Our People

Advisory Board

Dato’ Yau De Piyau

Dato’ Yau De Piyau was formally the Chief Executive Officer of Human Resources Development Corporation (“PSMB”). Previously he also served as the Director-General of Human Resources Development Council.

He holds a BA (Hons) from University of Malaya; and a MA in Manpower Studies from Central London Polytechnic, UK.

Dato’ Amirnuddin Mazlan

Dato’ Amirnuddin Mazlan is a Senior Research Fellow at Asia e-University. Previously he was the Chief Executive Officer of the Human Resources Development Fund (“PSMB”), where served for over a decade. Currently, he also serves as the member of the Board of Governors of Binary University and Asia Metropolitan University.

He holds a Bachelor of Accounting from University Kebangsaan Malaysia.

Board of Trustees

Tan Sri Dato' Dr Palan

Tan Sri Dato’ Dr. R. Palan is the Founder and Executive Chairman of SMR Group, which specialises in education, technology and HR professional services. Previously he has worked in a variety of positions and industries across the world in both non- and for-profit organisations. Over the years he has authored a total of 16 books. He also serves, on a voluntary basis, as a Director of the Human Resources Development Fund under the Ministry of Human Resources and as the Chairperson of the Working Committee on HRD, ASEAN Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

He has studied at Harvard Business School; the University of Madras, India; Leicester University, U.K.; California Coast University, USA; and University of Ballarat, Australia.

Puan Sri Datin Kamu Palan

Puan Sri Kamu Palan started her career as a teacher in 1986 with the Ministry of Education, but soon began a career as a corporate trainer. Subsequently, she joined SMR, where she initially worked in consulting before transitioning into a leadership role. She has long held an interest in Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) projects and has been the driving force behind SMR's CSR initiatives.

She pursued a NCC Diploma in Computers (1987) from the Systematic Computer Centre, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; a Certificate in Training & Development (1992) from the Institute of Training & Development, U.K.; and a Diploma in Management (2003) from the Institute of Administrative Management, U.K.


Tan Sri Palan's two sons, Ramanathan and Malayandi, co-founded the Foundation.

Ramanathan (Maha) Palan

Maha is currently a student at the Imperial College of London, pursuing a Masters in Risk Management and Financial Engineering. Prior to enrolling at the Imperial College, Maha completed his Bachelors degree in Chemical Engineering at the University of Manchester, where he was awarded the Gold Award under the Manchester Leadership Program for exceptional contribution to the wider community.

Malayandi (Andy) Palan

Andy is currently a student at the University of California, Berkeley, pursuing a Bachelors degree in both Applied Mathematics and Computer Science. Deeply passionate about education, he simulataneously serves as an Undergraduate Student Instructor for Berkeley's Department of Statistics, teaching probability theory to fellow Berkeley undergraduates. Click here to learn more about Andy.

Operations Team

Zalina Binti Mat Zin (Lily)

Lily is currently a Senior Manager of Operations at SMR Group and has extensive experience in the field of training and development. She has worked with SMR Group for over a decade.

Chew Ann Nei

Ann Nei is currently a Senior Manager of Human Resources at SMR group and has extensive experience in the field of people development. She has worked with SMR Group for over a decade.