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KEYNOTE: Siobhan Das reveals life lesson that transformed her leadership style
  • Siobhan Das (Executive Director of American Malaysian Chamber of Commerce)

    Siobhan Das

    Executive Director of American Malaysian Chamber of Commerce

    Siobhan Das is the Executive Director of the American Malaysian Chamber of Commerce (AMCHAM). Assuming the position in January 2016, Siobhan has overseen the revitalization of the Chamber, making it one of the most active and effective AmChams in the region. She reached this achievement by strengthening the Chamber's presence from within, driving stronger engagement with its members and developing a powerful voice for its various business communities. By leading targeted, well designed, and sustained engagement with the membership and key stakeholders, including U.S. and Malaysian government officials, Siobhan has positioned the Chamber so that it can support and effect policy changes that benefit not only AMCHAM Members, but other companies-at-large, contributing to a more open and fair business climate in Malaysia while supporting Malaysia’s competitive position.

    Siobhan returned to Malaysia after almost 12 years in China, five of which she served as Director of Committees (Industry) at the largest American Chamber of Commerce in the Asia Pacific - AmCham Shanghai. There she directed and shaped the role of 26 Committees filled with senior corporate executives, driving peer-to-peer learning, and best practice sharing allowing the Chamber to truly understand the business environment and leading the Chamber to advocate successfully on behalf of the U.S. business communities they represent, addressing issues impacting day-to-day business.

    Prior to moving into the nonprofit sector, Siobhan spent more than 20 years in the film and television industry across Asia and the U.S., including owning her own production & corporate communications company in Kuala Lumpur. She holds two degrees from Boston University and, more recently, she was a Sloan Fellow at the London Business School where she earned her Masters in Leadership and Strategy.

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WORKSHOP: Effective Volunteer Engagement
Boards: Setting Up, Managing and Moving New Ideas Forward
Roberto Benetello
  • Roberto Benetello (Executive Director of Business Council for Sustainable Development Malaysia)

    Roberto Benetello

    Executive Director of Business Council for Sustainable Development Malaysia

    Roberto’s genuine passion and commitment to sustainability and his eagerness to act as catalyst in helping business in the transition to a sustainable world, have led him to take the role of Executive Director of the Business Council for Sustainable Development Malaysia, a Global Network Partner of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD).

    Roberto led the EU-Malaysia Chamber of Commerce and Industry (EUMCCI) for almost four years and during his tenure the Chamber became one of the most influential organisations and advocacy platforms in Malaysia.

    Roberto held several senior general management positions in the private sector, working fortune-500 companies and start-ups in countries such as Italy, UK, Spain.

    Roberto holds an MBA from SDA Bocconi in Italy and an MA in Marketing from Lincoln University, UK.

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PANEL DISCUSSION: How can Association Leaders Head the Change
Eric L. SchmidtSiobhan DasRoberto Benetello
  • Eric L. Schmidt (CEO & Co-Founder of EventBank)

    Eric L. Schmidt

    CEO & Co-Founder of EventBank

    As CEO of EventBank, Eric Schmidt is focused on delivering cloud solutions that transform the way professional communities enable and enrich relationships. EventBank has clients in over 40 countries and continues to expand in emerging and developing markets. Over the last 15 years, Eric has founded and incubated several companies from the ground up. He maintains substantial experience with venture capital and private equity investments. He also founded China Entrepreneurs — a community he built into a 20,000+ member network.

    Eric is an elected member of the American Chamber of Commerce in China's Board of Governors (2017, 2018, 2019) and is recognized as an authority on digital technologies and business in Asia. He has been featured in media such as The Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, Baron’s, BBC, CCTV, China Daily, and numerous other outlets.

    Eric once traced Marco Polo’s route from Beijing, China to Venice, Italy, 100 days by bicycle – he was appreciatively sponsored by Nike and Philips.

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  • Siobhan Das (Executive Director of American Malaysian Chamber of Commerce)

    Siobhan Das

    Executive Director of American Malaysian Chamber of Commerce

    Siobhan Das is the Executive Director of the American Malaysian Chamber of Commerce (AMCHAM). Assuming the position in January 2016, Siobhan has overseen the revitalization of the Chamber, making it one of the most active and effective AmChams in the region. She reached this achievement by strengthening the Chamber's presence from within, driving stronger engagement with its members and developing a powerful voice for its various business communities. By leading targeted, well designed, and sustained engagement with the membership and key stakeholders, including U.S. and Malaysian government officials, Siobhan has positioned the Chamber so that it can support and effect policy changes that benefit not only AMCHAM Members, but other companies-at-large, contributing to a more open and fair business climate in Malaysia while supporting Malaysia’s competitive position.

    Siobhan returned to Malaysia after almost 12 years in China, five of which she served as Director of Committees (Industry) at the largest American Chamber of Commerce in the Asia Pacific - AmCham Shanghai. There she directed and shaped the role of 26 Committees filled with senior corporate executives, driving peer-to-peer learning, and best practice sharing allowing the Chamber to truly understand the business environment and leading the Chamber to advocate successfully on behalf of the U.S. business communities they represent, addressing issues impacting day-to-day business.

    Prior to moving into the nonprofit sector, Siobhan spent more than 20 years in the film and television industry across Asia and the U.S., including owning her own production & corporate communications company in Kuala Lumpur. She holds two degrees from Boston University and, more recently, she was a Sloan Fellow at the London Business School where she earned her Masters in Leadership and Strategy.

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  • Roberto Benetello (Executive Director of Business Council for Sustainable Development Malaysia)

    Roberto Benetello

    Executive Director of Business Council for Sustainable Development Malaysia

    Roberto’s genuine passion and commitment to sustainability and his eagerness to act as catalyst in helping business in the transition to a sustainable world, have led him to take the role of Executive Director of the Business Council for Sustainable Development Malaysia, a Global Network Partner of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD).

    Roberto led the EU-Malaysia Chamber of Commerce and Industry (EUMCCI) for almost four years and during his tenure the Chamber became one of the most influential organisations and advocacy platforms in Malaysia.

    Roberto held several senior general management positions in the private sector, working fortune-500 companies and start-ups in countries such as Italy, UK, Spain.

    Roberto holds an MBA from SDA Bocconi in Italy and an MA in Marketing from Lincoln University, UK.

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