Strategic Communications will bring together the best expert speakers to discuss, debate and present the latest issues and updates in High Speed Rail Asia.

masaaki   En. Mohd Azharuddin Bin Mat Sah
Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD)

En. Mohd Azharuddin bin Mat Sah was appointed as the Chief Executive Officer of Suruhanjaya Pengangkutan Awam Darat (SPAD) on 1 September 2015.

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En. Azharuddin has held various positions in notable local organisations and multinational corporations namely: Khazanah Nasional Berhad as Senior Vice President for Special Projects, Microsoft Malaysia as Director of Public Sector Group, and Royal Dutch Shell as Senior Vice President for Special Projects, where he was also cross-posted to Shell International Petroleum Company Limited in London, United Kingdom.

His career experience focuses on transformation and programme management in large-scale government initiatives, strategic planning, and implementation of best practises at corporate HQ as well as at the local level. Prior to his current post at the Commission, he held the position of Director, Greater KL/Klang Valley and Urban Public Transport at PEMANDU (Performance Management & Delivery Unit), a unit under the Prime Minister’s Department.
masaaki   Dato’ Mohd Nur Ismal bin Mohamed Kamal
MyHSR Corporation

Mohd Nur Ismal Bin Mohamed Kamal, is currently the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of MyHSR Corporation Sdn Bhd (MyHSR), an SPV that was set-up by the Government of Malaysia to oversee and ensure the delivery of the Malaysia-Singapore High Speed Rail project from planning to tender phase and eventually construction, and is a continuation of the Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD)’s good work.

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Prior to MyHSR, Mohd Nur was the CEO of SPAD, a national Commission (statutory body) tasked with spearheading long-term reforms in land-based passenger and goods transportation in Malaysia. Mohd Nur was also a Special Adviser to the Ministry of Transport (MOT) Malaysia before joining SPAD. He currently sits as Vice-Chair on the UITP Asia Pacific Executive Committee and is also an Adjunct Professor and a member of the Advisory Board at Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM) in Selangor, Malaysia.
masaaki   Mark Loader
Project Director
KL-Singapore High Speed Rail Project

Mark is CH2M’s project director for the KL - Singapore High Speed Rail project. He has more than with more than 30 years of experience in the development, delivery and operation of rail systems around the world.

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Before joining CH2M he has worked for civil contractors, equipment suppliers, operators and consultants. His regional experience includes working on rail projects in Malaysia, Singapore, the Philippines, Hong Kong, and Australia.

He started his career with British Rail and then spent 10 years working around the world, including work with suppliers and projects in 20 countries on 5 continents and is now based in Kuala Lumpur. He was worked on a range of transport technologies from Cable Cars to maglev, including High Speed Rail projects in Europe, the US, Saudi Arabia and Australia.

He is a fellow of both the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, and the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors. He has also held leading roles with the UK’s Major Project Association and National Infrastructure Planning Association.
masaaki   Andrew Sharp
Policy Adviser
International Air Rail Organisation

Mr. Sharp has over 30 years experience in the transportation industry - mainly the rail industry in the UK.

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For 14 years he was Director-General of the International Air Rail Organisation, a world-wide group of organisations across the air and rail industry with an interest in rail links to airports. He retired in 2012 and is now their Policy Adviser.

He has undertaken consultancy work for a number of companies interested in airport rail connections, and has also been retained by Heathrow Express as a consultant. He is a visiting lecturer at Cranfield University and the College of Europe.

He has a Masters degree in Transportation and Traffic Planning from the University of Birmingham, and is a Member of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport.

He is a member of the Transportation Research Board’s Committee on Intermodal Transfer Facilities and their Aviation Sustainability Sub-Committee, and the Aviation Policy Group of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport.

He is married with two children, and lives in St. Albans, the historic city 20 miles north of London where he was born.
masaaki   T. C. Chew
President, Global Business & Operations
Samsung C & T Corporation

Mr. T C Chew is a Chartered Engineer and a fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, UK.

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He has been involved with the railway and construction industries globally for over 40 years - in particular, associated with the UK, Singapore, and Hong Kong markets. In April 2016, he joined Samsung C&T as President, Global Business & Operations, after a period as Senior Advisor. Prior to that, he was the Projects Director with Hong Kong MTR Corporation, overseeing all the railway projects in Hong Kong as well as the MTR overseas ventures. Previously, he was a divisional president for Bombardier Transport on the London Underground modernization public-private partnership program, managing an investment of over £4 billion. He also spent eight years with Singapore Land Transport Authority as the Senior Director for Projects and Engineering, overseeing all the railway and road projects.
masaaki   Mike Baxter
Managing Director
Track International Consulting

B.Sc (Civil Engineering), University of Cape Town; Chartered Engineer (UK); Member Institution of Civil Engineers (UK); Professional Engineer (South Africa); Fellow of the Permanent Way Institution, UK; Member Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport

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Work experience:
  • British Railways civil engineering training scheme and senior technical officer (1960 - 1969)     
  • East African Railways (British Government sponsored contract) (1969 - 1972 )
  • South African Coal Heavy Haul project design and site supervision  (1972 - 1977)
  • Senior Track and Alignment Engineer, Singapore MRT (1984 - 1990)
  • Project Engineer, Trackwork, Channel Tunnel  (1990 - 1992)
  • Design Manager (Permanent Way) MTR Hong Kong, Airport Railway (1992 - 1998)
  • Chief Director, Permanent Way Section, Taiwan High Speed Rail Corporation (1999 - 2006)
  • Consulting Engineer (Managing Director, Track International Consulting) from 2007:
  • Chinese High Speed railway projects, technical reviews:  Zhengzhou - Xi'an; Hong Kong-Shenzhen (West Kowloon Terminus design) (2008-2009)
  • Addis Ababa, Ethiopia:  Conceptual design of Addis Ababa LRT (2009)  -- now in operation
  • Heavy Haul projects in India (JARTS) (2010); Mongolia (SMEC) (2011)
  • Kuala Lumpur: Preparation of Trackwork tender for MRT line 1 (Leighton) (2012)
  • Taiwan:  Expert witness for Marubeni (Taipei - Taoyuan Airport Railway) (2012 - 2013)
  • Bangkok:  Track/Bridge interaction reports for long structures on a new metro line (2013 - 2014)
  • London (Parsons Brinkerhoff): Report on ride quality through HS turnouts on gradients for HS2 (2015).
  • Australia:  Chief Engineer - Track, Northwest Rapid Transit project. (2016 – 2017)6
masaaki   Bassam Mansour
International Rail Industry Advisor
HSS Engineering

Bassam Mansour is an International Railway Industry Advisor - Sponsored and trained by British Railways Board, he has held a range of positions in British Railways Board front line services at both Supervisory and Senior Management levels in all Railways disciplines.

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His experience spans over 30 years in Conventional and High Speed Rail as well as Metros. Bassam has been nominated and currently serving on the international panel of judges adjudicating on the Hyperloop High Speed technology in the USA and globally.

Bassam has a degree in Engineering from Manchester University (UK), Business degree from London University and he is a Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (London), and a Fellow of the Railway Signalling Engineers (London), he is internationally known and acknowledged expert in the railway Industry with proven international projects delivery track record, he has worked on Major Projects in UK (Channel Tunnel, HS1 and LUL), Ireland, Japan, China, Turkey, India, UAE, KSA and Malaysia. Bassam was the Director of Dubai Metro and later Director of Engineering and played a recognised part in the successful delivery of Dubai Metro.

Bassam has contributed to the development of many international railway standards including EN and BS, and delivered many technical papers on the design and delivery of international railway projects. He was a leading member of the GCC technical committee on the development of the GCC railways including High Speed, and led and delivered the National Transport Plan, railway law, railway regulations and railway Standards in the UAE.
masaaki   Noormah Md Nooh
Chief Executive Officer
Espress Rail Link Sdn Bhd

Noormah Mohd Noor joined ERL in October 1997 as General Manager of Finance, and was instrumental in the development of the RM2.4billion high speed rail link between KL Sentral station and the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA).

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As a specialist in infrastructure projects, Noormah played a critical role in revamping and successfully completed in 1999 that lead to the implementation of the ERL project. She was appointed CEO in June 2009.

Under her leadership, ERL has charted a double digit growth in the last 4 years which put the company on the global map with numerous industry awards and overseas consultancy services. She is an advocate of technological innovations and took a hands-on approach in ERL’s new Automatic Fare Collection system project as part of the company’s strategy to improve customer experience.

Noormah is a regular speaker at conferences and seminars both in Malaysia and abroad on rail transport and specifically, air-rail related subjects.
masaaki   Jayantha Gunathilake
Additional Secretary (Engineering)
Ministry of Higher Education and Highways, Sri Lanka &
Consultant Engineer
Sri Lanka Railway

Eng. G.J.C. Gunathilake , Additional Secretary (Engineering) in Ministry of Higher education and Highways, Sri Lanka. Holding a degree in civil engineering, he has spent 32 years directly involved in the maintain and rehabilitation of roads, Building, rail and bridges.

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He is currently, directing the new road development project including Expressway of Ministry of Highways, Ports and shipping for the proposed road extension projects and bridge rehabilitation projects involving feasibility studies.

After 10 years spent in the way and work sub department of the Sri Lanka railway as a District Engineer, he joined ABV rock group in Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in 1992 and served 2 years. In 1996 he joined KL consult Sdn Bhd, Malayasia and served as a Resident Engineer in Petronas Fertilizer Kedha Project until 1999.

Specialist of project planning, contract administration he has been leading a team of engineers on project implementation of Sri Lanka southern road developments and the proposed railway line in Northern - East expressway in Sri Lanka'.

He is presently fellow member of Institutions of engineer, Sri Lanka and fellow member of institution of permanent way, London.

Eng. G.J.C. Gunathilake belongs to the Sri Lanka engineering services since 1981 and participated many international workshop and seminar representing Sri Lanka in ESCAP, ADB  and World Bank Projects.
masaaki   Stefan Lammert
Technical Manager, Asia
Halfen International GmbH

Dipl.-Ing. Stefan Lammert has studied Civil Engineering at the Bauhaus-University in Weimar, Germany.

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After working as consulting engineer, Mr Lammert joined 2004 the international operating company HALFEN GmbH, one of the most successful concrete anchoring, connection and façade fixing systems suppliers in the world. Due to his work for Halfen´s Technical Department he has gained a wealth of specialist knowledge in fixing systems, reinforcement and lifting anchor technologies. Since 2006 Stefan is working as HALFEN´s Regional Technical Manager in Asia, being stationed in Kuala Lumpur (2006-2008/ 2012-2014) and Beijing (2008-2012).

In particular during his working period in China, where HALFEN cast-in channels were used in all major high-speed railway lines, he gained valuable experiences in the design and construction of railway tunnels and nowadays requirements for fastening systems used.
masaaki   Gopal R
Global Vice President, Transportation & Logistics Practice
Frost & Sullivan

Gopal R is responsible for developing the transportation and logistics consulting capabilities globally at Frost & Sullivan.

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Gopal has worked on several strategic consulting assignments for local, regional and global clients. He also works with industry associations and event producing companies to plan and implement value added business programs in industry events. His expertise in the regional market has helped in developing relationships with local and regional companies, augmenting networks, capabilities and research focus. His regional expertise is backed well with his knowledge and experience of working with global third party logistics companies.

Gopal has also been instrumental in conceptualizing and developing new research products for Frost & Sullivan that focus on the economic implications affecting industry segments. He has also been managing the economic modeling group that focuses on developing key market measurements across industry segments, quantitative market modeling, forecasting models and global research snapshots.

Prior to joining Frost & Sullivan, Gopal was the commercial Director for India and South East Asia at an international third party logistics company, responsible for business development in the region. He has also worked with a leading financial institution and handled the responsibility of market assessment and company analysis in project financing.
masaaki   Dr. Andrea Giuricin
TRA consulting

Dr. Andrea Giuricin is CEO of TRA consulting, a strategic consultancy company based in Barcelona, Milan and Brussels.

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He was the head of Studies Office and international affairs of NTV, first high speed rail private operator in Europe, since 2009, developing studies and analysis on rail sector. In the same company he is now strategic advisor for the President and the Managing director.

TRA consulting is leading consultancy company in the rail sector with international customers from Europe, Middle East, Asia, working with the top management (CEO and President) in the strategic and operational decisions (NTV, MTR express, Korail, ATM.).

Dr. Andrea Giuricin cooperates with several Transport Authorities and with the European Commission.

He is visiting professor at China Academy of Railway Sciences, an organization by the producers, Government and the University focused on the rail sector.

He is adj. professor in Mobility Management at University Milano Bicocca in Italy and he is adj. professor in Marketing Management at University of Minnesota and at Michigan State University and University Southern California.

He is keynote speaker and chairman in many worldwide events (Johannesburg, Bangkok, Hong Kong, Istanbul, Tokyo, Miami, Los Angeles, Rome, London, etc) for different field (Transport, TLC, etc.)

He published several books and analysis on transport field quoted on TV and newspaper (Xinhua, Wall Street Journal, BBC, FT, Bloomberg, Reuters, The Economist, Le Monde, O Globo).
masaaki   Kelvin Ko Hing Ka
Vice President, Major Project Delivery
AECOM Asia Co Ltd

Kelvin Ko is Vice President of Major Project Delivery of AECOM Asia Co Limited.

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Kelvin has 32 years of design and construction management experience in multi-disciplinary civil and building projects and has played key project management roles in the following mega scale projects in Hong Kong West Kowloon Terminus of the Express Rail Link
  • West Island Line
  • Lok Ma Chau Spur Line
  • West Rail, and
  • Passenger Terminal Building of Chek Lap Kok Airport
In recent years, Kelvin has specialized in design and construction planning of boundary crossing rail facilities, railway terminus and, transit oriented developments. Kelvin is currently the Project Director of the consultancy contract of the Advanced Engineering Study for the proposed High Speed Rail (HSR) within Singapore.
masaaki   Dr Sukhy Barhey
BMT Group

Dr. Sukhy Barhey is a director at BMT Group.

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Among his responsibilities includes BMT’s specialist safety and risk management consultancy operating in several industrial sectors including Rail.

Sukhy is a safety, reliability and risk management specialist with over 25 years of experience in Railway, Oil and Gas, Marine and Power industries. He has been involved in major infrastructure projects throughout Asia, Europe and the US, addressing risk and safety management, system safety and asset management involving the implementation of latest technologies and processes in complex operating environments.

His expertise has been recognised through assignments as Technical Safety Manager, Senior Advisor and Lead Accident Investigator. Sukhy has helped establish risk management processes, criteria and assessment practices for government bodies and assisted major organisations improve their safety and risk performance in projects and operations.
masaaki   Seik Son
Director, Future Strategy Office
Supreme Railways Co, South Korea

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Working Experience
  • Locomotive driver (crew team)(KORAIL).(1990 join a company)
  • Safety Plan team as a director of HQ Team. (KORAIL)
  • Passenger Transport team as a director of HQ Team. (KORAIL)
  • Overseas Railway Business Dept as a director of HQ. (KORAIL)
  • Transport planning team as a director of HQ. (SR Corp),(2013~)
  • Future strategy office as a project director of HQ. (SR Corp),(2013~)
Educational Background
  • Acquired Ph.D, Public administration, Korea National University
  • Acquired M.A, Ajou University Graduate school of TransportㆍITS
masaaki   Clive Tucker
Head, O&M

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Clive Tucker has over 25 years in Senior Management roles in Operations & Maintenance, including both High Speed Rail and Metro projects, some of the projects Clive has been involved with around the world include:
  • The Channel Tunnel Project – UK/Fr
  • Jubilee Line Extension Project-UK
  • CrossRail-UK
  • Dubai Metro-UAE
  • Eurostar-UK/Fr/Be
  • Haramain High Speed Rail Project-Saudi Arabia
  • MyHSR-Kuala Lumpur / Singapore
masaaki   Julian Smith
PT PricewaterhouseCoopers Indonesia Advisory, Indonesia

Julian Smith is PwC’s Global Transport & Logistics sector leader (since 2014), and also an adviser to PT PricewaterhouseCoopers Indonesia Advisory, specialising in financial and commercial advice on Capital Projects & Infrastructure in the Transport Industry.

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Julian is an experienced international corporate and infrastructure finance partner and has specialised in the transport sector for most of his career, regularly speaking at conferences and authoring thought leadership. He joined PwC UK from university in 1986 and trained as a Chartered Accountant, before moving to Corporate Finance in 1994 where he started his CF career on the privatisation of British Rail. He has worked on transactions and strategy assignments in many other countries including port privatisations in Sweden and Jamaica, bus privatisation in Jordan, railway project finance in Russia and Africa and transport strategy in USA and Ukraine.

In London he was leader of PwC’s transport sector corporate finance/PPP team and relationship partner for the UK Department for Transport, where he advised on two major rolling stock PPPs (Intercity Express and Thameslink), before he moved to Moscow in January 2011 to be CEE Capital Projects & Infrastructure Leader.
masaaki   Richard Brown
Managing Director
North Star Consultancy

Richard is a rail operations and customer service specialist with over 30 years’ experience from front-line to Director level.

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In 2007, Richard founded North Star Consultancy, rail experts who specialise in bid management, service concept through to operational readiness, the delivery of an excellent customer experience, disruption management and major event planning and air-rail links.
masaaki   Bhupinder Bedi
Asian Development Bank

Bhupinder Bedi has extensive exposure to Infrastructure Financing with IDBI, ADB and on World Bank Projects with India Infrastructure Finance Co Ltd., in India.

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He has over 20 years of experience at the top management level, as General Manager, in Project Appraisal & Corporate Finance with the erstwhile Industrial Development Bank Of India ( IDBI ); the largest Development Bank in the sub-continent. Thereafter, he has worked as a PPP Expert for 5 years with ADB till Sept 2012. In this capacity, he has assisted the state governments of Gujarat & Chhattisgarh as well as Ministry of Urban Development, GOI with the structuring of large infrastructure projects in PPP space. During this period, he also worked on the development of 6 HSR projects in India. He has also written a Paper titled “Global HSR Projects- An Analytical Perspective” during his stint with ADB. His services were also engaged by Rail Vikas Nigam Ltd for developing various Rail Projects in PPP Format. In addition, he has also worked with leading corporates in techno commercial functions in India and abroad. He has also served as a Director on the Board of Directors of some large companies in India and as an Associate with CRIS Infra Solutions on an assignment for IFC (W) on a World Bank project for development of an Enabling Framework for PPPs in Tourism in an African country.

He is currently working as a Procurement Specialist with Asian Development Bank in Delhi. His Focus area is Procurement of PPP Concessionaires for Infra Projects.
masaaki   Manprit Baweja
Regional Manager, Rail Systems
FOGTEC Fire Protection, India

Manprit Singh Baweja is responsible for providing fire protection systems on rolling stock for APAC region at Fogtec Brandschutz GmbH & Co.

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He has 20 years of experience in selling and establishing intelligent building solutions and technologies related to fire, safety, automation etc. His extensive experience in fire industry augmented with strong networks in Railways has played an instrumental role in conceptualizing the fire protection systems for Indian Railways. His continuous endeavors for 6 yrs. in testing the concept resulted in finally getting that added as standard fitment for all air-conditioned coaches in Indian Railways.

Manprit specializes in establishing new markets, from concept to realization. He has excellent C-level business networking exposure in various markets in South Asia specializing into channels and direct end users.

Prior to Fogtec, he has worked with Xtralis now part of Honeywell as Sales head for South Asia.
masaaki   Jon Clyne
Global Practice Lead for Transport Economics

Jon is CH2M’s Global Practice Lead for Transport Economics, with 25 years’ experience as a financial, transport and regulatory economist in the public and private sector - specialising in the economics of major rail projects.

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He has extensive senior level experience as a technical and thought leader in the UK and international rail industry: his technical leadership roles on several major rail projects include the TAV HSR line in Brazil and in the UK: Crossrail 2, and advice to the winning bidder of the HS1 Concession.

During 2016 and 2017, Jon has led CH2M’s economics and commercial advice to the Malaysian Government on the development of a transformational high-speed rail line linking Kuala Lumpur and Singapore. He is currently advising Washington State Government (USA) on the economics of an innovative new HSR line planned between Portland, USA and Vancouver, Canada.
masaaki   Ian Hardcastle
Technical Director - Digital Engineering

Ian is Technical Director of Digital Engineering (DE) at Jacobs for the Asia Pacific region, is a Chartered Engineer and has been involved in developing digital engineering solutions on major infrastructure projects since 2005.

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Prior to joining Jacobs Ian led the DE strategy for contractor Laing O’Rourke whilst in the DE Hub Lead role with the aim of building projects twice - the first time virtually. This included involvement on rail projects in the UK, Hong Kong and Australia. Ian was a founding member of the 5D quantification and estimation specialist start-up, Privica, that were acquired by Laing O’Rourke in 2010. At Jacobs Ian is working with key clients to help define the right digital strategy and providing assistance in specifying the right level of information in the Digital environment to drive greater surety of delivery and improved asset handover in to the operations and maintenance phase.
masaaki   Ir Dr Wesley Wong
Country Manager
Jacobs Malaysia

Ir Dr Wesley Wong is currently the Country Manager for Jacobs Malaysia and has over 18 years of experience working in multi-disciplinary projects in Asia, UK, Eastern Europe, Australia, United States, South Africa & the Middle East.

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He specialises in programme & project management, maritime, bridges, coal-fired power plants, lightweight and long-span structures. He is also providing executive oversights on all the current rail projects that are undertaken by Jacobs in Malaysia such as the High Speed Rail & KVMRT projects.

Further demonstrating his leadership and managerial skills, he has also previously held the positions of Director of Operations for the Engineering Structures division and was the Global Programme Management Office (PMO) Director who provided leadership and strategic directions to the Shell Retail Network Development Programme encompassing 18 countries. Wesley completed his PhD at the Cambridge University Engineering Department (CUED) and his post-doctoral research project was a joint collaboration between Cambridge University and NASA Langley Research Centre in USA on the Square Solar Sail Mission.
masaaki   Yeow Wei-Wen
Senior Vice President Marketing & Sales Management
Express Rail Link Sdn Bhd

Wei-Wen has seventeen years of experience in Express Rail Link (ERL), and was part of the launch team for the project.

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He joined ERL to set up and run the customer service and ticketing operations, and his responsibilities now include business development, establishing partnerships with airlines, and new product development. He is also responsible for marketing planning and development of sales channels. Prior to joining ERL in Kuala Lumpur, Wei-Wen worked for ten years in several regional positions for Singapore Airlines in Singapore, Tokyo, Fukuoka and Surabaya.
masaaki   Dato Dr Kevin Lam

A specialist in Project Management and System Integration in the Railway Industry.

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Dr. Lam established his technical expertise in the design and implementation of expert systems for "paperless factory" in Australia, China, Asian countries and USA. He had also provided consultancy services to multinational such as Nabisco Co Ltd. in USA, Hyundai in Korea, Uncle Toby’s and Shell in Australia.

Dr. Lam was Assistant Director in the Taiwan High Speed Railway Corporation, responsible for the design and implementation of signalling and communication systems with total value of USD 1.1 billion. Moreover, he has more than 10 years of experience in management of USD 100 million core systems asset in MTRCL and THSRC.

With formal education in Electrical Engineering, Dr. Lam had also obtained Postgraduate Diploma in Computing, Master of Business Administration in Technology Management, and Doctor of Technology from world class universities. Dr. Lam is active in publications and had presented 11 papers at several major international conferences. He was also a Certified Project Management Trainer on PMI courses.

Dr. Lam is a Fellow of the Institute of Engineers Australia, Fellow of the Hong Kong Quality Management Association, Member of the Hong Kong Computer Society and Member of the Hong Kong Institute of Engineer. He had served as member of the Professional Assessment Committee of Hong Kong Institute of Engineers and in other key positions in professional societies.
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