MEET THE 2020/2022 SECRETARIAT
CHITRA DEVI SUNDRAM
CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
Ms Chitra Devi Sundram was called to the Malaysian Bar in 1996 and thereafter served as a PTD Officer (Pegawai Tadbir dan Diplomatik) in the Ministry of Energy, Telecommunications & Posts. Once she realized that her true passion was to practice law, she resigned from the civil service and commenced her legal career.
In 2000, she jointly established Messrs Kim & Devi, a partnership, and proceeded to lead the litigation department. However, when the opportunity arose to get international exposure, Ms Sundram took a leap of faith and joined an Indo-Canadian company based in India as an In-House Counsel in 2005. Her approximately 5 years stint gave her vast exposure in corporate and commercial work in several jurisdictions namely the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Bahrain, India, Canada and the Islamic Republic of Iran. Upon her return to Malaysia, she joined an established public listed company in the business of Information Technology and security, working her way up to becoming head of legal in 2011. Here, she acquired vast skills in corporate governance, risk management and regulatory compliance.
Ms Sundram was offered the opportunity to join the Asian Institute of Finance, a think-tank jointly established by the Securities Commission and Bank Negara Malaysia in 2017, as General Manager under the Professional Standards Department. She was part of the Financial Services Professional Board (FSPB), where she organised and supervised the development of NOSS for 5 sectors in banking including compliance and Syariah advisory, publishing a case study on Merchantrade Asia Sdn Bhd in 2018.
She was practising as a sole proprietor before her appointment as MAMSB CEO.
MANAGER – REGULATORY & ENGAGEMENTS
Manpreet Kaur is the Manager of Regulatory and Engagements Division at MAMSB. She has more than 11 years of event planning, corporate communications and marketing experience (customer focused) including corporate marketing across a variety of industries such as Oil and Gas, Banking and financial institutions.
Ms Manpreet started her career in an Oil and Gas firm, managing marketing and business development. After 2 years, she joined Labuan IBFC, a banking and financial services sector heading the events department and handling marketing strategies, project planning, event management, contract negotiation, budget management, as well as strategic planning and execution.
In 2013, she joined the Asian Institute of Finance, a think-tank under Bank Negara Malaysia and Securities Commission Malaysia, and led the corporate events and business development department.
She has experience in handling stakeholders and high-level officers and protocols, including producing large-scale events, and is an expert in sales for business development.
SENIOR EXECUTIVE – MEMBERSHIP
Bhavani Rajisperan is the Senior Executive of the Membership Division at MAMSB. She is an experienced hotelier with a demonstrated history of working in the hospitality industry for more than 12 years.
Previously, Bhavani led a team as a Residence Manager and developed invaluable managerial skills in managing hotel guests’ queries, providing information to the management and devising regular communication activities. Her areas of expertise include membership support, managing and handling various levels of working groups, as well as team leader.
Her current role focuses on membership renewals, payment and administrative managements. She is also results-oriented and possesses a keen interest in managing stakeholder engagements.
KALPANA BHAI KRISNAROW
EXECUTIVE – ADMIN & HR
Kalpana Bhai Krisnarow is the Admin and Finance Executive at MAMSB. She has over 23 years of banking experience in various departments such as human resources, risk management, credit management and secretariat.
Prior to her current position at MAMSB, she garnered invaluable working experience in several banks, namely RHB Bank, Hong Leong Bank and Kuwait Finance House.
At MAMSB, she is responsible for administration and finance-related services as well as the handling of daily accounts-related tasks, including preparing invoices, receipts and arranging payments for MAMSB activities. She also manages association leasing – prompt payment, updating and corresponding, preparation of staff payroll, KWSP, SOSCO and PCB.
Additionally, she is handling the ongoing operations of the renovation works for the new office building, and is heavily involved in preparations for the upcoming Annual General Meeting.