Doing business is no longer just about profit making, it also includes the impact on the society and the environment that they are operating in. With rising concerns on global environmental issues, organizations are beginning to start from within to ensure sustainability is embraced through its operations and people in order to maintain stable, long-term profitability.
Join us on 5 July 2021 (Monday) as we centred our discussion on Sustainability: The Business Imperative, where our panels will touch on how businesses incorporate different aspects of sustainability into their corporate culture to promote and inculcate the idea of sustainability into the team.
More information on the agenda will be revealed soon!
Date: 5 July 2021 (Monday)
[UPDATED] Time: 2:00pm - 4:00pm
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Governance includes active oversight and engagement, internal board and management structures, established policies and procedures, effective internal controls, risk management, external ass...
Governance includes active oversight and engagement, internal board and management structures, established policies and procedures, effective internal controls, risk management, external assurance and stakeholder engagement, and a culture that inculcates compliance, ethics, innovation and growth mind-set. Adequate and meaningful disclosures to external stakeholders are also important. Our panellists will share what "corporate sustainability" means to them, illustrated by their unique experience of governance matters
How do companies create a culture that embraces sustainability?
Tunku Alina Alias
Dr Tunku Alina serves as independent director on the boards of IJM Corporation Berhad, Malaysian Pacific Industries Berhad, Batu Kawan Berhad and Nestlé (Malaysia) Berhad . She is also a director of several private and public companies and a council member of Climate Governance Malaysia. She is passionate about corporate sustainability issues and believes in integrated thinking when engaging with the boards and management of the companies she serves. She is also a lawyer and a mediator.
Datin Mina has more than 30 years of experience, both in retail as well as the cosmetics and toiletries industry. She is instrumental in providing strategic vision and growth strategies to our Group as well as ensuring the successful implementation of our Group’s strategy and growth plans. Upon her return to Malaysia in 1982, she worked at Hewlett Packard from 1983 to 1984 as a Systems Engineer before starting The Body Shop (“TBS”) franchise business in West Malaysia when she opened the first TBS point-of-sale in December 1984. Since then she has grown our Group from a single store to a multi-million ringgit business. She continues to actively shape the strategic direction and development of our Group’s business, and promote the Group’s values on environment, human rights and women’s rights.
Datin Mina was a member of the Board of Trustees of the Malaysian AIDS Foundation from 2000 to 2012 and held the position of Honorary Secretary from 2006 until 2012. She was invited to participate in the Malaysian Government Transformation Programme in 2012 and became the Laboratory Leader who was instrumental in developing the National Key Economic Areas for Wholesale and Retail. She is currently the Honorary Auditor for the Bukit Bintang Kuala Lumpur City Centre Tourism Association, a position she held since 2017.
Datin Mina accepted the Prime Minister’s Corporate Social Responsibility Award on behalf of Rampai-Niaga in 2007 for its outstanding work in the small company category and again in 2009 for the contributions made towards the empowerment of women. In 2014, Forbes named Datin Mina as one of its ‘Heroes of Philanthropy’. More recently, her contributions were again recognised when she was honoured with the Patron’s award at the Malaysian AIDS Foundation Tun Dr Siti Hasmah Award 2018 for her dedicated long service with the Malaysian AIDS Foundation. Her corporate philosophy of active citizenship and community care is evident in the campaigns that our Group has initiated and it exemplifies her belief of “business as a force for good”. In the past 10 years, Datin Mina climbed to Base Camp Everest, summited Mount Kilimanjaro, trekked along the Kalahari Desert and rafted through 41 rapids on the Zambesi River. These achievements demonstrate Datin Mina’s entrepreneurial character in taking up new challenges, and steadfast leadership of our Group.
As MSCI’s Head of APAC ESG, Chitra is based in Singapore and is responsible for the ESG Research business across the diverse region. Chitra initially spent 15 years in Investment Banking, a number of those being in Project Finance in the Green Energy sector.
Following that, she focused on Cleantech Investments in China, followed by a few years in Corporate Development and ESG. Chitra has lived and worked in 10 countries across APAC as well as Europe. Chitra was on the Board of Collective Responsibility and Green Initiatives for a number of years. Chitra holds an MSc in Environmental Economics from the London School of Economics, which spurred her on to a Sustainability-focused career path.
I have graduated Degree in Mechanical Engineering from university in UK, have an MBA in project management and went on to study for a Doctorate in Business Administration in research topic of Facilities Management Performance.
I also have over 24 years of working experience covering facilities management, construction, retail, and consulting. The companies that I work for are from multinational and local companies that have high value of quality deliverables, environmental compliances, and business ethics.
My team and I have won several awards such as the Golden Keris Award under lean manufacturing, got new certification for ISO22301, ISO50001, and we also successfully increased water recycling in more than 50% from imported water. Believing with this experience I can give the best for the future to the company growth and to the community
Managing Director of Philip Morris (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd
Naeem Shahab Khan is the Managing Director for Philip Morris Malaysia. He has a diverse portfolio with 21 years of experience in managing corporate, business, and commercial activities across Asia Pacific and the Middle East region that has garnered him a strong reputation in accelerating and innovating growth in competitive multicultural environments. A genuine leader with strong organisational focus on developing people, with a proven track record for successfully accelerating revenue growth in commercial and healthcare environments through product marketing, innovation and consumer experience.
Prior to joining Philip Morris Malaysia, he was the co-founder and Chief Operating Officer of EZbuy Holding LTD in Pakistan, an international online shopping platform that brings quality products in a convenient way to shoppers all around the world. Before becoming an entrepreneur, Naeem spent 18 years of his professional career at one of the largest consumer/healthcare companies in the world, rising to be the Chairman and CEO of Phillips Group of Companies in Malaysia in 2011 and Vice President Consumer Lighting for emerging markets based out of China.
Chief Executive Officer at AIG Malaysia Insurance Berhad
Antony Lee is the Chief Executive Officer of AIG Malaysia. Antony, a Malaysian citizen, has been in the insurance sector for over 19 years. Prior to this appointment, he was the CEO of AIG Vietnam from 2011 where his responsibilities included the development of a key growth country for AIG within the Asia Pacific region. He began his career at AIG in 2001 as VP of Business Development with AIG’s Software International JV based in Malaysia.
Antony holds a Bachelor of Science Degree and a Diploma in Architecture from University College London and is also a graduate of AIG’s Executive Development Management program.
He was a board member of the Women’s Individual Squash Players’ Association (WISPA) from 2007 to 2012 and was actively involved in raising the profile of the game worldwide. In addition, he served as Vice President of the Squash Rackets Association of Malaysia from 2004-2006, as well as Chairman of the Squash Rackets Association of Federal Territory from 2005-2006. He led the Malaysian Squash Team to the Commonwealth Games in 2006. He was also part of the bid committee that successfully won the right for Malaysia to host the Commonwealth Games in 1998.
On the charitable front, he is a committee member of the Olympic Council of Malaysia Tan Sri Alex Lee Athletes’ Education Fund, and has been organizing annual charity events in aid of Malaysian athletes on an annual basis since 2002.
He is currently the Chairman of the General Insurance Association of Malaysia (PIAM) as well as the Malaysian Insurance Institute (MII). He is also a director of the Ombudsman for Financial Services (OFS) and the Financial Services Professional Board (FSPB) and sits on the Board of Governors of the American Malaysian Chamber of Commerce (AMCHAM) council.
Adding further to Antony’s impressive list of appointments, he is also a board member of the Ombudsman for Financial Services (OFS), the Malaysian Insurance Institute (MII) and the Financial Community Outreach Programme (FINCO). Being one of the founding members for AMCHAM, it is to no surprise that AIG Malaysia has had a long standing history with AMCHAM. AIG is also one of the largest foreign insurers for local employment with a total of 1,800 employees across four entities and has been actively sponsoring the Corporate Partnership Program.
Country Head - Malaysia & CEO of Franklin Templeton Asset Management (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd
Avinash Satwalekar is the Country Head of Malaysia and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Franklin Templeton Asset Management (Malaysia) Sdn. Bhd. and is responsible for leading the firm's retail and institutional distribution efforts across Malaysia. Aside from his responsibilities in Malaysia, Mr. Satwalekar continues to serve as Chairman of Vietcombank Fund Management (VCBF), a joint venture between Franklin Templeton and Vietcombank in Vietnam. Mr. Satwalekar was previously the CEO and CIO for VCBF based in Ho Chi Minh City. He oversaw the combined business and investment activities of the group and under his leadership, Franklin Templeton was one of the first asset managers to launch an open-ended retail fund in Vietnam in 2013. Prior to his role in Vietnam, Mr. Satwalekar was a vice president, portfolio manager and research analyst for Franklin Portfolio Advisors (FPA), a division of FTPA. He was a member of the Franklin Small Cap Growth portfolio management team and was the lead manager for the private small cap accounts for FPA. Before that, Mr. Satwalekar was a vice president and research analyst for Franklin Equity Group. He specialized in research analysis of the computer software industries and IT service companies.
Mr. Satwalekar joined Franklin Templeton in 1996 as a management trainee working on Franklin Convertible Securities Fund from March 1997 to June 1998.
Prior to Franklin, he worked for DSP Merrill Lynch in the Debt Origination Group. Mr. Satwalekar received a bachelor of commerce from the University of Bombay, India and an M.B.A. in finance from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. He is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) charterholder and a member of the CFA Institute and the CFA Society of San Francisco (CFASF).
Sujatha Sekhar Naik is a senior capital markets professional whose experience encompasses policy and strategy development, governance, compliance, and dispute resolution.
She is the Managing Partner and Principal Consultant of SSN Consult Plt. With over 30 years of experience in legal and capital market work, Sujatha brings a depth of experience and a practical and holistic understanding of good governance practices, financial markets and the regulatory framework, together with insight into investor concerns and challenges. She is currently working as part of a founding team with a fintech start up and is responsible for developing the risk and compliance framework for the platform.
Sujatha served as CEO of the Securities Industry Dispute Resolution Center (SIDREC) from 2013 to 2019. As CEO, she helped steer SIDREC’s strategic direction to ensure its dispute resolution service continued to be in step with international best practice and the needs of a developing capital market.
Her prior work as a regulator at the Securities Commission Malaysia (SC), included advisory and reform work in both the General Counsel’s Office and the Corporate Finance and Investments Business Group. She was also responsible for the development and implementation of the SC’s investor education strategy and management of complaints relating to market misconduct and was directly involved in major policy and reform work by the SC.
Sujatha obtained her LLB (Hons) degree from the University of London and was called to the Bar of England and Wales in 1989 and re-qualified with the Law Society of England and Wales as a Solicitor in 1990. She was called to the Malaysian Bar in 1998 and is an accredited mediator and certified trainer and coach of the Bar Council’s Malaysian Mediation Centre.
Sujatha currently also holds the following positions: Member of the Board of Directors of the Ombudsman for Financial Services Member the Board of Governors of the Malaysian Institute of Corporate Governance (MICG).
Senior Director Sustainability of Seagate Technology
Balan Shanmuganathan is the Senior Director of Sustainability at Seagate Technology. He has been with Seagate for the past 27 years, starting in Environmental, Health and Safety. During this time, he has had work assignments in Europe and in the United States giving him a global perspective on organizational culture and stakeholder expectations. For the last 17 years, he has been working in the area of Corporate Social Responsibility. In his current role at Seagate, Balan manages the overall Sustainability program for the company. He has been actively participating in the Responsible Business Alliance (RBA) since 2004 and co-leads the RBA’s Risk Assessment workgroup which develops tools and processes to conduct Environmental, Social and Governance due diligence in the supply chain. He has been focused on supply chain Forced Labor issues over the last few years focusing on supply chain due diligence, capacity building and remediation. He is currently based in Penang, Malaysia.
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