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PhD, MBOT, MSc (SBIT), PGDip (NCC), BBus (UMP), Dip (Electronics Engineering)
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Ts. Dr. Sharmini Gopinathan, – is an Associate Professor and the Head of Department for Postgraduate under the School of Management and Marketing in Taylor’s University. She lectures undergraduate and postgraduate students in the field of Marketing Analytics, Social Commerce and Digital Marketing as well as Research Methods and Quantitative Research Methodology. She is also an avid researcher in the field of work life balance and information systems. Having close to 25 years of experience in Training and Development along with highly rated management experience puts her in a position to understand the key role that various management and communication skills play in helping organizations achieve their business objectives. Her experience of having worked with large corporations, various international and local blends of individuals and students has given her an understanding of the nuances of working in a multi-cultural business environment. Ts. Dr. Sharmini is a certified HRDF trainer, and her areas of expertise are Leadership, Business Process Reengineering, Process Management, FMEA, Root Cause Analysis, Corporate Teambuilding, Presentation Skills, Sales & Success Mastery, Creative & Strategic Thinking and Communication Skills Programs. She is also well versed and certified in Marketing Analytics, Design Thinking, Colored Brain Communication, and Instructional Design. Successfully trained a large team of Young talents from Telekom Malaysia on Negotiation Skills and Presentation Skills. Personally trained and on-boarded a team of salespeople through Design Thinking workshops for Telekom Malaysia. Possesses an in-depth understanding of some of the best practices of academic business in Malaysia and how they can be applied in other global business environments. She also shows great interest and passion in conducting motivational trainings for adults and school students in the past. Ts. Dr. Sharmini has won several awards for best paper publications as well as presentations on effective teaching with blended learning tools.

She was also invited to share her experience in coping with postgraduate studies as well as work – family commitments as part of motivating the future generation in the Vizhuthugal an ASTRO Tamil talk show recently. Some of the awards won are:

• Obtained a Gold Award for teaching using Blended Strategies organized by Adept (A national body.
• Obtained a Bronze Award for teaching using Blended Strategies organized by USIM, Nilai
• Obtained the Best Paper Award for Conference paper presented at ISEB 2017 in Padang, Indonesia.
• Winner of the 7th Korea Inventor Award Festival 2018 – Order of Merit Category: Educational Development (only Malaysian in that category)
• Winner of Toronto International Society of Innovation and Advanced Skills (TISIAS) – Gold Award for Gamification in Education (Innovation and Commercialization of Gamification Apps)

Ts. Dr Sharmini firmly believes in the concept of Experiential Learning and conducts her programs filled with humour and fun activities. Participants attending her programs are always highly motivated and inspired to make improvements in their lives.

List of clients trained: PSG Institute of Management, Coimbatore India, Bangalore Christ University, Bangalore India, Sairam Institute of Management Studies, Sri Sairam Engineering College, Chennai India, Tafe College Seremban (staff), Mahsa University (staff), Tego (M) Sdn. Bhd., Campbell Soup (M) Sdn. Bhd., Hume Cemboard Sdn Bhd, PDRM, MC Packaging Sdn Bhd, TM Group, TM Talent, SL1M Khazanah, Queens College KL (staff), Genesis Technip, Toto (M) Sdn Bhd, Malaysian Automotive Institute (MAI), Asian Banking School, Petron Malaysia, Malaysia Airlines Berhad, United Overseas Bank, Pos Malaysia, Institute Aminuddin Baki, Inti University, Jabatan Perkhidmatan Awam (JPA) Malaysia, Telekom Malaysia, and many others.

Prof. Senthil Kumar T

Associate Professor and Lead of Sustainability & Reporting Cluster,
School of Accounting and Finance,
Asia Pacific University of Technology & Innovation,
57000 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

He is a finance professional with extensive experience in teaching postgraduate and undergraduate students, possessing expertise in programme management, supervision, research, publication, institutional development, editorial activities, case writing, mentoring, and student development. Currently, serving as an Associate Professor and Lead of Sustainability & Reporting Cluster at the School of Accounting and Finance, Asia Pacific University of Technology and Innovation, Malaysia. Leading a research grant, developing the international network of the university besides coordinating mobility programmes.

Noteworthy achievements include winning a silver medal in the FIMIEX 2023 innovation competition, the Best Paper Award at ICIE 2022 International Conference, receiving the UMP Excellent Employee Award in 2021, securing a Silver Medal in ITEX-2021 International Exhibition, earning a Gold Medal in UMP CITREX-2021 Exhibition, and attaining the Best Paper Award in NCON-PGR’2020 National Conference (Malaysia).

Mr. Premkumar

Mr. Premkumar is an operation expert with more than 3 decades of experience. He has completed Management Program for Technologists (MPT) from Indian Institute of Management Bangalore (IIMB) and M E (Production Engineering) from Madras Institute of Technology, Anna University, Chennai. His under graduation was in B Tech (Automobile Engineering) from Madras Institute of Technology, Anna University, Chennai and B Sc (Physics) from Madras Christian College, Madras University.
He has rich work experience in Product Design, Material Planning, Logistics, Procurement, Plant Operations and Corporate Consulting at Hindustan Motors Earthmoving Equipment Division, Tiruvallur. (Collaboration with Caterpillar Inc. USA) and worked in the position of Leadership for Powertrain Operations at Caterpillar India.
He was the Strategy / Integration Manager – Asia and contributed for the deployment of Caterpillar Asia Strategy for continuous improvement using Six Sigma and Lean Concepts. He has been the Supply Chain Manager at Caterpillar Inc., Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA and built the team, coaching and mentoring for start-up operations & supply chain systems implementation. He was the Regional Lean Advisor, Caterpillar Inc., for business process transformation at Caterpillar facilities and support services in India and South-East Asia (Thailand, Indonesia & Singapore). He has focussed on Lean Consulting, Training, Coaching, Mentoring, Deployment and Transformation. He was the Managing Director, Caterpillar (Thailand) Ltd., Underground Mining, Rayong, Thailand and taken lead to the Start-up of new Caterpillar facility in Thailand and Leadership for Strategy & Operations.

Training and Professional Certifications / Associations

• Lean Leadership Certification, LeanCor, USA (2020)
• Lean Thinker & Practitioner Certification, LeanCor, USA (2019)
• Caterpillar LEAD Training – Leadership Program (2013) in China & Japan
• Caterpillar Leadership Quest Program (2007) in USA
• Caterpillar 6 Sigma Sponsor Training (2004) in India
• CPIM (Certified in Production and Inventory Management) from APICS, USA (2004)
• Charter Member of TiE (The Indus Entrepreneurs) Coimbatore
• Member of Madras Management Association & Palghat Management Association

Academic Achievements

• Gold Medal: Indian Institute of Management Bangalore (IIMB). Awarded for Best All-Round Performance in Management Program for Technologists (1993)
• Gold Medal: Anna University, Chennai. Class Topper in B.Tech (Automobile Engineering) (1985)
• Gold Medal: Madras Institute of Technology, Anna University, Chennai. Best outgoing graduate (1985)
• Raghunatha Rao Medal: Madras Christian College, Chennai. Class Topper in B.Sc (Physics) (1982)