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Evelyn Teh Jae Vienn

“The Foundation in Science programme at HMC was an eye-opening experience as it provided me with holistic education, very different from the education experience I had had before. With a good balance of principles and application, it fueled my curiosity with learning that was an important step for my tertiary studies in psychology. The focus on academic assessment and learning applications, (i.e., leadership camp, term assignments), helped build my capability in absorbing learning from different perspectives.”


  • Completed Foundation in Science at HELP University Matriculation Centre (HMC) in 2007, receiving the HELP Foundation Distinction Partial Scholarship Award for her studies.
  • Completed the HELP Bachelor of Psychology programme, 2007 – 2010, under HELP Merit Partial Scholarship Award and graduating with 1st Class Honours, (Evelyn is also featured under Psychology category in the Academic Achiever section).
  • Advanced to postgraduate study at The University of Sheffield, England, graduating with Msc in Occupational Psychology with Distinction in 2012.
  • Career:
    – Assistant Manager to Manager (Special Projects/Behavioural Change) at PwC from 2016 from the present in 2020.
    – Talent Accelerator Manager with Leaderonomics, 2013 to 2016.
  • Studied at SMK Damansara Jaya, Selangor, scoring 10 As for her SPM in 2005.

Larissa Ping Liew


A student of St. Joseph’s Private School, Kuching, Larissa was awarded 100% School Achiever Scholarship Award (SASA) totaling RM 20,000 for her HELP University Foundation in Arts programme. which she completed in 2018, scoring 8 High Distinctions and 5 Distinctions.

Awards & Achievements

  • Malaysian Model, Sarawak Tourism Ambassador, 2019
  • Miss World Malaysia 2018 (Winner), (Miss Photogenic and Miss Talent)
  • Miss World 2018 (Top 30)
  • World Best Designer Awards (Top 5)
  • Miss World Talent (4th Runner-up), Miss World Top Model (Top 32)
  • Miss World Multimedia (Top 10)
  • Winner Head to Head Challenge (Group 9), Winner Head to Head Challenge Round 2
  • Beauty with a Purpose (Top 12), Dance of the World (Finalist)
  • Miri Division Keligit Orang Ulu 2018 (Winner)

Avid advocate for children’s education, Larissa spends her free time teaching Myammar refugee children at Zomi Education Centre in Malaysia. 
Aspiring to build a positive impact in the lives of the indigenous communities via education, Larissa spearheaded the “Indigenous Digital (Education) Outreach Programme” in October 2018 in Long Seridan, Sarawak

Rachel Lai Suet Teng


  • Programme: Foundation in Arts
  • Years of Attendance: 2010-2011
  • High School: SMK Damansara Jaya, Selangor
  • Scholarship(s): SASA Scholarship student
  • Current work/study: Currently pursuing her PhD in Education at Cambridge, UK
  • Education: Royal Holloway, University of London (RHUL), Bachelor of Music (Hons), Master in Philosophy, Cambridge UK
  • Extra-curricular Activities: Vice-President, SASA Board
  • Hometown: Damansara Jaya, Selangor

Awards & Achievements

  • Recipient of the Tunku Abdul Rahman Scholarship

John Han Yeong Chuan


  • Programme: Foundation in Arts
  • Years of Attendance: 2006-2008
  • Current work/study: Associate at CIMB Investment Bank
  • Education: University of Queensland, Bachelor of Commerce with Dean’s Commendation for High Achievement (2009)
  • Hometown: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Khairul Arif bin Razali


  • Programme: Foundation in Arts
  • Years of Attendance: 2011-2012
  • Scholarship(s): HELP University Scholarship Award
  • Current work/study: Currently pursuing his Master of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy with Flinders University
  • Education: Australian National University, Bachelor of Psychology and Philosophy

Awards & Achievements

  • HELP Matriculation Centre Lecturers’ Choice Award (2011)

Low Pei Zhen


  • Programme: American Degree Programme. Currently Majoring in Psychology in the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
  • Programme: Foundation in Arts; Bachelor of Business (Accounting)
  • High School: SMK Kepong Baru, KL
  • Scholarship(s): University of Queensland International Economics Scholarship
  • Current work/study: Bachelor of Economics at the University of Queensland
  • Hometown: Kepong, Kuala Lumpur

Awards & Achievements

  • Member of the team that won the HELP-QUT Case Competition in 2014

Natasha Chong Ee Shin


  • Natasha commenced her Bachelor of Commerce studies in 2019, at the College of Business and Economics (CBE) of the Australian National University (ANU) which is ranked in the top 50 of global universities in the Times Higher Education 2019 World University Rankings. Natasha’s is recipient of the Southeast Asian Merit Scholarship, and her major is in International Business but has taken Design as a minor elective, giving her the opportunity to explore ideas between business and design, a passion she has had since she was young.
  • In 2018, she completed Year 1 of HELP University Bachelor of Business (International Business), under the Dean’s Partial Scholarship Award, achieved a CGPA of 3.54 and transferred to ANU.
  • Completed her Foundation in Arts studies in 2016 at HELP’s Matriculation Centre under HELP’s School Achievers’ Scholarship Award (SASA).
  • Studied at SMK Damansara Jaya, Petaling Jaya, scoring 7 As and 2 Bs for her SPM.

“I did the 1st year of my degree at HELP and decided to do a credit transfer to ANU for the remaining of my undergraduate studies. I wanted to study at ANU primarily for the exposure I would get by studying in another country”, adding that, “I was eager not to be too comfortable in Malaysia and decided to go to ANU for its high university ranking, and the challenges of studying at CBE”. She also shared that, ““Taking the design course was a real eye-opening moment as there was so much more to design, e.g., the design thinking approach and perspective, exposure to which, is making me develop a more all-rounded view on how businesses may be impacted or improved”.

Chin Wen Jie


Chin Wen Jie is Table Tennis Men’s Singles Gold Medallist at the 2019 Higher Education Sports Fest (HESF), 29 Oct to 2 Nov, 2019, held at the Technical University of Malaysia, Melaka (UTeM), Malacca, with almost 700 athletes from 31 Malaysian Institutes of Higher Learning (IPT). HESF comprises 5 events: swimming, volleyball, table tennis, basketball 3 versus 3 and pétanque which is a game of boules or bowls, that originated in France Held annually since 2018, HESF is a major sporting event of the Ministry of Education, in addition to the biannually–held SUKIPT (Higher Education Institutions Games).

Wen Jie, a Malaysian national table tennis player, is progressing, at HELP University’s Matriculation Centre (HMC), since 2019, in his Foundation in Arts studies for which he was awarded a full HELP sports scholarship.

He had represented Malaysia at various international tournaments:

  • 2015 S E Asian Junior & Cadet Table Tennis, winning the Doubles Gold & Team Silver
  • Asean School Games, 2017 and 2018
  • Asian Games in Jakarta Indonesia, 2018
  • World Table Tennis Championships, Halmstad, Sweden, 2018
  • Nikon Cup table Tennis Championships, Hong Kong, 2015.

He schooled at Chung Hwa Independent High School, Kuala Lumpur, and completed his SPM (Malaysian Certificate of Education) in 2018.

Idayu Izreen Ismail


Previously HELP PSI CHI Tutor and English Teacher, Idayu Izreen is currently a Freelance Content Writer and Early Childhood Educator.

In 2018, Idayu completed her Foundation in Science at HELP Matriculation Centre (HMC), scoring a CGPA of 3.52/4.00, after which, registered for the HELP University’s Bachelor of Psychology degree, completing it in 2018 with a CGPA of 3.75/4.00 and graduated with 1st Class Honours.

Recipient of HELP-STAR Education Fund Full Scholarship Award for both her Foundation and Psychology studies.

Studied at SMK Damansara Jaya, Petaling Jaya, for SPM, scoring 7As and 3 Bs. She was awarded the Pelajar Cemerlang, (Student of Excellence) Award. Recipient of Ministry of Education Biasiswa Kecil Persekutuan (Federal Small Scholarship) Award, 2009-2013, and the PMR (Middle Secondary Examination) Excellence Award by Branding Education Charity Foundation, 2012.
HELP HMC Student Representative, Student Facilitator, Peer to Peer Mentor, Movie Channel Video Editor, Director and Hon Secretary, 2014-2015.
HELP Psychology Peer Supporter Welfare Assistant 2015-2016 and PSI CHI Social Media Officer 2018.
HELP Choir 2015-2017 and had performed at public and diplomatic social events.

With over 600,000 members, PSI CHI is the largest student psychological organisation in the world. It was founded for encouraging and maintaining excellence in scholarship and advancing the science of psychology and an affiliate of the American Psychological Association and Association for Psychological Science. HELP University is Psi Chi’s first chapter in Asia.

Jonathan Choo Kam Kitt


Graduate Tutor, HELP University, since 2019.
Core member since 2018 of HELP’s Cerebro Lab (EEG Lab). An initiative of Jonathan and his course mates, the EEG Lab began operations in Jan 2019 for tutorials and preliminary research with Jonathan spearheading a pilot study on Bilingualism and Inhibitory Control using EEG Techniques. While EEG equipment focuses on research, it can be used to diagnose brain disorders.

Jonathan studied at SMK Setia Alam, Selangor, scoring 7 As and 2 Bs for his SPM, completed his Foundation studies under the HELP Distinction Partial Scholarship at HELP Matriculation Centre. He then undertook HELP University’s Bachelor of Psychology studies in 2015, under HELP’s Loyalty and Merit Partial Scholarships, completed it in 2018 with a CGPA of 3.87, and graduated with 1st Class Hons.

Jonathan received the US Global Undergraduate Exchange (UGRAD) Scholarship and spent one semester of studies at the end of 2017 at Montclair State University, New Jersey. He achieved a CGPA of 3.75 and volunteered at Cerebral Palsy of North Jersey, a social organization dedicated to enhancing the lives of people with disabilities and other special needs.

In collaboration with colleagues and UGRAD alumni, Jonathan hosted a forum/workshop on LGBTQ+ issues relevant to Malaysia on 5 June 2018 and 13 Feb 2019 as part of Gender Studies Coursework, working closely with PT foundation and Justice For Sisters. Using materials from Montclair State University’s Safe Space Training workshop, Jonathan spearheaded the event to promote inclusivity and acceptance of the LGBTQ society in Malaysia and hope to impact society through education.

Chin Wei Jean


Wei Jean, with core competencies in auditing, financial services, product/social media marketing and business development, joined Deloitte’s in 2019 as a Mergers & Acquisitions Associate. Her passion is to spread awareness related to Gender Equality, and Women Empowerment, one of UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDG). Through social media, she advocates against sexual harassment/assault, and rape, planning to eventually end the culture of misogyny and victim-blaming. Wei Jean is also a member of the Women’s Aid Organization (WAO).

Her previous roles and industry exposure include Project Coordinator with SEATech Ventures – international capital investment company, managing projects, resources, facilities and equipment, communication, IPOs and fundraising, and Corporate Finance Engineer with Greenpro Capital -global provider of professional services to emerging businesses and high net-worth individuals to capitalize value and maximize wealth, and on IPOs and mergers/acquisitions.

Wei Jean studied HELP University’s (HELP) BBus (Accounting) (Hons) programme, 2015-2017, under HELP bursary, then transferred to The University of Queensland (UQ), graduating in 2018 with UQ’s BComm (Accounting and Finance) (2nd Class Hons). She completed Foundation in Arts in 2015 at the HELP Matriculation Centre (HMC) under HELP CEO partial scholarship. She studied at SMK Aminuddin Baki, K. Lumpur, scoring 9 As for SPM in 2013.

She was active in extracurricular activities. At HMC, she was Vice President for the Leadership and Development Sphere and Chairperson of the Prom Committee. In Australia, she actively participated in activities of the Australia Malaysia Business Council, Queensland (AMBCQ) and Singapore Business Group (Australia) (SBG), and had organized SBG workshops for international students to advise them on employment in Australia.

Vincent Tan Kah Chun


In 2019, Vincent Tan, from Kuala Lumpur (KL), was engaged as Audit Associate with BDO Malaysia at Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman, member of BDO International, the world’s 5th largest network of professional firms providing audit, assurance, business advisory, tax and professional services to a wide spectrum of public and private businesses, including multinationals and conglomerates. Before BDO, he was with Ivan & Co, Chartered Accountants, assurance and tax specialists, and consultants, at Desa Park City.

From 2015 to 2018, Vincent was a candidate for HELP University’s (HELP) Bachelor of Business (Accounting) (Hons) degree at the Faculty of Business, Economics and Accounting, receiving HELP’s bursary for his studies. He completed it and graduated in 2018 with 2nd Class Upper Hons, thereafter succeeded in passing his ACCA final professional examinations in 2019. He earlier obtained his Foundation in Arts qualification in 2015 at the HELP Matriculation Centre. Vincent completed his secondary school education at SMK Kepong Baru, KL, and obtained his SPM in 2013, scoring 4 As and 5 Bs.

At HELP, Vincent was highly active in volunteer, marketing and student activities, including:

  • Organising fund raising for the Society for the Blind in Malaysia (SBM);
  • Participating in the ICAEW Regional Business Challenge 2017;
  • Being Project Team Lead/Student Ambassador for Institute Onn Ja’afar (IOJ), a non-profit organization that provides relief/material aid to the underprivileged through private/public institution volunteers;
  • Being Student Ambassador for Deloitte’s Malaysia (2017-2018);
  • Being Vice President of HELP University Investment Club, involved in managing many events, and collaborating with the Bursa Malaysia Young Investors Club; and
  • Being the 2019 Champion of the Business Line Boardroom Challenge, a unique competition for undergraduates and postgraduates to resolve boardroom-level business problems.

Chong Wei-Yi


Wei-Yi from Kuala Lumpur (KL), joined PKF Australia (PKF) since 2018, as an Insolvency Accountant in Sydney. PKF is a group of independent firms focused on providing accounting, business advisory and professional services in Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra and many other locations across Australia. During her time with PKF, she has managed a variety of insolvency administrations, including court liquidations, voluntary administrations, receiverships, and bankruptcies in a broad range of industries. Prior to her journey with PKF, Wei-Yi was a sales assistant with Uniqlo Australia in Sydney.

In 2015, Wei-Yi registered as a candidate for HELP University’s (HELP) Bachelor of Business, (BBus) (Finance) (Hons) degree at the Faculty of Business, Economics and Accounting, (FBEA). She received a HELP bursary for her studies, successfully completed Year 1 in early 2016, after which she transferred, with subject credits, to HELP’s Australian partner university, the University of New South Wales (UNSW), to complete her tertiary education, and graduated in 2018 with her Bachelor of Commerce (Finance), majoring in Finance and minoring in Information Systems.

Earlier, in 2014, Wei-Yi had registered with the HELP Matriculation Centre (HMC) for her Foundation in Arts pre-university studies and received a partial HELP scholarship for the programme. She completed her Foundation qualification in early 2016 and progressed to undergraduate studies at FBEA, as a candidate for the BBus (Finance) programme. Wei-Yi completed her school education at Sri Sempurna Secondary School in Cheras, KL and obtained her SPM (Malaysian Certificate of Education) in 2013, scoring 8 As and one B.

In Australia, Wei-Yi is a student subscriber of the Australian Restructuring Insolvency and Turnaround Association (ARITA) and is looking into obtaining ARITA’s Advanced Certification over the coming years. During her time at UNSW, she was an active member of the Malaysian Students’ Organisation and volunteered in support of the Malaysia Festival 2016 in Sydney.

Hamid Reza Azarmi


An American national from Iran, Hamidreza Azarmi, (Dante), stepped-up, in Septemebr 2020, to the dual role of Senior Business Developer and Assistant to Group CEO of Juwai IQI, the merger of 2 Asian real estate super-brands: Dubai-based IQI Global, the top real estate network in S E Asia and the Middle East, with 25 offices across 15 countries, and, the No. 1 Chinese marketplace for overseas property, with 3 million real estate listings from 91 countries. He is also an occasional motivational speaker. Previously, Dante was – from early 2020 – Marketing Executive with Juwai IQI, responsible for marketing, client liaison, copywriting, event planning, hosting corporate/marketing events and CSR and prior that, was, from 2018, Marketing Executive with IQI Global.

From 2012–2107, Dante was Co-Founder and Marketing Manager of PGE, engaged in sales and marketing, client liaison, event conceptualization/planning/execution, for clients in Kuala Lumpur, (KL). In 2012, Dante was interned for 4 months as Assistant Merchandiser with Zalora Group, assisting the buying team in product/brand selection, inventory management and quality control.

Dante registered with HELP University (HELP) in KL for the MBA. He commenced the well-known postgraduate management programme at the ELM Graduate Schoolin 2015, receiving the HELP Anniversary Bursary for 50% of course fees, and graduated in 2017. He was a graduate of the Bachelor of Communication (Hons) at the Faculty of Arts and Communication, (FAC). He started his BComm in 2008, completed it in 2013 and graduated in early 2014, earning the stripes for jump-starting his career. Dante registered with the HELP Matriculation Centre (HMC) for his Foundation in Science studies in 2007, and passed the examinations in 2008.

He is conversant in 3 languages: English, Farsi and German, and is currently learning French.

Benjamin Gasper


Since early 2020, Benjamin has been investing his resourcefulness and versatility, and competence and confidence in being a rewarding freelance solution provider in business consultancy /advisory in customer service, project management, and operations and methods.

Previously, in 2019, he was Recruitment Consultant in Kuala Lumpur (KL) with Agensi Pekerjaan Unitalent, providing clients and prospective candidates with support and advice in terms of employment requirements and opportunities. In 2018, he was recruitment consultant intern with Unitalent, managing clients’ recruitment process in media advertising, building networks and databases, and candidate selection. From 2016 to 2018, he was Administrator at a KL fitness centre, responsible for operations, customer service and procurement, and competed in the Strength Assembly Meet organized by the Malaysian Powerlifting Association.

In 2016, he registered for the 3+0 University of Derby (UOD) BA (Hons) (Business Management) programme, conducted at HELP Academy’s Dept of Management Studies, (DOMS), receiving HELP’s bursary for all 3 years of study. In 2017, UOD’s College of Business, Law and Social Sciences presented Benjamin with the Dean’s Award for outstanding academic achievement. In 2019, he graduated with 2nd Class Hons (1st Division), and in view of UK Chartered Management Institute’s (CMI)’s accreditation of the UOD programme, also received the CMI Level 5 Diploma in Management and Leadership (QCF). In 2014, he studied at HELP’s Matriculation Centre, obtaining his Foundation in Arts pre-university qualification in 2015. Benjamin studied at SMK Taman SEA, Petaling Jaya, obtaining his SPM in 2013.

He was an active DOMS student representative, managing student feedback and related issues. Benjamin was in the team for the strategic planning and execution of a fund-raising campaign for a children’s charity at Jinjang, KL, and for the DOMS Jinjang Utara Numeracy Project for underprivileged children, sponsored by, and in liaison with, Acts Global Networking (AGN), a non-profit organization, and wrote articles on the event for the media.

Jasper, Kweh Kin Ping


From Kuala Lumpur (KL), Jas Kweh was admitted to King’s College, London in 2019 and is progressing in his Master of Laws, (LLM), in International Corporate and Commercial Law studies, and scheduled to complete it and graduate in 2021. In 2015, Jasper registered with HELP University, (HELP), for the UK Degree Transfer Programme, (UKDTP), at the Faculty of Law and Government. He received HELP’s bursary for his studies, completed Year 1 and 2, then transferred to the University of West of England, (UWE), Bristol, in 2017, for his final year studies, graduating in 2018, with Bachelor of Laws (LLB), 2nd Class Upper Hons. Jas proceeded to BPP University, Bristol for the Bar Professional Training Course examination, and passed it in 2019, to qualify and practice as a barrister in England and Wales. HELP is the first private university to introduce the UKDTP, recognised by several prestigious, reputable universities in the UK.

In 2014, Jasper registered with HELP’s Matriculation Centre, (HMC), for Foundation in Arts for the relevant prior learning for his planned law studies, and completed it in 2015. He studied at St John’s Institution in KL, and obtained his SPM, in 2013, with commendable grades.

Jas declares that he is reading LLM Corporate and Commercial Law, which curriculum includes international comparative oil and gas law and commercial arbitration, because of his plans for career specialism, and that he would go for pupillage opportunities upon completion of his LLM.

At UWE, his achievements include receiving the UWE Bristol Future Award, winner at UWE Internal Mooting Competition, being selected for the Oxford University Press National Mooting Competition, semi-finalist at the Annual Internal Mooting Competition, participant in the Richard Murtagh Memorial Moot 2018/2019, quarter-finalist at the Internal Client Interviewing Competition, and also at the Internal Mediation Competition. He was active in the UWE Probono Society. In 2016 and 2018, he gained legal practice exposure in Malaysia during internship and association with several law firms.

Leong Weng Fai


Leong Weng Fai from Kuala Lumpur, joined AIA in June 2020, as Financial Service Consultant and involved as consultant with the Stallion Financial Planning Services Advisory Group of AIA, in a versatile twist of formal learning and drive, from hospitality services, and his passion for diving for many years, to a financial planning consultancy career.

Weng Fai continues to be active in the diving arena and since June, 2020, is Website Developer Manager for, the online dive platform. He had worked with PADI, Professional Association of Diving Instructors, Malaysia, in 2012, and continues to be a PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer/Instructor. From 2013 to 2016, Weng Fai was also Marketing Manager for Kittiwake Adventures, offering, sailing and extreme sea sports experiences to enthusiasts. He was formerly an active former Master Instructor at PADI in 2012, and a Master Scuba Diver Instructor with Quiver Dive Team, a multi-award winning PADI 5 Star Career Development Centre (CDC) at popular diving island resorts off Peninsular Malaysia.

Weng Fai was previously in Marketing and Sales with the Ritz-Carlton, Langkawi, 2019, and with the Bentong Holiday Resort from 2014 – 2019.

Weng Fai was a candidate for the degree of HELP University’s (HELP) Bachelor pf Business (Hospitality Management) (Hons), (BBHM), degree from 2015-2019 receiving a partial scholarship fee waiver for all three years of his studies. He completed the course and graduated with his BBHM in early 2020 with 2nd Class Upper Hons. He had progressed from his Foundation in Arts studies that he commenced in 2014 and completed in 2015, at the HELP Matriculation Centre. Weng Fai was previously President of the HELP Dive Club.

Weng Fai studied at Sekolah Sri Cempaka, Cheras, in Kuala Lumpur and obtaining his SPM (Malaysian Certificate of Education) in 2011, scoring 4 As and 4 Bs.

Jacob Chow Hon Jie


Jacob Chow joined PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), Malaysia, Learning and Development Team in 2020, as full-time associate. Headquartered in London, PwC, is one of the Big 4 global accounting firms, and the second largest international network of professional services firms. Previously, in 2018 – 2019:

  • He was Human Capital Intern – PwC Malaysia Talent Acquisition and Employer Branding; and
  • Senior Executive, Talent Management with AIESEC (French: International Association of Students in Economics and Management), a non-governmental, not-for-profit organisation in consultative status with UNESCO.

From 2017 – 2019, Jacob had been:

  • Academic Speaker, HELP University’s Department of Business Studies, the 1st undergraduate student in the Faculty of Business, Economics and Accounting (FBEA), with public speaking, coaching and mentoring skills, to conduct academic seminars for up to 150 Year 1 students on proper citation & referencing;
  • Peer Tutor at HELP’s Department of Psychology, and FBEA Student Ambassador, holding the roles of President, University Awareness Program, and Deputy Head, Division of Digital Marketing.

Jacob commenced his HELP Bachelor of Business Psychology (Hons) degree programme in 2016, receiving a Merit Partial Scholarship for his studies, completed it and graduated in 2019 with a CGPA of 3.68 and 2nd Class Upper Hons. In 2016, he completed his Foundation in Arts qualification with the HELP Matriculation Centre, with the award of HELP’s Distinction Partial Scholarship and STEM bursary. Jacob schooled at at SMK Sinar Bintang, at Kepong, Kuala Lumpur, and passed his SPM (Malaysian Certificate of Education) in 2014, scoring 6 As and 4 Bs.

Christine Tan Hwa Xian


Christine Tan, from Malacca, is engaged in 2019, as Audit Consultant in Kuala Lumpur, with CGRM Infocomm, independent specialists in corporate governance, and pre-IPO internal controls review, internal audit assurance/advisory services, and enterprise risk management/ business process improvement, across corporate businesses and operations, and across various industries.

Christine was previously Credit Management & Internal Control Executive in 2016 and then Finance Analyst in 2019, with Hitachi Construction Machinery (Malaysia), in Petaling Jaya. Hitachi Construction is a subsidiary of Hitachi Group, one of the world’s top 30 largest conglomerates.

Christine commenced her postgraduate studies in 2015 as a candidate for the degree of Master of Corporate Governance (MCG) of HELP University, receiving the HELP Anniversary Bursary award for her studies, and graduated in 2016. With 2 subject exemptions from her prior MCG learning, she completed her professional CPA, Australia final examinations and qualified as a CPA professional and member of the Malaysian Institute of Accountants. She completed her University of London BSc (Hons) in Accounting and Finance programme, conducted at the Department of UOL at HELP Academy, received a HELP Distinction Partial Scholarship for the programme, and graduated in 2015. Christine studied at the HELP Matriculation Centre for her Foundation in Arts, received the HELP School Achiever Partial Scholarship Award (SASA), and completed it 2011, scoring Distinction/High Distinction grades for 6 subjects. She studied at SMK Infant Holy Jesus in Malacca and obtained 5 As and 3 Bs for her SPM.

Christine believes that industry recognition of the formal learning and qualifications of individuals, especially from multinationals, is very important for starting their career development.

Mas Marlena Mohamad


Marlena is Co-founder and Managing Partner of IMPACS since 2019. IMPACS aims to develop the social services industry by training, equipping and empowering social workers for the betterment of the industry in Malaysia. It also provides Public Speaking Training under license from the Mahathir Academy of Public Speaking, and Communications Training (specifically Adult Pronunciation Skill Training) under the Youtube Channel brand, “Correcc or not?!”. Earlier in 2019, she was General Manager of Mahathir Academy, co-founded by her brother/fellow HELP alumni. The Academy focuses on helping the new generation build confidence through the art of public speaking.

Her previous industry roles and experience include:


  • Senior Business Development from 2017-2018 at Quest Group Company-Money Masteryasia, a global coaching and mentoring organisation dedicated to help members and the community achieve financial freedom through multiple sources of income;
  • Teacher from 2016-2-17 at Pusat Tuisyen Kasturi, providing quality tuition to candidates for the PT3,SPM and STPM exams, and in 2012, at Enopi Bangsar, a global leader in supplemental Maths and Language education; and
  • Administrative Assistant in 2015, at Hiichiikok Home for children care; and


In 2012, Marlena registered with the Faculty of Behavioural Sciences at HELP University (HELP) for her Bachelor of Psychology (Hons) degree, completed it and graduated in mid-2016; prior to which, she had completed her Foundation in Arts studies in 2014 at the HELP Matriculation Centre, (HMC). In 2018, she obtained her Certified Professional Trainer certificate from IPMA, UK and in 2020, received the Toastmasters International Distinguished Toastmaster award. She studied at SMK Seafield, obtaining her SPM (Malaysian Certificate of Education) in 2009.

Marlena’s interests and skills are in the performing arts. She has been an avid musician and public speaker for more than 10 years. Marlena was also involved in martial arts of Ninjutsu. Marlena’s career advice: “It is wonderful and glamourous to be an entrepreneur, but it is important to know that resilience through hardships and learning from failure are among the underrated required skills to become a successful entrepreneur or business owner. Personally, I believe that one can gain a lot of strength and experience when working for others but it is good to know where you want to go, and join the industries that will help you get there. Normally, the first 5 years of work will determine where you will be for the rest of your life. So, know the goals, and enjoy the process of learning”.

Mas Mahathir Mohammad


Since graduating with his Bachelor of Psychology (Hons) degree from HELP University’s (HELP) Faculty of Behavioural Sciences in early 2016, Mahathir has been devoting his energy to helping corporate leaders and youths develop their essential skills, ranging from communication skills and public speaking skills. In 2017, he co-founded Mahathir Academy of Public Speaking in Kuala Lumpur, (KL), and is the Principal Trainer, focusing on building confidence in the new generation through the art of public speaking. He also co-founded Infinex Solutions Asia Consultancy Sdn Bhd, KL, specializing in providing training, speaking, team-building services to develop talent for corporate organizations.

Within 2 years of the company’s inception, Mahathir Academy of Public Speaking has been awarded the “Industry Excellence in Training and Development” by the Malaysia Top Achievers Awards 2019. The award was presented by the Tengku Laksamana of Selangor, Tengku Sulaiman Shah.

Mahathir is a certified HRDF Trainer (2016), and aside from that, his industry licenses, certifications, and achievements, include the Dale Carnegie High Impact Presentation Accomplishment Certification in 2019, the NLP (Neuro-Linguistic Programming) Practitioner certification in 2018 from NaviGo Global, and the NASAGA (North American Simulation and Gaming Association) “Learning/Training Games” Practitioner in 2017. Aside from that, Mahathir is also a multiple-time Toastmasters International, District, Division and Area Level, Speech Contest Champion, representing Malaysia on the International Stage as the top 28 Semi Finalist in the World Championship of Public Speaking (2020). Dedicated to growth, Mahathir has even been coached by the World Champion of Public Speaking 2019, Aaron Beverly.

Mahathir had studied at SMK SEAFIELD (National Secondary School) in Subang Jaya, for his SPM (Malaysian Certificate of Education) in 2010, then proceeded to HELP’s Matriculation Centre (HMC), for his Foundation in Arts studies, obtaining his pre-university qualification in 2012.

Bilqis Bahari


Bilqis Bahari is a familiar media personality in Malaysia and Kazakhstan. Living in Nur-Sultan, (previously Astana), with her husband/fellow HELP alumni, Rustam Mukhanov, she is Programme Host and News Producer since 2017 with Kazakhstan’s Khabar Agency JSC, the country’s largest media organization. She writes breaking news stories and conducts exclusive TV interviews with high-ranking/prominent politicians and business figures, such as Pakistan’s former Prime Minister, Shaukat Aziz, former chairman of General Electric, Jeff Immelt, AirAsia CEO, Tony Fernandes, and World Bank economist, Shanta Devarajan. She is also Freelance Journalist from 2015 with The Astana Times, for both online and print interviews/ reviews.

Bilqis also has more than a decade of experience in print and broadcast journalism, starting her career in 2011 as a business/financial journalist with New Straits Times, covering the aviation industry and the Malaysian/Southeast Asian aerospace sector. In 2015, as Deputy News Editor and part of the Bloomberg TV Malaysia team, she had trained at Bloomberg Limited Partnership in Hong Kong, in broadcast journalism and news reporting. Bilqis previously interned in Kuala Lumpur (KL), with Arc Worldwide, in public relations.

Bilqis graduated in 2015 with her MBA (Marketing) degree from Cardiff Metropolitan University, Wales, for which she completed research on the business model plan for a Malaysian-based low-cost carrier following passengers’ response to the increase in passenger service charge in Malaysia. In 2011, she completed and graduated her Bachelor (Hons) of Psychology degree at the Faculty of Behavioural Sciences, HELP University (HELP) for which she conducted research on ‘Alcohol Consumption and Female Sexual Behavior’, based on the Alcohol Myopia Theory and Expectancy Theory. Prior to her BPsych, she completed her Foundation in Arts at the HELP Matriculation Centre in 2006 after obtaining her SPM at SMK Taman Melawati, KL.

Bilqis is conversant in 4 languages: English, Malay, Russian and Burmese. She had served as a volunteer in 2010 for the United Nations High Commission for Refugees, (UNHCR).

Serene Tan Zi Chien


Serene, from Pahang, is a practising Clinical Psychologist since June 2020, with the Malaysian Social Research Institute, a NGO, providing therapy for the humanitarian needs of minority refugee communities in Malaysia. From September 2020, she is also Associate Psychologist with People Psychological Solutions, a private psychological centre providing psychological assessment and therapy for Malaysians.

Earlier in 2020, she was engaged as Clinical Psychologist with The Wave Clinic, the first dedicated South East Asian residential care facility providing individual/group-based psychotherapy treatment for people from different countries, who are struggling with substance use/addictions, eating and personality disorders. Previously, from 2018-2019, Serene was Clinical Psychologist Trainee with:

  • Growing Space Psychological Centre in KL and Seremban, working with UNHCR to provide psychological services for refugees who experienced gender-based violence and sexual abuse;
  • RELATE Mental Health, promoting metal health through prevention and early effective, evidence-based intervention, and encouraging needful community support; and
  • WeCare Allied Psychology Specialist Medical Centre that provides assessment and intervention for children/adults with mental related problems such as depression and anxiety, and neurodevelopmental disorders such as Autism, ADHD, Intellectual and Learning Disabilities and Language Disorder.

Serene studied at SMK Air Putih, Kuantan, scoring 10 As for her SPM in 2010. She registered with HELP University in 2011 for the Foundation in Science course at the HELP Matriculation Centre, receiving the Distinction Partial Scholarship for her studies and obtaining Distinction/High Distinction grades for 9 of the 13 subjects of the programme. To empower herself to support the psychological needs, and the growth and healing, of minds and souls, she elected in 2012 for the degree of the HELP Bach of Psychology (Hons) at the Faculty of Behavioural Sciences, receiving a Merit Partial Scholarship Award and graduating in 2016 with 1st Class Hons. To heighten her learning, competence and confidence, she advanced to HELP’s Master of Clinical Psychology postgraduate studies, successfully completed it and graduated in early 2020 with a CGPA of 3.94.

Serene is a full member of the Malaysian Society of Clinical Psychology and the PSI CHI International Honor Society. During her studies at HELP, she was Class Representative of Clinical Psychologist Trainees, Teacher Assistant for the National Autism Society of Malaysia and Clinical Psychologist Trainee with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.

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