Dato’ Dr. Sohaimi Bin Shahadan
Dato’ Dr. Haji Sohaimi Bin Shahadan, Male, Malaysian, aged 49, was appointed as the Non-Independent Non-Executive Chairman of the Company on 8 August 2014. On 6 October 2016, Dato’ Sohaimi had been redesignated as Independent Non-Executive Chairman. He graduated with a Bachelor Degree in Business Administration from Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia in 2000 and obtained a Master Degree in Business Administration from West Coast Institute of Technology & Management, Perth, Australia in 2002. He also holds a Master Degree in Corporate Communication from University Pertanian Malaysia in 2004. He has been awarded Honorary Ph.D. from Geomatika University College for Entrepreneur achivement and works for Malaysia in 2015.
Dato’ Dr. Haji Sohaimi is the Independent Non-Executive Chairman for Eka Noodles Berhad, a public listed company engaged in rice and vermicelli business from 2014 – 2017. He is also a Non-Independent Non- Executive Chairman of PDZ Holdings Berhad, a public listed company from 2014 – 2017.
From 1998 to 2010, he was the Director of Institute of Bumiputra Entrepreneurs and from 2013 to 2015 he was entrusted by the Ministry of Rural and Regional Development (KKLW) to lead the investment entity for Majlis Amanah Rakyat, Pelaburan MARA Berhad from 2013 to 2015. He served as the Chairman of Kraftangan Malaysia from 2011 to 2014. He was also the Chairman of Kolej Poly-Tech MARA (KPTM) from 2010 until 2013.
While engaging in his business, Dato’ Dr. Haji Sohaimi is also passionate in entrepreneurship arena, he also served as the Chairman of Asean Young Entrepreneurs Secretariat (1998– 2000), the Chairman of PERDASAMA MUDA Malaysia before appointed as Vice President IV of PERDASAMA, the Committee Member of Selangor Malay Chamber of Commerce Malaysia (DPMM)(2009 – 2010), the Patron of Consortium Cartoonist at Work (CaW), the Entrepreneurs Speaker for Institute Keusahawan Negara (INSKEN) and the Entrepreneur Speaker for Pusat Pembangunan Usahawan Malaysia (MEDEC).
Despite his busy schedule engaging in business and politics, Dato’ Dr. Haji Sohaimi also working closely with charity organization and founded an orphanage shelter, “Teratak Che Dah” in Kuang, Selangor. The orphanage house set to provide better education, protection and housing to the unfortunates. Dato’ Dr. Haji Sohaimi also founded Yayasan Jamin as Non Government Organisation aimed at social services regardless of religion, ethnicity and political affiliation. Yayasan Jamin has carried out hundreds of welfare activities by helping people in need around Malaysia.
Dato’ Lim Thiam Huat
Aged 54, Male, Malaysian, is our Managing Director. He was appointed to the Board on 17 December 2014. Dato’ Lim has vast experience in managing construction and development projects for more than 28 years. He had successfully completed projects like commercial high rise cum shopping complexes, industrial buildings, housing projects, hotel/resorts, hospital and luxurious apartments. In 2003, Dato Lim diversified his business focus to environmentally friendly business and entered into a partnership with a Chinese partner to research into using Empty Fruit Bunches (“EFB”) from palm oil waste to manufacture pulp and paper. In 2008, Dato’ Lim and his partner incorporated Green Patent Technologies Sdn Bhd to patent the technology in Malaysia, China, Indonesia and Thailand
This technology is called Pre Conditioning Refiner Chemical Recycled Bleached Mechanised Pulp (“PRC RBMP”). Dato’ Lim ‘s experience and involvement in PRC RBMP technology started from the incubation stage of the technology. PRC RBMP was specially researched and developed to solve the palm oil industry and paper industry problems without harming the ecological system. The design of PRC RBMP uniquely allows for the creation of multiple business ventures that are “green” in nature and groundbreaking. Dato’ Lim drives the business direction of the Group and sets the missions and objectives for the Group to achieve. Dato’ Lim was appointed as Economic Consultant to the Republic of Palau in Malaysia on 28 August 2015 and he was also appointed as Honorary Consul of the Republic of Palau to Malaysia on 5 November 2015.
Lim Kah Yen
Aged 28, Female, Malaysian, is our Executive Director. She was appointed to the Board on 07 November 2019. She graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Biological Science from University of Exeter, UK, and a Master’s Degree in Biotechnology, Bioprocessing and Business Management from University of Warwick, UK. She has also completed a one-year course in Pulp and Paper-Making Technology at Shaanxi University of Science and Technology, China.
She is the Executive Director at Nextgreen Pulp & Paper Sdn Bhd, involving in the company’s operations, strategic planning, and business development, including establishing collaborative relationships with potential business partners and clients. She joined Nextgreen in 2016 as an R&D Executive and was promoted to R&D Director responsible for R&D activities derived from PRC-RBMP technology. Her other duties include collaborating with universities, grant applications, conducting feasibility studies and business proposals. One important area of her focus is on the commercialisation of lignin extraction from black liquor of pulping process.
Dato’ Zakaria Bin Arshad
Aged 61, Male, Malaysian. Dato’ Zakaria Bin Arshad was appointed to the Board on 21 August 2020 as a Non-Independent Non-Executive Director. Dato’ Zakaria is board member in Koperasi Permodalan Felda Malaysia Berhad. He has fellowship in International Society of Nanoscience, Cambridge, UK and membership organisation in Vistage Worldwide Inc. USA for CEO and business owners of SME. He also holds position as advisor in Malaysia Robotic and Automation Society, Mobile Food Trucks and Street Food Association and Sekolah Agama Rakyat at Felda Palong 1, N.S.
Dato’ Zakaria has vast experience in palm oil sector from up-stream, mid-stream to down-stream, managing approximately 440,000 hectares plantation in Malaysia and Indonesia and the production of 3 million MT of CPO from 68 mills across Malaysia. He is in charge of developing and improving technologies and innovative approaches to be applied in upstream, midstream and downstream operations through R&D and producing palm oil downstream products, which include the conversion of CPO and Palm Kernel into value-added products, turning waste to wealth, biomass energy etc. In previous years, Dato’ has also involved in rubber industries such as producing premium rubber (SMR, SIR, SCR) as well as Latex Concentrate, rubber glove and synthetic rubber industries for dentisy and sterile gloves for electronic sector. He was responsible in increasing the revenue stream by producing specialty rubber and stringent tyre manufacturers for Europe, China, Japan and other markets. Dato’ has also worked in Malaysia Cocoa Manufacturing (MCM), a JV company between Nestle Switzerland and Felda and he is one of the key personnels in marketing of cocoa products to international manufacturers.
Dato’ possesses skills in shipping, currency hedging, positioning and commodity analysis especially for commodities trading (eg. CPO, Sugar, Cocoa Products, Rubber) and experienced in liquid storage, grain terminal and purchase of fertilizer for plantation.
Dato’ Mohd Yusof Bin Din
Aged 48, Male, Malaysian. Dato’ Mohd Yusof Bin Din was appointed to the Board on 4 August 2020 as a Non-Independent Non-Executive Director. Dato’ Mohd Yusof completed his tertiary education at the University Kebangsaan Malaysia, where he graduated with a Bachelor in Islamic Studies (Hons). He began his career as a Research Officer in 1996 with Institut Perkembangan Minda (INMIND). He was actively involved in publication, organizing symposium in national level and many more. Due to his active involvement and dedication, he was subsequently promoted to Head of Department and later in the year of 2008 he was appointed as the General Manager overseeing the entire operations and management of INMIND. Dato’ Mohd Yusof was appointed as the Director of Institute Wasatiyyah Malaysia from 2013 till 2018. One of the greatest achievements during his administration was establishing Dasar Wasatiyyah Negara with strategic involvement in education, youth empowerment, economic development, legal administratian, social unity, defence and national safety.
Dato’ Mohd Yusof Bin Din, is also appointed as Chairman of Syariah Committee, Koperasi Sahabat Amanah Ikhthiar Malaysia Berhad from 2017 till current.
He is also a board member of Investment Committee and Syariah Committee in Koperasi Permodalan Felda Malaysia Berhad. Currently he also holds a position as advisor in Rumah Kartunis Malaysia.
Tan Meng Chai
Aged 59, Male, Malaysian. Mr Tan Meng Chai was appointed to the Board on 30 September 2020 as an Independent Non-Executive Director. He started his career as an auditor before joining the corporate world and had since held several senior positions in different organizations including the current role as an Independent Non-Executive Director of EquitiesTracker Holdings Berhad. He is a Fellow of Association of Certified and Chartered Accountants (FCCA) UK.
In his more than 25 years of working experience before joining the consultancy world, he had also taken on roles in sales, human resources, and IT in both service and manufacturing environments. His regional experience included businesses in Hong Kong, Indonesia, Singapore and Malaysia. His vast experience in driving for business results has equipped him with a strong understanding of leadership, the importance of inter-department relationships and managing stakeholder expectations.
He is a senior consultant with Development Dimension International (DDI) since 2010. DDI is a leading global leadership development and human resources consulting firm with responsibilities for delivering performance management and leadership development programs. At DDI, he had undertaken various people development projects for mid and senior business leaders to address core leadership competencies and behaviors for locally listed and multinational entities.
He is an accredited coach with International Coaching Federation (ICF). He coaches business owners and leaders on organizational and people performances.
Teh Chau Chin
Aged 54, Male, Malaysian. Mr Teh Chau Chin was appointed to the Board on 30 September 2020 as an Independent Non-Executive Director. He was a former Consultant at Inspection and Advisory Division, Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) (2 years contract October 2014 to October 2016). His primary scope of work was in establishing Enterprise Risk Management framework (ERM) for MACC and developing MACC’s Corruption Risk Management (CRM) services for public and private sectors. His role also include providing support for MACC’s Anti-Corruption & Ethics Centre (ACE).
Prior to this, Mr Teh was Executive Director at KPMG Bangkok and Associate Director at KPMG Malaysia in the Risk Advisory and Compliance Services practices. He has over 25 years experience in financial and internal audits, enterprise risk management and other governance, risk and compliance advisory services. He works closely with Boards and senior management on establishing ERM framework in line with international risk management standards. Mr Teh also served 2 years as the Chief Risk Officer of a public listed company in Malaysia.
Currently, he is the founder and Director of VisionEthics Advisory Services Sdn Bhd, a company providing advisory services on integrity, corruption prevention and corruption risks management, in assignments related to implementation of Corruption Risk Management framework, establishing integrity programs, implementation of ISO 37001: Anti-Bribery Management System (ABMS), Enterprise Risk Management, and speaker for conferences on topics related to corruption risk management, Adequate Procedures Guidelines, S17A Corporate Liability Provisions.
Thiang Chew Lan
Aged 66, Female, Malaysian, she was appointed on 30 January 2009. She started her career as a Bank teller in Hock Hua Bank Berhad in 1971. She obtained her certificate in Book-Keeping (Intermediate) accredited by the London Chamber of Commerce (LCCI) and Pitman Examinations Institute London in Book-Keeping (Intermediate and Advanced) in 1970. She was promoted to head the department for General Ledger/Statistics in 1974 until 1979. There she moved on to head the department for Fixed Deposits and Remittances and was given authority to authenticate test-keys for 3 years. Between 1983-1991, she was transferred to take charge of the Savings/ Fixed Deposits, Current Account and Clearing. She was given the task Branch Audit from 1992 to 1993. When Hock Hua Bank merged with Public Bank in 2001, she had experiences in taking charged of the ATM/Safe Deposit Box as a Frontline officer. Over the years, she had accumulated more than 36 years of experience in Banking Industry until her retirement in September 2007. Madam Thiang is the Chairperson of Remuneration Committee and the member of the Audit Committee and Nominating Committee.
Aged 56, Male, Malaysian. Mr Anuar bin Malek was appointed to the Board on 8 November 2019 as a Non-Independent Non-Executive Director. He holds a Degree in Corporate Communications (Hons) from Universiti Putra Malaysia. Mr Anuar began his career with FELDA in 1981, and has been with the organisation for almost 40 years to date. In 2012, he became the Director of the Community Development Department of FELDA. He was promoted to Deputy Director General of Community Development in 2015, a position which he holds to this day.
Mr Anuar also acts as a Non-Independent Non-Executive Director of MSM Malaysia Holdings Berhad. He sits on the Board Governance and Risk Management Committee of MSM.
Aged 47, Male, Malaysian, is our Independent Non-Executive Director. He was appointed to the Board of our Company on 28 April 2014. He started his career as a teacher in Confucian Private Secondary School and part-time lecturer for College for the past 15 years. While he was working, he has successfully pursued a Bachelor Degree of Business Administration in the Year 1993, Master Degree in Business Administration in the Year 1998, and also successfully obtained a PhD in Business Administration in the Year 2011, accredited by the Infrastructure University Kuala Lumpur. After long service in the education field, he started to focus and manage businesses in property investment and management in Malaysia. At present, he sits on the Board of Director of several other private limited companies that involve in different industries such as Trading, Food, and Beverage industries. In 2012, Dr. Koe was awarded DIMP which carries the title Dato’ with Sultan of Pahang. Dato’ Dr. Koe is a member of the Audit Committee, Nominating Commitee and also Remuneration Committee.