Speakers

Maimunah Natasha

She is a 82-year-old single mom, grandmother, and great-grandmother, expresses gratitude to God for her blessed family. With a diverse background as a professional entrepreneur, lecturer, trainer, and public speaker, her exceptional communication talent has enabled her to serve global organizations. Currently, she holds significant roles such as Council member and Executive of the World Methodist Council, Board of Trustee for YIPABK (supporting Special Needs Children in Indonesia), Commissioner of C.A.E. (College of Allied Educators Indonesia), Commissioner of S.S.A (Shining Stars Academy), and Advisory Board member of P.E.A.C.E (Psycho Educational Assessment Centre of Excellence). Serving as International and National faculty for Haggai International, she is grateful to minister to many and aspires, at her age, to “Live Life to the Fullest – To Die Empty.”

Dr. Cecilia Chan

She is a Gerontologist and passionate dementia advocate, and has over 20 years of experience to the eldercare industry. Engaged in various projects for the Malaysian elderly, she is a researcher, trainer, and activist. Cecilia’s commitment is evident through her international and national conference presentations, media contributions on aging issues, and the establishment of the Living Beyond Dementia support group. Notably, she pioneered Malaysia’s first Dementia Café and introduced the therapeutic arts initiative, Totsu-Totsu from Japan. Leading the “Reimagining Dementia Malaysia” campaign globally, she highlights unique cultural approaches to supporting Malaysians with dementia. With a focus on changing dementia care culture, Cecilia conducts training, speaks at conferences, and facilitates workshops. Her advocacy extends to writing articles, contributing to reports, and serving on national advisory groups, all in pursuit of transforming dementia care culture in Malaysia.

Dr. Gary Tho

In 16 years of private practice, Dr. Gary has honed the RE-3 program, enhancing clients’ performance in sports, boardrooms, and personal relationships. His wellness workshops emphasize optimizing human potential for productivity, stress management, pain, sleep, body composition, health, and positive relationships. Drawing from clinical insights, he advocates targeting the Head, Heart, and Hands through #1DAs (One Degree Adjustments), a key focus in his workshops. Dr. Gary is dedicated to empowering individuals to “Feel Great, Live More, and Limit Less,” believing in the transformative impact of small adjustments. His multifaceted approach extends beyond traditional boundaries, addressing well-being in various aspects of life, from professional performance to personal relationships and overall health.

George Tay

George, immersed in music since age 7, developed a diverse musical background. By 17, he achieved the AMEB diploma in Piano and ABRSM theory grade 8. George served as a pianist for an elite choir and conducted a children’s choir at 13. His musical journey continued with an Advanced Diploma in Music from Yamaha Academy Malaysia before pursuing a bachelor’s degree in music in London. Graduating in 2009 with an MA in Music Education from the UCL Institute of Education, George worked as a peripatetic music teacher in London. His conducting passion flourished, studying under notable mentors like George Hurst and Denise Ham. With over 20 years of conducting experience, George is a sought-after conductor and trainer in Kuching, Malaysia, offering workshops, vocal training, conducting training, and one-to-one instrumental lessons.

Dr. Andrew Kiyu

Professor Datu Dr. Andrew Kiyu Dawie anak Usop, a Public Health Professor at the University Malaysia Sarawak, boasts a rich background in the field. Graduating with an MBBS from the University of Malaya in 1976, he furthered his education with an MPH from the same university in 1981 and a Doctor of Public Health in Epidemiology from Tulane University, USA, in 1990. A Fellow of the American College of Epidemiology and a member of the Academy of Medicine, Malaysia, Dr. Andrew has over 40 years of experience in public health. Renowned for his work in Healthy Cities and settings, he served as a WHO short-term consultant and holds honorary roles as a consultant epidemiologist and advisor for healthy cities in Sarawak State. His extensive research covers diverse areas, including healthy settings, social determinants of health, iodine deficiency, rural water supply, sanitation, and the nutritional status of children in Sarawak.

Chan Siew Yan

Chan Siew Yan (Ms), LL.B, a graduate of the University of Canterbury, New Zealand in 1982, has been an active legal practitioner for over 39 years. Admitted as a Barrister and Solicitor in New Zealand in 1983 and as an Advocate in Sarawak in 1984, she also holds a Certificate of Mediation. Currently practicing at M/s EE & LIM ADVOCATES in Kuching, Ms. Chan specializes in conveyancing matters, civil litigation, probate, Sarawak land, and family law. Her extensive experience reflects a seasoned legal career, marked by a commitment to delivering professional and effective legal services.

Michael Tan

A Malaya University graduate, he initially worked in the computer industry before dedicating 25 years to fund management. Starting humbly in training and marketing, he rose to become the CEO of OSK-UOB Unit Trust Management Berhad at 40. In his early thirties, he achieved financial success by building one of the largest sales forces with over 1,500 agents. Serving on the Board and as a Council Member of the Financial Planning Association of Malaysia during his corporate tenure, he concluded his career as the CEO of RHB Unit Trust Management Berhad, retiring at 50. Post-retirement, he engaged in charitable work and currently serves as a certified Chair and business coach with Vistage Malaysia. His multifaceted career reflects leadership, financial acumen, and commitment to philanthropy.

Easter Sim

Easter, a dedicated physiotherapist and co-founder of Rehab Concept, holds a Diploma in Physiotherapy from Malaysia and a Bachelor of Science in Applied Rehabilitation from Teesside University, UK. With over 20 years of clinical and teaching experience, she prioritizes continuous professional development. Passionate about geriatrics, neurorehabilitation, and elderly fitness, Easter is the President of the Kuching Parkinson’s Society, having received specialized training in Parkinson’s Disease management. She advocates for active living and is a certified cardio boxing/kickboxing instructor, also trained in Pilates. Additionally, Easter holds qualifications such as Mulligan Level 2 and Manual Lymphatic Drainage. She has worked in various roles, including as a lecturer and physiotherapist in community-based rehabilitation and medical centers. Beyond her professional pursuits, Easter enjoys martial arts, is a certified FLOW instructor, and has diverse interests in reading, music, and food.

Charles Barton

Charles Barton, a seasoned trainer and England graduate, has an extensive global career working with international companies on five continents. Specializing in sales training and motivational speaking, he brings advanced collaborative learning expertise. As a Naturopath for thirty years, he focuses on ‘Ageing into Health,’ transforming lives at Novena Medical Centre in Singapore, particularly addressing obesity and type 2 diabetes. Barton’s ambitious goal is to positively impact the health of hundreds of thousands, evident in his international conference engagements and acclaimed workshops for 300 participants. Over 23 years, he successfully operated his training company, including programs for a company co-owned by Warren Buffet. Certified by ‘Brian Tracy International’ and a TetraMap® trainer, Barton’s skills span whole brain tools, NLP, stress management, and meditation. Known for high engagement and learning, he resides in Singapore with his wife, while his two daughters are in Australia.

Dr. Sally Suriani Ahip

Dr. Sally Suriani Ahip,is a Family Medicine Specialist with the Ministry of Health Malaysia and has worked in public health facilities in Kuching, Daro, Miri, and Samarahan. She heads Kota Samarahan Health Clinic and Family Medicine Specialists Services, Samarahan Division. Dr. Sally founded and directs GeKo (Geriatrik Komuniti) services, Malaysia’s first public primary healthcare frailty management programme for older adults. She led the development of primary care multidisciplinary frailty intervention programmes and authored the GeKo Sarawak module. Dr. Sally developed and validated Malaysia’s first frailty screening tool, the PFFS-M. Her other roles include Special Task EXCO for the Family Medicine Specialists Association of Malaysia, Sarawak State Women and Family Council member, and Assistant Scheme Director for the Malaysia-Ireland Training Programme for Family Medicine.