LIANG FOO KUAN
Group Managing Director of
BESPOKE International Group
Liang Foo Kuan is an industry veteran with over 25 years of leadership experience in catering and F&B management. His core beliefs centre around placing people first, continuous learning and improvement, quality over quantity, and an admirable faith that “passionate people can change the world”. Capitalising on the value of human capital, Liang has a paternal approach to leadership, believing in providing an environment conducive to the betterment of his employees. His open-door policy allows a healthy flow of communication and he firmly believes that taking excellent care of employees will ensure that they, in turn, will take excellent care of customers.
Executive Director of
BESPOKE International Group
With over 10 years of experience in organisational development and professional management training, Louise Chay’s marketing and branding strategy has led her to steer the company to success and build strong relations with customers, as well as business partners. Taking her leadership skills to the next level, Louise has initiated the Youth Development Program with the vision to empower disadvantaged youths to change their future. She was also involved in the ‘Productivity Nexus For Retail And F&B’ in 2018, administering the implementation of productivity efforts as governed by the National Productivity Council (NPC). Louise constantly displays an ability to keep learning and a determination to broaden her skill set to evolve with the ever-changing environment.
Chief Operating Officer of
BESPOKE International Group
Jennifer Ong is the founder of Hospitality Asia and the mastermind behind the much sought-after and widely acknowledged HAPA Awards. Jennifer’s devotion and insatiable zest has successfully steered her company into one of the most established and recognised communication platforms in the industry encompassing media, awards, events and training. She was nominated the Malaysian “Prime Minister’s Women Entrepreneur of the Year 2011 Award” and “EY Entrepreneur of the Year 2014 Malaysia Award”. Jennifer is a firm believer of excellence and has introduced a customer service, skills and competency training programme to uplift the standards in the service industry.
PRINCE NORODOM NARAVONG
President of Grand Creative Capital,
Executive Chairman of KH Lim Group of Companies
Prince Naravong, son of HRH Samdech Preah Mahissara Norodom Chakrapong, was born in Phnom Penh and later moved to China, Yugoslavia and France, where he lived for 20 years. In France, His Royal Highness was a student at the famous military academy, Saint-Cyr. In the 1990’s, he moved to Malaysia, where he has spent most of his working life fostering trade and investment opportunities between Cambodia and potential partners in South East Asia, Europe and the Middle East.
BOARD OF ADVISORS
DATO’ ALEX C.S. WONG
General Manager, Finance and
Administration of Hap Seng Star
Dato’ Alex C.S. Wong is a successful chartered accountant, having held a number of senior management level positions in the United Kingdom from 1985-2005. He moved back to Malaysia in 2005 and became the General Manager, Automotive Division of Hap Seng Consolidated Berhad. In 2017, Dato’ Alex was conferred the Darjah Indera Mahkota Pahang (DIMP) award by the Sultan of Pahang. Dato’ Alex is also the Treasurer General of Malaysia Retail Chain Association, Vice President of Kuala Lumpur Chinese Assembly Hall and Commerce Committee of Kuala Lumpur & Selangor Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KLSCCCI).
DATO’ RINGO KAW
Honorary Secretary of Pan Malaysia
Koo Soo Restaurant & Chefs Association
Dato’ Ringo stands among Malaysia’s most renowned and decorated chefs. His illustrious career took off in 1985, when he played an instrumental role in making Selangor a true culinary destination. His passion for his craft has seen him excel in the kitchen and in directorial positions, and conferred many titles, including Honorary Secretary of Pan Malaysia Koo Soo Restaurant & Chefs Association, Committee of World Association of Chinese Cuisine, and member of Confrérie de la Chaîne des Rôtisseurs. For over 30 years, Dato’ Ringo has dazzled local and foreign dignitaries with his undeniable flair.
Head Chef of Big Onion Caterer
Chef Foo is a talented chef with 18 years’ experience in the F&B industry. He has worked in restaurants, five-star hotels and catering services. The incumbent Big Onion Head Chef has held positions at The Langham Hotel, Nobel Dragon Chinese Restaurant and Elizabeth Andrews Corporate Catering. Chef Foo is highly skilled at preparing dishes from a wide range of Western and Asian cuisines. His history of emerging as a key person in successful businesses is a testament to his inherent gift in creating new dishes and menus. Chef Foo’s appetite for expanding his expertise is a truly never-ending journey.
Chief Operating Officer of Grand Creative Capital
International Network Coordinator of
KH Lim Group of Companies
Since 2016, Isabelle has proficiently managed between two positions as Chief Operating Officer and International Network Coordinator for Grand Creative Capital and KH Lim Group of Companies respectively. While occupying a key role in a social network of European, Asian and American stakeholders, she excels in providing quality engagement and bringing people together. She is also an advisor to New Light Kolkata, an organisation that promotes gender equality through training and education. Isabelle strongly believes in the ripple effect, where building a community of like-minded people can empower all within and around it.
KHAIRI BIN KAMARUDIN
Chief Operating Officer of HQC Commerce
- Provides trading and e-commerce services for enterprises.
- Provides consultancy on Halal Certification, GMP, HACCP and ISO 22000 to clients.
- Provides trade assistance and market entry platform in Malaysia for international clients.
TAN KIUN KEE
- 10 years of training experience in the development, maintenance, implementation, management systems of quality, environmental and food safety (ISO 22000, FSSC 22000, BRC, HACCP, GMP, MeSTI, HALAL), GlobalG.A.P. and more.
- Certified as an ISO 9001, ISO 14001, ISO 22000, HACCP, GMP Lead Auditor.
Founder of HAPA
- 25 years of experience in the publishing business.
- Certified NLP Master Practitioner, Certified Time Line Therapy® Practitioner and HRDF professional trainer.
- Initiated a Mindset training programme to address the constant challenges in sustaining a committed and purposeful workforce in all industries.
Founder of C2 Creative Group
- A specialist in property advertising and total branding solutions for over 15 years.
- Art Director and Creative Head in some of the most influential local and international advertising agencies in his earlier years.