Datuk Dr Paul Chan

BA (Hons), MEc (Malaya), MA (McMaster), PhD (ANU) Hon DLitt (Oxford Brookes), Hon DBA (CSturt), Vice-Chancellor and President, HELP University

Dr Chan is Co-Founder, Vice-Chancellor and President of HELP University. He is also Co-Founder of HELP International Corporation, a Malaysian public listed company which won the Forbes Award for being one of Asia Pacific’s Best Performing Companies.
Dr Chan is a member of Australia TEQSA (Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency), a member of the Malaysian National Higher Education Council, a Council member of the Malaysian Qualifications Agency (MQA), and Chairman of the Study Abroad Training Centers (Quality Assurance Counseling Panel) under the Chinese Service Center for Scholarly Exchange, Ministry of Education, China. He was inducted into the Distinguished Alumni Hall of Fame of the Australian National University for his achievements.


Dr Khong Kim Hoong

BEcon Hons (Malaya), MPIA, MA, PhD (Pittsburgh)

Dr Khong is Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) of HELP University. He completed his PhD in Political Science at the University of Pittsburgh on a Ford Foundation Fellowship. Besides teaching at the University of Malaya, he also held visiting fellowships at Ohio University, University of Sydney, the Japan Institute of International Affairs (Tokyo) and the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies (Singapore).


Prof Dato Zakaria Ahmad

BSocSc (Pol Sc), MA (McMaster), PhD (MIT)

Professor Zakaria Ahmad is Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) of HELP University. He is also a Distinguished Fellow at the Malaysian Armed Forces Defence College and the Malaysian Institute of Diplomacy and Foreign Relations.Prof Zakaria has taught at the University of Malaya, the Science University of Malaysia, the National University of Singapore and at Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, where he was Dean of Social Sciences and head of Political Science and Strategic Studies. He held the Tun Abdul Razak Chair at the University of Ohio from 2000-2003.Prof Zakaria has published extensively on the politics and international affairs of Malaysia, ASEAN and Asia-Pacific.
An active sportsperson, he is a Vice-President of the Olympic Council of Malaysia.

Datin Dr Wendy Liow
BScBA cum laude (Louisiana), MBA (Hull), DBA (UniSA) Dean, ELM Graduate School
Dr Liow’s career, spanning over 25 years in various industries, focused on multinational corporations where she held senior leadership roles.She was Vice-President of Human Resources and Operational Development in the Ericsson Group of Companies; Regional Recruitment Manager at Microsoft; and a member of the Board of Directors of Kraft Foods Malaysia and Cadbury confectionery Malaysia where she also served as the HR Director of Kraft/Cadbury Malaysia.
Dr Liow’s expertise is in strategic planning, change management, business operations, and supply chain and human resource management.In 2012, Dr Liow made the transition from the corporate sector to the education industry. Currently Dr Liow is also a Vice-President (Corporate and Operational Performance) of HELP University.


Dr Choong Yeow Wei
Chevalier de l’Ordre des Palmes Academiques (France) BA (Econ) Hons, PGDip in CompSc, MCompSc (Malaya), AMIM, PhD (Cergy-Pontoise)Dr Choong is the President and Chief Executive Officer of HELP College of Arts and Technology. He is also a Vice-President of HELP University.He studied economics at the University of Malaya and the London School of Economics.Dr Choong’s research interests include data warehousing, data mining, multidimensional databases and research algorithms in computer science. He has published over 30 technical papers, the majority of which have been presented at international conferences. Dr Choong has taught at universities in France, Australia, Germany, Finland, Hungary and Indonesia.For his contribution to scientific research and promotion of cultural activities, the French government awarded him the Chevalier de l’Ordre des Palmes Académiques (Knight of the Order of the Academic Palms).


Dr Yap Kim Len
BA Hons (Acct) (Preston), Dip Bus (Canterbury), MA (Int Bus & Int Fin Mgt) (Reading), PhD (Otago) CPA Australia, MIA (Malaysia)
Dr Yap has many years of professional accounting and auditing experience. She heads the Accounting and Finance division of the ELM Graduate School. She is also the Technical Director of Deloitte Malaysia.Dr Yap has taught at the University of Otago, where she was twice nominated as outstanding lecturer.Dr Yap sits on the Quality Assurance Panel of the Malaysian Qualifications Agency (MQA). She is also a member of the Professional Qualifications Advisory Committee (PQAC) of CPA Australia.She has directed research on stock market crashes, credibility gap, ethics and governance, and audit risks and assurance in the Asia Pacific region. Dr Yap is a contributor to the Malaysian Accounting Standards Board (MASB) on technical accounting standards, exposure drafts and other regulatory matters.

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Dato’ Akhbar Haji Satar
MA (Criminal Justice) (Detroit), Certified Fraud Examiner, Forensic Polygraph Examiner, AIBM
Dato’ Akhbar Satar is Director of the Institute of Crime and Criminology at HELP University. He is an experienced corporate fraud investigator who held senior management positions, including State ACA Director and Director of Training at the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Agency (now the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission, MACC).As the founder and President of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE)-Malaysia Chapter since 2003, his service in training and creating awareness of corruption and fraud related issues in Malaysia is noteworthy.Dato’ Akhbar is the President of Transparency International Malaysia (TI-M), the accredited national chapter of the Berlin-based Transparency International, an independent, non-governmental and non-partisan organisation committed to fight corruption at all levels of society.


Dr Goh Chee Leong
BA (Psych) First Class Hons, PhD (Otago)
Dr Goh is a Vice-President of HELP University and Dean of the Faculty of Behavioural Sciences. He is Presidentelect of the ASEAN Regional Union of Psychological Societies, and Vice-President of the Malaysian Psychological Association (PSIMA).
He is also a consultant psychologist to MENSA Malaysia, as well as consultant for numerous organisations including Maxis, Petronas, DiGi and CIMB. He has also been project leader for several UNICEF interventions in Malaysia.


Dr Chan Teng Heng
BSc (Biochem) (Hons) (Malaya), MBA (Aston), PhD (London) Vice-President of the HELP College of Arts and Technology
Dr Chan was Director of Undergraduate Studies at Nanyang Technological University and examiner for the University of Singapore Institute of Management.His key research areas are knowledge management and thought leadership. His clients have included the Cranfield School of Management in Kuala Lumpur, Nanyang Business School in Singapore, Panasonic, DHL, and the Department of Environment and the Defence Ministry of Singapore.He was also a management consultant for foreign embassies, oil and gas firms, government bodies and the Commonwealth Secretariat. He has also held senior management positions in public listed firms.


Prof Datin Dr Quek Ai Hwa
BA (Econ) Hons, DipEd (Malaya), DipCounselling (UKM), MEd, PhD (Malaya), PERKAMA, MPA
Prof Datin Dr Quek Ai Hwa holds the Professorial Chair of Career Development at HELP University. She is an external examiner to public and private universities, and serves as MQA panellist to Malaysian universities. Her research interests are human resource training, career planning & management, work culture, multicultural learning and program evaluation.She leads research projects with public universities at the national and international level. She is a principal consultant researcher for several public and non-governmental organisations including the Curriculum Development Division, Ministry of Education.


Dr Brendan Gomez
BSc (Genetics) First Class Hons (Malaya), MA Counselling Psych (Lewis), PhD App Dev Psych (Penn State)
Dr Brendan Gomez studied in the US on a Fulbright Scholarship. His career in education spans more than 15 years in the US, New Zealand and in Malaysia, where he served a term as Head of Training and Talent Development at AirAsia.He helped establish the Department of Psychology at HELP University in 1999. He often collaborates with international and national stakeholders in social entrepreneurship projects that he develops in collaboration with his wife, a fellow psychologist.


Dr Alan Chew
BEc, MEc (Malaya), PhD (Hull), Advanced Management Programme (AIM)
Dr Alan Chew has taught at various universities, including the University of Malaya, University of Hull, Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman and Monash Malaysia. He has also held the positions of CEO, Managing Director, Finance Director and Consultant at major financial centres worldwide: banks, finance and leasing companies, including public listed companies. He has a special interest in mergers and acquisitions.


Dr Tim Rackett
BA (Sociology) First Class Hons (Essex), PhD (Birkbeck)
Dr Rackett brings a wealth of multicultural know-how and expertise to teaching students from different backgrounds with different styles of learning and thinking, enabling them to be savvy and competent global citizens. His cross-cultural understanding and fascination with cultural differences and with Buddhism brought him to Thailand where he taught philosophy, international relations and Thai culture and religious experience at universities. He has published on intercultural translation, social and political theory, ethics and conflict resolution. He is currently working on a book about Thai Buddhism and culture.


Dr Jennifer Mailley
BSc Hons (Medical Biochemistry) (Leicester), MSc (Crime Science) (UCL), PhD (Loughborough)
Dr Mailley worked as a forensic scientist with the UK Home Office, specialising in serious crime investigation. She developed a specialism in Environmental Criminology, an area of Criminology concerned with how the immediate environment affects human behaviour.Dr Mailley came to Asia as Project Manager for an ASEANwide project which trained enforcement officers and laboratory scientists in using forensic science to investigate the illegal wildlife trade.Dr Mailley’s main research interests are the illegal wildlife trade; using incentives and social policy to alter human behaviour; and the application of forensic science in criminal investigations.


Dr Jim Lai
MBA (City), PhD (Acct & Fin) (City) MCIM, CIMA, ACCA, MIA
Dr Lai has held numerous senior corporate positions and performed crucial tasks (restructures, revamps and turnarounds) in leading companies like Grant Thornton Consulting; PricewaterhouseCoopers; British Airports Authority; Price Waterhouse London. He also served as Audit Senior at Porter Gee, London Chartered Accountants, and Senior Financial Accountant at Barclays Bank. He is now Head of Corporate Advisory Services at Grant Thornton Consulting, specialising in Corporate Restructuring, Corporate Finance, Strategy and Forensics. In academia, Dr Lai tutored MIT Sloan graduate students at the London Business School, and was Director of Studies at City Banking College, London.


Michael M Dent
DipM, MSc (City), MPhil (London Business Sch), MCIM
Michael’s working career has been spent in the service sector, mostly in travel and logistics. He possesses strong team building, communications and crosscultural skills. He re-entered academia in 2009 following senior management positions in Brussels, Miami, London and Kuala Lumpur. Michael has considerable experience in a number of corporate and product line integrations. His major expertise is in market segmentation, product development and pricing. He is a past member of the UK Superbrands Council and a regular external speaker on competition and integration issues.


Dr Ir Tan Ka Kheng
BSc (Birmingham), MS (California, Berkeley), PhD (Cantab), FIChemE, CEng (UK), FIEM, PEng
Prof Tan is a Chemical and Environmental Engineer with over 30 years’ experience in academia and four years in industry. He has provided consultancy and expert advice for government agencies, the World Bank and private firms. He was the inaugural Head of the Department of Chemical Engineering at Universiti Putra Malaysia, and was Director of the School of Engineering and Science at Curtin University (Malaysia). Prof Tan pioneered the transient hydrodynamics instability theory, which has been presented to the Penrose Conference, Beijing Geology University, IUTAM Symposium, Cambridge University and Tsinghua University. He has published in leading journals.


Dr Sien Ven Yu BSc (Hons) (London) CompSc/Maths, MPhil, PhD (Queensland) Head of Department of Information Technology. Dr Sien worked extensively in the commercial software development field, particularly in consultation, design and development of application software for multinational companies in London. She has lectured in research skills for undergraduate programs, and in Object-Oriented Systems Development subjects for undergraduate and postgraduate programs. She also acts in a supervisory capacity for undergraduate and postgraduate students in their Software Development projects. Dr Sien’s research interests include software modelling and software engineering education.