Oliver graduated as a Quantity Surveyor from Limerick Institute of Technology in 1994 and immediately immigrated to Chicago in the USA.
After a short stint with an estimating firm he joined Turner Construction Company and worked for them in various capacities for 19 years in the following locations –
- 1995 to 2003 – Chicago, USA on projects including Soldier Field Football Stadium, Boeing World Headquarters and others.
- 2004 to 2007 – Doha, Qatar on Museum of Islamic Arts.
- 2008 to 2010 – Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam on the Bitexco Financial Tower
- 2011 to 2013 – Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on the 118 storey Menara PNB.
In 2014 Oliver started his own business in Kuala Lumpur and currently has 20+ staff with completed or ongoing projects including HSBC Malaysia HQ at TRX, KL Sports City Development at Bukit Jalil, Air Asia HQ KLIA2, Menara Hap Seng 3 and others. In 2017 Oliver became Chairman of ICCM.
Michael has been working in business development in different markets across Asia for the past 35 years. He came to Asia in 1983, working with IDA Ireland to promote investment into Ireland, He joined Forbairt in 1996 and then Enterprise Ireland, when it was established in 1998 and he spent 15 years building up the Enterprise Ireland’s network of operations across the region and helping Irish companies to grow their exports to different markets across the region. After retiring in 2013, he spent three years working with Invest Northern Ireland to develop their Asian export and investment operations. Since he finished that contract in 2016, he has been working as an independent consultant, assisting and advising individual companies and helping them to grow their Asian business.
Over his career, Michael has initiated and developed business opportunities for companies in Japan, Korea, China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam (and the other 5 ASEAN countries), Australia, New Zealand, India and South Africa.
Dr. Jeffrey Bannister
B.A., B.A.I., Ph.D., MIET, Cert.Ed., ACTA, C.Eng
Dr. Jeffrey Bannister is senior consultant and CTO at Orbitage. He received his Ph.D. in Telecommunications from Trinity College in Dublin. He has been a lecturer, research fellow and course developer with the Dublin Institute of Technology, Temasek Polytechnic, Singapore, Trinity College in Dublin and with Philips Research Labs in the Netherlands and has been a guest lecturer at a number of universities.
Over the past 20 years, Jeffrey has developed vast experience in the competence management and development arena having assisted a number of high profile organisations and Government Agencies in reskilling and upskilling their technical staff as these organisations implement their digital transformation plans. This has involved competence identification, job role profiling and competence gap analysis. He has developed numerous ‘competency based’ programs and assessment mechanisms in line with National standards to ensure that these organisations have a “structured development roadmap” that is in line with their organisational strategy.
He is an active member of the MOGSC Competency & Training Working Group (CTWG). He is also a member of the Malaysian Technical Standards Forum, and a regular contributor of articles & presentations regarding the communications & IT industry to several conferences & publications. In June 2015 he represented Malaysia at both the ITU-T focus group IMT-2020 on development of the “new” 5G telecommunications standards and the ITU-R IMT Systems working group.
Jeffrey is co-author of the book “Convergence Technologies for 3G Networks: IP, UMTS, EGPRS and ATM”, published by John Wiley. It is a worldwide best seller, receiving excellent reviews from the IET and elsewhere.
Cormac Kavanagh has been lived in Malaysia for 14 of the last 22 years.
Arrived in Malaysia in 1995 to teach on a joint programme between Dublin Business School and Kolej Polytech Mara. That programme is still on-going and Cormac is still engaged there on a part-time basis.
Cormac Represents Education in Ireland in South East Asia focusing on the Malaysia, Vietnam and Thailand as potential markets for international students bound for study in Ireland.
Ir. Ronan Collins
As a digital engineering and virtual construction specialist, I’m known as a BIM Manager (Building Information Management). I enjoy leading teams of engineers and technicians to produce detailed designs and buildable solutions using BIM as part of the delivery of complex infrastructure projects. As a chartered structural engineer, I’m a strong believer in providing smart engineering solutions using digital construction processes.
As an accomplished speaker, I always enjoy interacting and engaging with people on a wide variety of construction and engineering topics. I’m always willing to share my knowledge, experiences (good and bad) and guidance on the best project specifications, training and technical support for people who are new to digital engineering. Given a chance to speak at conferences, I openly share my ideas and suggestions on how to get the maximum value from BIM.
Originally from Sligo, I graduated from UCD in 1996 and started my career in Dublin with Arup. In 2000 I moved to Hong Kong. In 2003 I established my own company in Hong Kong providing engineering solutions to major contractors. In 2012, I married a wonderful lady from Ipoh and in 2016 we relocated our family to Kuala Lumpur.
When I’m not working on building railways or airports, I enjoy sailing, travelling and indulging in all the great foods that Malaysia has to offer.
In case you are wondering, my title Ir. Refers to my chartered engineer (ingénieur) qualification and is not an abbreviation for Irish!
Rory James Doyle
Rory James Doyle is a Permanent Resident in Malaysia who moved to live in Malaysia in 2001.
Rory is Managing Director of Transport Events Management Sdn Bhd that owns and operates the biggest annual Ports, Shipping and Transport Logistics Exhibition and Conference B2B trade events in Africa, the Middle East, the Black Sea, the Baltic Sea, Mediterranean and ASEAN regions. Employing 18 permanent Malaysian staff, the company continues to expand and increase market share.
Rory is married with three children in Kuala Lumpur and is an avid tennis player.
Eoin is a Senior Partner of McKinsey & Company. He joined the Firm in London in 1999 and spent 10 years serving clients across industries. In 2002 he spent a year on secondment to the Prime Minister’s Delivery Unit in the Cabinet office. He moved to Kuala Lumpur in 2010 and led McKinsey’s practice in Malaysia for 6 years. Since 2016 he has led McKinsey’s Public Sector Practice in Asia, advising governments and companies on strategy, performance transformations and organisational change. He has worked across Asia, Africa, the Middle East, Europe, and Latin America.
Eoin is a Bachelor of Commerce graduate from UCD. He went on to do a Master of Business Studies at the UCD Graduate School of Business and also studied at the École Supérieure de Commerce de Paris. He is married to Ana and they have 3 children. He has been on the Board of Governors of The Alice Smith School in Kuala Lumpur since 2012. He joined the Board of MIBN in 2017.
Puan Amnah Shaari
Amnah Shaari is the Group CEO of Beyond Corporate Group Sdn Bhd. The group having been founded by her over 22 years ago is amongst the fastest growing consultancies in Kuala Lumpur. Beyond offers formidable and highly specialized one stop centre for international companies to enter and establish themselves in Malaysia. The all-encompassing and high impact services provided by Beyond, has propelled the Group into its prestigious standing today, all thanks to the vision and determination of its CEO. A simple direction of providing instant accessibility, information, ease and stoic professionalism, bundled with a boutique approach in order to enhance confidence in foreign organizations to realize the plethora of opportunities Malaysia has to offer has been the core driving principle of Beyond.
Amnah Shaari has a dedicated belief in the Malaysian Economy and its vast potentials. With a Masters
Degree in International Relations (Peter Drucker Centre, Claremont University, California), B.A in
Management and B.A in Political Science, her insights into the international business world keep her
abreast of trends, benchmarks and global economic implications of industry growth.
Her avid participation and directorship in many chamber of commerce, in particular the Malaysian
International Chamber of Commerce (MICCI) since 1996, refreshes her local knowledge in the intricacies
of doing business with the government and private sectors, enhancing her reputation as valuable
advisor and respected strategist to many industry leaders who are embarking on new ventures or facing
strong challenges. She has also successfully contributed her views in many government transformation
programs. Her efforts and achievements have propelled her to be elected at MICCI as the Chairman of
the Human Resource Committee, Chairman of Home Affairs Committee, and for the past five years
Chairing SME (Small medium Enterprises) Committee in advocating policies and programs to the
government. She has been one of the judges for the prestigious SME ‘Enterprise 50 Awards’ for the past
Currently she is advising and working with INVESTKL, in promoting Kuala Lumpur and its greater areas,
primarily to bring in the larger MNCs into Malaysia and to take advantage of the many perks and
incentives offered, as well as promoting Malaysia as the OHQ for the region.
Her other notable positions include; Current Honorary Consul General of Iceland in Malaysia, former
Director of British Chamber, current VP of Irish Chamber and current Director of Arab Chamber. She
currently holds directorship in several foreign companies in Malaysia.