Further to the 2017 Annual General Meeting (29 Apr. 2017) the SHS Committee is as follows :
President: Dato Sri Robert Jacob Ridu
Vice President: Ernest Teo
Secretary: Sharifah Nur Hannah
Treasurer: Anna Wee Chiaw Sek
James S L Yong
(V) 2014 – 2016 : Karen Shepherd (07/03/2014 – 20/03/2016)
(IV) 2012 – 2014 : Hong Boon Kheng (16/03/2012 – 07/03/2014)
(III) 2010 – 2012 : Joseph Ingai Gasing (05/03/2010 – 16/03/2012)
(II) 2008 – 2010 : Mike Boon Chee Khian (28/03/2008 – 05/03/2010)
(I) 2006 – 2008 : Datu Abang Janalak @Aloysius b. Abg Dris (12/08/2006 – 28/03/2008)
Dato Sri Robert Jacob Ridu (President)
Former Speaker of State Legislative Assembly, Sarawak. Served a full term as Commissioner of Enforcement Agency Integrity Commission Malaysia. Earlier career as Principal and Management Consultant with Touche Ross and HRM, (Chartered Accountants & Management Consultants.). Has MSc in Admin Science & Development Problems from University of York, UK. Passionately interested in safeguarding and promoting Sarawak’s unique heritage, both tangible and intangible.
Ernest Teo (Vice President)
Owner of Premier Marine & Scuba Centre. Full certified PADI Divemaster and qualified for Emergency First Response. Specialty Instructor for Enriched Air Diver (Nitrox), Digital UW Photographer, AWARE Coral Reef Conservation, Peak Performance Bouyancy, Equipment Specialist, Deep, Wreck. His passion in ocean conservation, active involvement in diving in Kuching and wreck research has led to him being one of the most respected divers in the State.
Sharifah Nur Hannah (Secretary)
BA in International Relations (2012) from Queen Mary College, University of London. Spent the start of career in the Business Events industry where she worked closely with the Sarawak Convention Bureau, after which she took on the role of Business Development and Quality Assurance Coordinator for NorPower Sdn Bhd, a subsidiary of Norconsult. Throughout her employment, she has consistently been involved in freelance copywriting projects, including several publications. Her involvement with the Society was spurred by her curiosity to learn more about her State and to contribute even in the smallest of ways.
Anna Wee Chiaw Sek (Treasurer )
Anna Wee graduated in Hotel Management (MHCIMA) from Bournemouth Polytechnic of Science and Technology, since known as Bournemouth University. She read law with University of London distance learning programme. She founded the non-profit Barefoot Mercy in 2011 to uplift lives in isolated villages in Sarawak, which recently won both the Star Foundation Golden Hearts Award and Star-Gamuda Inspiration Award 2017. Anna juggles between being a full-time social advocate at heart, a part-time entrepreneur with a paralegal day job, managing an arbitration practice which specialises in construction law and construction dispute resolution. She believes that the tribal weaving skills, their ancient knowledge of medicinal plants and jungle survival skills should not only be preserved but proudly promoted and ensured of posterity.
Studied Public Administration in Mara Institute of Technology. Worked with foreign multinationals almost his entire adult life. After enjoying retirement for almost a year, he was invited to join a Japanese multinational start-up in Samalaju Industrial Park as a Public Affairs Advisor. Other involvements include: Past President of Rotary Club of Kuching; a founding, life and exco member of Dyslexia Association of Sarawak, Life member of Sarawak Association for Mentally Challenged Children; Secretary of Samalaju Investors Industrial Association; Secretary of Sarawak Chamber of Commerce & Industry, Bintulu Chapter. An amateur photographer who is passionate in taking photographs of buildings, old and new, and of birds.
An agronomy engineer (AgroParisTech) by training, Francis Frey has over 30 years’ experience working in international development finance with a focus on rural development, infrastructure, environment and financial sector projects and public policies in developing and emerging countries. He has served AFD, the French government’s international development agency for 27 years with postings in a number of African and Asian countries. He has been involved in the funding of Asian projects related to cultural heritage conservation. He is now retired and lives in Kuching.
James Lo graduated with a Bachelor of Laws degree from Monash University in Melbourne and has been actively practising law as a corporate and commercial litigator for more than 20 years. He opened Zinc Restaurant in Kuching 3 years ago and now carries on work as a lawyer by day and a waiter by night. James is keenly interested in heritage and the restoration of old architecture as can be seen in his renovation of the 100-year old shophouse in which Zinc Restaurant is sited. He is inspired by various cities in the world where development of heritage sites is pursued sensitively and hopes to move, through the Sarawak Heritage Society, Kuching in the right direction.
Studied at the Feng Chia University in Taiwan, with a full scholarship commissioned from Taiwanese Outstanding Oversea Chinese Awards in 2003-2008. She graduated with a B.Arch (Cum Laude) and gained international recognition such as the Holcim Sustainable Next Generation Award (First Prize) and 2009 Archiprix. After one year of research and working experience around Asia, she moved to London, where she gained a Diploma and M.Arch (Dist.) at the Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL in 2011. Wendy Teo is a UK ARB/RIBA Chartered Architect, Curator, Researcher and Tutor who sees embedding social-culture dialogue informing architecture as her ultimate pursuit. Her works have been translated into varied medium and scale throughout her commitment with Foster and Partners, Divooe Zein Atelier, Borneo Art Collective, Taiwan Architect Magazine, CanopyU and a number of workshop tutorships, one of the notable ones being the 2013/14 Archilab exhibition.
James S L Yong
James Yong has a BSc(Hons) in Computer Science and MSc in Business Systems Analysis & Design, both from the City University, London, UK. He spent more than 30 years working on ICT, finance & eGovernment consulting in HP, Shell, Cap Gemini, SingTel and Cisco Systems. Based out of Singapore, his territory of focus was ASEAN. He was the author of “E-Government in Asia” (Marshall Cavendish, 2005) and three genealogical monographs. After leaving corporate life, James started JYGlobal Associates (www.jyglobal.biz) through which he still consults for select clients. Since returning to Kuching, he spends more time on his interests in history, heritage, genealogy and writing. He is the creator of FB group “Kuching – Then and Now”.
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