"Architects sometimes feel that through the planning of space they can change the world.”

Lillian Tay is the vice president and director of Veritas Design Group, one of the leading architectural firm in Malaysia. She joined the firm in 1992 and continues to play a pivotal role in the company. She strongly believes that the role of architects isn’t confined to just ensuring the quality of one’s immediate living environment but to enhance the quality of the city. Lilian has been the backbone at advocating the conservation of urban architectural heritage in her hometown of Kuala Lumpur and other cities in Malaysia.

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"I am a dreamer."

Tun Dr. Siti Hasmah Mohd Ali serves as the perfect role model for today’s woman, young and old alike. Behind every successful man is a great woman, and Dr Siti Hasmah, our first lady, epitomises this saying. Truly a pioneer in her field, as well as a trailblazer for future generations, she was one of the first Malay woman doctors in Malaysia and one of the first Malay women to enroll for a medical course at the King Edward VII College of Medicine in Singapore after the war. Along the way, she has developed a personal relationship with people.

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Women in Science and Technology

Initiative by Prestige Malaysia
Health & Wellness
Science & Technology

Wan Nadiah

CEO of Thomson Hospital Kota Damansara & Executive Director and Group CEO of TMC Life Sciences

Wan Nadiah is a young leader with a resume that reads like a dream. She is currently the CEO of Thomson Hospital Kota Damansara, as well as Executive Director and Group CEO of TMC Life Sciences. The CEO names Harvard University and London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine as her alma mater. Prior to completing her master’s degree in public health nutrition, she had a two-year stint in Boston Consulting Group where she was constantly working on projects related to life sciences. Her first foray into the corporate world proved to be an eye-opening experience after spending four years in the lab researching on rotavirus and molecular biology. Instead of opting for the conventional choice to pursue an MBA, public health called out to her. Today, Wan Nadiah is making sure that her voice is heard to continue adding value to her work within the community.
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Dr Mahaletchumy Arujanan

Malaysian Scientist

Mahaletchumy Arujanan is a Malaysian scientist of Malaysian Indian origin. She works as the Global Coordinator of International Service for the Acquisition of Agribiotech Applications and executive director of Malaysian Biotechnology Information Center. She believes in freedom of operation and inclusivity whilst bringing awareness to the bigger mandate – getting science to the public and ensuring that the science and biotechnology industries thrive.
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Dr Mazlan Othman

Malaysian Astrophysicist

Datuk Dr Mazlan Othman is Malaysia’s first astrophysicist, after earning her PhD at the University of Otago in New Zealand. On returning to Malaysia in 1981, she pioneered an academic programme on astrophysics at the National University of Malaysia and was appointed Professor of Astrophysics in 1994. Her accomplishments include setting up Malaysia’s national planetarium in Kuala Lumpur and being named the director-general of the Space Science Studies Division in the Science, Technology and Environment Ministry. In 1999, she was appointment as Director of the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs, an organisation which deals with space-related issues, ranging from international cooperation in peaceful uses of outer space to managing the growing problem of space debris. Dr Mazlan returned to Malaysia in 2002 to serve for five years as the founding Director General of Angkasa, the Malaysian National Space Agency. Her work led to Malaysia’s first astronaut, Datuk Dr Sheikh Muszaphar Shukor.
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Lovy Beh

President of the Malaysian Community Pharmacy Guild

Lovy Beh is a graduate of University College London’s School of Pharmacy, as well as a registered pharmacist in the United Kingdom, Singapore and Malaysia. More notably, she is also the first and youngest female president of the Malaysian Community Pharmacy Guild (MCPG). Yet, the path to her true calling wasn’t always straight forward.
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Business & Leadership

Aireen Omar

President of Red Beat Ventures

Aireen Omar is the definition of a power women. Her role is to help piece together and shape the digital lifestyle ecosystem bottom-up thorugh diligent investment into start-ups. Spreading wings beyond aviation, the president of AirAsia Group's subsidiary Red Beats Ventures sets her eyes on focusing on how we look at what is available within the ecosystem and make the most out of it.
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Education
Society

Prof. Tan Sri Dr. Sharifah Hapsah

President of the National Council of Women’s Organisation (NCWO)

Prof Emerita Tan Sri Dr. Sharifah Hapsah Syed Hasan Shahabudin has dedicated herself to education, educating future generations in her quest to cultivate women in the workforce. The former vice-chancellor of the National University of Malaysia (UKM) was appointed the prestigious role in the year 2006, at a time when she was only one of two women to have ascended to the role of vice- chancellor (Tan Sri Rafiah Salim was given the role at Universiti Malaya). An advocate for women’s rights, as well as acting as their voice, UKM was the first to introduce a work-based nursery and childcare facilities under her watch. One of her greatest achievements in challenging the status quo was when she fought for equal pay not only for herself but also her fellow colleagues and won, truly a hallmark not only to her righteousness but also her intent for gender equality.
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Surina Shukri

CEO of Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC)

Since leaving her homeland years ago, Surina Shukri has forged a career on Wall Street, working at one of the world’s most prestigious banks and helping its clients to improve their businesses. Her final role with JP Morgan Chase was head of strategy, business management and innovation, middle market banking and specialised industries. It was during her time in New York that she bore witness to the changing dynamics of commerce and banking to become increasingly technology driven. Today, the CEO of Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC) is entrusted to lead the nation's digital economy and she details why Malaysian businesses are ready for digitalisation.
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Dr Shahidah Mohd Shariff

Head of Technology & CEO of Petronas Research

As the CEO of Petronas Research and head of technology research, group research and technology, each day poses a different scenario and challenge for Dr Shahidah Mohd Shariff. She has been with Petronas since 1987, and her work continues to push boundaries in the field of technology R&D. She believes that there isn't any barrier that can stop women from achieving their dreams; only if you overcome it by looking at them positively.
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Nadia Nasimuddin

On how to run the F&B business

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Su Quinn Teh

On the constant evolution in the design world

In this September 2018 interview, entrepreneur and interior decorator, Su Quinn Teh speaks about how the constant evolution in design has the ability to change, and push oneself further over time.

Women of Influence

On having a powerful voice

In conjunction with International Women's Day 2019, Prestige Malaysia has put together a list of 100 most influential women in the country.

Power Women

On female empowerment

Lee Jim Leng, Soo Shea Pin, Hannah Yeoh, Carrie Fong and Izan Satrina rose above all odds and paved the way for progress in their respective fields. This interview was conducted in conjunction with International Women's Day 2018.

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