Our team comprises a diverse group of passionate individuals and subject matter experts brought together by a common vision – an inclusive, equitable and progressive society for all.

Our Team

Omna Sreeni-Ong

Founder, Managing Director

& Principal Consultant

Omna Sreeni-Ong is the Founder and Managing Director of ENGENDER Consultancy and brings 25 years' experience in the design, development and coordination of programmes in the areas of policy development, gender advocacy and community building, having worked with corporations, universities and schools, NGOs, government and grassroots organisations.

She is on the Malaysia NGO Coalition CEDAW Advocacy Working Committee, the joint NGO Law Reform Working Group and the Malaysia CSO Coalition Against Modern Slavery (JHAMS). She is also a member of the Malaysian SDG-CSO Alliance and serves on the National SDG Steering Committee.

E: omna@engenderconsultancy.org

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Betty Yeoh

Lead Consultant

Sexual Harassment Consultancy

Betty Yeoh is one of the founding members and a past Vice President of All Women’s Action Society (AWAM) in Malaysia. With more than 30 years dedicated to the field of women’s rights, she conducts training and facilitation for workplaces, government agencies, organisations and educational institutions locally and internationally.

 

Betty’s main focus is on combating sexual harassment at the workplace and introducing diversity in work culture in MNCs, building capacity of policy makers and service providers on managing violence against women, gender sensitisation and leadership training.  Betty is also a Global Trainer of Trainers for the Women’s Leadership Partnership (WLP) based in Washington, USA, focusing on the core issues of leadership, human and women’s rights, gender-based violence and taking political action.

 

She  was one of three members of AWAM who set up the Telenita Helpline and AWAM’s para-counselling/legal information services and is currently pursuing her Masters of Counselling at Open University Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur.

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Amy Bala

Lead Consultant

Child Protection Consultancy

Amy is a child protection specialist and social welfare consultant committed to advocating child rights and protection through awareness and education.

 

Her 40  years’ experience and contribution has involved training, workshops, curriculum design, and research and policy for international organisations, the Government, educational institutions and communities, parents and children included. 

 

Amy addresses current social issues, including early childhood development and child care issues, child abuse, juvenile delinquency and parenting issues.

 

Currently Vice President of the Malaysian Association of Social Workers (MASW), Amy participates actively in a variety of state- and national-level government and non-governmental advisory and policy committees to ensure professionalism in social work and quality child care programs. She conducts workshops on the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) and has served as an advisor at the Children’s Court, Petaling Jaya, Selangor.

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Dr. Manjit K. Ludher

Lead Consultant

Corporate CSR

Dr Manjit Kaur Ludher is a linguistics specialist, educator and consultant with 37 years’ experience in the communications domain. Her passion and focus are in intercultural and workplace communication - across organisational, gender and ethnicity areas - and community development.

Manjit has been developing human potential by building up knowledge and skills for life at university in her tenure as a lecturer and later as founder of her consultancy Manna Mahn at the workplace. She has also been writing curricula and programmes for educational institutions and corporations as well as has created, written and edited a range of materials for strategic communications. These include book publications, reports, academic and general articles..

Manjit has also contributed to community development from working at grassroots level to policy input for more than 30 years for women, youth and minority groups. As a community leader, she has submitted proposals and action plans to various government agencies and provided feedback to their conceptual frameworks for development. As part of NCWO and its affiliates, Manjit has worked with the Ministry of Women, Family and Community Development and the Home Ministry in combating trafficking in women and children. She is part of the Malaysia CSO Network Joining Hands Against Modern Slavery (JHAMS).

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Dr. Ummu Atiyah

Lead Consultant

Parliamentary Engagement

Ummu Atiyah serves as the Head of Research of State, Human Rights and Democratization Studies, School of International Studies University Utara Malaysia. She also served as the Undergraduate Coordinator (International Affairs Management) for three years.

 

As an Associate Professor, Ummu teaches Introduction to Political Science, International law, and Human Rights. Her areas of specialisation and research interest include Women in Politics, Gender, Representation, Leadership and Politics as well as Gender, Security and Human Rights. In 2020, her book entitled 'Women in the House: Leadership in the Malaysian Parliament' won a National Book Award 2020/2021 in the Best Political Science Book category.

 

Ummu also appears on Radio, TV and other social media outlets to share views on local politics, women rights and empowerment and plays an active role with civil society organisations (CSOs).

 

Ummu received her PhD in Political Science in 2014 from the International Islamic University Malaysia and her Master in International Law from the University of Hull, UK in 2001.

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Lisa Fernandes

Manager

Advocacy & Operations

Lisa Fernandes is a passionate individual in the realm of gender equality, education and the environment. She has participated in civil society in various capacities ad hoc for the past 12 years. Throughout her studies and work in the corporate sector, she has volunteered with NGOs, social enterprises and faith-based groups in activities engaging the urban homeless, underprivileged single mothers, refugees, SGBV survivors, persons with disabilities, orphans and rural communities.

 

Since receiving her BA in Communications with a Minor in Gender Studies and International Studies, Lisa has worked in diverse working environments focussed on project coordination and qualitative research. She has also embarked on anthropological trips within Southeast Asia, which broadened her perspectives of gender, human rights and cultural practices within parts of Indonesia, Laos and Philippines. 

 

Lisa is a founding member of the Monash University Malaysia School of Arts and Social Sciences Alumni Association, formed primarily to encourage discourse and critical thinking beyond the classroom, especially engaging alumni and current students.

E: lisa@engenderconsultancy.org

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Siti Maheran Ahmad

Associate
Social Enterprise Projects

Maheran is an Inclusion & Diversity (I&D) champion who is dedicated to create an environment of inclusion in organisations and communities where everyone feels valued and are active contributors to a thriving ecosystem.

She has over 20 years of experience in leading client engagements in cross-functional areas of Inclusion & Diversity, Leadership & Talent Development, Learning & Development, Marketing Communication, Public Relations and Branding for local and multinational corporations in the information technology, consulting, services, FMCGs, GLCs and healthcare sectors. During her tenure at Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE), she led the I&D strategy and execution across the Asia Pacific and Japan (APJ) region, supporting the development of diverse talent to improve business performance and build inclusive leadership capability. 

A key achievement in gender diversity includes the development of HPE’s Understanding Unconscious Bias training that is now available for all employees worldwide and program management of over 21 Employee Resource Groups for Gender, Generational, LGBTA and People with Different Abilities in the region.