Dato' Peter Ng
Dato’ Peter Ng is the founder and CEO of UCSI Group – a conglomerate that operates in education, consultancy, healthcare, hotels, property and technology.
The Group began with education as its niche when Ng founded a humble computer training institute on a shoestring budget of RM2,000 in 1986. Today, that institute has grown to become UCSI University – Malaysia’s best private university in the 2019 QS World University Rankings. Ranked in the top 2% of all universities in the world, UCSI is the only Malaysian private university in the world’s top 500. It also stands out as one of the world’s top 70 universities under 50 years old.
After relinquishing the role of vice-chancellor in 2010, Ng focused on the overarching growth strategy for UCSI Group. UCSI expanded rapidly and more than 20 subsidiaries are now parked under the UCSI umbrella. The Group’s many ventures are anchored on a commitment to sustainability and every endeavour is anchored on value innovation.
The Group’s rapid growth is best evinced by its ever-increasing reach. UCSI presently runs two hotels – an eponymous luxury establishment in Kuching and a boutique hotel in Kuala Lumpur – and more establishments will be launched in the future. Its healthcare division is also in the midst of completing the first phase of a 1,000-bed hospital project in Springhill, Negeri Sembilan. Once completed, UCSI Hospital will complement current operations that involve a skin science centre and a general clinic.
UCSI’s growth spurts are facilitated by its property division that has successfully completed a major campus expansion which added more than 1 million ft2 to the University’s operational capacity. In education, UCSI has successfully cast a wider net, providing industry-acclaimed offerings at all levels of education from preschool to postgraduate studies to professional certification.
Ng was also instrumental in establishing UCSI Consulting Group – a leading management strategy provider that focuses on Blue Ocean Strategy, leadership training and professional development. Today, UCSI’s consulting arm counts many of the world’s best companies as its clients. Ever on the lookout for new business opportunities, Ng is also spearheading UCSI’s foray in the mobile network industry, internet provision and wireless solutions.
Ever passionate about learning, Ng believes that leaders must be faithful, available and teachable. Committed to groom tomorrow’s leaders, Ng makes time in his hectic schedule to hone the calibre of high potentials. Mentoring sessions are frequently held and these are not limited to UCSI Group employees. Ng’s own qualities are constantly recognised and he has won top entrepreneurial awards in recent years. Despite the many accolades, Ng retains his down to earth persona by delighting in the simpler pleasures of life – often a game of basketball that he indulges every other day. Never one to forget his roots and the struggles of his early life, Ng frequently contributes to charitable causes. He returns to his hometown whenever he can.
Ng resides in Kuala Lumpur with his wife, Datin Lily. They are the proud parents of four children, Christopher, Natasha, Shamaine and Nathaniel.
Dr. Raj Kumar
Dr. Raj Kumar is the CEO of UCSI Consulting Group. Having served in several listed Multinational Companies, his forte in consulting is anchored with a sea of experience, ranging from the setting up of business operations to strategic planning, innovation and project execution.
Since his career set sail, Raj has netted the prestigious Chairman’s most consistent performer award by Informatics Holdings Ltd and top candidate award for strategic business analysis by NCC Education Worldwide. Amongst Raj’s key achievements include being promoted as the youngest Vice President in UCSI Group’s history.
An excellent communicator with a gifted mind, Raj is a certified Consultant and Practitioner from the Blue Ocean Strategy-Initiative Centre of Professors Kim and Mauborgne, co-creators of Blue Ocean Strategy. The companies he has hooked up in deploying and implementing Blue Ocean Strategy consist of international firms, billion dollar conglomerates and government-lead companies.
His portfolio includes the formulation of Blue Ocean Strategies for the No. 1 Global Pharmaceutical company, the largest bank in Asia, the largest media agency in Asia, a leading education institution in South East Asia and a mega property development project in the region. Raj has also has conducted programmes on Blue Ocean Strategy across North America, Middle East, Africa and Asia Pacific, interacting with participants from over 25 countries.
Raj holds a doctorate degree in Business and Administration from UCSI University (Malaysia) majoring in organizational innovation. He also holds a Master of Science in Strategic Business from University of Portsmouth (UK), a Postgraduate Diploma from NCC Education (UK) where he graduated top of his class and a Bachelor’s Degree with Honours in Information Technology majoring in Project Management from University Tenaga Nasional (Malaysia).
Sivanesuvary Appukudy is a former Deputy Director at the National Institute of Public Administration, (INTAN) Malaysia and former head of the INTAN Blue Ocean Strategy Centre. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree with Honours and a Postgraduate Diploma in Education from the University of Malaya, and as an Administrative and Diplomatic Officer in the Malaysian Civil Service, has served in a number of ministries in the Malaysian public service since 1979.
Under INTAN, the training arm of the Public Service Department, she had been a trainer and consultant to various government sector agencies and had trained thousands of public servants in the field of Human Resource Development, Management, and Organizational Development. She hence has intimate knowledge of the workings of public services and also a wide network of official contacts. Having been trained in Blue Ocean Strategy at INSEAD France she now provides Blue Ocean Strategy training and consultancy to public sector organizations and is a working member of the National Strategic Execution Summit that oversees execution of Malaysia’s National Blue Ocean Strategies.
Recently, she graduated MBA with special focus in Blue Ocean Strategy at UCSI University. She has strong training skills and brings with her vast experience in dealing with multi-stakeholder government related projects.
Luciano Pezzota is an experienced management consultant with a strong background in business strategy and a particular focus on innovation management.
Luciano is Adjunct Faculty for Strategy and Innovation at ICLIF, an international, Asia-based center of excellence focused on leadership development and at SIM Professional Development, the executive education arm of the Singapore Institute of Management.
Luciano is a certified Blue Ocean Strategy practitioner from the Blue Ocean Strategy – Initiative Centre of Professors Kim and Mauborgne, co-creators of Blue Ocean Strategy, since 2006 and an active member of the global Blue Ocean Strategy Network.
From 2008 until 2012, Luciano worked as the Regional Lead Consultant for UCSI Blue Ocean Strategy Regional Centre, the consulting company created by Professor Kim and Mauborgne that covers 10 countries in the Asia-Pacific region. Currently Luciano acts as the Managing Partner of the UCSI Blue Ocean Strategy Regional Centre – Singapore Office.
Currently Luciano is also the Managing Partner of ECSI Consulting – Singapore, a strategy and innovation consulting firm with offices in Europe and Asia recently named as one of the 15 global leading firms in innovation strategy and management by Kennedy Research, the most authoritative analyst of the consulting industry.
He has over fifteen years of strategy consulting experience across Europe and Asia Pacific. During these years he has facilitated workshops, as well as designed and led tens of consulting engagements to help companies and public organizations develop and execute innovative corporate and business strategies.
Luciano holds an MSc in International Management and is a frequent and sought-after speaker on matters of strategy, innovation and leadership and has presented internationally. He is known as a lively and engaging facilitator and has conducted programmes on strategy, innovation and leadership for multinational companies across North America, Europe and Asia, interacting with participants from the mid ranks to the C-level from over 30 countries.