The Curtin Alumni Malaysia Chapter held it’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) on 30 March 2019 at Michelangelo’s Italian Restaurant in Soho, Kuala Lumpur. At the event, the Chapter also welcomed new graduates home and introduced them to the alumni community.
The alumni were treated to a scrumptious Italian High-Tea curated by Chef Massimo, followed by individual sharing sessions by our reputable alumni, Angelia Chin-Sharpe and Kid Chan. Curtin Malaysia’s Student Council contributed a series of questions for our speakers which were discussed at the panel discussion moderated by alumnus Jane Teh. They were joined by R. Dinesh, Associate Director of Marketing and Communications, Curtin University Malaysia and the event ended on a high note with the election of the new Alumni Committee for 2019/2020.
Both Angelia Chin-Sharpe and Kid Chan graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce. Angelia was the second President of the Alumni Chapter Malaysia, a role she has taken on for 10 years while rising through the ranks to become one of the most senior female figures in the Malaysian finance sector. She is currently the CEO and Country Head of Malaysia and Brunei at BNP Paribas Asset Management. Not only is Angelia a leading figure in the finance industry, but she is also an active philanthropist. Her charity, The Lost Food Project (www.thelostfoodproject.org), is Malaysia’s leading food bank that rescues quality, nutritious surplus food that would otherwise end up in landfill, and redistributes this food to those who need it most regardless of religion, gender, age, disability or ethnic group. Her efforts won her the Malaysian Australian Alumni Council Community Service Award in 2017. Angelia shared her leadership journey to the top, peppering things she learnt at university and how good work ethics is essential in anything we endeavour.
Kid Chan’s journey after university was a road less travelled, comparatively. After a brief stint in the corporate world, he decided to pursue his entrepreneurial bug. He is richly rewarded and is now a sought-after regional corporate and portrait photographer. Kid has photographed countless celebrities, CEO of MNCs, Forbes listed billionaires, Head of States and been named as one of the “100 people you must know in Asia” by the Malaysian Tatler magazine. Kid shared the importance of being humble and how one person cannot go far alone. Kid also gave out his book “Kid Chan’s Guide to the Business of Photography”, a MPH Bestseller, to our lucky attendee Ho Li. While there have been many books written on the art of photography, very few teaches budding photographers about what it means to set up their own photography business. Kid gave valuable insights to how being friendly and approachable landed him his first job out of university.
During the moderated panel discussion session, both speakers shared with authenticity and sincerity how competitive Curtin alumni are in the market, and how a degree from Curtin Malaysia stands out in the eyes of the employer. They also shared their personal views on how extra co-curricular activities help to shape character, and advice on how students can further enjoy their time at university while also preparing themselves for the future. “Your network is your net worth”, says Kid. An opinion which Angelia also agrees with.
The event was featured “Live” on the Curtin University Alumni Malaysia Chapter Facebook page.