Y.Bhg Tan Sri Dato’ Dr Palaniappan A/L Ramanathan Chettiar

Group Managing Director

Tan Sri Dato’ Dr R. Palan, a Malaysian aged 62, was appointed to the Board on 9th January 2018.

He is an accomplished management professional with diverse experience gained globally. Equipped with a strong business and technological orientation, he made education related ventures his core focus and the theme of his entrepreneurial achievements. The author of over a dozen books, he studied at the Harvard Business School, Federation University, Australia, Leicester University, U.K., California Coast University and the Madras University. Tan Sri founded Yayasan Palan to support his Corporate Social Responsibility (“CSR”) educational initiatives. His voluntary contributions include serving on non-profit organisations, both governmental and private.

Tan Sri Dato’ Dr. Palan is a recipient of the Darjah Kebesaran Panglima Setia Mahkota (PSM), which carries the title ‘Tan Sri’, from the Seri Paduka Baginda Yang di-Pertuan Agong, Tuanku Abdul Halim Mu’adzam Shah. He is also a recipient of the Darjah Datuk Paduka Mahkota Perak (DPMP), which carries the title Dato’, awarded by the DYMM Paduka Seri Azlan Shah, Sultan of the State of Perak Darul Ridzuan and the Johan Bintang Kenyalang (JBK) from the Yang Di Pertua Negeri (Governor) of the state of Sarawak.

Naresh Alagan

Group Chief Executive Officer

Naresh is the Group Chief Executive Officer (GCEO) of Minda Global Berhad (MGB). Naresh was formerly the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and Executive Director of Air Asia Global Shared Services (AGSS) overseeing some 350+ professional staff who provide financial, people, IT and business support to the Air Asia Group. Naresh has also worked with leading corporates in Malaysia such as PriceWaterhouseCoopers (PwC) Advisory and Maxis Communications Berhad among others. His 25 year experience in corporate life includes corporate strategy, business planning, performance improvement, change and transformation, financial restructuring, treasury operations and merger integration. His qualifications include Bachelor of Law (Honours), Bachelor of Business, Master of Management, Master of Business Administration (MBA), Certificate in Global Strategy & Operations Management, Certificate in Legal Practice and CPA Professional & Public Practice Program. Naresh is a qualified accountant, being a member of CPA Australia, and is also admitted as a Solicitor to the Supreme Court of New South Wales in Australia.

Mr. Lai Swee Sim

Group Chief Financial Officer

A Chartered Accountant and Certified Public Accountant, Lai Swee Sim started his career as an auditor in 1990 with Arthur Andersen & Co. Lai has served with Sateras Resources Berhad and later with Sapura Group where he spent 13 years, finally ending his time as the Head of Business Planning in SapuraCrest Petroleum Berhad. Lai had worked with SRD Services Sdn Bhd before joining Perisai Petroleum Teknologi Bhd in 2012 as Head of Corporate Planning. Lai was appointed as Group Chief Financial Officer of Minda Global Berhad in January 2018.

Y. Bhg Dato' Hj Abd Rashid bin Hj Mohd Shariff

Group Chief Regulatory Officer

With more than 25 years of experience in the education industry, Dato’ Hj Abd Rashid Bin Hj Mohd Sharif has served in various roles including as the former Deputy President of Asia Metropolitan University overseeing Corporate Governance, Quality Compliance & Student Affairs. Prior to that, Dato’ Abd Rashid was with Hicom University Sdn Bhd as the Chief Operating Officer. Dato’ Abd Rashid also currently serves as the Group Chief Executive Officer of SMRT Holdings Berhad. He holds a Master of Arts from De Monfort University, United Kingdom and Bachelor of Arts from MARA University of Technology.

Mr. Subramanian Amamalay

Head of Group Global Business Development

Mr. Subramanian Amamalay (A. Subra), Malaysian, is the Head of Group Global Business Development of the Company.

He completed his Bachelor in Social Sciences from Universiti Sains Malaysia in 1985 and subsequently the Certificate in Training & Development by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (UK) in 2001 and has attended the Asian Institute of Management Senior Leadership Development programme. Subra is a qualified Lead Auditor of the IRCA and has a Certificate in Total Quality Management, Strategic Planning and Corporate Management. He started his career with the Malaysian Ministry of Social Welfare, Bernard Van Leer Foundation and subsequently with the MBf Education Group which includes Taylor’s University & College. He was the CEO of SMR HR Professional Services Sdn Bhd prior to this appointment to the Asiamet Education Group Board of Directors in 2015. He has also worked extensively in the education, oil & gas and finance sectors. He specialises in Operations Leadership, Human Resources Management and Business Development. His experience spans the whole of ASEAN and the Gulf Cooperation Countries.

Mr. Kalaiarasu Malayandi

Head, Group Sales

Kalaiarasu begin his career as a consultant with several technology consultancy firms including Tech Mahindra and Accenture while working on projects for clients such as the Ministry of Health, Singapore and the oil giant Shell. He is also an Executive Director of SMRT Holdings Berhad and currently serves as Bursar and COO of Cyberjaya University College of Medical Science where he oversees all financial, strategic, commercial, and business development matters.  He is a graduate of Nottingham Trent University, UK and had earned an MBA from Victoria University, Australia. He was appointed as Head of Group Sales for Minda Global in January 2018.

Mr. Jullian U. John

Senior Manager, Group Corporate and Marketing Communications

Jullian is a graduate of Northumbria University, UK and holds an MBA from Victoria University, Australia. He has over 13 years of experience in corporate projects, communications, and branding with almost 10 years of working in the higher education industry. Jullian had previously served with the UCSI Group working on institutional branding, ETP projects and corporate launches before joining YTL Land & Development and YTL Cement in a corporate affairs role. In 2015, he joined SMRT Holdings Berhad before being appointed to head the Group Corporate and Marketing Communications strategy for the entire Minda Global group in January 2018.