Datuk J.Jayasiri is Secretary General, Ministry of International Trade and Industry of Malaysia. He joined the civil service in December 1981 as Assistant Secretary of International Affairs, Ministry of Primary Industries dealing with international commodity issues. He later assumed the post of First Secretary in the Permanent Mission of Malaysia in Geneva from 1988 to 1997 representing Malaysia in the Uruguay Round of negotiations to establish the WTO. He returned to MITI in 1997 and served as Principal Assistant Director of Multilateral Trade Relations and subsequently Director of APEC. He was Malaysia’s Senior Official to APEC from 2002 – 2006. He went on to become Senior Director, Bilateral and Regional Relations and then Senior Director of Multilateral Trade Policy and Negotiations. He was Deputy Secretary General (Strategy & Monitoring) MITI from January 2015-June 2016. He led Malaysia’s team in the ASEAN-China FTA, Malaysia-Japan FTA and the TPPA negotiations.
Datuk Jayasiri, 59, graduated from Universiti Malaya with a Bachelor of Arts (South-East Asian Studies) (Honours) degree. Outside his professional commitments, he is actively involved in charitable and social activities.
Edgard Kagan is Deputy Chief of Mission of the U.S. Embassy in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Prior to this, he served as Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs and consequently as Deputy Director of the U.S Mission to the UN’s Washington Office from 2012 to 2014. Edgard has been a Foreign Service officer since 1991, previously serving as Director of Korean Affairs, including as acting Deputy Assistant Secretary for Japan and Korea, Economic and then Political-Economic Counselor at the U.S. Embassy in Canberra, Australia, after having served at the U.S. Embassies in Beijing, Tel Aviv, Budapest and Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire. His other Washington assignments have included working as a desk officer in the Office of Chinese and Mongolian Affairs as well as a tour as staff assistant to the Director of Policy Planning. Edgard is a graduate cum laude of Yale University.
Felix Corona is the Mexican Ambassador to Malaysia. Felix has served in the foreign service since 1982, assuming Ambassadorship in 2009. Prior to that, he served as Minister for Political Affairs in the Embassy of Mexico in the US; Deputy Consul General of Mexico in San Diego, US; Deputy Consul General of Mexico in Los Angeles, US; Chargé d’Affaires a.i. of the Embassy of Mexico in the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia during the 1992-94 armed conflict; and as Deputy Head of Mission in the Embassy of México in the Republic of Korea. He has also been posted at the Ministry of Foreign Relations of Mexico as Director General for the Protection of Mexicans abroad and Consular Affairs, and is a member of Academic institutions including the World Affairs Council and the Pacific Council on International Affairs. Felix is a graduate in International Relations from the National Autonomous University of Mexico and studied Diplomatic Affairs at the Diplomatic Institute of the Secretary of Foreign Affairs of Mexico, the Matias Romero Institute.
Mr. Faris Hadad-Zervos is the World Bank Country Manager for Malaysia, based in Kuala Lumpur. Mr. Hadad-Zervos, a US national, joined the World Bank in 1996 with the Private Sector Development Department. He served as Manager of the Technical Cooperation Program with the Gulf Cooperation Countries (2000-2003), Head of Mission for Iraq (2003-2005), Operations Manager for the West Bank and Gaza (2005-2008), Acting Director for Fragile States in the Operations Department (2010-2011) and Country Manager for Bolivia (2012-2015). In 2008, Mr. Hadad-Zervos took a leave of absence from the World Bank to serve as the Deputy Head of the Quartet Office for the Middle East Peace Process, based in Jerusalem. Mr. Hadad-Zervos holds a Master’s Degree in Economics from George Mason University, and a Master’s Degree in Finance from George Washington University.
Patrick leads PwC Malaysia’s Economics & Policy Practice group. He has extensive economics advisory and public policy experience, in both Malaysia and New Zealand. He has worked for the New Zealand Treasury and as an advisor to senior elected officials. His experience as an applied economist includes assessing the impact of policy initiatives and events on key economic sectors such as oil & gas, retail, manufacturing, real estate, agriculture, transport and tourism. In recent times, Patrick co-led the study on TPP economic impact on Malaysia and was involved in Malaysia’s Economic Transformation Programme as Greater KL lab leader. Patrick studied economics at the University of Auckland including post graduate studies on competition economics.
Indran Shanmuganathan is a partner at Shearn Delamore & Co in Kuala Lumpur. He handles a wide range of intellectual property issues. His contentious practice deals with all aspects of IP litigation, and he has represented many multi-nationals in the High Court, Court of Appeal and Federal Court. He has been involved in unfair trade practice cases, the mediation or settlement of intellectual property related disputes, and representation of clients in dispute resolution matters. He is also actively involved in IP enforcement through the relevant government agencies. His non-contentious work includes advising on information technology, e-commerce, telecommunications, franchising, entertainment, media, sponsorship and merchandising matters and related agreements.
John McKendry is the Country Manager and Pfizer Essential Health (PEH) Lead of Pfizer Malaysia and Brunei.
Based in the Head Office in Kuala Lumpur, John is responsible for the internal management and the external representation for the overall Pfizer business in both countries. As PEH Lead, he also oversees the growth of Pfizer’s off-patent products. John was appointed to his role at Pfizer Malaysia in mid-2014. Prior to joining Pfizer Malaysia, he was based in Hong Kong at the regional APAC office as Regional Therapeutic Area Lead, Pain Portfolio, for the Global Innovative Pharma Business (GIP) across the Asia Pacific Region.
He has over 15 years of experience in the healthcare and pharmaceutical industry, his strong track record within Pfizer includes roles as Commercial Director for the Original Brands Division of the Established Products Business Unit in Canada as well as roles in Marketing, Sales, Business Analytics, Pricing and Patient Access. He currently serves as President of the Board of Pharmaceutical Association of Malaysia as well as a seat on the Board of Governors for the American Malaysian Chamber of Commerce. John holds a Bachelor of Science in Biology as well as a Master in Science Degree in Physiology from the University of Ottawa, Canada. He is also a holder of an executive certificate in Corporate Strategy and Innovation from the Sloan School of Management at MIT.
Dr. Ashok Philip obtained his MBBS degree from the University Of Chittagong, Bangladesh in 1984. On returning to Malaysia, he completed his housemanship in Hospital Melaka and subsequently obtained his MRCP (UK) and continued to serve in Hospital Melaka until 1995. In April 1995, Dr Ashok left the Government service and joined the Mahkota Medical Centre in Melaka, where he presently practices as a General Physician. In May 2014, he was elected as the President-Elect of the Malaysian Medical Association and took over the presidency in May 2015 up until this year.
Dr. S. Mahmud Ali was trained at the Pakistan Military Academy and educated at the Royal United Services Institute for Defence and Security Studies (RUSI), and King’s College London. Shortly before defending his doctoral dissertation in War Studies (University of London), he was engaged by the British Broadcasting Corporation as a broadcaster. He served with the BBC for over two decades as an analyst, editor, and manager, retiring in 2009. In 2010, he was appointed an East Asia International Affairs Programme Associate at the LSE IDEAS. He has authored several books, including a five-volume series on US-China strategic relations.
Dato’ Abdul Majid Khan is currently the President of the Malaysia-China Friendship Association (PPMC), Exco Member of the Malaysia-China Business Council. He obtained a Bachelor of Economics (Honours) from University of Malaya. In his 34 years of service with the Government, he had served in the Prime Minister’s Department and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs as well as in several missions abroad (Vietnam, Laos, China, USA and Nigeria) and has held senior positions in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He also acted as the Under Secretary of West Asia and the OIC and has participated in several Ministerial visits to West Asian Countries and OIC meetings.
During his tenure as the Director General of ASEAN, he actively participated in the organisation of the 30th ASEAN Ministerial Meeting held in Kuala Lumpur as well as the ASEAN Head of Summit and the 10+3 Summit Meetings in Malaysia. In 1998, he was appointed as the Ambassador of Malaysia to the People’s Republic of China and concurrently accredited to the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea until his retirement on 2nd January, 2005.
Post-retirement, he continues to actively participate in various conferences and seminars dealing with the subject of China’s Economic Development and ASEAN. He sits on the board of several companies, both listed and private. He was appointed Adjunct Professor, University of Malaya in July 2016, attached to China Studies. He is also an Ambassadorial Panel Adviser to Invest K, Honorary Chairman of Malaysia-China Chambers of Commerce and co-founder of Zheng He International Peace Foundation, Washington DC.
Gurdial Singh Nijar is an advocate and solicitor and presently a legal consultant at the law firm Sreenevasan, UNDP-GEF Project of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, and UNDP-GEF Project of the Sarawak Biodiversity Centre. He holds an LLB (Hons) degree from King’s College London and a Masters Law degree from the University of Malaya. He was a Law Professor at University of Malaya’s Law Faculty for 16 years.
Presently the Vice President of HAKAM, the Malaysian Human Rights Society, he is also the Founder-Director of the National Centre of Excellence for Biodiversity Law, Senior Research Fellow at the South Centre, Geneva; Legal Expert for the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, Rome; and former member of the Compliance Committee, UN Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety.
Gurdial’s other accomplishments include leading Malaysia and developing countries in international negotiations that led to the adoption of three international treaties, namely The Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and Benefit Sharing (ABS) arising from their Utilisation (2010); The Nagoya-Kuala Lumpur Supplementary Protocol on Damage Resulting from Living Modified Organisms (2010); and The Paris Agreement on Climate Change (2015). Gurdial has authored several books including Patenting Life Forms: Law & Practice; Civil Trial Advocacy; and Drafting for Lawyers.
Ms Khor Yu Leng, B.A. (Oxon), M.Sc. (Econs) is the Head Research for Southeast Asia at LMC International (www.lmc.co.uk), a leading independent economic consultancy for agro-industrial commodities. She is a specialist on cane sugar, palm oil and sustainable supply-chains. Yu Leng is a graduate of Oxford University and the London School of Economics, focusing on industrial and development economics. On sustainability, she has worked extensively on its commercial economics, recently presenting at Cambridge University and at key industry conferences. She has papers and book chapters published by Universiti Sains Malaysia, the ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute (Singapore) and The Habibie Center (Indonesia).