Industry Advisory Panel

Our external partners

The School of Arts and Social Sciences prepares students for the challenges of the global economy and an evolving workplace. We believe also that our graduates are culturally literate and equipped with an adaptive, mature, and progressive mindset that equips them for leadership in the contemporary world. We do this with the help of wise advice from our Industry Advisory Panel.  The IAP is comprised of leaders and innovators from the corporate sector and start-ups, from social enterprises and NGOs, and our own outstanding alumni.

Ling Ming Choo
Global Beauty & Personal Care Human Resource Director

Unilever

My purpose is “creating positive change”.

Senior leader with more than 20 years HR and generalist experience. Served as Board business partner and spearheads overall strategic talent, organization, culture and capability agenda.

Her experience spans diverse businesses leading strategic planning, organisation design, talent acquisition, employer branding, culture transformation, mergers and acquisition, HR technology and  driving organizational transformation in digital, data and future of works.


Also an appointed Diversity Advocate of Talent Corp and Industry Advisors for Taylor, Monash and Inti Universities. Passionate in people growth; enjoys mentoring coaching, bringing out the best in people through conversations and building diverse teams. Mother of 3 young teens who enjoys coffee, food and love to be on-trend with the digital natives and in-trend with K-pop & K-beauty. Gets energy from 10K steps daily routine and a curious learner!

Daniel Teoh
Founder of Native

Daniel is the founder of Native, a social enterprise which co-creates business ventures with indigenous communities in Malaysia to grow their economic capacity and cultural confidence. Seeking to build on the heritage of their partner communities, Native specialises in community-based tourism ventures and ventures selling indigenous products such as fruits and crafts.

Growing up in the island town of Penang, Daniel found himself drawn to community work through his first encounter with the Orang Asli people while still a student. Experiencing their natural hospitality and gaining a new appreciation for Malaysian heritage through their unique culture, the idea for Native was conceived. With a passion for marrying business with social good, he repurposed his training as a civil engineer and has dedicated his entire early career to building partnerships with local communities to grow social entrepreneurship within the country.

Through his work, he has worked with multiple local indigenous communities in hosting hundreds of guests from all over the world to experience Malaysia in a new way: as both celebrated guests and thoughtful contributors. Deeply curious and fervent that the biggest beneficiary of his work is himself, Daniel remains determined to embark on a life-long adventure that includes and uplifts.

Outside of Native but with the same spirit for creating impactful ventures, Daniel is also a venture builder with the Zero Waste Living Lab in Malaysia where he is working on creating new business models to eliminate the need for single use plastics in various industries.

Professor David S G Goodman
Director of the China Studies Centre at the University of Sydney

David S G Goodman is Director of the China Studies, University of Sydney, where he is also Professor of Chinese Politics. Until early 2021 he was Vice President Academic Affairs at Xi’an Jiaotong-Livepool, Suzhou, China; and had previously been DVC International at University of Technology, Sydney. He was the IDP Australia International Educator of the Year in 2001.  In his academic life, Professor Goodman researches local social and political change in China. He is an Emeritus Professor in the Department of China Studies at Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University, and also in the Australia-China Research institute at University of Technology, Sydney.

Camelia Harahap

British Council Indonesia

Camelia Harahap is the Head of Arts and Creative Industries at British Council Indonesia since 2019. She first joined British Council in 2011, working on creative enterprise programmes with a special focus on Fashion, Design and Music sectors, and recently oversaw the showcasing activities of the UK/Indonesia 2016-18 programme, a three-year season celebrating new relationships between Indonesian and UK artists and cultural organisations – including curating and managing the annual UK/ID Festival.

Prior to the British Council, Camelia worked as a writer and journalist at various publications in Southeast Asia. She also freelances as a copywriter and a fashion business consultant.

Camelia studied Communications, International Studies and holds a masters degree in International Business from Monash University. In 2015, she joined the cohort of the Advanced Cultural Leadership Progamme, a joint programme held by Hong Kong University and Clore Leadership UK. Her main interests includes Cultural Diplomacy, Creative Enterprise and Sustainable Fashion.

Ameer Sobhan (Chair of IAP)
Programmes and Partnerships Analyst

UNOPS, Regional Office for Asia in Bangkok

Ameer Sobhan is Programmes and Partnerships Analyst at the regional office of UNOPS in Bangkok where he supports the strategic positioning of the organization within Asia. Some of his current areas of focus at UNOPS include building new partnerships, facilitating external outreach to promote gender mainstreaming within resilient infrastructure systems, and attending meetings with regional offices of other UN agencies on issues related to human rights and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Ameer has previously worked in a variety of different roles within the international development realm. He has conducted research on the technical framework of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development with a focus on policy coherence. He has also worked with UNDP on engaging the private sector to contribute to the national implementation of SDGs through an adoption of alternative business models and financial inclusion schemes.

Ameer’s industry experience spans education, NGOs, think tanks and the UN system. Before being based in Thailand, Ameer previously lived in China, Malaysia, the USA and the UK.After completing his Bachelor of Arts in International Studies from Monash University Malaysia, Ameer obtained a Master of Science (MSc) in Global Governance and Diplomacy from the University of Oxford.

Hannah Jambunathan
Capacity Building Officer

Women's Aid Organisation

Hannah Reshma Jambunathan is an activist, researcher, and writer, currently attached to Women’s Aid Organisation (WAO). As Capacity Building Officer, she facilitates the learning and upskilling of change-makers from grassroots communities, government bodies, and corporate entities towards building safe, empowered communities.

In this vein, Hannah is currently leading the Saksi and GERAK: Suara Kami initiatives. Saksi aims to build capacities of media industry stakeholders and mobilise networks to ensure gender-progressive, inclusive and equitable reporting. The GERAK: Suara Kami project addresses negative cultural norms and gender-based discrimination against teenage girls and enables them to organise and demand policy change.

Hannah has extensive experience leading feminist-focused research, and conducted a pioneering study on street harassment while pursuing her Honours Degree in Gender Studies at the School of Arts and Social Sciences of Monash University. She has been actively involved in advancing women's rights in Malaysia for more than five years, working closely with the WAO team to shape empowered communities and build pathways to a better future for women and girls in Malaysia.

Jasmine Begum
Director, Legal & Government Affairs, SEA and New Markets
Microsoft

Based in Kuala Lumpur, Jasmine oversees corporate affairs, government relations and policy engagement for Microsoft businesses in South East Asia and the emerging markets.

Jasmine joined Microsoft with over 20 years of award-winning experience that uniquely straddles both legal/policy engagement and communications, that included leadership and regional stints at companies such as Dell Malaysia, the United Nations Development Program, the United Nations Executive Office of the Secretary-General in New York as well as having been a corporate litigator.

Jasmine has broad educational qualifications, having completed a double degree in Law at the International Islamic University in Kuala Lumpur. Jasmine then pursued post-graduate studies in both Law and Communications in the UK and earned her Ph.D. in business and human rights. Jasmine has also been admitted to practice in Washington State.

 

Members from School of Arts and Social Sciences:

HoS (co-Chair of Industry Advisory Panel): Professor Stephanie Hemelryk Donald
Deputy Head of School (Education): Associate Professor Michael Connors
Deputy Head of School (Research): Associate Professor Yeoh Seng Guan
External Engagement Coordinator:  Dr Rizwanah Souket Ali
Master in Communications and Media Studies coordinator: Dr Tan Meng Yoe
Work-integrated-learning representative: Dr Mark Balnaves