Smart Talk aims to bring the best of British and Malaysian talents to give inspirational talks to young people and students and raise their awareness of the pioneering work and projects being pursued in the UK. Speakers come from a variety of backgrounds representing the diversity and strengths of a UK education. The talks give speakers a unique opportunity to interact with a new generation of young people who will play a key role in their nation’s development.

Be inspired and network with the best and brightest British and Malaysian talents. Join ‘Smart Talk’ and engage with leading players driving innovation in medicine, journalism, arts and public administration. Take part in thought provoking discussions and get insights into how the top talents in their fields are moving the needle forward.

This is an exciting opportunity for prospective students in Malaysia who are in school and higher education institutions. The sessions will focus on speaker background and journey from a UK education perspective as well as personal experience. Through their sharing, the sessions will give an opportunity to deep dive into the speaker’s achievements and thoughts in their journey. 

The webinar series will be hosted on Zoom. The joining link will be sent directly to your email once you register.

Speakers line up for the Smart Talks Webinar Series , October 2021 - Upper from L-R: Dr. Amalina Bakri, Ian Yee; Lower from L-R: Celyn Bricker, Danial Rahman

Medical: Dr Amalina Bakri - 9 October 2021 (4.00 PM - 5.00 PM Malaysia time)

Dr Amalina Bakri is a General Surgeon Registrar and a Clinical Research Fellow at Imperial College London. She moved to the UK at the age of 17 after receiving a prestigious scholarship from the Central Bank of Malaysia for becoming the top student in her native country, Malaysia. She graduated as a medical doctor from Edinburgh University, also completing a BMedSc in Pharmacology and an internship at Harvard followed by a Master's at the University of Cambridge during her foundation years. She moved to London to do her surgical training and is currently undertaking a PhD in surgical innovation and breast cancer funded by NIHR UK, having won a Clinical Research Fellowship at Imperial College London.  Additionally, she is an academic supervisor for BSc and MEng students. She presented her research projects in many international conferences and published in high impact journals. Aside from her academic and clinical commitments, Dr Bakri is a strong advocate for women empowerment and shares educational posts for public health education and medical teaching for medical students and junior doctors on social media with over 1 million followers across Instagram, Twitter and TikTok. She also works with the Public Health England/NHS, No10 Downing Street and the United Nations for the latest COVID vaccine campaigns on their official platforms. She received multiple awards, including the Inspirational Youth Award from the Ministry of Youth and Sports of Malaysia, the Muslim Youth National Award from the King of Malaysia, recognised as Tatler Asia Gen T Leader of Tomorrow and recently shortlisted for the "Women of the Future Award" South East Asia 2021. 

 Register for Dr Amalina's session here.

Journalism: Ian Yee - 16 October 2021 (4.00 PM - 5.00 PM Malaysia time)

Ian Yee is an award-winning investigative journalist, documentary producer, and co-founder of impact media company The Fourth. He and his team produce high-impact multimedia documentaries that not only expose social injustices, but also drive real-world change through creative solutions developed in collaboration with civil society. Ian has also been selected as an Obama Foundation Leader, Acumen Fellow, UK International Leaders Programme fellow, UNICEF national consultant, Human Rights Measurement Initiative ambassador, and Pulitzer Centre advisory committee member for the Rainforest Journalism Fund.

Register for Ian's session here.

Arts: Celyn Bricker - 23 October 2021 (4.00 PM to 5.00 PM Malaysia time)

Celyn Bricker (.b1989, UK), is an artist exploring technology, our relationship to nature, and complex systems, as they exist both the natural world and in human society. He explores these themes using both new technology and more traditional media. He is also co-founder of CELU studio, which aims to use art and design to both communicate and address environmental issues. Celyn’s artwork has been collected by the Royal Scottish Academy in the UK, and his collaborative piece AIMADE recently was accepted into the National Collection of Mexico. In 2016 he had work featured in the Shanghai Biennale, and recently had a piece as part of the landmark exhibition ‘Immaterial/ Re-Material: A Brief History of Computing Art’ at UCCA in Beijing. 

Register for Celyn's session here.

Public Administration and Policy: Danial Rahman - 30 October 2021 (4.00 PM to 5.00 PM Malaysia time)

Danial is currently Director of the CEO’s Office at the Sunway Education Group, one of Malaysia’s largest education social enterprises with over 25,000 students from 90 countries.

Having started his career as a human rights and constitutional lawyer, Danial’s professional journey has traversed policy, education, media and technology. He has worked at three government ministries (Education, Higher Education and Finance) and served two Federal Ministers. Most recently, Danial was Press Secretary to Malaysia’s Finance Minister, managing strategic communications as well as local and international media engagements. Prior to that, he was communications head of an Australian education technology start-up which underwent a successful IPO on the Australian Securities Exchange in 2019.

In media, Danial has been a columnist with TheStar, Malaysia top English daily, since 2014, and hosted his own TV show on BERNAMA (Malaysia’s National News Agency) where he interviewed CEOs, social influencers, and award-winning corporate figures. In 2016, he was invited to the USA under the State Department’s IVLP fellowship to study ‘the role of political communications within the electoral process’ during 2016 US Presidential elections campaign. In 2018, Danial was invited to speak at the Harvard Project for Asia and International Relations (HPAIR) Conference where he spoke on ‘fake news and the rise of populism’.

Currently, Danial is part of a multi-disciplinary research team formulating a science communication module for teachers and community leaders aimed at tackling science falsities. A former debater and coach, Danial has trained civil servants, policy makers, academicians, and students from around the region in critical thinking and public speaking.

Danial has a master’s in law from the University of Oxford, having done his bachelors at the International Islamic University Malaysia. In his free time, Danial manages his two cats Instagram account -- @tuanramses.

Register for Danial's session here. 

We have confirmed the following speakers and the registration to attend the webinars are now open! Sign up for the sessions below: 

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