2012 Human Resources Awards Categories Final Judging Committee
CM Chan, Director, Sapptech, Selangor Darul Ehsan, Malaysia
David Gilman, President, Gilman Performance Systems, Brookfield, CT, USA
Albert Kong, Chairman/CEO, Asiawide Franchise Consultants Pte Ltd, North Bridge Centre, Singapore
Kelly Leong, Hotel Manager, Sunway Hotel, Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Ong Chee Leong, Manager, Bukit Bintang Branch, Malayan Banking Berhad, Bukit Bintang, Malaysia
David Lim, Owner/Founder, Denise Wines Group, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Abdul Malek, Chairman, Malaysian Franchise Association, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Rajiv Noronha, Head-Organizational Effectiveness (BPO), Tata Consultancy Services, Bangalore, India
Stefan Pertz, Group Managing Director, Launchpad Sdn Bhd, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysa
Roger Poulin, President, Malaysia Canada Business Council, Selangor, Malaysia
Manjit Singh, Consultant, Manjit Singh Sachdev, Mohammad Radzi & Partners, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Hj Abdillah Suffian Bin Abdul Rahim, Vice President, AEU, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysa
Rieko Ueda, President, Mothernet Inc., Osaka, Japan
Dr. Richard Ong
Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer
Smart Reader® Worldwide Sdn Bhd, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Dr Richard Ong is a self-made entrepreneur who has been managing his own business since he was 27. He was the driving force behind the establishment of the Smart Reader® franchised programs, and his enterprising attitude has helped turn the Smart Reader® Worldwide brands—the Smart Reader Kids® franchised education program and the licensed Smart Reader® English program—into household names in Malaysia.
Dr Ong's emphasis on quality management and branding has enabled Smart Reader® Worldwide to become an award-winning company with trademarks of excellence and quality. To date, Smart Reader® Worldwide has initiated employment opportunities for over 5,000 educators, as well as more than 500 entrepreneurs worldwide.
A prominent figure on the Malaysian franchising scene, Dr Ong is a regular speaker and spokesperson at franchise talks and conventions including the UNCTAD/WTO World Export Development Forum. With extensive experience in franchising, especially in Asian countries like Thailand, the Philippines, and China, he has a wealth of information to share and good advice to offer newcomers to the franchise fraternity.