Datin Dr Wendy Liow

BSc (Business Admin) (Louisiana), MBA (Hull), DBA ( UniSA), Dean, ELM Graduate School, HELP University

In a career spanning over 30 years in multinational companies, Dr Liow has held senior positions as General Manager of Business Operations in ABB Industrial and Building System; Vice President of Human Resources and Operations in the Ericsson Group of Companies; Regional Recruitment Manager of Microsoft (ASEAN); and HR Director of Danone, Kraft and Cadbury (Malaysia and Singapore). She was also a Board member of Kraft Foods Malaysia and Cadbury Confectionery Malaysia.

As Dean of the ELM Graduate School of HELP University, Dr Liow oversees its development as one of the most innovative and versatile graduate schools in the region. Dr Liow’s research interest is in Business Incubation, Entrepreneurship, Leadership and Organisational Behaviour. She supervises Master’s and DBA students in the areas of HR Development, Leadership, Entrepreneurship and Technology Adoption. She is actively engaged in consultancy, SME development and coaching. Dr Liow sits on the HR Development Committee of the Associated Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry, and on the SME and HR Development Committee of the Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Kuala Lumpur and Selangor.

Dr Yap Kim Len

BA (Acct) (Preston), MA (Int Bus & Int Fin Mgmt) (Reading), PhD (Acct) (Otago), Dip Bus (Canterbury), FCPA Australia, CA (MIA) (Malaysia) Professor; Head of Accounting and Finance, ELM Graduate School

Prof Yap has conducted research on stock market crashes, credibility gap, ethics and governance, audit risks and assurance, non-financial reporting and integrated reporting, risk management, corporate governance, succession planning and Japanese corporate culture, and governance structure in the Asia Pacific region. She is currently researching Digital Reporting in China. Her research studies have been published in Scopus and other international journals. She is the co-author What Influences Generation Y to Join Non-Profit Organisations? (Lambert, 2016) which was favourably reviewed on for its “intense and in-depth understanding of what happens in a Malaysian context”. Prof Yap is a member of the Quality Assurance Panel of the Malaysian Qualifications Agency (MQA). She was also a member of Professional Qualifications Advisory Committee (PQAC) of CPA Australia. Prof Yap is an active contributor to the Malaysian Accounting Standards Board (MASB) on technical accounting standards, exposure drafts and other regulatory matters, and technical forums.

Dr Chung Tin Fah

BEcon (Malaya), MA (Yale), PhD (UPM), Associate Professor

Dr Chung specialises in quantitative finance and economics. His industry experience of over 30 years covered regulatory, corporate and consulting aspects in institutions like Bank Negara Malaysia, Securities Commission, SOCSO and investment banks. His writings on finance and economics have appeared in scholarly journals and as book chapters. He has also provided commentary to the national press. He is an independent member of the Market Participants Committee of the Malaysian Stock Exchange, and past member of the RAM Rating Committee. He has undertaken consultancies for the Malaysia Tax Foundation, Rating Agency Malaysia, Securities Commission, World Bank and the government of Malaysia. Dr Chung was a Malaysian Institute of Certified Public Accountants (MICPA) examiner. He is a reviewer for the Journal of Economic Studies and Journal of the International Academy for Case Studies, and a member of the editorial board of Issues in Economics and Business.

Dr Carol Hooi Lai Wan

BA Hons (Econ) (Malaya), MEcon (Wakayama, PhD (HRM) (St Andrew’s),PhD (Org Behaviour) (IIUM) Professor

Prof Hooi’s specialisation is human capital management and organisational behaviour. Her research interests include human resource system/practices, dynamic capabilities, leadership, justice, corporate citizenship behaviour, future jobs and competencies, cross- cultural management and business ethics. Her current research focuses on green HRM, coping capabilities, agile leadership and future jobs and competences; she leads a few international research projects. She is a senior research fellow of the Japan Foundation Japanese Study Fellowship (2006), The Taiwan Fellowship (2017 and 2019) and the Global Labor Organization (from 2017). She is Associate Editor of the International Journal of Manpower (Tier A) and sits on the editorial board of several international journals. She is the author of Human Capital Management Practices in Malaysia: Local and Foreign Perspectives (UTM, 2008) and Governance and Citizenship in Asia: Organisational Justice and Citizenship Behaviour in Malaysia (Springer, 2016).

Jiwon Lee

BS, MS, PhD (Kyung Hee), Associate Professor

Dr Lee Jiwon is a cross-cultural researcher whose interest is in discovering general patterns about cultural traits by investigating consumer behaviour through online and offline interaction. Jiwon’s specialisation includes international business, entrepreneurship and international marketing, such as B2B commerce and brand management. Her research articles have appeared in key journals like International Journal of Mobile Communications, International Journal Technology and Management, Journal of Hospitality and Tourism Research, Service Business, Asia Pacific Business Review, and Sustainability. Jiwon teaches and supervises graduate students in statistics, research methodology and marketing management. She also helps to recruit students from Korea for the international student mobility programme at HELP.

Dr Bernard Lew Shian Loong

BSc (Econ) (London), MFinEcon (UPM), PhD (UPM), Associate Professor

In 1997, in the wake of the Asian Financial Crisis, Dr Lew embarked on an academic career after completing a BSc (Econ) from the University of London. In 2000, he took a Master’s in Financial Economics at UPM, investigating the correlation between size, book-to-market ratio and the portfolio returns of Malaysian industrial stocks. His 2012 PhD thesis addressed the complex adaptive features of urban resilience, using a computational model to characterize spatio-economic resilience. His interest in knowledge and economic order comes alive in the courses he teaches at HELP related to knowledge management, innovation management, entrepreneurship and emerging issues in economics. Outside his academic pursuits, Dr Lew jams with his music group.

Dr Marco Tieman

BA, MSc (Ind Eng & Mgt Sc) (Twente), PhD (UiTM), Professor

Dr Tieman’s research interest is in halal supply chain management and halal risk and reputation
management. He teaches Supply Chain Management in the MBA and DBA programmes at HELP. He is the founder and CEO of LBB International, a supply chain strategy consultancy and research firm. He has advised governments and multinationals on supply chain analysis, supply chain design and market research. He is a leading authority on the design and management of halal food supply chains and has won awards for his research in halal purchasing and halal supply chain management. He sits on the senior editorial advisory board of Journal of Islamic Marketing. Dr Tieman enjoys walking, sailing and jazz.

Dr Thang Siew Ming

Professor, BA (Hons) (Malaya), MA (ELS) (UKM), PhD (Nottingham)

Prof Thang’s areas of specialisation are Learner Autonomy, Computer-enhanced Teaching and Learning, Learning Styles and Strategies, Motivational Studies and Eye-tracking Research. She is currently working on a Fundamental Research Grant Scheme (FRGS) project on Eye Movement Research entitled “Investigating prereaders’ cognitive processes in reading Malay or English picture books”.  She has taught and supervised graduate students for over 20 years and currently conducts research-oriented courses for academic staff and students at the ELM Graduate School. Before HELP, Prof Thang was a Professor at the School of Language Studies and Linguistics at Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia. She is passionate about imparting and sharing knowledge. She enjoys travelling, reading, musicals and the theatre. 

Dr Eddie Phun

BA Hons (Malaya), MBA (UPM), DBA (UniSA), Associate Professor

Dr Eddie Phun has over 12 years’ experience lecturing at the Masters and Doctoral level. His areas of specialisation include marketing, branding, retailing and international business. Dr Phun’s 15 years of industrial experience in positions like Marketing Manager, Vice President and General Manager enhances the learning dynamics of his classes at the ELM Graduate School. He lists his reading interests as marketing analysis, branding and consumer behaviour. He is also active in Lions Clubs International.

Dr Mohan Raj Gurubatham

BSc (Psych) (Bolton), MBA (Maharishi), MA (Comm Research) (Leicester), PhD (Iowa), Professor

Dr Mohan has many years of experience in global consulting firms in technology, change management, e-branding, culture and learning. He was a TC3 working member of the International Federation of Information Processing within UNESCO involved with evolving the best practice and research on ICT and education. He has published internationally on the knowledge economy, ICT, learning and transcendence. His model for examining the drivers of the global diffusion and adoption of ICT that induce high level insights in global strategic thinking was well received at the World Summit of the Information and Communication Technology in Unesco at Geneva; it was published internationally. He is also an adjunct faculty of Maharishi International University in the USA. Dr Mohan is interested in cultures, sustainability and ecosystems. He is a fan of Brazilian jazz. He is also a qualified teacher of Transcendental Meditation.

Dr Yan Huey Jiuan

Senior Lecturer/Manager, BAcct Hons (UUM), MBA (Fin) Distinction (Hull), DBA (HELP), ACMA, CGMA, CA (M), CFP, FCMI

Dr Yan has over twenty years of financial management experience in various industries and start-up business operations, including corporate reporting and corporate exercises of public listed companies. Having pursued her DBA research in Integrated Reporting, Dr Yan maintains a keen interest in the implementation challenges of integrated reporting, corporate governance/corporate responsibility reporting and audit practices. Her current research is in implementation challenges of integrated reporting, and corporate responsibility reporting. She has been involved in a special project with the Malaysian Institute of Accountants on corporate reporting requirement coverage against the International Integrated Reporting Framework. She has collaborated with Assoc Prof Dr Yap Kim Len in research on changes in corporate responsibility reporting in Malaysia.

Derek Poon Hin-Fei

BE (Malaya), MBA (Henley), Senior Lecturer

In a career spanning 25 years, Derek has worked with multinational companies in a variety of industries in different countries in diverse roles as engineer, functional and line management and CEO. His specific accomplishments include turning around companies, taking new startups to profitability, growing companies in difficult environments, developing and launching of products, building and upgrading plants, project management, design and implementation of IT projects, training project managers, feasibility studies and participation in steering committees for projects worth in excess of US$200 million. Derek was responsible for championing the Master of Project Management (MPM) programme at HELP University; it is the first from Southeast Asia to be accredited by the US-based Project Management Institute’s Global Accreditation Center.

Dr Edmund JV Oh

Associate Professor, BAppSc (USM), MSc (IHE Delft), MPhil (Cantab), PhD (Cornell)

Dr Oh is an environmental sociologist whose interests in environmental governance, environment and development discourse, and state-society relations in the Global South have led him to study communities that thrive on mangroves, mudflats and river ecosystems in the Mekong Delta. At the ELM Graduate School, he teaches qualitative research methodology and an introductory module on research, and conducts workshops on information literacy and academic writing. Edmund also co-teaches an undergraduate course on governance, institutions and identity in Asia to visiting Australian students under the Australian government’s New Colombo Plan initiative. Edmund serves on the ELM Graduate School Academic Board and Dissertation Committee as well as the HELP University Research Management Centre. A keen amateur naturalist, Edmund enjoys stargazing and appreciating urban biodiversity. Occasionally he dabbles in typography and graphic design and has recently come to savour the delights of drinking tea. He is an avid user and proponent of public transport.

Dr Paolo Casadio

BA (Stat Sc & Econ) (Rome), MA Econ & Econometrics (Southampton), PhD (Rome, La Sapienza), Associate Professor

Dr Casadio is an econometrician and financial analyst. His work in leading banks in Italy has involved developing econometric models and investment strategies for institutional and corporate clients, as well as the first model in Italy to take into consideration the Eurozone as a whole. He was also involved in consulting for asset allocation and financial research in asset management. As part of the Rrsk management team at Intesa Sanpaolo Bank, he oversaw the expansion of the group’s banks to Eastern Europe and the Middle East. In Malaysia, Dr Casadio was head of the University of London programmes at a HELP ancillary college. For a time, he also headed the Wealth and Investment Centre, providing courses in Finance for obtaining professional qualifications of the Chartered institute of Securities and Investment (CISI), UK. His articles in international journals cover economic growth, analysis of consumption and wealth effects and financial markets forecasting. His current research interest is in Asian regional integration, building a model of 10 ASEAN countries as a whole with models of growth, focusing on education as an enhancing factor. For diversion, Dr Paolo Casadio turns to tennis, bridge, the philosophy of science and theory of democracy.

Dr Geoffrey Williams

BA Hons (Cantab), MA (Liverpool), PhD (East Anglia), FCMI, FRSA, FMIM, Professor

Dr Williams was formerly Deputy Vice Chancellor of Universiti Tun Abdul Razak (UNIRAZAK). He has held academic positions at London Business School, Pembroke College, University of Oxford and the University of London. He is a Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute and was elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts in 2004 and Fellow of the Malaysian Institute of Management in 2010. Geoffrey has been living and working in Malaysia for 17 years and has extensive experience of working around the Asia region, the Middle East and Europe. His recent work focuses on higher education management and policy and he is also active in economics, public policy, sustainability and social responsibility. He has worked with global companies and organisations and has published in leading academic journals and the international media.