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UKABC Digital Export Series – Successful Growth in Malaysia

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Decades of growth and stability have helped make Malaysia an industrialised, relatively open economy with consistent growth. As Malaysia’s new Prime Minister takes to the helm, we hear about the early indications of the potential for increasing UK-Malaysia trade. Malaysia offers opportunities across a wide range of sectors for UK exporters.

We discuss with our in-country experts the British Malaysian Chamber of Commerce to find out what local assistance is available to help ease the passage of UK exporters into the market.

Speakers

  • Paul North, Director of Trade, UK-ASEAN Business Council
  • Jennifer Lopez, Executive Director, British Malaysian Chamber of Commerce
  • Vikkrama Kumaravale, ASEAN Desk Director, Corporate and Commercial Banking, Santander
  • TBC, CIMB Bank – Malaysia

Speakers Biographies

Paul North 
Director of Trade, UK-ASEAN Business Council

Paul is an experienced Executive Business Manager with a wealth of experience in international markets from having worked and lived in the Middle East for more than 30 years. His previous role was with the Department for International Trade (formerly UK Trade & Investment), heading up the Overseas Business Network Initiative in the East Midlands. He was developing and supporting a global network of business-led partner organisations to offer a wide range of high-quality support in key markets, particularly Southeast Asia, for exporting companies.

Jennifer Lopez
Executive Director, British Malaysian Chamber of Commerce

Appointed as Executive Director of the BMCC in July 2018, Jennifer oversees all operations and business units of the Chamber. She steers the BMCC’s robust network composed of 260 MNCs & SMEs, together with its associates and key stakeholders from both the private and the public sector. In her role, she drives her team to leverage business matching opportunities for the Chamber’s members, while providing a representative industry/sector voice to engage in purposeful public/ministerial dialogue with key government stakeholders.

She’s also the chief liaison for the BMCC Board of Directors, the Malaysian spokesperson for the bilateral chambers under the British in South East Asia (BISEA) faction. Jennifer also supervises the BMCC’s contract with the British government’s Department International Trade (DIT), whereby the Chamber serves as a platform for British businesses looking to export products & services to Malaysia and develop a presence in-market.

As a Chartered Accountant by training, Jennifer has enjoyed a versatile career in professional education and financial industries, including assuming the role as Head of Malaysia at ACCA for 5 years; honing her specialities in developing strategic partnerships, corporate branding and relationship management.

 

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