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Join AMCHAM at our annual Penang Dialogue on September 4, 2018 from 9.00 a.m. to 1.45 p.m. at the Eastern & Oriental Hotel.


The Penang Dialogue is a half-day signature program that brings together AMCHAM members with key stakeholders in local government, academia and civil society to discuss core themes related to doing business in Malaysia's Northern Region.


This year we are focusing on the priority area of talent.


Penang and surrounding areas have for decades been at the forefront of Malaysia's industrial development, welcoming global MNCs from the U.S. and elsewhere that have helped to drive Malaysia up the value chain. The advent of evermore sophisticated automation and A.I. presents great opportunities for Penang, yet also comes with challenges. Penang-based companies need access to a highly-skilled and adaptable workforce to harness these new technologies, and talent development will be perhaps the single most important criteria for the continued prosperity of the region. Preparing the workforce to thrive over the coming decades requires a long-term holistic approach with strong levels of collaboration between the private, public, academic and civil society sectors, and this forum will welcome senior speakers from each of these spheres to share some of the latest developments and opportunities in this key area.


AMCHAM is delighted to announce that Y.A.B. Chow Kon Yeow, the new Chief Minister of Penang, will deliver a keynote address as well as The Honorable Kamala Shirin Lakhdhir, U.S. Ambassador to Malaysia.


Due to overwhelming response each year, we would encourage you to register early at RM300 (members only) per person to avoid disappointment as we are unable to accommodate last minute requests.


Kindly contact Ms. Elyna Ngu at elyna@amcham.com.my for event sponsorship and corporate tables. We look forward to seeing you in Penang!

Agenda

8 AM

60 mins

Registration & Arrival of Guests

9 AM

5 mins

Welcome Remarks by AMCHAM

9:05 AM

70 mins

Panel 1- Managing Talent for the Digital Age
Today’s talent pool is not always meeting industry needs and skills gaps are emerging, leaving governments, academia and training institutions seeking new ways to ensure that Malaysia’s workforce remains competitive. At the same time, given the rapid nature of change as we approach the Digital Age, what can companies themselves be doing to manage the talent base that they already have and to attract or upskill the talent they need for their future growth? This panel will address the hard ques...
Today’s talent pool is not always meeting industry needs and skills gaps are emerging, leaving governments, academia and training institutions seeking new ways to ensure that Malaysia’s workforce remains competitive. At the same time, given the rapid nature of change as we approach the Digital Age, what can companies themselves be doing to manage the talent base that they already have and to attract or upskill the talent they need for their future growth? This panel will address the hard questions and present some solutions that are already being implemented to bridge this gap.
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10:15 AM

30 mins

Networking Coffee Break

10:45 AM

75 mins

Panel 2 - Delivering a Competitive and Inclusive Workforce: The Role of TVET
Ensuring that Malaysia’s progression towards high-income economy status is matched with strong income-earning opportunities for all Malaysians will require a strong focus on talent development at the technician level. Early indications from the new government suggest that Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) will remain a high-priority focus area, complementing traditional academic paths so that Malaysians with different talent profiles each have fair opportunity to enhance the...
Ensuring that Malaysia’s progression towards high-income economy status is matched with strong income-earning opportunities for all Malaysians will require a strong focus on talent development at the technician level. Early indications from the new government suggest that Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) will remain a high-priority focus area, complementing traditional academic paths so that Malaysians with different talent profiles each have fair opportunity to enhance their skills, increase productivity, and contribute to an internationally competitive workforce. Policy making over TVET has historically been somewhat fragmented and overlapping between multiple ministries - what type of institutional support is needed from our new government to reverse this pattern, and what role and contributions must companies take on to ensure that Penang can be both competitive and inclusive over the coming years?
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12 PM

45 mins

Lunch

12:45 PM

15 mins

Opening Remarks by the U.S. Ambassador to Malaysia, The Honorable Kamala Shirin Lakhdhir

1 PM

15 mins

Keynote Address by Penang Chief Minister Y.A.B. Chow Kon Yeow

1:45 PM

1:50 PM

Closing Remarks & Thank You

Speakers

  • Y.A.B. Chow Kon Yeow (Chief Minister at Government of Penang)

    Y.A.B. Chow Kon Yeow

    Chief Minister at Government of Penang

  • The Honorable Kamala Shirin Lakhdhir (Ambassador at U.S. Embassy in Kuala Lumpur)

    The Honorable Kamala Shirin Lakhdhir

    Ambassador at U.S. Embassy in Kuala Lumpur

  • Weina Ang (Global Employer Services (GES) Executive Director of Deloitte)

    Weina Ang

    Global Employer Services (GES) Executive Director of Deloitte

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  • Solomon Arulanandam Lorthu (Managing Director of Penang Operations at Motorola Solutions Malaysia Sdn Bhd (Innoplex))

    Solomon Arulanandam Lorthu

    Managing Director of Penang Operations at Motorola Solutions Malaysia Sdn Bhd (Innoplex)

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  • Suresh Chandra (Human Resources Director of Intel Technology Sdn. Bhd.)

    Suresh Chandra

    Human Resources Director of Intel Technology Sdn. Bhd.

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  • Cheng Leong Chuah (Senior Director of Human Resources, APAC at Plexus Manufacturing Sdn. Bhd.)

    Cheng Leong Chuah

    Senior Director of Human Resources, APAC at Plexus Manufacturing Sdn. Bhd.

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  • Masliza Mansor (Director of Human Resources at First Solar Malaysia Sdn. Bhd.)

    Masliza Mansor

    Director of Human Resources at First Solar Malaysia Sdn. Bhd.

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  • Dave Mitchell (VP & General Manager at Boston Scientific Medical Device (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd)

    Dave Mitchell

    VP & General Manager at Boston Scientific Medical Device (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd

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  • Datuk Muhd Khair Razman Mohamed Annuar (Director General, Department of Manpower at Ministry of Human Resources)

    Datuk Muhd Khair Razman Mohamed Annuar

    Director General, Department of Manpower at Ministry of Human Resources

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  • Hasnul Nadzrin Shah (Director - Government  and Regulatory Affairs of IBM Malaysia Sdn. Bhd.)

    Hasnul Nadzrin Shah

    Director - Government and Regulatory Affairs of IBM Malaysia Sdn. Bhd.

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  • Wooi Leng Ong (Fellow and Head, Socioeconomics & Statistics Programme at Penang Institute)

    Wooi Leng Ong

    Fellow and Head, Socioeconomics & Statistics Programme at Penang Institute

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Tickets

Member

Staff of member company who is registered at AMCHAM as a representative of the organization.

Member Price RM 300
Member Company Price

Staff of a member company who is not registered at AMCHAM as a representative of the organization.

RM 330
Non-Member Price
RM 450
Corporate Table - Member Company

Corporate Tables consist of 10 seats on an identified table with preferred table location; these are assigned on a first come, first served basis. Companies must supply their logos to AMCHAM for use at the table location.

RM 3,500
Corporate Table - Non-Member

Corporate Tables consist of 10 seats on an identified table with preferred table location; these are assigned on a first come, first served basis. Companies must supply their logos to AMCHAM for use at the table location.

RM 5,250
Silver Sponsor Table

Complimentary Table of 10 seats as included in Silver sponsorship package

Free
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