Siobhan Das is the Executive Director of the American Malaysian Chamber of Commerce (AMCHAM). Assuming the position in January 2016, Siobhan has overseen the revitalization of the Chamber, making it one of the most active and effective AmChams in the region. She reached this achievement by strengthening the Chamber's presence from within, driving stronger engagement with its members and developing a powerful voice for its various business communities. By leading targeted, well designed, and sustained engagement with the membership and key stakeholders, including U.S. and Malaysian government officials, Siobhan has positioned the Chamber so that it can support and effect policy changes that benefit not only AMCHAM Members, but other companies-at-large, contributing to a more open and fair business climate in Malaysia while supporting Malaysia’s competitive position.
Siobhan returned to Malaysia after almost 12 years in China, five of which she served as Director of Committees (Industry) at the largest American Chamber of Commerce in the Asia Pacific - AmCham Shanghai. There she directed and shaped the role of 26 Committees filled with senior corporate executives, driving peer-to-peer learning, and best practice sharing allowing the Chamber to truly understand the business environment and leading the Chamber to advocate successfully on behalf of the U.S. business communities they represent, addressing issues impacting day-to-day business.
Prior to moving into the nonprofit sector, Siobhan spent more than 20 years in the film and television industry across Asia and the U.S., including owning her own production & corporate communications company in Kuala Lumpur. She holds two degrees from Boston University and, more recently, she was a Sloan Fellow at the London Business School where she earned her Masters in Leadership and Strategy.
Making a lasting change – protecting children in travel and tourism
A number of factors shape children’s vulnerability to sexual exploitation in the Southeast Asian region, including development of technology and growing travel and tourism. In Malaysia, as noted in the Out of the Shadows Index, industry engagement is needed to better protect children against online child sexual abuse and in the context of travel and tourism.
Malaysia received a high score for ICT industry engagement indicators. However, beyond technology, the travel and tourism industry is in a unique position to identify the most vulnerable and to prevent the sexual exploitation of children. As of 2019, only one Malaysian company has joined the Code of Conduct for the Protection of Children from Sexual Exploitation in Travel and Tourism – a global initiative that provides tools and support to the private sector.
ECPAT International together with The End CSEC Network Malaysia will present how travel and tourism companies and other key players can uphold international standards on children’s rights through introducing policies, practices and establishing codes of conduct to protect children, as a key step forward for a responsible tourism destination during “Visit Malaysia 2020 Year”.
Roberto’s genuine passion and commitment to sustainability and his eagerness to act as catalyst in helping business in the transition to a sustainable world, have led him to take the role of Executive Director of the Business Council for Sustainable Development Malaysia, a Global Network Partner of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD).
Roberto led the EU-Malaysia Chamber of Commerce and Industry (EUMCCI) for almost four years and during his tenure the Chamber became one of the most influential organisations and advocacy platforms in Malaysia.
Roberto held several senior general management positions in the private sector, working fortune-500 companies and start-ups in countries such as Italy, UK, Spain.
Roberto holds an MBA from SDA Bocconi in Italy and an MA in Marketing from Lincoln University, UK.