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   YBhg Tan Sri Dato’ Seri Syed Hamid Albar
Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD)

Dr. Syed Hamid Albar had his education in Malaysia before obtaining his Barrister-at-Law at the Inns of Court, School of Law in the United Kingdom.

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In 2015, he completed his PhD in International Relations at Asia e University, Kuala Lumpur.

Prior to his position in the government, Dr. Syed Hamid Albar worked in the finance and banking sector (domestic and overseas) for over 10 years.

During his political career from 1990 to 2009, he was a Member of Parliament and was the Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department and Minister of Justice (1990 – 1995), Minister of Defence (1995 – 1999), Minister of Foreign Affairs (1999 – 2008), and Minister of Home Affairs (2008 – 2009).

Dr. Syed Hamid is currently serving as the Chairman of the Malaysian Land Public Transport Commission since its establishment on 3 June 2010, to date.
masaaki   En Mohd Nur Ismal 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 Railway 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.
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