Donal Crotty (Chairman)
Donal is an Executive Coach, Business Consultant, Mentor and Board Member. His background is of 30 years working internationally as an executive leader, services consultant and coach. Roles have included general/operations management, BPO, professional services, business development and organisational transformation. Donal has vertical experience in IT, Telco, Finance, Insurance, Aviation, Electronics and Retail including global brands as Boeing, Sony, HP and F-Secure.
Donal moved from Finland to Malaysia in 2016, working as a Life Coach and Mentor. He undertook the role of General Manager in ICCM in September 2020 and was appointed to the board and as Chairman in November 2021. Donal is accredited as a CEO Chair in the International Executive Coaching Organisation, Vistage and works within its member base in Malaysia/Singapore. He is also a voice actor for corporate video voiceovers and on weekends is a home-baker, selling his Irish based bakery products in Kuala Lumpur.
Emer Ní Raghallaigh (Vice Chairwoman)
Emer is a management and human resources professional and is currently working as a human resources lead in Accenture Malaysia. She has extensive experience in financial services and was on the management team of Friends First, a life assurance company in Dublin which was sold to Aviva in 2018. Previously she has held roles in business journalism, communication and international human resources. She moved to South East Asia in 2019. She is a member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development and the Malaysian Institute of Human Resources Management.
Emer is from Dublin. She has qualifications in business from UCD and in journalism from DCU. She also has a Master in Management from UCD and is a qualified business coach. She is married to Karim, who is French, and they have one son, Mel.
Dr. Jeffrey Bannister (Treasurer)
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.
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. In December 2019 Oliver was appointed as Chairman of EUMCCI which has been rebranded as EUROCHAM and resigned from his role as Chairman of ICCM, although remaining as a board member.
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.
Rob van Harren
Rob is a Dutch citizen and managing director within CRH, the largest public company in Ireland.
His background is of 24 years working in Europe/Asia, the first 8 years he has been working for E&Y consultants/auditors in the Netherlands as a chartered accountant, whereby in 2005 he joined CRH, one of world’s building material leaders. The first 7 years he has been working in various roles in Belgium/Netherlands and he moved to Malaysia in 2012, after CRH acquired a small business in Malaysia. Over the past years the company has grown its presence in Asia, whereby multiple locations of Leviat are running in South-East Asia now, together with a network of distributors. As of January 2022 the North-East Asian region will be added under the responsibility of Rob and his team in Kuala Lumpur. Inclusion & Diversity is a very important area, working within the bigger Asia region – in this context he is proud as well to be involved with the Irish Chamber as a Dutch man.
He is also related to the university of Tilburg as part-time examiner in the Netherlands. He lives with his Peruvian wife and 2 daughters in Kuala Lumpur, is a world-traveller, loves a pint of Guinness, a big soccer- (Ajax Amsterdam) as well Formula 1-fan.!
Jayanthi was born in Malaysia and qualified from Croydon College London. She has been with the education industry in Malaysia for over thirty years. Her experience includes working in diverse organisations such as Systematic College (now known as SEGI University), Edinburgh Napier University, British Council, IDP Education and currently Enterprise Ireland. Prior to working in the education industry, she worked in the construction industry focusing on sales and marketing.
Jayanthi has worked in numerous start-up roles during her sixteen years at the British Council. The roles include business development, operations, events management, and transnational education. In her ten years at IDP Education she worked in different markets across S Korea, Indonesia, Singapore and Thailand to establish and grow the overseas education sector for selected destinations.
Jasmine is the Founding Partner in Estilo Media, a public relations and media agency in Kuala Lumpur. As a partner she oversees the overall operations of the company and is responsible for setting strategic goals and objectives, and in driving business growth for the company. Jasmine is also a Director in Mahzan Sulaiman, a firm of chartered accountants and advisors where she leads the sales, branding and marketing of the firm.
Jasmine was born in Trim, Co. Meath and graduated with a Bachelor’s of Arts (Honors) Griffith College, Dublin. Her corporate career started as an associate in Kindlon Insurances Limited, a local medium-sized firm of financial advisors and intermediary for financial products. While working there, Jasmine completed her professional qualification as a Qualified Financial Advisor (QFA) under LIA.
She moved to Malaysia in 2009 and started her career in public relations and investor relations consultancy in a small agency, Imej Jiwa Communications Sdn Bhd, a company which primarily provided publications, investor relations, advisory and crisis management services to public listed companies and also helping execute IPO’s on Bursa Malaysia.