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.
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.
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
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).
- Author - The Malay Leadership Mystique (Expected End 2015)
- Co-Author - Global Leadership Perspectives: Insights and Analysis (To be published in 2016)
||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.