Key Academic Team

Professor Dr. Samiah Yasmin Abdul Kadir

Dean, Faculty of Medicine

Professor Dr. Samiah Yasmin obtained her Medical Doctor degree (M.D.) from Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) in 1991. She pursued her interest in Primary Medical Care and obtained a Masters in Family Medicine, also, from her alma mater university, UKM, in 1998.

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Prof. Yasmin has been in medical education for more than 25 years and was heavily involved in the development of the Faculty of Medicine, SEGi University since 2010. Prior to joining SEGi, Professor Yasmin was the Head for the Department of Family Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, UKM. Her strong background in medical education has placed her to serve as panel in accreditation of medically related programmes with Malaysia Qualifying Agency (MQA). She is also involved in academic and research committees besides supervising Masters' students in medical and health related fields. As a medical doctor, she was involved in leading several medical missions in east Asia as well as being involved in establishing and managing several healthcare facilities in Malaysia.

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Datuk Dr. Khairiyah Abd Muttalib

Dean, Faculty of Dentistry

Datuk Dr Khairiyah became Dean of Faculty of Dentistry (FOD) SEGi University on 1 September 2016. She has a Bachelor of Dental Surgery (Bristol) and a postgraduate DPHDent (Sydney) and is a registered Dental Public Health Specialist. She was formerly the Principal Director of Oral Health, Ministry of Health Malaysia (MOH).

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Her former role includes being Registrar of the Malaysian Dental Council (2012-2015); Chair of the Joint Technical Committee on Accreditation of Dental Degree Programme; Chair of the Executive Committee for the National Oral Health Plan 2011-2020 and member of the National Conjoint Committee for Postgraduate Dental Education.

She has been involved in 7 national oral health surveys which include being a national co-ordinator, principal investigator of various studies and an author/co-author of national survey reports, WHO and MOH documents, programme guidelines and other documents on oral healthcare in Malaysia. She continues to serve as a member of the Dental Public Health Specialist Subcommittee, Academy of Medicine Malaysia, is a member of the MDC, SEGi FOD Representative on the National Oral Health Research Initiative (NOHRI) Committee, and Advisory Committee Member for the National Health & Morbidity Survey (NHMS) 2017: School based Oral Health Survey. She has received three Federal awards from the DYMM Yang Di Pertuan Agong - AMN, KMN and Panglima Jasa Negara (PJN). At profession level, she was made a Fellow of the Academy of Medicine Malaysia (FAMM) and Distinguished Fellow of Asia under the International College of Dentist (FICD).

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Professor Dr. Azrin Esmady Ariffin

Deputy Vice Chancellor, Student Affairs

Proffessor Dr. Azrin Esmady obtained his optometric qualification in 1984 from the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia and later earned a PhD in Clinical Optometry in 1993 from City, University of London.

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Dr. Azrin began his academic career at Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia in 1985, and progressed through the ranks in a period that spanned 20 years. Prof. Azrin was the first ever appointed Professor of Optometry in Malaysia and he is also credited as the first Dean of an Optometry school in the country.

Prof. Azrin is on the Malaysian Optical Council and various professional committees that deal with opto-political matters. He also sits on some special committees of the Malaysian Qualifications Agency and the Ministry of Higher Education, on educational issues at large.

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Associate Professor Dr. Tey Kim Kuan

Dean, Faculty of Pharmacy

Associate Professor Dr Tey obtained her Bachelor of Pharmacy in 1991 from University of Bradford and her Doctor of Philosophy from The University of London. She carries more than 20 years experience in her belt as a pharmacist, with various disciplines including hospital, community and industrial pharmacy both in UK and Malaysia.

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Prior to SEGi, she was attached to International Medical University, holding the positions of Head of Department and Programme Coordinator.

She was a member of the Joint Technical Committee for the Pharmacy Board Malaysia, appointed by the Ministry of Health; and the panel auditor for Community Pharmacy appointed by Malaysian Pharmaceutical Society.

Associate Professor Dr. Tey is a member of numerous professional bodies and committees. She has conducted and supervised multidisciplinary research in various aspects of pharmacy practice and pharmacy education. From time to time, she is often invited as a speaker and knowledge partner at both local and international conferences.

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IR. Professor Dr. Jeffrey Chiang Choong Luin

Dean, Faculty of Engineering and The Built Environment, SEGi University

Ir. Professor Dr. Chiang started as a Design Structural Engineer at an engineering firm in Kuala Lumpur prior to his illustrious career since 1996 with various educational institutions in Malaysia. He was previously attached to INTI International University, Nilai, as Professor, Head of Civil Engineering.

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He is also a Registered Professional Engineer in Civil, Board of Engineers Malaysia (BEM) and also a Fellow Member of The Institution of Engineers Malaysia (IEM). He is currently the Honorary Treasurer of IEM. Prof Dr. Chiang earned a PhD and a Bachelor in Engineering (Hons) in Civil Engineering from University of Wollongong, Australia.

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Professor Mogana Dhamotharan

Professor, Faculty of Education

Professor Mogana Dhamotharan joined the Faculty of Education, SEGi University on 15 February 2012. She was with the Wawasan Open University as Dean of the School of Foundation and Liberal Studies from September 2008 to February 2011.

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Since 2011 she was Dean of the School of Education, Languages and Communications, Wawasan Open University. She was also Associate Professor in the Department of Educational Foundations, Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah Institute of Education, University of Brunei Darussalam.

Professor Mogana was a tutor with University of Malaya from 1977-1980, a lecturer from May 1982 and Associate Professor from 1995-2005. She has worked part-time and full-time as lecturer in the Language Centre, ITM. As the Commonwealth of Learning Consultant to the Open University of Sri Lanka from January-March 2004 on the Master of Arts in Teacher Education (MATE) Programme, she earned a Visiting Fellowship from the institution. With that, she spent six months in Vancouver, Canada working in the area of Distance Learning. She has served on numerous Committees and Boards whilst at the University of Malaya and received Awards of Merit for Performance and Service.

She received the Overseas Research Student (ORS) Award by the Council of Vice Chancellors and College Principals (CVCP) United Kingdom in the final year of her doctoral studies in Glasgow University, Scotland, UK.

Her publications include co-authored books, preschool books, refereed contributions in books, refereed articles in international journals, refereed articles in local journals, other peer refereed publications, reports, and contributions in newspapers and magazines. She has presented papers and conducted workshops at International, Regional and Local Conferences, Seminars and Workshops. Her research interests include: Teacher Education and Professional Development, Pedagogy, and Distance Learning.

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Dr. Sugumaran Selladurai

Dean, Faculty of Business, Accountancy & Management

Dr. Sugumaran attained his Doctorate in Business Administration from University Utara Malaysia and Master in Business Administration major in Marketing Management from University of Wales, U.K and Bachelor of Accountancy from University of Boltan, U.K.

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He has more than 22 years of experience in the education industry, which includes regulatory, product development and management. He plays a pivotal role in transforming the largest Faculty of Business, Accounting and Management into the most profitable unit in SEGi University & Colleges. Apart from his leadership role at the faculty, he is also involved in research and development, focusing in the fields of Strategic Planning, Corporate Social Reporting and Active Teaching and Learning. His research articles have been published in Journal of International Business and Economics (SCOPUS).

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Associate Professor Dr. Mohammad Firdaus Low Abdullah

Dean, Communication & Creative Design, SEGi University

Professor Dr. Firdaus holds a PhD in Organisational Communications, a Masters of Science in Corporate Communications from Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM), a Masters in Economic and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics with honours specialising in Economic Development & Planning from International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM).

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He started his career in 1991 as the Assistant Director in the Rectors Office IIUM. In 1995, he joined Telekom Malaysia Berhad (TM) in the Corporate Sales Division. In 1997, he was assigned to Multimedia University (MMU) Malacca, a subsidiary Company of TM as the Director of Marketing Communication. He was a key member of MMU rebranding team, and was also key in developing MMU’s corporate identity. From 1999 – 2012, Firdaus moved to Group Corporate Communications Division TM as the Assistant General Manager.

He has vast experience in internal and external communications, event and exhibition management (local & international), public relations, corporate & creative multimedia publications, media & social media management, Corporate Responsibility Strategy & Management and Stakeholder Management. In 2012, he was promoted to head Multimedia College Sdn Bhd, a wholly-owned subsidiary of MMU as the Chief Executive Officer / General Manager before assuming his current position as the Dean, Faculty of Communication & Creative Design on 4 February 2015.

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Associate Professor Dr. Stanley Yap Peng Lok

Dean of Graduate School of Business and Centre for Continuing Education

Associate Professor Dr. Stanley Yap Peng Lok holds a Doctorate in Business Administration from the University of South Australia, a Master in Business Administration from the University of Hull and a Bachelor of Accountancy with Honours from the University of Bolton. He is a member of the Chartered of Institute of Marketing, Fellow (Academic) member of the Association of International Accountants, FAA accreditation panel member of Finance Accreditation Agency, and Certification and CPD board member of Malaysian Financial Planning Council.

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He has more than twenty years of work experience as a practitioner, educator and researcher combined in fields as diverse as Accountancy, Financial Planning, Franchising and Internationalisation, Banking and Finance, Marketing Management, Transaction Cost Economics and Entreprenuership and have been attached to a number of local as well as multinational companies. Holding senior positions in these organisations, his roles besides creating wealth also include running the day-to-day operations, developing sponsorship and franchising projects.

Associate Professor Dr. Yap is the Visiting Professor of Sultan Idris Education University and was the Vice Dean of the Faculty of Business, Management and Social Sciences, Quest International University Perak before assuming his current role as the Dean of Graduate School of Business and Centre for Continuing Education.

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Wong Chee Kong

Registrar, SEGi University

Wong Chee Kong currently holds the portfolio of the Registrar in SEGi University. He first joined SEGi University in 2010 as the Head of the School of Information Technology.

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His 18 years of work experience in the education industry spans across diverse areas of teaching, training, education management and administration.

He obtained his undergraduate and postgraduate qualifications from the University of Lincoln, UK.

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Lydia Foong Yoke Yean

Head, Faculty of Education, SEGi University

Lydia Foong has been involved in Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) for over 20 years, both locally and in the UK. She holds a St Nicholas Montessori Diploma (UK), Certificate in Montessori Primary Education, BEd (Hons) from University of Greenwich, Master in Educational Management from University of Malaya, and is currently a PhD candidate.

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She has played a key role in the strategy, facilitation and development of various programmes and ECCE advocacy initiatives and holds memberships to numerous associations. Today, she spearheads the NKEA project for Early Child Care and Education Training initiatives as part of the Economic Transformation Programme under the Prime Minister’s Department.

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Dr. Mahadevan Supramaniam

Director, Research Innovation Management Committee & Institute of Graduate School

Dr. Mahadevan serves as Director, Research and Innovation Management Centre & Institute of Graduate Studies of SEGi University. He provides leadership in developing a strategic R&D Blueprint for high impact research, drawing his expertise in R&D strategy, policy, funding and governance to deliver high quality research and in parallel, heading the postgraduate by research programmes at SEGi University.

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He has many years of experience in both the academia and industry. Prior to joining SEGi University in 2015, Dr. Mahadevan has held multiple portfolios including Head of R&D at Taylor’s University, Head of Research Commercialisation at Taylor’s Consultancy Sdn Bhd, a commercial arm of Taylor’s University, R&D Engineer at Xyratex, United Kingdom and Software Engineer at ON Semiconductor (formerly known as Motorola).

Dr. Mahadevan’s expertise lies in R&D development and policies, Enterprise Resource Planning, Business Process Management and Integrated Technologies for industries. He has shared most of his experiences on his expertise through public talks and has written many papers and books which has been published all over the world. Dr. Mahadevan holds a DBA from the Twintech International University College of Technology Malaysia and a Master’s Degree from University Malaya.

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Associate Professor Dr. Vinothini A/P Appanaidu

Deputy Dean, Faculty of Medicine, SEGi University

Associate Professor Dr. Vinothini started teaching the first batch of medical students in SEGi University in 2011. She was later promoted as the Head of Clinical Sciences and was actively involved in the setting up of the clinical campus.

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She is currently the Deputy Dean of the Faculty of Medicine. She obtained her Bachelor in Medicine from University of Malaya and later, her Master of Medicine from the same University. She has more than twenty (20) years of experience in the medical field. Her areas of expertise include Family Medicine, Primary Care Gastroenterology, Health Education and Diabetes Mellitus. For more than 15 years she has taught undergraduates and postgraduates both in public and private universities and had published numerous journal articles in the medical field.

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Professor Dr. Mohamad Raili Bin Suhaili

Deputy Dean, Faculty of Medicine, Sibu Campus

Professor Dr. Mohamad Raili is a graduate of Universiti Malaya (MBBS and MPH). He is a Public Health Specialist who has served with the Ministry of Health for 26 years in different states and in various capacities.

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He dedicated a huge part of his career with the Ministry of Health in management and in the control and prevention of vector borne diseases. He worked with the World Health Organization (WHO) as a consultant, on a part-time basis, in many countries in Africa, Asia and South America, from 2002 – 2012. His areas of consultancy were in Social Mobilisation, COMBI, Programme Evaluation and Outbreak Management. His academic career started with his appointment as a Professor in Public Health in UNIMAS in 2007 where he managed the Postgraduate Programme (MPH and DrPH) besides conducting classes for undergraduates. He has supervised several postgraduate students (for Masters and Doctoral) and served as an examiner as well. He left UNIMAS to join SEGI in May 2014. His area of expertise and interest include management (general and programme-specific), outbreak management, health informatics, COMBI, HSR and GIS. He has published papers on dengue, legionella, leptospirosis, tobacco control and other topics.

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Dr. Chia Chee Ming

Deputy Dean, Faculty of Engineering and The Built Environment, SEGi University

Dr. Chia Chee Ming started his career at SEGi University and has been lecturing since 2009, specialised in Applied Mechanics. He is now holding the position of Deputy Dean at the Faculty of Engineering & the Built Environment, as well as the Chief Editor for SEGi Review: Engineering & Technological Advances.

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Dr. Chia obtained both his Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering Degree (1st Class Honours) and PhD from the prestigious University of Sheffield in 2004 and 2008, respectively. His PhD study was funded by Rolls Royce and Dr. Chia was awarded the Overseas Research Students (ORS) scholarship throughout his postgraduate study. Academics aside, he was appointed as Chairman (2015 & 2016) of ‘Elshaddai Refugee Learning Centre’, a non-profit NGO in collaboration with UNHCR to provide schooling opportunities for refugee children in Klang. As a committee member of ‘Beautiful Gate Foundation for the Disabled (Klang Centre)’, he is also in charge of curriculum development for the disabled since 2015.

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Dr. Chong Wei Ying

Deputy Dean, Graduate School of Business, SEGi University

Dr. Chong Wei Ying joined SEGi in June 2014 as a senior lecturer of Graduate School of Business. She holds a PhD from University of Malaya and a Bachelor of Science in Management Information System from Southern Illinois University Carbondale, Illinois, United States.

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Her principal interest is entrepreneurship and service industry. She has researched and published in ISI/Scopus indexed journals and presented papers at international conferences in the area of entrepreneurship and service industry. Prior to academy career, she has extensive working experience in retail industry with exposure in both service and business operation.

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