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MDBC HR Forum 2024

April 30 @ 9:30 am - 1:00 pm

Dear MDBC members,


Join us on Tuesday, 30 April for a special 4 – in – 1 HYBRID annual Human Resources Forum at the Asia School of Business (ASB).  Learn more about the TalentCorp Program, Expatriate related matters, RP – T Applications, MYNext,  Leveraging Incentives, Employee Motivation, Ethical Leadership, CSR, Diversity, Flexible Work Arrangements, and the Remote Work Debate.

Date: Tuesday, 30 April 2024
Time: 09:30 – 13:00 hrs
Venue: Asia School of Business / ZOOM
– Complimentary for MDBC members (as per your membership level)
– Members of supporting colleague chambers: RM 50
– Non – members: RM 100

HYBRID EVENT: To get to our outstation members (Penang, Johor, Singapore, or the Netherlands), we are pleased to offer this as a hybrid event.

Participating Chambers:


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This HR forum will feature four segments.

Segment 1: TalentCorp
– Overview of the TalentCorp Program: Learn more about the programs that TalentCorp has on offer.
– MYXpats: Expatriate related matters and the RP – T application process
– MYNext: Programs that link organizations and recent graduates.
– Dr. Madhavan Nair (Head, MYNext Operations)
– Sathiamurthi Ratnam (Head TalentCorp Group Client Relationship Management)
– Nakeeran (Manager – Business Development, MYNext)
– Aidi Ahmad Ghazi (Assistant Manager – RP – T Verification, Vetting & Secretariat, MYXpats Centre)

Segment 2: ASB
– How to effectively leverage incentives to drive employee motivation and behaviors.  With a discussion on when / why incentive programs may go wrong.
SPEAKER: Dr Yi – Ren Wang (Assistant Professor of Organizational Behavior, Asia School of Business)

Segment 3: Randstad
– Ethical Leadership, CSR, and Diversity: How equity can save your talent pipeline
– Flexible Work Arrangements: Why ‘Flexibility with Intentionality” ends the remote work debate
SPEAKER: Jonathan Sia (Director of Emerging Technologies, HR, and Legal, Randstad Malaysia)

Segment 4: Q&A and Discussion
Join our mini panel discussion with the speakers to go more in – depth on the wide variety of topics covered.

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ITINERARY (Subject to change):

09:30 hrs – Registration
10:00 hrs – Welcome by MDBC
10:05 hrs – Welcome by Asia School of Business (ASB)
10:15 hrs – TalentCorp Briefing
10:35 hrs – MYXpats Briefing
10:55 hrs – MyNext Briefing
11:15 hrs – COFFEE BREAK
11:30 hrs – Presentation by ASB
11:45 hrs – Presentation by Randstad
12:00 hrs – Q&A and Discussion – Moderated by Remco Koster (Founder & Managing Partner, Expandian)
12:30 hrs – Networking & Refreshments
13:00 hrs – Program Ends

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Dr. Madhavan Nair (Head, MYNext Operations).  He is the Head of MYNext Sdn Bhd, a subsidiary of TalentCorp, which focuses on engaging with higher education institutions in Malaysia, with the main purpose of supporting the government agenda on addressing the issue of graduate employability in Malaysia. With prevalent experience in the academia for the past 19 years holding various administrative positions, Dr. Madhavan is known for his expertise and insights on the issues and challenges faced by students, universities and industries in nurturing and hiring the right talents. Dr. Madhavan holds a Doctor of Philosophy from Universiti Putra Malaysia, and has obtained professional certifications in various Information Technology related professions, including the Huawei Certified Network Administrator, Huawei Certified Academic Instructor and AWS Cloud Foundation.


Sathiamurthi Ratnam (Head – TalentCorp Group Client Relationship Management).  Sathia manages the MYXpats Centre’s Client Relationship Management (CRM) operations where he is responsible for ensuring that the appropriate CRM operational processes are practiced across MYXpats. He has 18 years of experiences in customer relations and operational improvements in various industries, including Food & Beverage, Business Process Outsourcing (BPO), Banking & Finance, and Retail & Wholesales.  Sathia holds a Master’s of Business Administration from Cardiff Metropolitan University, Wales. He is also a Malaysian Institute of Management Certified Professional Coach


Nakeeran (Manager – Business Development, MYNext). Nakeeran primarily oversees the SME, Mid – Size , MNC, Inter – Agencies, Investment Bodies, Business Associations & Chambers in TalentCorp’s MYNext department. He has established profound relations with key players, organizations, and leading associations of the above sector to drive collaborations for talent development. With over 14 years of client management, business development and sales/marketing experience in Astro, Digi and Oyo Malaysia, Nakeeran started out in TalentCorp in 2022 working on engagements with business associations & employers focusing on addressing mismatches between the talent market supply and demand. Prior to TalentCorp, Nakeeran was a Head of Business Development in Oyo Malaysia where he managed prominent accounts mainly in the budget hotel sector. Nakeeran has a Master’s in Business Administration (International Business) from UNITAR International University.


Aidi Ahmad Ghazi (Assistant Manager – Residence Pass – Talent Verification, Vetting & Secretariat, MYXpats Centre).  Aidi joined MYXpats since October 2016. In his current role, he is responsible for ensuring that the operational procedures of RP – T (Residence Pass – Talent) applications under the application stage (Stage 1) are maintained throughout the process. This involves direct communication with Government stakeholders (Immigration Department of Malaysia (JIM), Ministry of Home Affairs Malaysia (KDN) and TalentCorp Group (Management), to schedule the monthly RP-T Secretariat meetings to decide on the RP-T applications and ensure compliance with the associated procedures. Before joining MYXpats, he worked as an account manager at the expatriate Services Centre, MDEC in Cyberjaya, to provide similar services to expatriates (for Employment Pass, Professional Visit Pass, and RP – T). He holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Business Administration from the University of Bath, England, United Kingdom.


Dr. YI – REN WANG (Associate Professor I – Organizational Behavior, Asia School of Business).  She earned her Ph.D. in Management from the University of Alabama, and her master’s degree in Industrial and Organizational Psychology from the University at Albany, State University of New York. In 2022, the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology honored her with the 2022 S. Rains Wallace Dissertation Award.

Her research interests encompass work motivation, fairness, precarious work, workplace inequality, work – family dynamics, employee well – being, and workplace trauma. Her work has been widely published in international peer – reviewed academic journals such as the Journal of Applied Psychology, Journal of Organizational Behavior, and Journal of Business and Psychology.  Additionally, her research has been featured in respected regional media outlets such as the Edge and the Star Malaysia.


Jonathan Sia (Director – Emerging Technologies, HR, and Legal, Randstad Malaysia). At Randstad Malaysia, Jonathan manages a team of specialized recruiters to drive and support clients’ digital innovation agendas across Emerging Technology, Human Resources, and Legal. Equipped with years of experience in specialized recruitment and people management, Jonathan partners with his clients and talent to boost productivity and growth.



Please register online via the form below.
By clicking and registering online you acknowledge the event guidelines.

Please register no later than Friday, 26 April 2024 (12 noon).

Please note:

– This will be a HYBRID event.  If you would like to register as an online participant, kindly indicate your status under “Optional Remarks” when registering online.

– If you are a member of a participating chamber, kindly indicate that chamber in the “Optional Remarks” segment when registering online.

– Late cancellations (after Friday, 26 April (12:00 hrs)) and no shows will be charged for this event at cost. Replacement / substitute participant(s) to avoid the no show charges are welcome.

– A correctly completed registration form online will give you an automated e – mail response. In case you do not receive this automated acknowledgment, this means that your registration attempt didn’t come through and was not properly received by us. Kindly try again or e – mail us at 

The automated e – mail response mentioned above is NOT a confirmation of your registration acceptance. You will also need to receive a personal reconfirmation e – mail from MDBC to confirm the acceptance of your registration; this will reach you latest by one working day before the event itself.

We look forward to your attendance!

With best regards,
MDBC Secretariat


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