Passionate HR Leader
Balan Krishnan has more than 24 years of HR and Manufacturing under his belt. He has worked in various locations in Asia throughout his career at Intel and Altera, namely in Shanghai, Ho Chi Minh City and Singapore. He is currently the Head of HR at Dexcom a world leader in Continuous Glucose Monitoring device. He oversees a start-up of a brand new manufacturing plant in Penang which will grow from less than 10 employees to more than 3000 in a couple of years. Balan is a strong advocate of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and was named one of Malaysia’s 50 leaders of Diversity and Inclusion back in 2012. He is a certified John Maxwell coach and facilitator. Balan graduated with an Arts degree from USM. Balan tries to live up to his credo of “Carpe Diem” after being inspired by the movie, The Dead Poet’s Society.
Fawnizu Azmadi Hussin has published more than 130 research papers and holds 6 patents under his name. He graduated from University of Minnesota (USA) in 1999, University of New South Wales (MSc-2001) and Nara Institute of Science and Technology (PhD-2008). Fawnizu was the Chair of IEEE Malaysia Section (2019-2020) and IEEE Circuits & Systems Malaysia Chapter (2013-2014) and was awarded the 2018 Region 10 (Asia Pacific) Outstanding Volunteer Award. He was Deputy Head of E&E department (2013-2014) and Director of Strategic Alliance Office (2014-2018) at Universiti Teknologi Petronas and Visiting Professor at Intel Malaysia (2012-2013) and Malaysia-Japan International Institute of Technology (MJIIT, 2020).
Mr. Shamsul is a technologist with experience in manufacturing and software development with MNCs, local corporations, and government. Among companies that he has worked with, are Hewlett Packard, Altera Corporation, Quantum Peripheral, and Sapura Research. He is currently leading the software development team in MIMOS Berhad in Kulim Hi Tech Park.
Shuras V holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering graduated
from University of Technology Malaysia and MBA from NTU Australia.
He has master’s degree from Northern Territory University, Australia.
He joined Sony Electronic (A- U Cell Manufacturing Organization),Prai
Malaysia in 1991 as a Production Engineer and was responsible in
establishing production standard for assembly operation, performing
risk assessment for New Product Introduction, train new operators on
the required SOP, work with CFT team on resolving production quality
issues using QCC tools and Kaizen methodology, work with design
centre in Japan for design change matters and perform time study with
Industrial Engineer to improve the productivity of the shop floor. He is
a UK certified Lead Auditor for ISO9001/TS16949 for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd
party audit. He was MR (Management Representative) for more than 5
years–ISO9001/TS16949/AS9100. He has trained and coached many
organizations on the correct understanding of the new ISO standard,
namely ISO9001:2015, IATF16949:2016, ISO14001:2015 and
ISO45001:2018, including the Risk Analysis.
Dr. Hwang is a pioneer and long-standing leader in SMT packaging and manufacturing, as well as in the lead-free development and deployment. Since its inception, she has been a major contributor to the implementation of Surface Mount manufacturing through hands-on production and as an advisor to OEMs, EMSs and the U.S. government.
She has provided solutions to many challenging problems ranging
from material performance deficiencies to production yield issues to
field failure diagnosis to high reliability issues. Her work covers both
commercial and military applications.
Bob Willis currently operates a training and consultancy business
based in UK and has created one of the largest collections of interactive training material in the industry. With his online training webinars Bob has provided a cost effective solution to training worldwide and regularly runs training for SMTA, NPL, SMART, IPC, EIPC and more recently IMAPS. Although a specialist for companies implementing lead-free manufacture Bob has provided worldwide consultancy in all areas of electronic manufacture over the last 30 years. This is based on working in manufacture with contract assembly, printed board manufacture and environmental test facilities. This has earned him the SOLDERTEC/Tin Technology Global Lead-Free Award for his contribution to the industry. He has also been presented with
the SMTA International Leadership Award, SMTA International Best
Paper Award and IPC Committee Award for contribution to their
Prof. Amlan have almost 20 years of experience in Engineering Education and Research. His key contributions in research lie in the domains of Machine learning, Computer Vision, Cyberphysical Systems, Reconfigurable Computing, and Quantum Computing. He has received multiple project grants in the areas of Security in Cyber-physical Systems, IoT, Embedded System Design, VLSI Design, Quantum Computing, Computer Vision and Data Science from various national and international agencies and corporates. Besides, he also was the Principal Investigator of the Centre of Excellence in Systems Biology and Biomedical Engineering, the University of Calcutta funded by MHRD under TEQIP-III funding during 2013-2017. Prof Amlan also a Sr. Member of IEEE and ACM, IEEE Computer Society Distinguished Visitor (2020-2022), Distinguished Speaker of ACM (2017-2020) and Vice President of Society for Data Science. His editorial role comprises of Series Editorship of Springer Transactions on Computer Systems and Networks, Assoc. Editorship of Elsevier Journal of Computers and Electrical Engineering and G. Editorship of Springer Journal of Applied Sciences.
Mr. Bhanu Sood is a Center Lead and Commodity Risk Assessment Engineer at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. He serves as an agency expert and center specialist who manages overall center development efforts pertaining to electronic circuit assembly in Goddard Space Flight Center ground and flight missions. He serves as an agency authority on technical committees and advisory groups and manages the establishment and implementation of new research, technology development and technology demonstration initiatives relating to electronic circuit assemblies. His areas of expertise include electronics supply chain risk/reliability assessment, root-cause failure analysis and strategies for counterfeit parts prevention. He is the chair of three SAE Aerospace Standards Committees. He holds one patent, and two invention disclosures as well as the position of senior member of IEEE and member of SAE and ASM.
Suha has diverse experience in the semiconductor industry where she started her career as a Test Development Engineer and paved the way to Hardware Design Engineer, then Technical Program Manager and Site Quality Manager. Currently, she is leading worldwide system integration operations, engineering operations, and supply chain for Micron. Suha is a passionate leader that drives transformations, a change agent, and a believer that talent management of the present and future is the key to success for an organization. She has been leading a women network throughout her career and leading the Asia region Micron Women Leadership Network.
CS Tan graduated from USM in 1991 with a 1st Class Honours degree in Applied Physics and a winner of the Faculty Gold Medal. He also holds an MBA from USM. CS started his career in National Semiconductor Penang and has an illustrious career spanning over 30 years covering industries such as Semiconductor, Hard Disk Storage, and Electronics Manufacturing Services. In the past 15 years, CS has been the General Manager of large MNC factories, such as Flextronics, ON Semiconductor, and ST Microelectronics where he is currently based in. Throughout his career, CS Tan has led various important manufacturing initiatives such as Lean Manufacturing, Total Quality Management, Reliability Centred Maintenance, and more recently Industry 4.0 (Connected Manufacturing). CS Tan has spoken in various industry seminars and workshops in diverse fields such as Supply Chain Management, Factory Security, and Smart Manufacturing. He was also recently appointed as Adjunct Professor to the Faculty of Electrical and Electronics Engineering in UTEM, Melaka.
Howie Chang is the co-founder and CEO of Forward School, an accredited revolutionary technology and future skills school in Malaysia. He leads the growth and development of the company, with the goal of providing the best digital-age education in Southeast Asia. Having spent the formative years of his career in Singapore, he has a long experience in product management, user experience, and digital business transformation in various industries. Howie also had stints with startups of all kinds, where he delved into the dynamic intersection of design, business, and technology. He was also the Head of Design at Viki and Director of Product Management at RedMart, both of which resulted in two of the most notable tech acquisitions in Southeast Asia.
Shanmuganathan (Shaan), is a transformational leader with high interpersonal skills and a passion for innovation. He is the current Kontron’s Malaysia Chief Executive Officer (CEO). Prior to joining Kontron, after a short stint in Malaysia upon graduating from the USA, he was based in overseas assignments in Hong Kong, China, and Canada where he was involved in various R&D Groups developing and manufacturing products for consumers, RF, Medical and embedded industries. He returned to Malaysia to continue contributing to the R&D field. With his passion and versatile executive capabilities in engineering with a development background, he managed to transform Kontron Malaysia from a manufacturing incline company to today’s R&D CoE (Centre of Excellence) for Kontron embedded boards, systems, and IoT (Internet of Thing) mainly focusing vertical applications in Industrial 4.0, Avionics and Transportation. Shaan begins his career as an RF engineer and continue building his career holding various technical and executive management positions through his 30 years tenure. He holds BSc. Electrical Engineering (Major in Electronic and System Control), USA and Master in Business Administration (MBA), Malaysia. In 2021, appointed as EEPN Chairperson for Strategic Initiatives 4 (Enable and Forge a Robust E&E Ecosystem) and Member of the Penang Socio-Economic Recovery Consultative Council (PSERCC) Industry / SMI / SME Working Committee.
Sakthivel Narayanasamy or better known as Sakthi is the Chairman of Quantum Computing Sdn Bhd – a respected regional specialist in Automation Solutions. He has been in the engineering industry for the past 30 years leading local and regional projects in diverse industries. Sakthi has worked in a number of multinational companies such as General Electric and Siemens. He was a Senior Systems Engineer in Siemens Malaysia before he founded his own business ventures. The international exposure and engineering best practices gained in these companies have contributed to his ability to develop and innovate automation solutions that are practical, sustainable, and scalable with a business focus.
Swee Kiang (SK) Fong has more than 30 years of experience in the semiconductor industry. He started his career and worked in Intel for more than 20 years in various technical and management positions in US and Malaysia. He was instrumental in starting up Intel Design Center in Malaysia and growing the organization to 1500 people responsible for microprocessor, Chipset, SOC design, and development. He then joined Altera Corporation as VP of R&D, leading the development of advanced FPGA, IP, and Quartus software in Malaysia. He was the senior director of Broadcom Corporation overseeing the global operation of a USD1B division before starting up SkyeChip. SK holds a First Class BSEE degree from the University of Technology, Malaysia; and earned his EMBA degree (Beta Gamma Sigma) from Olin School of Business WUSTL, Missouri, and Shanghai Fudan University, China.
Bor Chun is Keysight Vice President and General Manager of Global Services for Greater China and the Asia Pacific. He has amassed a wide range of experience in the international arena. His expertise includes global marketing, strategic planning, business development, and the acquisition of new businesses. Since 2015, he become the leader of the Services organization and lead the team to continuously grow the business at double digits YoY. He is also an invaluable consultant for various areas other than marketing, with years of significant influence upon decisions in finance, administration, and customer support.
Kalai Selvan Subramaniam has more than 30 years of experience in the electronics/semiconductor industry with leadership positions in Technology Start-Ups to Tier-1 Semiconductor MNCs. He is passionate about setting up organizations from the ground up. He has been instrumental in setting up local capabilities to provide value add E&E engineering services, especially in the area of Semiconductor IC Design and Product Development to Tier-1 Electronics and Semiconductor companies. He is the Co-Founder CEO of Infinecs Systems Sdn. Bhd. Prior to that, he was the General Manager of USains Infotech Sdn. Bhd.
Mr. Shuras Vasu has more than 24 years of operation excellence applying various analytical tools for decision making and continuous improvements. He carries with him strong expertise of Lean Six Sigma, Shop Floor Management, TPM, TQM, CQE and QMS. He has also implemented many TPM initiatives for his organisation especially on the OEE improvements under the Japan Institute of Plant Management. He had the great opportunity to implement the World Class Manufacturing System called New Shop Floor Management. He is well versed with the 5 core tools applications for Automotive Manufacturers.
Dr. Tom Dory has extensive experience in microelectronics covering semiconductor fab processing and assembly, hybrid circuits, and package assembly & test. He left Intel Corporation where he handled Assembly and Test Technology Development Research Division after 20 years. He specialized in packaging and assembly, focusing on high density substrate manufacturing, and chip assembly including flip chip and stacked die and 3D packaging. He was awarded ten patents while at Intel in the areas of embedded package capacitors, underfill applications, and package design. He currently is the R&D manager for formulated products at Fujifilm Electronic Materials, USA.
Mr. Phil Zarrow has been involved with PCB fabrication and assembly for more than 35 years. His expertise includes the manufacture of equipment for circuit board fabrication and assembly of through-hole and surface mount technologies. In addition to his background in automated assembly and cleaning, he is recognized for his expertise in surface mount reflow soldering technology and in the design and implementation of SMT placement equipment and reflow soldering systems. He has extensive hands-on experience with set-up and troubleshooting through-hole and SMT processes throughout the world.
Dr. Ning-Cheng Lee is the Vice President of Technology of Indium Corporation. He has more than 30 years of experience in the development of fluxes and solder pastes for SMT industries and extensive experience in the development of underfills and adhesives. He serves on the board of governors for CPMT and served on the SMTA board of directors. Among other editorial responsibilities, he serves as editorial advisory board of Soldering and Surface Mount Technology, Global SMT & Packaging and as associate editor for IEEE Transactions on Components Packaging Manufacturing Technology.
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