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In Science, Technology and Innovation, women are often underrepresented but that doesn’t mean they aren’t making some of the most important and inspiring contributions out there.

Join AMCHAM on March 8, 2017 in conjunction with International Women's Day from 11.45a.m. - 2:00p.m. at the DoubleTree by Hilton Kuala Lumpur for our program themed 'Women Finding Success in Science, Technology and Innovation'.

The speaker line-up will showcase the best and by sharing their skills and knowledge they encourage other women to unlock their strengths and talents. The agenda will address the most essential leadership requirements for success in leading and managing the industry of the future and drive greater understanding of the impact and economics of women, diversity and culture on business growth.

Featured Speakers:-
  • YBhg Dato’ Dr. Sharifah Maimunah Syed Zin FASc, Director of the International Science, Technology and Innovation Centre for South-South Cooperation (ISTIC) under the auspices of UNESCO
  • Belinda Ford, Public Affairs and Communications Director Malaysia, Singapore and Brunei of Coca-Cola
  • Chang Lee Hing, Head of Quality Assurance of Johnson & Johnson
  • Dr Reena Rajasuriar, Pharmacy Lecturer, MPharm PhD of University of Malaya and 2016 Winner of L’Oréal-UNESCO for Women in Science National Award
  • Nadira Yusoff, Managing Director of Girls in Tech Kuala Lumpur
  • Norhizam Abdul Kadir, Vice President, Growth Ecosystem Development Division of Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC)

For further information or if you're interested in sponsorship opportunities, please contact Ms Nadeeka Sarah at nadeeka@amcham.com.my

Agenda

11 AM - 11:45 AM
Arrival of Guests & Registration
11:45 AM - 12:45 PM
Welcome Remarks & Luncheon
12:45 PM - 1:20 PM
1:20 PM - 1:55 PM
Panel Discussion
• Overview of the industry; how do we encourage or make it appealing to attract more women into the field as a career • How do we help to overcome gender bias in the workplace?• Challenges a...
• Overview of the industry; how do we encourage or make it appealing to attract more women into the field as a career
• How do we help to overcome gender bias in the workplace?
• Challenges and best practices of corporation’s initiatives
• Women in Leadership
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1:55 PM - 2 PM
Closing Remarks

Speakers

  • YBhg Dato’ Dr Sharifah Maimunah Syed Zin FASc (Director, of the International Science, Technology and Innovation Centre for South-South Cooperation (ISTIC) under the auspices of UNESCO)

    YBhg Dato’ Dr Sharifah Maimunah Syed Zin FASc

    Director, of the International Science, Technology and Innovation Centre for South-South Cooperation (ISTIC) under the auspices of UNESCO

    Dato’ Dr Sharifah Maimunah Syed Zin FASc is Director of the International Science, Technology and Innovation Centre for South-South Cooperation (ISTIC) under the auspices of UNESCO and former Permanent Delegate of Malaysia to UNESCO. She spent most of her career in education and was involved in studies and programmes in science education at the national Ministry of Education. For the last six years after joining ISTIC, she was responsible for the capacity building programmes for science educators as well for women in Science, Technology and Innovation for developing countries. She is also a fellow of the Academy of Sciences Malaysia.

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  • Belinda Ford (Public Affairs and Communications Director Malaysia, Singapore and Brunei of Coca-Cola)

    Belinda Ford

    Public Affairs and Communications Director Malaysia, Singapore and Brunei of Coca-Cola

    Belinda Ford is Public Affairs and Communications Director for Coca-Cola Malaysia and Singapore. Prior to her current role, Belinda was Head of Public Affairs for Coca- Coca-Cola Myanmar and before that worked for the Company in Australia.

    Belinda has been with The Coca-Cola Company for 10 years having worked across various roles in Public Affairs and Communications including Government Relations, Sustainability, Internal Relations and Corporate Affairs.

    Belinda holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Melbourne and a Master of Business Administration from the Australia Graduate School of Management, University of New South Wales. Belinda is married with two children.

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  • Dr Reena Rajasuriar, MPharm PhD (Pharmacy Lecturer and Winner of L'oréal-UNESCO for Women in Science National Awards 2016 at University of Malaysia)

    Dr Reena Rajasuriar, MPharm PhD

    Pharmacy Lecturer and Winner of L'oréal-UNESCO for Women in Science National Awards 2016 at University of Malaysia

    Winner of L'oréal-UNESCO for Women in Science National Awards 2016 - For her research on unlocking the code of the immunological aging process.

    Reena Rajasuriar is a senior lecturer in the Department of Pharmacy, University Malaya and an adjunct Research Fellow at the Peter Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity, Melbourne University, Australia. She is also a post-doctoral scientist for the Centre of Excellence for Research in HIV/AIDS (CERiA) in University Malaya and the University of Malaya Immune Theapeutics Laboratory (UM-ITL).

    Reena graduated with her Bachelor of Pharmacy (Hons) from University Science Malaysia in 2000 and Masters in Clinical Pharmacy in 2003. She was awarded her Ph.D degree in Immunology by Monash University Australia in 2012 and her doctoral research focused on immunogenetics in HIV patients.

    Dr. Rajasuriar’s expertise is in translational research in HIV immunology where her work has gained her many accolades and awards such as: the Kings Scholarship (Public Services Department of Malaysia, 2006) for her postgraduate degree (PhD), The Phillips Ormonde & Fitzpatrick Prize for Research in Infectious Diseases (Australia 2008), The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Global Health Travel Award 2013, the APEC-Australia Women in Research Fellowship in 2015 and the National UNESCO-Loreal Woman in Science Award 2016.

    She is currently the principle and co-investigator working collaboratively in various HIV, cancer and ageing related research projects involving local and international research funds.

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  • Lee Hing Chang (Director, Malaysia & Indonesia Consumer, Quality & Compliance of Johnson & Johnson)

    Lee Hing Chang

    Director, Malaysia & Indonesia Consumer, Quality & Compliance of Johnson & Johnson

    Lee Hing joined Johnson & Johnson in March 2008 as a Quality Site Lead for Malaysia Johnson’s Baby plant. She was leading the Quality function to support Singapore, Malaysia and Brunei Consumer Business, besides her core responsibility in plant quality.

    In April 2015, she moved on to focus in the Consumer manufacturing sites of both Malaysia and Indonesia, leading the Quality & Compliance function.

    Prior to Johnson & Johnson, Lee Hing started her career in the pharma industry, spending more than 10 years in R&D and 2 years in quality control. She is now with more than 9 years of quality assurance and compliance experience in FMGC industry.

    Lee Hing has a degree in Bachelor of Applied Science, majoring in Chemistry and Biology, Campbell University.

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  • Norhizam Abdul Kadir (Vice President, Growth Ecosystem Development Division at Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC))

    Norhizam Abdul Kadir

    Vice President, Growth Ecosystem Development Division at Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC)

    Norhizam Abdul Kadir (or Hizam) brings with him over 15 years’ experience in multi-market IT and energy industries across Asia Pacific. He has strong experience in corporate marketing, end-customer sales, business development, communications and channel marketing and enablement.  His last employment was Director of South East Asia for Ballard Power Systems.

    He was with Intel for a period of 12 years, starting with his role as the group communication manager for Intel South East Asia and left Intel in 2014 with his last post as the Sales Director for Intel Malaysia.  Hizam was also in Microsoft Malaysia as Partner Marketing Lead in 2010 before re-joining Intel Indonesia as Marketing Director.

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  • Nadira Yusoff (Managing Director of Girls in Tech, Malaysia)

    Nadira Yusoff

    Managing Director of Girls in Tech, Malaysia

    Nadira Mohd Yusoff is the Chief Executive Officer of Nadi Ayu Technologies Sdn Bhd and co-founder of NATSB since 2002. Being a graduate of Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) Skudai with BSc (Hons) in Electrical Engineering, Nadira nurtured her love for new technologies through her effort in establishing NatsysTM, a brand that has successfully been recognised as a Local Original Equipment Manufacturer (LOEM) of Microsoft which has more than 400,000 users in Malaysia, and has successfully penetrated the Asean market. NatsysTM was awarded the Best Local Brand by the Hardware Magazine in 2011. She is currently the President for Women Entrepreneur Network Association(WENA) as well as the Managing Director for Girls in Tech Malaysia (GITM) and GREAT Women Malaysia. She also represents Malaysia as the focal point in the ASEAN Women Entrepreneur Network (AWEN). On top of that, she acts as one of the advisors for the Bumiputera ICT Entrepreneur Association NEF, and the deputy secretary of the Kluster Ekonomi for the Majlis Perundingan Melayu (MPM). Nadira has received a number of awards including the Malaysian Outstanding Woman Entrepreneur Award during the ASEAN Women Entrepreneur Forum 2015 (AWEF) and Most Innovative Company award at the NEF-AWANI ICT Awards 2011. She was also nominated for the Prime Minister’s Award for Women Entrepreneur in 2011 and was a Finalist for Great Women of Our Times Award by Malaysian Women Magazine 2012.

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