Speakers at the forum included Shell Malaysia’s Chairman; Mr. Iain Lo, Asia's first and only International Coach Federation (ICF) certified storytelling coach; Dr. Tanvi Gautam,  Director Public Affairs, Pfizer; Noor Yang Azwar Kamarudin, Senior Executive Director, PwC ;  Ms. Chin Suit Fang and moderated by Johan Merican, Chief Executive Officer of TalentCorp.

Others include, Datin Joan Hoi; Director of Zurich Insurance Malaysia Berhad and Mr. Pun Tian Pouw; Principal, Korn/ Ferry International.

Shell’s participation in this forum via Shell Women Action Network (SWAN) is part of the company’s continued commitment to women’s leadership development in Malaysia. SWAN was initiated in 2000 with a vision to help Shell Malaysia become the Employer of Choice for women. These are achieved by creating a relevant and visible network of professional women and influence an environment where women can achieve their full potential in their careers.

Lo noted that while women have made progress in proving the business case for gender diversity at the executive level and on boards across many industries, there's still plenty of work to do. He then offered insights into his future plans for Shell where among others include the introduction of “Women Talent Pipeline” as part of the Shell People Day’s Agenda, recruitment of graduate/experienced women and providing childcare support at their new office premise in Sentral.

“Through a history that spans 120 years, Shell in Malaysia has grown to become one of the Malaysia’s largest corporations. Our success has been firmly built on continual learning, helping our people reach their potential while instilling a mindset that seeks to innovate and challenge convention. As Malaysia enters the next phase of development, it is critical that corporations here create the right environment that drives leadership and innovation to remain competitive for the women” stated Lo.

Lo’s insights set the tone for the day, where he was later joined by other speakers in a panel discussion deliberating on how women themselves and Companies could help with the career-competing-pressures he spoke about earlier. The frank and diverse opinions of the panel were both enlightening and refreshing to the audience. 

In conclusion, the Summit emphasized the need for organizations to embrace a new and more dynamic approach to maintain the women workforce. While breaking away from traditional mindsets may not be an easy feat, the move to prioritize the role of women and their leadership and to embrace innovation, will ensure that corporations achieve sustainable growth.

This inaugural Summit has attracted over 300 participants across Malaysia, Brunei and Singapore. The program was divided into two parts; Panel Discussion and Learning Labs.


Shell Malaysia:

Norhayati Sulaiman-Adzhar, Country Media Relations Manager


Note to Editors:

About Shell Malaysia

Shell is a global leader in power, energy, and gas technology and is working to meet increasing energy demand and supply challenges by delivering smarter products and cleaner energy, smarter infrastructure, smarter use, and by developing new energy sources while addressing the impact on the environment, through cleaner burning natural gas and advanced fuels and lubricants technology. 

Malaysia is one of Shell’s heartlands. The history of Royal Dutch Shell in Malaysia started more than 120 years in Miri, Sarawak. Shell currently has a strong market presence in the upstream and downstream sector in Malaysia.  

Being at the forefront of energy and fuel efficiency, Shell advocates for the use of energy more efficiently as the simplest and most cost-effective way to reduce emissions and mitigate climate change through driver education, fuel efficient driving behaviour, and smarter mobility collaboration and strategic partnerships to fuel the country’s progress.  

As Shell aims to meet the world’s future energy needs with a diversified energy mix and cleaner energy, we enjoin consumers and businesses to use energy better, to do more with less, and make energy conservation a way of life.

At our operations, safety is our top priority. Our goal is to have zero fatalities and no incidents that cause harm to our people and neighbours and put our facilities at risk.  We aim to address social concerns and work to benefit local communities, protecting our reputation as we do business.

About SWAN

The Shell Women Action Network (SWAN) was initiated in 2000 under the leadership of Shell Malaysia’s Chairman and HR Director at that time. Together with female employees who were passionate about the progression of women at the workplace, the network was developed and today stands as one of the most active networks in Shell Malaysia. Part of its vision is to help Shell Malaysia become the Employer of Choice for women. This is achieved by creating a relevant and visible network of professional women, and influences an environment where women can achieve their full potential in their careers.


Resources: Our use of the term “resources” in this announcement includes quantities of oil and gas not yet classified as Securities and Exchange Commission of the United States ("SEC") proved oil and gas reserves or SEC proven mining reserves.  Resources are consistent with the Society of Petroleum Engineers 2P and 2C definitions.

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