systems Keep Getting Better” (December 2011). Li-Kai holds a Masters in Business Administration from Harvard Business School, a Masters in Science degree in Risk in Management from the University of Reading and his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Central England.
Dato’ Tharuma RajahDato’ Tharuma Rajah is the Senior Advisor of Korn Ferry Hay Group. He was formerly the Managing Director of Korn Ferry Hay Group – Asia Pacific, a member of its Global Leadership Team and an International Partner of Hay Group. He has extensive experience in driving education transformation in Singapore and Australia. Dato’ Tharuma helps organisations develop and implement talent and leadership transformation interventions. He specialises in human resource management, strategy formulation, compensation, training and development, and industrial relations. He has served as Executive Coach to many CEOs in Asia Pacific, and has advised clients across a wide spectrum of industries ranging from finance, telecommunications, oil and gas, manufacturing, fast moving consumer goods, and the public sector. Dato’ Tharuma holds a Bachelor of Laws from the University of London and has been called to the Bar of England and Wales. He is a member of the Honourable Society of Lincoln’s Inn, United Kingdom. Dato’ Tharuma is also co-author of the book “The Indian CEO: A Portrait of Excellence”.
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