Sharifuddin Jasiman holds a Master of Science in Education from Portland State University. Upon returning from USA, he started his career as a lecturer at Maktab Rendah Sains Mara and Kolej Mara Banting. He helped in setting up the International Baccalaureate Program for MARA. In addition, he also successfully helped the College in developing and managing BAKA Project for Talented / Gifted Students sponsored by ADB. As such, Sharifuddin received an award for Khidmat Cemerlang by MARA for his contribution.
As a person who strongly believes in continuous self-development, he decided to join Celcom Academy to gain experience in Human Resources Management. In Celcom Academy, Sharifuddin established himself as a person who turned around the Academy. As a result of his vision, Celcom Academy Sdn Bhd managed to expand its training services to China, Singtel, Brunei and Africa. He also pioneered e-learning modules and the setting up of the infrastructure for the program with UPM.
Sharifuddin left Celcom Academy and joined Edaran Oto Indah Sdn Bhd (EOI), the Sole Distributor for Rover and Lada as General Manager. At EOI, he developed an integrated manpower planning for space frame technology for local automotive industry. He was also instrumental in setting up the Malaysian-French Institute (MFI) as a feeder for the automotive industry.
In 1999, he decided to venture on his own by establishing Finalspot Sdn Bhd focusing in Human Resource Management particularly on Human Capital Development. His unique success factor is his ability to develop practical methodology in talent selection process and training needs analysis.
He is well respected within academic institutions of higher learning for his insight and vision in nation building through human capital development. For that reason he has been appointed to serve as an advisor to several universities namely University Malaysia Pahang, Multimedia University and UniKL.
His achievements include designing the Foundation Program for the Royal Malaysian Navy Submarine Training in France. He also helped to develop the Submarine Training Modules (non-technical) with a French Company (NAVFCO) for Royal Malaysian Navy.
Sharifuddin also extends his expertise in designing the Blueprint for the Agropreneur Program for Malaysian Agrifood Corporation Bhd (MAFC), a subsidiary of Khazanah Nasional Bhd. Through his effort, Finalspot has been engaged to manage the entire selection, recruitment and training of agropreneur participants.
Zainab completed her degree in Business Administration from Lewis & Clark College, Portland, Oregon and later her MBA from Governors State University, Chicago, Illinois.
She has more than 20 years experience in the insurance industry at the management level. With her vast experience she plays pivotal roles in driving the company forward. Her experience and network will come in handy in managing projects and consultancy works.
Othman Abdul Rahman specialises in providing strategic marketing, procurement and sourcing of petroleum products with 30 years of experience in the downstream activities of the Oil and Gas industry.
He started his career in marketing when he joined an established printing media group, New Straits Time where he had gained experience in the marketing of advertising space for the newspaper. He later joined a leading multinational petroleum company, Petronas where he was assigned to look after the marketing activities of the downstream sectors. Apart from marketing, he was also exposed to the procurement and sourcing processes as well as appointed as member of change management team for the organisation.
Othman holds a Diploma in Mass Communication majoring in Advertising from University Technology Mara.
Aznir started his career as an Industrial Engineer and Work Study Practitioner in 1983. Over the years, he developed his knowledge and skills in various areas of Total Quality Management. He is an ISO Lead Auditor, ICC facilitator, TQM Lead Assessor, founder and trainer for the Team Dynamics Program, Change Manager, and Certified Quality Manager (American Society of Quality).
He is currently much sought after for advice and consultancy on large scale transformation programs and culture change programs, as well as speaker for presentation skills and motivation.
He has vast experience in the fields of Quality Excellence and Transformation Management. In 1993, he co-founded the Team Dynamics approach to team building. Aznir has since trained over 3000 managers and supervisors via this program. He has also led various functions like Human Resource Management, IT, Corporate Communications and Management Consulting.
Aznir’s most vital experience comes from leading major strategic transformation programs since 1997, helping his corporation achieve excellence and receiving the prestigious Prime Minister’s Industry Excellence Award in 2008.
He has conducted numerous workshops and presentations on Team Dynamics and Development, Business & Strategy Planning, Quality Excellence, Presentation and Public Speaking Skills, both locally and overseas.
Aznir’s passion is in people-building. He is also a writer, author, passionate angler, organic farmer and nature conservation activist.
Dr. Suntoro Tjoe specializes in providing integrated property and facility management services and at present managing assets worth more than RM2 billion in Malaysia.
Prior to his appointment in Malaysia, Dr. Suntoro was an Associate Director of a leading international property consultant in Bangkok where he gained most of his experience in Facility and Property Management in Southeast Asia region when he was assigned to look after commercial and residential projects in Bangkok, Vietnam and Myanmar. His early appointments include project engineer in Jakarta, construction manager and estate manager in Bangkok. With more than 25 years of experience in the field, Dr. Suntoro is currently a practitioner and educator.
Dr. Suntoro holds a Bachelor of Engineering in Civil Engineering, a Master of Engineering in Construction Engineering and Management and a Doctor of Philosophy in Construction Information Management. He is also member of several international professional bodies.
A graduate of Institut Teknologi MARA, with Advanced Diploma in Estate Management in 1985. He has more than 18 years experience in property and facilities management, having served in several corporate organisations such as PETRONAS and KLCC. Throughout his service with these organisations, he has managed various type of properties vis-à-vis residential, offices, institutions, holiday apartments and parks.
During his tenure as a Senior Building Manager with KLCC Urusharta Sdn Bhd, he became the key figure in the implementation of the ISO 9001:2000 Quality Management System and the Computerised Maintenance Management System (CMMS) which are used to enhance the quality of the operations and maintenance of the PETRONAS Twin Towers. As a result of the implementation of the CMMS, the PETRONAS Twin Towers was awarded the Fiabci Prix d’Excellence 2002 Award (International Real Estate Federation) for the implementation of highest standard of maintenance (with the introduction of CMMS)
He is currently the Managing Director of Universal Facilities Management Malaysia Sdn Bhd, a fully owned Malaysian company which has been incorporated to offer facilities management and maintenance as well as consultancy services.
He has presented several papers in seminars on property and facility management, both locally and internationally, namely Key Performance Indicators For Property Management Of Highrise Commercial Buildings and Leadership Management
He is also a Panel Member of the Education and Curriculum for Institut Penilaian Negara (1/8/2008 – 31/7/2010), Invitational Assessment Panel Member for MSc Facilities Management Programme 2007, UiTM and Panel Advisor for the Property Management Standards for the Institution of Surveyors, Malaysia.
Principle HSE Consultant
Abdul Rahim Saibon is HSE Consultant for Finalspot specialising in HSE Risk and Management. He has been involved in the world of training since 1996.
A graduate of University Institut Teknologi Mara in Business Studies, he has more than 12 years experience in marketing having served in several organisations such as PETRONAS.
He later pursued Safety Management from University of Nerada. During his tenure as Head of HSE Risk, Crisis & Disaster Management and International Operations for PETRONAS Dagangan Berhad, he has established and implemented standardised crisis and emergency response organisation structure for business line within the organisation.
He also synergised close relationship with relevant parties such as the National / State / District Disaster Management and Crisis Relief Committees, DOSH, DOE, local authorities, PDRM, JBPM, Malaysian Armed Forces, HEALTH Ministry and Port Authorities through unification of common objectives to establish report and facilitate cooperation in conducting exercise and responding to crisis. Abdul Rahim Saibon has spent 23 years in the dimension of Safety Management.
Thomas Tao was born in Taiwan, went to the United States to pursue graduate study in 1985. Tom, a technology strategist, commands solid understandings of semiconductor, communication, energy conservation, and solar photovoltaic technologies, with deep appreciation of business dynamics of perspective industries.
Tom completed his PhD in Physics under the guidance of Professor Theodore E. Madey at Rutgers University in 1994. The subject of the thesis is about interactions of molecules with metal surfaces and the associated phenomenological model. During this academic career, Tom had extensive joint projects with Brookhaven National Laboratory (Department of Energy, US), Sandia National Laboratory (Department of Defense, US), Bell Lab (Murray Hills of AT&T), and North Carolina State University on Chemistry, Physics, and Materials Science aspects of surfaces, including semiconductor dielectric materials. Tom has authored and co-authored 20 articles in referred scientific journals.
After turned down a two-year full scholarship from National Science Council (US) in 1997, Tom turned his attention to IC industry. From 1997 to 2007, Tom worked with several fabless IC design start-up companies focusing on communication IC products. Tom has helped four fabless start-ups become successful through either IPO or acquisition. For example, Entropic Communications Inc., IPO at Nasdaq, focuses on HDTV distributions. Starting from 2003, Tom started his own consulting services on business planning and technical implementations to help communication fabless IC start-ups to get off ground.
In 2007, Tom started working on energy conservation and efficiency improvement in industry. On applications of inorganic aqueous solution (IA) heat pipe technology to energy conservation in industry, Tom has been collaborating with Prof. Ivan Catton of UCLA, in conjunction with Hamilton Sundstrand, in applying IA heat pipes to heat transfer problems in space. In the meantime, Tom has been working with Malaysia industry to improve boiler efficiency with recuperator made of IA heat pipes. Tom also works on photovoltaic solar power generation in collaboration with Solaris, a subsidiary of Foxconn.
Mr. Delort started his career with Credit Agricole Group based in French and was involved in the corporate back office operation. He was subsequently promoted as corporate banker during the period of 2002 until 2007. He then joined a French Renewable Energy Group to oversee implementation of operation in United State of America. Apart from operations, he was also tasked with the development of structured finance solution. He spent three years in the field from 2007 until 2010. Upon his return to French, he was appointed as project manager for a financial consulting firm dedicated to energy projects. He later ventured on his own where he becomes strategic advisor to private and government linked companies for African Economic Development.
She has been an independent corporate training consultant since 1993. She has a unique background in management, finance and banking. The past twenty-two years she has conducted training in management development, communication and the art of presentation; which has earned her excellent feedback from participants due to her fun and engaging training style.
Ms. Hashim pursued I.C.S.A. in ITM (1980-1984) where she was offered a scholarship by the former BBMB. She then worked for more than eight years in operations and training with the Bank. It was during this time that she obtained a Certificate in Training & Development (ITD, U.K.) and attended the Diploma course in Training Management. She also attended the consultancy programme “Loyalty Management” in Oslo, Norway where she learned about strategies on creating a customer loyalty culture. Hamidah is a PSMB/HRDF-recognised trainer.
Her training experience includes conducting numerous public seminars in areas of Communication, Peak Performance and Customer Service. She has also conducted many in-house programmes for multinational companies (eg. IBM, Panasonic, HSBC), Malaysian companies, higher learning institutions/universities as well as government agencies in Malaysia and Brunei.
Ms. Hashim’s forte is in personal skills which include Customer Service, Communication, Coaching & Counseling and Train-the-Trainer. Hamidah has also appeared on RTM’s “Selamat Pagi Malaysia” to speak on topics like Personal Change and Communication Skills. A firm believer in continuous improvement (kaizen), Hamidah regularly attends courses to enhance her knowledge and skills as a professional trainer.
Throughout her years in training, Hamidah has taught audiences from different levels in the Organisational structure and of different generations. Her audiences come from diverse backgrounds – factory environment (Panasonic), uniformed agencies (PDRM, security guards) and high-profile financial institutions. Hamidah has also had the opportunity to train young audiences such as students from Monash University and Sunway University College. As a former exchange student herself, Hamidah is a regular speaker at AFS training events where she teaches cross-cultural adaptation skills to the foreign students and has made a presentation in Dunedin, New Zealand.
Zakariah Ahmad was Managing Director of Goodyear Malaysia Berhad (GMB), Singapore and Brunei prior to joining Finalspot as a Lead Consultant. Prior to joining GMB in 1976, as a Marketing Officer for United Asian Bank he was responsible for setting up and promoting new branches.
During his 33 years tenure with GMB, Zakariah has accumulated invaluable experience in various finance functions from treasury operations to costing and budgeting. He also heads various disciplines in sales and marketing for Malaysia and Asia Pacific Region. As a supply chain director for Asia Pacific, Zakariah manages to reduce working capital and boosted the Company cash flow position which in turn saving the Company million of dollars. In a strategic level, as the President and CEO of the Philippines and Indonesia, he manages to turn around operations through plants rationalization of which both countries operations are profitable till today. Before retiring as Managing Director of Goodyear Malaysia Berhad, Singapore and Brunei, he is able to elevate Malaysia’s operation in the most profitable business unit in ASEAN.
There were many success stories during his 33 years tenure with Goodyear and one of them was accorded “Most Trusted Brand Asia Award” by consumer research from TNS and clinching the Brand Laureate Award in the automotive category. Zakariah’s contribution extended beyond Goodyear, and he was actively involved in non-profits activities. As a President of Tire Manufacture Association, he offered his expertise to its members and government on industry related matters. Currently, he is an advisor for Permodalan Usahawan Nasional Berhad (PUNB) on developing Bumiputra Entrepreneur Program (PROSPER) in Automotive Workshop.
Aziz Abdullah is a senior consultant for Finalspot specializing in finance and corporate strategy. Prior to joining Finalspot, he was the Group Finance Director, Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co – ASEAN / Malaysia. During his 28 years tenure with Goodyear, he held various finance positions in Goodyear Malaysia, Goodyear Asia Pacific, USA and Indonesia.
Aziz’s experiences cover numerous finance functions, ranging from financial and cost accounting, internal control and corporate governance including Sarbances-Oxley (SOX). He was also involved in financial analysis for ASEAN Business Strategic Unit. Aziz has vast experience in cost management in a manufacturing environment and he managed to save the organization millions of dollars through the working capital management and cost reduction initiatives.
He also played the leading role in SAP roll-out for Malaysia and ASEAN and successfully implemented financial shared services for Singapore, Brunei, Vietnam, Myanmar, and Laos operation. Due to the competitiveness of the industry, Aziz successfully integrate the Sales Operation and Planning activities with Financial Planning to achieve the reliability and predictability in decision making to optimize margins and improve cash flow.
She has 11 years of combined consulting and industry experience in the field of HR management. Anis comes with a wealth of experience in terms of practical knowledge and well-rounded exposure in all aspects of HR Management functions having worked 7 years as a HR practitioner mainly in the transportation and logistics industry, serving within various subsidiaries/ divisions of Malaysia International Shipping Corporation (MISC). Anis currently is a freelance HR and Industrial relations consultant.
She started her consulting career in the international firm of KPMG where she was exposed to various consultancy engagements in Malaysia and the Middle East. Among her areas of expertise include which include Job Analysis & Job Design (including preparation of Job Descriptions for staff); Job Evaluation (process and system); Performance Management System (process and implementation); Employee Separation Programs (compliance and implementation process); Terms & Conditions of Service and Collective Agreement (review and design of scheme of service).
She is also an industrial relations advisor with vast experience in providing retainer advice to clients across various industries on employment, labour and industrial relations matters. Her recent international engagement is as project team member for HR Advisory assignments for a financial institution in Qatar and a leading automotive franchise in Bahrain.
She has been involved in the world of training and education since 1986. Her career in the field of education began in a secondary school in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and until recently, in the Teacher Education Department of Michigan State University. Her students/audience have ranged from pre-school children to masters degree university students to school teachers and educational administrators to professionals in the private and corporate sector.
In the education world, her professional interests and experience include teaching-learning and research in education and technology, teacher education, multicultural (children’s) literature, diversity issues in education, multi/intercultural education and communication, peace education, community (service) learning, intercultural and educational activities beyond the formal curriculum aimed at bridging the gap between communities, as well as teaching of English as a second language (ESL) at international levels (namely Malaysia and other South-East Asian countries, UK and USA).
A step away from academics, she has been actively involved in developing, managing and conducting workshops and seminars related to healthy lifestyle/living, stress management, cultural awareness, team building, professional and business etiquette, customer service and various other personal and professional development topics. One of her most fulfilling endeavors while living and working in the USA was working with and assisting refugees from various countries, especially those from the Middle East, not only to learn English (from almost zero knowledge) but also to settle down and get culturally acclimatized to living in a foreign country, which include coping and adjusting to a different economic lifestyle, hygiene and healthcare, diet/nutrition, education and daily activities. Stress management sessions were also a big part of her work with the refugees.
Her interest and active involvement in the field of training and education recognized no boundaries and she has successfully ventured into the local communities in whichever country she had lived in and/or visited.
Business Development Associate
Roslan Michi graduated from Institute of Islamic Studies, in Psychology. He has been involved in training and development for the last 14 years. His capabilities include; researching, designing, developing, coordinating as well as conducting and assessment of training.. In addition,Roslan is a Certified Trainer and Facilitator who has played a pivotal role in the development of Malaysia’s National Service Programme (PLKN).
Business Development Associate
Khairull Afdal joined Finalspot in 2016 and now holds the post of Business Development Associate. He had his early education at the Malay College Kuala Kangsar (MCKK) and holds a Bachelor of Degree in Accounting & Finance from University of East London (UEL).
He has experience in managing clients and identifying new business opportunities for the company. Afdal is responsible for managing the Certified Healthcare Facility Manager (CHFM) program in Malaysia which is under supervision of International Advisory Council for Healthcare Facility Management. Afdal also played a pivotal role in the development of Medical Gases Certification with the key stakeholders including Ministry of Health, Medical Device Authority, Linde Malaysia, IIUM, and HeiTech Padu.