2019 Speakers


Zuhaida Zulkifli

Senior General Manager of Governance & Strategic Relations, Malaysia Petroleum Management (MPM), PETRONAS.

"Business Building – Opportunities and Growth Focusing on Upstream"


Zuhaida Zulkifli better known as Aida is presently the Senior General Manager of Governance & Strategic Relations for Malaysia Petroleum Management (MPM), PETRONAS.

Prior to joining PETRONAS in 2000, she was with the assurance division of KPMG KL for 3 years. She started her career in PETRONAS as an executive in PETRONAS Dagangan Berhad (PDB). In 2005, she was transferred as the Manager for Group Accounts and Policies (Group Accounts and Services Division), principally responsible for the consolidated PETRONAS Group financial reporting requirements. In this position she also played an instrumental role towards the first time adoption of FRS for PETRONAS Groupwide during Financial Year 31 March 2007. She subsequently became the Senior Manager in Group Accounts and Services Division looking after PETRONAS International Corporation Limited (PICL) Group of Companies. In 2009, she was posted to Brisbane, Australia as the Head of Finance for PETRONAS Australia Pty Ltd (PAPL) following the investment in the Gladstone LNG project. During this time, Zuhaida played a central role towards achieving FID for the project including the establishment of the Brisbane office.

Upon returning from Brisbane in 2013, she took on the role of General Manager for Business Planning and Performance Reporting, Upstream Finance in the Upstream Business of PETRONAS, before assuming her current role in 2016.

Zuhaida has previously held board membership in subsidiaries of PAPL and EP O&M Services Sdn Bhd. Currently she is a Board Member for ENERGAS Insurance (L) Limited.

Zuhaida is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Australia (ICAA) and graduated from Monash University, Melbourne in 1997. She is married with 2 children.

Umarani Muniandy

Director, Oil & Gas and Maritime Technology Division, Malaysian Investment Development Authority (MIDA)

"Opportunities in Oil & Gas Sector in Malaysia"

M. Umarani joined the Malaysian Investment Development Authority (MIDA) in 1991 and her key responsibilities have been in promoting investments in the manufacturing and services sectors.  Currently she serves as Director of Oil & Gas and Maritime Technology Division, a division dedicated to promote and develops of oil & gas services and equipment manufacturing; and shipbuilding and ship repair (SBSR) sectors in Malaysia.

Wyomia Totu Tsai

Contract and Procurement Manager for Upstream, Shell Malaysia

"Business Opportunities for SMEs in Oil and gas Industry and related industries”

Wyomia Totu Tsai is currently the Contracting and Procurement Manager and Associate Subject Matter Expert in Hydrocarbon Information Performance Management for Sarawak Shell Berhad based in Miri. Hailing from Penampang, Sabah, she joined Shell Malaysia in 2004 as an Integrated Activity Planner and her 15 years services in the company has taken her to various roles in the company, mainly in Production - Upstream.


Wyomia holds a Mechanical Engineering Degree (Hons.) from Universiti Tenaga Nasional and enjoys crafting and travelling.

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Panel Discussion on Human Capital Development

"Transitioning into the mainstream of IR4.0"


Dato’ Paduka Ts. Udani Bin Dato’ Seri Mohamed Daud

Group Executive Chairman, MaxEnergy Group


Dato’ Udani has been in the Oil & Gas industry for over 30 years since he started as a Junior Field Engineer for Schlumberger Wireline & Testing in 1984. During his 15 years with Schlumberger, he held various field, marketing and management positions in Asia, the Middle East and the North Sea. He than spent the next 5 years heading and developing the OPI Group a Malaysian NDT specialist provider to the Oil & Gas industry. Since 2005 he has been developing and managing his own business interests.

He is a Council Member and Industry Liason for the Institute of Materials Malaysia (IMM) in addition to being a professional Technologist under MBOT the Malaysia Board of Technologists and a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) and sits on the Advisory Committee to the Sabah Oil & Gas Conference & Exhibition (SOGCE).

Today he is the Executive Chairman and primary shareholder of the Max Energy Group, a Malaysian group of SME companies providing various products and services to the Oil & Gas industry focusing on specialist services and technologies for asset integrity, production improvement and offshore brown field solutions. Dato’ Udani also holds directorships in several other oil & gas service companies involved in well construction.

Dato’ Udani was conferred the DJMK royal award by His Royal Highness the Sultan of Kelantan in March 2007 which carries the title Dato’ Paduka.

Tan Sri Dato' Academician (Dr.) Ts. Ahmad Zaidee Bin Laidin, FASc

President, Malaysia Board of Technologists


Panel Speaker

Education & Qualifications
-    Graduated in Electrical Engineering from Brighton College of Technology (now University of Brighton) in 1966.
-    He holds a Master of Science Degree in Technological Economies (Management & Industrial Science), University of Stirling (1974).
-    Registered Professional Technologists with the Malaysia Board of Technologists
-    Registered Professional Engineer with the Board of Engineers Malaysia

Professional Work Experience
He is a Fellow of the Institution of Engineers, Malaysia (1991), as well as Academy of Science Malaysia (ASM) (1999) and is currently serving on the councils of both bodies. He was elected as a Senior Fellow of the Academy (2011) that entitled him to be called an “Academician”.

Contribution to National Development
-    President of Malaysia Board of Technologists
-    Senior advisor of Open University Malaysia and Meteor Learning Sdn. Bhd. (2006 – Current).
-    Board Member of Universiti Tenaga Nasional (UNITEN) (2004 – Current).
-    PNB Research Institute Sdn. Bhd. Research Advisory Panel which wholly owned subsidiary of PNB.
-    Board Member of SMART Tunnel. (2007 – Current).

Contribution to Technical Development of the Country
-    He is a practicing electrical engineer and Chairman of ERINCO Sdn. Bhd., an Environmental Engineering Consultancy (2001 – now)
-    Independent Director on the Board of YLI Holdings Bhd (2009 – now), a company that produces ductile iron pipes and fittings for waterworks and sewerage industries.
-    Member of the Board of Engineers by the Minister of Works (1996 – 2000).
-    Member of the Appeal Board of the Board of Engineers from 2011.
-    Academically, Zaidee was awarded the Degree of Doctor of the University by University of Stirling (1996), the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Technology by Oxford Brookes University (1996), and the Honorary Doctor of Letters by the Manchester Metropolitan University (1999) as well as Honorary Professor of Napier University, United Kingdom (1999). He was honoured with the Honorary Doctorate in Electrical Engineering given by His Majesty the Chancellor of Universiti Teknologi MARA (2010). He also was honoured with the Honorary Doctorate in Electrical Engineering given by TYT governor Melaka Chancellor of Universiti Teknikal Malaysia Melaka.