Dato' Paul Leong
Dato’ Paul Leong has an interesting and diverse career spanning across engineering, tin mining, plantation, public service, aviation, media, and banking. After having studied in the Chinese school for nine years, he pursued his education in the English medium. He graduated with a Bachelor of Chemical Engineering from the University of New South Wales, Australia in 1963.
Hailing from a distinguished family in Ipoh, Dato’ Paul Leong’s grandfather and father had significant tin mining and plantation interests in the Kinta Valley. It is no surprise that after having worked for only one year in the chemical engineering field, he joined his father’s company and gained extensive experience in these two sectors. Dato’ Paul Leong became engaged in active politics after the turbulent May riots in 1969. Over the two decades ranging from 1971 to 1990, he chartered an illustrious career in party politics and in the Government. He rose swiftly from party rank to Divisional Chairman, Acting Perak State Liaison Committee Chairman, Treasurer General, Secretary General and Deputy National Chairman of Party Gerakan Rakyat Malaysia. Dato’ Paul Leong was a Member of Parliament for four terms, ranging from 1974 to 1990. He was the Deputy Minister for Primary Industries from 1974 to 1978. He was promoted to the Minister of Primary Industries from 1978 to 1986, overseeing tin, natural rubber, tropical timber, palm oil, canned pineapple, pepper, cocoa and tobacco industries. Those were years when Malaysia emerged strongly in the global scene with its increased strength, dominance and influence in the commodities, especially tin, natural rubber and tropical timber, with the Primary Industries Ministry providing the crucial leadership and guidance. Indeed it is added testimony to Dato’ Paul Leong’s standing in the primary commodities sector that he was appointed as Chairman of the GATT (General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade, a United Nations organisation in Geneva, now known as World Trade Agreement) Negotiating Committee in Tropical Products from 1986 to 1987. Since 2004, Dato’ Paul Leong has emerged in the corporate sector. He has been holding the Independent Non-Executive Director post in Air Asia since 2004, in TSH Resources Berhad since 2005 and in the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (Malaysia) since 2010. Dato’ Paul Leong was Executive Chairman for Nanyang Press Holdings Berhad from 2007 to 2009 and Executive Director for Media Chinese International Limited from 2008 to 2009. He was Independent Executive Director of Sin Chew Media Corporation Berhad from 2004 to 2007.
Professor Datuk Paul Chan
Dr Chan has an interesting career as an academic, economic advisor, and entrepreneur. He is Co-Founder, Vice Chancellor and President of HELP University (Malaysia), and is also Co-Founder of HELP International Corporation, which is listed in the Malaysian Stock Exchange.
He read economics at the University of Malaya, McMaster University, Canada and completed his PhD at the Australian National University. Dr Chan has a distinguished academic career. He was Chairman, Division of Applied Economics, University of Malaya. Dr Chan was also trained in advanced leadership in the renowned Center for Creative Leadership in Colorado Spring, USA. Dr Chan is a member of Australia TEQSA (Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency). He is also a member of the Malaysian National Higher Education Council. In addition Dr Chan is also appointed by CSCSE (Chinese Service Center for Scholarly Exchange, MOE China) to be a member of Study Abroad Training Centers (SATC) Quality Assurance Counselling Panel. He is also advisor to several educational institutions in China, US and Australia. For his contributions to education he received honorary doctoral degrees from British and Australian universities. He is also a member of the Distinguished Alumni Hall of Fame of the prestigious Australian National University in recognition of his achievements in entrepreneurship. Dr Chan is President of the Malaysian ANU Alumni and Chairs the ANU Alumni Scholarship Committee. Dr Chan has consulted to many international organizations. He has contributed to various Malaysian Government projects, including the first Industrial Master Plan and other national plans. Dr Chan assisted in constructing the KLSE Composite Index and was Chairman of the Committee during 1991-2001. He has also consulted to many MNCs in leadership and strategy studies. As an entrepreneur, he has been involved in different roles in the corporate sector. He has been director of public companies and has founded and managed several private enterprises. He is a regular speaker in international forums. Dr Chan writes a column in Nanyang Siang Pau. For his contribution to education, Dr Chan was awarded the Panglima Jasa Negara (P.J.N) by the King of Malaysia. This grants him the title of Datuk. In December 2011 he represented HELP to receive the 2011 Forbes Award for the top 200 Asia Pacific companies below US$ 1 billion. He is also a recipient of the Education Innovation Award given by the World Education Congress (2012)
Dr Khong Kim Hoong
Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic)
Dr Khong Kim Hoong has served as Academic Director of HELP University College since 1991 and is responsible for academic and administrative matters. He is now Deputy Vice Chancellor of HELP University. He graduated from the University of Malaya in 1969, where he was the President of the Students Union and also the Protem Chairman of the Association of Southeast Asian University Students. He won the Gold Medal as the university’s Best All Round Student for his excellent academic performance and leadership.
Dr Khong was awarded the prestigious Ford Foundation Fellowship, completed his PhD in Political Science in 1975 at the University of Pittsburgh, USA. He taught at the University of Malaya, and was the Chairman of Public Administration Division. His other professional activities include being Secretary of the Academic Staff Association (1976-77) and Secretary of the Malaysian Economic Association (1979-82). Dr. Khong’s various international appointments include Visiting Fellowships at Ohio University (USA), University of Sydney (Australia), East-West Center (Hawaii), the Japan Institute of International Affairs (Tokyo) and the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies (Singapore). He was also a Visiting Professor at the Helsinki School of Economics in Finland (2001-2009). Dr. Khong has many publications in academic journals. His books and monographs include: “MERDEKA: British Rule and the Struggle for Independence in Malaya”, “The 1990 Malaysian Elections: Continuity, Change and Ethnic Politics” and “The Politics of Japan-Vietnam Relations”. He has presented many papers on higher education at many forums.
Dato' Dr Zakaria Bin Ahmad
Deputy Vice Chancellor (Research)
Dato’ Dr Zakaria Bin Ahmad is the Deputy Vice Chancellor of HELP University. He started his career at the Malaysian Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1970, upon graduating from the University of Singapore with a Bachelor of Social Science (Honours) He was a teaching fellow at McMaster University, Canada from 1970-1971, where he completed his Master’s degree.
Dr Zakaria joined Universiti Malaya after completing his Master’s degree. He later taught at the University of Malaya from 1972-1973. Subsequently he entered the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) to pursue his PhD. Upon completion of his PhD, Dr. Zakaria was appointed Head and Associate Professor of the Department of Political Science at Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia between 1978-1983. From 1983-1985 Dr. Zakaria was Deputy Director-General (Studies) at the Institute of Strategic and International Studies (ISIS) in Malaysia. In 1987 he returned to Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia. Dr Zakaria was the incumbent of the Tun Abdul Razak Chair in Southeast Asian Studies at Ohio University from 2001 to 2003.