Dr Praba

I am passionate about teaching and learning. For the last 28 years, my core business has been helping individuals and organizations to optimise their potential.

I have enjoyed conducting various learning and developing programs internationally including Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Indonesia, Brunei, Maldives, Oman, Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Ghana, and Tanzania.

My formal training in education and my professional experience helped me to establish SMC Trainers Malaysia. We have developed proven systems to facilitate working adults to obtain formal education up to MBA from top Malaysian universities including the likes of UTM and AeU on a part-time basis.

We also conduct holistic training programs on Project Management, Project Risk Management, Learning & Development, NLP, Competency Profiling, 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, TQM and Occupational Safety leveraging on our unique combination of theoretical knowledge and industry experience.

My mission is to be the enabler to optimise potential.

Learning and Development Specialist

I enjoy the privilege of professional qualifications and hands-on experience in Learning & Development for almost 3 decades.

I started my career as a teacher in 1989 and later joined the Malaysian Armed Forces in 1993 as an Education Officer. Among my role in Armed Forces is being a Specialist in Royal Malaysian Navy Training System (RMNTS), a systematic process of Analysis, Design, Development, Implementation, and Evaluation of training program.

I completed my military service in the year 2000. In the same year, I joined as a project team member of RM 6 Billion New Generation Patrol Vessel (NGPV) as L&D Specialist. Our technology partner for the training element of the NGPV was Scientific Management Associates (SMA), Melbourne, Australia. SMA is the leading organization in defense training with more than 30 years of experience in international projects. Managing Transfer of Technology from SMA to Boustead Naval Shipyard to conduct the ship crew training was one my most valuable experience in L&D. The experience from this project gave me the opportunity to be one of the speakers at Langkawi International Maritime & Aerospace Exhibition (LIMA) in 2012 on the topic of ‘International Technology Transfer: Rhetoric to Reality’

My first international exposure as the L&D Specialist was in 2010. I lead my organisation (Marine Technology Academy, Boustead Naval Shipyard, Lumut, Perak, Malaysia) to successfully bid for training project in Oman. The main scope of this project was to analyze, design, develop, implement and evaluate training for Royal Navy of Oman personal.

In 2012, I lead a competency profiling project for Boustead Naval Shipyard (BNS) staff. The main scope of this project was to develop a competency dictionary for BNS, determine competency gap and develop relevant training and non-training intervention to bridge the competency gap. The experience from this project enables me to be certified as Accredited Competency Professional (ACP) by Institute of Leadership &  Management of UK.

My vast experience in L&D enable me to be selected as Principal Trainer for the Finance Accreditation Agency (FAA) Certified Training Professional (CTP) program. FAA is an agency supported by Central Bank and Security Commission of Malaysia. As the principal trainer of CTP, I had the privilege to facilitate subject matter experts from many countries that include Malaysia, India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, UAE, Oman, Egypt, UK, Ireland, USA, Tanzania, Kenya and Nigeria.

I am passionate about teaching and learning. For the last 28 years, my core business has been helping individuals and organizations to optimise their potential.

I have enjoyed conducting various learning and developing programs internationally including Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Indonesia, Brunei, Maldives, Oman, Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Ghana, and Tanzania.

My formal training in education and my professional experience helped me to establish SMC Trainers Malaysia. We have developed proven systems to facilitate working adults to obtain formal education up to MBA from top Malaysian universities including the likes of UTM and AeU on a part-time basis.

We also conduct holistic training programs on Project Management, Project Risk Management, Learning & Development, NLP, Competency Profiling, 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, TQM and Occupational Safety leveraging on our unique combination of theoretical knowledge and industry experience.

My mission is to be the enabler to optimise potential.

Philanthropy and Giving Back

 

I am deeply passionate about helping children to enjoy learning. I am committed to making a difference in the lives of underprivileged children. I believe that every child deserves a ‘VOICE’ inspired me to establish Sanadhana Dharma Toastmasters Club. The aim of this club is to provide the platform to learn the art of public speaking based on Toastmasters International public speaking development program.

With the support of my team of oustanding volunteers, we conducted public speaking workshops for about 200 children in 2017. We aim to facilitate public speaking skill development for at least 1000 underprivileged children every year effective Jan 2018. Our innovative public speaking program called SPEAK EAZY helps children to learn the art of public speaking with fun. SPEAK EAZY was selected as the finalist in the 2017 Swiss Innovation Challenge (Malaysia) for the innovative way to develop public speaking skill among underprivileged children.

Credentials

Credentials & Significant Achievements

Academic Qualification

  • 2009 Ph.D. (Engineering Business Management) Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, Johor, Malaysia
  • 2000 MSc (Emergency Planning and Response) Universiti Putra Malaysia, Selangor, Malaysia )
  • 1997 Diploma in American Language Course Defence Language Institute, Texas, USA
  • 1991 Diploma in Physical Education Canadian Association of Physical Education (Conducted in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia)
  • 1990 BSc Ed (Chemistry) Universiti Sains Malaysia, Penang, Malaysia
  • 2012: Advanced Diploma in Training & Development  ( Skill Development Department, Ministry of Human Resources, Malaysia)

Professional Certification

  • Project Management Professional (PMI, USA)
  • Risk Management Professional (PMI, USA)
  • Master Training Professional (SMR, Malaysia)
  • Certified ISO 9000 QMS Auditor
  • Certified Trainer by International Board of Certified Trainers (USA)
  • Advanced TQM Facilitator by Malaysian Public Administration Institute
  • Certified Trainer (In-House) for ‘7 Habits of Highly Effective People’
  • Certified Trainer by Malaysian Human Resource Development Council
  • Certified Competency Professional, Institute of Leadership Management
  • Certified NLP Practitioner by National Federation of NeuroLinguistic Psychology

Significant Achievement

  • Best Education Officer during Malaysian Armed Forces Professional Duty List Officer Training in 1993.
  • Responsible for the design and implementation of ISO 9000 Quality Management System for KD PELANDOK Royal Malaysia Navy Training Centre). KD PELANDOK was the first unit in Royal Malaysian Navy to be ISO 9000 certified in 1996.
  • Successfully managed the delivery of Operator & Maintainer Training for the Royal Malaysian Navy New Generation Patrol Vessel Project from 2000-2010. This RM 120 million worth of training programme was the first in Malaysian history whereby the entire crew training for a new shipbuilding project was delivered by Malaysians. Prior to this project, initial crew training was traditionally delivered by Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM). This success was contributed by Technology Transfer programme from Scientific Management Associates ( SMA), Australia. The focus was the technology transfer program to develop the capability of my team of Subject Matter Experts from Malaysia to acquire the capability to conduct training for the initial crew of NGPV. The experience and expertise acquired from this project enabled me to lead an international bid to conduct technician training for Royal Navy of Oman in 2009. We were successful in this bid and Marine Technology Academy successfully conducted technician training for Royal Navy of Oman from 2010-2014under my leadership.
  • Speaker during Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace Exhibition 2013 (LIMA 2013) to address the international audience on the subject of Technology Transfer.
  • Champion of Toastmasters International District 51 (Peninsular Malaysia) Impromptu Speech Contest 2012.
  • Keynote speaker for Malaysian Franklin Covey Facilitator Synergy Programme 2010 as recognition for successful company-wide 7 Habits of Highly Effective programmes at Boustead Naval Shipyard, Lumut.
  • Speaker for National Lifelong Learning Seminar by Ministry of Education Malaysia based on his vast experience in design and delivery of Professional Development Programme for Working Adults.

Membership

  • Project Management Institute (USA) (Membership ID: 802096)
  • Toastmasters International
  • Institute for Adult Learning Singapore (Membership ID: 2000023803)