PROFESSOR MICHAEL J. DRISCOLL
Vice Chancellor & President
Formerly the longest serving Vice Chancellor in the United Kingdom (UK) at Middlesex University for 20 years, Professor Driscoll brings with him extensive experience and knowledge in the higher education industry.
In his capacity as VC of Middlesex University, among many others Professor Driscoll was responsible for a major transformation of the University’s estate in London which culminated in the development of an impressive modernist world-class campus. He also led the development of Middlesex as a leading international university with successful international campuses in Dubai, Mauritius and Malta, and developed successful partnerships with leading higher education providers around the world which earned the university two Queens Awards for Enterprise for International Trade. His legacy also includes substantial improvements in the success of Middlesex students, the quality of teaching, and the scale and impact of its research, placing the university among the top new universities for research.
In his previous positions, Professor Driscoll was active in representing UK universities nationally and was also the Chair of MillionPlus, the Association for Modern Universities in the UK, and a voice for 21st century higher education. His leadership and knowledge benefitted numerous higher education boards including Universities UK, London Higher and the North London Learning Skills Council.
Under his leadership, Taylor’s University will move towards Balanced Excellence in teaching, research and enterprise. He has set a target for Taylor’s University to be in the top 100 universities in Asia by year 2022.
Professor Driscoll holds a Bachelor’s degree in economics from Nottingham Trent University. He is passionate about sports, and best known for his active participation in endurance running and cycling.
PROFESSOR DR PRADEEP NAIR
Deputy Vice Chancellor & Chief Academic Officer
Professor Dr Pradeep Nair has been in Higher Education sector for over 27 years. He has held various key positions including Chief Operating Officer (COO) of Taylor’s College Petaling Jaya & Taylor’s Business School; and COO of Taylor’s School of Hospitality & Tourism before being appointed to his current position in 2009.
Focusing on innovation in higher education, Pradeep has led numerous institutional turnarounds and pioneered new initiatives at Taylor’s University including the introduction of dual award degrees with renowned universities in the UK, Australia and France, SHINE Award Programme, the 2nd Transcript, X-Space Classrooms of the Future, ReWIND Lecture Capture System, Learning Analytics, Teaching Engagement Scale and Faculty Track System, among others.
Pradeep is the co-founder of the Tourism Educators Association of Malaysia (TEAM), Founding President of the ASEAN Tourism Research Association (ATRA) and currently the Deputy President of the Malaysian Association of Private Universities and Colleges.
In 2012 he was awarded the World Education Congress Leadership Excellence Award for Exemplary Leadership in Higher Education, and also being selected as one of the Top 100 Personalities in Hospitality by Hospitality Asia Magazine in 2008.
For his contributions to TH&E education, in particular the setting up of the National Hotel Industry Apprenticeship Scheme, he received the PATA Gold Award for Education and Training and, later, the title KMN (Officer of the Order of the Defender of the Realm) by His Majesty, the King of Malaysia. In 2014, he became the first Asian to be made a Fellow of the International Centre of Excellence (THE-ICE) in Tourism and Hospitality Education. In 2015, he awarded the National Outstanding Educator Award (University Category) for his contributions to private higher education in Malaysia. In 2016, he was made Officer for the l'Ordre des Palmes Académiques, by French Government. This is a national order of France for distinguished academics and figures in the world of culture and education.
PROFESSOR J.S. PERRY HOBSON
Pro Vice-Chancellor for Global Engagement
Professor J.S.Perry Hobson, PhD is a Professor of Hospitality & Tourism. He has lived and worked in the UK, USA, Hong Kong and Australia and he has been a Visiting Professor for over 10-years at MCi in Innsbruck, Austria.
Professor Hobson has an extensive academic background in hospitality and tourism, and holds a BSc (Hons) in Hotel & Catering Management from Oxford Brookes University (UK), a Masters of Science in Hotel, Restaurant and Travel from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst (USA), and a PhD in tourism from Southern Cross University (Australia).
He has been the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Vacation Marketing (JVM) since 1999. JVM has been classified as an ‘A’ (top 20%) journal by the Australian Business Deans Council, is listed in the Thompson-Reuters Social Science Citation Index (SSCI) and been ranked by them as a Top 100 Business Journal. He was the Head of the School of Tourism and Hospitality Management at Southern Cross University (SCU) in Australia for many years, and during that time the university won both State and National Tourism Awards for excellence in ‘Education and Training’.
He is also the former Director/CEO of the International Centre of Excellence in Tourism and Hospitality Education (THE-ICE), and he was responsible for transforming the organisation from being an initiative of the Australian Federal Government into being an independent global accreditation body with members in 14-countries.
In recognition of his substantial contribution to education and research over many years, he has been made a Fellow of the Council of Australasian Universities for Tourism & Hospitality Education (CAUTHE), an Honorary Fellow of the UK’s Council for Hospitality Management Education (CHME) and has also been installed into the “Hall of Fame” by THE-ICE. He is also a member of the international Advisory Board of the Observatory on Borderless Higher Education (OBHE) has been a frequent speaker at both international education as well as tourism and hospitality conferences in the UK, India, Taiwan, Thailand, Australia, Macau (SAR-China), Malaysia and The Philippines amongst others.
Chief Operating Officer
Justin Nathan is a highly analytical and solutions-oriented C-Level Information Technology and Process professional with over 20 years of experience across banking, education, technology, media and oil & gas industries - spanning Malaysia and the United Kingdom.
He started his career as a Software Engineer and has worked in a few Malaysian IT companies before he moved to Southampton, UK in 2001 to start his career with British Gas as an Analyst Developer. There, he experienced MNC type thoroughness in executing the System Development Lifecycle in a rigorous and repeatable manner - a fundamental discipline he has come to consider as a cornerstone for service delivery of any sort.
Justin later joined the University of Southampton as an Application Architect where he was exposed to the rigorous and the many processes of Project Management.
He returned to Malaysia in 2008 to join Silverlake Systems Sdn Bhd as Project Director. His main focus was centred on Core Banking System deployment within the South East Asia region. He managed a diverse team of 60 programmers, testers, systems analysts, network architects and project managers.
Justin later joined Taylor’s Education Group as Group Chief Information and Process Officer from 2011 to 2016, before being appointed to his current position as Chief Operating Officer. As the COO for Taylor’s University, he oversees the university’s daily business operations spanning Registry, Student and Academic Services, Human Resource, ICT, Quality and Process Management, and Facilities Management, as well as special projects.
Justin holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Information Technology (Computing) from Leeds Metropolitan University, UK.
Chief Marketing Officer
Ben Foo serves as Chief Marketing Officer of Taylor’s University. In this role, Ben oversees the overall brand vision of the university and college, driving all marketing activities related to conceptualizing and implementing the overall marketing strategy for the Taylor’s higher education brand.
He also leads corporate communications, research and consumer insights, student recruitment as well as other aspects of marketing, including brand strategy, content marketing and digital marketing. Ben ensures strategy meets execution to bring value and the desired consumer experience across the consumer funnel both digitally and physically.
Prior to joining Taylor’s, he served as Director of Marketing at McDonald’s Malaysia. At McDonald’s, Ben led the development of the marketing strategy, identifying consumer and market segments to drive demand for the overall McDonald’s business. He helped differentiate McDonald’s from a burger brand towards a positioning of McDonald’s as a meal solution provider with the launch of key convenience platforms back in 2006 such as the McDonald’s 24 hour business, Drive-Thru, McDelivery and Breakfast menu that led to strong double digit growths for the company, futher setting the brand apart from a red ocean of competitors.
In 2015, Ben was recognized as a recipient of the Golden Globe Tigers Leadership Award for Excellence in Marketing & Brand Leadership. He is especially passionate in developing marketing strategies that channel the voice of the consumer into actionable plans for results measurement. He is a firm believer in the use of technology to constantly provoke his team to find innovative tools to ensure sustainable progress.
Ben holds a bachelor’s degree in Marketing & Finance from the University of Oregon. He can be reached on LinkedIn at linkedin.com/in/benfoo.
YAP SZE HAU
Yap Sze Hau is responsible to handle all aspects of financial matters for Taylor’s University and Taylor’s College. He has over 23 years of experience in the Finance, Business Planning and Accounting fields.
Yap started his career as an auditor with one of the big four accounting firms and after completing his professional examination, he spent most of his career in telecommunication and technology industries. His international work experience includes assignments with a prominent telco in Europe to implement internal control and compliance framework for its Malaysian operations.
Yap holds a Bachelor degree in Accounting (University Malaya) and is a member of the Malaysian CPA and Chartered Accountants. He is also a member of the Institute for Continuity Management (US).