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.
Founder and Managing Director
Omna Sreeni-Ong is the Founder and Managing Director of ENGENDER Consultancy and, until January 2019, the Hon. Secretary General of the National Council of Women’s Organisations (NCWO), Malaysia.
Omna has more than 20 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.
Senior Associate - Law, Gender,
Environment and Development
Sunitha Bisan is a gender and development specialist with over 15 years of experience in research, advocacy and projects on gender, environmental governance and susainable development. She is the founder of the Penita Initiative and Majalah PENITA, Malaysia's first magazine on development and gender. She also has a legal background graduating from the University of London.
Sunitha has worked in various capacities with development organisations such as UNDP, DANIDA, CIDA, SIDA and the Government of Malaysia. She has also designed and co-authored a toolkit on gender mainstreaming for the Malaysia Environmental NGOs (MENGOs) funded by DANIDA as a means to promote gender in environmental conservation and sustainable development. In 2015, she participated as a government delegate at the COP21 Paris advising the Malaysian government on gender matters.
A documentary based on her research on Climate Change and Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights entitled Women of The Forest: The Hidden Burdens of Climate Change has won numerous filmfest awards around the globe.
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.
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.
Dr. Manjit K. Ludher
Dr Manjit Kaur Ludher is a linguistics specialist, educator and previously entrepreneur 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.
Following her early stint as a journalist, 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 and edits, research and academic articles, and reports.
Manjit has also contributed to community development from working at grassroots level to policy input for more than 26 years for women, youth and minority groups. 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 Coalition Against Modern Slavery (JHAMS).
Yeoh Lin Lin
Lin Lin is an experienced Communications professional, having spent more than three decades in the discipline of building, protecting and enhancing the image and brand of organizations in the corporate and non-governmental sectors.
Upon arming herself with a Bachelor’s (and then a Master’s) degree in the Malay Language (Bahasa Malaysia) from the University of Malaya, she ventured into journalism. Her interest in writing remains to this day, while Communications is part of her DNA.
Throughout her career, Lin Lin has been passionate about issues concerning gender equality, diversity and inclusion, and in her own voice and space, has advocated for these to be embraced. She loves to go to the ground, see for herself what is going on, and share the experience on multiple platforms to create the awareness and effect the desired actions. ‘Small steps to a giant leap,’ that is a belief she holds strongly.
Siti Maheran Ahmad
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.
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.