The Mentors – The Lean In Career Program
Mark started his career in people development and consulting in 1995 specialising inproblem identification, coaching, facilitation and general management in some of the world’sleading organisations within the Energy, Professional Services, Finance, Aviation and Oil & GasIndustries.
Mark is now Co-Director of 5Echo, based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Among Mark’s passions are leadership development and coaching people towards self discovery to follow their true calling.
Dr. Yvonne Sum CSP ACC has a gift. She draws executives into their deep inner essence to findtreasures that expresses their talent to make timely changes in their outer world.
Dr Yvonne Sum is an internationally published author on leadership across home and work tribes.She consistently provokes senior business leaders to ‘lose their minds and come to their senses’by integrating their leadership lessons at home successfully back into the work tribe, and vice versa.
Managing Consultant & Executive Leadership Coach, The Success Lab
Founder of The Success Lab, Rita is a seasoned Executive Leadership Coach & Facilitator
Her thought provoking, challenging yet supportive approach helps clients expand their perspectives and cultivate a mindset for continuous learning and growth.
Rita is a Business Mentor at the Cherie Blair Foundation for Women, serves on the International Coach Federation Malaysia Chapter Board, and is a MentorCoach.
She is one of only 5 women and only 14 coaches in Malaysia with the advanced Professional Certified Coach (PCC) credential awarded by the International Coach Federation (ICF),US.
Senior Partner and Head of Publishing & Sales,Mindvalley
Veena Sidhu is a Senior Partner and Head of Publishing & Sales at Mindvalley where she and her team’s key focus is to strike partnerships with authors and publishers to get products, events and services out to the Mindvalley ecosystem of online academies.
With a never-give-up positive attitude and always striving for more, Veena believes nothing is impossible and along with sharing the Mindvalley mission, she spends her free time exploring passion projects, one of which is to see a wholistic education system developed in Malaysia.
General Manager,Uber Malaysia
Leon Foong is the General Manager of Uber Malaysia and has spent the last two years scaling the business from a relatively unfamiliar name in South East Asia to one of the fastest-growing recognisable tech companies in the world.
Leon is no stranger to championing new technologies to Malaysians. Prior to joining Uber Malaysia, Leon spent over two years at YTL to successfully bring WIMAX solutions to the masses and 4G connectivity to schools across the nation. In his spare time, Leon has aspirations of being a food entrepreneur and has previously dabbled in supper clubs, pop-ups and has co-founded local start up GoGet.my.
Chief Executive Officer,Destini Oil Services
Shahril Hamdan has a tri-sector profile – having had experience in the public, private and non-profit sectors. At age 30, he is currently Chief Executive Officer in Destini Oil Services, an oil and gas upstream services company whilst also sitting on the Executive Committee of the youth wing of Malaysia’s ruling party UMNO.
He served as a management consultant in McKinsey & Company prior to joining Destini. He was also a Manager in Teach For Malaysia, a non-profit organisation which channels high-performing university graduates to teach in public schools nationwide. He spent over two years as a policy aide to the Hon. Minister Khairy Jamaluddin after graduating in Economics from the University of Manchester in 2008.
Managing Director,Endeavor Malaysia
Anand Krishnan is the Managing Director of Endeavor Malaysia, the second affiliate for Endeavor in Southeast
Asia. Prior to assuming the role of MD, Anand headed Entrepreneur Selection & Growth for Endeavor Malaysia.
He was previously based in the United Kingdom with Caterham F1 Team (formerly known as Team Lotus) as Brand Manager, a startup Formula One team he was involved in since it inception.
Anand started his career at the Brand Team in AirAsia, where he developed brand campaigns for the AirAsia Group, as well as managed and activated sponsorships with global sporting brands.
Head of Performance and Organizational Development, Sime Darby
Meha Kasbun is currently responsible for the HR of Motors Division with staff strength of over 10,000 employees in 10 countries i.e.. Australia, China, Hong Kong, Macau, Malaysia, New Zealand, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam.
She drives the strategic direction and alignment for the Division through the Countries HR Heads and Business Partners of the operations. She also lead and manage the leadership development, talent management and succession for the Division.
MBA Director, Asia Business School
Katy is the MBA Director at Asia School of Business, a new business school formed from a partnership between MIT and Bank Negara Malaysia. She responsible for the MBA students’ learning and leadership development, and takes a leading role in the admissions process.
Katy’s Masters degree in Intercultural Relations from Lesley University lead jer to a role as the Associate Director of Student Life and Learning with the founding team of the MIT Executive MBA at MIT Sloan; a role that introduced her to management education, Action Learning and leadership development in a highly collaborative team environment.
DATIN AZRENE AHMAD
AICI FLC & CERTIFIED IMAGE MASTER and Wellness Coach (JPK, MALAYSIA)
A graduate from the University of Nottingham, United Kingdom with a Bachelor of Law and Masters in Human Rights Law with particular interest in the subjects of Rights of the Child and Women’s Rights and a Certified & Accredited Image Master, training under Ms. Ferial Youakim (AICI CIP) of ByFerial Image Consultants Training, Australia. She became the first Image Consultant to be recognized by the Department of Skills Development (JPK), Ministry of Human Resources with the conferment of the Advanced Diploma of Malaysian Skills (DLKM) which confers the title Certified Image Master.
She has provided individual and group coaching sessions, workshops, and presentations to high profile individuals and VVIPs, national companies and schools on Corporate Image Management, Business & Social Etiquette, Communication and Personal Branding.
Head of People and Products, KFIT
Audra Pakalnyte is a passionate entrepreneur with diverse experience and global exposure in international corporations, start-ups and nongovernmental organizations.
Currently Audra is leading Product and People at one of the fastest growing startups, KFit.com.
She has also launched her own start up called PlateCulture with an international team based in Malaysia, Singapore, Philippines, Thailand and Lithuania
Prior venturing into entrepreneurship Audra was working as Human Resource Manager at Business Process Outsourcing Company in Malaysia, leading an international HR team handling talent sourcing and management for offices in Malaysia, India, Japan and UK.
NUR ATYQAH LALITA ABDULLAH
Head Talent, Learning and Development, Hong Leong Group
Lalita has over 18 years working experience in various Multinational companies in areas of recruitment, training, talent and human resource management.
Currently she heads the Learning and Development function for a local conglomerate. She is a certified coaching and mentoring professional and a certified trainer.
In her spare time she work with a community-based organisation set up to cater to the needs of the marginalised communities in Malaysia aiming to develop the skills and capacity of the key affected populations for better sustainable life.
Career & Leadership Coach – ICF ACC
Marie-Laure is a Career & Leadership Coach for women who want to gain self-confidence and thrive in a meaningful career that matches with their aspirations.
Her willingness to coach mainly women is her conviction that they can be great leaders and that their values of cooperation, team-building approach and empathy inspire a new leadership for the 21st century.
She has delivered comprehensive programs for a wide range of associations in France and at the INSA Institute in Montreal on different topics.
She is a certified and credentialed coach by ICF snf holds a Master’s Degree in Business Law from the University of Rennes I- France.
Director, CnetG Asia
Raj Kumar is the Founding Partner of CnetG Asia, a member firm of IRC Global Executive Search Partners. His expertise covers client advisory in area of recruitment and talent management strategies across the oil & gas, power generation, engineering & construction, manufacturing, automotive and the MRO sector.
Raj is passionate about diversity and has extolled virtues if diversity as an important component of a company culture. Raj is also deeply involved in engaging with potential leaders, and has coached them through the interview process and post-hiring stage, ensuring that they excel in the positions they are appointed for.
Managing Partner, SK Chambers
Shanthi Kandiah is the managing partner of SK Chambers a boutique legal practice in Malaysia, focused on antitrust, privacy and cybersecurity laws. She founded SK Chambers with the goal of creating a standalone regulatory firm providing specialist services to corporations facing new cartel and merger laws, and risks from interconnectedness.
Shanthi is also a Co-founder–Pacific Straits Global Foundation (PSGF). The Foundation’s primary goal is to promote access to education to the under-privileged. She implemented a loan program for high achieving refugee children.
Talent Development Manager, British American Tobacco
Joanne is currently the Talent Development Manager in British American Tobacco. She works with the regional leadership development team and external stakeholders to ensure that trainings implemented are towards creating and sustaining a high performing organisation.
Joanne is a Certified Coaching & Mentoring Professional accredited by International Coaching Federation (ICF). She enjoys the experience of working internationally and partnering with stakeholders from all parts of the world. This has given her extensive exposure to work in a fast-paced, diverse and competitive environment.
Talent Development Manager, British American Tobacco
Winnie recently started TSH Europe in KL, a professional consulting business focussing on end to end migration services to Europe.
She was previously based in Hong Kong as the Regional Director at TIME magazine and responsible for business development initially for Greater China then progressed to oversee North Asia. Her key strengths are managing client expectations, relationship management and account management.
She has managed a teams in Beijing, Shanghai and Shenzhen and responsible for operations in Hong Kong that included training responsibilities, one-on-one coaching, career guidance and mentoring. She has over 15 years of managerial experience in Asia.
Head, Corporate Planning Division, UEM Edgenta Berhad
Chee Yen currently heads the Corporate Planning division of UEM Edgenta Berhad (formerly known as Faber Group Berhad). Her current role involves spearheading the company’s transformation plan, leads strategic alliance and M&A transactions, as well as supervises the investor relations function of the company.
Chee Yen is a Chartered Financial Analyst and holds a Bachelor of Business (Economics and Finance) from RMIT University, Australia. She is also the Programming Director of Asia Women Circle @ Lean In and hopes to encourage and see more aspiring females achieve their goals and dreams, whatever they may be.
Founder, Earth Heir
Sasibai Kimis left a successful career in the finance industry to start the award-winning social enterprise and luxury craftsmanship brand Earth Heir in February 2013. Earth Heir’s story began with an appreciation for craftspeople and a desire to empower them to achieve sustainable livelihoods. Earth Heir is dedicated to the creation and preservation of disappearing heritage art forms while advocating fair trade principles and ethical partnerships.
Sasibai was one of the Wharton’s “40 under 40” award winners in 2015 and is also an Eisenhower Fellow in the 2015 Women’s Leadership Program focusing on the issues of socio-entrepreneurship and preserving heritage craftsmanship skills.
DATO’ YASMIN MAHMOOD
Chief Executive Officer,Multimedia Development Corporation (MDeC)
As the CEO of Mdec, Dato’ Yasmin utilises her expertise and experience for the betterment of the nation. At MDeC, Dato Yasmin works with a team of close to 500 staff to spearhead the Digital Malaysia (DM) agenda. Digital Malaysia is a national initiative that drives IT investments into the country, builds local tech champions into global icons, catalyses digital innovation ecosystems and promotes digital inclusivity amongst the rakyat.
Today, she also serves as a board member of Bintulu Port Holdings Berhad, Cyberview Sdn Bhd, Malaysia Global Innovation and Creativity Centre (MaGIC), MyWin Academy and is a Founding Patron of Gorgeous Geeks, an NGO advocating Women Empowerment with ICT.
Dato’s Yasmin was also recently appointed as an Adjunct Professor to the Faculty of Computer Science and Maths at Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM) and CEO @ Faculty Programme Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM)