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Associate Professor Dr Anthony Ho

Dr Anthony Ho obtained his PhD in Animal Biotechnology from Universiti Putra Malaysia in 2002. He then joined the Cancer Research Initiatives Foundation, Malaysia. as a Research Scientists, characterizing photosensitisers from natural sources. Subsequently, Dr Ho joined Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman (UTAR) with teaching and research responsibilities. In 2010, he joined Taylor’s University, being appointed the Associate Dean for Research for the Division of Medicine, Pharmacy & Health Sciences.

In 2011, he was appointed the Deputy Dean of the School of Biosciences and assumed the Dean’s position in 2012 and was then appointed to the position of Pro Vice Chancellor, Research & Enterprise in April 2017. Dr. Ho’s research interests include investigating how natural compounds exert their effects at the cellular and molecular level to better understand pathogenesis and progression of disease, particularly for cancer.

He has published and supervised postgraduate students in this area and has been invited to speak about his research at various conferences. He has taught various topics in cancer biology, pharmacology, human physiology, natural products chemistry at the undergraduate level and research methods in science at the postgraduate levels.

Dr. Ho is currently the Honorary Secretary of the Malaysian Society for Biochemistry & Molecular Biology and a Life Member of the Laboratory Animal Science Association of Malaysia (LASAM) and The Malaysian Biosafety and Biosecurity Association.


Associate Professor Dr Anthony Ho
Pro Vice Chancellor, Research & Enterprise 


Professor Dr. David Asirvatham

Dr. David Asirvatham is currently the Executive Dean for the Faculty of Built Environment, Engineering, Technology and Design, Taylor’s University, Malaysia. Prior to this, he was the Director for the Centre of Information Technology at University of Malaya.  He has held numerous posts such the Associate Dean for Faculty of Information Technology (Multimedia University), Project Manager for the Multimedia and IT Infrastructure Development for a university campus (US$14 million), Finance Committee for Multimedia University, SAP Advisory Council, Consultant for e-University Project and many more.  Dr. David completed his Ph.D. from Multimedia University, M.Sc. (Digital System) from Brunel University (U.K.), and B.Sc. (Hons) Ed. and Post-Graduate Diploma in Computer Science from University of Malaya.  He has been lecturing as well as managing ICT projects for the past 30 years.  His area of expertise will include Neural Network, E-Learning, ICT Project Management, Multimedia Content Development and recently he has done some work on Big Data Analytics and AI.

At the national level, he was the Chairman, ICT Human Capital Development for 11th Malaysia Plan 2016-2020 (Prime Minister’s Office), Secretary for the Artificial Intelligence Society Malaysia, Country Representative for the Asia E-learning Network (AEN) based in Japan, Steering Committee Member for the Implementation of E-Learning for Malaysian Public Sector, and Member of the Malaysian Grid for Learning's (MyGfL) Standards Expert Group (SEG), 2003-2004.
At International level, he worked on various ICT Projects and e-learning Workshops in South Africa, Sudan, Iran, Ghana, Kenya, Vietnam, Maldives, Bangladesh (World Bank Project), UAE, India and Brunei.

On Research, currently he hold two Research Grants: (a) Newton Grant (RM800,000)  and (b) Taylor’s University Grant for Travel Behavior Analytics (RM300,000).  He is also leads the Data Analytics, Modelling and Visualisation Research Cluster at the university.

Professor Dr. David Asirvatham
Executive Dean, Faculty of Innovation and Technology


Professor Khong Kok Wei

Professor Khong is the Executive Dean of the Faculty of Business and Law, Taylor’s University. During his tenure as the Executive Dean in the faculty, the Taylor’s Business School (TBS) rose in the QS World University Rankings by Subject in Business and Management Studies from 300-350 in 2019 to 147 in 2021. He also led TBS to the AACSB iSER acceptance in 12 months. Before joining Taylor’s University, Professor Khong was the Associate Dean (Research) of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences. He has published in many journal publications, notably in Information and Management, Journal of Services Marketing, Expert Systems with Applications, Supply Chain Management: An International Journal, Industrial Management and Data Systems, Journal of Computer Information Systems, Journal of Business Ethics and Business Strategy and the Environment; all of which are notable impact journals. He has worked in many research grants in excess of a million ringgit (70% of which are external grants) that relate to business analytics. He has more than 19 years working in academia and conducting research in services marketing, user technology acceptance, social media studies, behavioral science, business analytics, machine learning, and process reengineering.

He was one of the key members in the Financial Services Trust Index project in Malaysia, a collaborative initiative between The University of Nottingham (UK) and the Institute of Bankers (IBBM) in 2007. He was also the principal investigator in the Trust Index project with the Malaysian Securities Industry Development Corporation (the training and development arm of the Securities Commission Malaysia) in 2016-17. He provided consultancy work for GfK Retail and Technology as a Consultant for the Project Tune – Radio Audience Measurement between 2013 – 2017, a nationwide project in Malaysia. AMWAY engaged him as a Consultant in 2012 to conduct a Service Quality Audit of the company. In 2013 CBSA Media Pte Ltd engaged him to develop a sampling procedure to improve the precision of its online listings.

He has worked conducted numerous training and workshops for companies and universities like Hyatt Hotel, British Malaysia Chamber of Commerce, King’s Confectionery, National University of Singapore extension programs, Department of Statistics Malaysia, National Public Service Department, Universiti Malaya, Putra Business School GSM, International Islamic University, University Tun Hussein Onn, Universiti Pengajian Sultan Idris, University Malaysia Sabah, Indian Institute of Planning and Management (India), Delhi Business School (India), Economics and Finance Institute (Phnom Penh), SAS Malaysia, The University of Nottingham Ningbo Campus, etc. Professor Khong was the vice-president of the SAS User Group Malaysia (SUGMa) between 2015-2017, which works closely with banks in Malaysia to connect users with analytics experts. He was also invited as keynote speaker in many events concerning data analytics in the country.  

Professor Khong Kok Wei
Executive Dean, Faculty of Business and Law 


Emeritus Professor Dr P.T Thomas

P.T. Thomas is Professor and Executive Dean at the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, Taylor’s University, Malaysia.  Thomas had the good fortune of being educated in Malaysia, India and the United States of America. He worked with the Ministry of Health Malaysia for 19 years and subsequently as an academic at Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia for 17 years, before taking up a position at Taylor’s University in January 2014.  

In 2013, Thomas served for 3 months as Visiting Scholar at Mahidol University.  His area of expertise and research interests are pharmacy practice and quality use of medicines and he is frequently invited as a speaker at conferences, both locally and abroad.  

He has also published many papers, written books and book chapters related to toxicology and pharmacy practice. Thomas has been very closely involved in the development of the Malaysian guidelines and standards for accreditation of pharmacy programmes.  

He was previously a council member and Vice President of the Malaysian Pharmaceutical Society and also the Chairman of the Regulatory, Law and Ethics Section of the Federation of Asian Pharmaceutical Associations.  He is a founding member and current council member of the Malaysian Academy of Pharmacy.  

Thomas is the first and only Malaysian in the US-based ACPE’s International Services Program Advisory Group (ISPAG).  In July 2016, Thomas was appointed for the second time by the Minister of Health as a member of the Pharmacy Board of Malaysia.  He also currently serves on the Board of Trustees of World Vision Malaysia.   He is a strong believer that healthcare professionals and students must contribute to society and that teamwork among healthcare professionals will bring significantly greater benefits to the patient.

Emeritus Professor Dr P.T Thomas
Executive Dean at the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences


Dr. Neethiahnanthan Ari Ragavan

Dr. Neethia has over 23 years of academic experience. Apart from his Bachelor of Laws  {LLB (Hons)} from the University of London UK, he also holds a BA (Hons) in Education from Universiti Sains Malaysia; a Master Degree in Education  (with Distinction) from Universiti Malaya; and, a Doctor of Philosophy in Sociology from University of Toulouse Jean Jaures, France. He also holds a professional qualification of a Certified Hotel Administrator (CHA) awarded by the American Hotel & Lodging Association, USA. He is presently the President of ASEAN Tourism Research Association (ATRA) and has been active in various International Boards such as the Asia-Pacific Council of Hotel, Restaurant and Educational Institution (ApacCHRIE) and Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA).

His recent works include the appointment as one of the 4 key experts by the European Union funded project for ASEAN countries in the Environmentally and Socially Responsible Tourism Capacity Development Programme for Tourism Administrators of Vietnam National Tourism Administration. In November 2013, he initiated the setting-up of the ASEAN Tourism Research Network or now aptly known as ATRA a regional cooperation among Universities in ASEAN countries for greater research collaboration on issues related to Hospitality & Tourism. He actively publishes research papers and holds significant grants for research and consultancy projects. Presently, he is the Executive Dean, Faculty of Hospitality, Food and Leisure Management at Taylor's University, Malaysia which is ranked Top 20 in the world by QS World University Rankings by Subject. 

Dr. Neethiahnanthan Ari Ragavan
Executive Dean, Faculty of Social Sciences and Leisure Management


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