Event Details

With growing competition in the region, how can Penang retain its position as a critical link in the global supply chain for many US companies? How can it take advantage the opportunities emerging with Industry 4.0, deepen its roots and extract more value from the strong eco-system for which Penang is known? How will talent, fiscal strategies, and technology play its part?

Join AMCHAM at our Annual Penang Dialogue. This year, we are adding a half day forum to explore these questions. The Forum will feature panels with leading executives facing these challenges today, as well as fresh ideas from MISI (Malaysian Institute for Supply Chain Innovation), with Dr. Shardul Phadnis sharing some of his most recent research & findings.

After which, at a luncheon, you will also hear from Y.A.B. Lim Guan Eng, Chief Minister of Penang and H.E. Kamala Shirin Lakhdhir, U.S. Ambassador to Malaysia.

Due to overwhelming response each year, we would encourage you to register early to avoid disappointment as we are unable to accommodate last minute requests.

Kindly contact Ms. Elyna Ngu at elyna@amcham.com.my for more information. We look forward to seeing you in Penang!


9 AM - 9:30 AM
Registration & Arrival of Guests
9:30 AM - 9:35 AM
Welcome Note by AMCHAM
9:35 AM - 10:25 AM
Presentation with Q&A / Discussion: Industry 4.0 - What does it mean for you?
Presentation - IoT & Supply Chains - A Framework for Identifying Opportunities for Improvement and its ApplicationDr. Shardul PhadnisPresentation - AI & Supply Chains - The Future Has Arrive...
Presentation - IoT & Supply Chains - A Framework for Identifying Opportunities for Improvement and its Application

Dr. Shardul Phadnis

Presentation - AI & Supply Chains - The Future Has Arrived for Cognitive Business: Is Penang Ready for The Cognitive Era?

Meng Kuang Koh
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10:25 AM - 10:45 AM
Coffee Break
10:45 AM - 11:30 AM
Panel - Growing from Strength to Strength
Panel Discussion
11:30 AM - 12 PM
12 PM - 1 PM
1 PM - 1:10 PM
Opening Remarks by the U.S. Ambassador Kamala Shirin Lakhdhir
1:10 PM - 1:20 PM
Keynote Address by Penang Chief Minister Y.A.B. Lim Guan Eng
1:20 PM - 2 PM
2 PM - 2:05 PM
Closing Remarks


  • Y.A.B. Lim Guan Eng (Chief Minister at Government of Penang)

    Y.A.B. Lim Guan Eng

    Chief Minister at Government of Penang

  • H.E. Kamala Shirin Lakhdhir (Ambassador at U.S. Embassy in Kuala Lumpur)

    H.E. Kamala Shirin Lakhdhir

    Ambassador at U.S. Embassy in Kuala Lumpur

  • Dr. Shardul Phadnis (Director of Research at Malaysia Institute for Supply Chain Innovation (MISI))

    Dr. Shardul Phadnis

    Director of Research at Malaysia Institute for Supply Chain Innovation (MISI)

    Dr. Shardul Phadnis is the Director of Research and Associate Professor at the Malaysia Institute for Supply Chain Innovation (MISI), and leads MISI’s Center for e-Commerce And Retail Transformation (CART).

    His present research examines end-to-end supply chains in the apparel industry and of small-and-medium enterprise retailers, implications of the Internet of Things for supply chains, as well as the use of scenario planning to influence strategic decision making. His research has been published in leading journals such as Strategic Management Journal, MIT Sloan Management Review, Production and Operations Management, and Technological Forecasting & Social Change. He received the Giarratani Rising Star Award, 2015 from the Industry Studies Association for his research in apparel supply chains.

    Shardul holds a PhD in Engineering Systems from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Before beginning his academic career, Shardul worked in manufacturing firms for seven years and led the Continuous Improvement program at a design-to-manufacture firm.

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  • Meng Kuang Koh (Director, Global Electronics Industry of IBM)

    Meng Kuang Koh

    Director, Global Electronics Industry of IBM


    A 21-year veteran in the High Tech industry, MK has worked across multiple industries and has brought deep client engagement, consulting, new innovation and project implementation expertise. In this role, MK has helped to identify focus clients and targeted solutions for the Electronic industry, particularly in the Smarter Manufacturing and Consumer Electronics area. MK has great exposure cross different Factory and Digital Front Office solution in the market place, appreciate the challenges face in the high tech and consumer electronic industry. He has worked with the cross team to develop the end-to-end Fully Automated Factory system, machine-to-machine and Business-to-Business collaboration platform to assist our key industry client in solving the business issues; develop the strategy roadmap for business growth. This include green field manufacturing plant setup and migration of traditional factory operation to advanced factory with auto-material loading, advanced process control and optimize customer supply chain processes. Most recently, he has assisted many of the clients and partners to develop the Industry 4.0 roadmap, Connected Factory to Cognitive/AI Use cases pilot to implementation plan.

    MK has a Masters (Distinction) in Business Administration – majoring in IT management from the Maastricht School of Management. He has Bachelor degree in Computer Science and Statistic from Campbell University, United State. MK is IBM Certified PM and Industry Consultant.

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  • Fabian Boegershausen (Manager at Solidiance)

    Fabian Boegershausen

    Manager at Solidiance


    Fabian is a Manager based in Solidiance’s Malaysia office. He has deep experience in the automotive, industrial and technology industries of Asia Pacific. With robust experience in research and consulting, Fabian built his emerging markets track record with clients such as Johnson Controls International, Continental Automotive, Siemens, and other global firms.
    Fabian accumulated experience in market entry and penetration, business transformation strategies, competitive intelligence, commercial due diligences, and regional expansion plans and is a recognized expert in his field. In addition to his consulting practice Fabian regularly publishes in recognized professional magazines in Europe, the United States and Malaysia on topics such as Industrial Management, Automation Trends, and Logistics.
    Before joining Solidiance Fabian helped to build a business development startup in South East Asia, after starting his career at the Frankfurt office of one of the global top tier management consultancy firms. Previous to that he earned his Masters Degree in Financial and Industrial Management at the University of Graz, Austria.

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  • Dr. Hari Narayanan (Managing Director of Motorola Solutions)

    Dr. Hari Narayanan

    Managing Director of Motorola Solutions


    Dr Hari Narayanan is the Managing Director for Motorola Solutions Malaysia Sdn Bhd. He was
    appointed to his current position on the 1st of July, 2014 and assumed overall responsibility for the
    company’s operations at its Penang site that includes supply chain, R&D and Global Solutions &
    Services Center. Dr Hari has over 25 years of experience with Motorola and has held various key
    leadership positions within the company during his tenure.

    Prior to his current appointment, Dr Hari Narayanan was responsible for leading the Motorola
    Solutions R&D organization in Malaysia. Under his stewardship, Dr Hari led various teams to deliver
    numerous innovative products for different portfolios for worldwide customers, from platform
    based to fast derivatives.

    Dr Hari graduated with a 1st Class Honors in Mechanical Engineering from the Manchester
    Metropolitan University, UK in 1982. He obtained his PhD from the University of Manchester
    (UMIST) in 1985. He worked as an apprentice in GEC Traction Ltd, Manchester as part of his basic
    degree. Upon completing his PhD, he joined the University of Manchester (UMIST) as a full-time
    Staff in 1986. He left the academia in UK and joined Motorola Malaysia in 1992.
    A chartered engineer (CEng) by profession, Dr Hari holds several positions within the engineering
    institutions. He is a Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (FIMechE), Member of the
    Institution of Engineering & Technology (MIET) and Management Institute of Malaysia (MIM), as
    well as a Science Advisory Board Associate (SABA) in Motorola Solutions. He is also one of the Board
    members of CREST. Dr Hari is also the recipient of the Public Bank-MIM Senior Manager of the Year
    Award in 2007 for practicing exemplary management and leadership and contributing significantly to
    his organisation and industry.

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  • Kim Huat Ooi (Vice President, Technology and Manufacturing Group and General Manager of Penang (Malaysia) Assembly and Test Operations at Intel Corporation)

    Kim Huat Ooi

    Vice President, Technology and Manufacturing Group and General Manager of Penang (Malaysia) Assembly and Test Operations at Intel Corporation


    Kim Huat (KH) Ooi is vice president in the Technology and Manufacturing Group and general manager of Penang (Malaysia) assembly and test operations at Intel Corporation. He is responsible for all aspects of factory operational performance, including employee relations and leadership development.
    Before assuming his current position, Ooi spent six years as a factory manager responsible for operational performance for Atom SoC, networking and communications and chipset products. Earlier in his Intel career, he was a manufacturing quality manager with responsibility for Intel’s fab and sort, assembly and test, and board and system manufacturing.
    Ooi joined Intel in 1986 as a quality and reliability engineer and has earned two Intel Achievement Awards in his career, the first related to processor platform validation on the Intel Pentium® processor, and the second for his contributions to lead-free manufacturing systems.
    Ooi holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Malaya in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

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  • Keng Cheong Chan (Vice President Global Procurement & Materials at Keysight)

    Keng Cheong Chan

    Vice President Global Procurement & Materials at Keysight


    KC Chan is Vice President of Global Procurement & Materials, where he has global responsibilities for the direct materials procurement for Keysight Technologies. He also manages the Materials Engineering team, which supports Keysight’s various business segments. KC has been with the company for over 30 years and has held numerous management positions spanning the supply chain functions. His breadth of experience includes Order Management, Planning, Manufacturing, Quality, Contract Manufacturing, Supplier Management, Procurement and Logistics. He also manages a global team across different geographies.

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Member (Inclusive 6% GST)

Staff of member company who is registered at AMCHAM as a representative of the organization.

Member Price RM 300
Member Company Price (Inclusive of 6% GST)

Staff of a member company who is not registered at AMCHAM as a representative of the organization.

Standard Price RM 300
Corporate Table - Member Company (incl. 6% GST)

Corporate Tables consist of 10 seats on an identified table with preferred table location; these are assigned on a first come, first served basis. Companies must supply their logos to AMCHAM for use at the table location.

Member Price RM 3,500
Non-Member Price (Inclusive of 6% GST)
Standard Price RM 400
Corporate Table - Non-Member (incl. 6% GST)

Corporate Tables consist of 10 seats on an identified table with preferred table location; these are assigned on a first come, first served basis. Companies must supply their logos to AMCHAM for use at the table location.

Standard Price RM 4,500
AMCHAM Partners

Includes 6% GST. For FMM, Frepenca, MICCI members only.

Standard Price RM 300
Gold Sponsor Table-First Solar

Complimentary Table of 10 seats as included in Gold sponsorship package

Standard Price Free