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Semi-Finals Judges

Dr KJ John
PhD (Organisation & Management Theory), M.Sc. Business (Management, Marketing), B.Ec. (Hons) Public Administration
Dr KJ John is the Director at MiDAS, Executive Director at OHMSI Sdn Bhd and the Dean of UCSI’s Faculty of Economics and Policy Science which offers a flagship Masters in Public Policy Programme. The Masters Programme is primarily aimed at increasing the quality of discussion in public policy. Students under this programme will learn how to influence public policy formulation within an increasingly democratic environment where citizens articulate issues and concerns in a more participative manner.

Tricia Yeoh
Director of Business Development & Research, Dynamic Search Sdn Bhd
The very qualified Ms Yeoh was formerly Research Officer at the Selangor State Government Chief Minister's Office, Director at the ASLI Centre for Public Policy Studies and has worked as Asian Regional Co-ordinator at the Revenue Watch Institute. She is currently Director at Dynamic Search, a Market Research company that aims to deliver accurate, valuable, fresh and creative insight through both qualitative and quantitative research, providing strategy recommendations to clients. She is also an independent writer and researcher, writings of which can be found at www.triciayeoh.com 

Edmund Bon
Campaigner, Malaysian Centre for Constitutionalism and Human Rights (MCCHR) and LoyarBurokker
Edmund Bon was admitted as an Advocate and Solicitor of the High Court of Malaya in 1998 and secured a Masters in International Human Rights Law in 2008 from the University of Oxford. He was previously the Chairperson of the Bar Council’s National Young Lawyers, Human Rights and Constitutional Law committees. Seeking to mobilise, activate and empower Malaysians to win back the country for ourselves, the rakyat, he has been part of various social cause movements since he returned from the UK in 1997. He now sleeps with LoyarBurok, runs with the MCCHR (aka PusatRakyatLB) and moves with UndiMalaysia!
Edmund Bon is also a speaker for the MPPC 2011

Dr Nooraini Mohamed Ismail
Associate Professor, Faculty of Administrative Science and Policy Studies, Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM)
Dr. Nooraini Mohamed Ismail is an Assoc Prof of the Faculty of Administrative Science and Policy Studies, Universiti Teknologi Mara. Her academic credentials are a Bachelor of Arts & Social Science from the University of  Singapore,  an M. A. from East Carolina University  USA and a PhD from Monash University Australia. She teaches undergraduate and postgraduate programs in corporate and public administration, specializing in human capital management and  performance management. Besides  involvement in research projects, she also supervises  PhD students in areas of applied research.  She is also involved in NGO activities dedicated to issues of justice and humanitarian concerns.

Dr Lee Hwok Aun
Lecturer, Social and Behavioral Science Cluster, University Malaya
Dr. Lee is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Development Studies with the Faculty of Economics and Administration, University of Malaya. He has taught, researched and published in the fields of inequality, development policy, education, and labour markets, including a chapter on affirmative action in a recent book, Unfolding the Malaysian Economy (Oxford University Press). Dr. Lee has also been a columnist for various media such as The Sun and OffTheEdge, and currently writes monthly for the Selangor Times.  

Soong Fui Kiun
Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Centre for Strategic Engagement (CENSE)
Soong Fui Kiun is a graduate of the University of Western Australia and holds  Masters of Economics in Applied Econometrics from the University of Malaya. From 2002 to 2005, she served as Senior Economist at the American-Malaysian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (AMCHAM) where she oversaw the provision of data and information necessary to facilitate interaction between key US and Malaysian stakeholders. Subsequently she was appointed Research Director of the Institute of Strategic Analysis and Policy Research (INSAP). From 2009 to 2011, she returned to AMCHAM as Executive Director. Soong is also the Chief Executive Officer of the Centre for Strategic Engagement (CENSE) where she oversees daily operational management for all of CENSE’s research, analysis, engagement and advisory programmes. Soong continues to be a regular speaker on the local and international circuits in the areas of politics and economics.

Mohd Nizam Mohd Ali
Director for Private Sector, Malaysian Institute of Integrity
Nizam’s role in the Malaysian Institute of Integrity is to steer the National Integrity Plan for implementation within the Malaysian economic institutions stakeholders by engaging in matters concerning good corporate governance, ethical business conducts and sustainable corporate responsibility.  He started his career in Shell Malaysia’s commercial marketing and strategic alliance/JV portfolios and Learning / HRD. His corporate works among others were the HRD field survey in a corporate listing exercise; and managing few consulting and training assignments for niche segments of franchise marketing, strategic positioning and knowledge management. He has edited some integrity-themed publications throughout his current tenure which are widely referred amongst the select groups of professionals and institutions in the anti-corruption and integrity/ethics advocacy circles.
Mohd Nizam Mohd Ali is also a speaker for the MPPC 2011.

Ashwin Jeyapalasingam
Associate Director, Consulting Practice, PricewaterhouseCoopers
Ashwin is an Associate Director in the Performance Improvement Consulting unit at PwC. Much of his time has been spent in the public sector, working with various government agencies as well as GLCs in implementing and operationalising strategic goals and policy changes mandated by the organisation and the government. Some of his more interesting experiences have been in the public-private sector collaboration space such as in setting up the national innovation framework, and more recently, in managing the various initiatives and projects rolled out in the Southern economic corridor.

Anis Yusal Yusoff
Principal Fellow, Institute of Ethnic Studies, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia

ANIS YUSAL YUSOFF has 20 years experience in international level policy formulation and advice, in particular on human development and governance issues. He has been the key focal point for a number of policy formulation works for UNDP in Malaysia and countries in the Asia Pacific region. Anis has been appointed by the Prime Minister of Malaysia as a Member of the Advisory Panel on Consultation and Corruption Prevention of the Malaysian Anti Corruption Commission (MACC) for 2011-2013. He also sits as a Member of the Advisory Panel of the Research and Training Institute of National Integration; Member of the Advisory Panel of the National Consumers Advisory Council; and most recently as Member of the Razak School of Government (RSOG) Academic Working Group. Anis has served at the United Nations Volunteers Headquarters in Bonn, Germany and was formerly Assistant Resident Representative of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Malaysia. He later became the Founding Director of Political Sector at the Malaysian Institute of Integrity (MII). Anis is currently Principal Research Fellow at the Institute of Ethnic Studies (KITA), National University of Malaysia (Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia).

Teh Chi-Chang
Executive Director, Research for Social Advancement (REFSA)
Chi-Chang spent 16 years in investment research and corporate finance during which he headed highly-rated Malaysia research teams in addition to being a top-ranked analyst himself. He has a first-class honours B.Sc degree from the University of Warwick, an MBA from University of Cambridge and the CFA (Chartered Financial Analyst) charter. He joined REFSA because he believes Malaysia will succeed if more of us stop whining about all that is wrong and  use the time to work productively on making things better. REFSA is an independent, not-for-profit research institute providing relevant and reliable information on social, economic and political issues affecting Malaysians with the aim of promoting open and constructive discussions that result in effective policies to address those issues.

Jayanath Appudurai
Mr Jayanath completed his Bachelor of Arts from the University of Singapore. He subsequently obtained a Diploma in Management Science from INTAN and a Master of Business Administration from Monash University Australia. Currently, Mr. Jayanath is involved in research on poverty, marginalisation and good governance. He is also a core group member of Saya Anak Bangsa Malaysia. Formerly, Mr Jayanath served as an Officer in the Malaysian Administrative and Diplomatic Service for 31 years. He has also served in several ministries, central agencies and government companies. Aside from the above, he was also the Director of the National Science Scentre prior to retirement in 2005.

Boon Jon Lin
Director of Federal Statutory Bodies Audit Sector
Boon Jon Lin graduated with the Bachelor of Economics from University Malaya. He has served the National Audit Department for almost 35 years. He was promoted to the Director of Federal Statutory Bodies since 2002. During his tenure at the National Audit Department he has conducted audit on the accounts of the Federal/States, Statutory Bodies, Local Authorities, Religious Councils and Government owned companies. The nature of audit includes financial statement audit, financial management audit, performance audit and investigative audit. He has led a team of auditors to conduct audit of the Malaysian Embassy and government agencies abroad. He has participated at the various forum organized by the International Supreme Audit Institutions, Asian Supreme Audit Institutions and the Commonwealth Auditors’ General Secretariat. He regularly conducts training for auditors from the Asian Supreme Audit Institutions under the Malaysian Technical Cooperation Programme. He is also a member of the Institute of Internal Auditors.

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