H.E. Victoria Treadell
British High Commissioner to Malaysia
Victoria Treadell (more intimately known as Vicki) was appointed the British High Commissioner to Malaysia in October 2014.
Vicki joined the UK’s Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) in 1979. She was formerly the British High Commissioner to New Zealand and has previously served in India, Pakistan and Malaysia. During her postings in New Zealand and Mumbai, not only she built on the bilateral relations and business links, she was on the ground looking after British people caught up in the Mumbai terrorist attacks and the Christchurch earthquake; at the same time working with the Indian and New Zealander authorities in dealing with the respective crises.
Her FCO career has further covered a wide range of other policy and service delivery roles including three years as UK Trade and Investment’s Director for the North West of England.
Vicki was made a Member of the Royal Victorian Order (MVO) in 1989 and a Commander of the Order of St Michael and St George (CMG) in 2010. In 2009 she won the Public Sector Award in the UK’s prestigious Asian Women of Achievement Awards.
Born in Malaysia, Vicki received her early education at Tarcisian Convent, Ipoh before moving to the UK where she studied in Bexhill College and took up International Affairs course at London School of Economics. In February 2016, Vicki was awarded a University of Reading Honorary Degree of Doctor of Laws.
Lee Jim Leng
Group Managing Director and CEO, Hong Leong Investment Bank
Ms. Lee is the Chief Executive Officer and Group Managing Director, Hong Leong Investment Bank Berhad. She was appointed to the Board of Directors of HLIB on 24 November 2009. Ms. Lee has more than 20 years of experience in the financial industry, specialising mainly in investment banking. Prior to joining HLIB, she was the Managing Director of a local investment bank where she was responsible for the overall development of the bank’s investment business in Malaysia. From 1999 to 2007, she was attached to a Singapore based regional bank and was tasked to spearhead their investment banking division in Malaysia and the ASEAN region. Ms. Lee obtained a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in 1984 from the Acadia University and a Master of Business Administration in 1987 from the Dalhousie University, Canada.
Shareen Shariza Dato’ Abdul Ghani
Shareen Shariza was appointed the Chief Executive Officer of TalentCorp on 1 June 2016. Before joining TalentCorp, Shareen was the Director of Corporate Responsibility at Khazanah Nasional Berhad, where she helped shape Khazanah’s Corporate Responsibility strategy and established initiatives such as PINTAR, Yayasan Sejahtera and GEMS Malaysia. Prior to that, she was Chief Operations Officer at MERCY Malaysia, where she served in humanitarian missions to Darfur, Sri Lanka, Iran, Aceh and remote areas throughout Malaysia.
Shareen was a former board member of the Humanitarian Accountability Partnership and a recipient of the Pingat Darjah Paduka Mahkota Perak for her contributions towards humanitarian efforts. She holds a Master of Studies in Sustainability Leadership from Cambridge University and Master in Public Policy from University Malaya.
Model & Actress
Bernie Chan is a Malaysian supermodel and is also an actress and host. She started her modelling career that spanned Kuala Lumpur, Singapore and Hong Kong She has appeared on more than 40 magazine covers and 50 TV commercials and has travelled all over the world on shoots.
Bernie has moved on to acting and emceeing and had been in more than 10 theatre productions in Kuala Lumpur and Singapore and has acted in sitcoms and dramas and independent movies that have been shown in Malaysia, Singapore, Hong Kong, Australia and Germany alongside actors like Russell Wong, Sean Ghazi, Zahim Albakri and jazz singer Laura Fygi.
She is also one of the country's most sought after emcees, with her easy going demenour and sense of humour, chalking up about 50 odd emcee gigs a year. Bernie has also emceed in Singapore, Manila, Padang and Cannes.
Her notable emcee gigs in 2016 are: Chanel annual dinner, Annual dinner Parfum Christian Dior, Malaysia Malls Association gala dinner, Tatler Ball, the launch of Kuala Linggi International Port, The Gardens Mall Christmas dinner, Harper's Bazaar Pink Project, Isetan The Japan Store, Sulwhasoo, L'Officiel party, Rimowa, Tag Heuer, Mont Blanc, Anlene, KLCC fashion week.
In 2008 with her brother Henry they both fought, laughed, cried and charmed their way into the hearts of viewers in The Amazing Race Asia season 3 where Bernie climbed from the 65th floor to the 88th floor of the Macau tower and then bungee jumped off it two days later- facing her fear of heights head on.
Low Ngai Yuen
Founder and President of WOMENgirls, Pertubuhan Pembangunan Kendiri Wanita Dan Gadis
Multiple award winning workaholic, film producer and director, entrepreneur and mother of 4; Yuen also passionately heads the 15 year old Kakiseni, championing arts access and advocacy on top of founding WOMENgirls, an NGO dedicated to remind women as role models to younger girls to achieve their potentials. Ikal Mayang is WOMENgirls’ flagship program aiming to increase women’s share of voice in the media.
Chong Chye Neo
Chong Chye Neo is the Managing Director of IBM Malaysia.
She is passionate about Talent & Leadership Development and Building High Performance Teams.
Chye Neo has more than 25 years of experience in the IT Industry with senior management roles & responsibilities that cut across multiple disciplines of technical, sales, marketing and strategy development and has led teams to successfully drive IBM’s business in multiple markets across Asia Pacific.
Her breadth of experience gave her the opportunity to appreciate diversity and to successfully develop leadership talents in IBM, combining personal aspirations with business demands. She leads with the conviction that changing ahead of the curve and challenging status quo is necessary for both business and talent growth. She also subscribes to “a winning team” as opposed to a team of “winners” as she believes that the success of any organization is driven by the collective aspirations and dynamics of the team.
In 2016, the Talent Corp awarded Chye Neo with the CEO of the Year award for championing diversity and inclusion.
Chye Neo graduated from Universiti Sains Malaysia, where she studies Computer Science and Management. She is a voracious reader with interest in Asian History and the Art of Mindful Living.