The Asia HRD Awards is an independent initiative to recognise organisations and individuals whose efforts have impacted society. Such people development efforts / initiatives have resulted in organisations-wide success and in significant achievements. The Awards, launched in 2003 with just five recipients from two countries, has now we are proud to have honoured 162 award recipients from a total of 18 countries. The Awards Committee publicises the awards and invites nomination from all over, but in particular Asia, throughout the year.

The nominations have grown over the years. While there is no set number for organisations selected to receive the award, the Awards Committee will recognise as many organisations or individuals from among the nominations who meet the criteria of the four categories of awards. The criteria outlined in the Asia HRD Award are captured by biographic and occupational history sketches and detailed record of achievements. The goal of the Awards is to finally develop best practices and show case Awards recipients' experiences in association with educational institutions promoting HRD.
Mr Said Saif Mohammed AL-Hashmi
Manager of Training Centre, ORPIC, Oman
2014
Mr Said Saif Mohammed AL-Hashmi
The ‘Contribution to Human Resources Community’ award recognises Mr Said Saif Mohammed AL-Hashmi for implementing people development initiatives in Oman Oil Refineries and Petroleum Industries Company (ORPIC).

Currently the Manager of the Training Centre for ORPIC, Said has served in Oman for close to 12 years. He has implemented numerous initiatives to grow the group through mergers and acquisitions. He has championed several employee development processes.

Said is an experienced training & development professional with a Master’s Degree in E-Training & Learning from the University of Technology, Sydney, Australia. He has worked in both the government and private sectors.

The Asia HRD Awards Committee is honoured to bestow upon Mr. Said Saif Mohammed AL-Hashmi the Contribution to Human Resources Community Award 2014 for championing employee development in Oman.

Mr Shankar Nagalingam
Human Resources Director, DELL Inc., Malaysia
2014
Mr Shankar Nagalingam
The ‘Contribution to Human Resources Community’ award recognises Mr Shankar Nagalingam for leading the DELL HR Team to be positioned globally as “best of breed”.

With 20 years of experience in various human resource functions both regional and global operations, Shankar has nurtured team members to deliver their best work, add value and to be distinct from peers and competitors. Shankar’s perseverance and commitment has helped Dell to position the organisation as an “employer of choice”.

Shankar promotes leadership development, gender equality and is compassionate to those who are less fortunate regardless of their stature in the organisation or the qualifications they possess. An avid Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) supporter, Shankar initiated the CSR element in various corporate events with the aim of providing for the needy. Shankar is also a diversity advocate for Malaysia, influencing inclusion, embracing and connecting the differences in our society.

The Asia HRD Awards Committee is honoured to bestow Mr Shankar Nagalingam the Contribution to Human Resources Community Award 2014 for being an advocate of best HR practices.

Dr Vidhya Vinod
CEO & Executive Director, Eikon International Holding, UAE
2014
Dr Vidhya Vinod
The ‘Contribution to Human Resources Community’ award recognises Dr Vidhya Vinod for building prestigious educational brands.

Dr Vidhya Vinod, an entrepreneur, educationist and visionary enriches the community with her expertise in creating, operating and delivering exceptional experiences in professional education. Dr Vidhya is on the board of several prestigious educational institutions that span the Middle East, India and Europe. She has distinguished herself as a student, sportsperson and socially committed citizen in her early years and is also a much lauded teacher. One of the youngest women CEO in the region, Dr Vidhya aspires to use her innovation and entrepreneurial skills to establish reputable and commercially viable educational institutions in different parts of the world. Straddling many worlds, Dr Vidhya is a mother, homemaker and yoga enthusiast who dreams of blurring the many lines that divide this world of ours.

The Asia HRD Awards Committee is honoured to bestow Dr Vidhya Vinod the Contribution to Human Resources Community Award 2014 for championing educational initiatives in the developing world.

Mr Abdulghani AL-Rumaih
Chairman, TAFE Arabia, Saudi Arabia
2014
Mr Abdulghani AL-Rumaih
The ‘Contribution to Human Resrouces Community’ award recognizes Mr Abdulghani AL-Rumaih for enabling skills education in Saudi Arabia.

Mr Abdulghani AL-Rumaih is currently the Chairman of the Board of TAFE Arabia, Dammam, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, a leading institute in technical vocational training providing assistance to local jobseekers.

He heads the Board of Directors that aims to expand TAFE Arabia’s expertise in managing local and International Schools.

Recipient of the prestigious CEO awards in Technical Field all over Saudi Arabia in 2011 and consequently awarded with the Honorary Shield from the Minister of Social Affairs in the community service sector. He recently received an award from the Chamber of Commerce, Eastern Province for Best Training Facility.

The Asia HRD Awards Committee is honoured to bestow Mr Abdulghani Al-Rumaih the Contribution to Human Resources Community Award 2014 for his vision and mission to help others to build their dreams.

Ms Hew Moi Lan
Chief Executive Officer, SEG International Berhad, Malaysia
2014
Ms Hew Moi Lan
The ‘Contribution to Human Resources Community’ award recognises Ms Hew Moi Lan for her focus in developing students’ natural talents and potential using quality education.

Ms Hew Moi Lan has been part of SEG International Berhad (SEGi University Group) since 1986 when she joined the Systematic Business Training Centre. With nearly 30 years of experience in the education industry, Moi Lan in her capacity as Chief Executive Officer has brought an immense wealth of experience and knowledge into the running of the Group.

She is a fellow member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants, United Kingdom and a Chartered Accountant with the Malaysian Institute of Accountants. In 2005, she attained her Master of Business Degree from the University of Newcastle, Australia.

Moi Lan was appointed the Chief Operating Officer of the Group in 2009 and assumed her responsibility as Chief Executive Officer of the Group in 2012.

Moi Lan has been the anchor and also the driving force for the Company. As a result, SEGi today has 27,500 students that are pursuing higher education, and her efforts to get SEGi to network with premier university partners in the United States, United Kingdom and Australia has been successful. SEGi now has 9 universities as partners. She believes this will lead to SEGi graduates who can be key industry leaders who will contribute to nation-building.

The Asia HRD Awards Committee is honoured to bestow Ms Hew Moi Lan the Contribution to Human Resources Community Award 2014 for her focus and discipline towards quality education.

Mr Amirnuddin Mazlan
CEO, Human Resource Development Fund, Malaysia
2013
Mr Amirnuddin Mazlan
The ‘Contribution to HR Community’ award recognizes Mr Amirnuddin for his exceptional work in promoting the retraining and upskilling of Malaysia’s workforce.

After serving at MITI (International Trade and Industry Ministry), the Domestic Trade, Cooperatives and Consumerism Ministry, and Mindef (Ministry of Defence) in finance roles, Mr Amirnuddin joined the HRDF as Director of Finance in 1998. He was promoted to Deputy CEO and then CEO in January 2010. Throughout his time, Mr Amirnuddin has developed and implemented a number of far-reaching initiatives and programmes with the goal of creating a 50% skilled workforce for Malaysia by 2020.

Under his guidance and stewardship, the HRDF has gone from strength to strength, building a solid future for Malaysia’s workers and the nation as a whole.

Ms Leah Zveglinch
Managing Director, DOOR International, Singapore
2013
Ms Leah Zveglinch
The ‘Contribution to HR Community’ award recognizes Ms Zvenglich for her work as a strategic leadership partner to organisations across the Asia Pacific region.

Korean by birth, Ms Leah operates out of Singapore as a Master Coach with DOOR International. She has quickly established a reputation in the Asia Pacific region as a strategic leadership partner for both public and private sector organizations engaging in long-term organizational development and talent development programmes.

Ms Leah practices and shares with all her clients her core values - Learning, Doing the Best and Oneness.

Ms Corazon Tecson Jimenez
Undersecretary, Metropolitan Manila Development Authority, Philippines
2013
Ms Corazon Tecson Jimenez
The ‘Contribution to HR Community’ award recognizes Ms Jimenez for her contribution in establishing the IMDM and promoting positive change through good governance and sustainable development.

Currently the Undersecretary of Metro Manila Development Authority, Ms Jimenez continues this life mission in her work to support the business community in Manila and Muslim traders in particular with the cooperation of the Bureau of Muslim Economics Affairs at the Office of the Philippines President.

Ms Jimenez has become an icon for business community development and for improving quality of life sustainably and ethically.

Mr Mursosan Wiguna
Corporate Human Capital Director, GarudaFood Group, Indonesia
2013
Mr Mursosan Wiguna
The ‘Contribution to HR Community’ award recognizes Mr Wiguna for his contribution to HR strategy implementation as well as his exemplary work with corporate universities.

Throughout his career at GarudaFood Group, as well as at Allianz and elsewhere previously, Mr Wiguna has developed and introduced the latest HR best practices to improve human capital planning and measurement. His expertise is widely sought after, particularly for his success in developing and running corporate universities.

Mr Wiguna is a true HR professional – always looking to improve processes and systems to strengthen HR’s role and service.

Bapak Dani Firmansjah
Chairman, Federation of AIM Alumni Associations, Indonesia
2013
Bapak Dani Firmansjah
The ‘Contribution to HR Community’ award recognizes Bapak Firmansjah for his contribution in building an international community of management practitioners.

In addition to his work with the 17 chapters of the Asian Institute of Management Alumni Associations, Bapak Firmansjah has over 30 years’ experience at the highest levels of the finance industry. Currently, he is Secretary General of Asian Financial Services (AFSA) and Advisor to Indonesia Financial Services Association (IFSA). Since 2012, he has also acted as an Independent Commissioner of PT BII Finance Centre, a subsidiary of Maybank.

Bapak Firmansjah continues to strengthen the ties among Asia’s management community and to share his expertise and experience.

Mr Mohd Bakhtiar Mohd Pahroraji
Director of Human Resources & Admin, SapuraAcergy Sdn Bhd, Malaysia
2013
Mohd Bakhtiar Mohd Pahroraji
The ‘Contribution to HR Community’ award recognizes Mr. Bakhtiar for his work in transforming HR functions through his Human Resources Remodeling plans.

Through a number of initiatives he has introduced at SASB such as an HR Boot Camp, Long Term Incentive Retention Plan, and more, Mr Bakhtiar has aligned, strengthened and streamlined HR functions while upskilling staff for improved capability and performance.

While Mr Bakhtiar continues to lead the way at SASB to build organizational effectiveness to meet future challenges, he also shares his expertise in the wider forum of Asian HR through speaking and writing engagements.

Mr PM Susbandono
VP HR & Services, Star Energy (Kakap) Ltd, Indonesia
2013
PM Susbandono
The ‘Contribution to HR Community’ award recognizes Mr Susbandono for his contribution to developing and sharing best practices in Human Capital development.

As a researcher, lecturer, speaker, moderator, and professional with over 30 years of experience, Mr Susbandono strives to identify and develop best practices in organisations and with his students. Some of his writings have been collected in his popular book, “Anjing Hachiko dan Hilangnya Kemanusiaan Kita”.

With a strong background in Psychology, Mr Susbandono’s infectious passion for Human Capital development continues to drive him and his students, colleagues, audiences, and readers forward.

Adjunct Professor Khaeruddin Sudharmin
CEO, Motordata Research Consortium, Malaysia
2013
Adjunct Professor
The ‘Contribution to HR Community’ award recognizes Adjunct Professor Khaeruddin Sudharmin for his substantial impact on Malaysia’s training community as well as leadership development.

Currently CEO of Motordata Research Consortium as well as Adjunct Professor at the Faculty of Business Management and Accounting, Universiti Sultan Zainal Abidin, Adj. Prof. Khaeruddin has vast and diverse experience in management and leadership spanning over 30 years. He was a founding executive board member of the Malaysian Society for Training & Development (MSTD), founding advisory board member of the Institute of IT Training UK Malaysia Chapter, and a member of the Association of Development and Research Institutes of Asia and the Pacific (ADIPA).

Throughout his career ‘Prof K’ has worked to foster learning and development at all levels, blending relevant industry and practice-oriented realities in his teaching and speaking engagements.

Bapak Kasmuri Sukardi
Corporate Director, Poliplant Group, Indonesia
2013
Bapak Kasmuri Sukardi
The ‘Contribution to HR Community’ award recognizes Bapak Kasmuri Sukardi for a lifetime of service to talent management and development.

Currently acting as Corporate Director Poliplant Group of Indonesia, Bapak Kasmuri served for almost 35 years in various managerial capacities with Golden Hope Group of Malaysia. He oversaw and implemented numerous initiatives to grow the group through mergers and acquisitions as well as the employees through hands on development processes.

Bapak Sukardi has been an enlightened and exceptional leader in the agribusiness sector, combining technical expertise with far-reaching people skills.

Dr Kartika Dianningsih Antono
Managing Director, PT Multistrada Agro International, Indonesia
2013
Kartika Dianningsih Antono
The ‘Contribution to HR Community’ award recognizes Ibu Dr Kartika for her work in fostering an entrepreneurial spirit among her colleagues and students and emphasising talent development.

Dr Kartika is a highly motivated business executive with over 28 years’ leadership experience across a broad range of international organisations with networks in Indonesia and the region. Currently the Managing Director of PT Multistrada Agro International, she has also spent a considerable time in community development and business school lecturing.

Ibu Dr Kartika is recognised as a hands on business leader who enjoys inspiring others to achieve greater performance through building confidence, mentoring, coaching and training.

Dr. Sujaya Banerjee
Chief Learning Officer, Essar Group, Inida
2012 - INDIA
DR. SUJAYA BANERJEE
The “Contribution to HR Community” award recognises Dr. Sujaya Banerjee’s innovative work and ground breaking initiatives in the field of Learning & Development.

Sujaya Banerjee is currently Chief Learning Officer, Essar Group overseeing Learning and Organisational Development for the multinational conglomerate. She has worked with organisations such as ADNOC Group, Lowe Lintas & Partners and British Gas. A high achiever in the field, she has won several awards in the past for her contributions to the HR community.

She is well known within the community for her innovative thinking and has set up best-in-class development initiatives in the Human Resources Development field.

Dr. Winston Jacob MBE
National President - Global University for Life Long Learning, India
2012
DR. WINSTON JACOB MBE
The “Contribution to HR Community” award recognises Dr. Winston Jacob MBE for his contribution in promoting Life Long Learning within the HR fraternity.

He was awarded the title of MBE by Her Majesty the Queen, recommended by the Government of Papua New Guinea for his invaluable service to the nation in both public and private sectors.

He is National President of Global University of Lifelong Learning (GULL) and works passionately to promote lifelong learning through action learning and research. In a career spanning four decades, he has worked tirelessly with stakeholders to promote the need for lifelong learning

Mr. K S Shyam
Director, Human Resources Al Ghanim Industries, Kuwait
2012
Mr. K S Shyam
The “Contribution to HR Community” award recognises Mr. K S Shyam’s contributions in driving a Corporate Social Responsibility agenda and forging closer networks within the HR community.

Shyam has initiated and institutionalised various CSR initiatives, which includes Rural Development, Community and self – help programmes. His work on raising awareness of the positive impact of CSR for both communities and businesses has been invaluable.

Shyam, formerly an Executive Committee member of the National HRD Network, Bangalore Chapter was instrumental in growing the HR community with the innovative use of technology.

Mr. Prabir Jha
Senior Vice President & Head – HR, Tata Motors, India
2012
Mr. Prabir Jha
The “Contribution to HR Community” award recognises Mr. Prabir Jha’s work in successfully implementing industry leading best practices in complex and large organisations.

During his career he has revamped the entire performance and rewards philosophy, and downstream systems and initiated major organisational change exercises. He designed and implemented a 9-Box Talent Management framework for leadership development. This framework is invaluable for the identification, retention and development of successful leaders.

He continues to share Human Resources best practices and success stories of innovation through articles and speaking at events. Prabir Jha , considered a thought leader,has created outstanding HR processes.

YBhg. Dato Yau De Piyau
Chief Executive, Human Resources Development Council, Malaysia
2003
YBhg. Dato Yau De Piyau
YBhg Datuk Yau De Piyau has made a significant contribution to the development of the Human Resources sector in Malaysia. Datuk Yau holds a Masters' degree from United Kingdom in manpower studies and served in the Ministry of Human Resources for more than two decades.

Among his many achievements, Datuk Yau has succeeded in promoting and establishing recognition for the importance of developing people.

Popularly known the 'one percent man', he spearheaded the idea of organizations contributing funding human resources development in the country. Datuk Yau and his team nurtured the training industry and created a corporate learning culture in the country.

Mr. Jeremy Spoor
Former Vice President, Institute of Training and Development, UK
2003
Mr. Jeremy Spoor
Mr. Jeremy Spoor first came to Malaysia in 1989 and committed the last 15 years to developing the Malaysian workforce. Mr. Spoor was formerly the Head of Technology of Slough College before coming to Malaysia to serve as Chairman and President of Specialist Management Resources. For the last 3 years he has been Director of Training for Sam Ling Corporation, Sarawak. He has contributed greatly, both as a speaker and organizer, to the last 13 Trainers meet Trainers Conferences. Mr. Spoor's passion for training is unparalleled and the HRD Congress and Trainers Meet Trainers alumni recognize his contributions in the field of people development.

Cik Ainon Marziah Wahi receiving the award on behalf of YBhg Datuk Abdul Rahim Hashim
Vice President, HR Petronas Malaysia
2004
Cik Ainon Marziah Wahi
 receiving the award on behalf of 
YBhg Datuk Abdul Rahim Hashim
YBhg Datuk Abdul Rahim Hashim, Vice President, Gas Business of Petronas Berhad received the award for Contribution to the HR Community for proving that HR can make a tangible contribution to business by driving the Occupational Skills Standards initiative during his stint as Head of HR.

YBhg Datuk Rafiah Salim
Executive Director, International Centre for Leadership Finance, Malaysia
2005
YBhg Datuk Rafiah Salim
Datuk Rafiah Salim introduced and sustained an empowerment culture in the offices of United Nations which eventually was adopted by many countries. A Master in Law from Queens University Belfast, she proved that logic and emotion go hand in hand, with her employee-centric approaches at Maybank, Malaysia's largest bank, and the Malaysian Central Bank. It was during her tenure that the Asian financial crisis threatened to undermine employee oriented approaches as organizations scrambled to cut costs. With leaders such as Datuk Rafiah, long-term HR initiatives were sustained to create value.

Puan Jamaliah Binti Wan Chik received the award on behalf of Dr. Kamal Khir
Director, Institut Bank Bank Malaysia , Malaysia
2006
Puan Jamaliah Binti Wan Chik received the award on behalf of
Dr. Kamal Khir
Dr. Kamal Khir is currently the Director Institute of Bankers Malaysia (Institut Bank-Bank Malaysia), a Professional Institute for the Banking and Financial Services in Malaysia. He is also the CEO of Malaysia Banking Academy, an Institute of Higher Learning.

He has over 20 years of experience in the field of Human Resource Development having held positions such as the Head of Sime Darby Human Resource Development Centre, Group Manager-Training & Development, Sime Darby Group, and managerial positions in PLUS, Grundig, and The New Straits Times Group. He was also engaged as a consultant/facilitator for the Prime Minister's Department National Civic Bureau and Ministry of Agriculture. He was also instrumental in setting up the Sime Darby HRD Centre in 1993.

Dr. Kamal is a Master Trainer certification in Interaction Management Techniques, Service Plus/Customer Service, Skills for Empowered Workforce, Strategy Programme and Targeted Selection. He is also a qualified Internal Quality Auditor and Lead Assessor by Llyods and Portsmouth University, UK.

At national level, he is a member of the Committee for Standard & Certification, National Vocational Training Council (MLVK), Ministry of Human Resources, Chairman of Skill Development Committee for Business Management, MLVK, Ministry of Human Resources and Chairman of Skill Development Committee for Banking, MLVK, Ministry of Human Resources Malaysia.

At international level, he a member of the Education Committee of the Asean Banking Association and Vice President, Training & Development, HRD Gateway.

Dr. Kamal's valuable contributions to the National Consultative Panel (NCP) On Human Resource Development, Malaysian Institute for Human Resource Management (MIHRM), Malaysian Society for Training and Development (MSTD) are huge. As for corporation, he has contributed towards human resource development especially at Sime Darby Human Resources Development Centre. With his current challenging position as Director of Institute of Bankers Malaysia and CEO, Malaysia Banking Academy will see even more contributions towards the organization.

Azmin Tan Sri Abdul Aziz
General Manager Human Capital Development, GCH Retail (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd, Malaysia
2007
Azmin Tan Sri Abdul Aziz
The Contribution to the HR Community Award recognises Azmin's work in human capital development over the last two decades.

This award recognises his contributions to people development in the Automotive and Retail Industry over the last 15 years.

Though schooled in the UK and graduated in the US, Azmin has demonstrated a great understanding of local cultures.

In his pioneering work in the field of training & development, Azmin headed the training department of Malaysia's second car company PERODUA with 2000 direct staff and 800 dealers. His work on developing skills and development programmes had been extremely impactful on the organisation.

Subsequently with globalisation and the opening up of the retail sector in the region, Azmin joined a newly formed retail chain. He started the first Malaysian Retail School which has responsibility for training 10,000 staff in 300 stores nationwide. In the six months of 2007 Azmin has trained with only a small team very much the same number of pepple in the company trained in entire 2006 - nearly ten thousand participants in about 600 over training sessions.

Dr. Peter Shephard
CEO / Principal Consultant, Brain Dynamics Global Sdn Bhd Malaysia
2007
Dr. Peter Shephard
The Contribution to the HR Community Award recognises Dr. Peter Shephard for his pioneering efforts as a training professional over the last three decades.

One core value of Peter's, is sharing knowledge and developing others, and he has demonstrated this since joining the scouting movement, the red cross and the cadets in the 50's. It seemed a natural transition from teens to adulthood to join the Training and Development profession. This first started out in 1967, when he became an animal health officer with the New Zealand Government. Later he trained the veterinary sales force of a US multinational drug company. After working with QANTAS, he came to Malaysia to train Job Analysts in MAS.

In the seventies, he formed CREDO, a HR and OD Company. Since then, not a month has gone by when he is not consulting, training, coaching or teaching. He has served with several professional associations and is a regular speaker at conferences and seminars. He is also an author of 5 books. On the academic scene, Peter has two doctoral degrees: A PhD in Intercultural Management and a D. Litt on Personality, Genetics and Learning Styles.

Currently his emphasis is on the profiling of personality and competency potential, including the use of aptitude testing and whole brain learning and thinking. With his interest in culture and diversity, he has been validating several instrument's in which he is also a Certified Master Trainer. So, at an age when many people have long retired, Peter is as active as ever, and when asked about retirement, he said: "Maybe I will think about it in 2020, when I turn 80!"

Dr. Goh Ban Eng
Senior Manager, Singapore Airlines , Singapore
2007
Dr. Goh Ban Eng
The Contribution to the HR Community Award recognises Dr. Goh for her determination to align people development to business results and to continuously strive to develop best practices in HR.

Dr. Goh Ban Eng holds a PhD in Educational Psychology from Purdue University, USA and a Masters degree in Linguistics from the University of Leeds, UK. She is a member of the American Psychological Association (APA) and a life member of Educational Research Association (ERA) Singapore.

She is currently the Senior Manager of HR Development at Singapore Airlines, having held positions as Senior Manager, HR Learning and Management Development Centre, and also Cabin Crew Training. She has also clocked more than 30 years in the Singapore Education service with her job before joining SIA as Assistant Director of the Gifted Education Unit focusing on talent development of children.

In HR, her interest and focus is on organisational talent management and leadership development for business competitiveness. Staff's core competencies are developed to meet challenges in the business environment through a variety of programmes utilizing technology and training facilitators who are leaders in their field. Inhouse facilitators and senior management are also developed and deployed to provide relevant institutional knowledge for building a learning organisation through regular sharing sessions and a commitment to service excellence.

Mr. Hussain Ismail
Deputy Director, Bahrain Institute of Banking and Finance, Kingdom of Bahrain
2007
Mr. Hussain Ismail
The Contribution to the HR Community Award recognises Mr. Hussain Ismail for his work in promoting the cause of learning at the workplace.

Hussain Ismail is a remarkable Bahraini who has contributed significantly to the training and development world not just in Bahrain but also internationally. In Bahrain, he has achieved significant success in the training of Bahrainis in the banking sector.

Hussain, currently the president of Bahrain Society for Human Resources Development and the President of Manama Rotary Club, continues to pioneer innovations and new tools in developing people.

Hussain, besides receiving his MBA in General Management from the University of Durham, U.K. is also a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Bankers, UK.

Hussain was a line manager with several years of experiences in various roles before assuming human resource positions.

Currently the Deputy Director at the Bahrain Institute of Banking and Finance, his responsibilities include the promotion, development and direction of a planned programme of course offerings in professional education to meet the training and development needs of banks, financial institutions and other major organisations in the Kingdom of Bahrain and GCC.

Hussain also holds memberships with several prestigious international bodies:

  • Board Member of Human Resources Development Fund - Bahrain
  • American Society for Training & Development - ASTD (USA)
  • Bahrain Management Society - BMS (Bahrain)
  • British Institute of Management - MBIM (UK)
  • Society for Human Resources Management - SHRM (USA)


Ms. Eva Wong
Chairperson & President, Top Human Technology Ltd. China
2007
Ms. Eva Wong
The Contribution to the HR Community Award recognises Ms. Eva Wong for her work in Coaching that has impacted the HR profession positively.

Ms. Eva Wong has been a great influence in the development of people in China. This award recognises her contributions to people development in the Coaching field in China and greater Asia.

Ms. Eva Wong completed post graduate studies in the Leadership Programme for Educators at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and a Masters in Counselling from the University of New England, Australia.

She contributed in an exceptional way with the publication of her book on the REN Coaching Model©, The Power of REN, China's Coaching Phenomenon. This was her first English book published with Wiley & Sons.

Her significant achievements include being appointed to the committee of the Devoted Chinese Patriots Organisation and being awarded the 2006 award for the top 10 most influential people for their contribution to a harmonious society in China. Besides being elected as one of China's 100 Outstanding Women Entrepreneurs by the China Women's Federation and China Alliance of Women Entrepreneurs, she was awarded the President's Award by the International Coach Federation.

Hasnah Ismail
Director of Group Human Resources, Proton Holdings Berhad, Malaysia
2008
Hasnah Ismail
Hasnah Ismail is an accomplished and dedicated HR professional and she passionately believes in doing her best - constantly tapping the talents of individual unique capabilities to maximise business results.

In other words, her driving mottos are To Do the Right Thing and to always perceive greater value in the task performed. Her career role can be best described as a Change Agent and People Developer.

The basic thrust of developing and motivating people stems from the fact that a valuable employee is nothing more than a person who will do what you want done!

With more than 20 years experience in HR (50-50 consulting vs corporate experience), her expertise covers assignments and work scope in a number of major transformation initiatives for the government- linked organisations (GLCs) as well as Privatised government organisations. She has designed, implemented and led projects which inevitably require structure, process and culture interventions.

Hasnah also frequently conducts hands-on facilitation sessions training various levels of employees in the organization. Her current engagement with one of the large GLCs requires her to develop a Leadership Roadmap which incorporates team building, engagement skills, coaching and mentoring and a customised leadership development programme. She is also designing the top talent management and succession planning.

Hasnah's style of leadership has often been described as dynamic and it will not be absolutely correct if the description is not matched with the words, fun, friendly and flexible! These 3Fs aptly describes the new era of HR which is no longer just boring (dry), unfriendly (IR) and rigid (inflexible). Her corporate HR career allows her to complement the strategic consulting experience with the day to day implementation aspects of making change happen. In short, she is known for her engaging style and possesses a deep skills-set in managing change. She is at the same time sensitive and respectful of the Stakeholder's needs all the time.

Hasnah graduated with a BBA degree from Western Michigan University, USA in 1981 and subsequently proceeded to do her post-graduate studies at University of Dayton, Ohio in 1983. She began her career as an Executive at Malayan Banking Berhad, Economic Research Department, a division under the Corporate Planning Division for about 5 years. Her next move led her to acquire and gain greater insights and Experience in HR, working over the years with the renowned Consulting firms. Armed with that experience, she delved back into the corporate scene and proved to herself that Consultants Can and Do Deliver As Well!

Hasnah is blessed with 5 children; 3 teenage daughters and 2 cheeky young boys. Managing a balanced family lifestyle and a progressing career is without doubt a great challenge and as human beings, we seek the blessings of the Almighty for the divine intervention and guidance always.

Mohd Khalis Abdul Rahim
Human Resources Director, Freescale Semiconductor (M) Sdn Bhd, Malaysia and Singapore
2008
Mohd Khalis Abdul Rahim
A HR practitioner for nearly two decades, Khalis Rahim is an innovative HR professional; coming in with extensive HR experience from the consulting, disk drive, FMCG and semiconductors industries, he engages unconventional approaches in organisation transformation, talent development and change management efforts.

Today, Khalis has been instrumental in Freescale Malaysia's transformational efforts into becoming a high performance organisation. Starting from his own "backyard", he set out to transform his HR organisation from operational to that of a strategic nature. Khalis innovatively developed the line managers to own the daily non-strategic HR roles by leveraging on technology, processes and systems.

A strong proponent of management development, Khalis relentlessly drives the Management and Supervisory Development Programmes for all managers and line supervisors. These programmes have positively impacted gross margins, quality and the building of a high performance culture.

Khalis energetically champions the Talent Mindset in the organisation through development and implementation of Talent Lifecycle Management, cultivating a talent resource for Freescale and our nation. He believes in building an inclusive workplace where everyone's talents are leveraged on. In recognition, Freescale Malaysia was accorded the Most Promising, Caring Employer Award and Exemplary Female Employee (Executive Category) Award in 2007 and recently the Asia Pacific BrandLaureate Award (Manufacturing - Semiconductors), 2008.

With a keen understanding of the business, Khalis helps drive the implementation of Lean Manufacturing - a business strategy enabling operational excellence. Freescale is weaving positive manufacturing yields today and is confident its manufacturing performance will go to the next level.

Khalis architects and drives strategic industrial relations to create a high performance culture within the organization.

Coaching and mentoring are his passion. Khalis invests his weekends in imparting knowledge and sharing experiences with budding and aspiring HR professionals at an institution of higher learning. Khalis also serves as a member of the MEF Industrial Relations panel.

Roslan Abdul Razak
Vice President, Group Human Resources, Sime Darby Berhad, Malaysia
2008
Roslan Abdul Razak
The Contribution to the HR Community Award recognises Mr. Roslan Abdul for his pioneering efforts in Corporate Culture Transformation that bonds people together. As a Sime Darby Vice-President and Head of Sime Darby Business School, his vision for people development, firm belief, dedication, and drive in creating a strong corporate culture led him to found several key HRD programmes such as Corporate Team Based Culture, Performance Driven Culture, Performance Drive Teams, and Team Building Courses, Leadership Development, Senior Management Development, Young Managers Development, Executive Development, Supervisory Development, and, Staff Development. Since then more than 30,000 people have gone through his training programmes, many of whom are in senior positions in the government and corporate world.

Roslan's began his career in 1974 as a Government Officer with Farmers Organisation Authority. In 1975 he went to Louisiana State University in USA to study Agriculture. He joined NST in 1984 as a Training Manager and later join the Sime Darby Group in June 1989, as Manager - Manpower Planning and Development.

In 1992 Roslan initiated the development of Sime Darby Human Resource Development Centre only to rebrand it to the Sime Darby Business School in June 2006. Roslan Razak is known as the teambuilder/trainer a coach, mentor, a friend and an inspiration to all who comes in contact with him. He is the man with a STORI that glues organisations together. STORI, it is the acronym for Sincerity, Trust, Openness, Realisation, and Interdependence, values he inculcated in the employees. The programmes are value based, performance driven, people centered and results focused.

As a HRD blue-blood, Roslan Razak, has contributed to HRD in the Government service, multi national corporations, public listed companies, and small businesses from Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Thailand, Brunei Darussalam, Philippines, USA, South Korea, Hong Kong, China, India, Australia, Sweden, Vanuatu, Fiji and Vietnam.

Roslan is currently pursuing collaboration and partnerships with local and international universities for the betterment of our more than 100,000 employees in Sime Darby.

Mr. Jamal Ahmed Al Jassmi
General Manager, Emirates Institutes for Banking & Finance, Abu Dhabi, UAE
2009
Mr. Jamal Ahmed Al Jassmi
This contribution to “HR Community” award recognizes Mr. Jamal Al Jassmi’s contribution to the HR Community.

Jamal Al Jassmi is a Director General Of Emirates Institute for Banking & Financial Studies.

He is a public administrator by profession with over two decades of commendable service in Human Resources Development. He holds a Masters in Public Administration from University of Liverpool, UK.

Under his able leadership, the Institute is scaling great heights in professional education and research in the service of country’s financial sector. His major areas of responsibility includes besides building trained professional cadre in banks, achieving the national mission of Emiratisation through creative and proactive collaboration with the financial sector in UAE. He is member secretary of HRD / Emiratisation Committee in the Banking and Financial Sector, besides being member in several other committees of national and international importance including Higher committee for HRD in Insurance sector, Quality award committee of Government of Dubai etc.

He has widely traveled around the globe and has presented papers in International conferences on HRD issues with special focus on emerging economies. He has several completed research projects to his credit besides publications on the subject.

He continuously encourages positive change and is always ready to accept new challenges at any time.

Sheikh Dr. Ahmed A. Taweel
Chief Executive Officer, Arab Education and Training Group, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
2009
Sheikh Dr. Ahmed A. Taweel
This contribution to “HR Community” award recognizes Dr. Ahmed Al Taweel’s contribution to the HR Community.

Dr. Ahmed Al-Taweel is a visionary from a family of real estate investors. In 1422h he controversially chose to invest in the education and training industry. Although fellow investors were incredulous at the beginning, Dr. Ahmed Al-Taweel was able to convince key people to invest in the Alfaisal International Academy.

The Alfaisal International Academy was profitable from the start. It became the main pillar of the Arabian Education and Training Group from which many other endeavors have stemmed. Its growth in stature was fuelled by contagious passion of the founder himself.

Dr. Al-Taweel’s vision to make education accessible to all, formed the basis of his outreach initiatives to society. Long before corporate social responsibility became a buzzword, Dr. Al-Taweel re-invested the profits made into establishing an Academic Center for Students and an Academic Center for Girls.

Several other noble initiatives underline Dr. Ahmed Al-Taweel’s contribution to the community. He single handedly garnered numerous educational agreements and accreditations with notable universities and educational centers in and outside of the Kingdom. These affiliations led to an illustrious number of trainees and graduates completing their studies in various fields of specialisations.

Mr. Syed Zulfiqar Ali
Head of HR, GEO TV Network, Karachi, Pakistan
2009
Mr. Syed Zulfiqar Ali
This contribution to the “HR Community” award recognizes Zulfiqar Ali’s contribution to the HR Community and its development.

GEO TV Network is part of the largest media conglomerate of Pakistan the “Jang Group”. Established in 2002 with an ambitious vision and recognition of human resources as the foundation of GEO’s success.

Building a team to achieve the vision was critical. CEO of GEO TV Network selected Mr. Zulfiqar Ali to accompany him on this endeavor as Head of HR.

Zulfiqar has been instrumental in conceiving, developing and implementing initiatives like working philosophy of “Khudi” (empowerment), corporate values “GEO Iqdar”, Culture of Success “Sar Utha Kay GEO”, “Client Service Model” of HR, Organisational Design and Employee Engagement Strategy.

These initiatives passed the toughest test in 2007, Government ban GEO TV but HR team successfully kept TeamGEO motivated and united during 79 days of curb.

Ms Banan Yaquby
Chief Executive Officer, Yaquby Stores, Manama, Kingdom of Bahrain
2009
Ms Banan Yaquby
This contribution to the “HR Community” award recognizes Ms Banan Yaquby’s contribution to the HR Community and its development.

Coming from a background of artistic education, she constantly looks for ways that can combine her learning background with the day-to-day entrepreneurial activities. Her objective is to merge her creative side with the family legacy of retailing and distributing quality products that has been in Bahrain for over six decades.

Aspire to add great value to the community, and to genuinely step beyond the retail business and open up more communication channels for the community.

Merging the artistic and the creativity along with the commercial is what she hopes to achieve. Ultimately aspires to be a business model that is not only about the commercial but also about the ethical and aesthetic aspect.

Ahmad A. Aziz Al Khayat
Director of Group Human Resources, Ministry of Works, Kingdom of Bahrain
2009
Ahmad A. Aziz Al Khayat
This “Contribution to HR Community” Award recognises Mr. Ahmad A. Aziz Al Khayat’s contribution to human capital development in the Ministry of Works, Kingdom of Bahrain.

Mr. Ahmad Aziz Al Khayat was appointed in August 2002 as Director of Human Resources in the Ministry of Works (MOW), Kingdom of Bahrain. He has moved on from his role as pure implementer of Civil Service Bureau’s rules and regulations into a human capital developer working to change MOW into a leading professional organisation.

His enormous achievement is in implementing the Management Development Planning Study. He has contributed to its successful implementation and its continuous roll-out and improvements covering Strategic Review – Diagnostic and Analysis of MOW, Organisational Manual, Business Architecture, Analysis of Human Resources Requirements, HR Policy and Procedures, Performance Appraisal System, IT Goals & Strategies, Project Management, and Project Cycle and Work Procedures.

Ms Siti Aishah Md Lassim
Chief Human Resource Officer, Human Resources Director, Bursa Malaysia Berhad, Malaysia
2009
Ms Siti Aishah Md Lassim
This “Contribution to HR Community” Award recognises Ms. Siti Aishah Md Lassim’s contribution to the HR community.

Ms Siti was the Executive Vice President and Head of Maybank Group. She was also the Vice President and Head of Performance Management before taking up her present position. As a HR professional, she has contributed to developing HR systems for Malaysia’s largest bank, Maybank and the Bursa Malaysia Securities Berhad (Malaysia Securities Exchange).

Siti headed the Human Resource of about 24,000 employees of the Maybank Group in the ASEAN region and in China where she worked with the Group CEO to develop and execute the Human Capital Agenda of the Maybank Group covering Organisational Development, Talent Management, Rewards & Recognition, Industrial and Employee Relations, HR Systems and Shared Services.

Among her recent achievements, Ms Siti Aishah led Maybank to win the Prime Minister’s Best Workplace Practices Award. She also led Maybank to win the Outstanding Malaysia HR Achievement Award, the National Award for Accounting Best Practice (NAFMA) and was a team leader for Performance Management Section. In addition, she was recently elected as the Chairman of the HR Networking Committee of the Malaysian Banking Institute (IBBM)

Josef Bataona
Director, Human Resource & Corporate Relations Unilever, Indonesia
2009
Josef Bataona
This “Contribution to HR Community” Award recognises Mr. Josef’s work in Human Resource development since 1980.

Mr. Josef Bataona is the Director of Human Resource & Corporate Relations in Unilever, Indonesia. He joined Unilever Indonesia as a management trainee in 1980 and has since moved up to occupy various positions within the company including a three year stint with Quest International as Regional HR Manager for Asia Pacific.

He has taken special efforts in coaching and training students on Leadership Development Programmes at CCL Colorado, USA and in San Diego, USA fully recognising that it is the students who form the nucleus of a future society. Mr. Josef Bataona’s work in Unilever and human capital development work in Indonesia earned him the “HR Executive of the Year”. 2008, from the Human Resources Practitioners Group.

Mr Daryl Scott Friedman
Former President, National Speakers Association, USA
2010
Mr Daryl Scott Friedman
This “Contribution to HR Community” Award recognises Mr Daryl Scott Friedman’s contribution in areas of professional development of speakers.

Scott Friedman, CSP, (Certified Speaking Professional) and the 2004- 05 President of the National Speakers Association, is the author of 2 books and co-author of 4 others. Scott’s latest book, “Punchlines, Pitfalls and Powerful Programs - Ten Surefire Ways of Adding Humor to Your Presentations,” have contributed to speaker development immensely. His book, Using Humor for a Change, is chock-full of great ideas to lighten-up the organisational environment.

Scott’s greatest contribution in speaker development can be attributed to his efforts to form the Global Speakers Summit in Singapore. He has pioneered speaker associations in Asia to develop professional speakers. He has mentored, coached and developed professional speakers and influenced HR professionals to bring humour into the workplace.

The Asia HRD Congress 2010 International Awards Committee is delighted to honour Mr Daryl Scott Friedman for his contribution to the HR community.

Prof Dr Raduan Che Ros
Special Advisor to the Minister, Ministry of Higher Education, Malaysia
2010
Prof Dr Raduan Che Ros
This “Contribution to HR Community” Award recognises Prof Dr Raduan Che Ros’s contribution in the area of Higher Education and Human Capital development.

He is a Professor of Human Resource Management & Industrial Relations. Currently, a Special Advisor to the Minister of Higher Education Malaysia, he has also been appointed as the secretary for the National Council of Professors (MPN) which was officially launched by the Prime Minister, Dato’ Sri Mohd. Najib Tun Abdul Razak on 31 March 2010. MPN was established to help the government on the capacity of expert advisory in championing various programmes for the development and advancement of the nation.

He has authored 3 books, 6 chapters in books, 10 academic modules and has published over 100 journal articles and conference proceedings and papers. All his publications mark the evidence of knowledge sharing and contribution to human capital on the whole. He has supervised to successful completion of a total of 28 Doctoral students, 25 of which he served as Main Supervisor and 3 as a member of the Supervisory Committee. This is an extra ordinary achievement in human capital development. Besides excellent achievement in academia, he is actively involved in National Manpower Planning and frequently coins strategic ideas to develop quality human resources.

The Asia HRD Congress 2010 International Awards Committee is delighted to honour Prof Dr Raduan Che Ros for his contribution to the HR community.

Dr Mahmoud Magsoud Khan
Consultant, Saudi Arabia
2010
Dr Mahmoud Magsoud Khan
This “Contribution to HR Community” Award recognises Dr Mahmoud Magsoud Khan’s contribution in areas of Human Capital Development in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA). Dr. Khan, HR practioner in Saudi Arabia is in the forefront of encouraging the growth of Human Resource development in KSA. He is the Chairman of the “Human Resources Awareness group” in the Western Region of Saudi Arabia. In coordination with AME consultancy as the Scientific Committee, he has spearheaded two HR Forums addressed by international gurus. He has pioneered an awareness campaign to help professionals understand the value of Human Resources which is still in the incubation stage in KSA. A great believer in sharing knowledge, he has persistently championed the development of HR professionals in KSA. The Asia HRD Congress 2010 International Awards Committee is delighted to honour Mr Krishnakumar Guda for his contribution to the HR community.

Nordin Bin Ahmad
Manager – Human Resource and Administration, Petrofac, Malaysia
2010
Nordin Bin Ahmad
This “Contribution to HR Community” Award recognises Mr Nordin Bin Ahmad’s contribution in the area of Strategic HR initiatives.

He is the Head of Human Resources, Petrofac Malaysia Limited. Prior to this position, he was the Director, Human Resource Management Division at National Savings Bank (Bank Simpanan Nasional - BSN), a government linked financial institution with total workforce of 5,000 nationwide (377 branches). He has dedicated 25 years to human resource development in diverse industries such as Oil & Gas, Finance & Banking, Transportation, ICT, Plantation Services and Manufacturing.

He has led strategic HR initiatives to drive the transformation of the workforce in all the organisations he has worked in. In his current position, he has led as the Project Manager, a Competency initiative, and is driving the HR services team for Petrofac Global Human Resources.

The Asia HRD Congress 2010 International Awards Committee is delighted to honour Mr Nordin Bin Ahmad for his contribution to the HR community.

Mr Krishnakumar Guda
President & Country Manager, Ericsson, Malaysia
2010
Mr Krishnakumar Guda
This “Contribution to HR Community” Award recognises Mr Krishnakumar Guda’s commitment to people development.

The President & Country Manager for Ericsson Malaysia, he believes in people development as an integrated part of day to day business. Prior to this appointment, he was the VP of Business Control & Operational Development for Ericsson South East Asia, based in Malaysia. He is a Fellow of the Association of Certified Accountants of UK and an Associate of the New Zealand Society of Accountants. He holds a Master Degree in Business Administration from Massey University, New Zealand and bachelor Degree in Commerce from Madras University in India.

He has worked at Ericsson for more than 19 years in various senior management roles in Malaysia and New Zealand. He has also been responsible for ITY management across APAC region focusing on organisational change and outsourcing.As the President and Country Manager, he has shown that an organisation’s well being comes from investing and growing the HR talent. He believes that every human resource professional must be developed for effective people management and development.

The Asia HRD Congress 2010 International Awards Committee is delighted to honour Mr Krishnakumar Guda for his contribution to the HR community.

Mr Ong Teong Wan
Member, Advisory Council STADA Chairman, Professional Development Committee STADA, Singapore
2010
Mr Ong Teong Wan
This “Contribution to HR Community” Award recognises Mr Ong Teong Wan’s contribution in areas of Human Capital Development.

He was founder member and second President of the Singapore Training and Development Association (STADA) which was formed with the purpose of sharing HRD practices learnt from MNC’s to other local practitioners. While there he chaired the Professional Development Advisory Group comprising training managers from Union Carbide, Shell, Esso, SMRT and PSA and developed a unified system of trainer training, integrating process and content.

Mr Ong Teong Wan joined National Semiconductor (SEA) in 1972 whereupon he and his training team were tasked to increase productivity from 60% to 80%, which they more than achieved. They replicated and transferred the effective production training methods learned in Singapore to other training managers in company plants in Malacca, Penang, Bangkok and Bandoeng.

He has written many articles on training for productivity and paying for performance which can be accessed at his website: www. managementwisetraining.com. He has crystallised all his learning in HRM and HRD from his consulting practice into a book entitled: Results Management – Effective People Management to Achieve Excellent Results published by John Wiley & Sons (Asia) Pte Ltd 2010. The book has been translated into Bahasa Indonesia and it places emphasis on productivity through performance measurement and management as well as compensation and talent management.

The Asia HRD Congress 2010 International Awards Committee is delighted to honour Mr Ong Teong Wan for his contribution to the HR community.

Hasnah's style of leadership has often been described as dynamic and it will not be absolutely correct if the description is not matched with the words, fun, friendly and flexible! These 3Fs aptly describes the new era of HR which is no longer just boring (dry), unfriendly (IR) and rigid (inflexible). Her corporate HR career allows her to complement the strategic consulting experience with the day to day implementation aspects of making change happen. In short, she is known for her engaging style and possesses a deep skills-set in managing change. She is at the same time sensitive and respectful of the Stakeholder's needs all the time.

Hasnah graduated with a BBA degree from Western Michigan University, USA in 1981 and subsequently proceeded to do her post-graduate studies at University of Dayton, Ohio in 1983. She began her career as an Executive at Malayan Banking Berhad, Economic Research Department, a division under the Corporate Planning Division for about 5 years. Her next move led her to acquire and gain greater insights and Experience in HR, working over the years with the renowned Consulting firms. Armed with that experience, she delved back into the corporate scene and proved to herself that Consultants Can and Do Deliver As Well!

Hasnah is blessed with 5 children; 3 teenage daughters and 2 cheeky young boys. Managing a balanced family lifestyle and a progressing career is without doubt a great challenge and as human beings, we seek the blessings of the Almighty for the divine intervention and guidance always.

Azmi Bin Haji Ujang
Senior Vice President of Human Resources Division, Maxis Berhad, Malaysia
2010
Azmi Bin Haji Ujang
This “Contribution to HR Community” Award recognises Mr Azmi Bin Haji Ujang’s contribution in the area of Human Capital Development and Organisational Change.Azmi is the Head of Human Resources, Maxis Communications Berhad. He has been in Corporate HR services and with the Group since 1992. He is responsible for the overall management of human capital, internal communication, and organisational development in Maxis.

He emphasizes the importance of training and changing the mindset of employees. His passion in leveraging technology and innovation has led to the creation of Maxis Academy, the in-house centre for employee learning and leadership development. Equipped with state-of-the-art facilities, the Academy also offers a host of mobile and virtual learning programmes.

With his leadership, Maxis has won numerous HR awards such as the Most Popular Graduate Employer in ICT, Asia Pacific Mobile Learning & Edutainment Advisory Panel Mobile Learning Initiatives Recognition, and Asia’s Best Employer Brand Award.

He benchmarks Maxis’ policies and benefits against the best in the market and also infuses creativity in all areas of HR to engage Maxis employees and create a conducive working environment.

The Asia HRD Congress 2010 International Awards Committee is delighted to honour Mr Azmi Bin Haji Ujang for his contribution to the HR community.

Haji Yasir Abdul Rahman
Academic Director, PETRONAS Management Institute, Petroliam Nasional Bhd (PETRONAS), Malaysia
2010
Hj Yasir Abdul Rahman
This “Contribution to HR Community” Award recognises Mr Yasir B Abdul Rahman’s contribution in the area of Organisational Learning.

Hj Yasir Abdul Rahman is currently the Academic Director of PETRONAS Management Institute (PERMATA), a core component of PETRONAS Education Group and key enabler of human capital development for the PETRONAS Group of Companies.

Under his leadership, PERMATA has significantly up-scaled its capability and broadened its offerings while maintaining a culture of strong innovation. He has introduced and implemented new and appropriate strategies and initiatives to effectively support the development of PETRONAS’ current and future leaders and business managers by implementing a total revamp of curriculum design and learning solutions to ensure impactful learning interventions; forming PERMATA’s in-house Learning Engagement Consultancy capability to support the clients’ increasing needs for customisation and innovative learning solutions; and expanding PERMATA’s network of Learning Partners and introducing a structured development framework for PERMATA’s Learning Professionals and Facilitators.

Among his recent achievements has been to create a unique ‘Integrity’ workshop for Malaysian Institute of Integrity (IIM) for the Tan Sri Azizan Zainul Abidin Integrity Circles for Young Professionals targeted at young Malaysian leaders in both the public, private and civil society sectors. As a major initiative being run by IIM, he continues to support it as a Lead Programme Designer, Master Trainer and coach. To-date eight (8) sessions have been conducted with an alumni of more than 200 young leaders throughout the country.

The Asia HRD Congress 2010 International Awards Committee is delighted to honour Tuan Haji Yasir B Abdul Rahman for his contribution to the HR community.

Mohamed Zambri Jailani B. Mohamed
Human Resources Manager, Murphy Sarawak Oil Co Ltd, Malaysia
2011
Mohamed Zambri Jailani B. Mohamed
This “Contribution to HR Community” Award recognises Mr Mohamed Zambri Jailani B. Mohamed for his contribution to the development of best practices in talent management.

His in-depth experience in human resources management and development spans over 20 years and covers various settings, responsibilities and organisations. With such a rich background, Mohamed Zambri Jailani, is well positioned to make valuable contributions to Malaysian industry and the nation. These contributions include several key and critical initiatives in talent management, compensation and benefits, succession planning and Malaysianisation.

It is important to know that his work in talent management and compensation and benefits has been nationally recognised and emulated by many Malaysian companies. This is an achievement for the HR community.

The Asia HRD Congress 2011 Awards Committee is delighted to honour Mr Mohamed Zambri Jailani B. Mohamed for his contributions to talent management

Dr. Abdulhai Megdad
CEO, Mega Consult, Saudi Arabia
2011
Dr. Abdulhai Megdad
This “Contribution to HR Community” Award recognises Dr. Abdulhai Megdad for his contribution to learning and development in the Middle East.

Dr. Abdulhai holds a Ph.D. in marketing and international business from UK and has a rich store of experience in academic and professional areas that he has accumulated by working in numerous settings and organisations. A consummate marketer, he is also an innovative teacher and trainer, passionate about teaching, learning and building of the HR community.

In his capacity as the director of Mega Consult, a fast growing consulting company in the Middle East, he has been instrumental in the identification, introduction and nurturing of new and novel ideas and practices in consulting and training. His involvement in building international alliances with major consulting companies has led to new and pioneering approaches that are culturally relevant to local, regional and international needs. Through these efforts, he has directly and indirectly helped national and international components of the HR community in the Middle East.

This is no small feat as all developing regions always need the positive interventions of far and foresighted business leaders, who can see beyond just business the importance of new and novel ideas and practices in the development of industries, nations, and regions. And, very importantly the HR community.

The Asia HRD Congress 2011 Awards Committee is delighted to honour Dr. Abdulhai Megdad for his contribution to learning and development in the Middle East.

Puan Jun Maria Tan Abdullah
Vice President of Corporate Human Resource, MIMOS Berhad, Malaysia
2011
Puan Jun Maria Tan Abdullah
This “Contribution to HR Community” Award recognises Puan Jun Maria Tan Abdullah for her contribution to developing best practices in Human Capital Development.

A HR practitioner very much driven by process and data, Jun Maria believes in promoting best practices in organisation and people development. She uses, among others, such tools as “People Capability Maturity Model”, “Six Sigma”, and “TRIZ” (creative problem solving methodology) etc. in continuously improving & sustaining organisation effectiveness.

Nurtured in both local and global organisations for almost two decades, Jun Maria has dedicated her career to growing people and leadership. Her positive and specific interventions cover workforce and talent management, organization development, cultural transformation and change management.

She keeps up with the times and actively addresses new national needs. Her latest pursuit involves the important design and development of a domain competency apprenticeship programme known as CODE8, specially formulated to create apprenticeship and employability opportunities in Information & Communication Technologies for unemployed graduates in the country. Fulfilling a national duty, she has closely collaborated with the Ministry of Higher Education for the success of CODE8. In the pilot programme, 100% employability was achieved among the apprentices. Directly linked to the country’s aspiration to be a developed nation by the year 2020, the programme is now being implemented country-wide.

The Asia HRD Congress 2011 Awards Committee is delighted to honour Puan Jun Maria Tan Abdullah for her contribution to developing best practices in Human Capital Development.

Ms. Karen Susan Velasco
Chairman, The British Institute for Learning and Development, United Kingdom
2011
Ms. Karen Susan Velasco
This “Contribution to HR Community” Award recognises Ms. Karen Susan Velasco for her contribution to developing professionals in the learning and development community in the United Kingdom.

Ms. Karen Velasco is a passionate supporter and exponent of all aspects of HRD with a global vision. Having worked in the business for over 20 years she has been instrumental in raising the profile of learning and development in Britain and globally. She has spent six years on the board of the British Institute for Learning and Development and was elected chairman in September 2010 in recogniction of her contributions. Her vision is for the organisation to become the Institute of choice for anyone involved in learning and development and to raise the professional status of trainers globally.

Ms. Karen Velanso has been awarded Fellowships by the Royal Society of Arts, the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, the British Institute for Learning and Development and the Institute for IT Training.

The Asia HRD Congress 2011 Awards Committee is delighted to honour Ms. Karen Susan Velasco for her contribution to developing professionals in earning and development in the United Kingdom.

JobStreet.com

2011
JobStreet.com
This “Contribution to HR Community” Award recognises JobStreet.com for revolutionizing recruitment and touching the lives of millions of people.

JobStreet.com simply overturned the old time-consuming, elaborate and expensive recruitment process. The advent of online recruitment revolutionized by JobStreet.com, through very carefully planned processes, has enabled employers to reach, attract and hire qualified job-seekers in a very cost effective and timely manner. It has brought the employers and jobseekers together through its comprehensive suite of services available online. This is a vertically deep and horizontally well-spread innovation with multiple benefits. It is an unparallel achievement in the recruitment sector.

Among its notable recent awards include Top 30 Brands in Malaysia’s Most Valuable Brands (MMVB) Awards (2009, 2008), The Malaysia International Trade Industry (MITI) Industry Excellence Awards (2009, 2007), KPMG/The Edge Shareholder Value Awards (2008, 2007, and 2006) and Deloitte Technology Fast 500 Asia Pacific (2008).

Over the years, JobStreet.com has grown by leaps and bounds and today it is a leading regional provider of online recruitment services. It has not only helped hundreds of recruiters but also many more job seekers, thus touching the lives of many in different ways that eventually contributes to the HR Community and global business.

The Asia HRD Congress 2011 Awards Committee is delighted to honour JobStreet.com for its contribution to online recruitment.

YBhg Dato’ Muhammad Razif Abdul Rahman
Vice President (Human Resource), Tenaga Nasional Berhad Malaysia
2011
YBhg Dato’ Muhammad Razif Abdul Rahman
This “Contribution to HR Community” Award recognises YBhg Dato’ Muhammad Razif Abdul Rahman’s contribution to best practices in capacity building.

TNB plays a major national role in providing power to the nation. It successfully supplies our critical developmental and domestic energy needs. YBhg Dato’ Razif is behind the success of TNB, which is one of the most admired companies to work with in Malaysia. He is primarily responsible for developing capacity-building strategies, which has been instrumental in propelling TNB to achieve its vision and mission.

Under his leadership, TNB has received various national and international awards level in recognition of its contribution to the HR community, his organisation and nation. Among the notable achievements in 2010 are:

  • Most Admired ASEAN Enterprise in Employment Category 2010 (ASEAN Business & Investment Summit 2010)
  • Asia Best Employer Brand Award 2010 & HR Leadership Award


YBhg Dato’ Razif’s role has now gone beyond Malaysia to include ASEAN. Since 2009, as the Chairman of the Heads of ASEAN Power Utilities/Authorities (HAPUA) Working Group on Human Resource, he has directly contributed to the Human Resource Community not just in Malaysia but also in the other countries of ASEAN. ASEAN recognition of YBhg Dato’ Razif is certainly a proud moment for Malaysians and the HR community.

The Asia HRD Congress 2011 Awards Committee is delighted to honour YBhg Dato’ Muhammad Razif Abdul Rahman for his contributions to best practices in capacity building.

PPM Institute of Management
Indonesia
2014
PPM Institute of  Management
The ‘Contribution to Organisation’ award recognises PPM Institute of Management (PPM), Indonesia for championing Human Capital Development in Indonesia.

PPM Institute of Management is the first and foremost Management institution in Indonesia focusing on developing innovative organisational practices.

With one stop solutions in management, in form of Management Schools, Executive Development Programmes, Consulting, Assessment, and Research, Events / Seminars and publishing. PPM has continued to enhance knowledge and capabilities by pairing programmes, joint research and ventures between PPM and other management education/ training institutes regionally and globally.

PPM is committed to “Promoting Professionalism and Ethical Values” through partnership with industries and partners.

The Asia HRD Awards Committee is honoured to bestow upon PPM Institute of Management the Contribution to Organisation Award 2014 for its contribution to capacity building in Indonesia.

Canara Bank
India
2014
Canara Bank
The ‘Contribution to Organisation’ award recognises Canara Bank for innovations in developing a “knowledge” workforce.

Founded in 1906, by the late Sri Ammembal Subba Rao Pai, a philanthropist, this small seed blossomed into a limited company as ‘Canara Bank Ltd.’ in 1910 and became Canara Bank in 1969 after Nationalisation and is presently a financial conglomerate and a financial supermarket.

Canara Bank has been a fore runner in establishing its training system since 1950’s. It’s Apex Level Training College at Bangalore ably supported by 20 Regional Centres spread over the length and breadth of the country taking care of the knowledge, skill and attitudinal development of the employees. Being proactive to the requirements of an empowered workforce, the bank also focuses extensively on developing a “knowledge” workforce.

The emerging challenges of a liberalised economy entails a responsibility for developing motivated and knowledgeable workforce to meet the requirements of Canara Bank.

The Asia HRD Awards Committee is honoured to bestow upon Canara Bank the Contribution to Organisation Award 2014 for its contribution to developing an empowered workforce.

Dr Sulaiman Al Habib Medical Group
Saudi Arabia
2014
Dr Sulaiman Al Habib Medical Group
The ‘Contribution to Organisation’ award recognises Dr Sulaiman Al Habib Medical Group for aligning organisational goal with personal goals of its employees.

A people centred organisation, the organisation believes strongly in human resources being the driving force behind its business growth in the region.

Maintaining the best workplace practices and environment has become one of its upmost needs and an indispensable choice. An organisation with more than 8000 staff working at 17 locations in 3 countries cannot afford to focus on anything less than ‘Best Workplace Practices’. Adoption and implementation of such practices have made them world class.

The Asia HRD Awards Committee is honoured to bestow upon Dr Sulaiman Al Habib Medical Group the Contribution to Organisation Award 2014 for its contribution to developing ‘Best Workplace Practices’ in the Middle East.

Dutch Lady Milk Industries Berhad
Malaysia
2014
Dutch Lady Milk Industries Berhad
The ‘Contribution to Organisation’ award recognises Dutch Lady Milk Industries Berhad for serving as a growth catalyst to maximise people potential.

Dutch Lady Milk Industries Berhad, Malaysia’s leading dairy manufacturer, is a part of the Royal Friesland Campina N.V., one of the world’s oldest and largest dairy cooperative companies. For over 50 years, the company has been “Helping Malaysians Move Forward in Life with Trusted Dairy Nutrition”.

Dutch Lady Malaysia is a company that strongly believes in Winning Together. As the company says, “It is only with the strength of our brands, our people and most of all our Values that we will win”.

The Asia HRD Awards Committee is honoured to bestow upon Dutch Lady Milk Industries Berhad the Contribution to Organisation Award 2014 for their commitment to nurturing talent and developing global leaders.

Cegos Asia Pacific
Singapore
2014
Cegos Asia Pacific
The ‘Contribution to Organisation’ award recognises Cegos Asia Pacific for developing multi-model learning solutions in various formats from face to face to blended and e-learning interventions.

Since its creation in 1926, the Cegos Group has developed into Europe’s number one training organisation and one of the world’s top providers of professional and continuing training for Managers and their teams. Cegos currently employs 1,000 people and operates in over 30 countries worldwide through its subsidiaries and partner distributors.

Cegos Asia Pacific set up its Regional Head Office in Singapore 3 years ago following 15 years of successful operations across the region through Cegos companies in China and Hong Kong.

Their success is backed by a deep commitment to research and sharing the latest trends and learning innovations at industry level, helping clients to define their ever evolving C21st learning strategies. Backed up by this knowledge of macro trends in the workplace – globalisation, cross generational and cross cultural workplace, technology enabled learning and more - Cegos trains 220,000 people around the globe every year with the most appropriate learning to impact their workplace challenges.

The Asia HRD Awards Committee is honoured to bestow upon Cegos Asia Pacific the Contribution to Organisation Award 2014 for its contribution to innovations in training solutions.

LeapEd Services Sdn. Bhd.
Malaysia
2014
LeapEd Services Sdn. Bhd.
The ‘Contribution to Organisation’ award recognises LeapEd Services Sdn Bhd (LeapEd) for transforming learning in Malaysia.

A home-grown Malaysian education services provider and a wholly owned company of Khazanah Nasional Berhad, LeapEd helps improve holistic student outcomes by building the professional capacity of the local education sector talent pool.

As the design and implementation partner of the Yayasan AMIR Trust Schools Programme, LeapEd works with Yayasan AMIR and the Ministry of Education to deliver world-class learning environments in a growing number of Malaysian public schools. LeapEd’s highly experienced team comprises both local and international educationists. Working together, they adapt global best practices in school leadership and pedagogy for effective and sustainable implementation in line with the Malaysia Education Blueprint 2013-2025.

Through the Yayasan AMIR Trust Schools Programme, LeapEd is currently partnering with more than 1,500 teachers and school leaders to transform learning for over 21,000 students in 30 public schools across Malaysia in Kuala Lumpur, Johor, Sarawak and Selangor.

The Asia HRD Awards Committee is honoured to bestow upon LeapEd the Contribution to Organisation Award 2014 for its contribution to transforming learning in Malaysia.

DELL Global Business Centre
Malaysia
2013
DELL Global Business Centre
The ‘Contribution to Organisation’ award recognizes DELL for introducing innovative HR delivery systems to facilitate human capital performance while building career progression and reducing attrition.

With systems such as MyHR comprising self-service HR information, development and career portals, and analytics, DELL continues to leverage technology to empower its employees to be self-sufficient and competent while at the same time optimizing HR contact time and overall productivity.

Initiatives such as this underline DELL’s status as a global innovator and leading contributor to the IT industry.

Majlis Amanah Rakyat
Malaysia
2013
Majlis Amanah Rakyat
The ‘Contribution to Organisation’ award recognizes MARA’s initiatives in developing its leadership to drive the organisation forward and promote education in Malaysia.

MARA’s entrepreneurial mission is to develop the business and trade community with the education core seeking to develop bumiputera talents into leaders and pioneers while upholding traditional values and ethics. As a means of strengthening its organisational capability and performance, a series of strong leadership development activities were recently initiated towards realizing MARA’s transformation programme.

The success of these dynamic initiatives is already reinvigorating MARA’s commitment to its vision and mission.

Apollo Hospitals Enterprises Ltd
India
2013
Apollo Hospitals Enterprises Ltd
The ‘Contribution to Organisation’ Award recognises the Apollo Hospitals Group for exemplary contributions to the HR community and the health industry in India.

Building on Chief People Officer Jacob Jacob’s work with a number of international organisations, Apollo Hospitals has implemented an impressive number of robust human capital initiatives to build engagement and develop future leaders while more successfully aligning HR with overall organisational strategy. In the last few years, Apollo Hospitals has been crowned No. 1 in the Hospitals Category of India’s Great Places To Work as well as Asia’s Best Employer Brand for Innovation in Career Development in addition to many other recognitions.

Apollo Hospitals is driven by their inspirational vision of touching a billion lives while being committed to the achievement and maintenance of excellence in everything they do.

JNE Courier
Indonesia
2013
JNE Courier
The ‘Contribution to Organisation’ award recognizes JNE Courier’s emphasis on its human capital assets as a driver of its phenomenal growth.

With a network spanning across Indonesia since its establishment in 1990, JNE has fostered an enviable reputation for staff development and engagement. Innovative approaches have included using former employees and retirees to coach staff and also onboard new staff, as well as extensive action learning and plans for a number of regional training centres to improve operational effectiveness.

Within a short period of time, JNE has built a successful business portfolio driven by its human capital, clearly marking itself as an employer of choice in the Indonesian market.

PT Pelabuhan Indonesia III (Persero)
Indonesia
2013
PT Pelabuhan Indonesia III (Persero)
The ‘Contribution to Organisation’ award recognizes Indonesia Port Corporation III’s significant human capital investment to drive a fundamental shift in organizational perspective and business strategy.

Pelindo 3 has invested heavily in its human resources through a Roadmap of Human Capital Development and Strategy to increase employee development and competency enhancement with a number of far-reaching programmes. These cover the full workforce, ranging from sending young staff to attend Master’s programmes in Europe to offering staff near retirement further learning programmes to build their capabilities.

These programmes have demonstrably built employee satisfaction and retention and also customer satisfaction while also leading to a new organizational perspective on the importance of its human capital.

Learning Port
Malaysia
2013
Learning Port
The ‘Contribution to Organisation’ Award recognises Learning Port for its innovative approaches to education and learning in Malaysia.

Founded by CEO and Chairman Dato’ Idrus Mohd Satha, who established the Cosmopoint Group of Companies (including Kuala Lumpur Metropolitan University College, Cosmopoint International College of Technology, New Horizons Learning Centres and IMS Solutions), the group has over 20 years of experience in private education. The organisation’s mission is to nurture tomorrow’s global leaders and revolutionise learning through innovative and advanced methods.

Learning Port’s vision of igniting a lifelong passion for knowledge in all their learners is a vision for us all in HRD.

Mr. B. Soundararajan
Chairman Suguna Foods Limited, India
2012
Mr. B. Soundararajan
The “Contribution to Organisation” award recognises Mr. Soundarajan’s contribution to people development in rural India.

Soundararajan, the man who reinvented the poultry industry has a strong vision of “Energising Rural India”. As its chief strategist, he focusses on translating ideas into action. His company, with an annual turnover of Rs.4200 crores (approximately USD 1 billion), has provided livelihood for more than 500,000 people across India.

The story of a man who grew from a zero into a hero is a huge inspiration for the masses of India. He reflects the spirit – “If I can make it, anyone with determination can make it.”

Indonesia Port Corporation (IPC)
Republic of Indonesia
2012
Indonesia Port Corporation
(IPC)
The “Contribution to Organisation” award recognises Indonesia Port Corporation for introducing innovative approaches in the transfer of learning to the work place.

IPC has successfully implemented comprehensive HR processes and work force transformation systems, to enable the organisation to move from being a monopolistic, authority-centered, state-owned sea port to become a competitive and profit-oriented company successfully competing with other local, regional and international players.

IPC has made huge investments in people development and implemented pioneering processes in successfully transferring learning to the workplace.

SEG International Berhad (SEGi),
Malaysia
2012
Dato’ Seri Clement Hii
The “Contribution to Organisation” award recognises SEG International and Dato’ Seri Clement for their outstanding contribution to education, the backbone of economic development.

Widely recognised as “Hii who bought his college” after he took over the Kuching institution where he studied many years ago, he is credited in transforming SEGi. SEGi is one of Malaysia’s leading private education providers with 27,000 students and 1600 staff members at its six campuses across Malaysia.

Under his leadership SEGi has set the standards for education excellence.

Dr. Bhaskar Chatterjee (IPC)
Director General & CEO, Indian Institute of Corporate Affairs India
2012
Dr. Bhaskar Chatterjee
The “Contribution to Organisation” award recognises Dr. Bhaskar Chatterjee for introducing human capital initiatives to enable socio economic developent.

Dr. Bhaskar Chatterjee, who belongs to 1975 batch of the prestigious Indian Administrative Service, has held many distinguished positions and currently spearheads the Indian Institute of Corporate Affairs. In 2008-09, as the Principal Adviser, National Planning Commission, he was involved with a number of micro and macro-economic measures.

Dr. Bhaskar Chatterjee has been a key member of the team responsible for shaping India’s response to the global economic crisis of 2009.

Mr. Mahendra P Singh (IPC)
President AIM Alumni Association, India
2012
Mr. Mahendra P Singh
The “Contribution to Organisation” award recognises Mr. Mahendra P Singh's work for his role in promoting the spirit of management education and people development through the Asian Institute of Management, Alumni Association, India .

The Chairman of Federation of Asian Institute of Management Association (FAIM), he is also on the Board of Trustees of the Scientific Research Foundation (SRF) in Manila.

The Asian Institute of Management has set high standards in Management Education, globally and Mahendra P Singh's contribution to promoting these standards in India has been exemplary.

Representative of Abu Dhabi Police
Abu Dhabi
2009
Abu Dhabi Police
This “Contribution to Organisation” Award recognises Abu Dhabi Police for pioneering new approaches in the transfer of learning to the workplace.

Concerned about the safety and security of citizens and visitors in Abu Dhabi, the primary focus of Abu Dhabi Police is on training its people to ensure that the city remains one of the safest countries in the world. It is the department’s aim to deliver and implement high quality training services by engaging and learning from international experts, including trainers. Through its commitment to learning, the organisation as a whole acquires up-to-date knowledge and best practices through exposing its people to global expertise. All these endeavours attest to the committment of Abu Dhabi Polis to their innovative, pioneering efforts and approaches in the transfer of learning to the workplace.

The evaluation plan that Abu Dhabi Police has embarked on has made Abu Dhabi Police to be in the forefront of evaluation of learning among the countries in the Middle East. The Abu Dhabi Police Training Department maximizes the attainment of organizational goals through training and development by leveraging strategic and tactical reinforcement and accountability of the training evaluation model.

The training department delivers the best value possible to the rest of the Police Department and actively contributes to the safety of citizens of and visitors to Abu Dhabi. In this way, it protects lives and property and promotes secure and peaceful living.

The Asia HRD Congress 2011 Awards Committee is delighted to honour Abu Dhabi Police for developing best practices in training.

Mr. Achmad Ardianto
HR Director, PT Antam (Persero) Tbk, Indonesia
2011
Mr. Achmad Ardianto
This “Contribution to Organisation” Award recognises Mr. Achmad Ardianto’s contribution to the Human Resources System transformation.

Holding a MBA degree from Twente University, The Netherlands, years of rich experience, and being a member of number of important Indonesian professional organisations, Achmad Ardianto has put himself in a unique position to offer innovative and practical directions to his organisation.

Since he became a Human Resources Director in 2008, he has devoted his passion, time, thoughts and efforts to building excellent human capital in Antam. He is single-mindedly and strategically focused on finding ways to achieve “Antam Vision 2020”. To do this, he has developed the “Antam Human Resources Vision in 2015”. This vision aims to achieve Human Capital Excellence (BEST). To begin with, there will be a new Remuneration System to be implemented in September 2011 based on 3 p’s i.e. “position, personal and performance”.

He, together with the Board of Directors, has been working hard to re-shape the existing Antam values to become PIONEER to reflect new values i.e. the values of “Professionalism, Integrity, Harmony, Excellence and Reputation”. This value re-orientation is to achieve the “BEST” in Human Capital which stands for “Beyond Expectation, Environmental Awareness, and Synergized Partnership”. These innovative deep changes carried out in Antam will ensure the achievement of “Antam Vision 2020”, i.e. to become a global mining-based company with healthy growth and world-class standards. They have the power to influence other organisations.

The Asia HRD Congress 2011 Awards Committee is delighted to honour Mr. Achmad Ardianto for his contribution to Human Resource transformation.

YBhg Dato’ Boonler Somchit
Founder & Chairman, Penang Skills Development Centre, Malaysia
2011
YBhg Dato’ Boonler Somchit
This “Contribution to Organisation” Award recognises YBhg Dato’ Boonler Somchit’s contribution to skills development in Penang.

YBhg Dato’ Boonler Somchit’s passion for skills development has impacted on various groups such as factory workers and school leavers. He has made significant difference to the lives of many Malaysian. Under his leadership, The Penang Skills Development Centre (PSDC) has achieved much more. It is the first industry-led, government supported training set-up in Malaysia and this model has been emulated by other states in Malaysia and in the ASEAN Region.

PSDC today is a powerhouse in skills training, providing techinical training in manufacturing and offering opportunity for continuing education to employees and school leavers. The contributions of Dato’ Boonler has directly and indirectly led to the development and growth of a high income state in the country today.

The Asia HRD Congress 2011 Awards Committee is delighted to honour YBhg Dato’ Boonler Somchit for his outstanding contribution to skills development in Malaysia.

Encik Ghazlan Bin Ghazali
Director, Centre for Instructor Advance Skill Training (CIAST), Malaysia
2011
Haji Yahkup Bin Haji Menudin
This “Contribution to Organisation” Award recognises Mr Ghazlan Bin Ghazali’s contribution to the development of skill training institutes.

For more than 25 years, Encik Ghazlan has been passionately committed to the development of technical and vocational education in organisations directly or indirectly impacting young Malaysians. His vast experience in managing skill training institutes covers such centres as the Advance Technology Centre (ADTEC) and Centre for Instructor Advance Skill Training (CIAST). Through such responsibilities, he has been instrumental to the modernization of skills training delivery in Malaysia, directly and indirectly raising the standards of organisational development.

Encik Ghazlan’s contribution in this area of managing and modernizing skills training delivery is in direct support of the government’s effort to be move to “developed” status. His work is therefore of national importance for an economy that aspiring to become developed.

The Asia HRD Congress 2011 Awards Committee is delighted to honour Encik Ghazlan Bin Ghazali for his outstanding contribution to development of skill training institute in Malaysia.

SAJ Holdings Sdn Bhd
Malaysia
2010
SAJ Holdings Sdn Bhd
This “Contribution to the organisation” Award recognises SAJ Holdings Sdn Bhd for its commitment and contribution to human capital development.

SAJ Holdings Sdn Bhd (SAJ) initiatives on training and development are linked to the organisational strategic plans by targeting development of competencies needed for present success and future challenges in the water supply industry.

In SAJ, Training and Development Best Practices are consistently applied for organisational success. SAJ invests in developing potential successors and talent management.

SAJ implements plans flawlessly with stakeholder buy in as demonstrated by SAJ’s success.The Asia HRD Congress 2010 International Awards Committee is delighted to honour SAJ Holdings Sdn Bhd for contribution to human capital development in organisation.

Riyad Bank
Saudi Arabia
2010
Riyad Bank
This “Contribution to the organisation” Award recognises Riyad Bank’s for its contribution to developing its People & Leadership Teams.

Riyad Bank was established in 1957 as the Kingdom’s first Saudi joint stock banking company. It has 234 branches in addition to ladies banking sections with an employee number in access of 4919. The Bank enjoys an international presence through its London Branch, Houston agency and Singapore Representative Office in addition to its global correspondent banking relationships.

Riyad Bank has further developed its integrated people development process using a world class Behavioural Competency Framework. Embedding this across the business allows the bank and senior executive teams to; manage teams and develop internal succession planning that provides employees a ‘clear line of site” for their next role & supports the management of retention and expectations of talent. It supports the recruitment process in identifying and selecting the right people to join the bank and thereby supports the raising of the “bar” in people performance.

The Asia HRD Congress 2010 International Awards Committee is delighted to honour Riyad Bank for contribution to human capital development in organisation.

Vikram Cement Works
(Aditya Birla Group), India
2010
Vikram Cement Works
This “Contribution to the organisation” Award recognises Vikram Cement (A Unit of Grasim Inds. Ltd.) for its contribution to human resource management.

Vikram Cement Works (a Unit of Samrruddhi Cement Ltd.), a flagship company of Aditya Birla Group is involved in manufacturing Gray cement and clinker. Vikram Cement Works, the acknowledged pioneer of TPM in the Indian Subcontinent is the first Cement plant in Asia to receive the prestigious TPM excellence award. The vision of Vikram Cement Works is “To be the world class cement plant producing, best quality of composite cement at optimum cost with Eco-friendly, safe and healthy environment”. The organization employs about 458 employees and 505 workmen, qualifications ranging from production workers to highly qualified professionals.

People development has been a key focus area for achieving set organizational goals. The major focus of HR Processes is, on creating an enabling environment for employees to experiment and unleash their creative ideas with calculated risks.

The Asia HRD Congress 2010 International Awards Committee is delighted to honour Vikram Cement for contribution to human capital development.

Mr Emirsyah Satar
Chief Executive Officer, Garuda Indonesia, Indonesia
2010
Mr Emirsyah Satar
This “Contribution to the organisation” Award recognises Mr Emirsyah Satar for his contribution to talent management, strategy and planning of Garuda Indonesia.

Mr. Emirsyah Satar has contributed to the transformation of onceailing Indonesia’s flag carrier airline, Garuda Indonesia, from loss of 811 billion Rupiahs in 2004, to acquire profits of 60 billion billions in 2007. In 2008, Garuda Indonesia’s profits soared to 669 billion. This outstanding record-breaking profit had a profound meaning since international airlines industry has suffered tremendous losses triggered by global financial crisis. He has devoted his time, thoughts and efforts to build and transform Garuda Indonesia, through, among others, shaping up its human capital entity.

Emir led Garuda Indonesia in a Quantum Leap program, with the goal to compete in regional and international flying routes. He has strengthened Garuda Indonesia’s fleet by adding up and modernizing the aircrafts. Since Emir took over as CEO in 2005, Garuda Indonesia has experienced a turn-around change for the better in many aspects. The Garuda Indonesia transformation is not only in financial sector or by adding the state-of-the-art aircrafts, but also the enhancement of service.

He has received the award of “Best of The Best CEO in 2009”. This was awarded by staff, assessors and readers of “Warta Ekonomi” Magazine, Jakarta. He is determined that Garuda Indonesia will fly off “in higher ground”, to being five-star airline in the world in the year 2014.

In 2009, Garuda Indonesia became a four-star rated airline. Garuda Indonesia has passed IATA Audit, being the first Indonesian airline to acquire such recognition.

The Asia HRD Congress 2010 International Awards Committee is delighted to honour Mr Emirsyah Satar for his contribution to human capital development in organisation.

Dato’ Zamzamzairani Mohd. Isa
Group Chief Executive Officer, Telekom Malaysia Bhd, Malaysia
2010
Dato’ Zamzamzairani Mohd. Isa
This “Contribution to the organisation” Award recognises Dato’ Zamzamzairani Mohd Isa’s contribution to human resource management and planning strategies in the Telekom Malaysia Berhad (TM).

Since taking the helm as Group Chief Executive Officer of Telekom Malaysia Berhad (TM), Dato’ Zamzamzairani Mohd Isa has always believed in investing in our people. He firmly believes that in an industry that is very dynamic such as telecommunication industry, maintaining our cutting edge means ensuring our biggest asset, our people – are equipped with sufficient technical and behavioural competency so that they can make a difference to customers, shareholders, the company and themselves.

As he puts it, ‘It is our people who translate complex technology into simple, effective services’. With this management approach, Dato’ Zamzamzairani proceeded to drive many workplace initiatives to create a team of high – performing, engaged and motivated employees. A “one mindset” spirit as he calls for all of the workers at TM to embrace was very successful. His leadership and charisma is touched all 25, 000 employees of TM nationwide.

The Asia HRD Congress 2010 International Awards Committee is delighted to honour Dato’ Zamzamzairani Mohd Isa for his contribution to human capital development in organisation.

Puan Nora Manaf
Head, Group Human Capital, Maybank Group, Malaysia
2009
Puan Nora Manaf
This “Contribution to the Organisation” Award recognises Puan Nora Manaf’s work in organisational development for over two decades.

Puan Nora is the Head of Group Human Capital for Maybank Group and is also the President of MCBA. She joined Maybank Group after nine years in Standard Chartered Group as the Head of Human Resources for Scope International, a whollyowned subsidiary of Standard Chartered UK Plc.

Nora is a Chartered Accountant and is registered with the Malaysian Institute of Accountants. Being an accountant proficient in the world of numbers, she proved to her peers that it is no disadvantage while working in the world of people.

Puan Nora has held many important positions in the banking industry especially in the area of human capital. Some of her positions include her two international assignments in Permata Bank, Indonesia as Executive Vice President and head of Strategic Initiatives and in London at the Centre of Expertise.

As a HR professional, she has been sharing her knowledge and expertise in areas of Rewards, Organisation Development as well as HR audits and M&A integration work in Hong Kong, UK, Malaysia, Indonesia and the Philippines. She has also worked in HR generalist and specialist areas of Staffing & Human Resource Planning, Training, OD, and Reward Systems in multinational companies and in large local corporations spanning various industries related to Finance, Semiconductor, Academia, and Telecommunications.

Representative of Mr. Thiagarajan
Managing Director, Paramount Airways, India
2009
Representative of Mr. Thiagarajan
This “Contribution to the Organisation” Award recognises Mr. Thiagarajan’s contributions in upgrading the quality of human capital in his visionary quest to establish a new business model in the Indian aviation market – a business airline.

Mr Thiagarajan is a young, charismatic and influential entrepreneur who has been identified as one of India’s top 50 young people. At a time when the Indian Aviation was abuzz with the concept of low cost airlines, he chose a “high value carrier business model” targeting the premium segment of customers with a business and first class configuration using Brazil-made Embraer aircraft.

Today, the reigning carrier has a 27% market share in its southern India operations and has consistently seen an increase in the market pie since its inception. It is one of the few airlines in India still making a profit.

Understanding the need for air connectivity in India, Paramount introduced the hub and spoke model wherein metro cities are connected to tier 2 and tier 3 cities. Paramount operates fifty two flights daily and offers the maximum connectivity and frequency in Southern India.

In due course, Thiagarajan plans to take the airline international and underline its presence across the globe. He is regarded as a determined, articulate leader who fosters innovative thinking. As a young entrepreneur, many in the Indian aviation industry consider him as serious and silent player who will be formidable in the twenty first century emerging Asian landscape. Thiagarajan hails from a renowned industrial family from Madurai that has varied business interests like Textiles, Banking and Insurance. His family has been a major supporter of educational programmes. .

Dato’ Edmund Santhara
Group Chief Executive Officer, Masterskill University College of Health Sciences (MUCH), Malaysia
2009
Dato’ Edmund Santhara
This “Contribution to the Organisation” Award recognises Dato’ Edmund Santhara for his breath taking contribution to providing health education in Malaysia.

Dato’ Edmund Santhara is the Chief Executive Officer of Masterskill University College of Health Sciences and is also acting as the agent of change to implement a new paradigm in the arena of health education in Malaysia.

Responsible in ensuring growth, he mobilises the business by implementing international franchise models and by leading the overall business activities of Masterskill. Dato’ Edmund developed a simple and friendly business model called RTS and adopted core values to be practised by all to promote good corporate working culture within Masterskill.

Dato’ Edmund Santhara is a strong believer in giving to the society what it needs most - education and healthcare. Dato’ Edmund, embarked into Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) programmes in 2006 and implemented the programme through 6 streams, namely providing education, nurturing a respectful workplace, providing community and social welfare, caring for the environment,building national integrity and contributing to nation building.

Masterskill won the Prime Minister’s CSR Award in 2007. In March 2008 Dato’ Edmund established Malaysian Intellect Development Foundation (MIDF) to strengthen and multiply efforts in nation building by encouraging the development of young leaders and entrepreneurs in Malaysia.

Dato’ Edmund Santhara also initiated the Education Sponsorship Programme enabling many employees to further their studies from Certificate to PhD level. His hard work and success were bestowed with recognitions including the National Youth Award from the Prime Minister, Malaysian Entrepreneur Award, Ernst and Young Entrepreneur Award and most recently the 2008 World Creative Young Entrepreneur Award by Junior Chamber International, a worldwide federation of young leaders and entrepreneurs at the JCI World Congress in New Delhi.

Agung Adiprasetyo
Chief Executive Officer, Kompas Gramedia, Indonesia
2008
Agung Adiprasetyo
Mr. Agung Adiprasetyo, graduated from IKIP Sanata Dharma, Yogyakarta in 1982, and holds a Master degree in Business Administration and a Magister Management PPM Institute Of Management, Jakarta. He began his career with The Kompas Morning Daily as an advertising manager in 1984 and several other positions till 1998 where he took up the position of Business Director. In 2006, he was appointed CEO of Kompas Gramedia.

In the beginning of his career as the CEO of Kompas Gramedia, he redefined Kompas Gramedia Corporate Identity and Goals by composing Kompas Gramedia Vision Statement which is:"To be the biggest, the best, integrated and spreaded in South East Asia through knowledge base industry to create well educated society, enlighten and respect to cultural differences and social welfare." This Vision Statement is to strengthen the goal of Kompas Gramedia to go to South East Asia in 2020.

A new tagline, "Enlightening People" and logo for Kompas Gramedia were introduced to strengthen the Corporate Identity. Not only tagline and logo, the company values is redefined also, the 5Cs which stands for Caring, Credible, Competent, Competitive, Customer Delight.

Mr. Agung Adiprasetyo also does some major improvements in management, especially in the Human Resources, Advertising, Circulation, and Financial sectors. Moreover, he proclaimed the year of 2006 to 2008 as Human Resources year in Kompas Gramedia. His vision in Human Resources Development is to create individuals to be a high achiever person, a competitive person, a positive thinker, and has the "can do" mentality.

Major improvements in Human Resources Management that Mr. Agung Adiprasetyo does are: First, he pushes an aligned employee individual vision mission with corporate vision and a transparent employee performance evaluation to increase their productivity and sense of competition by implementing the Balanced Score Card (BSC) and Performance Management System (PM) with Individuals Key Performance Indicators (KPI).

Second, he organises the Kompas Gramedia Management Trainee Program, Management Development Programme for supervisors and staffs, Middle Management Development Programme for the middle managers, and Executive Development Programme for the Board of Directors. These programmes are in purpose of employee development and to search the best among the best. Third, he adopts a modern Human Resources Management by implementing a job evaluation, competitive reward system and fair assessment for all managers in all Business Units.Fourth, he encourages competition and sense of achievement by setting a high target for all BUs to be achieved.

Last, he decides to implement the ERP system (Enterprise Resource Planning). Particularly, one of the modules is the HCM (Human Capital Management) module to improve Kompas Gramedia Human Resources Management Systems.

Human Capital Development
GCH Retail (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd, Malaysia
2008
Human Capital Development
Giant started in 1944 by the Teng family in Bangsar, Kuala Lumpur. Dairy Farm International (DFI) acquired Giant in 1999. Today, Dairy Farm is primarily into retailing, with a almost 400 stores comprising of supermarkets, hypermarkets, Guardian pharmacies (health and beauty stores) and Cold Storage supermarkets. The Group commands a leadership position in many key Asian markets and has upheld its principles for quality products, business integrity and commitments to the community.

Giant is the first retail company born in Malaysia. Our core principle is to offer a wide variety of products at the lowest prices possible. In year 2003, DAIRY Farm acquired 34 Tops supermarkets in Malaysia from Royal Ahold. The Tops supermarkets were re-branded as Giant and Cold Storage.

Giant has introduced its own retail training center and the first of its kind in this country. It was then launched by the then Human Resource Minister Datuk Seri Dr Fong Chan Onn at Giant Hypermarket in Subang Jaya in year 2002. Known as Giant's Center of Retail Excellence, currently it has 12-fulltime trainers and trained more than 14,000 staff. The objective of the center is to act as a developmental and skills resource for Giant and its group of companies to strengthen the foundation of their retail workforce. It's also to develop training programmes for both manpower and the use of equipment to complement current and future needs, thereby becoming the pioneer to transfer technology in terms of skills development in the retail industry as well as to continuously train staff towards upgrading their standards of performances.

The courses range from one day to six months and consists of 70 per cent on the job / practical modules. There are soft skill courses, such as management courses and self-development, and operational skill courses such as butchering, food handling, retail merchandising and etc. Apart of that, Center of Retail Excellence has also embarked in conducting training programmes for Governmental organisation namely Petronas and FAMA.

In 2007, Human Capital Development has conducted 123 training modules with the total of 942 sessions where attended by 11,115 pax. This includes skills and operational skills programmes.

In addition of conducting trainings, Human Capital Development Department has been entrusted to manage Giant's succession planning and talent management programme. As at to date, we have successfully trained 60 retail managers and 400 management trainees. Ministry of Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs have endorsed Giant's talent management program.

Representative of President YBhg Dato’ Abdul Wahab Bin Abdullah
President & Chief Executive Officer, MIMOS Berhad, Malaysia
2008
Representative ofPresident YBhg Dato’ Abdul Wahab Bin Abdullah
MIMOS Berhad (MIMOS) is Malaysia's national R&D center of excellence in information and communication technology. It was established in 1985 and since its inception has contributed to the national ICT strategic policy planning and the development of Malaysia's knowledge economy.

Human capital development (HCD) is accorded the highest priority as the key enabler to achieving MIMOS vision of becoming a Premier Applied Research Centre in Frontier Technologies. Four innovative HCD initiatives have been introduced to leverage on human resource as a vital strategic asset. These are:

  • A Performance Culture Based on Leadership Core Values
  • Human Capability and Capacity Development Programme
  • Workforce Process Improvement Programme
  • Balanced Work-Life Development


Performance Culture Based on Leadership Core Values Eight Leadership Core Values were identified as the building blocks of the new MIMOS culture with Uncompromising Integrity as integral to the practice of the remaining seven work values.

A comprehensive and intensive implementation programme was drawn up to develop this culture, beginning with the MIMOS Code of Ethics.

Code of Ethics, awareness seminars and hands on workshops were held to develop action plans for translating the leadership core values into everyday behaviours.

The action plans were evaluated in a Leadership Core Values Convention and the top three teams were recognized. Efforts are rigorously underway to ensure full implementation of the action plans across the organization.

Human Capability and Capacity Development Programme Human capability development programme is aimed at enhancing the domain expertise and competencies of the workforce to attain the desired level of becoming experts. To bridge this gap, MIMOS has leveraged on the highly acclaimed People-Capability Maturity Model® which is accredited by Carnegie Mellon University. This comprehensive methodology amongst others comprises 3 key components namely "competency based development framework", "succession planning and career development" and "performance management framework". MIMOS is targeted to achieve Level 3 accreditation in 2008.

In the competency based development framework, key competencies for achieving superior performance are identified and development programmes are formulated to develop capabilities, knowledge and expertise of the employees. One such unique initiative is the M*STAR (MIMOS Strategic Training Advancement & Recognition) programme. The individual succession plan and career development pathways formulated constitute a powerful incentive for superior performance and talent retention.

Subsequently, the Performance Management Framework is used as an enabler to track and promote continuous workforce capability and capacity improvements.

Amit Lohia
Group Managing Director, The Indorama Group , India
2008
Amit Lohia
Born in 1974 in India, Mr. Amit Lohia has a graduate degree in economics and finance from the prestigious Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania from the batch of 1995. He has been a senior executive in the Group since 1996 and has worked in various roles.

Mr. Amit Lohia took over the Indorama Group at the age of 30 in July 2004 and when he took charge as the Group Managing Director. The group valued at USD 600 million. With his sheer HR driven policies and practices, he has grown the group to USD 3 billion as of date, in about 3 and a half years.

During the course of the last 3 and a half years, Eleme Petrochemicals, a loss making public sector in Nigeria was acquired by Indorama and under his leadership and with the same human resources that the group inherited, he turned around the company in less than 3 months and made it profitable. Even while 14 of the key executives, including the Managing Director, Vice President Operations and 4 General Managers being abducted, not a single employee left the company. Instead, all of them believed in his vision and leadership and stood by him and ensured the start up of the plant within a month of the abduction and are running the company in full swing.

After he took over as the Group Managing Director, he brought in some extremely employee sensitive practices, which has ensured that the employee turnover has been less than 2 %, whereas the industry standards have been above 7%.

He took charge of another large Public Sector, the Shebin Elkom Textile company in Cairo in Egypt and has set the ball rolling towards its turnaround with the same set of employees, by motivating them to deliver.

The global standards for productivity in the spinning industry has been USD 6 per spindle. When he took over, the productivity was at USD 4 per spindle within the Indorama group. Without changing any people, he has achieved a record breaking productivity of USD 12 as an average in all the plants and USD 14 in the Sri Lankan operations. This has been accomplished by his belief in empowering his team members and motivating them in the right manner.

His leadership has seen a new PET plant built in Alabama in the US and this has spiraled the group as the largest producer of PET in the world. The feather in the cap has been the acquisition of the Prestigious Eastman Chemicals company in Netherlands recently and the turnaround process has started.

One of the keys of his leadership has been, that he has retained the same set of people and driven the group successfully to grow by leaps and bounds. His HR philosophy is to create, "The Place of Work a Place of Joy" and drives HR himself by making HR report directly to him.

Abdulaziz Al Ali
Executive Vice President Human Resources, Emirates Airline Group, United Arab Emirates
2008
Abdulaziz Al Ali
Emirates is the world-renowned international airline of the United Arab Emirates, based in the awe-inspiring city of Dubai. In operation since 1985, Emirates Airline Group specialises in offering a diverse array of state-of-the art airline services. Serving 100 destinations in 62 countries and six continents.

Wholly owned by the government of Dubai, operating out of Dubai, in the United Arab Emirates, the airline has excelled through innovation and the boundless energy of its 30,000+ staff, as they pursue the highest standards of customer care & who strive to meet the diverse needs of a continually expanding clientele.

Beginning his association with the airline in 1992 as Personnel Manager, Mr. Abdulaziz Al Ali has worked diligently to acquire his extensive skills and expertise in his field. Currently serving in the position of Executive Vice President - Human Resources since July 2003, prior to taking over this position, he was Director Human Resources since 2002 and Head of Human Resources since 2000.

Working closely with of his HR direct subordinates, being a key facilitator in pulling all divisions of the airline together to work as one cohesive unit. Responsible for directing the overall company HR strategy to maintain a highly motivated work force both in the UAE and overseas stations ensuring that the corporate purpose and overall business objectives are achieved.

Ensuring that corporate goal of nationalisation is achieved, with a focus on retention of UAE Nationals through relevant mechanics to reflect the needs of the Nationals. Oversee the overall Company Recruitment and Selection, testing strategies to ensure that an economical and fair policy is adapted for a stable and well motivated work force both in the UAE and overseas.

He joined the company as Management Trainee in 1986 and subsequently moved to the position of Assistant to Company Secretary in 1988 and then Administration Services Manager in 1990. In 1991 he was appointed Recruitment Manager and 1992 Personnel Manager.

Abdulaziz Al Ali graduated with a BA Honours degree in Mathematics from Colchester University in England in 1983 and earned a post graduate degree MSc in Mathematics (1986) from the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, USA.

Representative of Sanjeev Nanavati
Chief Executive Officer, Citibank Berhad, Malaysia
2008
Representative of Sanjeev Nanavati
Citi Malaysia's franchise has prospered together with the nation and is almost 50 years old. During this period, Citi has grown in terms of scope, scale and efficiency. Our success depends on every employee being given a chance to succeed.

The Talent Management process is conducted at every level within the organisation. Employees who demonstrate the three key essentials - Ability, Aspiration & Engagement - are identified and groomed. Coupled with rigorous on-the-job exposure and challenges, employees are encouraged to leverage on its global resources and network to gain competitive advantage. Their limits are stretched to ensure that they will be ready to face more senior positions, locally and abroad.

A wide range of initiatives have been developed, from fostering flexible work strategies to providing work life programmes to assist employees in achieving productive and rewarding careers. Supported by pillars defined by our Shared Responsibilities, we promote respect, empowerment, knowledge, innovativeness, mobility, growth and friendship.

Citi hires and develops best-in-class individuals. We work at giving them the best banking experience and developing them into respected professionals. We focus on stretching the limits, and as such, we are known as the University of Banking.

At Citi, we Build Talent For the Future.

YBhg. Tan Sri Dato' Azman bin Hj. Mokhtar
Managing Director, Khazanah Nasional Berhad, Malaysia
2007
YBhg. Dato' Azman Hj. Mokhtar
The Contribution to the Organisation Award recognises Dato' Azman for his innovative contributions in people development that has had a lasting impact on organisations.

YBhg. Dato' Azman Hj Mokhtar was appointed Managing Director of Khazanah Nasional Bhd., the strategic investment arm of the Government of Malaysia, in June 2004. A central tenet of Dato' Azman's personal and managerial philosophy is to constantly develop human capital and to raise knowledge capacities both within Khazanah as well as in his community activities.

During the past three years at the helm of Khazanah, Dato' Azman has successfully implemented various HR initiatives that were able to attract and sustain a highly talented team of professionals who are dedicated to contribute their collective talents towards excellence in their fields and most of all towards nation building.

Dato' Azman strives to build Khazanah and its companies as knowledge and learning organisations. His own CV testifies to his personal commitment to lifelong and holistic learning, having graduated with a diverse set of qualifications.

Dato' Azman has also relentlessly dedicated time and energy to ensure that human capital capacity and capability building programmes would benefit society at large. In this regard, his work and achievements are most evident in these four areas:

1.Driving corporate social responsibility in schools: Project PINTAR (Promoting Intelligence, Nurturing Talent and Advocating Responsibility)(November 2006 - Current)

2.Reforming education: Cluster School Project (February 2007 - Current) and Project Sayong

3.Developing leaders: Orange Book or GLC Transformation Initiative 8 (Dec 2006 - Current) and the Leadership Development Circle (LDC) (June 2007 - Current)

4.Raising national knowledge capital and building international linkages : Khazanah Merdeka Series (June 2007 to 2008), MINDA (December 2006 - Current)

YBhg. Dato' Ahmad Pardas Senin
Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer, UEM Group, Malaysia
2007
YBhg. Dato' Ahmad Pardas Senin
The Contribution to the Organisation Award recognises YBhg. Dato' Ahmad Pardas Senin for his steady determination and enduring resolution to develop people in the UEM Group.

YBhg. Dato' Ahmad Pardas, the Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer of UEM Group, Malaysia's leading conglomerate in infrastructure development and preferred nation building partner locally and globally, is a visionary corporate leader of great distinction.

He has developed a talent creation machine that not only benefits UEM but also the entire nation. A pragmatic and open person who sees people development as the core of human dignity, he has successfully brought changes across UEM Group through the introduction of innovative systems and processes that have positively impacted overall employees' productivity and company's bottom line.

UEM Group's value creation strategy focuses on productivity of resources, business growth and expansion, people and organisational development, enhancement of systems and processes, and improvement of image and perception as elements of its organisational culture. The main thrust of this strategy is to create a leadership-centered culture throughout the Group, one that emphasizes the importance of having effective leaders at all levels of the organisation who will drive performance to the benefit of all stakeholders.

YBhg. Dato' Ahmad Pardas welcomes the opportunity and challenge to orchestrate this fundamental shift in how the organisation viewed its most important resource. The "Five Point Focus Value Creation Strategy" as it is known, has now touched the lives of 21,000 UEM Group employees.

As "chief people advocate" in UEM Group, YBhg. Dato' Ahmad Pardas has opened the minds and hearts of aspiring leaders throughout the organisation.

Francis G. Estrada
President, Asian Institute of Management, Philippines
2007
Francis G. Estrada
The Contribution to the Organisation Award recognises Mr. Francis G. Estrada for his contribution to Executive Education.

He has dedicated himself to the realisation of his vision of making the Asian Institute of Management a catalyst for Asian regional integration; and for sharing with his organisation his experience in regional finance as Chairman, General Partner and co-founder of Equity Managers Asia, Inc. (Philippines), as President and Chief Executive Officer of William E. Simon and Sons, Asia, as President and Chief Operating Officer of the Asian Oceanic Group, and as Managing Director and Chief Operating Officer of P.T. First Indonesian Finance and Investment Corporation.

YBhg. Datuk Syed Abdull Hafiz Syed Abu Bakar
Managing Director, Perodua Automotive Centre, Malaysia
2007
YBhg. Datuk Syed Abdull Hafiz Syed Abu Bakar
The Contribution to the Organisation Award recognises YBhg. Datuk Syed Abdull Hafiz for his contributions to people development in Perodua.

YBhg. Datuk Syed Abdull Hafiz Syed Abu Bakar educated in the English College (now Maktab Sultan Abu Bakar) in Johor Bahru and later, Victoria Institution, KL pursued a Bachelor of Economics degree, majoring in Business Administration and graduated from University Malaya in 1981. He commenced his working career at ESSO Malaysia that led him to head several business divisions in ESSO and later at UMW. His exemplary performance resulted in his appointment as Managing Director of Perusahaan Otomobil Kedua Sdn Bhd. in December 2004.

In the short period of his arrival at Perodua, YBhg. Datuk Hafiz's wide experience saw him driving and challenging the status quo and pushing Perodua to be the number one automobile entity in the country both in terms of revenue and production in Feb 2006.

He has championed Human Capital Development plans with committed execution and passion. YBhg. Datuk Hafiz's contribution to people development has produced significant results for the company.

YBhg. Datuk Syed Abdull Hafiz was instrumental in the development of 3 key initiatives which were the AMP or Accelerated Management Programme, the MDP or Management Development Programme and the Early Entry Leadership Programme, together with other Executive, Clerical and Technical development programmes.

A believer of life long education, YBhg. Datuk Hafiz, an avid book reader himself, has tried, and succeeded, in instilling the reading habit in Perodua Sales by emphasizing the reading of new books and setting of book reading targets. He has initiated and promoted various new ideas for young executives.

Mr. Eugene Lee received the award on behalf of Mr. Loh Meng See
Senior Vice-President of Human Resource, Singapore Airlines Limited, Singapore
2006
Mr. Eugene Lee received the award 
on behalf of Mr. Loh Meng See
Prior to 1990, Mr. Loh Meng See has served the Co-operative Movement for the past 15 years. In 1984, he was appointed Director of Keppel Group Co-operative Credit Union Ltd. Subsequently he has held the position of Chairman of the Membership Committee in the Keppel Group Co-operative Credit Union Ltd since 1986.

He was involved in the formation of the Singapore Credit Co- operative League Ltd (SCOPE). Upon the registration of SCOPE, he was appointed as its Chairman, a position which he holds till today.

He represented Singapore in various Association of Asian Confederation of Credit Unions (ACCU) meetings, seminars and conferences held locally and overseas.

In 1993, SCOPE, together with SNCF and ACCU, organised the International Symposium on the theme " Challenge of the Co-operatives in the Next Century" in Singapore. This was attended by more than 200 Co-operative leaders from all over the world. Mr Loh, as Chairman of SCOPE, initiated this and successfully orchestrated the activities.

His stature in Singapore in both the government and private sector, commitment to the cooperative movement and his well-thought ideas is well-known to both local and overseas cooperative leaders. Because of this, the Singapore movement has earned the respect of many overseas co-operatives.

For his unstinting efforts and his commitment and dedication to the co-operative movement, SNCF is pleased to award him the Rochdale Medal.

Pengiran Dato Paduka Haji Abdul Hamid bin Pengiran Haji Mohammad Yassin
Permanent Secretary, Brunei Darussalam
2006
Pengiran Dato Paduka Haji Abdul Hamid bin
Pengiran Dato Paduka Haji Abd Hamid Yassin is currently Permanent Secretary at the Prime Minister's Office of Brunei and the Chairman of Royal Brunei Airlines. He began his career as an Education Officer when he first joined the Brunei Darussalam's Civil Service on 6th August 1979 after he graduated with a Bsc. in Science from Salford University, United Kingdom. He furthered his studies by taking Diploma in Education from University of Singapore and MBA from University of Exeter.

During his career as a civil servant, he has been promoted to a number of positions and transferred to various government agencies prior to his current position.

Pengiran Dato Abdul Hamid has brought in fresh new perspectives to the way people learn. It was with his outstanding leadership and support that the ASEAN - EC Centre in Brunei Darussalam organized two outstanding conferences - The Knowledge Management Conferences and the International HRD Conference in Brunei. Both the conferences facilitated the exchange of knowledge so vital for the development of the human capital in this country.

The numerous speakers from a variety of countries together with the diversity of participants furthered the cause of learning with the strong support from His Majesty Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah Muizzadin Waddaulah, and the Government of Brunei Darussalam.

Pengiran Dato Abdul Hamid has steadfastly promoted the need for people development on a continuous basis as he strongly believes that human capital will provide a strong competitive edge for his growing country.

Mr. Tonny Warsono, MM
HR & Development Director, PT Wijaya Karya, Jakarta Timur, Indonesia
2006
Pengiran Dato Paduka Haji Abdul Hamid bin
Tonny Warsono, the awardee of the agent of change in HR Development of Professor Dr. A.M. Kadarman, SJ AWARD 2006 conferred by School of Business PPM and PPM Alumny, started his career in PT Wijaya Karya (WIKA) in the operations function in 1982.

Along the way of his career to the President Director position of PT WIKA Intrade, one of WIKA's subsidiary companies, his passion to learn about people kept enriching him in the field of HR practices.

In 2002, when he was promoted to the position of HR and Development Director of WIKA at the holding company, he began to make an improvements in management concepts, particularly in HR areas. The Balance Scorecard which centered on People, Occupational Health and Safety Management, 5R are part of his contributions to improve management performance.

In the HR areas, his vision to develop a self-motivated and caring employee brings him to make the Competency-Based Human Assets Management System, known as WIKA CBHAMS. He also implements the Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) method, MBTI (Myers Brigss Type Indicator) as well as the Talent Management System in developing people.

His endless endeavour to create the excellent human resources has brought about many changes in WIKA as well as to the HR society. His achievements and contributions are recognized and awarded by WIKA and by the Public as well.

The Awards he accepted, inter alia: The Best Human Capital Management Award in 2005 by Business Review, the Most Caring Company (MCC) Award in 2005 by DuPont, the Profesor Dr. A.M. Kadarman, SJ Award category the Agent of Change in HR Development in 2006, The Greatest Inspirator by WIKA in 2006, and again in 2006 he is secondly.

Mr. Zeyad Kalifa Al-Binali received the award on behalf of Mr. Ebrahim K. Al Dossary
Executive Adviser to the Board / CEO, Bahrain Society for Training & Development, Kingdom of Bahrain
2006
Mr. Zeyad Kalifa Al-Binali received the award 
on behalf of Mr. Ebrahim K. Al Dossary
Ebrahim Al Dossary is considered as one of the role models in Bahrain for his initiatives, dedication and untiring commitment towards his involvement in pursuing to develop and enhance HR and best Management practice.

Being the founder of Bahrain Society for Training and Development (BSTD) that is considered as the leading HR Society not only in Bahrain but the Arabian Gulf Region. After building and equipping BSTD, he became the Chief Advisor to the Board. BSTD is affiliated with International Federation for Training and Development Organization (IFTDO) based in Geneva of which he is now the Chairman Elect.

Ebrahim Al Dossary is also one of the founders of Bahrain Management Society and former Vice President. He is also one of the founders and current Vice President of Arab Management Association that is based in Egypt.

Having said all the above, it is just obvious that he is carrying all these important posts voluntarily despite of his very busy schedule as a Senior Official at the office of the Bahrain Prime Minister's Court.

This is purely due to his genuine commitment towards anything related to HR.

Mr. S.K. Jain
Executive Chairman, Petroleum India International, India
2006
Mr. S.K. Jain
Mr. S. K. Jain, Executive Chairman, Petroleum India International (PII) has transformed PII into a much sought after Technical, Managerial and Human Resource services and consultancy the organization in the Oil & Gas Sector globally. Before his appointment at PII, Mr. Jain was Head of Human Resource development function with Bharat Petroleum Corporation (BPCL), a fortune 500 company, in the midstream and downstream petroleum business. He has also held executive positions in materials, engineering, projects and operations in BPCL.

His cross-functional and HRD experience has reinforced the PII credo "Expertise through Experience", in an ever changing global environment, operations in over 40 countries. PII projects and assignments although technical in nature continue to be 'people centric':

  • Complete Competency Assessment and Training Needs Identification for Oman Refinery Company, Oman.
  • In Madagascar, after successfully taking over of the Solima refinery, achieved the turnaround successfully at one-third the cost estimates submitted by the World Bank.
  • Dismantled the Al-Khafji refinery in Saudi Arabia and shifted to Yemen in 4 months and the capacity is revamped to 45000 barrels per day (BPD) from earlier 19000 BPD.
  • Dismantling, shifting and rebuilding 20,000 BPD refinery on East Coast of Yemen and revamp the same to 40,000 BPD.


Successful takeover and turnaround of the National Oil & Chemical Marketing Company (NOLCHEM), Nigeria as part of the Privatization of the Nigerian Downstream Oil Sector.

Under the dynamic leadership, PII specializes in turning around sick refineries by adopting low cost proven technologies and motivating and upgrading skills of human resources.

Mr. Irvandi Ferizal
Human Resources Director, TNT, Indonesia
2006
Mr. Irvandi Ferizal
Irvandi Ferizal is a Industrial & Organizational Psychologist from Padjadjaran University-Bandung, who believes people development area as his career.

With more than 16 years experience in human resources area, he started the career in the largest pharmaceutical company in Indonesia-Kalbe Farma as Human resources officer. After 1 year joined, in age 25 years, he was promoted He left Kalbe in mid 1996 to have the multinational experience in TNT Indonesia, started as Training Manager for Express business. After one and half year joined, he was promoted as Country Human Resources Director for Express and Logistics business, as part of Senior Management Board, until now.

A few milestones was achieved, such as Investor in People (IIP) certification (from UK) in 2002 as the first and only company in Indonesia implement it, The 2nd Best Company in Employee's Program & Facilities in Greater Jakarta (2004) from Jakarta Governor, Bipartite Award for Excellence Industrial Relation from Indonesia Vice President - Jusuf Kalla (2005); and the last one achieved the Employer of Choice Award (2006) from HAY Consultant & Swa Magazine. He also key instrument in driving the company to move forward for ISO 9001 certification ad OHSAS 18001 for Health & Safety. Lastly, in the TNT Senior Management Conference April 2006, he awarded for "Orange-Inside" directly from CEO TNT Worldwide-Mr.Peter Bakker, as the only 2 people got this prestigious chance.

He was the Vice Chairman from Indonesia Association of Human Resources (AMSM), and the main guest speaker in various conferences & seminars. Irvandi joined the Executive Human Resources-International Program from Michigan University, Business School, and certified as Workplace Assessor from Australian Institute of Management.

YBhg. Dato’ Jamaludin Ibrahim
Maxis Communication Berhad, Malaysia
2006
YBhg. Dato’ Jamaludin Ibrahim
Dato' Jamaludin Ibrahim is the CEO of Maxis Communications Berhad, not only Malaysia's number one mobile operator, but also a company that has diversified overseas by acquiring telecommunication companies in Indonesia and India. Dato' Jamaludin is not your typical CEO. With an extensive IT background and the experience obtained from IBM and Western Digital, in the 8 years he has been at the helm of Maxis, Jamaludin has taken his company to great heights. Motivated by his strong sense of responsibility and driven by a deep desire to challenge the boundaries of excellence, Jamal, as he is often referred to by friends and collleagues, has managed to raise the bar and taken Maxis beyond ordinary levels of corporate achievements.

Perhaps one of the major reasons for Jamal's phenomenal success is his passion for people that has led to Maxis being benchmarked against some of the best human capital development practices of top corporations and is being progressively and constantly improved.

Jamal is also the recipient of numerous awards. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame for Services to the Mobile Telecommunications Industry by Asian Mobile News, Singapore (June 2004), and named Malaysia's CEO of the Year 2000 by American Express Corporate Services and the Business Times (November 2001).

Under Jamal's leadership, Maxis was among the Best Employers in Malaysia in 2003, the Company bagged four awards at FinanceAsia's Annual Regional Best Managed Companies Awards Presentation in 2004 and was placed second best in the "Best Managed Company Overall" lists. More recently, Maxis was listed in Forbes 2000 Leading Companies in the World, awarded Mobile Operator of the Year by the Asian Mobilenews Awards 2005 and a host of other significant accolades.

While focusing on Maxis' investments overseas, Jamal is now riding on a change management mode across the board in Maxis. The changes to be put in place, some of which have already been implemented in stages, will see a more exciting, ever-vibrant Maxis, an operation that all those who are associated with it will find refreshing, engaging and profitable.

Dr. Ganesh Natarajan
Deputy CEO, Zensar Technologies Ltd., India
2005
Dr. Ganesh Natarajan
An industrial engineer with a Ph.D. from the renowned Indian Institute of Technology, Ganesh invested in people and developed two world class companies in the field of IT Education - NIIT and APTECH. He expanded operations to 52 countries, grew revenues 50 times and got the company listed on the London Stock Exchange, creating huge value for employees, shareholders, and the organization. Today, he runs a company renowned for Business Process Outsourcing and which is among the top 25 software exporters. He is in an industry that relies heavily on growing competent people. He has done just that while winning the hearts of his employees.

Mr. Nik Saifudean received the award on behalf of Mr. Shunsuke Koyama
Managing Director, Kobe Precision Technology , Malaysia
2004
Mr. Nik Saifudean received the award on behalf of Mr. Shunsuke Koyama
The award for contribution to an organization went to Mr. Shunsuke Koyama, Managing Director of Kobe Precision Technology Sdn Bhd in Penang, for establishing Self Directed Work Teams - a proven process that transformed his organization with the spirit of ownership, resulting in better quality, productivity, and results.

Tn. Hj. Ishak Hashim
Executive Vice President - HR, Affin Bank, Malaysia
2003
Tn. Hj. Ishak Hashim
Tn. Hj. Ishak Hashim holds a Master of Arts Degree in Education from Stanford, USA. He has worked with many corporations in various capacities including that of Director of HR and Corporate Affairs with Boustead Holdings Berhad and General Manager of Corporate Services with Perbadanan Usahawan Nasional Berhad. Since 2001, En. Ishak is the Executive Vice President of Corporate Services with Affin Bank Berhad. As a practitioner of HR, he is also affiliated to Malaysian Institute of Human Resource Management and is serving in the capacity as Chairman of the Court of Fellows. He also served as President of the institute. He was also a Council Member the Malaysian Association of Productivity. En. Ishak is renowned for his passion in developing people. His initiatives has proved beyond doubt that Human Resources Development can contribute to an organization's competitive edge.

Shri. N Srinivasan
President, Board of Control for Cricket
Vice Chairman & Managing Director, India Cements
2012
His Excellency General
The “Lifetime Contribution” award recognises Shri N. Srinivasan for his outstanding contribution to developingtalent.

Shri N.Srinivasan, a highly successful industrialist, is the Vice-Chairman & Managing Director of The India Cements Ltd., a major Corporate entity in South India, with a turnover of more than Rs.4, 100 Crores (approximately USD 1 billion).

A chemical engineer with a B.Sc. (Tech) from Madras University, an M.Sc. from the University of Chicago and a post-graduate qualification in Chemical Engineering from the Illinois Institute of Technology, he has shown tremendous passion for people development.

He has demonstrated incredible leadership skills to motivate and inspire his employees to take India Cements to a leadership position in India. He always has been seen as very efficient, methodical with a serious work ethic and an ability to implement flawlessly.

Widely recognised in India as the President of Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), the apex Cricketing Body in India, a country where Cricket is a national passion. With his rise through the BCCI, Shri N. Srinivasan had became one of the most influential cricket administrators and people developers both in India and the world. He has a huge impact and influence on the youth as he aspires to direct their energy into sports and development.

He has also been keenly involved in the new-age Twenty20 tournament that has changed the face of cricket, its calendar and its economy. His global vision, with sports as the key to promoting the language of unity and his intense commitment to introducing structure and development into the sport has led to innovation and development

His efficiency as an administrator and his visionary thinking has elevated Srinivasan to the highest office of the nation’s premier sport. Under his stewardship Indian Cricket has gone from strength to strength with the pinnacle being the 2011 World Cup Victory and Number One Ranking in Test Cricket.

Srinivasan was the Sheriff of City of Madras for two terms. He is an active Member of the Prime Minister’s high profile Council of Trade and Industry. He is the President of the Tamil Nadu Golf Federation and was the past President of the All India Chess Federation.

He is a modest person who remains a great leader and ambassador for sports and people development.

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Dr Arifin M. Siregar
Former Governor of Bank Indonesia & Minister of Trade Indonesia
2013
His Excellency General
The ‘Lifetime Achievement’ award recognizes Dr Arifin M. Siregar for a lifetime of public service and for the initiatives he has introduced that have impacted the entire Indonesian community.

Dr Arifin has devoted himself to selflessly serving Indonesia in all aspects – from education, economics, banking, diplomacy and foreign relations to government and business. He started his career in 1960 as a Researcher at Munster University, Germany, before working with the United Nations in New York as an Economist. He later moved to the International Monetary Fund in Washington D.C. as its Representative while concurrently Financial Advisor to the Government of Laos.

In 1983, Dr Arifin was named Governor of Central Bank of Indonesia. Following this, he was appointed in 1988 by the President of Indonesia to serve as Minister of Trade. In 1993, he was asked to serve as Ambassador of Indonesia to the United States of America for six years.

Upon retirement from public service, Dr Arifin has been involved with work in the private sector and banking, serving as Chairman of Boards of leading MNCs both in Indonesia and abroad. He is currently Advisor to Procter & Gamble Indonesia.

A highly influential economist, Dr Arifin remains active today sharing his expertise and professional advice for business growth across the region.

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H.E. Dr Haris Silajdzic
Former Chairman of the Presidency & Prime Minister, Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina
2014
H.E. Dr Haris Silajdzi
The ‘Lifetime Achievement’ award recognises H.E. Dr Haris Silajdzic for his lifetime work in promoting harmony and goodwill despite difficult political circumstances.

He entered the international political arena following an agreement between leaders of Serbia and Croatia, two republics in former Yugoslavia, to divide Bosnia and Herzegovina. The implementation of this agreement was marked by military aggression resulting in civilian casualties, ethnic cleansing and suffering of epic proportions unseen in Europe after the Second World War. H.E. Dr Haris Silajdzic served during the wartime first as the Foreign Minister and then as the Prime Minister of the Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina. He was a member of the State delegation at the Peace negotiations in Dayton, Ohio headed by the late President Alija Izetbegovic. In 2006 he was elected member of the Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina for a four year term.

H.E. Dr Haris Silajdzic has always endeavoured to present the political and humanitarian aspects of the situation in his country to the outside world. His persuasive, articulate and forceful advocacy seeking peace and aspiration to alleviate the suffering of the civilian population has won him the support of all peace loving people. In his diplomatic and political actions he did not only strive to save the lives, sovereignty and territorial integrity of his country, but devoted his energy to rebuild the foundations of the Bosnian historic multiculturalism. As in his entire life, H.E. Dr Haris Silajdzic remains devoted to this goal globally.

His commitment to advancing political, democratic and confessional pluralism i.e. a firm belief deep rooted in the idea that people can and should live together harmoniously and peacefully, despite differences in race, religion, culture and politics is reflected in his lifetime work.

The Asia HRD Awards Committee is honoured to bestow upon H.E. Dr Haris Silajdzic, the Lifetime Achievement Award 2014 for his work in nurturing and championing peace among people.

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Dr Utomo Josodirdjo received the award on behalf of Dr Washington Z. Sycip
Founder The SGV Group & Asian Institute of Management Philippines
2013
His Excellency General
The ‘Lifetime Achievement’ award recognizes Dr Washington Z. SyCip for his lifelong service in promoting the cause of learning.

Dr SyCip is an internationally acclaimed accountant and founder of the Asian Institute of Management and SyCip Gorres Velayo and Company (SGV). He holds BS and MS degrees from the University of Santo Tomas (UST). He also obtained a Master of Science in Commerce from Columbia Business School. In 1984, he was conferred with Doctor of Accounting Education from UST.

A product of the Philippine public school system, Dr SyCip was in the United States completing a post-graduate degree during the outbreak of the Second World War. His father (the “Dean of Philippine Banking” and one of the first ethnic Chinese to be admitted to the Philippine Bar) was in Manila at the time of the Japanese invasion and was detained. After hearing reports that his father had been executed by the Japanese, Dr SyCip enlisted in the war effort. He was recruited into a special code-breaking unit and was later deployed to India as a code-breaker.

After the war, Dr SyCip started his own accountancy practice. He eventually partnered with Alfredo Velayo and Ramon Gorres to form what is now known as SGV, one of the Philippines’ and Asia’s largest and most prestigious accounting and consulting firms.

A staunch believer in Asian talent, Dr SyCip has received numerous accolades in the fields of accountancy and consultancy in recognition of his significant contributions to human capital and business development.

HE Sheikha Lubna bint Khalid bin Sultan Al Qasimi
Minister for Foreign Trade, United Arab Emirates
2012
His Excellency General
This “Lifetime Contribution” award recognises H.E. Sheikha Lubna Binti Khalid Al Qasimi for her mission to inspire all Emiratis and women worldwide, to be more productive members of the society and contribute meaningfully to the long-term progress of United Arab Emirates and Society at large.

Sheikha Lubna Al Qasimi has been one of the most easily recognisable government officials of the United Arab Emirates, primarily because of her numerous groundbreaking achievements in both the public and private sectors. Her global prominence was highlighted recently when she was recognised as the most powerful Arab woman and the world’s 70th most powerful woman by the US-based Forbes Magazine. Arabian Business magazine put her on the top of their women’s power list. And, she is not in just any ministerial position; Sheikha Lubna’s brief involves promoting greater trade ties with international partners, which is a vital part of the UAE’s diversification strategy.

She is a role model for all women, showing by example, what women are capable of. She is credited with the development of a system that slashed cargo turnaround times at Dubai airport, and the founding of Tejari, the Middle East’s first business-to-business online marketplace. The firm, which is now one of Dubai World’s most successful units, has franchises across the Middle East.

Sheikha Lubna’s appointment in November 2004 to manage what was then the UAE’s newly merged economy and planning portfolio was a historic event as she became the first woman ever in the country to assume a ministerial position, a significant achievement in today’s world. H.E. plays a significant role in supporting the UAE federal government in its economic diversification efforts. She strives to improve and safeguard women rights and contributes to humanitarian efforts for sustainable development and the support of women, children and youth issues continues in many countries, Islamic and otherwise.

In 2007, she became the first Arab woman to receive the Italian ‘Stella Re’ prize. This prize is awarded annually to just one woman throughout the world who strives to make a difference to contemporary society and culture through her innovative work, dedication and ideas. She stands out as one person who has made, and who can continue to make, a huge contribution to Society with her courage, tenacity and strength of character.

His Excellency General (Ret.) Fidel V. Ramos
12th President of the Republic of the Philippines, Philippines
2011
His Excellency General
The “Lifetime Achievement” Award recognizes His Excellency General (Ret.) Fidel V. Ramos, the 12th President of the Republic of the Philippines for his committed, visionary leadership in taking his country to stability and growth during a very difficult period by creating the conditions and institutions necessary for security, peace and development of the hardy Filipino people.

Today His Excellency Fidel Ramos is a private citizen but holding many responsibilities in very critically important national and global organisations. To cite a few from a long list, he is Chairman, Ramos Peace and Development (RPDEV) Foundation; Trustee, International Crisis Group (ICG); Member, Advisory Group, UN University for Peace; Founding Member, Policy Advisory Commission, World Intellectual Property Organization (PAC-WIPO); Honorary Member, World Commission on Water for the 21st Century; and Honorary President, Human Development Network (HDN) Philippines. He has 28 honorary doctorates from prestigious local and foreign institutions.

His Excellency Fidel Ramos started his career as a soldier committed to the security and defense of his country. He has been decorated with a number of military awards in recognition of his valor and service both by the Philippines and foreign governments. The “soldier-attitude” is a disciplined one and one that necessarily connotes a service directed at ensuring others live in security and peace. True soldiering is selfless and is “other-directed”. These social and emotional orientations certainly supported His Excellency Fidel Ramos in his journey to become the 12th President and to serve the Republic of the Philippines.

His Excellency Fidel Ramos was known as a hero of the 1986 people-power revolution, the bloodless coup that ousted an unpopular president. People power was His Excellency Fidel Ramos’ idea of how to fight an undemocratic and authoritarian institutional set up. It helped move the country forward. His Excellency Fidel Ramos was elected president in 1992. He led the country until 1998.

Under His Excellency Fidel Ramos, the Philippines experienced a period of political stability and rapid economic growth and expansion, as a result of his policies and programs designed to foster national reconciliation of conflicting social and political segments and to promote national unity. When His Excellency Fidel Ramos took over to lead Philippines, he was able to secure major peace agreements with Muslim separatists, communist insurgents and military rebels. While communist insurgency dwindled to historic lows, he achieved a peace agreement with military rebels and the secessionist Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) for which he won for the Philippines the coveted 1997 UNESCO Peace Award -- the first for Asians. This brought about peaceful coexistence and renewed investor confidence in the Philippine economy. His Excellency Fidel Ramos also aggressively pushed for the deregulation of the nation’s major industries and the privatization of bad government assets to improve efficiency and effectiveness. As a result of his hands-on approach to the economy, the Philippines was dubbed by various international magazines and observers then as “Asia’s Next Economic Tiger”.

The Asia HRD Congress 2011 Awards Committee is delighted to honour His Excellency General (Ret.) Fidel V. Ramos the Lifetime Achievement Award for his visionary, inspiring and practical leadership. He had steadfastly promoted the principles of people development, empowerment and global competitiveness. He brought Hope to the people of Philippines.

YAB Pehin Sri Haji Abdul Taib Mahmud
Chief Minister of Sarawak, Malaysia
2010
YAB Pehin Sri Haji Abdul Taib Mahmud
This “Lifetime Achievement” Award is in recognition for YAB Pehin Sri Haji Abdul Taib Mahmud, Chief Minister of Sarawak, Malaysia, lifetime contributions towards developing the human capital of Sarawak.

The modern Sarawak is a testimony to the singular leadership and exceptional ability of a leader. And the capital development story of this extraordinary leader is defined by his ability to build faith within his people. His talent to create a unified vision, a foresight to lead his people on the path of growth, transforming human lives and creating prosperity for every member of the society through a policy of inclusiveness and fairness is without parallel. Since assuming office nearly thirty years ago, he has been distinctly clear about the purpose of his life: public service.

The Chief Minister recognises Human capital in Sarawak as a critical driver for the future. The focus on education has been a concentrated one. Access to quality and affordable education has been made possible with the establishing of world class Universities in the state. This has led to a significant increase in productivity and economic prosperity. His focus on improving service delivery has resulted in enhancing the quality of human capital in the Civil service. One of the major initiatives in Sarawak, the Sarawak Corridor of Renewable Energy (SCORE) launched in 2008 is set to transform Sarawak into a developed State by the year 2030. The goal is to achieve high income economy for the state, and improve the quality of life for the people of Sarawak. This plan expected to run until 2030 aims to create 1.5 million jobs. SCORE goes beyond alleviating poverty to propel the economy by a quantum level through waves of development in the coming decades. The aspiration is to transform Sarawak into an advanced industrialised State.

What separates him from others is his unique ability to spot the trends and look deep into the future much before others could. The transformation of Sarawak from an agricultural backwater state into a modern upcoming economic state in Malaysia is due to the Chief Minister’s vision. The Asia HRD Congress 2010 International Awards Committee is honoured to bestow YAB Pehin Sri Haji Abdul Taib Mahmud, Chief Minister of Sarawak, Malaysia this lifetime contribution to people development.
Tan Sri Dato’ Dr. Lim Kok Wing
President and CEO, Limkokwing University of Creative Technology Malaysia
2009
Tan Sri Dato’ Dr. Lim Kok Wing
This “Lifetime Achievement” Award recognises Tan Sri Dato’ Dr. Lim Kok Wing for his innovative approach to creative education and outstanding contribution to excellence in human capital development. In Malaysia, the name Limkokwing is a brand that is widely associated with creativity and innovation. For over 35 years, Tan Sri Dato’ Lim has applied the principles of innovation to not just build his business but to move hearts and minds on national issues as well as nurture innovative capability of the next generation in nations across the world. He was recently voted Entrepreneur of the Year, recognised for having balanced business success with social consciousness. He set up his own consultancy at the age of 29 and in less than 10 years became an industry legend. He ventured into education and in less than 15 years built a formidable university that is recognised and respected in over 100 countries. His boldness and vision in transforming the conduct of education in the seven countries where he has established campuses, including one in the heart of London, UK is commendable. With a global vision, Tan Sri Dato’ Dr. Lim continues to innovate and articulate a formidable brand name that will not only make Malaysia proud, but create a worldwide precedence of avantgarde education system to touch people’s lives positively.

Prof. Abdulla Y. Al-Hawaj
President, AHLIA University Manama,Kingdom of Bahrain.
2009
Prof. Abdulla Y. Al-Hawaj
This “Lifetime Achievement” Award recognises Professor Abdulla Yousif Al Hawaj for his relentless dedication and support to educational advancement and people development.

Professor Al Hawaj ranks in the top echelon of educational leaders in the Arabian Gulf. His incumbency in numerous managerial posts in prestigious organisations associated with educational development at a national level, his academic accolades from esteemed institutions, attests to Professor Al-Hawaj’s being in the vanguard of higher educational reform in the Kingdom of Bahrain.

Since 2001, among his portfolio of managerial responsibilities, Professor. Al-Hawaj has served as the President of the Bahrain Association for Academics. More recently, Dr. Al-Hawaj’s trail blazing contributions in the sphere of educational advancement in the Kingdom of Bahrain were recognized by his being appointed - by royal decree – not only as a member of the Higher Education Council representing private universities but also as a member of the Supreme Committee for the Kingdom’s National Charter, in which he serves as the coordinator of its Educational Committee. Though a mathematician by training, he choose to build people.

His unstinting dynamism, paradigm-shattering innovation and superlative achievement in the academic and social arena have accorded him a number of prestigious awards and honorariums.

The Asia HRDCongress 2009 Awards Committee is delighted to honour Professor Abdulla Yousif Al Hawaj for his pioneering efforts in the advancement of private education in the Arabian Gulf and the whole of Middle East.

Dr. Tayeb A. Kamali
Vice Chancellor, Higher Colleges of Technology, Abu Dhabi, UAE
2009
Dr. Tayeb A. Kamali
This “Lifetime Achievement” Award recognises Dr Tayeb Kamali’s contribution to strategic planning and implementation of higher learning.

Dr. Tayeb A. Kamali is a change agent. As the Vice Chancellor of the Higher Colleges of Technology (HCT),and Group CEO of the Centre of Excellence for Applied Research and Training (CERT), the first Technology Park in the UAE, Dr. Kamali as part of the Higher Colleges of Technology has worked to create a world leading eLearning institution through strategic implementation of laptop learning programmes.

Dr. Kamali led the team that developed the vision for the first corporate university in the Gulf region and in 1999, translating the vision into reality, resulted in the Cert Thales Institute, of which he is Chairman of the Board.

In 1995, he was the founding CEO of the first technology park in the region at CERT, the Center of Excellence for Research and Training the commercial arm of the HCT. Awards received include Frances’ highest educational award “Palmes Academiques” presented by French Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research.

While Dr. Kamali qualified as an aeronautical engineer, in his life he has assisted thousands of young people to reach for the skies with quality education.

The Asia HRDCongress 2009 Awards Committee is delighted to honour Dr Tayeb Kamali for his commitment to Human Capital Development.

Dr. Saparinah Sadli
The Graduate Women's , Studies Programme, University of Indonesia, Indonesia
2008
Dr. Saparinah Sadli
Trained as a psychologist, Dr. Saparinah Sadli began her commitment to expanding reproductive health choices for Indonesian women as part of a research team of Indonesia's National Family Planning Board in the 1970s. In the 1980s, as Dean of the Faculty of Psychology, University of Indonesia, she was part of the medical team that established Clinic Raden Saleh, a teaching hospital dedicated to providing quality reproductive health and psychological counseling services, including safe abortion services. In 1989 Dr. Sadli was assigned as the Chair of the first Graduate Women's Studies programme at the University of Indonesia, one of the leading universities in the country. The programme represented one of the first opportunities for Indonesian women to discuss issues pertinent to their lives as women in a university setting in their own country. In 1994, as chair of the Women's Studies programme, Dr. Sadli helped establish the Convention Watch Working Group, a group of academic, professional, and activist wom en dedicated to ensuring social implementation of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW). Since 1999 Dr. Sadli has served as Vice Chair of Indonesia's National Human Rights Commission as well as Chair of the National Commission on Violence against Women. She is also an advisor to the influential Jakarta-based Women's Health Foundation.

"If you do something to women - for example, during times of war or conflict - you enrage their brothers and their fathers. Then there are riots. This happened in May of 1998 in Indonesia at the end of the 32-year Suharto dictatorship, when military forces gunned down four students, and the widespread student demonstrations that followed escalated into mass riots. The media reported that during the days of rioting, women were being raped, but the new government led by Professor B.J. Habibie, Suharto's vice president, disregarded the media reports and took no action to address the rapes. In July of 1998, a group of women academics and activists from religious and non-religious organisations went before President Habibie and presented him with the data on rapes during the riots that had been collected by the Volunteer Humanitarian Group. We asked him to apologise publicly on behalf of the government to the riot and rape victims and their families and to establish a National Commission on Violence against Women. But the President was not impressed. He reminded us that students in Tiananmen Square had been shot dead for protesting and asked us, "How do you know that the rapes actually happened?" So we asked one of the activists in the group to tell him about the women who had been raped who she had met and helped during the riots. Habibie was moved by her report. It reminded him of similar stories he'd heard from his niece, a practicing doctor. He agreed to both of our demands and made a public apology on behalf of the government that same afternoon. This experience showed me that we need more personal stories to convince people in our communities that violence against women is real, and escalating. The statistics are just the tip of the iceberg."

Dr. James Kirpatrick
on behalf of Prof. Dr. Don Kirkpatrick, Professor Emeritus, USA
2007
Dr. James Kirpatrick
The Lifetime Achievement Award recognises individuals who can be singled out for their tireless life-time commitment and passion to make a difference to the human development community. They are individuals who have made a huge difference to the direction of the profession with their research and practice. They are unselfish in their sharing and tower among their peers in the profession. Their legacy to the profession is seen in the work they have done, the lives they have touched and the books they have left behind for humanity. This award has been only offered twice in the past - both Asians who happen to be Malaysians. This is the first time an American has been nominated to receive this award and this is due to his great contribution to Asia.

Prof. Dr. Don Kirkpatrick who developed his famous four levels of evaluation as part of his PhD dissertation on training front line supervisors has also held positions in International Minerals and Chemicals, and Bendix Aerospace.

While officially "retired" from the University of Wisconsin Management Institute US, he remains a professor emeritus, and continues to write books on leadership, performance, and evaluation. His most significant contribution to the industry is his four levels, alive and strong even after over 50 years. Donald continues to speak at major training events around the world, and has his 9th book coming out in October of 2007, Implementing the Four Levels. His books have been translated into several languages.

Don was past president of the American Society for Training and Development (1975) and was honored with their 2004 Lifetime Achievement in Workplace Learning and Performance award. He was also inducted into the HRD Hall of Fame in 1997 Training Magazine Conference.

Don's contributions to Asia include several visits to Asia - China, India, Japan, Singapore, Malaysia, Brunei and many others. Don has spoken at Asia HRD Congress 2002. He has mentored many Asians who have made a remarkable contribution to the profession.

Even though he is 82 years and has recently had a quadruple bypass surgery, he is still active in training. His 2007 session at the American Society for Training & Development International Conference & Exhibition was an overwhelming success.

Mrs. Surjit Singh
on behalf of Dr. Surjit Singh, HRD Practitioner, Malaysia
2005
Mrs. Surjit Singh
The Lifetime Achievement Award recognises individuals who can be singled out for their tireless life-time commitment and passion to make a difference to the human development community. They are individuals who have made a huge difference to the direction of the profession with their research and practice. They are unselfish in their sharing and tower among their peers in the profession. Their legacy to the profession is seen in the work they have done, the lives they have touched and the books they have left behind for humanity. This award has been only offered twice in the past - both Asians who happen to be Malaysians. This is the first time an American has been nominated to receive this award and this is due to his great contribution to Asia.

Prof. Dr. Don Kirkpatrick who developed his famous four levels of evaluation as part of his PhD dissertation on training front line supervisors has also held positions in International Minerals and Chemicals, and Bendix Aerospace.

While officially "retired" from the University of Wisconsin Management Institute US, he remains a professor emeritus, and continues to write books on leadership, performance, and evaluation. His most significant contribution to the industry is his four levels, alive and strong even after over 50 years. Donald continues to speak at major training events around the world, and has his 9th book coming out in October of 2007, Implementing the Four Levels. His books have been translated into several languages.

Don was past president of the American Society for Training and Development (1975) and was honored with their 2004 Lifetime Achievement in Workplace Learning and Performance award. He was also inducted into the HRD Hall of Fame in 1997 Training Magazine Conference.

Don's contributions to Asia include several visits to Asia - China, India, Japan, Singapore, Malaysia, Brunei and many others. Don has spoken at Asia HRD Congress 2002. He has mentored many Asians who have made a remarkable contribution to the profession.

Even though he is 82 years and has recently had a quadruple bypass surgery, he is still active in training. His 2007 session at the American Society for Training & Development International Conference & Exhibition was an overwhelming success.

Mr.Samuel A. Abishegam
Former President Malaysian Institute of Human Management, Malaysia
2003
Mr.Samuel A. Abishegam
Mr. Samuel A. Abishegam, is an illustrious personality in Malaysia's Human Resources Development scene.

He was the first Director General of the National Productivity Council, the first Human Resources Director of Dunlop, Malaysia, and Director of Human Resources of Radio Corporation of America. He is also the founding member and president of the Malaysian Human Resources Management. For more than two decades, he worked with the Malaysian Institute of Management. At the height of his career, Mr. Abishegam was Malaysia's leading trainer. He is known as Malaysia's pioneer in management training.

Mr. Abishegam has been the source of inspiration to many young people and has contributed significantly in the development of the Human Resources community.

Dr. R. Palan's book Frequently Asked Questions in HRD is specially dedicated to Mr. Sam Abishegam.

YBhg Tan Sri Sidek Hassan Ali
Chairman, Petroliam Nasional Berhad (PETRONAS), Malaysia
2014
YBhg Tan Sri Sidek Hassan Ali
The ‘Contribution to Society’ award recognises YBhg Tan Sri Sidek Hassan’s commitment to spearhead transformation projects that are of vital importance for nation building.

Starting his career in the Administrative and Diplomatic Service in 1974 as an Assistant Director at the International Trade Division, Ministry of Trade and Industry, YBhg Tan Sri with focus and dedication to nation building, grew in the Civil Service. He served within the Ministry of International Trade and Industry and held various crucial positions; Deputy Secretary-General (Trade) and then as the Secretary General of the Ministry of International Trade and Industry on 2004.

On September 2006, YBhg Tan Sri Sidek was appointed as the Chief Secretary to the Government of Malaysia, and was in office until 2012. During his entire working life, he has committed himself to public service, demonstrating humility and a firm commitment to improving service to the nation’s citizens. His sheer pursuit of excellence has ensured the continuing improvement of processes and systems enabling people development.

YBhg Tan Sri Sidek who holds a Bachelor of Economics (Honours) degree in Public Administration from the University of Malaya and MBA from New Hampshire College, United States of America was the first Chairman of MRT Corporation.

He has also served as President of International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM) and currently serves as the Chairman of PETRONAS, a position he assumed on 2012.

The Asia HRD Awards Committee is honoured to bestow upon YBhg Tan Sri Sidek Hassan, the Contribution to Society Award 2014 for his contribution towards nation building.

YBhg Tan Sri Dato’ Sri (Dr) Leong Hoy Kum
Group Managing Director/ Group Chief Executive, Mah Sing Group Berhad, Malaysia
2014
YBhg Tan Sri Dato’ Sri (Dr) Leong Hoy Kum
The ‘Contribution to Society’ award recognises YBhg Tan Sri Dato’ Sri (Dr) Leong Hoy Kum’s contributions to Corporate Social Responsibility.

YBhg Tan Sri Dato’ (Dr) Sri Leong Hoy Kum is one whose philosophy is grounded on the premise that successful businesses must contribute to the well-being of society. His success on the business front is one that is based on authentic leadership and people development.

He founded the Mah Sing plastics manufacturing division in 1979 and listed Mah Sing Group Berhad on the Kuala Lumpur Stock Exchange in 1992. A Central Committee of the 900-member Malaysian Plastics Manufacturers Associations since 1986, he is also the Honorary President of the Young Malaysian Movement Association (YMM) since 1999 and of the Dramatic Art Society, Malaysia since 1996. In addition, he is the Vice-President of the Table Tennis Association of Malaysia since 1999. He was conferred an honorary Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Business Administration by the Honolulu University, Hawaii in 2000.

YBhg Tan Sri Dato’ (Dr) Sri Leong Hoy Kum is the key driving force behind the phenomenal growth and success of Mah Sing Group Berhad. Driven by his determination to maximise shareholders’ value and passion for property, YBhg Tan Sri Dato’ (Dr) Sri Leong ventured into property development in 1994. His strong leadership has been instrumental in shaping Mah Sing’s leadership position in property development.

The Asia HRD Awards Committee is honoured to bestow upon YBhg Tan Sri Dato’ (Dr) Sri Leong Hoy Kum, the Contribution to Society Award 2014 for his contribution towards Corporate Social Responsibility.

Dato’ Wira (Dr) Haji Ameer Ali
Managing Director, Mydin Mohamed Holdings Berhad, Malaysia
2014
Dato’ Wira (Dr) Haji Ameer Ali
The ‘Contribution to Society’ award recognises YBhg Dato’ Wira (Dr) Haji Ameer Ali’s commitment to job creation and people development.

The second son to the Mydin family, a family with a firm belief in entrepreneurship as a way of life, YBhg Dato’ Wira (Dr) Haji Ameer Ali was given a firm footing in entrepreneurship by his father. He received training at the ground level and learned the trade with diligence. He fur-thered his tertiary education in the United States after getting a scholarship from Majlis Amanah Rakyat (MARA).

His first shop, the third branch of the MYDIN chain was opened in Jalan Masjid India, Kuala Lumpur. His extended family mentored and coached him to run a profitable outlet. With a focus on core competency of the retail business, he focussed continuously on innovation. He developed the famed MYDIN organisational culture and created jobs for thousands of young people, making them gainfully employed.

He showed the world that with perseverance and dedication, you can compete with global brands and still be a winner. With strong leadership, family unity and talent building, he has harnessed the core competencies of the MYDIN group to venture into various formats of retail business ranging from its original wholesale emporium, hypermarket, convenience store (known as MyMart), bazaar and mini market (known as MYMYDIN).

He has demonstrated a great leadership to emerge as an entrepreneur of considerable stature. Today, MYDIN has grown to have more than 200 outlets nationwide with an annual turnover of RM 2.9 billion.

The Asia HRD Awards Committee is honoured to bestow upon YBhg Dato’ Wira (Dr) Haji Ameer Ali, the Contribution to Society Award 2014 for his contribution towards job creation and talent development.

YBhg Datuk Ibrahim Ahmad
Director General, Majlis Amanah Rakyat (MARA), Malaysia
2014
YBhg Datuk Ibrahim Ahmad
The ‘Contribution to Society’ award recognises YBhg Datuk Ibrahim Ahmad’s commitment towards education.

His capable leadership of MARA has been instrumental in driving MARA forward in the education space. His innovative ideas have been sparked by a drive towards making the youth think proactively and develop into productive citizens of the nation. With a firm steadfastness towards traditional values and ethics, he has led MARA in line with its vision and mission.

MARA’s entrepreneurial mission is to develop the business and trade community with an educational core seeking to develop bumiputera talents into leaders and pioneers while upholding traditional values and ethics. As a means of strengthening its organisational capability and performance, he initiated a series of strong leadership development activities towards realising MARA’s transformation programme.

The Asia HRD Awards International Awards Committee is honoured to bestow upon YBhg Datuk Ibrahim Ahmad, the Contribution to Society Award 2014 for his contribution on transformational leadership in education.

Minister Ali Saleh Abdulla received the award on behalf of Dr Abdul Hussain bin Ali Mirza
Minister of State for Electricity and Water Affairs Kingdom of Bahrain
2013
Dr Abdul Hussain bin Ali Mirza
The ‘Contribution to Society’ award recognizes H.E. Dr Abdul Hussain bin Ali Mirza for his decades of contribution to people development in Bahrain.

H.E. Dr Abdul Hussain bin Ali Mirza has long had a passion for national capacity building. The youngest General Manager at Bapco, the founder of the Management Society of Bahrain, Minister of Oil and Gas and Energy, and now Minister for Electricity and Water Affairs, his career serves as a leadership role model for young Bahrainis to follow to meet the 2030 Vision of the Kingdom of Bahrain.

H.E. Dr Abdul Hussain bin Ali Mirza’s contribution has been more than as an example, though. The HR and national capacity strategies he has implemented will ensure coming generations of Bahrainis are developed to succeed and meet future challenges.

YB Dato’ Wira Hj Mohd Puat Bin Hj Mohd Ali
State Secretary, State Government of Kedah Darul Aman, Malaysia
2013
YB Dato’ Wira Hj Mohd Puat Bin Hj Mohd Ali
The ‘Contribution to Society’ award recognizes Dato’ Wira Puat for a lifetime of public service and dedication to the Malaysian state of Kedah.

Dato’ Wira Puat has served the state government for 35 years in various positions such as Chief Financial Officer, CEO of Kedah Investment Centre, Deputy GM of Langkawi Development Authority (LADA), District Officer, and Board member of several government-linked companies. He has participated in many trade missions all over the world to attract and encourage investors to the state, helping to create economic growth and employment opportunities for the people.

The highest ranking civil servant in the state, Dato’ Wira Puat is an exemplary and loyal servant leader with a strong belief in life-long learning for both personal and professional development.

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YBhg. Professor Dato’ Dr Mohamed Mustafa Ishak
Vice Chancellor, University Utara Malaysia, Malaysia
2013
YBhg. Professor Dato’ Dr Mohamed Mustafa Ishak
The ‘Contribution to Society’ award recognizes YBhg. Professor Dato’ Mohamed Mustafa Ishak for his immense contributions to promoting a culture of lifelong learning.

An expert in Malaysian and Southeast Asian politics, YBhg. Professor Dato’ Dr Mohamed Mustafa Ishak is a prolific writer and contributor on domestic and international affairs. He is the founding President of the Association of International Studies (Malaysia), as well as the Chief Editor, Journal of International Studies (Malaysia). Over 26 years at University Utara Malaysia he has held a wide portfolio of top-level posts, rising to Vice Chancellor in 2010. In Malaysia he has also served on numerous national committees and councils, in recognition of all of which he has been awarded many awards and honorific titles.

YBhg. Professor Dato’ Dr Mohamed Mustafa Ishak has also placed his mark on the international community as visiting professor at institutions in France and Indonesia, as well as being instrumental in strengthening bilateral relations in education between Malaysia and the Kingdom of Thailand. He is an inspiration to all who seek to develop and build a national community as well as a strong believer in the power of education.

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Ms Nelly Nailatie Ma’arif
President, Wanita Perti Wanita Persatuan Tarbiyah Islamiyah, Indonesia
2013
Ms Nelly Nailatie Ma’arif
The ‘Contribution to Society’ award recognizes Ibu Nelly for her inspirational and tireless work in promoting the role of women in Indonesia and across the region.

Ibu Nelly serves as President of Wanita Perti, a Muslim women’s organisation founded on education, social development and Islamic values, as well as Vice Chair of the General Assembly of the ASEAN Confederation of Women Organisation, and a member of the International Relations Kowani (National Council of Women Organisation Indonesia). She has spoken, lectured and written on women’s issues throughout Indonesia as well as interviewed leading international figures as part of her work in social development. In addition to all this, she has had a successful business career with a number of multinational companies.

Ibu Nelly is a role model to all and an example of a successful, hands on business career based on social values.

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YBhg. Datuk Seri Mohd Iqbal Rawther
Chairman Malaysian Institute of Management, Malaysia
2013
YBhg. Datuk Seri Mohd Iqbal Rawther
The ‘Contribution to Society’ award recognizes YBhg. Datuk Seri Mohd Iqbal Rawther for his significant contributions to management development and international business relations.

A Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Bankers and an Emeritus Fellow (as well as Chairman) of the Malaysian Institute of Management, YBhg. Datuk Seri Mohd Iqbal Rawther holds numerous qualifications and business titles. In addition to his Chairman role at MIM as well as his business interests in Malaysia, he is involved in regional and international organizations such as the ASEAN Business Forum (as Vice President); Malaysia-Japan Economic Association (as Honorary Secretary); and the Malaysia-Gulf Countries Business Council (as Deputy President). Furthermore, he is Chairman of the Business Advisory Council of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP).

YBhg. Datuk Seri Mohd Iqbal Rawther has long promoted management development throughout Malaysia and the region, guiding generations of students and colleagues to develop their business and leadership acumen, while at the same time placing Malaysia firmly on the international stage through strong economic relations.

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Hon. Aleem Siddiqui Matabalao Guiapal
Director IV (Bureau Director), Bureau of Muslims Economics Affairs, Philippines
2013
Hon. Aleem Siddiqui Matabalao Guiapal
The ‘Contribution to Society’ award recognizes Hon. Aleem Siddiqui Matabalao Guiapal for his contribution at a relatively early age to promoting the participation of Muslim Filipinos in business and industry.

Young and influential, Hon. Aleem Siddiqui Matabalao Guiapal has already made a name for himself for his ideas, talent and entrepreneurial spirit, particularly in his strategies for Filipinos from the Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao.

Hon. Aleem Siddiqui Matabalao Guiapal’s success is not merely due to sheer hard work but to the motivating passion he brings to any work activity.

Shri Shiv Nadar
Founder & Chairman Shiv Nadar Foundation, India
2012
Shri Shiv Nadar
The “Contribution to Society” award recognises the work of the Shiv Nadar Foundation; and its President and Founder Shiv Nadar in creating a more equitable, meritocracy based society by empowering individuals to bridge the socio-economic divide.

At a time when India had a total of 250 computers, Shiv Nadar founded HCL with a young team of eight which has resulted in a $6.2-billion global enterprise with over 90,000 professionals from diverse nationalities, who operate from 31 countries, including over 500 points of presence in India.

With a desire to give back to the society, the Shiv Nadar Foundation was founded in 1994 to support the cause of education in India. The Foundation empowers individuals to to create socio-economic change through the power of transformational education.

He has received global recognition not just for his contribution to trade & industry in India and the world, but also for his deep commitment to public good. He has won several accolades for his pioneering role in business and philanthropy. Forbes Magazine featured Shiv Nadar in its list of 48 Heroes of Philanthropy in the Asia Pacific region in 2011.

Shiv Nadar was conferred the Padma Bhushan - the third highest civilian honour, awarded by the President of India.

Dato’ Sri Mohd Nadzmi Bin Mohd Salleh
President Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) Malaysia
2012
Dato’ Sri Mohd Nadzmi Bin Mohd Salleh
The “Contribution to Society” award recognises Dato’ Sri Mohd Nadzmi Mohd Salleh for his extraordinary contribution to development of the sport of Badminton in Malaysia.

Dato’ Sri Mohd Nadzmi, an eminent business leader is the President of The Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM), the sport’s governing body in Malaysia, affiliated to the Badminton World Federation (BWF), the Badminton Asia Confederation (BAC) and the Olympic Council of Malaysia.

Dato’ Sri Mohd Nadzmi has provided a structured training and development route for talented young players, who wish to pursue a career in badminton. He has pioneered initiatives to instill an enthusiasm for sports with the the Malaysian youth, with sports development programmes at the school level.

Under his leadership BAM has developed a very successful men’s badminton team and a very promising women’s team besides producing a world champion in Datuk Lee Chong Wei.

The development programmes at BAM promise to create a talent pipeline capable of producing world champions. Having led several leading organisations as Chairman & CEO, he is now fully committed to developing the sport of badminton.

He has been conferred the title of Dato’ Sri for his contributions.

Dr.(Col.) A. Balasubramanian
Founder & President Sri Balaji Society, India
2012
Dr.(Col.) A. Balasubramanian
The “Contribution to Society” award recognises Dr. (Colonel.) A. Balasubramanian for modernising and transforming management education.

Dr. (Colonel.) A. Balasubramanian, or Dr. Bala as he is popularly known, is one of the founding fathers of management education in India. An eclectic man, Dr. Bala is known for many unique and bold initiatives in management education in the country. He was instrumental in setting up the hugely popular Symbiosis Institute of Management Studies (SIMS), one of the top business schools in India, as its Director.

A daring, unconventional and creative educationist, Dr.Bala was the first to conceive the idea of launching management institutes exclusively for armed forces personnel and their dependents. Dr. Bala is the President of Sri Balaji Society which runs a network of premier educational institutes including the flagship Balaji Institute of Modern Management (BIMM), an institute providing quality management education that is today rated as one of the top 30 B – schools in the country.

An army veteran-turned-education crusader, Prof. Bala shot to national fame in 1997, when he became the first and the only subedar (soldier) in the army to be directly promoted to the honorary rank of a full colonel: a honour bestowed upon him by the then President of India, K.R. Narayanan, in recognition of his invaluable contribution to the field of education.

YB Datuk Amar Haji Mohamad Morshidi Bin Abdul Ghani
State Secretary, Government of Sarawak, Malaysia
2011
YB Datuk Amar Haji Mohamad Morshidi Bin Abdul Ghani
This “Contribution to Society” Award recognises YB Datuk Amar Haji Mohamad Morshidi Bin Abdul Ghani’s contribution to Human Capital Development in Sarawak.

YB Datuk Amar Haji Mohamad Moshidi bin Abdul Ghani has contributed over decades to human capital development. A graduate of Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) and the University of Scranton, Pennsylvania, USA, Datuk Amar started his career as a management executive with Petronas in 1980.

Since the late eighties, Datuk Amar has held several positions in various government sectors and in important social organizations. He was Sarawak State’s Director for Human Resource Management, Human Resource Development and Quality. He has also been an active member of important social organizations. He has been awarded many prestigious awards in recognition of his services and contributions to the lives of people in Sarawak.

In all the positions he held, he actively demonstrated his commitment to skills development. His lifelong selfless ambition is to develop the State Civil Service in order for it to support the private sector. In this, his mission is to improve the quality of life for Sarawakians through education and skills training.

Datuk Amar has pioneered several path-breaking initiatives to champion the transformation of the State Civil Service. He also actively supported the Government of Sarawak to usher in innovative projects to make Sarawak, an education hub.

The Asia HRD Congress 2011 Awards Committee is delighted to honour YB Datuk Amar Haji Mohamad Morshidi Bin Abdul Ghani’s for his commitment to human capital development in Sarawak.

YBhg Dato’ Sri Dr. Tony Fernandes
Group CEO, AirAsia Berhad, Malaysia
2011
YBhg Dato’ Sri Dr. Tony Fernandes
This “Contribution to Society (Business)” Award recognises the contribution of Dato’ Sri Tony Fernandes to Human Capital Development in the world of business.

George Bernard Shaw once said, “Some men see things as they are and say why – I dream things that never were and say why not.” It is the wisdom that guides and epitomises Tony’s work.

The architect of Air Asia, his contribution to the business world in general and his commitment to people development in particular, are not only expansive and innovative but also legendary. Tony has the innate ability to hire ordinary people and develop them into extraordinary performers. He also has the wonderful ability to expand business not only for Air Asia but also other airline and airport service providers, directly and indirectly offering many people not only jobs but also a way to fulfil their aspiration and dreams. His boldness and vision in developing business, growing people and encouraging a dynamic people-centric culture has been the driver for Air Asia’s incredible success in a short time.

Tony’s worldwide recognition showcases his deep commitment and rainbow success:
  • Commander of the order of the British Empire, 2011, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.
  • 2010 Forbes Asia Businessman of the year
  • 2010 Officer of the Legion d’Honneur’, Government of France
  • 2009 CEO Award from Jane’s Transport finance
  • 2009 CAPA Legend Award (Aviation Hall of Fame)
  • 2008 Conferred the Dato’ Sri title by the Sultan of Pahang
  • 2005 Conferred the title Dato’ by Yang Di Pertuan Besar of Negri Sembilan


He has been given many more accolades but his vision is to grow a world class low cost airline with his team. His singular commitment to his vision ‘Now Everyone Can Fly’ has revolutionized air travel and impacted society in a profound way. ‘Tony’ and ‘Now Everyone Can Fly’ are now household brands in Asia.

The Asia HRD Congress 2011 Awards Committee is delighted to honour YBhg Dato’ Sri Dr. Tony Fernandes for his committment to Human Capital Development in the Low Cost Airlines Industry in Asia.

Professor Dr. Sivasailam “Thiagi” Thiagarajan
Founder, The Thiagi Group, USA
2011
Professor Dr. Sivasailam “Thiagi” Thiagarajan
This “Contribution to Society” Award recognises Professor Dr. Sivasailam Thiagarajan’s contribution to learning and development.

Sivasailam Thiagarajan is best known simply as “Thiagi”, and understandably so, for the convenience of the “locals” in America, Africa, Europe, and elsewhere. Thiagi’s involvement in training and performance technology started in Chennai (originally known as Madras), India, where he was born into a family of schoolteachers. That family connection continues today: Thiagi’s wife teaches and their son produces computer-based training resources for Workshops run by his illustrious father.

Thiagi’s power to inspire and motivate people to learn and perform comes from his humility and his egoless willingness to learn from the learners. Thiagi’s early career as a high school physics teacher helped shape his basic approaches to corporate training. But more importantly, the single greatest source of influence on his work, and from whom he continues to learn even after 30 years, is the group of people whose behavior he is trying to so commitedly change: the countless learners in his workshops, presentations, and seminars.

With the aim of promoting active learning, he has innovated, developed and continues to promote a “Thiagi”-approach to learner-centred games, delivered through his high-energy sessions. Much to his own personal style of learning, Thiagi developed his game design skills from watching players. He learned his workshop skills by drawing lessons from participants’ feedback.

If games helped him to position himself and offer a great tool to the world of learning, the need to ensure learning results in actual change in behaviour and improved performance led Thiagi to venture into Human Performance Technology (HPT) movement. In this, he was following his peers and doing the right thing as a learning and development specialist. He actively started out in writing instructional designs that focused on performance outcomes. Thiagi became a noted performance technologist in the corporate circles because he saw that instructional design alone was not enough.

The Asia HRD Congress 2011 Awards Committee is delighted to honour Professor Dr. Sivasailam Thiagarajan for his commitment to the world of learning and development.

Professor Dr. Sivasailam “Thiagi” Thiagarajan
Founder, The Thiagi Group, USA
2011
Professor Dr. Sivasailam “Thiagi” Thiagarajan
This “Contribution to Society” Award recognises Professor Dr. Sivasailam Thiagarajan’s contribution to learning and development.

Sivasailam Thiagarajan is best known simply as “Thiagi”, and understandably so, for the convenience of the “locals” in America, Africa, Europe, and elsewhere. Thiagi’s involvement in training and performance technology started in Chennai (originally known as Madras), India, where he was born into a family of schoolteachers. That family connection continues today: Thiagi’s wife teaches and their son produces computer-based training resources for Workshops run by his illustrious father.

Thiagi’s power to inspire and motivate people to learn and perform comes from his humility and his egoless willingness to learn from the learners. Thiagi’s early career as a high school physics teacher helped shape his basic approaches to corporate training. But more importantly, the single greatest source of influence on his work, and from whom he continues to learn even after 30 years, is the group of people whose behavior he is trying to so commitedly change: the countless learners in his workshops, presentations, and seminars.

With the aim of promoting active learning, he has innovated, developed and continues to promote a “Thiagi”-approach to learner-centred games, delivered through his high-energy sessions. Much to his own personal style of learning, Thiagi developed his game design skills from watching players. He learned his workshop skills by drawing lessons from participants’ feedback.

If games helped him to position himself and offer a great tool to the world of learning, the need to ensure learning results in actual change in behaviour and improved performance led Thiagi to venture into Human Performance Technology (HPT) movement. In this, he was following his peers and doing the right thing as a learning and development specialist. He actively started out in writing instructional designs that focused on performance outcomes. Thiagi became a noted performance technologist in the corporate circles because he saw that instructional design alone was not enough.

The Asia HRD Congress 2011 Awards Committee is delighted to honour Professor Dr. Sivasailam Thiagarajan for his commitment to the world of learning and development.

YBhg. Dato’ Sri Edmund Santhara
Group CEO / Executive Director, Masterskill Education Group Berhad, Malaysia
2011
YBhg. Dato’ Sri Edmund Santhara
This “Contribution to Society” Award recognises YBhg. Dato’ Sri Edmund Santhara’s contribution to education in Malaysia.

While YBhg. Dato’ Sri Edmund Santhara, who is now working towards his doctoral degree with an Australian university, held a number of critical responsibilities in the corporate sector that enriched his managerial, leadership and business experiences. His present work at Masterskill is immensely important for education in Malaysia.

He joined Masterskill as a Director of Business Development in October 2004 and eventually became Masterskill’s Group CEO & Executive Director in January 2010 for his contributions. Working with his rich experience and influenced by his love for the strategy-heavy chess game, he was able to within 6 years shape a socially purposeful and economically profitable educational institution, enhance the quality and performance of private education in Malaysia and make significant difference to the lives of many aspiring Malaysians students (and students from other developing societies). The academic community too has vastly benefitted.

Dato’ Sri Edmund Santhara has through his focussed efforts revolutionized nursing and healthcare education in Malaysia. His contribution to education is phenomenal. His leadership and innovative measures in Masterskill have seen a rapid growth in student population from a mere 70 students per year in 2001 to its current 17,000. Masterskill is now the largest brand in nursing and allied health education in the Asia Pacific region with 1 University College and 3 college campuses nationwide with overall capacity of 33,000 students.

CSR efforts have been also central to Dato’ Sri Edmund Santhara’s work, which goes beyond just promoting formal education. An important contribution in this area is his involvement with the chess game. He has been promoting the importance and benefits of chess among Malaysian youths since 2007. To achieve this, he has worked through various youth development programs in chess with the Ministry of Education, Malaysian Chess Federation (MCF), ASEAN Chess Confederation (ACC) and Kuala Lumpur Chess Association, where he is the President. In 2008, Dato’ Edmund Santhara, with the support of chess community and His Royal Highness Crown Prince of Perak, Raja Nazrin Shah Ibni Sultan Azlan Muhibbuddin Shah, brought an annual international level chess tournament into Malaysia -- Kuala Lumpur International Open Chess Tournament. Following this contribution, is his establishment of the Malaysian Intellect Development Foundation (MIDF) to help develop leadership and entrepreneurship amongst young Malaysians. The Asia HRD Congress 2011 Awards Committee is delighted to honour YBhg. Dato’ Sri Edmund Santhara for his commitment to contribute to education in Malaysia.

H.E Engineer Fahmi bin Ali Al Jowder
Minister of Works, Minister in-charge of Electricity & Water Authority, Ministry of Works. Kingdom of Bahrain
2010
H.E Engineer Fahmi bin Ali Al Jowder
This “Contribution to Society” Award recognises the outstanding contribution and commitment of His Excellency Engineer Fahmi bin Ali Al Jowder towards human capital development in the Kingdom of Bahrain.

His Excellency received his Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of Bahrain and completed his Master of Engineering Management in Construction & Facilities at the George Washington University, Washington D. C. The current Minister of Works in the Kingdom of Bahrain has dedicated 25 years experience in talent management.

He has demonstrated outstanding leadership and has aligned people with the vision and mission of the Ministry ensuring in commendable results. His desire and drive to raise the level of service delivery at the Ministry to serve the public by exceeding expectations has been without parallel. He has set new performance standards and motivated the ministry to pursue excellence.

His Excellency was awarded by His Majesty the King of Bahrain Order First Degree on the successful completion of the Bahrain International Circuit, the Military Service Medal and the medal for the participation in the Liberation of Kuwait.

The Asia HRD Congress 2010 International Awards Committee is delighted to honour His Excellency.

Tan Sri G.Gnanalingam
Minister of Works, Managing Director, Westports Malaysia Sdn Bhd, Malaysia
2010
Tan Sri G.Gnanalingam
This “Contribution to Society” Award recognises the outstanding contribution and commitment of His Excellency Engineer Fahmi bin Ali Al Jowder towards human capital development in the Kingdom of Bahrain.

His Excellency received his Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of Bahrain and completed his Master of Engineering Management in Construction & Facilities at the George Washington University, Washington D. C. The current Minister of Works in the Kingdom of Bahrain has dedicated 25 years experience in talent management.

He has demonstrated outstanding leadership and has aligned people with the vision and mission of the Ministry ensuring in commendable results. His desire and drive to raise the level of service delivery at the Ministry to serve the public by exceeding expectations has been without parallel. He has set new performance standards and motivated the ministry to pursue excellence.

His Excellency was awarded by His Majesty the King of Bahrain Order First Degree on the successful completion of the Bahrain International Circuit, the Military Service Medal and the medal for the participation in the Liberation of Kuwait.

The Asia HRD Congress 2010 International Awards Committee is delighted to honour His Excellency.

Ahmad M. Al Banna
Chief People Officer, Gulf Air, Kingdom of Bahrain
2009
Tan Sri G.Gnanalingam
This “Contribution to Society” Award recognises Mr. Ahmad M. Al Banna’s contribution to human resource management and planning strategies in the Kingdom of Bahrain.

Mr. Ahmad joined Gulf Air as its Chief People Officer in 2007 and brought with him over 3 decades of knowledge in raising the skills development in the public and private sector. His portfolio includes vast experience in developing, interpreting and implementing human resource strategies. He also has extensive experience in planning and integrating HR strategies with corporate business objectives. This is complemented with wide experience in Oil, Aviation, Aluminium and Insurance industries both in Bahrain and abroad.

Ahmed’s major achievement is in handling government projects in his capacity as General Manager of the National Employment Programme which helped to reduce unemployment figures from 16% to 4% in less than two years time in the Kingdom of Bahrain.

His passion to upgrade the quality of Bahraini human capital is well recognised by his continuous involvement with global organisations such as being a Board member of the International Federation of Training & Development (IFTDO).

Datuk Michael Chong Ten Soo, PJN, DSIS, SMS, JP
Head of Public Services & Complaints Department, MCA Headquarters, Malaysia
2009
Datuk Michael Chong Ten Soo, PJN, DSIS, SMS, JP
This “Contribution to Society” Award recognises Datuk Michael Chong’s dedication to public services and humanitarian work in Malaysia for the past three decades.

Datuk Michael Chong’s passion to serve has led him to head MCA’s Public Services and Complaints Department. Any person irrespective of nationality, race, religion or gender approaching for help have found in Datuk Michael Chong, a saviour. He has endeavoured to minimise the sharp angularities in life for anyone in need.

Datuk Michael Chong is a public figure whom the people turn to for help works with his four assistants to handle about thirty cases daily in the department. With decades of public services experience, his achievements are noteworthy and deserve special mention. He has received the “Tokoh Pengguna” Award, Unity Chain Award and Community Service Awards from the Rotary Clubs of Pudu and Brickfields. In addition, he has been conferred titles by the Yang Di-Pertuan Agong, the Sultan of Selangor and the Sultan of Perak.

Besides committing his time with his current passion of helping people, he holds advisory positions in other social organisations where he continues to share his knowledge and experience.

Representative of Mr. Tony Bingham
Chief Executive Officer, American Society for Training & Development (ASTD), USA
2009
Datuk Michael Chong Ten Soo, PJN, DSIS, SMS, JP
This “Contribution to Society” Award recognises Mr. Tony Bingham's contribution to workplace learning and performance training and development of professionals.

Mr. Tony Bingham is President and Chief Executive Officer of the American Society for Training & Development (ASTD) which is one of the world’s largest associations dedicated to workplace learning and performance of professionals. Tony is a strategic leader with broad-based business, financial, operational and technical management expertise in ASTD whose members and associates work in thousands of organisations across many industries in more than 100 countries.

Tony reshaped and defined the direction of workplace learning and performance with his dynamic leadership. Under his stewardship, ASTD opened its doors to developing human capital with ASTD networks throughout the globe. This willingness to share and develop human capital globally can be ascribed to the underlying values of Tony Bingham – a persistent commitment to develop the world’s human capital.

Under Tony’s leadership, ASTD continues to enhance programmes and services for members and professionals in the workplace learning and performance (WLP) field. In fact, he has helped set the strategy for WLP all over the world. Tony is focused on expanding ASTD’s reach by developing strategic partnerships with various organisations by investing in educational offerings to meet members needs, convening the professional community, improving the society’s technology infrastructure, developing opportunities to support life-long learning for individuals, and creating closer ties with members, chapters and international partners, and the supplier community.

Mr. Ghanim M Al
Naimi Learning & Development Manager, HR Directorate, Qatar Foundation , DOHA, Qatar
2009
Mr. Ghanim M Al
This “Contribution to the Society” Award recognises Mr Ghanim M Al-Naimi for his contribution to talent management, strategy and planning.

Qatar Foundation is unique in terms of its multifarious activities - Education, Community support & development, Science, Research, , being facilitated through as many as 19 different centers and employing a multicultural work force consisting of Arabs, Asians, Europeans, westerners, Africans that supports it.

Bringing about a change in the right direction was by no means an ordinary task. Ghanim Mubarak al Naimi, armed with his five years of HR experience, his foresight, innovative thinking, excellent understanding of people’s psyche and above par Managerial skills set about his task in a most professional way, by successfully implementing the following.

1. Learning and Development Policies and procedures
2. A competency Frame Work for Qatar Foundation
3. Driving alignment of all HR initiatives to the identified Competencies
4. Automation of Learning and Development related initiatives
5. Creation of a serious of team building events


Qatar Foundation though in existence for nearly 14 years, the training and development efforts were only limited towards providing identified technical training until 2008. The alignment of the training efforts to achieve aspirations of QF, the implementing of world class performance evaluation methodology and streamlining the learning and development function was a major accomplishment. Ghanim Al Naimi’s contribution to Qatar Foundation ia an exceptional one and Qatar Foundation’s contribution to people building is without parallel.

The Asia HRDCongress 2009 Awards Committee is delighted to honour Mr Ghanim M Al-Naimi for his dedication and visionary planning in people development.

Representative of Abu Dhabi Polis

2009
Representative of
 Abu Dhabi Polis
This “Contribution to the Society” Award recognises Abu Dhabi Police for its dedication and visionary planning in developing its task force for the betterment and security of its people.

The wise leadership of the UAE takes great interest in establishing secure and safe living to locals and residents of this country. For achieving this ambition, it spared no effort to provide tangible assets and staff, enhancing by-law and organisational orders, developing cadres of different police departments to be fully equipped and prepared for facing security challenges and efficiently performing tasks assigned thereto.

Under the leadership of His Highness Lt General Sheikh Saif Bin Zayed AL Nahayan, Minister of Interior of Contemporary Policing Trends, a firm believer in maintaining qualified local police officers and staff, His Highness ensures the police officers and non-commissioned officers are trained in order to enhance their efficiency, broaden their knowledge base and develop their skills and capabilities for better performance of the work. Its effort towards improvement included, providing officers with updated knowledge, developing skills, refined manners and attitudes. It also enhanced the development of scientific and policing capacities for fulfilling assorted needs of all police departments and sectors.

The Training Division of Abu Dhabi Police has recently implemented structured training processes to ensure the satisfaction of the society it serves.

The Asia HRD Congress 2009 Awards Committee is delighted to honour Abu Dhabi Police for its dedication and visionary planning in developing its force to serve society.

Representative of Lily Kasoem
Founder Titian Foundation Indonesia
2008
Representative of Lily Kasoem
Lily Kasoem is the founder and former CEO of PT Lily Kasoem Optikal, a chain of retail optical stores in Indonesia. A member of Soroptimist International, a worldwide organisation for professional women working through service projects to advance human rights and the status of women. Lily also serves on the Board of the Indonesian Red Cross.

2004 - 2006, a the project manager for Soroptimist, Lily was the driving force behind a USD 1.6 million venture to rebuild Lamreh, a village that was devastated by the 2004 tsunami. The reconstruction project, included building 200 houses, a clinic, kindergarten, elementary school, library, women centre, community centre and the village market place.

2006 Founded Yayasan Titian Masa Depan, also known as Titian Foundation. A charity organisation incorporated in Indonesia in 2006. The organisation's primary objective is to promote and assist the progress of basic education for young Indonesians and secondly to aid in heritage preservation.

2006-2007 in the aftermath of the Central Java earth quake, Titian Foundation raised fund to rebuild a school in Bayat which was completely destroyed. In July 2007 an elementary school and secondary school for 1000 children were built and ready. It was inaugurated by the Governor of Central Java.

2007 till now

Over seeing TF projects:
  • Micro Credit programme in Lamreh and Pidie, Aceh

  • Teachers Quality Improvement Training in Central Java

  • Scholarship Programme for High School and Vocational School

  • Building new Vocational School in Bayat, Central Java

  • Capacity building in the School and the community in Bayat

  • Help fund raise for Indonesian Red Cross



Nafsiah Mboi
National AIDS Commission Secretary, Indonesia
2008
Nafsiah Mboi
Dr. Nafsiah Mboi - Walinono, MD. Ped, MPH, was born in Sengkang, Sulawesi Selatan, on 14 July 1940.

Dr. Nafsiah completed her medical education at the Universiy of Indonesia in 1964, where her husband, Dr. Ben Mboi, former Governor of East Nusa Tenggara, also studied. She continued her education with advanced Pediatrics in Belgium and Epidemiology and social pediatrics in the Netherlands. She completed a Master's Degree in Public Health in Belgium in 1990. She was a Takemi Fellow at the Harvard School of Public Health during the years 1991-92.

Before being appointed the Secretary for the National AIDS Commission, Dr. Nafsiah had played a leading role in activities related to the improvement of the quality of health and education in Indonesia. Throughout her career, Dr. Nafsiah has been directly involved in a wide range of efforts to promote gender balance and acceleration of development in many parts of Indonesia.

Previously, Dr. Nafsiah had been a member of the Indonesian Parliament (1992 - 1997) and served as Director of the Department of Gender and Women's Health at the World Health Organization (WHO) based in Geneva, Switzerland (1999 - 2002). She served for some time (1997 - 1999) as a member and then Chair of the United Nations Commission on the Rights of the Child, the first Asian to serve in this capacity.

Dr Nafsiah has been active in HIV and AIDS activities, since the first cases of AIDS were identified in Indonesia. From 2002 - 2006 she served as Senior Consultant on HIV and AIDS to Family Health International (FHI/ASA) working specifically on work in Indonesia's eastern most area of Tanah Papua. She was also active in the technical advisory group of the National AIDS Commission. In that connection one of her most significant achievements was facilitating the birth and later implementation of the Sentani Commitment, (2004) an innovative partnership of Central and Local Government authorities working to promote effective responses to HIV and AIDS in the then 6 most seriously affective provinces.

Dr. Nafsiah has received various awards including the prestigious Ramon Magsaysay Award for Government Service in 1986 which she received together with her beloved husband, Dr. Ben Mboi, for the contributions towards the quality improvement for the development in East Nusa Tenggara province.

Representative of Tuan Syed Shahir Syed Mohamud
President, Malaysian Trades Union Congress (MTUC), Malaysia
2008
Representative of 
Tuan Syed Shahir Syed Mohamud
Tuan Syed Shahir Syed Mohamud became the President of Malaysian Trade Union Congress (MTUC) and that too after contesting for the post four imes; he won the fifth attempt in 2004 – he has faced many challenges. Believing on servant leadership style with proven track record in championing the workers cause, Syed Shahir was reelected to helm MTUC for the 2nd term in 2007 with a comfortable and convincing majority.

Syed Shahir started his career after completing tertiary education as a Mathematics Teacher at his hometown of Raub in Pahang. However, in seeking for greater challenges, he decided to move on to Kuala Lumpur to join the trade union movement in 1975 and signed up as a professional trade unionist and rise to become the Executive Secretary of the National Union of Transport Equipment and Allied Industry Workers (NUTEAIW).

Syed Shahir has been consistence in championing the call for the introduction of legislation to fix on National Minimum Wage at RM 900/- and the provision of Cost of Living Allowance (COLA) of RM 300/- for the public and private sectors in Malaysia. MTUC held several dialogues with the authorities and organized peaceful public demonstrations to press with its claims. It is not the hard negotiations between employers and unions but unions and the Government. In response, the Government on its part has called for restraint and suggested the use of the National Wages Council and Tripartite mechanisms to deal with low wages and salary increases in specific sectors. Syed Shahir, a charismatic orator is immensely popular with family members, friends and union members. As a servant leader, his desire to serve others is first, always encourages collaboration, listening to constructive feedback and ethical use of power and influence!

YBhg. Dato' Dr. Nellie S. L. Tan-Wong
Co-Founder cum Deputy Chairperson, Women's Institute of Management (WIM), Malaysia
2007
YBhg. Dato' Dr. Nellie S. L. Tan-Wong
The Contribution to the Society award recognises Dato' Dr. Nellie Tan who have made a profound difference to the lives of many woman entrepreneurs and executives.

YBhg. Dato' Dr. Nellie S. L. Tan-Wong has pioneered the cause of Women in Education as Co-Founder, the Women's Institute of Management.

The Women's Institute of Education is extremely active in promoting learning among women executives and building the managerial careers of women executives.

Despite being a practicing Chartered Accountant and Managing Director of several companies, she is committed to voluntary work aimed at improving the lives of others.

She strongly believes that human resource is the best asset of any organisation. Her life has been focused on leadership by example and continuing professional training.

She has written books and handbooks for the organisations where she held leadership positions e.g. Board Member, Women's World Banking, New York, Finance Chairman, World YWCA, Geneva and National Vice Chairman Malaysian Red Crescent Society and the President of the N.S. Chinese Maternity Hospital, Seremban

YBhg Dato' Dr. M. Thambirajah
Director, Sri Murugan Centre, Malaysia
2007
YBhg Dato' Dr. M. Thambirajah
The Contribution to the Society award recognises Dato' Dr. M. Thambirajah for his work in ensuring access to learning for the marginalised.

Dato' Dr. M. Thambirajah was born in Penang in 1942 and received his early education at the High School Bukit Mertajam, the same school as the Malaysia Prime Minister. A trained teacher from Kirby Teacher Training College, Liverpool. After teaching in Kedah for 4 years, he joined the University of Malaya and graduated in 1969. He obtained a Boeing scholarship to do Masters and PhD in Seattle, Washington USA. In 1972 he joined the Faculty of Arts in University of Malaya. He furthered his studies and became a qualified lawyer in 1988. His publications include a series called "Malaysia Dalam Sejarah".

More than his academic excellence, his outstanding achievement is the founding of a social welfare movement called Sri Murugan Centre in 1982. Sri Murugan Centre or SMC provides educational guidance to marginalized Indian students preparing for UPSR, PMR and STPM examinations. In 1983, he started 4 centres at Kuala Lumpur, Petaling Jaya, Klang and Seremban. Today there are 110 centres throughout the country attending to about 10,000 students every year. Over the past 25 years 13,443 students have gained admission to local tertiary educational institutions and more than 500 have graduated from foreign institutions.

The success and growth of Sri Murugan Centre can be attributed to genuine service without expectations and a vast pool of volunteers.

It's 3 guiding principles are:

  • All of us are created equal
  • All of us are endowed with the same intellectual capacity
  • Religion is crucial for success in education and life


It's pioneering work is blessed with many supporters and donors including YAB Dato' Seri Abdullah Haji Ahmad Badawi the Prime Minister who has attended SMC functions. The Patrons of SMC are Dato' Seri S. Samy Vellu and Tan Sri Koh Tsu Koon, Chief Minister of Penang.

It's work has created an awareness for the importance of education for the development of human capital in Malaysia.

YBhg Dato' Ghazali Bin Dato' Mohd. Yusoff
Entrepreneur & Executive Chairman, Nusantara Technologies Sdn. Bhd. Malaysia
2007
YBhg Dato' Ghazali Bin Dato' Mohd. Yusoff
The Contribution to the Society Award recognises Dato' Ghazali for his active support to the cause of education.

Born into a family with b service traditions and a father who has traveled widely as a civil servant in the Government; Dato' Ghazali has developed into an adaptable and easy going person.

His early education was thrust upon him by the many schools that he had to attend and the various experiences that he had to undergo both within and outside of Malaysia. However, he did graduate from the University of Malaya in 1968 in Economics and Geography.

Dato' Ghazali then worked in a multinational company and traveled extensively throughout the world. The Company encouraged him to be active in many outside activities and he therefore enjoyed various positions and involvement in National, Regional and International Organisations.

He was, for example, an active member of the Asian Chamber of Commerce and Industry and was at one stage, Chairman of the Asian- European Council. He has been a board member of Malaysian Industrial Development Authority (MIDA) for the last 20 years.

Dato' Ghazali is also an active member in Associations relating to welfare of the marginalized and disabled. He is currently the Vice President of the National Council of Welfare and Social Development of Malaysia and the President of the Malaysian Council for Rehabilitaion. He is also actively involved in the field of sustainable development and is currently the Honorary Executive Director of the Business Council for Sustainable Development Malaysia of which he is also the founding member.

Dato' Ghazali is actively involved in the field of human resource development and has been appointed as a member of the Advisory Panel of the UiTM - Industry Linkage Programme. Recently, the Prime Minister of Malaysia had appointed him to the Panel of Advisors for National Unity of Malaysia. Dato' Ghazali believes very bly in serving humanity utilizing the variety of experiences and opportunities that God has given him.

Dr. Roberto F. De Campo
President, Asian Institute of Management, Philippines
2006
Dr. Roberto F. De Campo President
Dr. Roberto F. de Ocampo, presently the President of the prestigious Asian Institute of Management, has had a distinguished career that has included outstanding service in the public and private sectors and in the academe. His unprecedented achievements include, among others, pioneering the Rural Electrification Cooperatives Program of the Philippines, spearheading the Development Bank of the Philippines as its Chairman, and bringing the Philippine economy to its highest levels of economic prosperity as the nation's Secretary of Finance.

In each of these activities, Dr. de Ocampo touched the lives of the citizens of his country by establishing programs that reduced poverty, expanded job opportunities and strengthened communities. Dr. de Ocampo has been a recipient of several international awards and recognitions that include:

  • L' ORDRE NATIONAL DE LA LEGION D'HONNEUR (France)
  • FINANCE MINISTER of the YEAR (1995) - Awarded by Euromoney Magazine (The First Filipino and first ASEAN to be conferred this award)
  • ASIAN FINANCE MINISTER of the YEAR (1996) - Awarded by Euromoney Magazine)
  • ASIAN FINANCE MINISTER of the YEAR (1997) - Awarded by Asiamoney Magazine)
  • Association of Development Finance Institutions of Asia & the Pacific (ADFIAP) MAN of the YEAR (1997) - First recipient of this award.


Dr. de Ocampo has been conferred four Doctorates (Honoris Causa), and is a member of strategic international organizations including the Trilateral Commission, The Conference Board (New York), Bo'ao Forum for Asia and the Emerging Markets Forum.

YBhg Puan Sri Datin Seri Dr. Susan Cheah
Executive Director Sunway Group of Companies, Malaysia
2005
YBhg Puan Sri Datin Seri Dr. Susan Cheah
The leading purpose in the life of Puan Sri Datin Seri Susan Cheah has been to put service above self and to be the Brand Ambassador for education. This has been documented well enough to merit her recognition in the field of Higher Education and People Development.

There is a famous saying that behind every successful man is a successful woman. This beautiful convention centre and theme park, the Sunway Lagoon is part of the Sunway conglomerate. Puan Sri's husband Tan Sri Jeffrey Cheah - the visionary who converted a tin mine 25 years ago into what it is today - will without doubt acknowledge the positive contributions of his wife, who is an accomplished corporate figure herself.

Mr. Kulasekar Kulasingham receiving the award on behalf of his brother, Mr. Jeyathesan Kulasingham
Initiator, CARE, Malaysia
2004
Mr. Kulasekar Kulasingham receiving 
the award on behalf of his brother, 
Mr. Jeyathesan Kulasingham
Mr. Jeyathesan Kulasingham was recognised for initiating the community project CARErity, a long term project aimed at character building among youth and children by establishing long term caring relationships with the less fortunate groups in the community. The award was received by his brother, Mr. KulasekarKulasingham.

Asso. Prof. Dato' Dr. Zaliha Omar
Faculty of Medicine, Universiti Malaya Medical Centre, Malaysia
2004
Mr. Kulasekar Kulasingham receiving 
the award on behalf of his brother, 
Mr. Jeyathesan Kulasingham
Dato' Dr. Zaliha Omar received the award for her pioneering work in Rehabilitation Medicine at the UMMC. Her commitment to providing training opportunities to medical and paramedical personnel has immensely expanded the scope of care available to the disabled

YBhg Datuk Dr. Syed Othman Alhabshi
President, UNITAR, Malaysia
2003
YBhg Datuk Dr. Syed Othman Alhabshi
YBhg Datuk Dr. Syed Othman Alhabshi has Bachelor of Economics and Statistics degree from University of Malaya; Master of Science in Statistics from University of Winsconsin, USA; and Ph.D. in Econometrics from University of Birmingham, UK. He was the Dean of the Faculty of Economics both at University Kebangsaan Malaysia and International Islamic University and the Deputy-Vice Chancellor (Academic) at University Utara Malaysia. He was also Associate Professor at University Kebangsaan Malaysia and Professor of Economics of International Islamic University Malaysia.

An educator whose contribution is invaluable, his efforts continue in his leadership to Malaysia's first virtual University, that would offer unparalleled educational opportunities to Malaysians.