Event Details

AMCHAM is pleased to invite you to it's Annual Penang Dialogue 2016 with ​YAB Tuan Lim Guan Eng, Chief Minister of Penang and Edgard Kagan, Chargé D’ Affairès of the U.S. Embassy in Kuala Lumpur on December 6, 2016 from 12:00 - 2:00p.m. at Equatorial Hotel Penang.

Join us for conversation on U.S. and Malaysia bilateral relationship with ​YAB Tuan Lim Guan Eng and Edgard Kagan on the contribution of U.S. companies to the economy standard in Penang, as well as new initiatives of the year to improve working relationships with the U.S. investors.

If you have not registered or would like to take up a corporate table or even be a corporate sponsor at this luncheon, please do so before December 1, 2016.

If you have any questions or would like to know more the sponsorship packages available, kindly contact Ms. Yvonne Miranda or Ms. Kamaljeet Kaur at yvonne@amcham.com.my/ kay@amcham.com.my

*Kindly take note of the change in time. We will now start the program at 12:00 - 2:00p.m.


11:30 AM - 12 PM
Registration & Arrival of Guests
12 PM - 12:10 PM
Welcome Remarks by Siobhan Das, Executive Director of AMCHAM
12:10 PM - 12:50 PM
12:50 PM - 1 PM
Opening Remarks by YBhg. Datuk Tim Garland, Vice President of AMCHAM
1 PM - 1:10 PM
Address by YAB Tuan Lim Guan Eng, Chief Minister of Penang
1:10 PM - 1:20 PM
Address by Edgard Kagan, Charge D' Affaires of the U.S. Embassy in Malaysia
1:20 PM - 1:55 PM
Panel Discussion with YAB Tuan Lim Guan Eng & Edgard Kagan Moderated by Dato' Wong Siew Hai
1:55 PM - 2 PM
Closing Remarks


  • YAB Lim Guan Eng (Chief Minister of Penang, Malaysia)

    YAB Lim Guan Eng

    Chief Minister of Penang, Malaysia

    Mr. Lim Guan Eng was appointed the fourth Chief Minister of Penang after the Democratic Action Party (DAP) swept all the 19 Penang state seats it contested in the 2008 General Election. At the said election, he was elected as a member of the Penang State Assembly from the “Air Putih” State Constituency and an elected Member of Parliament for the “Bagan” Parliament seat.

    Prior to joining politics, Lim Guan Eng was a senior executive in the banking industry. He was elected as the Member of Parliament for Kota Melaka for three consecutive terms from 1986 until 1998. In 1990, Mr. Lim was appointed as the Socialist Youth Chairman of Democratic Action Party (DAP) and re-elected to the same position in 1992. In 1995, Mr. Lim was elected as the DAP’s Deputy Secretary-General. He was subsequently elected as the Secretary General of the Party in 2004 and was re-elected in 2008, a position he holds until today.

    Mr. Lim was born in December 1960. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from the Monash University, Australia and is a qualified accountant.

    Mr. Lim is married to the Honourable Madam Betty Chew Gek Cheng, a lawyer and State Assemblywoman for Kota Laksamana in Melaka. They are blessed with four children.

    Since assuming duty as the 4th Chief Minister of Penang, Mr. Lim has successful brought resounding progress to Penang under a system of good governance based on the principles of ‘Competency, Accountability and Transparency (CAT). With a soul as one that adopts an ethical and moral leadership that professes and gives faith, hope and love, he has regained the shine for Penang. Since 2008, the Penang State government has managed to increase the state’s liquid asset by RM284 million to RM1.131 billion in 2010. In 2010, Penang created history by becoming the number one (1) state in Malaysian in attracting foreign investments of over RM12.2 billion.

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  • Edgard Kagan (Chargé d’Affairès at U.S. Embassy in Malaysia)

    Edgard Kagan

    Chargé d’Affairès at U.S. Embassy in Malaysia

    Edgard Kagan has served as Deputy Chief of Mission of the U.S. Embassy in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia since July 25, 2014. He served as Deputy Director of the U.S. Mission to the UN’s Washington Office from September 2013 to July 2014, helping represent U.S. Permanent Representative to the UN Samantha Power in her capacity as a Cabinet member, including regular participation in meetings of the Deputies Committee. Edgard served as Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs from July 2012 to August 2013, where he oversaw U.S. relations with Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands.

    A Foreign Service officer since 1991, he previously served as Director of Korean Affairs, including serving as acting Deputy Assistant Secretary for Japan and Korea from August 2011 to January 2012. Edgard served as Economic and then Political-Economic Counselor at the U.S. Embassy in Canberra, Australia after having previously served at the U.S. Embassies in Beijing, Tel Aviv, Budapest and Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire. His other Washington assignments have included working as a desk officer in the Office of Chinese and Mongolian Affairs as well as a tour as staff assistant to the Director of Policy Planning.

    A 1989 graduate cum laude of Yale University, Edgard worked for the New York City Bureau of Bridges from 1989-1991, finishing as the Director of Fiscal and Budget in the Operations Division. He speaks French and Mandarin Chinese as well as some Hungarian and Spanish.

    Born in Chicago and raised in Wilmette, Illinois, Edgard Kagan is married to Cynthia Gire. They have three children.

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  • YBhg Dato' Wong Siew Hai (Chairman at Malaysian American Electronics Industry (MAEI))

    YBhg Dato' Wong Siew Hai

    Chairman at Malaysian American Electronics Industry (MAEI)

    Dato’ Siew Hai (SH) Wong has had 29 years of working experience in the electronics industry. He retired from Intel after 27 years of service. His last position with Intel was Vice President of Technology and Manufacturing Group (TMG) and General Manager of Assembly and Test Manufacturing (ATM), responsible for all assembly test factories worldwide. He also served as the Vice President and Managing Director of Dell’s Asia Pacific Customer Center for approximately 2 years.

    Currently, he is involved in the electronics industry as the Chairman of MAEI and as a Governor of AMCHAM. In addition, he is a member of the Board of Directors of the Malaysian External Trade Development Corporation (MATRADE), under the Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI). In June 2012, he was appointed to PEMUDAH, a special task force to address public-private delivery services.

    As for his contributions to education, he sits on the Faculty Industrial Panel of the Faculty of Engineering, Multimedia University and is a member of the Advisory Peer Group for the School of Science and Technology of Wawasan Open University, Malaysia. He is a member of the Penang Science Council and is leading the Nurturing Pillar. He served as a member of the Board of Directors of Kolej Universiti Teknologi Tun Hussein Onn from 2001 to 2006.

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