Faculty

Our faculty members are from a constantly growing pool of subject-matter experts who have vast learning delivery experience for board-level participants.

Azim Pawanchik

Azim is a leading innovation expert in Asia specialising in innovation strategy, open innovation and innovation analytics. He had developed innovation measurements which helped in guiding governments and organisations to create data-driven policies by measuring the impact of investing in innovation to create sustainable transformation. Being a thought leader, he had written two books on innovation and spoken about the subject matter in Europe, Middle East, Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia and Australia. He developed Asia’s first digital innovation management software which is used to accelerate transformation and create measurable impact within organisations. He has worked with National University of Singapore (NUS), Technip, F&N, Petronas, Sime Darby, DiGi, and Malaysia’s National Innovation Agency (AIM).

Datuk John Zinkin ICDM (F)

Datuk John Zinkin is well-known for his work in corporate governance, ethics, leadership and board coaching. He has 47 years’ of experience in businesses (30 years in Asia) helming multiple senior positions in major multinational manufacturing, marketing and consulting companies. He has written several books, journals and articles on corporate governance. In recognition, he was awarded the writer of the year in 2014 by MSWG. He is also a visiting Fellow at the International Centre for Corporate Social Responsibility in Nottingham, UK and is a Member of the Global Coaching Partnership based in Sydney.

Murray Eldridge

A board level operator, Murray has over 40 years of international experience in Shipping, Oil & Gas, Telecommunication and Consulting. He has held executive roles in Marketing, Sales, Strategy, Commercial and as a Managing Director with job scope spanning international joint ventures and alliances (UK, China, Japan, and Indonesia). Murray is active in conducting external board evaluations of companies under the UK Corporate Governance Code. He is currently a Chartered Director, a Fellow of the Institute of Directors UK (IOD UK) and is a Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute. He is the Programme Leader for IOD UK's Chartered Director programme (Strategy and Leadership module) and the author of Leading High Performance.

Ramesh Pillai

Ramesh is currently the Chairman of the Institute of Enterprise Risk Practitioners (providing professional certification in Enterprise Risk Management) and the Group Managing Director of Friday Concepts (International) which is a Boutique Risk Management consultancy. He has 30 years of risk management experience through various positions in Conventional and Islamic Banks, Pengurusan Danaharta Nasional and Bank Negara Malaysia. He is also an Independent Non-Executive Director of Gibraltar BSN Life Berhad and AmInvestment Bank Berhad. He received a Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Economics with Accountancy from Loughborough University, United Kingdom. He is currently a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales and is a member of the Malaysian Institute of Accountants.

Randel S. Carlock

Spanning 25 years of leadership experience, serving first as an executive with a NYSE family business – Dayton-Hudson (now Target Corporation), the founder of four companies, serving as Chairman and CEO of one of them (listed on the NASDAQ) and serving as a director of two public-listed corporations, Dr Randel is the Berghmans Lhoist Chaired Professor in Entrepreneurial Leadership and a founding Director of the Wendel International Centre for Family Enterprise at INSEAD. He is recognised for his research, teaching and advisory on family businesses, leadership, strategy and governance. Randel had authored and co-authored books, articles, chapters and case studies. He is a sought-after speaker in Asia, Australia, America, Europe and the Middle East.

Stuart L. Dean

Stuart was the former CEO of GE ASEAN, having over 35 years of working experience across GE businesses in the US and Asia especially in senior positions involving sales, services marketing and general management. He is currently on the Boards of Air Asia Berhad, Malaysia Investment Development Authority (MIDA), Harvard Business School Asia Pacific and the Chairman of Junior Achievement Malaysia. Stu graduated from Duke University with a BA in Economics and Political Science and has an MBA from Harvard. He is currently the Executive-in-Residence with IMD Singapore and is passionate about leadership development. He currently serves as the Senior Advisor for ASEAN Advisory Pte Ltd, a consultancy firm based in Kuala Lumpur.

Vincent Loh ICDM (M)

Vincent has over 40 years of knowledge, exposure and experience in auditing, financial & business management, consulting and training. His experiences cover numerous business segments, ranging from auditing and consultancy to the technology, manufacturing and retail sectors, working for international organisations, listed companies and local multinationals.

 

He has also worked and lived in several countries including the United Kingdom, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Hong Kong and Cambodia, providing him with deep understanding of the various cultural environments and business regimes, dealing with all levels from corporate leadership to the shop-floor.

 

Vincent is qualified as a chartered accountant from the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales and was made a Fellow (FCA) in 1977. He joined the PA Consulting Group (UK-based international management consultants), initially located in Singapore for 6 years and later back in London. He was responsible for PA’s financial, HR and administrative management of the Asian and later, the UK group whilst gaining experience as a management consultant. Vincent was subsequently promoted as commercial director of PA Technology (which provides technology consultancy) in Cambridge, England handling financial management, commercial negotiations and intellectual properties rights, in addition to managing the state-of-the-art laboratory.

 

In 1994, he was headhunted and appointed Chief Financial Officer of FACB Berhad, a main board public-listed conglomerate based in Kuala Lumpur. In 1996, he was appointed general manager of corporate services for Royal Selangor Group, the world’s largest manufacturer and retailer of pewter with subsidiaries worldwide and was subsequently promoted to group general manager with top and bottom-line responsibilities.

 

He left in 2000 to start his own business and management consultancy practice, providing consulting services to clients in Malaysia, Hong Kong and Indonesia. Vincent is also a certified professional trainer and conducts training on financial and strategic management topics for his clients. He is a member of and faculty facilitator for the Institute of Corporate Directors of Malaysia (ICDM), conducting training for directors and assisting the Institute to assess board and director effectiveness, particularly for those from public-listed companies.

 

In 2010, he was appointed as an Independent Non-Executive Director in a public-listed technology company and subsequently made Chairman in March 2015. He is also Chairman of the Nomination and Remuneration Committees and member of the Audit Committee.

Wee Hock Kee ICDM(F)

Wee Hock Kee (Wee) is a Faculty Member and Fellow of ICDM. He specialises on subjects relating to corporate governance, risk management and internal control for PLCs. He has facilitated a series of courses under ICDM public and bespoke programmes.

He was the past President of IIA Malaysia and Asian Confederation of Institute of Internal Auditors, former board member of IIA Global, member of ACCA Malaysia’s Advisory and past Chairman of the Internal Audit Working Group of MIA. He won the prestigious Malaysian Internal Auditor of the Year Award for 2001, was a speaker and chaired numerous international, regional and national conferences organised by professional bodies throughout the span of his career in internal audit. Wee was the Chairman of the 2011 IIA International Conference in KL. He has worked in a number of multinational companies as Chief Audit Executive. His last position was with AstraZeneca (UK) as the Regional Audit Director of Asia Pacific, Middle East and Africa.

Wee has extensive experience in conducting board evaluations for major companies with market capitalization ranging from RM500 million to RM30 billion, covering a wide range of industries including insurance, plantation, manufacturing and shipping. He has been a regular speaker at numerous international, regional and national conferences, speaking on Governance, Risk and Compliance (GRC). He was previously engaged by BURSA from 2013 to 2016 to conduct awareness and education for Governance, Risk and Compliance (GRC), Audit Committee (AC) and board members on risk management and internal control assurance framework and was involved in the NIEW women directors’ training programme from 2013-2014. He was a Research Fellow in HELP University ELM Faculty.

Wee has sat on a number of public listed companies. In his capacity as a board member of these PLCs, he also chaired the Audit and Risk Management Board Committees.

Currently, Wee is as a board member and Audit and Risk Management Chair of MIMOS Berhad and chairs the Audit Committee of Pertubuhan Keselamatan Sosial (Perkeso). He was recently appointed as a Member of the Licensing and Air Traffic Rights Committee of the Malaysian Aviation Commission (MAVCOM). MAVCOM is the national aviation regulatory body under the Malaysian Aviation Commission Act 2015 to regulate economic and commercial matters relating to civil aviation.

Erik Vermeulen

Erik P.M. Vermeulen is a Faculty Member of ICDM. He is a Senior Legal Counsel at Signify (f.k.a Phillips Lighting), an Innovation Advisor at a law firm in the Hague and a board/advisory member of several organisations, including a healthcare provider in The Netherlands and several startups. He is also a Professor of Business and Financial Law at Tilburg University and teaches international business law regularly at universities in Europe, the United States, Colombia and Japan. He has appeared at numerous conferences as a featured or keynote speaker. Erik is also a co-owner of a Michelin star restaurant.

Erik can best be described as an innovator and has a blog where he shares insights and ideas about how the digital world is changing the way we live, work and learn. He has a particular interest in how artificial intelligence, sensors, data analytics and blockchain are amplifying and accelerating each other, thereby creating new opportunities across all areas of the economy and society.

Erik's thought-provoking and innovative views on business, leadership, governance, regulation and education have attracted international attention. He regularly serves as an expert advisor to international organisations, such as the European Commission, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), the United Nations, the World Bank, and national and local governments around the world.

Erik has conducted leadership talks at Bursa Malaysia Thought Leadership Series organised by ICDM, as well as at ICDM's signature PowerTalk series in June 2019. In the second half of 2019, he conducted the "Digital Upskilling for Boards", "Why Governance Matters for Startups", "Stakeholder Voice in the Boardroom" plus a few bespoke talks for our government and corporate clients. Erik was also one of the keynote speakers at ICDM's inaugural International Directors Summit (IDS) in 2019.

Shai Ganu

Shai  is  the  Managing  Director,  Global  Practice  Leader -Executive  Compensation  of  Willis  Towers Watson. As one of ICDM’s esteemed Faculty Members, he has been conducting multiple development programmes for ICDM for both bespoke and public, focusing on HR and talent matters for directors. He  serves  on  the  Compensation  Committee  of  a  leading  FMCG  company  in  ASEAN,  the  Human Resource and Finance Committees of not-for-profit organisations in Singapore and as a non-executive director of a listed company in Singapore.

His expertise is in the diagnosis, design and implementation of human capital solutions; notably board and executive reward frameworks, long and short-term incentive plans (equity and cash based), sales force  effectiveness,  organisational development,  career  architecture,  change  management  and culture transformation –in other words, the attraction-motivation-retention-productivity strategies. Shai is passionate about enhancing corporate governance in Asia, helping companies make informed people-decisions based on sound analytics, as well as building and growing teams in new markets.

 

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