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Dr. VGR Chandran is an Associate Professor at the Department of Development Studies, Faculty of Economics and Administration, University of Malaya. He has also worked as a Principal Analyst of Economic and Policy Studies with Malaysian Industry-Government Group for High Technology (MIGHT), Prime Minister’s Department, Malaysia. He holds a PhD in Economics and has held positions as a consultant and research associate with several international institutions including United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), Korea Institute of S&T Evaluation and Planning (KISTEP), New York Academy of Sciences (NYAS), Copenhagen Business School, Denmark, National Center of Science and Technology Evaluation, Republic of Kazakhstan, Centre for Maritime Economics and Industries (Maritime Institute of Malaysia), National Science and Research Council, Malaysia, Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (MOSTI), E-SUN Consultancy, Johor Corporation and Public Bank. His research focuses on industrial competitiveness, innovation and technology policy, regional and industrial development and policy evaluation. He has published in Journal of Policy Modeling, Energy Policy, Applied Economics Letters, International Journal of Innovation and Technology Management, Innovation: Management Policy and Practice and Asian-African Journal of Economics and Econometrics. His current research projects include FDI Profiling of Malaysia with Vale Columbia Centre on Sustainable International Investment, Columbia University and R&D related projects with National Science and Research Council, KISTEP and NYAS. He has given invited speech at KIET, ADBI, University of Nottingham, Malaysia and many other places - locally and internationally.



Datuk John Zinkinis the Managing Director of Zinkin Ettinger Sdn Bhd and was the Managing Director, Corporate Governance at Iclif Leadership and Governance Centre. Before joining ICLIF, John was the CEO of the Securities Industry Development Corporation (SIDC). John was also Chairman of the UMSC Audit Committee until the end of 2009. Before joining SIDC John was Associate Professor of Marketing and Strategy at Nottingham University Business School, Malaysia Campus and director of the MBA programme with responsibility for external affairs. One of the founders of the Institute of Corporate Responsibility Malaysia (ICRM), he was Deputy Chairman, and an Exco member and the Vice President, Sustainability and Governance of the Business Council for Sustainable Development Malaysia (BCSDM).
He developed the Non-Executive Director Development Series with PwC and is a faculty member for the FIDE programme. He was a member of the Corporate Governance Working Group involved in the revisions of the Malaysian Code and the development of the Corporate Governance Blueprint 2011.
He has written “What CEOs must do to succeed” published by Prentice Hall in 2003, and “Challenges in Corporate Governance: Whose business is it Anyway?” published in 2010 by John Wiley. He co-authored “Corporate Governance” with Peter Wallace, published by John Wiley in 2005 and translated into Chinese in 2008. He used to write a regular column on corporate governance for the Star, entitled “Whose business is it anyway?” and speaks regularly on corporate governance and corporate responsibility.
He has 40 years of experience in business of which 26 have been in Asia. In Hong Kong, John worked as the Chairman of the Marketing and Change Management Practices of Burson-Marsteller, as the Asia Director for Angliss Pacific, and as the Director, Business Machines, for Inchcape Pacific. Before moving to Hong Kong, John worked in London for the Inchcape Group, Rank Xerox, McKinsey and Unilever.
John has a BA (Hons) in Politics, Philosophy and Economics from Oxford and an MSc in Business Administration from the London Business School.

Professor Bryane Michael is currently a non-residential, visiting research professor at the UMCoRS. He also holds posts in a number of other leading universities. His background includes almost 5 years at the World Bank and OECD and recently almost 8 years with the EU and UN. His Malaysia and Brunei experience include work with 5 large Bruneian companies, a large Malaysian bank, and government agencies from both countries. He has taught over 3,000 executives in executive education programmes and over 200 students in one-to-one Socratic Method "Oxford-style" tutorials coming from universities like Harvard, Stanford, MIT and others.


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Faculty of Law, University of Malaya
Advisor to the Government on Data Protection (2007-2010)


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Professor Abu Bakar Munir is an internationally renowned scholar, expert and consultant on ICT Law and data protection law. He is Professor of Law and former Dean of the Faculty of Law, University of Malaya, Malaysia. He is also a Visiting Professor at several universities in Asia, Australia, New Zealand, the Middle East and Europe. He is the author of several books; Privatization (1992), Cyberlaw: Policies and Challenges (1999), Privacy and Data Protection (2002), Internet Banking: Law and Practice (2004), and Information and Communication Technology Law: State, Internet and Information (2010). His most recent work; Personal Data Protection in Malaysia: Law and Practice published in October 2010 is a must-read book that provides guidance to comply with the Personal Data Protection Act (PDPA) 2010. He has widely published articles on several aspects of ICT law and data protection law. He speaks extensively at conferences around the world including those organized by universities such as Oxford, Cambridge and MIT.

Professor Abu Bakar Munir has been far and wide consulted by the governments and private entities around the globe. He was seconded as the IT Law Adviser and Principal Consultant to the Government of Dubai, UEA where he led an international team of consultants in developing and drafting several IT legislation to facilitate the Dubai Internet City, a multi-billion dollar IT project. He was appointed the Adviser to the Government of Malaysia on data protection in 2007 and was instrumental in crafting and developing as well as the passing of the PDPA 2010. He is also an Adviser to the Government of Indonesia and responsible in drafting the Personal Data Protection Bill for the Republic.

A member of the United Nations ICT Policy and Internet Governance Working Group and was a Council Member of the Asia Pacific Privacy Charter Council (APPCC), Abu Bakar is also an Expert to the Amicus Legal Consultants Ltd. London, ICT Law Consultant to Dr. Colin Ong Legal Services, Brunei Darussalam and to the Centre for Regulatory Studies, Jakarta. The recipient of the Malaysia Cyber Security Awards (Minister’s Award) 2010 as well as the Malaysia Cyber Security, (Information Security Visionary of the Year) Award 2010, his other areas of specialization include Air and Space Law, and Nanotechnology Law.

Dr Vince studied law at King’s College London and was called to the Lincoln’s Inn in 1996. His PhD thesis is on a comparative study between the US and EU approaches on abuse of dominant position. His published articles include ‘Re-visiting Anticommons and Blockings in the Biotechnology Industry—A View from Competition Law Analysis’ published in the Journal of World Intellectual Property, ‘A Decade after the Communications and Multimedia Act 1998—The Law and Competition’ published in the Competition & Consumer Law Journal, and a chapter on the competition law of Japan published by CUTS, among others.

At present he serves as an advisory member of the Implementation of Competition Law Committee of the Interim Competition Unit—the Committee tasked to lay the ground work for the incoming Competition Commission of Malaysia.


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Deputy Dean (Research)
Faculty of Economics & Administration


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Evelyn S. DEVADASON is an Associate Professor at the Faculty of Economics and Administration, University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. She received her Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Malaya in 2006. Her research focuses on international trade and regional integration. Her research work has seen print in international journals (indexed in SSCI and AHCI) such as the World Development, The China Review, Journal of Contemporary Asia, Journal of Contemporary China, Asian Economic Journal, Global Economic Review and Asia Pacific Education Review. She has also been engaged in a number of international collaborative research projects, including the International Confederation of Free Trade Unions-Asian and Pacific Regional Organization (ICFTU-APRO, Singapore), Asian Development Bank Institute (ADBI, Japan), the Asian Development Bank (ADB, Manila) and more recently, the World Bank (WB, Washington DC).

May Fong Cheong is Professorial Visiting Fellow at the Faculty of Law, University of New South Wales. As a sessional teacher at the Faculty, she has taught Contracts 1 and Contracts 2 and components of Competition Law for the past three academic sessions including a semester as Convener of Contracts 1. In 2012, she offered a new undergraduate elective on Unfair Contracts. Besides teaching, she also supervises undergraduate and postgraduate students and researches in Australian Contract Law and Asian Competition Law. She recently submitted two papers to the Australian Attorney-General’s Department titled ‘Australian Contract Law in the Asian Century’ and ‘Review of Australian Contract Law: Privity of Contract and Third Party Rights’. She is an Associate Member of the Asian Competition Forum hosted by The Hong Kong Polytechnic University and is involved in a Research Partnership Platform UNCTAD project on Competitive Neutrality.

May Fong Cheong was formerly Professor and Dean of the Faculty of Law, University of Malaya in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Her areas of specialization are contract law and competition law. In the area of contract law, she completed her PhD thesis on Unfair Contracts at the University of Sydney and has published three books and various articles particularly in relation to the legal position in Malaysia. In the area of competition law, she has written primarily on Malaysian competition law and on public utilities including electricity, water services and telecommunications and on public procurement. Her latest competition article on the enforcement of Singapore’s Competition Act was published in the June 2012 issue of World Competition.