Council of Advisors
SALWAH ABDUL SHUKOR
Salwah is a partner of Zain & Co where she heads the Corporate and Intellectual Property practice groups. She has been consistently ranked as a leading lawyer in the area of Mergers & Acquisitions as a “respected practitioner in the market, rated for her sound technical expertise and spot-on legal knowledge.” She has been cited as an industry “Leading Individual” (Chambers Asia-Pacific and Legal 500) and “Notable Practitioner” (Chambers Asia-Pacific). Salwah was also admitted into the inaugural Asia Pacific Legal 500 Hall of Fame in 2020 and identified as one of Malaysia Top 100 Lawyers based on research conducted by Asia Business Law Journal.
She is currently on the board of UMW Holdings Berhad, a member of the Bursa Malaysia Listing Committee, the Disciplinary Committee Panel of the Malaysian Advocates and Solicitors Disciplinary Board as well as the Medical Research Ethics Review Board of Institut Jantung Negara. She is a trustee on the board of GOLD (Generating Employment for the Learning Disabled) as well as the advisory panel of Charity Right. Salwah is also a founder member of the Climate Governance Initiative, a WEF related approach to raise consciousness on climate issues on corporate boards. Salwah holds a Second Upper LL.B (Hons) from University of Bristol where she was awarded the Best Overseas Student award and the University Undergraduate Scholarship.
Dr. SHEH MAY TAM PhD
Dr Sheh May Tam is a senior plant scientist with proven local and international track record in research, academia and project management. Dr Tam obtained her PhD in Plant Sciences from the University of Cambridge (UK) in 2002 and has worked at the Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique (INRA, France), San Francisco State University and University of California Davis (USA) before returning to Malaysia as an academic in Monash- and Taylor’s University Malaysia. Her research expertise centres on plant biodiversity, molecular genetics & genomics, plant breeding and biotechnology. Dr Tam is currently focusing on the improvement of Solanaceae crops in a local R&D seed company.
Dr Tam looks forward to contributing her expertise towards the social mission at Abundant Ventures Sdn Bhd.
AHMAD KHAIRUL BIN ABDULLAH
Ahmad Khairul Bin Abdullah, Farmer & Agripreneur since 2007. Khairul and our two co founders bonded over our mutual love to help out the less fortunate. After sharing our story of Seedlings of Hope, Khairul immediately donated some 50 kilos of vegetables from his farm for us to share with the communities we humbly serve. He has 12 acres currently growing various vegetables including petola ( photo), cucumbers, rock melons, bittergourd and okra in Selangor.
After doing various businesses, he realised that there was good opportunity to be a farmer since he discovered so much of our foods were imported. So he ventured into farming and never looked back.
He has over 50 interns/students under him who he loves training and sharing. He is also often invited by the Ministry of Agriculture to provide training. As advisor to Abundant Ventures Sdn Bhd he visits community gardens to share with them practical tips he has learnt through his many years of farming. In addition, he has also led and trained his team of youths to help set up the chili fertigation at our 3122 Urban Farm.
LIM SOO KEAT
Lim Soo Keat is the General Manager of Asahan Farm owned by Juta Suara Sdn Bhd. He has previously worked with Hap Seng Plantations Berhad in Sabah, managing 44,000 ha of palm oil plantation with 3 mills and 2 biogas plants within the estate.
Although Soo Keat has had 30+ years of experience in real estate developments and construction with listed companies, the attachment with Hap Seng Plantation Berhad has provided him with first-hand practical experience in the management of a large plantation.
Soo Keat is a qualified engineer with degrees in Bachelor of Engineering, Master of Engineering and Master of Business Management.
Celine Maginel is currently Director of Sales and Marketing at The Datai Langkawi, Malaysia. The Datai is a multi award-winning resort, and in 2019 it was recognised by National Geographic Traveller’s ‘Big Sleep Awards 2019’, listed on The Time Magazine as one of the 100 World's Greatest Places and the best hotels and resorts in the world: the 2020 Gold List, Condé Nast Traveler, US.
She is also involved in The Datai Pledge, its ambitious conservation and sustainability program.
Her objective is to help people travel more consciously and so she is part (on behalf of The Datai Langkawi) of both The Regenerative Travel and The Conscious Travel Foundation groups.
Before she left France she was a volunteer (in marketing) in the french NGO : Parrains par mille. Helping kids raised by single mothers to spend time with a dedicated godfather or godmother. Volunteers would spend time with the children when the mother would be working and take them to museums, parks, theatres, countryside, etc..
With this pandemic we need to focus more and more on our communities and since she wants to give a helping hand, Celine thought that Abundant Ventures Sdn Bhd was the perfect place to begin that journey with...