Tan Sri Shahril Shamsuddin
The president and group CEO of Sapura Group and Sapura Energy built his business in oil and gas and diversified into communications, aviation, automotive manufacturing plus property investment. He is also an active participant at the World Economic Forum.
Datin Shirieene Hajamaideen
The ‘full-time earth momma’ and wife of Datuk Ruben Gnanalingam is also co-investor of a new brand called Ankha Jewelry, and organiser of exclusively certified parenting courses. Her sons Reyess, Raqeen and Reggan are her constant pride and joy.
Tan Sri Shamsuddin Abdul Kadir
Sapura Group’s chairman and founder has added author to his list of credentials, having released his autobiography, A Driver’s Son, in 2017. Through snippets of his early life, he aims to inspire the youth, and instil a sense of resilience in their pursuit of success.
The co-founder and lead partner of the Rhombus group of F&B businesses is the proud owner of 51 eateries and counting—like the award-winning Dancing Fish and playful chain Thai Hou Sek. He intends to expand his brands throughout Southeast Asia, with the support of business partner Kent Chua and wife Sherlyn Koh.
Datin Sharifah Menyalara Hussein
The granddaughter of Malaysia’s first prime minister has carved a name of her own as the CEO and partner at award-winning creative agency M&C Saatchi. She instils her fighting spirit in her daughters Natasha and Natalya, inspiring them to work hard to attain success in life.
The fashion designer of KVITA Store also co-owns a string of Italian restaurants, Zenzero, Luce Osteria and Cichetti di Zenzero, with her husband Roberto Guiati. The winner of Miss Charm International 1990 in Russia has established a career in modelling, acting and producing, living up to her beauty-with-brains repute.
As founder and principal of Dancesteps Studio, Shirena’s repertoire include ballet, tap, and jazz. Hailing from the Royal Academy of Dance and a holder of the prestigious ISTD Fellowship in tap as well as modern theatre, Shirena plays mother to students across three branches, on top of her own three young children.
Acting as a sustainability advisor at Sime Darby, Renard is also a climate reality leader, being recognised as the first certified Malaysian World Economic Forum Expert Member on sustainable development. In 2019, Renard plans to launch an eco-festival to promote environmental awareness.
“Patience, persistence and perspiration make an unbeatable combination for success.” —Napoleon Hill
The executive director of SKB Shutters leads a hectic life but keeps her routine stimulating with her passion project, The Bag Atelier. In a bold, milestone move, she led her family’s company to penetrate new ASEAN markets. Known for her innate sense of style, Melissa recently got hitched to long-time beau Eu-Jin Leow.
SM Faliq Nasimuddin
The youngest son of the Nasimuddin clan is the deputy executive chairman of Naza TTDI, the family conglomerate’s property development arm. He is part of the group tasked to undertake the KL Metropolis project, which aims to integrate trade, commerce, living and transport in one bustling hub.
Together with younger sister Melissa Sin, SKB Shutters’ executive director Michelle worked closely on the 60-yearold company’s ASEAN expansion. She cut her teeth at KPMG Corporate Advisory, before bringing her accounting and economics expertise and experience to the family business.
SM Nasarudin Nasimuddin
As the joint group executive chairman of Naza Group, he is a key decision maker in the enterprise’s business expansion. A sports enthusiast himself, he takes his role as president of the Malaysian Paralympic Council in his stride, with a mind to promote a positive and progressive attitude towards para sports.
Tun Dr Siti Hasmah
‘First Lady’, doctor, wife, and mother—all these roles describe the life partner of Malaysian prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad. Respected for her exemplary public service, she has detailed all her life experiences in her book My Name is Hasmah. She is a committed supporter of the Malaysian AIDS Foundation.
Dr Saunthari Somasundram
As president and medical director of the National Cancer Society, Dr Saunthari is a staunch advocate for cancer awareness and has set up a resource and wellness centre for cancer patients and survivors. She also sits on the board of the Union for International Cancer Control.
Datuk Wira SM Faisal Nasimuddin
As the joint group executive chairman of Naza Group, he is a key figure in the family empire which has interests in automotive franchises and property development, among others. He was also bestowed the Grand Ufficiale title by the president of Italy.
Soo Shea Pin
The managing director and franchise holder of Anya Hindmarch and French Sole in Malaysia, Shea Pin’s enterprising spirit is palpable. The brands’ expansion has thus far included a new store launching every year, in reflection of Shea Pin’s plans to build a strong following within the country.