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.

Datuk Dr. Raj Abdul Karim (President at Malaysia Society of Association Executive)

Datuk Dr. Raj Abdul Karim

President at Malaysia Society of Association Executive

Datuk Dr Raj Abdul Karim has dedicated her lifetime to promoting health and well being of women, children and families and has been the prime mover of many policies and programmes that are in place today in a career spanning over 4 decades.

In her early years as a medical officer in the Ministry of Health, Dr Raj was entrusted to develop Malaysia’s maternal and child health services. Under her leadership in the 1970’s and 1980’s, the Maternal and Child Health Services of Malaysia expanded steadily with major interventions introduced resulting in declines in Malaysia’s maternal and infant mortality which gained international recognition. Subsequently, she was the Director of the Public Health Institute, Ministry of Health in 1989 and Director General of National Population and Family Development Board in 1992.

In October 1999, she was appointed the Regional Director of the International Planned Parenthood Federation, East and South East Asia & Oceania Region and during tenure of 10 years up to 2010; she supported 26 countries in the region on SRHR programs. In April 2002, Dr Raj was appointed by the King as a Commissioner to the National Human Rights Commission Malaysia (SUHAKAM). During her 8-year term up to 2010 she initiated work on protection of rights of women and children and on Human Trafficking, leading to the national legislation in 2007 and the formation of the Council on Anti Trafficking of Persons of which she was a member from 2008 -2015. She received the United Nations Malaysia Award in 2008 and was the moderator of ECPAT International Assembly from 2014 - 2016.

In December 2019 she received the Patron's award from the Malaysian AIDS Foundation for her work on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights and HIV and AIDS for women and children.

Today, she continues her contribution as President of the Malaysian Council of Child Welfare, Chair of End CSEC Network Malaysia (ECPAT Malaysia), Vice President of Federation Reproductive Health Associations Malaysia (FRHAM), 2nd Vice President International of Pan Pacific & Southeast Asia Women’s Association (PPSEAWA) and Chair of Malaysian Society of Association Executives (MSAE).

Jill Nanne (President at American Association of Malaysia (AAM))

Jill Nanne

President at American Association of Malaysia (AAM)

Jill Nanne has served as President of the American Association of Malaysia (AAM) since December 2017. Prior to being elected president she served on the AAM’s board as Events Director. Jill was instrumental in creating more sustainable charity giving between the AAM and the local charities they support by creating business and accountancy education classes for local refugee & fairtrade women and by making connections between local charities and companies who can offer specific support.

In 2012 - 2015, Jill served as Creative Lead for the Nokor Tep initiative in Singapore, a fundraising group that helped raise funds to build the first women’s gynecological & oncology hospital in Phnom Penh, Cambodia which opened their doors to patients in July of 2019.

Before moving to SE Asia with her husband as expats in 2010, Jill was a stay at home Mom from Des Moines, Iowa.

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.

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.

Sunny Chee (General Manager at National Heart Association of Malaysia)

Sunny Chee

General Manager at National Heart Association of Malaysia
Datuk Zunaidah Idris (Council Member at Malaysia Gas Association)

Datuk Zunaidah Idris

Council Member at Malaysia Gas Association