Ong Bee Leng

Ms Ong Bee Leng served in various capacities in the education and training industries in both public and private sectors. Her journey as a teacher to Chief Executive, enabled her to gain invaluable experiences in the delivery of training, the driving of sales, operations excellence and business growth. Ms. Ong has obtained her BSc in Education (Hons.) and later MSc (Statistics) from USM in 1997.


Shariza Kamarudin

Shariza Kamarudin is the Project Manager for Gender Responsive & Participatory Budgeting (GRPB) Programme of Penang Women’s Development Corporation (PWDC) Malaysia. She has been with GRPB team since 2012 when it started the pilot project in Penang. She obtained her Master’s Degree in Social Science (Gender Studies) from Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM), Penang. While doing her master’s degree she worked as a Research Officer / Assistant at the Centre for Research on Women and Gender USM. She also worked for the two leading women’s organisations in the country, Women’s Centre for Change (WCC) Penang, and Sisters in Islam (SIS) as Project / Programme Officer, which she remains as their lifetime member. In 2014, Shariza  presented a paper  at the Asian Regional Conference: ‘Gender Responsive Budgeting Narratives: Transforming Institutions, Empowering Communities’ organised by PWDC in collaboration with the Penang State Government, the Penang Island Municipal Council, the Seberang Perai Municipal Council and United Nations Women (UN Women). Her paper entitled ‘Gender Responsive and Participatory Budgeting in Penang: The People Oriented Model’ was published as a chapter in a book entitled ‘Gender Responsive & Participatory Budgeting: Imperative for Equitable Public Expenditure’ by Springer and Strategic Information and Research Development Centre (SIRD) in 2016. Currently, she and her team are assisting the two local councils in Penang to institutionalise GRPB into their Strategic Plan 2016 – 2018 and at the same time making in-road to implement GRPB pilot project at the State of Penang. She can be contacted at [email protected].


Susan Chong

Susan holds a Master of Science in Information Technology (Hons) from the University of Science Malaysia. She completed her first degree in Application Science specializing in Computer Aided Geometry Design and Computational Mathematics from the same institution. She held a very diverse portfolio covering IT technical support, programme management, manufacturing and operations as well as marketing over her 18 years of working experience. Her professional experience includes managing the Asia Pacific region IT Networking and Infrastructure projects for Hewlett Packard and Agilent Malaysia. Susan was most recently attached to WWF-Malaysia as their Northern Region Corporate Engagement Manager and a Waste Management Solution Provider as their Business Development Manager.


Dr Selva Pillai

Dr Selva Pillai is a Malaysian doctor, hailing from Kuala Lumpur, who has spent a good 14 years of her life in East Malaysia with a wide exposure to rural communities, community health and challenges. She also holds a First Class Honours in Zoology (Conservation and Biodiversity), and recipient of the Vice Chancellor Award from National University of Malaysia(UKM). However, frequent contact with isolated and marginalized communities lead her to take up Medicine, pioneer batch at UNIMAS, Sarawak.
She is also a social activist and was involved in taking issues of rights and ethics in the context of the Orang Asli health in West Malaysia. She left the civil service in 2011, and was eventually awarded the French Government scholarship to pursue Masters in Public Health in the prestigious EHESP, majoring in Humanitarian Health and Epidemiology.
She was in France for 3 years, and upon returning home was in private practice shortly, before deciding that community work is what she was made for. She is well respected by peers and is known to be bold in her views and actions. She has severe allergic reactions to mismanagement, poor structures, corruption, bureaucratic insecurities, unjust policies and stereotyped small minded leaders with poor respect to their voters.
She took a short career change and believing in the importance of community empowerment and its impact for positive transformation, she joined PWDC, to serve the Penang State and her people.Penang Leads” and she hopes very much that the State does not hold back but rather fearlessly show more presence, confidence and drive to strive towards being a model state for a better Malaysia for Malaysians.


Normashita Noordin

Normashita Noordin has had over 20 years of experience in various private sector companies and organisations, with an extensive background in administrative, logistics and operations management. A native of Penang, she was educated at Convent Green Lane School(s) and obtained her Diploma in Business Studies at Institut Teknologi MARA in Selangor. Her most recent assignments prior to joining PWDC were in the utilities and information technology sectors.


Nur Hazwani Husin

Nur Hazwani Binti Husin was graduated in Social Science (Political Science) from Universiti Science of Malaysia (USM), Penang, Malaysia. She is continuing her postgraduate studies in gender studies, at the same university. She has worked as an enumerator with the Merdeka Centre (Research Centre) and has also worked as a Personal Assistant cum Admin Officer. She is currently working in Penang Women’s Development Corporation (PWDC), Penang as a Project Officer on Gender Responsive and Participatory Budgeting (GRPB) Project. She is a EWHA Global Empowerment Program (EGEP) alumni. With her passion towards women’s issues, she hopes to contribute to the noble aim of promoting gender and social equality in society by being a part of PWDC.


Mohd Yusri Bin Yaacob

Prior to joining PWDC, Mohd Yusri bin Yaacob served for 3 years as Special Officer to the then Speaker of the Penang State Legislative Assembly (DUN), YB Dato’ Haji Abdul Halim Hussain. He also worked as an Assistant Communications Officer with the former Chief Minister of Perak, YAB Datuk Seri Ir. Haji Mohammad Nizar bin Jamaluddin from 2009 to 2010. He is a graduate of Universiti Teknologi Malaysia with a Diploma in Architecture Technology. He participates regularly in NGO activities and is the Vice President of Memacu Arus Perjuangan (MAP), Secretary of Koperasi Amanah Balik Pulau Berhad, Secretary of Akademi Upaya Rakyat Balik Pulau and Secretary of Manjung Youth Council. His work and volunteer experiences have given him an in-depth exposure to the administration and management of State Government programmes and projects.


Li Yan, Yap

Li Yan graduated from the University of Nottingham in Malaysia with a Bachelor’s degree in International Communication Studies where she was first introduced to gender studies and intersectional feminism. Before joining PWDC, she was an intern with Aliran Kesedaran Negara, a platform for writers of social justice and human rights issues. She is an advocate of refugee rights and is actively involved with the NGO Penang Stop Human Trafficking Campaign.


Fuziah binti Abdul Rahim

Fuziah binti Abdul Rahim graduated from Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM), Serdang Selangor, Malaysia with a Bachelor Degree of Communication, majoring in Corporate Communication. She is currently pursuing her Master’s Degree in Master in Business Administration (MBA) at Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM), Penang, Malaysia. She has extensive job experiences in various background of organization in Human Resources, Operations Management, Administration and Training and Development. The work exposure has strengthen her capability and analytic thinking as Program Officer in Women Empowerment and Leadership Unit (WEL), in PWDC in achieving the objectives of the organization. She believes that sustainability development goals of gender equality in social, economic and political aspects of a country can balance human empowerment and bring unity and peace globally.


Noor Syuhaidah Ismail

Syuhaidah graduated from UiTM Perlis as a Bachelor of Sports Management. She is currently pursuing her Master of Social Science in Universiti Sains Malaysia.


Farhana Ibrahim

Farhana graduated from UNISEL Shah Alam as a Bachelor of Human Resource Management.