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Speakers & Panellists

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Darshini M Nathan

Head, Culture and Engagement,
AIA Berhad
Speaker Profile
Darshini M Nathan
Head, Culture and Engagement, AIA Berhad

Darshini M. Nathan heads Culture and Engagement in AIA Bhd. She is responsible for driving the strategic direction and implementation of enterprise-wide culture and employee engagement interventions that will help to deliver AIA’s business strategy in line with its purpose of helping people live Healthier, Longer, Better Lives. Prior to moving to HR, she was Head of Corporate Communications in AIA’s Marketing division where she led thought leadership, public relations and corporate sponsorship initiatives. Darshini started her career as a business journalist before moving on to PR and communications roles in the financial services industry. Her communications background has given her a strong advantage when it comes to understanding the needs of her audience to optimise awareness and engagement. 

https://www.aia.com.my/en/index.html

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Gail Gibson

Master Performance Coach,
Author & Speaker
Speaker Profile
Gail Gibson
Master Performance Coach, Author & Speaker


Known as the Can-Do coach, award-winning performance coach, Gail Gibson, thrives on enabling leaders to step up, shake it off and shine.

Her unique style of coaching has proven results in enabling people to break through the frustration of stagnant or unfulfilled personal and professional growth. The simple, yet incredibly effective coaching techniques she's honed and developed, have led to life-changing transformations in mindset, performance and wellbeing for her numerous clients. Twice published author (Making Connections: How to Network Effectively to Build Better Business Relationship, 2009; The Rise of SEE-19 © Leadership: See Beyond and Become the Leader You Are Born to Be. 2021) and inspirational speaker on mindset, peak personal performance and leadership.

Gail hosts a weekly podcast, The Can Do Way, featuring guests from across the globe, who share amazing stories of Can Do growth, resilience and success.With a calming, perceptive presence and an inquisitive mind, Kavita enables deep and insightful conversations.

https://www.gailmgibson.com/
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Hugh Terry​

Founder of The Digital Insurer​
Speaker Profile

Hugh Terry
Founder of The Digital Insurer

Hugh Terry is the Founder of The Digital Insurer. Hugh has more than 20 years’ experience in the Insurance industry including operational, consulting and entrepreneurial roles. He is an actuary by profession and lives in Singapore. He is passionate about the application of technology to insurance business models and as well as writing articles he actively shares his experience via consulting assignments, speaking opportunities and participation in entrepreneurial initiatives in the field of digital insurance

https://www.the-digital-insurer.com/

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Jenna Beh Huey Ching

Chief Executive Officer & Co-Founder, FortNynja,
Top 100 Women in Fintech 2021
Speaker Profile
Jenna Beh Huey Ching
Chief Executive Officer & Co-Founder, FortNynja,
Top 100 Women in Fintech 2021

Jenna is the Co-founder and CEO of FortNynja, a cybersecurity company with an interest in tackling the talent drought in cybersecurity and fintech in the APAC region via E-Fintech School APAC.

Some of Jenna’s achievements include:

  1. Top 14 Fintech Influencer in Malaysia
  2. 40 under 40 - Prestige Malaysia 2020
  3. Top 100 Women in Fintech (Global) 2021
  4. Top 15 Women in Fintech (APAC) 2021
  5. Strategist for Venture Capital and Private Equity Association
  6. Co-author of the Regtech Book

https://www.fortnynja.com/

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Joan Low

Chief Executive Officer,
ThoughtFull
Speaker Profile
Joan Low
Founder and CEO, ThoughtFull

JOAN LOW is the Founder and CEO of ThoughtFull, a digital mental health startup whose vision is to make mental healthcare seamless, accessible,and affordable in Asia. ThoughtFull’s main offering, ThoughtFullChat, is a subscription-based mobile application that empowers users to engage with their mental health through self-serve tools and daily bite-sized coaching with certified mental health professionals anytime, anywhere.

Prior to founding ThoughtFull, Joan was a banker at J.P. Morgan, Hong Kong, for 6 years managing a portfolio of over USD1.3 billion in assets under supervision. She was part of the pioneering team which built out the Private Bank’s Hedge Fund and Private Equity offerings in Asia and also covered the North Asian region. In her own capacity, she has been active in the impact investment space, a passion that started as early as 2007 when she founded her first purpose-driven startup with Junior Achievement Canada.

As a mental health caregiver herself for the past 20 years, Joan recognized the vast innovation gaps in the traditional mental healthcare system in South East Asia vis-à-vis regions such as North America, Europe, and North Asia, where she spent many years living, studying, and working.

Proactive engagement with ones’ holistic health, physical and mental, is common in some countries, but preventive mental healthcare is not yet universal practice in Asia–ThoughtFull is on a mission to change this.

Today, Joan leads ThoughtFull as an advocate of mental health, technology for impact, and women in technology and healthcare.

https://thoughtfull.world/

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Jonathan Chong

Chief Risk Officer,
AmGeneral Insurance Berhad
Speaker Profile
Jonathan Chong
Chief Risk Officer, AmGeneral Insurance Berhad

Jonathan Chong is the Chief Risk Officer for AmGeneral Insurance Berhad, one of the largest motor and general insurance company in Malaysia. He is responsible for developing risk management strategies and practices to support the business in meetings its strategic objectives.

Jonathan is a Chartered Banker and Certified Public Accountant and has over 17 years of experience in various senior roles in risk management, compliance and audit.

https://www.amgeneralinsurance.com/

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Julie Chong

Chief Executive Officer,
Persatuan Insurans Am Malaysia
Speaker Profile

Julie Chong,
Chief Executive Officer, Persatuan Insurans Am Malaysia
Ms. Julie Chong has over 25 years of senior management positions with multinational insurers and a global bank in Australia, UK, Singapore and Hong Kong. Her international work experience includes regional management responsibilities for the Asia Pacific region and a group head office role covering more than 18 countries in Europe, Asia and the USA.

She enjoys new challenges and the opportunity to rapidly acquire and understand broad trends, headwinds, critical success factors, and in implementing identified strategic initiatives in the insurance and banking sectors.  Julie derives the greatest sense of achievement from the career and personal developmental successes of her team, several of whom have progressed over the years to become CEOs or Presidents of insurance companies.

She assumed the Chief Executive Office position at Persatuan Insurans Am Malaysia (PIAM) in November last year.

https://piam.org.my/

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Kavita Satwalekar

Leadership Coach, Wellness Expert,
Mentor & Author
Speaker Profile
Kavita Satwalekar
Leadership Coach, Wellness Expert, Mentor & Author


Kavita's signature techniques combined with her unique ability to 'hear the truth', helps her enable clients to show up as the best version of themselves; the version they always knew they were. She is passionate about enabling leaders to win through the noise, embody their strengths and authentically shine. she embodies her tagline of Inner Sense by Kavita by empowering clients to make sense of their inner worlds. thus enabling them to lead from within.

Kavita founded Inner Sense Consulting as a vehicle to combine her fourteen years of vast corporate experience in executive coaching and organizational development, with her love for helping leaders find success and harmony in everyday life. She has a bachelors degree in Psychology and a Masters degree in coaching and behavior analysis. A published author (The Rise of SEE-19 © Leadership: See Beyond and Become the Leader You are Born to Be, 2021) and inspirational speaker on wellbeing, self-leadership and inner sense.

With a calming, perceptive presence and an inquisitive mind, Kavita enables deep and insightful conversations.

https://www.innersensecoaching.com/
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Lavine Hemlani

Chief Executive Officer,
Xccelerate​
Speaker Profile
Lavine Hemlani
Chief Executive Officer, Xccelerate​
Lavine is passionate about eliminating the financial barrier between education and opportunity for motivated learners to unleash their potential.  

Xccelerate is a leading ed-tech and future of work start-up headquartered in HK. Xccelerate is founded on the vision that the greatest opportunity for improving lives is education and aspires to reinvent tech education to address the colossal talent challenges in Artificial Intelligence, Software Engineering, Blockchain and Design across Asia. Xccelerate drives outcomes for individuals, enterprises and governments by leveraging expert instructors, proprietary curriculum and learning software.
 
 
Prior to Xccelerate, Lavine co-founded FLYR and worked with deep learning start-up Thread Genius (acquired by Sotheby’s). Lavine began his career in investment banking in NYC at Lazard’s Mergers & Acquisitions division (M&A) and held investment facing roles at the following funds: Atlas Capital, Marwar Capital and Union Park Capital. 

http://www.xccelerate.co/

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Lilian Khaw

Brand “Therapist” and Mindfulness Guide
Speaker Profile
Lilian Khaw
Brand “Therapist” and Mindfulness Guide

Lilian is the founder of Lokacreates, a branding studio that translates impact leader’s vision into reality. Lilian embraces the uniqueness of each individual. She takes leaders through the journey of Self-exploration and awareness so that they can access and work on parts of themselves that they couldn’t before. The goal is to help impact leaders create business/personal brands that are aligned, authentic and uniquely theirs.

This is a proprietary process created by Lilian to make the subconscious mind available to the conscious mind. With the concept of creating from the inside-out, Lilian helps leaders clarify their vision, claim their power and then translate that into heart-felt content that truly connects with their community and audience.

Lilian is also an advocate for Mindfulness. She is passionate about bringing clarity and focus into each individual’s life. It is her personal mission to equip others with the tools to manage the complexity of their minds and not only manage stress but to invite deep joy and fulfilment into their lives as well.

Prior to founding Lokacreates, Lilian was a marketer and captained and oversaw the award winning marketing initiative, “Alliance Bank BizSmart Academy SME Innovation Challenge” that accelerated business expansion of high potential young businesses of Malaysia.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/linkedinauthority

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Nina Sharil Khan

Founder, PopCon,
MIA's 100 Inspirational LinkedIn Icons 2019 & 2020
Speaker Profile
Nina Sharil Khan
Founder, PopCon, MIA's 100 Inspirational LinkedIn Icons 2019 & 2020

Nina Sharil Khan is the Founder & CEO of PopCon, International Speaker & Host of the #JustLanggar PopCast live show.  Nina is also Marketing in Asia’s Top 100 Inspirational LinkedIn Icons for both 2019 & 2020.

Her journey in entertainment began as an Actor, TV Host and Film & TV producer.  However, realising that disruption was happening in social media, the rebel in her founded PopCon in 2018, as a creator community and platform to connect creative talents & businesses.   

Within just a year of its operations, PopCon launched the world’s first ever Business Influencer conference, the CxOCON.  Today, PopCon is Asia’s Business Influencer School, dedicated to building & nurturing Asian Thought Leaders & Business Influencers of today & tomorrow. PopCon’s aim is to transform people & brands into digital Thought Leaders & Authorities in their respective industries by expanding their presence, reach and trust;  enabling them to grow exponentially!

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Rohit Nambiar

Group Chief Executive Officer,
Tune Protect Group Berhad
Speaker Profile

Rohit Nambiar
Group Chief Executive Officer, Tune Protect Group Berhad

Rohit Nambiar joined Tune Protect on 14 October 2020, as the Group CEO to steer the Company towards digital transformation and positioning it as the lifestyle insurer that everyone loves within ASEAN and the Middle East.

Rohit has held senior positions in both local and regional capacities within Malaysia, Singapore, Hong Kong, and India within his 18 years’ experience in the industry. Rohit won numerous awards, including Young Leader of the Year 2019 in the 23rd Asia Insurance Industry Awards 2019.

Graduated from the Bharathiar University India with a Bachelor of Commerce, Rohit is a Fellow of the Malaysian Insurance Institute (FMII).

https://www.tuneprotect.com/

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Roshan Thiran

Founder & Chief Executive Officer,
Leaderonomics
Speaker Profile

Roshan Thiran 
Founder & Chief Executive Officer, Leaderonomics

Roshan Thiran is the Founder and CEO of Leaderonomics, a social enterprise dedicated to providing access to leadership development to everyone of all ages in developing nations across Asia Pacific. Leaderonomics has grown into one of the largest social enterprises and has built numerous impactful ‘social’ initiatives including DoGoodVolunteer.com, DIODE, Dropzone, Leaderonomics’ Club, LeaderonomicsTV and other social work.​ 

Roshan began his career with Exxon-Mobil in an operational role. He later moved to General Electric (GE) and began his GE career at GE Investments in Stamford, CT, USA leading the start-up efforts of a mutual fund as an Investment Analyst, later drafted into GE Capital’s Financial Management Program (FMP) and had a number of Finance assignments with various GE Capital businesses, GE International in Shelton CT and also leading an integration effort at GE Global Compression Services in Dallas, TX.​

Roshan then joined National Broadcasting Corporation (NBC) at its Rockefeller Center, New York City hub as News & Sports Analyst responsible for 6 news programs, The Today Show, Dateline, and Sunrise and lead the MSNBC cable network start-up efforts. He was part of numerous media initiatives at NBC Universal helping drive growth.​ 

Roshan then moved to London, UK, to take on a cross-functional pan-Europe role for GE Capital Europe focusing on acquisition and integration of operations and processes across Europe and the US. Roshan returned to the US in 1998 to join GE Corporate Initiatives Group (CIG), GE’s think-tank, and later took on the role as project manager of global Y2K efforts.​ 

In April 1999, Roshan moved to Malaysia as CFO & Executive Director of GE Engines Services Malaysia (GEESM). Roshan helped grow GEESM 5 times in 2 years and helped in its successful turnaround, enabling it to be “best-in the world” in a number of areas. In 2001 Roshan took on a leadership development role with GE Crotonville as a Learning Leader, spearheading the training and leadership development efforts in Asia Pacific and Australia.​ 

In 2003, Roshan took over as Director of HR Asia Pacific, overseeing Finance organizations across Asia. In 2007. Roshan moved out of GE and took a role as the Director of Global Talent Management for Johnson & Johnson. He supported J & J’s global emerging leader programme design and implementation and the Global Succession Planning and Performance Management projects. He was also instrumental in driving talent management processes across Asia.​ 

He has won numerous awards in business, HR and leadership development, including a Global HR award and the Malaysia HR Leader Award. Roshan currently hosts his own TV show and also writes a few newspaper columns and has his own weekly radio segment. He is a key thought leader in the field of leadership and business.​

http://www.leaderonomics.org/

 

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Samuel Kim

Founding President,
Center for Asia Leadership
Speaker Profile
Samuel Kim
Founding President, Center for Asia Leadership

Samuel Hungsoo Kim, a Korean national, is the Founding President of the Center for Asia Leadership. He is passionate about nurturing and empowering talent in Asia and runs over 70 programs annually, in 31 Asian countries, to help the region’s emerging leaders explore ways of being socially responsible as they face today’s complex challenges. His research and programs focus on overcoming the immunity to change, addressing maladaptive leadership practices, defining leadership in the times of an absence of authority, and dealing with macro and micro uncertainties. To date, some 42,000 burgeoning and established leaders from the governmental, political, non-profit, and corporate spheres in Asia have benefited from his programs. Prior to establishing CAL, Samuel worked in a wide range of sectors, from strategy consulting and social entrepreneurship to international development, politics, and government. He has worked for and with over 30 renowned organizations, including the United Nations, UNESCO, Samsung, and Toyota. He also has served as a visiting fellow at the Asia Center at Harvard University and the Kellogg School of Management in Northwestern University. Samuel holds a MPA from Harvard University. He is the editor of twelve books and regularly writes opinion pieces and editorials.

https://asialeadership.org/

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Shalini Pavithran

Chief Executive Officer,
The Malaysian Insurance Institute (MII)
Speaker Profile

Shalini Pavithran
Chief Executive Officer, The Malaysian Insurance Institute (MII)

Shalini is the Chief Executive Officer of the Malaysian Insurance Institute (MII), the leading professional body and education institution for the Malaysian insurance industry.  MII is highly respected as a regional centre offering an extensive range of professional qualifications, certifications, and training programmes for insurance professionals. MII also administers the licensing examinations for intermediaries namely insurance agents, brokers, loss adjusters and financial planners. 

Shalini also serves as the Chief Executive Officer of the ASEAN Insurance Training & Research Institute (AITRI) in view of MII being given the mandate as the Secretariat of AITRI.  AITRI was established by the ASEAN Insurance Regulators and serves as a regional centre for insurance education and research focusing on capacity building of regulators and supervisors in the region.

Prior to joining MII, Shalini has over 20 years’ experience in various sectors within the financial services industry.

Shalini holds a Bachelor of Economics degree from the University of Malaya, a Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of London and has completed the Certificate of Legal Practice.

https://insurance.com.my/


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Sharmini Ann Jacob​

Executive Director, People & Change in Advisory​
KPMG in Malaysia​
Speaker Profile

Sharmini Ann Jacob
Executive Director, People & Change in Advisory​
KPMG in Malaysia​

Sharmini Ann Jacob is an Executive Director with People & Change in Advisory, KPMG in Malaysia. She is a highly motivated, solution-oriented individual with more than about 23 years of work experience including 21 years of People & Change Advisory. In the course of her career, Sharmini has worked in various ASPAC countries including Malaysia, Australia, China, Hong Kong, Philippines, Singapore, Vietnam, Brunei, Indonesia, Thailand and India. Her experience cuts cross both the public and private sectors and across almost all industries including oil & gas, education, financial, etc. Sharmini has specialised skills in Talent Management, Succession Planning, Change Management, Training & Development, Organisation Design, Performance Management, Human Resources including Compensation & Remuneration Structuring and HR Policies & Procedures; and Project Management.

https://home.kpmg/my/en/home/services/advisory/management-consulting/business-transformation/people-and-change.html

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Wong Woon Man

Group Head, Human Resources,
Allianz Malaysia Berhad
Speaker Profile

Wong Woon Man
Group Head, Human Resources, Allianz Malaysia Berhad

Woon Man has over 27 years of experience in various HR roles, predominantly in the financial services industry. She joined Allianz Malaysia as Head of Learning and Development before being appointed as Group Head of Human Resources in 2011. Woon Man is responsible for driving the people agenda in supporting business, which includes talent acquisition, development and retention, performance management, employee engagement and change management.

Prior to joining Allianz, Woon Man was responsible for supporting the development of a sales and service culture in HSBC Bank Malaysia. Woon Man started her career as a trainer with Public Bank Berhad where she focused on building the capabilities of employees in the areas of leadership development, customer service and banking operations.

Woon Man’s focus and passion is enabling culture change. In Allianz, she focuses on embedding values and behaviours to drive a high-performing and customer-centric organisation. With the evolving business landscape and accelerated workplace changes brought about by the pandemic, Woon Man is excited to be part of a team responsible for shaping the future of Allianz through its new way of working.

https://www.allianz.com.my/

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