Dr Stephen Vickers
Until he retired in December 2015, Stephen was the Chief Executive of the Vocational Training Charitable Trust (VTCT) for six years and managed an extensive list of vocational and business qualifications. Prior to this he was the Chief Executive of the British Accreditation Council for three years. This was (and is) the UK’s leading accreditation body for independent Further and Higher Education. He provided instrumental advice to HE and FE branches of the government in Bahrain, Bangladesh, Colombia, Jordan, Kosovo and Mauritius and helped design the accreditation system for Kosovo.
He was the Chief Executive of the National Examination Board in Occupational Safety and Health for six years and responsible for the strategic and tactical management of this world leading awarding body in occupational health and safety education and vocationally related qualifications. His international exposure in this role included liaison with national government policy makers and with educational and OSH regulators in Antigua and Barbuda, Bahrain, Barbados, Brunei, China (Hong Kong and Macau), France, Malaysia, Oman, St Kitts and Nevis, Singapore, Trinidad, UAE, UK, USA.
Professor Tan Sri Ghauth Jasmon
It was during his period as VC the University of Malaya made advanced dramatically in the QS World University Rankings. Tan Sri Ghauth initiated the High Impact Research (HIR) programme in 2010 and he was instrumental in getting the special research allocation of almost RM600 million from the Ministry of Higher Education for UM HIR in August 2011.
Due to his vast contributions to the development of the country’s private tertiary education initiatives, he was bestowed with the Darjah Mulia Seri Melaka (DMSM) which carries the title Datuk by the Governor of Malacca
His works have been published in 30 international journal papers, 45 conference/seminars, and other publications. He has also been involved in many professional engineering activities especially in the IET (UK) and IEEE (US), and was formerly a Secretary General and Vice President of the Association for Engineering Education in South East Asia and the Pacific. He is currently a Fellow of the IET, Fellow of the Institution of Engineers Australia, Senior Member of the IEEE and an Eisenhower Fellow.
Dato’ Sri Dr. Edmund Santhara
He was conferred the Brand Personality Award by the Asia Pacific Brands Foundation and the Brand Laureatte in 2009. He was named Malaysia’s Ernst & Young Emerging Entrepreneur of the Year and represented Malaysia in Monte Carlo at the Ernst & Young World Entrepreneur of the Year Award. He was also selected to receive the 2007 National Youth Award from the Prime Minister of Malaysia. In November 2008, he represented Malaysia in the Creative Young Entrepreneur Award competition at the junior Chamber International World Congress in New Delhi and won the world award.
He was admitted as a member of the Malaysian Institute of Management; as a member of the Malaysian Institute of Human Resource Management and the Chartered Institute of Marketing, Malaysia; as an associate member of the Harvard Business School Alumni Club of Malaysia after completing the ASEAN Senior Management Development program. He has an MBA from the University of Strathclyde, Scotland; a Postgraduate Diploma in Marketing from the Chartered Institute of Marketing, Malaysia; and a Doctorate in Business Administration from the University of Newcastle, Australia.