Speakers

 

DR. HENRY CHAN

 

Dr. Henry currently serves as the Head of Conservation Sarawak, WWF-Malaysia. He oversees the conservation programme for Sarawak that focuses on spatial planning, species conservation, and community education and engagement, among others. Dr. Henry holds a PhD in Social Sciences from the University of Helsinki, Finland and a Masters in Philosophy from the Institute for Advanced Studies, University of Malaya.

Between April 2015 and July 2017, Dr. Henry was elected to be the Heart of Borneo (HoB) Leader for WWF-Indonesia and WWF-Malaysia. His key responsibilities involved developing a collaborated trans-boundary conservation programme across six landscapes that are interconnected through the HoB corridor, to address deforestation and connect fragmented protected areas across the island.

In 2001, Dr. Henry was the honorable recipient of the Asian Public Intellectuals (API) Fellowship of the Nippon Foundation, which brought him to study forestry conflicts in Thailand and Indonesia.

Additionally, Dr. Henry has published numerous works of his own including The Environmental Status of Borneo 2016 (2017) and Living Landscapes, Connected Communities: Culture, Environment, and Change Across Asia (2013) as a co-author.

 


LYN CACHA

 

Lyn’s experience in writing began in her home country of Philippines, where she started a blog on fashion, arts and historical sites. This led to her being featured in BBC Radio.

After developing a passion for writing and interacting with students, Lyn followed her interest and ventured into social media marketing when she entered Universiti of Malaya as a postgrad student in 2011.

Lyn currently works as the Marketing & Communications Officer in the University of Southampton Malaysia Campus (USMC). She strives to highlight the power of social media and how it can be utilised to develop the intended career path.

Lyn has more than a decade of experience in print and online publishing. She has worked with various companies including Emerson, Hewlett-Packard, Reed Business, Ringier, The Star newspaper, The New Straits Times, Publicis and Thought Catalog. She was also the editor of Afterschool.my, a popular website for SPM students.

 


EDDIE WOO

 

Eddie is currently with the Learning & Development team in Prudential Assurance Malaysia Berhad. He graduated with a degree in Economics and says that moving into the speaking industry has been a great adventure and discovery for him.

Over the past 10 years, Eddie has taken up positions in various industries: from investment and retail, to team-building and even a First Aid organization. These have provided him with the opportunity to learn about the various motivational factors behind people of different groups and ages.

 


 

SANTA SANTOSH AVVANAVAR

 

Santosh is currently the Chief Commercial Officer at QtPi Robotics. After his college education from NITK, Surathkal, Santosh started his career as a soft skills trainer and consultant. He also served as the Placement President while working at Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore.

Santosh has written over twenty-five publications in national and international journals. He has also authored sixteen conference papers and regularly written articles for a national and worldwide daily paper.

Santosh is also an acclaimed author. He has authored numerous books including She: Ekla Cholo Re, Adhuri Prem Kahaniya, Black, Grey and White, Be A B.A. and Title is Untitled.
Santosh is also a TEDx event organiser. He likes to devote his personal time in writing for a website, namely the Amrita Foundation for HRD. Over the last seven years, Santosh has conducted seminars and training sessions for more than 55,000 people in India and abroad.

 


 

NADIA HASBI

 

Nadia is the Founder and CEO of fitrebel.com, an online store that offers high quality and affordable active wear for women, including their own line of leggings called SENI by Fit Rebel.

In 2014, after receiving successive compliments on her workout attire, Nadia decided to begin her own business with the aim of creating “the world’s most beautiful leggings” in order to motivate women to exercise more. After over 12 months of prototyping and fundraising, Nadia managed to raise RM 24,000 on Indiegogo and Fit Rebel took off.

During the process of starting her business, Nadia went through numerous challenges and had to overcome various obstacles. But she said that even during the hard times, she continued following her passion: exercising. Rather than breaking down to failure, she took it constructively and kept getting better to accomplish her dream and be where she is today.

 


 

CHERYL ANN FERNANDO

 

Cheryl currently serves as the Country Director of Global School Leaders Malaysia. This is an initiative focused on providing leadership training for school leaders from underperforming schools.

Cheryl graduated with a degree in Mass Communications and a Master in Management. She also holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Education.

Prior to her current position, Cheryl was a fellow member for ‘Teach for Malaysia’, where she taught English in a rural school in Sungai Petani, Kedah for three years. She also worked as a PR consultant for four years.

Cheryl’s success as a teacher was made into a movie titled Adiwiraku, which went on to win the ‘Best Film’ at the Malaysian Film Festival 2017. Earlier this year, Cheryl released her first book: ‘T for Teacher’.

 

 


Ivan Ling

 

Meet Ivan Ling, a postgraduate research student at the University of Southampton, Malaysia Campus.

Ivan is currently focusing on nanomaterials, such as nanographene. Prior to starting his Ph.D. at the University of Southampton, he worked as a research engineer, specializing in developing smart CCTV networks for high-resolution CCTV recordings.

In his free time, Ivan is a passionate science communicator and has contributed to various outreach activities affiliated with the University. These include the Southampton Science and Engineering Festival, The Science Room, and Winchester Science Festival. He is also deeply involved with the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) as one of the Malaysian young professional’s section representatives.