Leadership Excellence: Lifelong Learning

Date: 12 November 2015
Venue: Securities Commission Malaysia
The Conference
Leadership often refers to an individual, but in order to achieve growth and sustainability, we need to go beyond the individual and simultaneously build the capacity of groups and systems. With that in mind, the Securities Industry Development Corporation (SIDC), in partnership with INSEAD, the Business School for the World, is pleased to present its first conference for leaders.
The half-day conference, Leadership Excellence: Lifelong Learning aims to bring together leaders and decision makers to share mutual inspiration and exchange ideas on a broader understanding of leadership skills.
Opening the conference is a presentation on Lifelong Learning for Leaders by Professor Jean-François Manzoni, Professor of Management Practice and Shell Chaired Professor of Human Resources and Organisational Development at INSEAD, who will share his ongoing research on leadership effectiveness and leadership development.
This will be followed by Leaders in Action for Excellence, a forum that will discuss common issues and challenges faced by leaders and how they overcome them. 

As one of the world's leading and largest graduate business schools, INSEAD brings together people, cultures and ideas to change lives and to transform organisations. A global perspective and cultural diversity are reflected in all aspects of our research and teaching.
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Around the world and over the decades, INSEAD continues to conduct cutting edge research and to innovate across all our programmes to provide business leaders with the knowledge and sensitivity to operate anywhere. These core values have enabled us to become truly "The Business School for the World."
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Who Should Attend

  • C-suite
  • Directors

  • Programme Delivery

    The Speaker
    Prof-Manzoni.jpg Jean-François Manzoni 
    Shell Chaired Professor of Human Resources and Organisational Development
    Professor of Management Practice, INSEAD 

    Jean-François Manzoni is the Shell Chaired Professor of Human Resources and Organisational Development and a Professor of Management Practice at INSEAD, where he directed for three years the Global Leadership Centre supporting INSEAD’s leadership-related coaching, teaching and research activities throughout the world. 
    Prior to moving to Singapore and joining INSEAD’s Asian campus in 2011, Professor Manzoni spent six years at IMD (Lausanne) and twelve years at INSEAD (Fontainebleau), where he founded and directed the PwC Research Initiative on High Performance Organisations. Prior to that he had studied and worked for 15 years in Canada and the United States.

    Professor Manzoni’s research, teaching and consulting activities are focused on leadership, the development of high performance organisations and corporate governance. On the corporate governance side, he focuses on interpersonal dynamics - within the Boardroom, and between management and the Board – and on the challenge for Management and the Board of ensuring the development of high performance, ethical corporate cultures
    An award-winning teacher, Professor Manzoni has also received numerous awards for his research (most recently the 2011 Research Award on Leadership & Corporate Governance from the Association of Executive Search Consultants).  He co-directs INSEAD’s International Directors Programme and has been collaborating on a number of programmes proposed by the Temasek-supported Stewardship and Corporate Governance Centre. 

    In addition to his academic work, Professor Manzoni performs consulting, training and coaching work for several large international organisations, which has led him to work in more than thirty countries over the years.  He is a member of the Human Capital Leadership Institute’s International Advisory Panel, a Fellow of the Singapore Civil Service College and was invited to speak at the 2014 World Economic Forum meeting in Davos.

    A citizen of Canada and France, Professor Manzoni received his Doctorate in Business Administration from Harvard Business School.

    The Panellists
    Boonsiri-Somchit-Ong-(1).jpg Boonsiri Somchit-Ong
    Corporate Vice President, Advanced Micro Devices (AMD)

    Boonsiri Somchit-Ong is the Corporate Vice President at Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) who is responsible for AMD’s Global Accounting and Financial Services and is the Executive in charge of AMD Global Services (M) Sdn Bhd. In her capacity as the Corporate VP, Finance she manages teams around the globe and also spearheads and drives various corporate projects for AMD.
    Boonsiri started her career with Motorola Seremban as a product analyst and later moved to Motorola Penang where she moved up the rank to a group leader within Finance organization. Boonsiri left Motorola and joined a start-up company FMS Audio where she helped to set-up the Finance organization there. Boonsiri joined KOMAG as one of pioneer employees and involved in setting up Finance and IT organization in KOMAG.
    In 1997, Boonsiri joined AMD as a plant controller and later in 2002, she started the very first Finance & Accounting shared services organization in AMD supporting all of Asia together with the implementation of global ERP system for AMD Globally.
    During her tenure in AMD, she was responsible for the set-up of the Asia Accounting and Financial Services Group based in Penang. Under her stewardship, AMD’s business in Malaysia grew beyond manufacturing to include a new business entity - AMD Global Services; a MSC Malaysia-status company, headquartered in Malaysia and with operations in Penang and Cyberjaya. Its scope of services has expanded to include finance and accounting, credit operations, marketing operations, customer claims operations, distributor and business operations, USA and Canadian taxation, procurement services, IT, HR and a global data center. In a span of 4 years, the total workforce of AMD Global Services in Malaysia has grown significantly and today it has more than 500 employees.
    dzameer-(2).png Dzameer Dzulkifli
    Co-Founder & Managing Director, Teach for Malaysia

    Dzameer began his career in 2007 as a consultant at PwC, where he grew his experience in human capital development, process improvements, and project management in Malaysia and Indonesia.
    In 2009, he was inspired to start Teach For Malaysia with co-founder Keeran Sivarajah because he believes that education can empower every child to reach their potential – and that is fundamental to addressing most of the world’s greatest challenges.
    Teach For Malaysia partners with the Ministry of Education and the private sector to impact the lives of students, by empowering young people to be leaders in the classroom and beyond, and mobilising Malaysia to transform our nation through education. Today, the movement has grown to over 200 Fellows and Alumni, impacting more than 33,000 students in over 70 schools across 8 states.
    Teach For Malaysia was named Youth Organisation of the Year by the myHarapan HOPE Awards 2012 under the Education and Employability category.
    Dzameer recently received a Pingat Ahli Negeri Sembilan, and is also a member of the IDEAS Advisory Panel for Education. He is an alumnus of the United World College of Southeast Asia, Singapore and holds a master’s in Mechanical Engineering from Imperial College London, United Kingdom. 
    Sridharan-Nair-(1).jpg Sridharan Nair
    Managing Partner, PwC Malaysia

    Sridharan Nair is PwC Malaysia's Managing Partner and the Territory Senior Partner of the PwC SEAPEN Region which comprises Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos, and employs more than 3000 people.  

    Sri is also a member of PwC’s Asia Pacific and Americas Cluster Leadership team and a board member of the South East Asia Consulting practice of the firm. 
    He has 26 years' experience in audit and business advisory services, having worked with a wide range of clients in the UK and Malaysia. Sri is an alumnus of Universiti Malaya and trained as a Chartered Accountant with Touche Ross & Co in London, where he qualified as a member of the ICAEW. 

    Over the years, he has led a portfolio of large listed client engagements across various industries including financial institutions and a number of cross border financial due diligence assignments. 

    Sri has been a regular speaker, panellist and moderator at various conferences and forums in Malaysia, and has spoken on topics such as leadership, corporate governance and talent development.

    He was recognised as “CEO Champion” in the 2014 Life at Work Awards in recognition of his efforts to promote flexibility and gender diversity at the work place.  He is also a Steering Committee member of the 30% Club in Malaysia that was formed to encourage the participation of women in corporate leadership and board positions.
    Dato-Dr-Vaseehar-Hassan-(2).jpg Dato Dr Vaseehar Hassan 
    Chairman, Zilzar Tech Sdn Bhd
    Advisor and Board Member, Guidance Investments (Labuan) Ltd
    Independent Director, Asian Finance Bank Berhad
    Adjunct Professor, Malaysian University of Science and Technology,
    Associate Professor, UniRazak
    Senior Associate, Kets de Vries Institute

    YBhg Dato Dr Vaseehar, started his career in merchant banking in 1981 and after 10 years was head-hunted in 1990 to be the Chief Executive Officer to manage the Saudi conglomerate Dallah Al Baraka’s portfolio of businesses in Malaysia. Vaseehar Hassan spent the next 18 years with Dallah Al Baraka Group during which time he managed a portfolio of businesses ranging from banking, food, healthcare, plantations and real estate. He sat on the boards of a variety of companies and financial institutions such as Bank Islam Malaysia, Utama Banking Group and RHB Banking Group. This gave him an invaluable experience to deal with people at all levels - from operational to senior management. It was during the merger negotiations of Bank Utama and RHB Bank that Vaseehar developed an interest in psychodynamics of human behaviour and attended the Consulting and Coaching for Change (CCC) in 2001/2002, a program jointly run by INSEAD and HEC, two of the leading European business schools.
    Vaseehar graduated with Master’s degrees from both institutions and with Honours from HEC. Ever since completing his CCC program in 2002, Vaseehar has been deeply interested in the psychodynamics of leadership and graduated with a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) from the Amsterdam Vrije Universiteit in 2013. His current research interests are culture and leadership. He is the only Malaysian who is a member of the International Society for the Psychoanalytic Study of Organizations (ISPSO).
    Forthcoming publications:
    • Author - The Malay Leadership Mystique (Expected End 2015)
    • Co-Author - Global Leadership Perspectives: Insights and Analysis (To be published in 2016)
    Wim-Messiaen-(1).jpeg Wim Bert Roland Messiaen
    President Director, PT Eternit Gresik

    Wim Messiaen is President Director of PT Eternit Gresik, member of Etex. Etex is a Belgian industrial group with a global presence and diverse portfolio of building products and solutions. The group has five business segments, of which the largest is dry construction systems (plasterboards and fiber cement boards).

    Wim is in charge of the Indonesian activities since late 2012, which comprehend two fiber cement board factories in East and West Java. Etex currently invests in Indonesia to consolidate its position as domestic market leader and to allow its company to become the main industrial hub for South East Asia and Australia. Circa 1.000 motivated employees help to construct Etex’s future in Indonesia.

    Prior to his work in Indonesia, Wim was active as managing director for Etex in Central Europe, had corporate roles within Etex. Before joining Etex, Wim gathered international experience as managing director for a Belgian industrial group active in polymer, fiber and floor covering production.  

    Wim studied applied economic sciences, holds an MBA of the Vlerick School for Management and is INSEAD alumni from the LEAP program. He is passionate about people and driven by the success of teamwork. His free time is dedicated to his wife and two teenagers and as football coach he animates a U12 team in Surabaya, East Java.
  • Programme Outline

    Thursday, 12 November
    09:00 am Registration and light breakfast
    09:30am Welcome Remarks
    09:35am Presentation: Lifelong Learning for Leaders
    It is often said that we live in a VUCA world, i.e., a world characterised by significant Volatility, Uncertainty, Complexity and Ambiguity. This is particularly true in Asia. In such a world, yesterday's answers are unlikely to keep working very long and what got you here is less and less likely to get you there. It is increasingly well accepted that the best predictor of executives' future success is not their past successes, but their ability to keep learning over time. The presentation will share Prof Manzoni’s findings that it is possible for leaders to keep learning new skills over the years.

    Prof Jean-François Manzoni
    Professor of Management Practice, INSEAD
    The Shell Chaired Professor of Human Resources and Organisational Development
    10:35am Rejuvenate with a cuppa
    11:00am Forum: Leaders in Action for Excellence
    The business world of the 21st century has become considerably more competitive, intense and unpredictable, making the jobs and the lives of today’s senior executives extremely challenging. The moderator will probe the leaders to share how they have overcome their challenges. 

    Prof Jean-François Manzoni
    Professor of Management Practice, INSEAD
    The Shell Chaired Professor of Human Resources and Organisational Development

    • Ms Boonsiri Somchit-OngCorporate Vice President, Advanced Micro Devices (AMD)
    • Mr Wim Bert Roland Messiaen, President Director, PT Eternit Gresik
    • Mr Sridharan Nair, Managing Partner, PwC Malaysia
    • En Dzameer Dzulkifli, Co-Founder & Managing Director, Teach for Malaysia
    • YBhg Dato Dr Vaseehar Hassan, Chairman, Zilzar Tech Sdn Bhd
    12:30pm End of programme. Lunch is served.
  • Programme Fees

    Admission to this event is complimentary and on an invitation basis.