Datuk Dr Zulkifli Ismail
Chairman, Positive Parenting Management Committee (PPMC)
President, Asia Pacific Pediatric Association (APPA)
Datuk Dr Zulkifli Ismail is a consultant paediatrician and a paediatric cardiologist in KPJ Selangor Specialist Hospital and a visiting Paediatric Cardiologist in Damansara Specialist Hospital. He was formerly a Professor of Paediatrics and Paediatric Cardiology in Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM). He has also served as the Head of Paediatrics Department and Director of Hospital Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (HUKM).
He was the Past President of the Malaysian Paediatric Association (MPA), is also Chairman of the Positive Parenting Programme, Malaysia’s expert educational programme for parents on maternal, child & family care, initiated by Malaysian Paediatric Association. Since the establishment of Positive Parenting in 2000, Datuk Dr Zulkifli has also been serving as the Editor for the Positive Parenting Guide, a quarterly publication aimed to equip Malaysian parents with reliable, practical information on maternal, child and family care.
He is currently the Editor for Berita MPA, a quarterly MPA newsletter publication, dedicated to fellow members of the association. He is the current President of the Asia Pacific Pediatric Association (APPA).
Datuk Dr Zulkifli Ismail is also a member of the Ministry of Health Unrelated Transplant Approval Committee and a Board member of the National Population & Family Development Board (LPPKN) Malaysia.
He has more than 35 peer-reviewed publications, numerous abstracts and presentations, authored or co-authored 4 books, and numerous lay-public articles in mainstream media. He is a serious advocate for childhood vaccination and injury prevention, issues that he makes clear in his articles.
In 2008, he was conferred the Panglima Mahkota Wilayah award from the Malaysian King that carries the honorific title of 'Datuk'.
Dato’ Dr Musa Mohd. Nordin DPMP
M.B.B.Ch. (Wales) M.R.C.P. (UK), F.R.C.P (Edin) F.R.C.P.CH (UK), F.A.M.M.
Honorary Treasurer, Consultant Paediatrician & Neonatologist, Malaysian Paediatric Association
A 1982 graduate of Cardiff University (UK), he obtained his Membership from the Royal College of Physician (UK) in 1985. He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians Edinburgh, Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (UK) and the Academy of Medicine Malaysia.
He served the Ministry of Health for 15 years from 1982 to 1997. Since 1997, he has been a consultant paediatrician and neonatologist at Damansara Specialist Hospital. He is an Adjunct Professor of Paediatrics at the Cyberjaya University College of Medical Sciences.
Since 1999, he has served on various international advisory boards related to vaccines and immunisation. He is a founding member of the Asian Strategic Alliance on the Prevention of Pneumococcal Disease (ASAP). Currently, he serves on the Asia Pacific Expert Committee on Immunisation, Asia Pacific COMPAS Advisory Board, Asia Pacific PCV Expert Academy and Asia Pneumococcal Advisory Board.
Dr Musa previously served on the editorial board of the Malaysian Journal of Paediatrics & Child Health. He presently sits on the editorial boards of MIMS Paediatrics and FIMA Yearbook.
He has published numerous articles in peer reviewed journals and has contributed chapters to 9 book publications. Most recently, he contributed 8 chapters to Elsevier’s “Care of Muslim Patients-A Practical Guide”.
He is a board member of the National Neonatology Accreditation Board, Board of Governance, Malaysian National Neonatal Registry and serves on several National Committees in the Ministry of Health (MOH) and Malaysian Medical Council.
He recently completed 2 terms (4 years) as president of the international Federation of Islamic Medical Associations (FIMA). During his presidency, FIMA Save Vision (FSV), was awarded for excellence in charitable & humanitarian works, the Richard & Hinda Rosenthal Award, by the American College of Physicians, in 2008.
He is the past-president of the Perinatal Society of Malaysia and has been treasurer of the Malaysian Paediatric Association since 1992.
He is the founding chairman of two Charity Homes which shelters women and children with HIV/AIDS.
In 2008, he was conferred the medal “Darjah Paduka Mahkota Perak” (DPMP) by HRH The Sultan of Perak, which carries the title Dato’.
Dr Mary Joseph Marret
Malaysian Paediatric Association
Dr Mary Joseph Marret is an Associate Professor at the Faculty of Medicine, University of Malaya and consultant paediatrician at the University of Malaya Medical Centre.
Her clinical practice as a paediatrician spans across twenty years. She is also involved in medical education with experience in teaching, organization of curriculum and conducting assessments at both undergraduate and postgraduate level.
She has clinical and research interests in child development as well as issues which impact on the wellbeing, safety and protection of children. She has written and reviewed academic papers for peer-reviewed journals and presented papers at several local and international conferences. She has also conducted training courses on child protection for professionals in the field of health care and social work. On behalf of the Malaysian Paediatric Association and Positive Parenting magazine, she has contributed a number of articles for public education in magazines and the mainstream media.
Dr. Rajini Sarvananthan
Consultant Developmental Paediatrician at Sunway Medical Centre (SunMed)
Baby and Beyond Child Specialist Clinic
Sau Seng Lum Stroke and Rehabilitation Centre
Dr. Rajini Sarvananthan is a Consultant Developmental Paediatrician at Sunway Medical Centre (SunMed), Baby and Beyond Child Specialist Clinic and Sau Seng Lum Stroke and Rehabilitation Centre.
Dr. Rajini graduated from the University of Newcastle Upon Tyne, United Kingdom in 1993. She subsequently trained in Paediatrics in 1994. Having obtained her Membership of the Royal College of Physicians in the area of Paediatrics in 1996, she further sub-specialized in the area of Neuro Disability/Developmental Paediatrics in the United Kingdom. During this time, she also pursued her Masters in Medical Science in Child Health.
Dr. Rajini returned to Malaysia in the year 2003 where she joined Universiti Kebangsasan Malaysia (UKM) as a Lecturer in Paediatrics. Together with a team of Developmental Paediatrics, Clinical Psychologists and other Allied Health Professionals, she was involved in starting the Child Development Centre at UKM Medical Centre, the first such Centre in Malaysia during the time. She subsequently joined SunMed to work together with the team of allied health professionals already established here to provide a holistic service for children with developmental disabilities and in the SunMed S.H.I.N.E. Program, an Early Intervention Program for children from 0 to 3 years old with developmental disabilities.
Dr. Rajini has a particular interest in preschool children with developmental disabilities. She has been involved in research in the outcome of extremely/very low birth weight babies and neonates with persistent pulmonary hypertension, use of developmental screening tools (comparing parental report vs screening administered by a paediatrician) in the local setting and children with other sensory impairment.
Dr. Rajini is also a Committee Member of the Chapter of Child Neurology and Developmental Paediatrics, under the umbrella of the Malaysian Society of Neurosciences. She represents the subspecialty of Developmental Paediatrics as a co-opted Member of the Specialty Sub-Committee of Paediatrics, National Specialists Register in Malaysia.
Dr Tee E Siong
Nutrition Society of Malaysia (NSM)
Dr Tee E Siong is President of the Nutrition Society of Malaysia (NSM) since 1996. In this capacity, he has led the implementation of various community nutrition promotion programmes which included the publication of various education booklets and press articles. He is also Chair of the National Steering Committee for Nutrition Month Malaysia since 2002. He represents NSM in several Technical Working Groups in the Ministry of Health Malaysia, including the National Coordinating Committee for Food and Nutrition (NCCFN) and the Technical Working Group for Nutritional Guidelines. He was Advisor to the Food Safety and Quality Division of the Ministry of Health Malaysia from 2002 till 2011, and in that capacity, was Chair person/member of several sub-committees related to food regulations and Codex Alimentarius. Dr Tee is also a member of the Board of Scientific Directors of the International Life Sciences Institute (ILSI) (Southeast Asia Region).
Dr Tee was Head of the Cardiovascular, Diabetes and Nutrition Research Centre of the Institute for Medical Research (IMR) until his retirement in February 2002, after serving for 30 years.
Professor Dr Norimah A Karim
Nutritionist, Nutrition Society of Malaysia (NSM)
Prof Dr Norimah A. Karim is a Professor of Human Nutrition in the Nutritional Science Program. She is currently the Chair of the School of Healthcare Sciences, Faculty of Health Sciences, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) in Kuala Lumpur campus. She has been a lecturer in Nutrition for more than 25 years. Her research expertise includes dietary assessment methods, community nutrition, body image and development of nutrition education packages. She has published over 100 scientific articles and papers and made over 150 presentations on various aspects of nutrition in seminars and conferences within and outside Malaysia.
She is a member of various Technical Working Groups in the Ministry of Health such as TWG Nutrition Research and Nutrition Training. She is a contributor to chapters in Recommended Nutrient Intake for Malaysia and Malaysian Dietary Guideline for adults, children and adolescents.
She is the Chairman of the Working Group of the Editorial Bibliography of Nutrition Research in Malaysia and has served as the Editor of the Malaysian Adults Nutrition Survey Report. Prof Norimah is currently the Vice President of the Malaysian Association for the Study of Obesity (MASO) and the Honorary Secretary of the Nutrition Society of Malaysia (NSM). She is also a Fellow of the Nutrition Society of Malaysia. She has served as a member of the Steering Committee and Expert Panel of the Nutrition Month Malaysia (NMM) since 2005.
Professor Dr Poh Bee Koon
Nutrition Society of Malaysia (NSM)
Prof Dr Poh Bee Koon is Professor of Nutrition at the Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM). She is Head of the Nutritional Sciences Programme, and Leader of the Physical Activity and Energy Metabolism Research Group at the same university. She was formerly Head of the Department of Nutrition and Dietetics from 2010 – 2011, and Coordinator of the Nutrition Programme from 2008 – 2010. She also served as Acting Coordinator of the Nutrition Programme from 2007 – 2008.
Prof Poh is currently the Associate Editor for the Malaysian Journal of Nutrition (MJN), and acts as reviewer for many international and local journals. She has published more than 100 articles in journals, proceedings, books and book chapters; and made more than 150 presentations at conferences in the international and national arena.
More recently, Prof Poh has been invited to join the Academy of Sciences Malaysia’s Task Force on Obesity which is working to promote policies related to obesity reduction. Her research areas focus on childhood and adolescent nutrition, and her research projects are usually related to energy metabolism, physical activity and body composition. Prof Poh was a co-researcher in the first national nutrition survey ever carried out in Malaysia, the Malaysian Adult Nutrition Survey. She has also been involved in several national task forces to formulate the National Nutrition Policy of Malaysia, the Recommended Nutrient Intakes of Malaysia, the Malaysian Dietary Guidelines, and others.
Prof Poh has won numerous awards, including the International Nutrition Foundation–Ellison Medical Foundation Short Term Fellowship, the IAEA Nobel Peace Prize Fund Schools in Nutrition fellowship, the SEAMEO TROPMED Regional Centre for Community Nutrition Fellowship, and many Excellent Teaching, Excellent Research as well as Excellent Service Awards from Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM). She is a Fellow member of the Nutrition Society of Malaysia (NSM), the Honorary Secretary of the Malaysian Association for the Study of Obesity (MASO), and a member of the Global Child Nutrition Foundation.
Dr Anjli Doshi-Gandhi
Deputy Director – General (Policy)
National Population and Family Development Board Malaysia (LPPKN)
Dr Anjli Doshi-Gandhi (Ph.D) is the Deputy Director General (Policy) of the National Population and Family Development Board Malaysia, Ministry of Women, Family and Community Development, Malaysia. Work responsibilities include population, social and family research, advocacy, training, development of family development training modules as well as planning, development and implementation of reproductive health, population, family development and parenting programs.
She has a Bachelor of Arts (Honors) in Mass Communication from University Sains Malaysia, Masters of Science (Family Development and Parenting) from University Putra Malaysia (1997) and a PhD in Family Ecology. Her PhD was on “Family Functioning and Child Well-Being in Single Mother Families: The Influence of Risk and Protective Factors”.
She has been involved in the conceptualization and development of the Malaysian Family Well-Being Index, Population Strategic Plan, formulation of the National Family Policy and Plan of Action, and development and implementation of programmes such as the [email protected] and SMARTSTART Premarriage Program. She is also one of the writers for the SMARTSTART, Fathering, Family Life and [email protected] Modules. She has more than 25 years experience as a trainer and educator in the areas of marriage, parenting and family life.
She is a member of The International Exco Board of Advisors for The World Family Map Project (WFMP) as well as Advisory Board Member for Masters Program on Community Counselling, University Malaysia Terengganu. She is an expert partner of the Positive Parenting Magazine since 2006 and contributes articles to the Positive Parenting Magazine.
A/P Dr Alvin Ng Lai Onn
Department of Psychology, Faculty of Science and Technology, Sunway University
Associate Professor Dr. Alvin Ng Lai Oon obtained his Bachelor of Arts from University of Western Australia, Bachelor of Psychology and Doctor of Psychology (Clinical) from Murdoch University. Dr. Ng also trained as a clinical psychologist specialising in behaviour modification, autism management, and behaviour fluency with interest in depression and anxiety disorders. Before joining Sunway University, he was previously an associate professor and Head of the Health Psychology Program at Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia where he served for 11 years since 2002. At UKM, he also practised as a clinical psychologist the Health Psychology Clinic seeing adult as well as children clients. Dr. Ng was also the Director of Shine Guidance Centre in 2012, where he oversaw centre operations and was a clinical consultant for families living with special needs.
His research interests include mindfulness-based cognitive therapy, cross-cultural factors in psychotherapy, psychometric measurements of mental illness in Malaysia, and behavioral fluency training in basic academic skills. He has published in journals, magazines and presented in numerous conferences, seminars, trainings and public talks. Dr. Ng has also published a book called “Teaching Children Handling Study Stress” (TC Publishing, 2004). Besides academia and clinical practice, Dr. Ng is instrumental in advancing the field of clinical psychology in Malaysia, and was the Founding President of the Malaysian Society of Clinical Psychology that he helped establish in 2010.
Dr Yen Teck Hoe
Malaysian Psychiatric Association
Dr Yen Teck Hoe received his M.D. in 1992 from the Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM). He subsequently completed his postgraduate training at the Psychological Medicine Department, University of Malaya in 1999. After completed his postgraduate training, he served as a lecturer and psychiatrist in Faculty of Medicine, University of Malaya.
His interests centred on psychopharmacology, psychiatric assessments, Christian-based counselling and sleep disorders. He is currently involved as a consultant and an advisor to governmental organizations, non-governmental organization, pharmaceutical industries, media and colleges. While his focus is on maintaining good medical practicing standards, he also reinforces his belief in good mental health through public education. Dr Yen was the past president of Malaysian Psychiatric Association and has a private practice in Kuala Lumpur.
Dr Krishna Kumar S/O Hari Krishnan
Consultant and Head of Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology
Immediate Past President, Obstetrical & Gynaecological Society of Malaysia (OGSM)
Dr Krishna Kumar is a senior consultant, Head of Maternal Foetal Medicine Unit and Head of Department in Hospital Tuanku Ja’afar Seremban. He is currently the President elect of MMA and has been active since the nineties, the Past President of OGSM, and has also worked at various levels including as a consultant in the UK and obtained his fellowship from the RCOG. He is the Honorary Lecturer of International Medical University (from April 2001), Melaka Manipal University (from 1999) and taught in various local universities, and examiner for International Medical University (from August 2001) and Malaysian Midwifery Board (April 2001).
He is the facilitator, lecturer, and supervisor of RCOG – OGSM – MOH Life Saving Skills course since 2008, content provider for postgraduate training in Obstetrics & Gynaecology (O&G) under the national ‘Telehealth’ project, and has organized numerous continuous medical education projects on behalf of the Malaysian Medical Association (Negeri Sembilan branch). He is also the committee member for content provision in the MyHis programme in the Ministry of Health from year 2012.
He has attended many courses and conferences on O&G, and even been invited to speak at talks such as “Why Mothers Die” and “A GP talk on Maternal Mortality in the United Kingdom” in Harold Wood Hospital England, and also for various speaking engagements and organised various O&G related courses around Malaysia. In 2004, he obtained a certificate in medical complication in pregnancy from the Imperial College, London, and the following year, he gave lessons to the GP Registrars, Epsom General Hospital, United Kingdom.
He has published more than 15 free papers and publications on pregnancy and O&G, including topics such as “Breathlessness in Pregnancy” and “Chest Pain in Pregnancy” (appearing in the Oxford Handbook of Emergency in Obstetrics and Gynaecology, 2007).
In 2004, he was awarded with the title Ahli Setia Negeri Sembilan. In 2005, he was noted in People at the Peak – The Who’s Who of Malaysia and was nominated twice for the Glory of India award in India in 2002 and 2006.
Dr M Swamenathan A/L AL S Muthalagu
Malaysian Mental Health Association (MMHA)
After basic medical degree, Dr Swamenathan pursued and graduated with MASTER OF PSYCHOLOGICAL MEDICINE in 1992 from University Malaya. He worked with government hospital for 24 years prior to his optional retirement in 2006, where he was a Consultant Psychiatrist and HOD, Department of Psychiatry, Hospital Melaka.
Currently he is Deputy Dean, Associate Professor of Psychiatry & Head, Department of Psychiatry, Melaka Manipal Medical College, Melaka. As an academician, he is involved in research of his specialty and has published a number of papers locally and internationally. He has also written a book in Psychiatry for undergraduate medical students and written a chapter on Ethics in Psychiatry in the book Medical Ethics for Students.
He is also very active outside of his academic position. He is a member of a number of Malaysian/ International academic bodies and holds a number of honorary appointments in and around Melaka that include Visiting consultant psychiatrist to PETRONAS in Sungai Udang, Melaka for crisis intervention, Consultant Befrienders Melaka, Chairman BOV to the Department of Psychiatry, Hospital Melaka and member of BOV to Pusat Serenti, Tiang Dua, Melaka. He is the current Chairman for Malaysian Medical Association, Melaka Branch.
He is a guest lecturer and speaker on numerous occasions, organized by various bodies, NGO including such as RTM and ASTRO on topics as wide as work culture, Quality Assurance, parenting, stress management, drug addiction and he has spoken to audiences in PETRONAS OPUs.
For his active participation and contribution to society, he has received various awards, recognitions, letters of appreciation from Governor, institutions, NGOs and government agencies, the latest being Darjah Seri Melaka (DSM) by Governor of Melaka in 2009.
Mrs PH Wong
Association of Registered Childcare Providers Malaysia (PPBM)
Mrs PH Wong is currently an Honorary Steering Committee Member of the Child Rights NGO Coalition (CRCM) and Childline Malaysia, a non-profit national public safety project of the Malaysian Children TV Programme Foundation .She was the Project Director tasked with setting up and launching of 15999 Childline, a 24-hour national phone helpline for children under 18 years in Nov 2010 in collaboration with the Ministry of Women Family and Community Development. She represents Childline Malaysia at Regional and International Consultations of Child Helpline International.
As current President of the Association of Registered Childcare Providers Malaysia, better known as Persatuan Pengasuh Berdaftar Malaysia (PPBM) ( 2013 -2015) and Past President in 2001- 2005, she spearheaded advocacy for the setting up of quality childcare centres, toy libraries and community based centres as well as networking and affiliations with PPBM’s 15 State Associations.
Mrs Wong is currently a consultant for a community childcare centre in the Chow Kit area. She is the Honorary Secretary General of the CRE Committee of the ECCE Council working with business organizations for the up scaling of workplace childcare centres and advocacy for quality early childhood education for families.
Mrs Wong, a mother of four young adults is a lawyer by profession but has been involved in the early childhood and education sector since 1989 as an Early Years Centre Director, Trainer and Consultant for the setting up of community based and corporate childcare centres, kindergartens, creative activity centres, toy libraries as well as training related thereto.
She is a strong advocate for child rights and child protection as a CRC Trainer for SUHAKAM and was involved in the development of the National Child Policy, National Child Protection Policy, as well as the National Plan of Action for Children. She is also a certified Dr Edward de Bono trainer for the Six Thinking Hats for Children and is passionate about promotion of creativity and the arts as a means to reach out to children.