Overview

#iEmPOWER  – an initiative by the WIEF Businesswomen Network, which was established with the main objective of empowering women individually and collectively through entrepreneurship programmes . It is to create better business opportunities, and to give a unique platform for participants to engage, learn and gain knowledge as well as exchange ideas and come up with new solutions among themselves so that they are better prepared for future entrepreneurial success.

#iEmPOWER  will design relevant programmes  to enable and inspire women entrepreneurs to re-organise their business strategies.  With participants from  diverse backgrounds, cultures, perspectives and skills, #iEmPOWER is a dynamic platform   to exchange ideas, network and drive innovation for businesses.

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Past Events
#iEmPOWER Reactivating Economic Opportunities through Tourism
ZOOM webinar
11:00 am –12:00 pm (UTC +8)
15th November 2022
#iEmPOWER e-Wallet: Embracing a Cashless Transformation
Online
11:00 am – 12:00 pm (UTC +8) > Calculate your local time
15 June 2022
#iEmPOWER : Global Trade Outlook 2022 and Beyond
Online
4:00 pm – 5:00 pm (UTC +8) > Calculate your local time
22 February 2022
#iEmPOWER Digitalisation Trends: Opportunities Within
Online
2:30 pm – 3:30 pm (UTC+8)
23 November 2021
#iEmPOWER : Creative Industry: Harnessing Emerging Technologies
Online
11:30 am – 12:45 pm (UTC+8)
19 August 2021
#iEmPOWER : Digitalisation Trend Creating Opportunities in F&B
Online
11:00 am – 12:00 pm (UTC+8)
4 May 2021
#iEmPOWER : Developing a Digital Mind Map for Selling
Live on ZOOM
11:00 am – 12:00 pm
25 March 2021
#iEmPOWER : Cash Flow Management During a Pandemic
Live on ZOOM
10:30 am – 1:00 pm
26 November 2020
#iEmPOWER : Developing Content Strategy for Digital Marketing
Live on ZOOM
11.00 AM - 1.00 PM
10 & 12 August 2020
#iEmpower
Ibis Hotel KL City Centre
8.30 AM - 5.00 PM
Monday, 16th December 2019
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#iEmPOWER Reactivating Economic Opportunities through Tourism
ZOOM webinar
11:00 am –12:00 pm (UTC +8)
15th November 2022

Tourism is one of the top 10 global industries by employment in 2022 and has become the major driver of economic growth and job creation. Unfortunately, tourism suffered a hard hit during COVID-19 pandemic due to travel restrictions and border closures. This has also affected other industries linked to tourism such as hospitality, retail, manufacturing and transportation, to name a few. The two-year economic slump caused a major halt in arrivals which fell by as much as 84 per cent. Experts predict the tourism industry worldwide will not fully recover until 2024. This impacted many MSMEs linked to the industry. For many developing countries, tourism is not only a large economic contributor to their GDP but also presents many employment opportunities for women within the myriad of sectors connected to it. Solutions and actions to step up its revival and reactivate travel may differ from country to country but two common catalysts that accelerate revival now are tech and collaborations. Besides effective tourism recovery plans, support from governments, private sector, civil society and individuals, are needed to change business models and governance structures that will revive tourism back to its optimum level, including all the industries linked to it, and build their resilience.

 

Key topics covered

  • Solutions to challenges faced by the many industries connected to tourism.
  • Exploit digitalisation to support industries connected to tourism.
  • How tourism policies are evolving to meet challenges.
  • Create a more sustainable tourism industry.

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Re-activating Economic Opportunities through Tourism

TimeSessions
11:00 am – 12:00 pm

• Tourism industry to adapt to post-pandemic economy and regulations
• Tourism and travel in the digital age
• Steps for sustainable tourism
• Global guidelines to restart tourism
• How to forge effective collaborations
• Preparing tourism for 2023 and beyond

Q&A

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Rohizam Md Yusoff

Digital Travel Technology Association of Malaysia (DiTTAM) & Champion of Tourism Productivity Nexus, Malaysia

Rohizam Md Yusoff is a tourism catalyst and has more than 20 years’ experience in digital tourism. He used Critical Path Method project modelling technique to develop a travel scheduling and management system that he adapted into a travel booking and management software program. He foresaw how technology will have a massive impact on the travel trade and educated industry players on the importance of embracing technology to ensure their business will be future-ready. His efforts benefitted industry players, travel associations, state tourism bodies, national tourism organisations and other interested parties in making their transition to online technology a painless and fruitful one. Rohizam is the Champion of Tourism Productivity Nexus under the Prime Minister Department. He focuses on rebuilding a resilient tourism industry badly affected by COVID-19 pandemic.

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Catherine Germier-Hamel

Destination Mekong, Cambodia

Catherine Germier-Hamel is a French social entrepreneur, consultant, and trainer with over 25 years of international experience dedicated to sustainable development and marketing in a variety of sectors including tourism, hospitality, leisure, and environmental utilities. She relocated from France to Korea in 2005 and served as Director of Global Programs at the ST-EP (Sustainable Tourism for Eliminating Poverty) Foundation. She established her own tourism consulting business in Seoul, Millennium Destinations, and co-founded Herost, an online travel guide and toolkit promoting eco-friendly, community-driven tourism experiences. Catherine was appointed as CEO of Destination Mekong, a regional destination management and marketing organisation based in Singapore and Cambodia, aimed at championing the Greater Mekong Sub-region as an attractive and sustainable tourist destination.

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Dr John Paolo R. Rivera

The AIM - Dr Andrew L. Tan Center for Tourism, Phillipines

Dr John Paolo R. Rivera is an economist with an extensive research portfolio in the areas of tourism development, poverty, remittances and migration, entrepreneurship, international trade, and development economics. This includes his attendance in a succession of both international and local academic conferences, and authorship of numerous scientific and technical publications. He obtained his Doctor of Philosophy in Economics from De La Salle University School of Economics. Dr Rivera is currently the associate director of the Asian Institute of Management – Dr Andrew L. Tan Center for Tourism.

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Hannah Pearson

Pear Anderson, United Kingdom

Hannah Pearson is Director of Pear Anderson, a research and sales representation tourism consultancy specialising in the Southeast Asian and Muslim tourism industry. She is based in Malaysia. She has authored reports and white papers on Muslim tourism and spoken on numerous occasions at prestigious travel conferences such as ITB Asia. She puts together a weekly report tracking the impact of COVID-19 on the SE Southeast Asian tourism industry and co-hosts a podcast, The South East Asia Travel Show. Her work has been featured on BBC World News, Straits Times, Forbes Middle East, Web in Travel, Skift, TTG Asia and Travel Weekly Asia.

At Pear Anderson, her past and present clients include a variety of travel organisations, from NTOs to attractions and tour operators, with the likes of Visit Britain, the Catalan Tourist Board, London Designer Outlet, Go West, Pilatus-Bahnen and Absolute Asia Travel.

#iEmPOWER e-Wallet: Embracing a Cashless Transformation
Online
11:00 am – 12:00 pm (UTC +8) > Calculate your local time
15 June 2022

Digital technology facilitated the innovation of electronic payment systems such as e-wallet which is expedient because it eliminates the need to carry physical cash. In the era of COVID-19 and social distancing, adopting a cashless payment system that is secure, convenient and speedy has numerous advantages. It is a major force in economic development and significantly increase dominant role in consumer spending habits. In some countries particularly in Southeast Asia, governments encourage consumers to adopt e-wallet via various initiatives such as network infrastructure, policy packages and security guarantees in digital transaction. This has resulted in a positive effect of consumers’ stronger intention to use e-wallet.

The growth of e-commerce has also played an important role with the increasing utilisation of e-wallet platforms among young people and ensures the rise of its popularity. As we move towards recovery from the pandemic, adapting to e-wallet and opting to go cashless is no longer seen as just a trend but a lifestyle and many believe physical money will be phased out in the next 20 years.

Key topics covered

  • E-wallets as a global business payment.
  • Key players and types of e-Wallet platforms.
  • Benefits of using digital wallets to business.
  • Developments in digital payments.

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11:00 am - 12:00 pm (UTC +8)#iEmPOWER e-Wallet: Embracing a Cashless Transformation
  • Adopting e-wallets systems into the digital economy.
  • Global cyber security of mobile payment and digital wallets.
  • Assessing risks and government support.
  • Opportunities and challenges for the wallet integration.
  • Future of digital payment technologies.

Q&A

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Ungku Norliza

CEO
Boost Life
Malaysia

Ungku Liza is the CEO of Boost Life, the leading digital lifestyle app in Malaysia. She first joined Axiata in 2010, and co-founded Axiata Digital Services in 2014, and was Head of Finance. Ungku Liza was then appointed the Director of Finance and Operations of Boost in 2017 when the e-Wallet first hit the market. Two years later, she became Director of Product and Marketing channeling her passion to champion innovation in product development. Prior to joining Axiata, Ungku Liza worked at IBM World Corporation in its Regional Accounting Shared Service. She holds a certification from INSEAD Finance and is a member of Harvard Business Schools for Executive alumni.

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Aarushi Jain

Associate Director
PwC India
India

Aarushi Jain is an Associate Director in the payments transformation practice under FS Advisory at PwC India. She has about a decade of experience in advising clients on areas like growth strategy, product (business and technology) build out, financial modelling, TOM, business feasibility and regulatory assistance. She has worked with a variety of domestic and global clients including governments, fintech central banks and corporations looking to enter the payments space. Aarushi assisted in setting up the national payments infrastructure for countries like South Africa and Bangladesh. She helped global payments system operators refine their payments product suite, set up retail payments infrastructure for leading banks in India and assisted multiple fintech companies procure regulatory licenses to operate various payment businesses in India.

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Hazlin Abdul Rani

Head of Cryptography Development
CyberSecurity Malaysia
Malaysia

Hazlin Abdul Rani is Head of Cryptography Development at CyberSecurity Malaysia and has been serving the organisation for the past 15 years. She specialised in cryptography technology, especially validating cryptographic modules, analysis, research and development. Hazlin is also the Laboratory Director of CyberSecurity Malaysia Cryptographic Evaluation Laboratory (MyCEL). The first laboratory in the ASEAN region accredited by NVLAP to perform cryptographic module validation and testing based on security requirements for cryptographic modules standard. Hazlin has been conducting blockchain research for the past five years, particularly on blockchain and smart contract security.

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Chrisma Albandjar

Vice Treasury II
Indonesia FinTech Association (AFTECH)
Indonesia

Chrisma Albandjar has more than 25 years of experience in management, communication and public policy. She is advisor of DANA, Indonesia’s digital wallet company that serves as infrastructure for payment which enables cashless transactions instantly and securely. Her expertise lies in information, communications, information technology, healthcare and pharmaceutical policies. Chrisma held several organisation positions including Independen Commisioner of PT Phapros Tbk, Permanent Committee Chair at Indonesia Chamber of Commerce, and YCAB Foundation.  As a professional, her visions re-position the paradigm of politics and economy in Indonesia to that of a professional stature and played many roles in the political shaping of Indonesia’s new governmental map, social change and anti-corruption movements.

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Mazlita Mat Hassan

Founder
RECQA
Malaysia

Mazlita Mat Hassan is the founder and CEO of Unoya Sdn Bhd, an edutech  startup where they built a platform called RECQA. RECQA was deployed by Malaysia’s Ministry of Education named as Ruangilmu on DELIMa as the national knowledge sharing platform for teachers nationwide. She also co-founded Recite, an Al-Quran recital validation app. Mazlita is a member of the eTrade for Women Communities and is a sought-after corporate IT trainer. She is passionate about upskilling, educating and getting more women into IT and innovation and has a vast experience training in data analytics, data visualisations and data storytelling. She has a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in computer science from University College London and University of London respectively.

#iEmPOWER : Global Trade Outlook 2022 and Beyond
Online
4:00 pm – 5:00 pm (UTC +8) > Calculate your local time
22 February 2022

International trade has been made possible through globalisation. Countries open to it tend to grow faster, are more innovative and able to improve productivity. As a result, integration of global economy has raised living standards, provided employment and reduced poverty. The growth of the global trade is influenced by many factors such as the development of the technology, government policies and trade agreements, consumer behaviour and increasing competition.

The year 2020 saw a large reduction in trade and output volumes due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  The recovery process which started in the first half of 2021 continues to evolve yet remains unpredictable.

New approaches such as new policy actions, building strategic partnerships, e-commerce and blockchain technology have proven to be useful and necessary to enhance transparency and efficiency of supply chains as well as help businesses survive in the time of global crisis.

 

Key takeaways:

  • New paths for economic globalisation, trade and investment.
  • Moving towards an open world economy.
  • Impacts and prospects in the global marketplace.
  • Sustainability in trade.

 
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22 February 2022

TimeSessions
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm#iEmPOWER Global Trade Outlook 2022 and Beyond
  • E-commerce and access to global markets.
  • Adapting to the digital trade era: Challenges and opportunities.
  • Identify and manage the multi-dimensional aspects of cross-border trade and policies.
  • Impact of the pandemic on trade and development.
  • Supply chain trends to expect in the future.

Q&A

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Mohd Mustafa Abdul Aziz

Malaysia External Trade Development Corporation (MATRADE), Malaysia

Mohd Mustafa Abdul Aziz is CEO of Malaysia External Trade Development Corporation (MATRADE). He was with Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Economic Planning Unit and the Prime Minister’s Department before joining MATRADE in 1994. He served 14 years as a trade commissioner at MATRADE in Paris, Dubai, Tokyo and New York. Mohd Mustafa, was previously Deputy CEO (export acceleration) of MATRADE and held various positions within the organisation who led the markets of ASEAN, Australasia, China, North East Asia, Central Asia, West Asia, South Asia and Africa. He also led professional and business services section as well as mid-tier companies’ development and SMEs go-ex section. Mohd Mustafa holds a master’s degree from Universiti Putra Malaysia and a bachelor’s degree from Hawaii, the United States.

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Latifa Elbouabdellaoui

Islamic Centre for Development of Trade (ICDT), Morocco

Latifa Elbouabdellaoui is Director General of the Islamic Centre for Development of Trade (ICDT) since 2020. She was Director of International Trade Relations at the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Green and Digital Economy of Morocco. She was responsible for the development of industrial strategy and has a wide range of expertise in international trade, notably in terms of developing trade policies, negotiating bilateral and multilateral trade agreements as well as implementing commercial and industrial cooperation projects with international partners. During her career at the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Green and Digital Economy of the Kingdom of Morocco, she was the Chief negotiator of Morocco for many trade related topics. She is trained as an industrial process engineer.

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Dr Lili Yan Ing

Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East  Asia (ERIA), Indonesia

Lili Yan Ing is a Lead Advisor (Southeast Asia Region) at the Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia (ERIA).

Dr Ing was appointed as Lead Advisor to the Minister of Trade of Indonesia from 2017–2019 and Senior Advisor on Trade and Investment at the President’s Office of the Republic of Indonesia from 2015–2016.

She has written articles and edited books, among others: World Trade Evolution, East Asian Integration, The Indonesian Economy, Production Networks in Southeast Asia, Regional Integration and Non-Tariff Measures in ASEAN, Non-Tariff Measures in ASEAN, and 50 Years of Indonesia’s Trade Policy. She regularly speaks at international fora such as WTO symposiums, NTM Weeks, and East Asia Business and Investment Summit. She is also a frequent contributor to the East Asia Forum, The Diplomat, Asian Nikkei Review, and Jakarta Post.

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Prof. Dr Evelyn S. Devadason

University of Malaya, Malaysia

Dr Evelyn S. Devadason is Professor at the Faculty of Business and Economics, University of Malaya, and Vice President of the Malaysian Economic Association (MEA). She received her Ph.D. (Economics) from the University of Malaya in 2006 and M.Soc.Sci. (Economics) from the National University of Singapore in 1992. She currently serves as Editor-in-Chief to the Institutions and Economies journal, Associate Editor to the International Journal of Social Economics, and member to the Editorial Boards of the Journal of Contemporary Asia and International Journal of Rural Management. She has been engaged in a number of international research projects, including a joint project between the International Confederation of Free Trade Unions and the Asian and Pacific Regional Organization (ICFTU-APRO), Asian Development Bank Institute (ADBI), Asian Development Bank (ADB), World Bank, a joint project between the Economic Research Institute of East Asia and ASEAN  and the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (ERIA-UNCTAD).

#iEmPOWER Digitalisation Trends: Opportunities Within
Online
2:30 pm – 3:30 pm (UTC+8)
23 November 2021

Everything around us, from industries to cities, are more digitally connected. As the world heads into technological advancement, many organisations be it businesses, governments or educational institutions, as well as societies, have moved towards digitalisation in managing their business’s operations and communication process. Their willingness to invest in digital transformations ensures that they will not be left behind.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, the demand of internet usage, video conferencing services like Zoom, surged due to nationwide lockdowns and work from home policy. The pandemic created new economic opportunities and higher digital competitiveness. Many companies including start-ups and small businesses adopted the digital business strategy to help grow and expand their businesses internationally.

Although digitalisation is not a new trend, the challenges and opportunities that are associated with it are constantly evolving.  To stay competitive and take full advantage of the new opportunities, entrepreneurs must embrace digitalisation.

 

Key topics covered:

  • Challenges for organisations in undertaking the process of digital transformation.
  • Impact of digitalisation on societies, organisations and businesses.
  • Leadership style for digital transformation.
  • Digitalisation strategy for business transformation.
  • Industries that are most likely to invest in digital technology.

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TimeSessions
2:30 pm – 3:30 pm#iEmPOWER Digitalisation trends: Opportunities within

This session will discuss:

  • digital transformation trends for 2021 and beyond
  • positive contribution of digitalisation to society
  • initiatives in building digital skills for business and workplace
  • measuring the success rate of digital transformation
  • barriers that block the path to transformation

Q & A Session

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Shamsul Majid (Sam Majid)

Shamsul Majid is Chief Technology and Innovation Officer at the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission.  He is a business technology leader with vast international experience in driving innovative growth in areas including transportation, utilities, logistics, telecommunications and government, and is recognised for his track record in accomplishing business growth through digital transformation. Sam is responsible for the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission’s (MCMC) technology, innovation vision, strategies execution and improving technological advancement. He has bootstrapped startups and driven corporate innovation. He is a regular public speaker garnering innovation awards from IDC, APICTA and iAwards. He holds a Research Masters and Engineering Degree from the University of Melbourne, Australia.

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Sonia Bashir Kabir

Sonia Bashir Kabir was educated and trained in Silicon Valley, USA. She has worked for Fortune 500 companies, Sun Microsystems and Oracle. She served as Director for Microsoft Southeast Asia New Markets, Country Director for Dell Bangladesh and Managing Director of Microsoft Bangladesh, Myanmar, Nepal Bhutan and Laos. Currently, Sonia is Vice Chair and Governing Council member of the United Nations Technology Bank. She founded SBK Tech Ventures, a licensed venture capital fund, and SBK Foundation, a not-for-profit organisation which empowers rural communities with technology. Sonia is also a board member of UNESCO’s Mahatma Gandhi Institute for Education and Peace, member of the Dell CXO Advisory Board for Asia Pacific and Japan, steering committee member of International Network for Government Science Advice Asia. She has received many prestigious and international awards including the Daily Star ICT Awards and Microsoft’s Prestigious Founders Award given by Bill Gates.

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Andres Varela

Andres Varela managed the account strategist side of Google Partners Program in Australia for over five years, increasing product adoption and focusing on improving account performance for Google Ads across digital agencies in Australia. Working with a dynamic portfolio of over a thousand advertising agencies, he was directly responsible for the strategy, execution as well as analysis of thousands of digital advertising campaigns, product training and program development. He now leads Engine Room, a performance digital marketing agency. Thus, employing his valuable skill set in digital advertising across the full range of channels to manage and grow the company’s marketing operations as well as client account performance.

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Nadiah Hanim Abdul Latif

Nadiah Hanim is a Strategic Advocacy and Corporate Affairs professional committed to developing effective collaborations for scaling impact. With over 20 years of experience ranging from corporate to NGO and humanitarian work, she is passionate about issues relating to sustainability, business, human rights, social impact, enterprise, youth empowerment, child rights protection and development, disability advocacy and access to resources. A speaker, trainer, moderator, facilitator and youth mentor, Nadiah has had the opportunity to engage stakeholders from grassroots advocacy and to participate in discussions on legislation and national action plans, both in Malaysia and abroad. At present, she is the Head Strategy and Programmes at Yayasan Anak Bangsa Bisa, an NGO based in Indonesia and a Programme Host with BERNAMA TV. Nadiah is also the Co-founder of OpiS International, a social enterprise that is committed to championing better work-life balance in Malaysia.

#iEmPOWER : Creative Industry: Harnessing Emerging Technologies
Online
11:30 am – 12:45 pm (UTC+8)
19 August 2021

The creative industry is important in terms of its economic footprint for employment and revenues. It also stimulates inspiring innovation as well as contributes positive direction for social impact, communities and quality of life.

According to UNESCO Global Report 2018, cultural and creative industries currently provide nearly 30 million jobs worldwide and employ more people aged between 15 − 29 than any other sectors. As women represent nearly half of the people working in the creative industry, it opens new opportunities to address gender inequalities.

In recent years, creative communities worldwide have adopted various digital technology applications such as virtual reality (VR) and AI to align with their entrepreneurial orientation and innovation capacity. This approach has resulted in creation of new models of entrepreneurship and business venture.

Adjustment and finding new ways to thrive in the digital era is crucial for creative industry practitioners, artists and professionals. Thus, enabling them to keep up with technological transformations, remain dynamically competitive as well as relevant, while staying true to their mission and values.

Key topics covered:

  • Unlocking the potential of creative industry.
  • Current challenges and regulatory issues impacting the creative industry.
  • Adapting to emerging technologies in the creative industry.
  • Advantages and disadvantages of innovative technologies for the creative industry.
  • Significance of social change and sustainability for the creative industry.

 

An e-certificate of participation will be given to attendees (upon request) at the end of the session

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11.30 am – 12.45 pmCreative Industry: Harnessing Emerging Technologies

This webinar discusses:

  • How does the creative industry adapt and benefit from the digital world?
  • How do emerging technologies such as AI, virtual reality (VR) and blockchain reshape creative economy?
  • How can digitalisation enable sustainable operations during and post COVID-19 pandemic?
  • Optimise the economic potential of the creative sector for job creation, trade expansion and social equality.

 

Q & A Session

 

Speakers :

Marina Tabassum, Founder and Principal Architect, Marina Tabassum Architects (MTA), Bangladesh
Peter Gould, Founder and CEO, Gould Studio, Australia
Raymond Siva, Senior Vice President, Investment and Brand, Chief Marketing Officer, Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC), Malaysia

Moderator :

Alex Fox, Founder, Origin of Mind, United States of America

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Marina Tabassum

Marina Tabassum is the Owner and Principal Architect of Marina Tabassum Architects (MTA) in Dhaka, Bangladesh. She has been the Director of Academic Programme at the Bengal Institute for Architecture, Landscapes and Settlements since 2015.  She is also a Visiting Professor of BRAC University in Bangladesh, Technical University Delft in the Netherlands, Harvard University Graduate School of Design in the US and Technical University of Munich in Germany.

Marina is a recipient of many awards including Arnold W. Brunner Memorial Prize (2021), Jameel Prize from Victoria and Albert Museum (2018), Ananya Shirshwa Dash (2005) and Architect of the Year Award (2001). Marina was the designer of Bait Ur Rouf Mosque in Dhaka, Bangladesh which was completed in 2012.  In 2016, she won the Aga Khan Award for Architecture for the design of Bait Ur Rouf Mosque.

She was listed among the Top Ten Thinkers of the World by Prospect Magazine UK in 2020. Marina received an Honorary Doctorate from the Technical University of Munich Germany in 2020.  She has published numerous articles and research as well as lectured and presented papers at various international forums around the world.

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Peter Gould

Peter Gould leads a strategic design team based in Sydney, Dubai and Jakarta. Gould Studio advocates for Heart-Centered Design to create meaningful brands, cross-cultural understanding and spiritually inspired positive change.  Over nearly 20 years, his clients have included United Nations, Greenpeace, Dubai Future and a diverse portfolio from senior government projects to USD100 million start-ups.

Peter is a recipient of the Stanford Certificate of Innovation & Entrepreneurship and has lectured design thinking at the University of Technology, Sydney. His personal journey has been a major influence on his creative vision for a globally connected, like-hearted community. His contributions to design have resulted in international acclaim, including a major award from the UAE Vice-President. In 2020, he was appointed as an UNHCR Ambassador for his work in supporting refugees.

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Raymond Siva

Raymond Siva has more than 25 years of experience in journalism, strategic marketing as well as crisis and issues response. He is a sought-after Reputation and Influence Strategist for international brands, local conglomerates and CEOs. He has conducted over 100 spokesperson and crisis trainings, messaging workshops as well as talks in Malaysia, Indonesia and Singapore.

Raymond was promoted to Senior Vice President, Digital Investments Division in 2020 after being appointed as Chief Marketing Officer of MDEC in 2019. Currently he is overlooking a 110-member team which includes the Investment and Grants Development, MSC Services and Brand and Strategic Partnerships Departments.

He holds an LLB from the University of London and a professional diploma in public relations from the Institute of Public Relations Malaysia.

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Alex Fox

Alex Fox is a product leader, software engineer and writer committed to building inclusive tech and teams. She is the founder of Origin of Mind, a lifestyle brand and e-commerce platform designed to raise awareness around, and channel support for, critical social issues. Their latest product, Marketplace, amplifies independent creators of colour by helping bring their businesses online.

Alex is exploring ways to better engage, support and foster community through personal transformation and service. She regularly hosts conversations around faith, identity and justice in partnership with Muslim scholars as well as leaders. She is passionate about racial equity and Oakland.

#iEmPOWER : Digitalisation Trend Creating Opportunities in F&B
Online
11:00 am – 12:00 pm (UTC+8)
4 May 2021

The COVID-19 lockdown restricted the movement of people and drastically changed in consumers’ habit in terms of online food and grocery shopping. The online F&B delivery service market is at the tipping point of rapid digital transformation to manage the sudden surge of delivery demand due to stay and work from home order. Many owners of restaurants and grocery stores worldwide have turned to online selling via available e-commerce platforms such as Foodpanda, Lazada, Shopee and Grab. The adjustment to this new normal is the way to go to expand their current customer base and boost revenue stream during these challenging times. By adopting new innovative business practices, these entrepreneurs will bring about changes that would shape the future and create more opportunities in the food service industry.

Key Topics Covered:

  • Online food delivery service market size and growth
  • The competitive landscape of online food platforms
  • Benefits of the digitalisation of food business
  • Promoting positive impact of online food delivery
  • Maintaining sustainable profit growth

TimeSessions
11.00 AMDigitalisation Trend Creating Opportunities in F&B
  • How the pandemic is changing behaviour in terms of online food purchasing. Key segments of the global online food delivery market.
  • How food companies such as supermarkets, restaurants and fast food introduce themselves using technological solutions available in the market.
  • How to meet customers’ growing demands of online orders, home delivery and in-store collection, post pandemic.
  • Food technology trends and tools to kickstart the digital transformation of your business.

Speakers:
• Sayantan Das, Managing Director of foodpanda, Malaysia
• Stephen P Francis, Co-Founder & CEO of MyGroser, Malaysia
• Bryan Loo, CEO of Tealive Asia

Moderator:
• Jashidah Kamal, Wealth Strategist & Coach, Malaysia

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Sayantan Das

Sayantan Das is the Managing Director of foodpanda Malaysia. He oversees all commercial and operational efforts from end to end and is responsible for developing key strategies to tackle the complex food delivery marketplace. After being an analyst with the Singapore Exchange, he then moved on to TripAdvisor before founding his own start-up. His strong data and analytical sense has helped him build as well as implement financial accounting frameworks and develop key strategies to compete against competitors such as Airbnb.

Sayantan is a start-up enthusiast with a passion for marketplaces, consumer behaviour, IoT and fintech. He has great respect for the cultures and traditions of Southeast Asia after living in Indonesia, Singapore and Malaysia for over 20 years. Also, he considers climbing Mount Kinabalu, and reaching its peak at 13 years of age, as his greatest achievement.

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Stephen P Francis

Stephen P Francis is a  programmer, journalist, consultant, marketeer, entrepreneur and business owner who has been involved in building customer centric experiences for over two decades. With a consulting background that saw him building some of the biggest brands in Southeast Asia, his latest effort has seen him working with his co founders to create one of Malaysia’s leading online grocery experiences – MYGROSER. An integrated services that emphasises convenience, freshness and value.

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Bryan Loo

Bryan Loo has a diverse portfolio of F&B brands spanning multiple countries. He is an award-winning entrepreneur who has long dominated the premium quick-service and fast-casual restaurant business in Malaysia. Born and bred in Perlis, Bryan first embarked on a medical career path after obtaining a degree in biotechnology from Monash University, Australia. However, he decided to make his mark in the local F&B industry instead.

Bryan started LOOB Holding Sdn Bhd and is responsible for the rapid growth of highly-recognised F&B brands such as Tealive, Baskbear Coffee, Gindaco, Croissant Taiyaki, Define:food, Define:burgers, Ko Ko Kai and Yun Bridge Noodle. His hard work and dedication have made him a role model for young entrepreneurs, his gripping personality made him a sought-after spokesperson for world class brands such as TUMI, Merc, Huawei, Sony and Haig Club.

Still in his 30’s, Bryan has won notable accolades including Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year 2013/2014, JCI Creative Young Entrepreneur Award, RHB Bank Top 40 Under 40 Best Performance Award 2014 and The Brand Laureate SMEs Brand Leadership Award 2014-2015 as the SME Brand Personality of the Year. Now, he manages a 2,000-strong workforce serving over five million customers in more than 530 outlets worldwide including Malaysia, United Kingdom, Australia, Vietnam, Myanmar, Brunei and Philippines.

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Jashidah Kamal

Jashidah Kamal has over 20 years of experience in wealth management. She is well-versed in managing multiple asset classes such as equity, bonds, foreign currencies and gold, to name a few.

She is also the Board of Director of Women of Global Change, Kuala Lumpur, which is a network of business leaders and entrepreneurs working towards building businesses as well as making social impact globally.

Jashidah’s mission is to empower women as well as manage their money efficiently and ultimately achieve financial freedom. Aside from growing her clients’ net worth, she is also involved in other projects such as wealth coach with Supparetreat and wealth expert in a television Show called Goal-Getters. Armed with a degree in accounting and finance from Middlesex University, London, she has helped numerous clients achieve their financial goals and increase their wealth.

#iEmPOWER : Developing a Digital Mind Map for Selling
Live on ZOOM
11:00 am – 12:00 pm
25 March 2021

Increasing online sales is the most critical goal for most businesses thanks to the expansion of digital marketing platforms such as Facebook, Instagram and Lazada. Having opportunities to help surge sales could mean the difference between survival and failure. Understanding psychological principles and consumer behaviourism is a strategic approach to boost sales. A good example is to align the way shoppers subconsciously think with what they want and need. By studying how online shoppers search, browse and shop can help entrepreneurs present their products in a way that will guarantee repeat sales. Thus, they need to know the basics of psychology of online shopping and how it differs from physical store shopping decision-making.

The takeaways from the workshop:

  • Identifying buying behaviour styles drive results.
  • Using a mind map as the perfect tools for generating business ideas.
  • Apply strategies by using various digital and marketing platforms to connect better and close more sales.

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Programme

TimeSessions
11:00 am – 12:00 pmDeveloping a Digital Mind Map for Selling

• Key factors influencing consumer buying behaviour.
• Adapt your existing business strategy to re-emerge stronger than ever by using a mind map.
• Short-term and long-term digital marketing tactics to consider.
• Tools you’ll want to have to increase your efficiency and ROI.
• How customer behaviour changes due to COVID-19 outbreak even after the crisis is over.
• Strategies that you can and should put into place to market successfully in a post-pandemic period

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Andrea Chow

Founder, Global Circles Academy, Malaysia

Besides being a sales trainer, coach and consultant, Andrea Chow is also the founder of ACETS Sdn Bhd since 2016 and Global Circles Academy in January 2021. She helps clients rewire their sales process, improve on their sales strategy and brought improvement between 20 per cent – 200 per cent.

Andrea has trained thousands of students and clients in sales all over Asia, including Malaysia, Singapore, Vietnam, Myanmar and Thailand. As the author of Breakthrough with a Coach she shared her experience in business on how she got stuck and hired a coach to accelerate her business to a six-figure income in just weeks.

In 2020, she was awarded by Marketing in Asia as the Rising 70 Personnel on LinkedIn in Malaysia. Towards the last quarter of 2020, together with her business partner they launched Sales Wiring Program to serve the sales profession, business owners, individuals who are seeking out new business after they lost their income or job during the pandemic. Her training and consultancy clients include Prudential, Maybank, Etiqa and Standard Chartered.

#iEmPOWER : Cash Flow Management During a Pandemic
Live on ZOOM
10:30 am – 1:00 pm
26 November 2020

Cash flow management is an integral element of every business. Businesses need to generate healthy cash flow to survive. Companies that don’t exercise good cash flow management will place their business in imminent danger to sustain especially in the COVID-19 economic crisis. In reality, that is what’s happening now – many businesses collapse due to poor cash flow management.

Entrepreneurs who have been hit hard by the ongoing worldwide pandemic are now looking for solutions and ways to strategise their cash flow management.

The main objective of this workshop is to create awareness for entrepreneurs who are affected by the pandemic, so that they can immediately shift their attention and focus on cash flow management. This is because it will have far-reaching implications, not only on the financial processes, but also on their business’s operation and its continuity.

 

This workshop is suitable for:

  • Individuals who are affected financially by the pandemic.
  • Small or medium size business owners who want to improve their cash flow knowledge, in order to continue operations during this challenging period.
  • Individuals who want to learn how to manage cash flow, save as well as invest regularly, and build reserves, which will lead to financial freedom upon retirement.

The takeaways from the workshop:

  • Understand the cash flow quadrant.
  • Understand the importance of financial planning in our lives.
  • Learn how to do cash flow projection to meet business operation needs.
  • Learn to build wealth for long term financial freedom.

Programme

TimeSessions
10:30 am – 1:00 pmCash Flow Management During a Pandemic

• Myth about money.
• Personal financial planning.
• How to manage debts and save for long term financial freedom.
• Common mistakes leading to cash flow challenges.
• How to manage business cash flow during crisis.
• How to use cash flow projection for business.

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Hew Hui Shan

Hew Hui Shan is the CEO and founder of Sohow Sdn Bhd, a business training and coaching firm, helping hundreds of SMEs  to build profitable, sustainable and scalable businesses. She believes that everyone can turn their passion into a profitable business. She is a chartered accountant, a certified financial planner and business coach. In addition to that, she is a member and a trainer of Business Network International (BNI), Malaysia.

With  14 years experience, she has developed a structured and easy to follow Business DNA for Success programme that can help many new startups or existing businesses to have clarity on their business goals and direction, the right business model to achieve their business goals, quantification of their projected investment, profitability and cash flow, as well as  how to implement their business step by step to achieve success. Those who attended her programme have gained clarity on what needs to  be done for their business, avoid  common startup mistakes, and most importantly  save cost and time.  They have also commented  on her sincerity in sharing the methodology to success.

SOHOW Sdn Bhd
“Everyone can TURN PASSION INTO A PROFITABLE BUSINESS”, but if you are asking “So, How to do it?”
SOHOW is here to help with their “Business DNA for Success” program.
SOHOW is a training and coaching company, incorporated in 2006, helping hundreds of small and
medium sized companies to grow their businesses systematically. Start with a business plan to have
clarity of business direction. Design a unique business model, complete with financials. Determine
action plans. Build systems and teams. Track progress and make improvements along the way.
Journey of entrepreneurship is not easy but need not be lonely. With passion, personal development,
strategic planning, consistent execution, building solid relationship, networking for success and
collaborate for growth, this journey shall be exciting, fun and fulfilling.
TOGETHER we can achieve more.

#iEmPOWER : Developing Content Strategy for Digital Marketing
Live on ZOOM
11.00 AM - 1.00 PM
10 & 12 August 2020

#iEmPOWER  – an initiative by the WIEF Businesswomen Network, which was established with the main objective of empowering women individually and collectively through entrepreneurship programmes . It is to create better business opportunities, and to give a unique platform for participants to engage, learn and gain knowledge as well as exchange ideas and come up with new solutions among themselves so that they are better prepared for future entrepreneurial success.

In order to harness the challenges caused by COVID-19, #iEmPOWER  will design relevant programmes  to enable and inspire women entrepreneurs to re-organise their business strategies.  With participants from  diverse backgrounds, cultures, perspectives and skills, #iEmPOWER is a dynamic platform   to exchange ideas, network and drive innovation for businesses.

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PART 1

TimeSessions
11.00am – 1.00pmDeveloping Content Strategy for Digital Marketing - Part 1

Revisit your marketing strategy to ensure that the content is up to date, creative and engaging for your customers..

Content is King
•How do you set your content strategy?
•Growing the idea pool. What are the strategies to drive creative content?
This includes an interactive exercise using mind mapping to generate content ideas.

Context is Queen
•When to say what and where?
•Who says what about you or your products? Strategies to leverage user generated content.
•The ultimate word of mouth. How to best integrate user generated content into your strategy.

Business Objectives and User-Centred Content Trainer
Angeline Ann Samuel, Chief Executive Officer & Founder of A TECH

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PART 2

TimeSessions
11.00am – 1.00pmDeveloping Content Strategy for Digital Marketing - Part 2

Posting and publishing business content on social media such as Facebook, Instagram, YouTube is pivotal to amplifying your brand’s reach and delivering the type of content your customers or followers expect to see.

Brand Storytelling and Branded Content
•The concept of the uninvited brand.
•Content marketing starts with a great story.
•Brand storytelling – the role of branding and the concept of storytelling.
•Branded content vs traditional advertising approach.

Content Marketing Strategy
•The content grid framework and other approaches.
• Content marketing (searchable, shareable, sustainable, specialist, supportive).
•Planning for content creation, scheduling and management.

Trainer
Angeline Ann Samuel, Chief Executive Officer & Founder of A TECH, Malaysia

 

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Angeline Ann Samuel

Bachelor of Software Engineering (Hons), University of Staffordshire & Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH)

Angeline Ann Samuel is the CEO and founder of A TECH, a digital marketing firm in Malaysia specialising in professional development and digital marketing.

Angeline is experienced in strategic planning, managing and leading teams in diverse roles such as sales, marketing, advisory, operations management, digital marketing, market expansion strategies, business development initiatives, competitive as well as market intelligence, determining pricing strategies, control and monitoring of budget or spend of products. Her unique interpretation of online business allows her to travel the globe as a speaker, trainer and consultant, working with multiple organisations such as hotels, banks, energy, as well as oil and gas. Amongst her clients are SIRIM Malaysia, Bank Islam Malaysia, PETRONAS Malaysia, Dragon Oil Dubai, Zimbabwe Power, Qatar Petroleum Company Corporation, Saudi Aramco and Mozambique Airlines (LAM).

#iEmpower
Ibis Hotel KL City Centre
8.30 AM - 5.00 PM
Monday, 16th December 2019

#iEmpower

A Day Of Networking And Rejuvenating Business Spirit

  
TOPICS:

  • Making your business profitable
  • Success stories
  • Perfecting your first impression
  • Work-life balance

 

Supporting Partners

16th December 2019

TimeSessions
08.30 AM – 09.00 AMRegistration
09.00 AM – 09.30 AMBreaking the Ice
09.30 AM – 10.30 AMSuccessful Marketing Begins with You! How to Make Your Business Profitable

Creating a profitable business isn’t easy. Being in the current trends and demand, you need to refocus and redesign your marketing and sales efforts to generate higher profit. Learn from the expert the powerful growth strategies to fuel your profitability.

Yap Keng Teck
Founder & Managing Consultant
Bizsphere

10.30 AM – 10.45 AMTea Break
10.45 AM – 01.00 PMTrue Stories: Sit Down with a Champion

Successful entrepreneurs can be role models and a great influencen in advancing women’s economic empowerment. Let’s us sit back and enjoy listening to these successful entrepreneurs who inspire us through their amazing business journey. Apply their tips and advices to create success in your own entrepreneurial journey.

Lisette Scheers
Founder
Nala Design Crafts

Atilia Haron
Founder
Yogaonethatiwant

01.00 PM – 02.00 PMLunch & Networking
02.00 PM – 03.30 PMPerfecting Your First Impression: Grooming and Makeover

Skill, experience and personality are vital components of success, but first impression is what makes you memorable. Learn how to reflect a positive and professional image through your outfit as well as grooming. Find out how to adapt your make-up and outfit that will not only suit time, place and activity but also make a professional impression while sending an appropriate non-verbal message.

Lora Dash
Professional make-up artist, hairstylist
Suffy Grooming & Image

03.30 PM – 03.45 PMTea Break
03.45 PM – 05.00 PMKeep Calm and Get Healthy!

Work-life balance is important, especially for working mothers and entrepreneurs. Discover and implement the fitness tips into your lifestyle, create a workout routine, learn workplace wellness hacks, strategies to lessen stress, how to keep motivated and set life goals.

Kevin Zahri
Founder
Jom Kurus

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Kevin Zahri

Kevin Zahri, affectionately known as Cikgu Fitness Malaysia, is an award-winning US certified personal trainer and nutritionist with over 15 years’ experience. He is the Founder of Malaysia’s largest weight loss movement called Jom Kurus. He has published books, ebooks, written for several fitness and lifestyle magazines, hosted and appeared on various television shows.

An avid corporate wellness speaker, web entrepreneur and a member of MENSA, Kevin grew up in Germany and has called Malaysia home for almost two decades now. He furthered his studies in mechanical engineering with a minor in economics at Northeastern University in Boston. It was during his time in college that he became certified as a personal trainer and nutritionist.

A proud father of two, Kevin founded Malaysia’s biggest weight loss movement Jom Kurus in 2013 and it has since garnered over 40,000 members who have collectively lost 300,000kgs. The foundation of its success is simple: empowerment, education, fun factor and community. Now, it has evolved into a sports and CSR initiative called Jom Kurus Sekolah that aims to reduce obesity and inactivity among Malaysian schoolchildren.

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Lisette Scheers

Lisette Scheers is the founder and the brain behind Nala Design in Malaysia. The company was started in 2012 and its products draw inspiration from the rich Malaysian multiracial culture and history while embedding the country’s architecture, language, flora and fauna, and traditional forms of art. The result is a colourful and contemporary range of fabrics, bags and clothes, among other things.

Other than Nala Design’s home base in Bangsar, Kuala Lumpur, its products can be found in 13 locations in the city including Isetan KLCC as well as globally, including Japan, Hong Kong and a standalone store in Paris.

Dutch by heritage, born in Singapore and living in Malaysia, Lisette began her career as an art director in the advertising industry and had a successful career in large advertising agencies. With a background rooted in graphic design and having studied fine arts in Belgium, Lisette started her own graphic design consultancy, L.inc, which is behind many of The BIG Group’s restaurant interiors and marketing collateral in Malaysia.

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Yap Keng Teck

Yap Keng Teck is the Founder and Managing Consultant of Bizsphere Brand and Marketing Group. He has been named an Influential Global Marketing Leader by World Marketing Congress. He is also a National Council Member of SME Association of Malaysia and a member of Industry 4wrd Readiness Assessment Technical Committee of the Malaysian Ministry of International Trade and Industry.

Keng Teck has over 20 years of branding and marketing experience. He assisted various local emerging brands to record double digit growth and expand their market reach abroad. Some of the brands he has consulted include Joven, Avis, MUJI Malaysia and Galactic Advance Engineering.

Besides consulting, Keng Teck is a columnist, campaign manager and a certified trainer in his field. He has advised National Mark of Malaysian Brand recipients and international brands listed in the MATRADE Directory. He was a panel brand expert for MITI Brand Excellence Award 2011, a Global Advisory Member of World Brand Congress in 2013-2014 and a speaker for World Brand Congress 2015 as well as World Marketing Congress 2016.

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Atilia Haron

Atilia, a registered yoga teacher (RYT 200), is the Founder of the Yogaonethatiwant which is a chain of yoga studios across Malaysia and a brand ambassador for Under Armour, an American footwear as well as apparel brand. Her experience in practising and teaching yoga spans more than a decade. Always seen with a huge smile on her face and an infectious passion for all things yoga, this fun-loving yogi’s journey started on a far less happy note.

Plagued with chronic back pains and shortness of breath, Atilia turned to yoga for an answer to her mounting health problems. In 2018, Atilia was awarded Yogi of the Year by Yoga Journal Singapore due to her impactful role in positively influencing numerous individuals.

Although petite in stature, Atilia is huge in talent. In addition to her yoga empire, she is an accomplished singer, songwriter and recording artiste, not only in Malaysia and abroad. She has made appearances at major events such as the World Economic Forum in Davos and the US-Asean Summit Gala Dinner, performing for world leaders and luminaries.

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Lora Dash

Lora Dash is a professional hairstylist, makeup artist as well as coach based in Mont Kiara, Kuala Lumpur. She has gained over eight years’ experience in the beauty industry of Malaysia, Brunei and Singapore. She is a member of Malaysian Nail Technician Association, a makeup artistry judge for International Beauty Expo Malaysia and a certified trainer from Human Resources Development Fund (HRDF) Malaysia.

Armed with an innate sense of style and a variety of creative abilities, Lora was trained at the Y SNOW Beauty Academy to teach practical makeup and also in makeup artistry at City & Guilds in the United Kingdom. She has had nine years of working experience in the private sector and holds a bachelor’s degree in business studies from Asia E University in Kuala Lumpur.

Lora is currently pursuing a certificate for a verification training officer from Malaysian Skills Development, which is an initiative by the Malaysian government.