Rise Against Hunger Malaysia Board of Advisors
Datin Suriza Hing Abdullah
Datin Suriza, is the founder and CEO of the Crystal Edge Group of Companies, a premier marketing services and solutions organization that focuses on providing professional conference management and consultancy services for integrated marketing and promotional activities in Malaysia with a regional office in Singapore. It was her 13 years background in the IT industry that established Crystal Edge as the recognized leader in event marketing services for the IT industry in the likes of Microsoft, IBM, Hewlett-Packard, Dell, Adobe, Oracle, SAP & Novell.
Passionate about helping the disadvantaged community and contributing back to society, Datin Suriza together with her team has over the years, extended assistance to various NGOs for fund raising activities, soup kitchens & other charity events. On a personal level, Datin Suriza is a volunteer to a local nursing home for the aged and palliative care.
Dato’ Jimmy Lim Lai Ho
Managing Director of Tokai Engineering (M) S/B since Yr 1993, Dato’ Jimmy, a BSc Electrical & Electronics engineering graduate from Brighton Polytechnic, UK, has nearly 30 years of corporate experiences in the industry & Tokai specialized in Lightning Protection & Security Engineering.
Having been a member of the Rotary Club for the past 10 years, Dato’ Lim carried the positon of Director for The Rotary Foundation Club for the last 5 years between 2007 to 2012, and was made the Assistant Governor for District 3300 in Yr 2010/2011. Dato’ has also been actively participating in many community service projects for this district and the USJ chapter, including projects with sister clubs in the Philippines, Japan and Australia. He was elected President of the USJ branch in Yr 2005/06.
Dato’ Jimmy has been a Vistage member for 10 years where he continues enriching himself with skills both as an entrepreneur and an effective CEO for his business growth.
Richard Wong Chin Mun
RICHARD WONG left NYLEX (M) Bhd, part of the London-based worldwide BTR group at the end of June 1994 as Managing Director/Group Chief Executive after 18 years with the Group to start the CEO development and education service. Under his stewardship from 1986 to 1994 in NYLEX, sales grew from RM20 million to >RM500 million.
He founded Vistage Malaysia (formerly known as TEC Asia Centre) which has license to the internationally known Vistage process that helps CEOs proactively manage change and stay ahead of the competition through sharing ideas, expertise and personal experience with other successful CEOs.
In August 1996, he was asked to turnaround a large glove manufacturing company. For the period from 1997 – 2000, annual sales doubled and Profit After Tax increased fourfold. Richard also serves as the senior non-executive & independent director of Sunway Holdings Inc. Bhd and is the Chairman of its Audit and Nomination Committees. Besides being a Vistage accredited chair/coach with 20 CEOs under his care, he also does selective coaching for top management of companies and strategic annual retreats for large and SME Companies.
Rod Brooks has served as CEO of Rise Against Hunger since July 2006. He provides leadership and direction toward the achievement of the organization’s mission to end world hunger, focusing on service programs, fundraising, financial and administrative management. Rod has spent nearly twenty years working in the non-profit sector. Prior to directing Rise Against Hunger, Rod worked for 16 years creating Exploris (now titled Marbles Kid’s Museum), an interactive museum about the world, ultimately serving as Vice President for Administration.
Rod is active in the community as a member of the Cary Rotary Club, the Raleigh Host Lions Club, Fairmont United Methodist Church and NC Partners of the Americas. He has been recognized for his leadership of Kids Voting Wake County and received the James S. Bramham Humanitarian Award from NC Partners of the Americas. He received a B.A. in Economics and Spanish from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He speaks Spanish fluently. Rod lives in Raleigh with his wife, Terry Jasper Brooks, and daughter, Vivian.
Appointed as Executive Director and President of Stop Hunger Now Charitable Association in October 2012 with the mission to establish multiple-site locations in the Asian continent with Malaysia operating as a regional hub. A graduate in Polymer Science & Technology from Loughborough University in UK, and an MBA in International Business from University Of New Orleans, USA. Possesses a wide-ranging 30-years corporate experiences & has worked in various industries such as medical device, interior building products, wood panel, plastic moulding & flexible packaging, power energy-saving devices, and business consultancy.
Tiki has shown stellar performance in achieving outstanding sales revenue and high profits in the companies that he has worked in the Asian countries including 3 years term in Thailand and Indonesia. He was also a member and ex-coach of the prestigious CEO talent enrichment & executive coaching organization, VISTAGE. Tiki is also a certified Life & Executive Coach.
He is also the original founders of two street-feeding organizations for the homeless in Malaysia with the most current being, Reach Out Charitable Society, where he serves as a committee member.
Ray Buchanan: A vision to end world hunger
In 1998, envisioning a world without hunger, Ray Buchanan — a United Methodist minister — founded Rise Against Hunger (formerly Stop Hunger Now). After enlisting as a U.S. Marine during the Vietnam War, Ray Buchanan quickly recognized that accomplishing a mission required “commitment to something larger than yourself.” Over the past three decades, that principle has driven Ray’s mission to eradicate world hunger.
As a divinity graduate student at Duke University, Ray began working with the poor and hungry. He continued that work at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, where he received his master’s degree in divinity, and as a pastor at five rural United Methodist churches in Virginia. As a pastor, Ray joined the effort to save the lives of starving Ethiopians during the 1973-75 famine in Ethiopia.
Driving Ray’s hunger work is the recognition that “ending hunger is more than just feeding people.” So Rise Against Hunger “focuses its feeding programs in areas where we can see transformational development,” he says.
Ray embodies the ideal of a servant leader. And he understands that volunteers and organizations working together can build a global movement that will stimulate the political will to marshal the resources that are essential — and available — to eradicate hunger.
Rise Against Hunger has realized positive, annual growth mainly through expansion of the meal packaging program into new communities. Rise Against Hunger continues to further Ray’s legacy of commitment both to domestic and international crisis response including relief from famine, natural and manmade disasters and health epidemics.