Edinburgh Business School at Heriot-Watt University Malaysia establishes a Business Advisory Board

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A business advisory board (BAB), comprising key industry players was established by Edinburgh Business School (EBS) at Heriot-Watt University Malaysia (HWUM).

The advisory board is tasked to provide counsel to the school in its role as a leading player in business and management education and research in Malaysia. The board will provide insights for world-class business programmes that meet the demands of today's industry and commerce.

In line with advice from the Malaysian Qualifications Agency (MQA), the BAB will also identify relevant industry developments for the Edinburgh Business School that nurture future ready business leaders, equipped with the skills and knowledge to navigate an increasingly volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous (VUCA) business world.

The Business Advisory Board (BAB) will be chaired by Farouk Abdullah MBA with 7 members as below:

  • Charles Brewer, Chief Executive Officer of Pos Malaysia
  • Chris Eng Poh Yoon, Chief Strategy Officer of Etiqa Takaful Berhad 
  • Allan Jensen, General Manager of Danfoss Malaysia and HWU Alumnus
  • Chai Ping Chua, HR Director and Country Site Leader of Experian
  • Dato Darawati Hussein (RHB, Mavap, AOB)
  • Emeliana Rice Oxley, Vice President of Exploration, Petronas
  • Farouk Abdullah, CEO Natural Intelligence Solutions Technology Sdn Bhd. (a Berjaya Subsidiary) and HWU Alumnus.

The BAB, which consists of industry players and EBS-HWU alumni, will convene on a timely basis each semester to provide input on new products and services related to business that meet industry needs.

Lord Iain Vallance Chairman of the Edinburgh Business School Advisory Board in the UK says: “I am delighted to hear of the initiative to form an Advisory Board in Malaysia and as chair of the UK Business School Advisory Board I look to forward to connecting on key areas of strategic importance in our respective markets to ensure EBS continues to play a key role in helping develop leaders in Malaysia.”

CEO Natural Intelligence Solutions Technology Sdn Bhd Farouk Abdullah says: “We are pleased to share our expertise on developing a range of world-class business programmes towards creating a pool of highly knowledgeable and skilled professionals that is able to propel the nation and industry forward.”

Petronas Vice President of Exploration Emeliana Rice Oxley says: “We believe that world-class business programmes will help nurture talents with essential skills that will enable them to be catalysts of change for industries and communities, especially now in a changing business landscape that has been disrupted by the pandemic.”

The Edinburgh Business School at Heriot-Watt University offers a wide range of undergraduate and post-graduate business and management degrees including its internationally recognised MBA programme with over 5,000 students.  EBS is known for its academic rigour, its intellectual challenging environment, and proven ability to greatly enhance student career prospects.