Women rising to the top – Speakers profile


Johan Mahmood Merican 

CEO, TalentCorp 


Johan Mahmood Merican was appointed the Chief Executive Officer of Talent Corporation Malaysia Berhad (TalentCorp) since its establishment on 1 January 2011. With Malaysia’s wealth of talent and abundance of opportunities, Johan is confident that through the public and private sectors working closely together, we can address the talent needs of our economic transformation.

Johan was previously the Principal Private Secretary to the Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department of Malaysia and has 18 years of experience in policy development, corporate finance and accountancy in both the public and private sectors in Malaysia and the United Kingdom. Trained as a chartered accountant, he holds a first class honours degree in Economics from the University of Cambridge and is an Associate of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW).


Sugunah Verumandy

Human Resources Director

GE, Malaysia & Brunei 

Sugunah Verumandy

Sugunah Verumandy is the Corporate Human Resource Director for General Electric International Inc in Malaysia and Brunei. She oversees the Group’s overall Human Resource strategy and business requirements to ensure core, common, consistent practices and needed differentiated solutions to drive business growth. She has led various major Human Resource initiatives for her previous Fortune 500 employers such as Pfizer and Bristol-Myers Squibb. She also served Ericsson, a leading telecommunications company. In all the companies, she has earned various leadership awards and recognition.

A practitioner in the dynamics of human capital, Sugunah enjoys leading human resource strategies that encompasses elements that drives business needs and supports employees’ aspirations and talent growth. She distinguishes herself as someone who enjoys business partnering, facilitating change management programs and conducting employee development programs and is often referred to for employment law principles. Her role has brought her to many countries across Asia Pacific, Europe and United States.

Sugunah received a Masters in Human Resource Management from University of Western Sydney, Australia. She has two daughters whom she describes as her angels. Sugunah devotes extra time in volunteer activities. She is currently the Women’s Hub Leader for GE in Malaysia and a recipient of the Extra Mile Award for Women in GE.


Chin Suit Fang

Markets Leader

PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC)

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Chin Suit Fang is a Senior Executive Director and Markets Leader at PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) in Malaysia. As Markets Leader her role encompasses Strategic Planning, Business Development, Marketing & Communications, Branding and Business Research & Knowledge Management.

In her role, she works with the firm’s leaders in driving the firm’s strategic thrusts, targeting and proposal support and positioning the firm in its key Points of View. She also works with the partners and directors in developing thought leadership positions, branding and media management.

A past member of the PwC Global Gender Advisory Council, Suit Fang pioneered three Internal Firm Centres of Business Development, Training, and Human Resource.

Suit Fang is a member of the Malaysian Institute of Certified Public Accountants and member of the Malaysian Institute of Accountants.

Suit Fang actively engages with her staff, the Gen Y and other external stakeholders on Twitter. Follow her @suitfang – she’d like to have a conversation with you.


Low Ngai Yuen 

Ngai Yuen Profile

Most recently, Yuen has been awarded Women Weekly’s Great Women Of Our Time 2012 award for the category of Media and Arts as well as the Bella Creative Award 2013 by the leading terrestrial TV station in the country for her contribution to the creative industry.

In the past 15 years, Yuen has gone from producing, directing and creating some of the highest rating TV programs in the country and regional countries to joining the corporate world for four years – as the Director of Marketing and Communications of Carrefour Malaysia and Singapore, sitting on its management and executive committee as the youngest executive director; to running the country’s premier arts platform, Kakiseni that enables access to creativity and innovation through arts and culture pedagogy models.

Additionally, she championed the TUKAR program (Program Transformasi Kedai Runcit) both at the blueprint and execution phases as contribution to the ETP. In 2011, she was selected as a subject matter expert for the Prime Minister’s Roundtable on engaging the youth and subsequently, she heads the performing arts pillar, mapping out the industry’s growth for the Dasar Industri Kreatif Negara. She also conceptualized WOMEN:girls, a platform to drive accomplished women as inspiration and role model to younger girls in a series of outreach initiatives and a Mentor matching program. Earlier launch of this platform is awarded the Best Campaign of The Year 2011 by the Malaysia PR Association.

WOMEN:girls in tandem with the celebration of International Women’s Day this year will see a big campaign to drive a bigger share of women’s voices through WOMEN:girls series of initiatives to use pop culture as persuasive power to move people into actions, endearingly named Ikal Mayang.

Also the Executive Producer of Garang Pictures, Yuen is passionate about content development with a few high profile films to be released in 2013.


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