30% Club Malaysia and Heriot-Watt University Malaysia host “Equipping Leaders, Bridging Gaps” celebration

The 30% Club Malaysia and Heriot-Watt University Malaysia in collaboration with Edinburgh Business School, Heriot-Watt University today hosted the “Equipping Leaders, Bridging Gaps” celebration, a tribute to our remarkable past and present scholars who were recipients of the “Shaping Entrepreneurial Women” scholarship which was incepted in 2017.

Guests were privileged to have heard from a panel of inspirational scholarship recipients who shared heartfelt stories of their journeys towards completing their MBA programs. 

These stories underscored the profound impact that life’s circumstances can have on one’s path, and the determination to empower not just themselves but women like them.

Prof. Mushtak Al-Atabi, Provost and CEO of Heriot-Watt University Malaysia, spoke about the legacy of purpose-driven women leaders at the university, stretching back over two centuries when it all began with Mary Burton, who successfully campaigned for the admission of women students on equal terms to men in 1869, twenty-three years before legislation required Scottish universities to do so.

Dato’ Ami Moris further highlighted how the scholarship aligns with the 30% Club’s role in activating Chairs and CEOs of companies to the 30% Club objectives, while nurturing a community of empowered women leaders that inspire others through an alliance built upon shared purpose and values, and where gender diversity is a norm.

Our heartfelt gratitude goes out to our scholars Sharmila Gunasekaran, RPh, MBA, Catherine M. and Sarania Sukumaran who candidly shared their experiences of how the scholarship has transformed their lives, providing hope and lighting their path forward. 

We also extend our thanks to our moderator, Vani Mahadevan for skillfully bringing out these powerful stories that resonated well with our audience.