When the views of some of the brightest minds in Malaysia come together to form a picture that is the distillation of thought, enterprise and the uniquely human need to create; when you take something exceptional in its own right, and piece it together with countless others of its kind; — you get a mosaic.
An 8 time World Champion and 10 time Asian Champion in squash, Datuk Nicol is considered one of Malaysia's most trusted personalities.
Her next mission is
to give back and be an inspiration to women
in sports. She is currently an opinion writer in Malaysia’s
biggest newspaper, The Star, and she also does motivational
speaking, encouraging women and youth.
She has also been a Sport for Good Ambassador
for the Laureus Foundation and serving as the National Goodwill
Ambassador for UNDP Malaysia.
Currently the Deputy Project Director (Tunnel) of Klang Valley Mass Rapid Transit (KVMRT) and the lead in driving the Tunnelling Research Programme.
His experience covers dam, rail and road tunnel construction in various geologies, including extreme karst limestone. His most notable achievements are joint development of the world’s first Variable Density Tunnel Boring Machine (VD TBM) and the making of the first Autonomous Tunnel Boring Machine (A-TBM).
He was one of the first Malaysian Winter Olympians and is a two time SEA Games Champion.
Julian Yee is a National Figure Skater. Julian started skating at the age of 4, where he developed and started making an impact in competitions. Slowly but eventually, he made his way into the World Championship stage and finally the Winter Olympics.
A Research Associate at the Jeffrey Sachs Center on Sustainable Development and the Jeffrey Cheah Institute on Southeast Asia.
Derek’s research focuses on social and welfare policies for children, particularly the linkages between social protection and child malnutrition. His recent publications reviewed childhood stunting in Malaysia, universal school breakfast schemes, and cash transfer programmes from a social protection framework.
He is the Director of the Malaysian Tropical Rainforest Conservation and Research Centre (TRCRC) and a committee member of Malaysian Environmental NGOs (MENGO).
Dr Dzaeman Dzulkifli is a PhD holder from the University of Zurich. His work focuses on halting the loss of plant species in Malaysia through safeguarding and restoration initiatives such as the Central Forest Spine and Heart of Borneo. His current work involves developing the means to reduce trans-boundary haze issues in collaboration with the World Resource Institute of Indonesia and IDH.
She is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and Co-Founder of Hernan Corporation Sdn Bhd.
Branded as the ‘Musang Queen of Malaysia’, Anna has led Hernan to win numerous business awards such as the SOBA (Export Market), Golden Bull, SME Corporation’s Enterprise 50 Award, and many more. She was also recognized as SOBA’s Female Entrepreneur of the Year in January 2020.
Ideas act like waves, sparking unexpected impacts. Whether it is a completely new perspective or just a story, they all travel around and have unimaginable effects on humanity. Our event revolves around unconventional ideas and perspectives and we invite you to expand your horizons!
Previously worked on programmes such as the 'Bras Are Not For Bins' Campaign and the Social Leadership Programme.
Raenuga Indran is extremely ambitious in her
approach to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGS)
one at a time. She has also initiated a few programmes related
to goal number 4 which is quality
education, including the Social Leadership Programme as well as
the upcoming Scholars Fund Scholars initiative both organised by
Sunway Student Ambassadors.
A secretary for the Deaf Media and Technology Association, works as an animator at Joove Enterprise Sdn Bhd and is the founder of a local women's clothing company.
Theophilia wanted to explore her community’s means of communication - sign language - as another form of art, instead of simply dialect for the deaf. Most of her talk is filled with silence, illustrating her own inabilities to understanding the hearing when they communicate using their own spoken languages.
Is a member on the Forbes Coaches Council and awarded the Top 100 Global Coaches in the World.
She has worked with CEOs, department heads from leading banks, NGO’s, and education institutions. Lu Xanne travels the world to speak, spreading awareness on how we can utilize the power of words to change behaviour.
A full time professional magician and illusionist.
Has travelled with his shows to over 35 countries around the continents of Europe, America, Middle East, Asia and Australia. He is currently the Royal Caribbean International Cruises’ Resident Magician, onboard the 2nd largest cruise ship in the world, the Quantum of the Seas.
Currently a member of the Board of Engineers Malaysia (BEM).
He has spent 15 years working in data networks, telecommunications, computer networking industries and electronic control systems in machinery. He has researched over the Distributed Virtual Environment (DVE) in Human-Computer Interface (HCI) environment. His research project on Distributed Haptic Virtual Environments is meant to have multi-sensory feedback data such as voice, audio, and force over the fixed and wireless network.
He is a consultant for the Australian and New Zealand Viola Society, and was the first non-American Editor of the Journal of the American Viola Society.
Andrew has facilitated workshops for the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM) and Trinity College London, and narrated for the Selangor Symphony and the Song Weavers. He is a prize-winning public speaker, has been featured on Australian national radio and was a member of the New Zealand jazz band The Troubles.
She is an avid theatre practitioner who has performed in Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, Tokyo, Adelaide, Brisbane and New York City.
A six-time recipient of Malaysia’s premier theatre award, Farah garnered wins at the Boh Cameronian Arts Awards as Best Supporting Actor (Nadirah, 2012), Best Performance by an Ensemble (Projek Disko Baldi, 2011) and two back-to-back wins in the category of Audience Choice for Projek Disko Baldi and Projek Disko Baldi in Love.
Is widely regarded as Malaysia's global tech icon, and was recognised as one of the world's 100 most influential people in Digital Government by Apolitical.
Was previously the CEO of Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation, and, prior to that, Managing Director of Microsoft Malaysia, General Manager of Hewlett Packard Malaysia’s Commercial Channels Organisation and General Manager and Regional Corporate Director of Dell Malaysia. Currently the Managing Director of FutureReady Consulting
In the day and age of technology, we live in a fast-paced world that is constantly in motion and brimming with novel ideas. However, despite being connected through media and technology, we may unwittingly get caught in the rapid currents around us that disconnects us from reality. As a result, great ideas are often left untold. Connection is about building bridges between people, ideas and emotions. It allows us to establish relationships, gain insights and explore infinite possibilities. At TEDxSunwayUniversity, we believe that everyone has potential and ideas worth sharing. With this event, we aim to bring you on a journey to get a glimpse of the untold and to grow a community of bright minds that leave others inspired.
“Luminosity! The word itself brings to mind the brightness of an object, it can also mean the quality of being intellectually brilliant, enlightened, and inspired. At TEDxSunwayUniversity, we are delighted to have you on this journey with us to encourage the spread of luminous ideas, to be enlightened and inspired by individuals with unequal luminosity. We believe that within you lies the light of a thousand brilliant ideas and together, we will share and spread these ideas with our community.
Academician and Astrophysicist.
Obtained a Ph.D.
Astrophysics from the
University of Otago, New Zealand, and became a lecturer at the
Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) in 1981. Seconded to the
Prime Minister’s Department in 1990 to set up and head the
Planetarium Division, which subsequently became the Space
Science Studies Division in 1993. Retired from the United
in Dec 2013. Appointed Project Director Mega Science 3.0 at
Academy of Sciences Malaysia in August 2014. Appointed Professor
Emerita by Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia in 2015.
Managing Director of REDtone International.
Managing Director of REDtone and was appointed to the Board of the Company in November 2003. Obtained Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering from Universiti Teknologi Malaysia in 1989 and Diploma in Management (Gold Medalist Award Winner) from the Malaysian Institute of Management, Kuala Lumpur in 1995. Completed Entrepreneur Development Program from renowned MIT Sloan School of Management, USA in January 2006. Began career with Hewlett Packard Sales Malaysia Sdn Bhd in 1989 and was subsequently promoted to Major Account Manager.
Head of department of biological sciences in Sunway University.
Over 15 years of experience of working in North America, Europe and Asia. He has received numerous awards, both nationally and internationally, including the 'Pakistan Academy of Sciences' Gold Medal (2015), 'Schwentker Research Award' by Johns Hopkins University, USA, 'Best Research Award by Medical Research Society, Royal College of Physicians, UK, 'Best Young Re-search Scholar Award" by the Government of Pakistan (2013), Gold medal by Zoological Society in 2014, and in 2016 he received Silver Medal Awards by the International Invention & Innovation Exhibition, MOSTI. Currently at Sunway University, he is the Head of Biological Sciences Department.
Associate Professor and consultant of oral and maxillofacial surgeon.
Associate Professor and consultant of oral and maxillofacial surgeon in Faculty of Dentistry UKM, UKM Medical Centre and UKM Specialist Centre. Graduated from the University of Malaya and completed two postgraduate degrees in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and Surgical Dentistry from University College London. Member of Royal College of Surgeon of England and various reputable international oral and maxillofacial associations. In 2015, he pioneered the use of fully customised, 3D printed titanium maxillofacial implant and 3D printed PEEK orbital implant.
An internationally renowned award winning nanoblock brick artist based in Malaysia.
His unrelenting passion for popular culture, eccentric art and architecture has been the driving force behind the successful creation of over 360 distinctive designs. Constantly on the lookout for random inspirations for his next masterpiece, Christopher has been embarking on a series of exhibitions around the world, most recently in Singapore, Hong Kong and Malaysia. In 2014, Mr. Christopher won 2 Awards in the Nanoblock Award 2014-2015. In 2015, he was conferred the title “Tatsujin – Master of nanoblock” by Kawada, Japan.
Co-founder and CEO of Techcare Innovation Sdn Bhd.
Currently, a candidate of Doctor of Philosophy in Bioengineering from Universiti Teknologi Malaysia. He is passionate in translating engineering knowledge to help the needy. Main research focuses on developing new technologies for rehabilitation, assistive and fitness training purposes. To date, he had won more than 30 international and national awards including the World Invention Award in British Invention Show, King SeJong Inventor Awards in Korea Inventor Award Festival and 1st place in MaGIC PitchIn Challenge.
Face and body painting artist.
Alexander Lee Seng Hoo believes that everyone possesses some kind of creative and artistic ability, but is often restricted because of fear and self-doubt. He hopes to inspire others to find confidence to create art. A hardcore hot chocolate and pizza lover, and a face and body painter. He has participated and won several online-held international body painting competitions.
A unique Malaysian “Man Band”.
Believes that they were brought together by fate, these 5 boy-band harmony group prefers to be called a “man-band” instead. Singing together in various type of events and stages since 2 years ago, Back2Basixx have just released their debut track, “Sunyuman”, a song dedicated to their family, friends and fans for their love and support. Kyle G, B-Slique, Devon C, Chris and Daryll are now working on their second single that will be available by the end of 2016.
Many of us are used to hearing people say “be different” or “stand out of the crowd”, but what does it really mean to challenge the status quo? To do something different from everybody else? To exceed expectations that was thought impossible?
At TEDxSunwayUniversity, we are delighted to have you in this journey with us to encourage the spread of good ideas and to be inspired by individuals who do not want to be just another face in the crowd. We invite you to challenge everything you know and not settle for anything else other than extraordinary. In going beyond what is conventional, go the extra mile with the hunger, drive and passion to be challenged and never be held back by your limitations. What does “beyond the status quo” mean to you?
An experienced Drone Pilot.
Kamarul had flown projects in various
challenging locations around the world. He’s one of the pioneers
the founder of Aerodyne Geospatial working alongside
international organisations such as National Geographic,
Discovery Channel and Sime Darby.
A professional Civil Engineer.
Widely experienced in major power plant development particular hydroelectric and thermal projects, Dr. Jansen’s work embodies Beyond Status Quo in developing sustainable energy sources and has carried out various inspections and prepared reports on all major hydroelectric dam safety and associated structures.
One of the top Yo-Yo players in Malaysia.
Zafran Aqil is one of the best yo-yo player in Malaysia and he has competed in many local and international competitions. The Malaysian National Yo-yo Contest 2014 champion is a skilled player of the craft.
Programme Manager of YTL Foundation.
Alex believes in the idea of promoting quality education and has been working to raise money for charity through marathons (100KM Xtramile Run in 2011). He believes that sports can be used to create awareness on social problems in the community and inspire people to do their part in helping disadvantaged communities to grow.
A Magician and Mentalist.
His deepest desire is to leave his audiences in awe and astonishment every single time! Growing up as a kid, he has always been fascinated about magic. At the age of 19, he took a bold step to go full fledge in magic and although this decision wasn’t well supported by many, he still continued his journey into the art of magic all by himself.
Marketing Lecturer at Sunway University.
Dr. Derek is a passionate lecturer lecturing on the principles of marketing at Sunway University. Driven by his keen interest in marketing, Dr Derek hopes to inspire students to continue to push the conventional knowledge of marketing and expand upon what is most common thing and create out-of-the-box marketing.