Professor Maheswari Kandasamy

Professor Maheswari Kandasamy has a B.A. (Education) (University of Auckland, New Zealand); Diploma in Education, (University of Auckland); M.A. (Hons.) (Education) (University of Auckland); Ph.D. (Education) (University of New England, Australia.

In her previous posting as the Professor at the Faculty of Education and Languages as well as Head of OUM International, she served in several positions pertaining to capacity building for training and research innovation projects at the Ministry of Education Malaysia, Ministry of Education, Youth, and Sports Cambodia, the National University of Laos, the Ministry of Education Maldives, the Ministry of Education Sri Lanka, the Open University of Sri Lanka, the Ministry of Primary and Mass Education Bangladesh, Ministry of Education and Training Vietnam and the Bangladesh Computer Council. In these organizations, she served with UNESCO, World Bank, UNICEF, and ADB.

Professor Mahes was also attached to the National Institute of Educational Management (Institut Aminuddin Baki), Malaysia, and was responsible for the training and development of school principals, headteachers, and senior Ministry of Education personnel. While at the National Institute of Educational Management, she was appointed the Adjunct Professor of Education, College of Education, University of Houston, Texas, USA. (1994-1998) and adjunct lecturer at the following universities:-

  • University of Tasmania, Australia (1995-1996),
  • Northern University of Malaysia (1994-1998),
  • University Malaya, (1997- 2000),
  • University Sarawak (UNIMAS), (1996- 2000)
  • Technology University Malaysia (UTM) (1996-2000)
  • Science University Malaysia (USM) (1997-1998), and
  • National University of Malaysia (UKM) – Part-time Lecturer for two Masters Papers (2001/2002) – 6023/Human Resource Management and 6033/Educational Planning

She has also been engaged by the Malaysian Institute of Management (MIM), Centre for Research and Education for South East Asian Central Banks (SEACEN), Malaysian Central Banks Training Centre, National Productivity Centre, and the Centre for Modem Management Sarawak to develop and conduct management training and development initiatives for their clientele

For her contributions, she was awarded the Malaysian Institute of Management (MIM) Resource Person Award in 1996.

Bala Kumar Thambiah

Bala started his career in the audit division with KPMG Malaysia in 1985 after completing his bachelor of business degree in majoring in Accounting and Law in Australia. He then moved to the newly established business advisory division within KPMG in 1989. Within business advisory, he specialised in Human Resource Consulting specifically in the areas of executive recruitment, talent development, and learning and development.

In 1999, he took up a newly created position with KPMG Asia Pacific as Regional Director of Learning and Development. For 4 years up to 2003, he was responsible for developing and delivering classroom and web-based training for KPMG offices within the Asia Pacific region. He was involved in tasks of analyzing business needs, reviewing existing learning and development materials to ensure the currency, evaluating and introducing new programs to meet changing business needs. He was the only accredited facilitator with the European Training Center in Brussels within the Asia Pacific region and a member of KPMG’s Global Business Advisory Training Curriculum Team. The workshops he has conducted included Advisory/ Advanced Advisory Skills workshops, Project Leadership, Business Process Improvement, Change Strategies & Skills, Client Interview Skills, Developing Client Relationships, Coaching Skills, Facilitation Skills, Presentation Skills, Personal Effectiveness, Team Leading, Train The Trainer, Account Management and New Manager Workshops.

In January 2004, Bala joined a venture capital-funded start-up company as Chief Learning Officer in charge of setting up its internet portal for edutainment & e-learning in Malaysia. In addition, he acted as a project consultant for reviewing the e-learning modules for a government ministry. He was also involved in developing online learning programs for a global petroleum company and has acted as an e-learning consultant for British Telecoms within South East Asia. Here his role was to review BT’s investment in e-learning companies to ensure the requisite return on investment was met and to provide technical assistance, coaching, and mentoring where needed especially for start-up investee companies

In 2009, he joined Asia e University (AeU) in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. AeU is a unique Dual Mode University created under the auspices of Asian Cooperative Dialogue. He works in the President’s office wherein he’s responsible for International Relations, Corporate Strategy & Planning, and Overall Administration of the University President’s Office. In 2020, he was appointed as Director for the School of Professional and Executive Education (SPEED)

Professor Chan Chee Seng

Professor Dr. Chan is the Academic Director of Brittany Université and is an accomplished academician, having obtained his Bachelors, Masters, and Doctorate degree from renowned universities in Malaysia, UK, and France, respectively.

Having more than 40 years of academic experience in transnational education, he has spearheaded and managed collaborative partnerships with universities from the USA, Australia, UK, France, Spain, and Croatia and delivered through a network of learning centers over more than 15 countries in the Asian region.

Being a keen academic, Professor Dr. Chan continues to be an adjunct faculty to the UK and French universities, teaching and supervising the Masters and Doctorate programmes

Professor Dr. Chan has designed, developed, and conducted programmes aimed at improving Brain-Based Learning as well as Neuro-Linguistic Programming and had personally trained thousands of students and academicians in the art and the science of learning-teaching and assessment.

He has wide interest in both the field of management and education with particular focus on strategy, business models, innovation, and leadership as well as digital education and instructional technology.