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, projects and achievements of individuals from 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. Our previous Smart Talk speakers included Dr Amalina Che Bakri, Ian Yee, Celyn Bricker and Danial Rahman.  

We are continuing the second edition of the Smart Talk webinar series in anticipation of the Queen’s Baton Relay (Commonwealth Games 2022) to showcase prominent UK alumni and personalities in sport. Join Philip Lew, Junior Eldstal, Susie Rodgers and Thomas Brownlee in this webinar series to deep dive into their success and achievements.  

This is an exciting opportunity students in Malaysia. The webinar series will be hosted on Zoom. Please register via the registration button on this page.

Philip Lew, Sport Psychology Officer, National Sports Institute, Malaysia - 17 January 2022 (4.00 PM - 5.00 PM Malaysia time)

Philip Lew Chun Foong, a doctoral candidate majoring in applied sports psychology at the University of Southern Queensland and graduated with MSc in Sports Psychology from Liverpool John Moores University, England. As a sport psychology practitioner of National Sports Institute of Malaysia (ISN) since 2015 and the current ISN Sports Science Team Leader for the national lawn bowling team’s 2022 Birmingham Commonwealth Games program, his role is to assist athletes and coaches in preparation for competition and to manage the psychological demands of the sport. He has been providing psychological support for the Malaysian elite athletes from multiple sports teams (e.g. sailing, football, lawn bowling, netball, field hockey, rugby sevens) towards and during major sporting events by administering a Mindfulness Strength-based Solution-focused Humanistic (MSSH) approach in his team and individual consultations.  He also has the unique experience of managing the psychological preparation and support to the World No.2 towerrunning athlete, Mr Soh Wai Ching in his successful attempt for the Guinness World Records of “Greatest Vertical Height Stair Climbing in 1 Hour (Male)”.  Philip is also the Exco Member of the Malaysian Sport Psychology Association and an instructor for the sport science courses of the National Coaching Academy (AKK) and sports psychology module of the AFC/FAM’s Football Coaching Certificate Program.      

Junior Eldstal, National Football Player - 19 January 2022 (8.00 PM - 9.00 PM Malaysia time)

Junior Gunnar Putera Eldstal, graduate of Hartpury University Centre, University of West of England and recipient of the Study UK Alumni Awards 2017 for the category of Professional Achievement Award. He is a professional footballer and played in the Malaysian Super League and represents the Malaysian National Team. He plays as a defensive midfielder by nature, often playing as a box-to-box midfielder due to his natural stamina. He started his career with Aldershot Town, but has mostly represented the reserve team, going on to have spells with Farnborough and Reading. In May 2013, he signed with Sarawak FA after a successful trial only to be bought by Johor Darul Takzim after the 2014 transfer window. Presently, he plays for Chonburi FC in Thailand where he has represented Malaysia at various levels, namely appearing with the under-23s at the 2013 Pesta Bola Merdeka and 2020 AFF Suzuki Cup. 

Susannah Rodgers, Former Paralympic Swimmer - 26 January 2022 (4.00 PM to 5.00 PM Malaysia time)

Susannah (Susie) Rodgers MBE is a former Paralympic swimmer, who competed in the London 2012 and Rio 2016 Paralympic Games, winning Gold in the 50m butterfly in the Rio Paralympics and five bronze medals in freestyle events across both Games. She won 30 international medals during a career of a decade, winning 17 gold at all levels of competition. Susie now works as a global disability inclusion adviser and consultant both for governments and the private sector and currently for the UK government's Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office advising on inclusion in global health and economic development programmes. She was made a Young Global Leader in 2018 by the World Economic Forum and awarded the honour of an MBE by Her Majesty the Queen for services to swimming in 2017. She is passionate about social inclusion, education and awareness raising around diversity, equality and inclusion, equal opportunities for all especially for people with disabilities, sport and well-being and ocean conservation. She is an ocean ambassador for the Marine Conservation Society in the UK and a trustee for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic legacy charity, Spirit of 2012 since 2014, chairing the diversity, equality and inclusion panel. She is an expert adviser on the global Disability Advisory Panel for the British Council and a former employee. She has recently joined the Independent Advisory Board of a global transformative health technology project based at Bristol University in collaboration with Imperial College and University College London. She is skilled at training and awareness raising around disability inclusion, leading training for the Executive Board at the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office and the investment team at CDC, the UK's Development Finance Institution. She is a public speaker and has given keynote speeches at gender diversity and education conferences, as well as facilitating a panel on universal access at Davos in 2019. She has written articles published by the World Economic Forum and The Huff Post on disability, sport and ocean conservation. 

Thomas Brownlee, Sports Scientist - 09 February 2022 (4.00 PM - 5.00 PM Malaysia time)

Dr Tom Brownlee PhD (@tombrownlee_) is a UK-based sports scientist with over ten year’s experience working within elite sport. Tom’s PhD investigated strength training in soccer players while working at Liverpool Football Club. Tom now works as an Assistant Professor in Applied Sport Sciences at the University of Birmingham while maintaining roles within sport and consultancy roles with companies such as the English Premier League, Formula 1, NFL and Adidas. He also speaks internationally about his experiences and current work. 

The recording of the previous Smart Talk Webinar Series in 2021, featuring Dr Amalina Che Bakri, Ian Yee, Celyn Bricker and Danial Rahman are now available below: