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H.E. Charles Hay MVO

British High Commissioner to Malaysia

His Excellency Charles Hay MVO started as the British High Commissioner to Malaysia in March 2019 in succession to Vicki Treadell CMG MVO.

Prior to Malaysia, Mr Hay was the British Ambassador to South Korea from 2015 to 2018. During his time in the British diplomatic services, he has been posted to the Czech Republic, Spain, and the UK Representation to the EU in Brussels. Charles was also the Director of Consular Services in London, responsible for assisting British nationals and in crisis management worldwide. Before joining the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in 1993, he was a Captain in the British Army.

Mr Hay is married to Pascale Sutherland and they have two daughters. He has a Master in Business Administration as well as a BA in Philosophy and Politics. His hobbies include golf, diving and archery.

Jennifer Lopez

Chief Executive Officer


Jennifer Lopez is currently the Chief Executive Officer of the British Malaysian Chamber of Commerce (BMCC). 

Jennifer steers the BMCC's robust network comprising 250 MNCs & SMEs, together with its associates and key stakeholders from both the private and public sectors, with the purpose of strengthening the UK- Malaysia business relations.  In her role, she leads a lean team to create opportunities for BMCC members on business matching, networking, profiling, and branding while providing a representative industry voice to engage and dialogue with key government stakeholders. Jennifer also works with her team to promote and support the growth of the UK & Malaysia bilateral trade and investment opportunities. 

She is also the chief liaison for the BMCC Board of Directors, the Malaysian spokesperson for the bilateral chambers under the British in Southeast Asia (BISEA) faction as well as the British Chambers of Commerce international network.

As a Chartered Accountant by training, Jennifer has enjoyed a versatile career in professional education, finance and accounting sectors, including assuming the role of Head of Malaysia at ACCA for 5 years; honing her specialities in developing strategic partnerships, corporate branding, and stakeholder management.

Sharimahton Mat Saleh 

Deputy Chief Executive Officer (Export Acceleration)

Malaysian External Trade Development Corporation (MATRADE)

Sharimahton is the Deputy CEO (Export Acceleration) of MATRADE, the national trade promotion agency of Malaysia under the Ministry of International Trade and Industry where she has served for more than 20 years. In total, she has more than 30 years of experience in trade and investment development and promotion. She is responsible for global export promotion plans and programmes for Malaysian companies from various sectors to be successful in international markets.  She had previously headed the Transformation and Digital Trade Division in MATRADE where she had overseen funds and initiatives for exporters' development. She also served as the Trade Commissioner in MATRADE Los Angeles, USA in 2005. 

Before joining MATRADE, she had served in MIDA (the Malaysian Industrial Development Authority) for 12 years in various Industries divisions. 

She graduated with a Bachelor of Business Administration from Western Michigan University, USA as well as an MBA from Saint Louis University, USA. She is a member of the Harvard Business School Alumni Club Malaysia after completing the Harvard Business School ASEAN Senior Management Development Programme in 2013. She was an affiliate of The Institute of Export & International Trade, UK in 2010.  She attended the Training Programme for Commonwealth Trade Promotion Organisations in Malta and is also an alumni member of the Friendship Programme for the 21st Century, an exchange programme organized under the International Cooperation Programme of the Government of Japan.

Ts. Shamsul Bahar

Chief Executive Officer

Malaysian Green Technology & Climate Change Corporation

Ts. Shamsul Bahar Mohd Nor is the Chief Executive Officer of Malaysian Green Technology and Climate Change Corporation (MGTC), the primary driver for Green Technology and Climate Change Development under the purview of the Ministry of Natural Resources, Environment and Climate Change (NRECC).

Prior to joining MGTC, He was the Vice President of the Sustainable Business Network Association Malaysia (SustNET), the primary driver for the integration of Sustainable Development Goals into business practices. He was previously the Chairman of the Green Project Management Awards, Managing Director for Syngas Renewable Energy, and the Executive Director of Saham Utama Sdn Bhd. Prior to that, he was the CEO of Polymal Corporation, which he successfully turned around from successive losses to accumulated profits of PAT RM4mil within the fourth year and successfully repositioned Polymal Corporation into a major manufacturer and producer of extruded thermoformable plastic sheets in South East Asia with business sales in USA, Europe, Japan, Australia, India, and South Africa.

In 2014, Ts. Shamsul Bahar was awarded patent approval in 40 countries for a renewable energy system that converts waste plastics into commercial Ultra Low Sulphur Diesel Oil (EN590), winning him the MOSTI's Innovation of the Year Award, Malaysian Green Technology Corporation's Catalyst Award, and the United Nation's Global Cleantech Innovation Award for Green Technology Renewable Energy Systems. He now directs and oversees the company's overall operational policies, initiatives, and goals to spearhead the country's climate change agenda and drive sustainable economic development.

He holds a Bachelor's in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Portland, USA, Applied Physics, and a minor in Mathematics from Linfield College, USA.

Alastair Reed

KL Manufacturing Site Director 

Haleon Group of Companies

Alastair is an accomplished Supply Chain Leader with over 18 years of experience in the life sciences industry across APAC. He is currently the Site Director of Haleon KL Manufacturing Site, home to Panadol manufacturing in the region.

Alastair has spent much of his career at GSK and is now at Haleon, a global leader in consumer healthcare, following its demerger from GSK in July 2022.

Haleon's purpose is to deliver better everyday health with humanity. To help make better everyday health more sustainable, we aim to cut carbon emissions, make our packaging more sustainable and circular, source, make, use and dispose of our ingredients responsibly and sustainably, and reduce waste and water usage in manufacturing.

The projects and business challenges associated with meeting these targets have become a priority objective for Alastair in both his current as well as prior regional supply chain strategy roles.

Alastair hails from the United Kingdom where he obtained a Master's degree in Chemical Engineering. He is a father to three children, and in his free time, he is a passionate cyclist.

S. Jai Shankar 

Director & Sustainability Lead

Malaysian External Trade Development Corporation (MATRADE)

S. Jai Shankar is MATRADE's Sustainability Lead and Director of Oil & Gas, Chemical and Energy Section. He has a First-Class Economics degree from the University Malaya, an MBA (E-Commerce) from Edith Cowan University, Australia and an Executive Education from the University of Cambridge, United Kingdom on Circular Economy, and Sustainability Strategies.

He is the former Malaysian Trade Commissioner to Bangkok and Frankfurt and is currently a member of the US-based International Society of Sustainability Professionals as well as a member of the Sustainability and Development Committee of the National Cancer Society Malaysia (NCSM).

Malar Odayappan

Director, Social Impact, Sustainability & Climate Change

PwC Malaysia

Malar is a Director with PwC Malaysia's Sustainability & Climate Change practice. She has over 25 years of experience in social compliance and sustainability, with expertise in designing and executing engagement plans to align internal and external stakeholders on the impact of ESG.

She is responsible for the social impact services roadmap for PwC in Malaysia and supports clients across the region. These services support PwC's clients in engaging the workforce, suppliers, customers, NGOs, regulators, and the community. Malar helps to bring the just transition approach across the sustainability agenda, to enable clients and communities to move towards a sustainable and green economy.

She previously held regional roles in multinational companies, based in Indonesia and Vietnam. Most recently, she was attached to a multi-brand footwear manufacturer in Indonesia. She established workforce impact analysis, gender equity portfolios, fair recruitment, and salary structure analysis for the manufacturing group. During her tenure with the group, she improved stakeholder engagement with state and federal-level government officials to address critical workforce needs impacting by the pandemic.

Malar is also well-versed in multi-brand assessments and risk impact analysis for different industries throughout South Asia, Hong Kong, and Mauritius. She conceptualised compliance and HR strategies and enhanced stakeholder engagement in the region.

Her ability to create training modules and build the capabilities of vendor partners within the region has reduced ambiguity on audit requirements.