KEYNOTE SPEAKERS

Professor Tan Sri Dr. Ghauth Jasmon

Professor Tan Sri Dr. Ghauth Jasmon holds a BSc(Eng) in Electrical & Electronic Engineering (First Class) (1979) and PhD from the University of London (1982).

He started his academic career in the Faculty of Engineering, University of Malaya (1982) as a Lecturer, and was promoted to Associate Prof in 1989 and to Full Professor in 1992. Due to his outstanding performance, he was appointed as the Dean of the Faculty of Engineering (1992-1995). Within a short span of 3 years, he was appointed as the Deputy Vice Chancellor (Development) in 1995.

He is currently a Board Member of Sunway University and a Senior Research Fellow at the Jeffrey Cheah Institution. He was formerly the Founder President of Multimedia University (1996 – 2017), the Vice Chancellor of the University of Malaya (2008 – 2013) and CEO of Unity College International (now upgraded to City University of Science  & Technology) (2008).

He was on the Board of the International University of Malaya-Wales, Citibank Berhad and numerous other private sector Boards. Currently he is on the UTAR International Advisory Board, Sunway University, Chairman of Elite International College, Putra International College and chairs several other private companies. He is a Chartered Professional Engineer of the United Kingdom and Australia, Fellow of the Institute of Engineering and Technology (UK), Fellow of the Institute of Engineers (Australia) and an Eisenhower Fellow (USA). He has also been accorded Honorary Doctorates by Loughborough University, University of Wales, Multimedia University and Award of Highest Honour from  Soka Univesity, Japan. Ghauth has also been accorded the honorific titles DMSM and PSM.

He is currently leading a major task in the setting up of a large non-profit Foundation in Malaysia that will provide Quality Services in the Field of Health and Education.

Bala Pomaleh

Bala Pomaleh is currently the Chief Executive Officer of IPG Mediabrands Malaysia, an established media company that provides marketing strategy services worldwide.

With 27 years in the industry, Bala is a rare breed of talent cross-trained in multiple platforms. His focus as CEO of Mediabrands is on driving business performance and results while improving internal capabilities, with strong emphasis on investments in future spaces – technology, analytics, automation and consulting. Under his guidance, the network has gone from strength to strength, winning numerous local and regional awards including the Festival of Media Global & Asia, Malaysian Media Awards and the Malaysian Effie Awards, and maintaining top scores across RECMA’s quantitative & qualitative evaluation and the global WARC Top Agency list.

Professor Dr. Kiranjit Kaur

Kiranjit Kaur, PhD, is a professor in public relations at the Faculty of Communication & Media Studies, Universiti Teknologi MARA, Shah Alam, Selangor, Malaysia. 

She has published a number of journal articles and book chapters in her research interest areas of public relations management, media studies, media ethics, and women and media. Kiranjit is a Fellow and an Accredited Public Relations member of the Institute of Public Relations Malaysia (IPRM) with more than 30 years of experience in public relations education. 

She serves on the IPRM council and chairs the IPRM Education Chapter. She also sits on the council of the industry-based Communication and Multimedia Content Forum (CMCF); the Networked Media Research Collaboration Programme steering committee of Malaysian Communication and Multimedia Commission; and she chairs the Media Committee of the National Council of Women’s Organizations (NCWO), Malaysia. Kiranjit graduated with a PhD in Mass Communication from the University of Maryland, USA.