DEI Conversation #3: Getting on Board

In early July, the 30% Club Malaysia held a panel discussion DEI Conversation #3: Getting on Board.

In this highly inspiring session, SP Setia’s CHRO Nadiah Tan Abdullah, TPPun Advisory’s Founder/Advisory Tian Pouw TP Pun and Rohas’s INED Dr. Ir. Jey Ramasamy and 30% Club Malaysia’s Chair and MIBG’s CEO Ami Moris share personal insights and the realities of securing a board seat.

Watch here for the recording of DEI Conversation #3: Getting on Board.

Celebration of Cohort 7

In early September the 30% Club Malaysia celebrated the Cohort 7 who completed the Board Mentoring Scheme. About 17 mentees completed the nine month scheme successfully.

The 30% Club Malaysia would like to thank our Strategic Partner PwC Malaysia for leading the Board Mentoring Scheme, and Cohort 7 mentors for their invaluable guidance and support over the past nine months.

DEI Workshop for INED

The 30% Club Malaysia and our corporate advocate EY recently organised a two-hour Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI) Workshop for Independent Non-Executive Directors and senior leaders of public listed companies.

During the workshop participants discussed the business case for more balanced gender representation in boardrooms, the plan, challenges, action plan, and support needed to realise the DEI ambitions.

Some recommendations include having a diversity policy in the Board Charter, collecting data to drive actions and decisions, and knowing where to source for board-ready women directors.

DEI Conversation #2 on why Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

In early June, the 30% Club Malaysia’s Chair Ami Moris spoke to Dr. Ken Yeoh of Bursa Malaysia, Soraphol Tulayasathien of The Stock Exchange of Thailand; and Chin Loo Low of EDGE Certification on what it takes to drive diversity, equity and inclusion. Key take outs:

1. Quotas and KPIs need to be augmented by advocacy beyond just the boardroom; these initiatives must also include top leadership.

2. Increased and specific disclosure requirements by investors, regulators and policy makers to expedite demographic representation.

3. Focus on equity is crucial given established practices of unequal access to opportunities.

4. DEI is not a compliance exercise or a mere reporting tool, rather a competitive advantage.

5. There is ROI in Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.

Workshop on Resume Writing

“Very helpful in forming thoughts for drafting one’s board resume,” Savita Saigal

“It was a very informative and interactive session, “Norliza Rasool Khan 

“Raj shared very useful tips on the Do’s and Don’ts on how to write a board profile,” Leong Sow Yoke 

These were some of the extracts from the feedback we received from the participants/mentees of the Board Profile Writing Masterclass, which was held recently.

The workshop was conducted by CnetG Asia’s Managing Partner and 30% Club Malaysia Steering Committee member Raj Kumar Paramanathan. This is the second session that 30% Club Malaysia had partnered with CnetG Asia, a global executive search and leadership development firm.

It was the first face-to-face session for the mentees since the onset of the MCO more than two years ago. At this half-day masterclass session, Raj Kumar shared tips on how to write a well-structured board profile and resume to our group of mentees of the Board Mentoring Scheme. 

After the session, the participants/mentees networked with each other, exchanging ideas and information amongst them.

Scholarship for entrepreneurial woman

The 30% Club Malaysia and Edinburgh Business School, Heriot-Watt University Business School are delighted to announce that for a fifth year, scholarship to attend the part-time MBA programme at the Heriot-Watt University Malaysia campus will be offered to an entrepreneurial woman. The successful applicant will commence the two year programme in September 2022 or January 2023.

To be eligible to apply to the scholarship scheme, applicants should:
• Be female and of Malaysian nationality.
• Have been offered and accepted a place on the part-time MBA Programme.
• Complete the Edinburgh Business School Scholarship application form and submit it with two written references in support of the scholarship application. Ideally one should be from your current, or your most recent employer. If this is not possible, personal references are acceptable.
• Complete, online applications must be received by midnight 15th December 2022.

The successful applicant shall receive a scholarship to undertake the part-time MBA programme at the Malaysia Campus. The scholarship covers the costs of study materials, teaching sessions and revision seminars for the nine MBA courses required to qualify for the MBA degree, plus and graduation fee. 

Study will commence in September 2022 or January 2023 and the successful applicant must attend all scheduled teaching sessions, revision seminars and sit examination at the prescribed exam sessions.

Deloitte collaborates with 30% Club

A latest study by Deloitte in collaboration with the 30% Club found that Malaysia has the highest percentage of women chief financial officers among the Asian nations surveyed (34.9 per cent), more than double the global average of 15.7 per cent.

Read more about it here

Breaking the glass ceiling

The Chair of 30% Club Malaysia, and CEO of Maybank Investment Banking Group, Ami Moris spoke about breaking the glass ceiling. 

“Hard work is the minimum expectation in our industry, so that alone will not get you there. How did I overcome them? By being very intentional and deliberate about the way I approach networking. It’s not enough to simply be sociable if the goal is to have a seat in the room where it happens. Done right, it will allow us to identify role models, find mentors and sponsors, form a close inner circle, and expand opportunities.”

Check out the interview and thanks for the coverage CFA Society Malaysia

30% Club Malaysia welcomes Bank Islam Malaysia Bhd as Corporate Advocate

On International Women’s Day 2022 the 30% Club Malaysia welcomed its latest Corporate Advocate, Bank Islam Malaysia Berhad (BIMB). A virtual event to commemorate these two important milestones was hosted by BIMB.

More than 160 guests from within BIMB, in addition to 30% Club Malaysia Corporate Advocates and volunteers tuned in to the event. It began with a welcome address by Mohd Muazzam Mohamed, Group CEO, BIMB who shared the various initiatives to advance diversity, equity and inclusion within the bank and in its operations. He also shared the commimentment to #breakthebias

Then 30% Club Malaysia’s Chair Ami Moris addressed the guests and highlighted that Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) is a business case for Malaysia to build world-class companies that can compete with the global best. Some of the notable updates she shared was that women representation on the top 100 PLC boards rose to 26% in February 2022, close to double what it was in 2015 (14%) when the chapter was established. Moreover, the women representation on the boards of all the 900+ PLCs has also steadily increased to 18% from 11%.

She also shared that the 30% Club Malaysia’s mission is validated by the announcement at Budget 2022 that it is mandatory for PLCs to appoint a female director by September this year. Additionally, Bursa Malaysia’s recently launched PLC Transformation (PLCT) Programme also specifies diversity metrics as a measure of effectiveness of governance and talent management efforts.

30% Club Malaysia looks forward to more collaborative initiatives with BIMB and our other Corporate Advocates in 2022. If you represent a corporation keen to become a Corporate Advocate, we invite you to connect with us via to register your interest.

Happy International Women’s Day!

To celebrate International Women’s Day month, the 30% Club Malaysia held its inaugural Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI) Conversation: Elevating Investability. The speakers and moderators were Albern Murty Digi Telecommunications, Jalil Rasheed Berjaya Corporation Berhad, Amar Gill BlackRock, Chitra Hepburn MSCI Inc., Shahril Azuar Jimin Maybank, Tunku Alina Alias, and Ami Moris Chair of 30% Club Malaysia. Here’s before we went live.

Let’s #BreakTheBias#InternationalWomensDay