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 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 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.
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.
Cheong Ka Mei
Ka Mei graduated from Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman with a Bachelor of Communications, majoring in Journalism. Prior to joining PWDC, she worked with AirAsia as a Corporate Communications Executive and a journalist with Sin Chew Daily.
With a degree in Business Management from USM, Rubini started their career with Intel where their work in Operations Finance and strategic initiatives led them to 2 PGAT Factory Recognition Awards (FRA) as well as numerous other productivity and strategic awards. They later decided take a leap of faith and pursued their passion for social justice and human rights activism by joining the Teach for Malaysia fellowship (pioneering cohort 2012) They taught at a high-need school in Kuala Selangor to significantly transform the academic achievements, aspirations and outcomes of their kids (as they affectionately refer to them) towards the mission of solving education inequity in the long term. Rubini joined PWDC under the Women’s Empowerment and Leadership Programme, which allows them to apply their strengths to promote empowerment, human rights, gender equality and feminism. Outside of PWDC, Rubini is a community organizer and local activist. Rubini was also an active member of the international youth organization, AIESEC. They held various leadership positions, most notably, Local Committee President of USM and Member Committee Vice President of Malaysia, in which their primary focuses were Talent Management, Mentorship, Learning and Leadership Development as well as Marketing and Strategic Planning. Rubini believes that people are always the root of success in any organization, and hopes to develop their own training/management consultancy to aid social justice and non-profit organisations.
Nurul Fatin Fakhriah Binti Zulfahmi
Nurul Fatin Fakhriah is an International Relations graduate from Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM). Spurred by her interest in public relations and public diplomacy, she then completed her industrial training with the Institute of Diplomacy and Foreign Relations (IDFR), Malaysia. She was actively involved in NGO as well as government-sponsored activities during the course of her studies. She was selected as a Youth Delegate representing Malaysia at Indonesia in September 2012, Korea in June 2013 and Japan in September 2013. Through PWDC, she hopes to diversify her portfolio and skillset by working with people of diverse backgrounds and helping to make a positive impact on communities in Penang.
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.
Lau Shu Shi
Shu Shi holds a degree in Business Management from Universiti Sains Malaysia. It was during her university days that she was introduced to social issues and activism. After graduation, Shu Shi worked with several human rights organisations such as Suara Rakyat Malaysia (SUARAM, Penang branch), All Women’s Action Society (AWAM) and later with Persatuan Kesedaran Komuniti Selangor (EMPOWER) on free and fair elections and women’s political participation. Compelled by her interactions with communities, Shu Shi strongly believes in a peer-to-peer learning style rather than a top-down style in empowering herself and others. For the past 3 years, she has been a regular columnist for the Guang Ming Daily where she writes about her experinces, learning and reflections working with communities. She enjoys training and writing which are her passions. She also believes that with more women (including herself) in-public spaces, a shift in power dynamics and decision making will occur towards positive societal change. She believes that humanity, empathy and solidarity with the oppressed are values that are not only important for the development of a democratic state, but also for one’s personal life.
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.