Mr. Ezani Mansor is the US-ASEAN Business Council’s Country Representative in Malaysia, based in Kuala Lumpur. Prior to joining the Council in May 2013, he ran a privately owned international business development company in Seattle, Washington. With extensive business experience of 20 years, Ezani has directed efforts for American companies to create a presence in Southeast Asia. Earlier in his career, Ezani worked for global oil and gas company BP, involving strategic planning for the Asia Pacific region in Singapore, chemicals marketing in BP’s headquarters in London and petrochemicals joint venture development of BP-PETRONAS in Malaysia. In 1999, he joined a Malaysian corporation to expand its aerospace composites manufacturing in the United States, providing leadership in sales and marketing to top tier aerospace companies in the industry. In addition, he led the corporation’s Malaysian government relations with the Treasury, Ministry of International Trade and the Prime Minster’s Office. Ezani Mansor holds a Master’s of Business Administration degree from the University of Strathclyde and a Bachelor of Science degree in Structural Engineering from the University of Sussex, both in the United Kingdom. He is proficient in Bahasa Malaysia and Bahasa Indonesia, and has basic conversational Mandarin.
YM Syed Haizam Jamalullail
YM Syed Haizam Jamalullail is the Vice-President of the Board of the Malaysia-America Foundation and the Director and Co-Founder, since February 2011, of Srivijaya Sdn. Bhd., a consulting firm. Prior to this, he worked in London as a Graduate Analyst Intern on the Governance and Sustainable Investments Team (GSI) of F&C Asset Management. Earlier, he had worked in Malaysia as a Paralegal at Naqiz & Partner, a corporate and commercial law firm, and as an Intern, both in the corporate division in Wong & Partners, a member of Baker & McKenzie International, and in the Risk and Business Solutions Division of Ernst and Young. He also spent two months in India as a Media Volunteer with Explocity, a media publisher. His many interests include participation in the centennial Peking to Paris Vintage Car Rally in 2007; drafting an article on “Western Perceptions of Islam” for the 2003 Organization of Islamic Conference Summit; serving three years in the Royal Marines Cadet Force in Charterhouse, attaining the rank of Sergeant; playing drums in the Charterhouse Jazz Band; and serving as the elected Sports Representative for the Oxford University Malaysia Club. He has also done charitable work, such as participating in the 2008 London Marathon for helping disabled children and chairing the Organizing Committee of a Charity Ball in 2000 to raise money for two charities. He has a BA (Hons.) in Human Sciences from Somerville College, University of Oxford, a Graduate Diploma in Law from BPP Professional Education and University of Westminster, London, and is now completing a CIMA Certificate in Islamic Finance.
Datuk Shireen Muhiudeen
Datuk Shireen Ann Zaharah binti Muhiudeen is the independent non-executive Director of Integrax Berhad, a position she has held since May 6, 2011. She also serves as the company’s Chairman of the Governance & Nomination Committee and a Member of its Tender Committee. In addition, she is the Managing Director and Principal Fund Manager of Corston-Smith Asset Management that she founded in 2004, which emphasizes governance and responsible investments in the ASEAN region. Earlier, she was CEO of AIG Investment Corporation (Malaysia) for 12 years. In total, she has over 25 years experience in managing funds and has been recognized by Asian Investor as one of the 25 most influential women in the-Asia Pacific region for Asset Management. She has also served on the Malaysian Tourism Board and on the Malaysian Sports Advisory Council. In 2007, she authored a free self-help financial handbook for young working adults entitled Learn To Make Sense Of Your Money - What They Don’t Tell You When You First Start Work. In 2012, she co-chaired “Managing Risk in a Rebalancing World” at the Pacific Pension Institute’s Asian Roundtable, in Jakarta. She is also the author of “Governance Matters,” a popular monthly column published in The Star, Malaysia’s best-selling English daily newspaper. A much sought-after speaker at national and international flora, she has addressed groups like the 2012 Annual Meetings of the Boards of Governors of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank Group and the 2012 Johns Hopkins University Global Conference on Women in the Boardroom. She holds a B.Sc. from the Marshall School of Business, University of Southern California, and a MBA from Loyola Marymount University, California.
Mr. Shaiful Ekram Abd. Latiff
Mr. Shaiful Ekram Abd. Latiff most recent role was the Director of Product Management - Messaging at mGage in Atlanta, Georgia. From October 2009 – June 2013. Prior to his current position, he was the Senior Product Manager - Global Mobile Messaging at Syniverse Technologies in Tampa, Florida, and in Washington, D.C. His earlier professional experience in the US includes the following positions: Product Manager -Global Mobile Messaging at VeriSign in Dulles, Virginia, from 2008-2009; Program Manager - Database Product Management at the same company, from 2006-2008; and Vice President, Product Management, at Prematics Inc. in Washington, DC., from 2005-2006. In addition, his previous employment history includes serving as Senior Marketing Programs Manager from 1999-2000; as Business Analyst and Strategy Manager from 1997 -1999; as Product Marketing Manager/Business Development Manager, at Ericsson, in Kuala Lumpur, from 1992-1997; and Process Engineer at Western Digital, in Kuala Lumpur from 1990-1992. He has been interviewed by several media agencies, including CNN, KCAL-Los Angeles, Ovum, Current Analysis, Gartner, Financial Times, and CNET, on various topics concerning mobile security. He is fluent in both Bahasa Malaysia and Bahasa Indonesia and travels frequently to Malaysia to visit his parents in Kelang. He received his B.Sc. in Electrical Engineering in 1990 from the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia while on a full scholarship from the Malaysian Government. He then obtained his MBA in Business Administration in 1997 from Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh, Scotland.
Dato Dr. Zakaria Haji Ahmad
Professor Dato' Dr. Zakaria Haji Ahmad is the Senior Vice President and a Professor of Politics at HELP (Higher Education Learning Program) University College and an Advisor to Malaysia’s Ministry of Defence. Earlier, he was Executive Director at HELP and Dean of Social Sciences and Humanities at Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, where he has also served as Head, Political Science Department, and Head, Strategic and Security Studies Unit. He has taught at the University of Malaya and at Universiti Sains Malaysia and has served as an Assistant Secretary at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and as a Training Officer at the National Institute of Public Administration. From 1983 to 1985, he was Deputy Director-General of ISIS Malaysia. His awards include a Fulbright Scholarship at the Hoover Institution on War, Revolution and Peace in Stanford, California; a Visiting Fellowship at the Strategic and Defence Studies Centre of the Australian National University; and a Senior Fellowship at both the Resource Systems Institute, East-West Center, Hawaii, and at the Department of Political Science, National University of Singapore. He has published extensively on politics and international affairs and sits on the Editorial Boards of Contemporary Southeast Asia, Journal of Democracy, and Vietnam Commentary. His books include Government and Politics of Malaysia; Military-Civilian Relations in Southeast Asia; Political Contestation; Pacific Asia in the 1990s; and United Nations Peacekeeping: Panacea or Pandora's Box? He also serves as Vice-President of the Malaysian International Affairs Forum and as President of the Malaysian Gymnastics Federation. He holds a BA from the University of Singapore, a MA from McMaster University, and a Ph.D. in Political Science from MIT.
Tan Sri Datuk Sri Razman M. Hashim
Datuk Seri Razman M. Hashim is the Deputy Executive Chairman of The Sunway Group and also an Independent Non-Executive Director of several other public listed companies. He began his career with the Standard Chartered Bank in Malaysia as an Officer Trainee in 1967. Throughout his 34 years of banking, he served with the Standard Chartered Bank’s offices in London, Europe, Hong Kong and Singapore. In Malaysia he held various senior positions and was appointed Executive Director of Standard Chartered Bank Malaysia Berhad in 1994 until his retirement in June 1999. He was then appointed as Chairman of MBF Finance Berhad by the Central Bank as its nominee until January 2002, when the finance company was sold to the Arab Malaysian Group. In May that year, Bank Negara appointed him as an Independent Non-Executive Director of Affin Bank Berhad, a post that he held until May 2009. He pursued his early secondary education in Australia and on completion studied Accounting and Banking, becoming a member of the Australian Institute of Bankers.
Tan Sri Dr. Munir Majid
Tan Sri Dato' Dr Mohd Munir bin Abdul Majid is Co-Chair of the Board of the Malaysia-America Foundation and Chairman of Bank Muamalat Malaysia Berhad. He has taught at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE); served as a Research Analyst for Daiwa Europe NV in London; and worked as a Lead Writer and Group Editor for the New Straits Times. While CEO of a small merchant bank, he changed its name to Commerce International Merchant Bankers (CIMB), now one of Malaysia’s leading banks. In 1993, he became the Founding Executive Chairman of the Securities Commission, where he served until 1999. He then worked for Telekom Malaysia Berhad as its Independent Non-Executive Director and Chairman of its mobile subsidiary, Celcom (M) Berhad. The 1997 holder of the Cranfield Management Excellence Award, he joined the Malaysia Airlines Board of Directors in 2004 and was appointed its Non-Executive Chairman until 2011. In 2005, he was made an Honorary Fellow of the LSE while in 2008 he was appointed Visiting Senior Fellow at its Centre for International Affairs, Diplomacy and Strategy (IDEAS), where he headed the Southeast Asia International Affairs Program until 2012. He has written for IDEAS publications and published in International Politics, a British journal. The Founder President of the Kuala Lumpur Business Club, he is now Chairman of its Advisory Council. He also serves on various governmental boards and committees; writes for The Star newspaper; is a Distinguished Fellow of the Malaysian Institute of Defense and Security; and a member of the International Institute for Strategic Studies in London. He holds degrees from LSE -- a B.Sc. in Economics and a Ph.D. in International Relations.
Dato' Seri Timor Shah Rafiq
Mr. Timor Shah Rafiq is the Co-Founder and Principal of the Oxon Asian Group Ltd., a strategic, investment advisory, and stakeholders’ relations firm focused on high growth niche opportunities in Southeast Asia. He is also Chairman of the Lithuania-Malaysia Business Council, and CEO and Managing Director of Dwitasik Medical Development Sdn Bhd, which Malaysian Airport Holdings Berhad has allocated 500 acres of land for an integrated medical project. Moreover, he is Executive Director of Dwitasik Ventures Sdn Bhd, which pursues joint venture opportunities and serves as a local partner for international firms. In addition, he serves on a number of boards in Malaysia, including Zarian Energy Sdn Bhd; Zarian Offshore Sdn Bhd; Nautilus Tug and Towage Sdn Bhd; Nautical Supreme Sdn Bhd; and Nautilus Perak Marine Services Sdn Bhd. Furthermore, he is the CEO and Founder of Viable Ventures International, LLC (VVI), a California-based firm involved in trade and investment opportunities in Southeast Asia. A member of the National Board of Directors of the World Affairs Councils of America, his past positions include serving as Chairman of the Board of Trustees and Executive Board of the World Affairs Council of Orange County, California, and as a member of the Pacific Council on International Policy. He is the recipient of the DSA Award by the Sultan of Perak. He has a Diploma in Civil Engineering from Oxford Polytechnic (now Oxford-Brookes University); has done postgraduate study in Town and Country Planning at North London Polytechnic; holds a Master’s degree in Planning from the University of Cincinnati; and also certificates from UCLA and Harvard University Law School.
Mr. Tan Hon Yik
Hon Yik is a founding partner of Naqiz & Partners. He previously practiced with Wong & Partners (a member firm of Baker & McKenzie International) in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia as a member of the banking & finance and corporate & commercial practice groups. Hon Yik has acted for clients across a diversified range of industries and has advised clients on issues relating to corporate and commercial law, cross border and foreign acquisitions, international tax and trusts as well as private clients matters. Hon Yik serves as counsel to Naqiz & Partners associated Indonesian office Bagus Enrico & Partners (a member of Naqiz International) where he specializes in issues relating to international taxation, foreign direct investment and cross border transactions between Malaysia and Indonesia. Hon Yik currently serves as an independent director on the board of Walton Berhad, Walton Property Holding Sdn Bhd and Walton International Property Group Sdn Bhd as well as Segi Value Holdings. He has served as an Independent Non-Executive Director of Maxwell International Holdings Berhad (listed on the Kuala Lumpur Stock Exchange) from 2010 to 2013 and served as an Independent Non-Executive Director of I-Berhad from 2011 to 2012 (listed on the Kuala Lumpur Stock Exchange). He has also served on the Board of Commissioners of PT Rana Central Nugraha (an Indonesian subsidiary of Mamee-Double-Decker (M) Berhad).
Tan Sri Shahril Shamsuddin
Tan Sri Dato’ Seri Shahril Shamsuddin is the Non-Independent Executive Director and President and Group CEO of Sapura Kencana Petroleum. He is also a member of the company’s Board Remuneration Committee. Since taking the helm at Sapura Kencana, he has led the company into a range of new businesses and projects in Malaysia, Australia, Brazil, Mexico, Vietnam, China, West Africa, and several other countries. Before the merger between SapuraCrest Petroleum Berhad Group and Kencana Petroleum Berhad Group, he was Executive Vice Chairman and President of SapuraCrest. He had also earlier served as Non-Executive Director and Executive Vice Chairman on the Board of SapuraCrest. In the Perdana Leadership Foundation, he serves as a Member of the Board of Trustees, as Treasurer, and as an Executive Council Member. He is also a Member of Universiti Teknologi Malaysia’s International Advisory Panel. Among the many awards that he has received are the following: the Panglima Jasa Negara from the Federal Government of Malaysia, which carries the title “Datuk,”; the Darjah Seri Paduka Tuanku Ja’afar from Negri Sembilan, Malaysia, which carries the title “Dato’ Seri,”; the Legion d’Honneur from the Republic of France; and the Panglima Setia Mahkota, a federal award, which carries the title “Tan Sri.” In 2009, he won the Malaysia Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award, while in 2013 he was conferred an Honorary Doctorate in Technology Management by Universiti Teknologi Malaysia. He has a B.Sc. degree in Industrial Technology from California Polytechnic State University and an M.Sc. degree in Management Technology from the MIT Sloan School of Management.