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2017 Exco

Chook Yuh Yng
Chook Yuh Yng is a graduate in Engineering from Trinity Hall, Cambridge. Unfortunately she does not have any specific skills or hobbies but likes poking her nose into new things. In the past, she has initiated events such as The Oxbridge Malaysia Boat Race and Oxbridge Alumni-Students Mentorship Program. During her free time, she actually just likes spending time with her family at home. Fortunately she contributes more to the society at work. Yuh Yng is the Country Manager for Malaysia and Singapore, and jobsDB Singapore. She works hard to uphold the company’s purpose of Improving Lives through Better Careers, and is passionate about anything hiring or career related.

Balraj Pannu
Vice President (Oxford)
Balraj read law at Keble College, Oxford. This was because his dad was very clear that he could study anything he wanted, as long as it was law or medicine. Anyway, he trained as a solicitor in London and Hong Kong with Slaughter and May. After a stint of voluntary work in India with meditation research, he moved on to doing business predominantly in private equity investee companies. The most fun was a founding Malaysia’s best wellness centre as part of a property company health branding drive. This allowed him to live his yoga teacher dream – he taught yoga to a Malaysian Sultanah, Tun Badawi and KJ. He is now engaged with a Indian telemedicine start up and a European muscle activation tech business. There is a suspicion that he is trying to go into the medical line without looking like he is going into the medical line.

Shawn Tan
Vice President (Cambridge)
Shawn Tan has a PhD in Engineering from Magdalene College, Cambridge. He is a Chartered Engineer who has been programming since the late-80s. A former research fellow and academic, he minds his own business at Aeste while serving as an industry advisor to universities. He attempts to hack the operating system of society by reading Law. He designs open-source micro-processors for fun (and profit). He can usually be caught reading a good book.

Patrick Helson
Patrick Helson is a Director of Swordbridge Sdn. Bhd. Patrick was formerly with Actis LLP, the emerging markets’ private equity investor. He holds Masters Degrees in Law (Cambridge University) and Economics (London University). He is also a Chartered Accountant (Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.

Tan Zhai Gen
Zhai Gen has just graduated with Biochemistry at University College and is back in KL to rediscover this city. He admittedly has a huge travel bug and is an amateur photographer. Being the youngest member on the team, he is keen on linking up with more recent graduates to the Society and organising activities that interest them.


Elizabeth Lee
Elizabeth Lee cannot deliver babies; her doctorates are honoris causa. She considers herself just a humble teacher at heart, who has been denied her great love for playing the female role of To Sir With Love to now indulge in her self professed hobby of managing a group of private education institutions including 2 Universities, a medical school, schools of all levels from the kindergarten years and Colleges of Higher Education all over Malaysia. She finds shopping a chore and tries desperately to understand the alien language & planet her children seem to have migrated to whilst dragging a totally bewildered partner-for-life to catch up on what she’s up to through Twitter. For her sins of involving herself too much in Oxbridge Society events, she has been serving in “EXCO” for as long as she can remember & was even its first Madam President.

Emma Davidson
Emma read PPE at Corpus Christi and has lived in Malaysia since 1997 with her Malaysian husband and their children. She is an Associate Member of the Chartered Insurance Institute and the Institute of Risk Management. However, Emma finds teaching much more fulfilling and holds the Cambridge Distance Diploma (DELTA) and Young Learner Extension to CELTA. She joined Kolej Tuanku Ja’afar to help start their primary school in 2013 and now teaches English as an Additional Language and IELTS there. In her free time, she enjoys open water swimming, biathlons, long distance running and Viper Challenges and organising Oxbridge outreach events for Malaysian schools.

Gerard Bodeker
Dr. Gerry Bodeker researches and advises on international public policy on integrative medicine and wellness. An Australian, whose doctoral studies were at Harvard, he has held research and teaching appointments in the Division of Medical Sciences at the University of Oxford for two decades and is a member of Oxford’s Green Templeton College. He is Adjunct Professor of Epidemiology at Columbia University, New York. Gerry has worked with a number of UN agencies, including WHO, the World Bank and FAO and is currently working with the United Nations University on Asian dietary traditions in preventing non-communicable diseases. He has worked with the Qatar Foundation on cultural traditions of wellness in the Islamic world and chairs the Mental Wellness Initiative of the Global Wellness Institute. In Malaysia, he produced a book on Malaysian health traditions and is a co-founder of a natural-products R&D Company working on tropical medicinal plants for skin repair. He is a Fellow of the International Union of Pure & Applied Chemistry.

Ian Halsall
Ian has a BSc in chemical engineering from Aston, a PhD in chemical engineering from Selwyn College (Cambridge) and an MBA from Warwick University. He worked as a process engineer for Procter & Gamble and as a sales director for DuPont. He’s been an entrepreneur since 1997 and has written 5 books in the market.

John Teng
John Teng Yong Shen is a graduate in Land Economy from Wolfson College (Cambridge). As an great lover of eggs, he admits to eating up to six eggs daily and find them in all manners of preparation delightfully scrumptious. When he isn’t at work wandering through a forest of data, massaging data, sieving for insights, or slicing it up in creative and exciting ways, he would be looking for new ways to chop and dice information. He often challenges himself in his gym workouts – he thinks it might be an artifact of overcompensating for his sense of self-insecurity. In his spare time, he daydreams about how possible technology of the future would shape the way we live and how we organize ourselves as a global (or interplanetary) society.

Margaret Hall
Margaret graduated from St. Anne’s in 1972 with a degree in Geology and is the immediate past-President of the Society. She worked in the oil industry in London and lived in Denmark for a year before moving to work in the oil industry in KL in 1983. She has been a member of the Society since the 1980s and a committee member for many years. Margaret’s main contributions have been in the area of education: an English Language programme for FELDA primary school teachers in 1996 and the annual Oxbridge English Language Event since its inception in 2003.

Mark Disney
Mark has recently celebrated 25 years in Malaysia working in the education sector as a lecturer, publisher, consultant, and exam board COO. He has also accumulated a wife, three children, and an emotional attachment to his adopted country. He is the immediate Past President of the Oxbridge Malaysia society and currently teaches A Level students about Life, Literature, and how to get into top universities.

Sharifah Bakar Ali
Sharifah is an independent consultant providing advice in the areas of financial and capital markets. She also advises her clients on strategy formulation and transformation initiatives. Prior to this, Sharifah was the Head, South East Asia Business Development for Gatehouse Bank Kuala Lumpur Representative Office, a position she held from May, 2013 to March 2016. She previously worked as an investment banker in Malaysia and the Kingdom of Bahrain specialising in the areas of debt capital markets and Islamic finance. Sharifah was instrumental in the completion of landmark real estate securitisation transactions in Asia, namely the Government of Malaysia’s and the Kingdom of Bahrain’s inaugural Residential Mortgage Backed Securitisation transactions in 2004 and 2008 respectively. She has also successfully led large deal teams in executing Sukuk and other Islamic finance transactions in South East Asia where she project-managed the due diligence process. Sharifah was awarded a Chevening Scholarship by the British government in 2010 to pursue a Master in Business Administration degree at Cambridge Judge Business School. She graduated from CJBS in 2011. Sharifah is also a Chartered Accountant and a Certified Public Accountant.

Yen Chua
Yen is the co-founder and CEO of Science Bridge Academy, a science education company with a mission to inspire the next generation of scientists. She is also a mother of two adorable children. When she is not working or dealing with her energetic kids, she likes to spend time reading or relaxing with friends. Yen graduated with a PhD in geotechnical engineering from Churchill College, Cambridge.