Y.Bhg. Tan Sri Dato’ Dr. R. Palan
Pro Chancellor of Cyberjaya University College of Medical Sciences
Tan Sri Dr. Palan is a passionate social entrepreneur who strongly believes that individual pursuits are important yet the pursuit of societal good should always take priority. He is presently the Chairman of SMRT Holdings Berhad and Group Managing Director & Group CEO of Minda Global Berhad, two Public Listed companies on Bursa Malaysia that employs about 1000 talents from 25+ countries.
Tan Sri Dr. Palan grew up in Melaka and attended the La Salle brothers run primary school at St. Francis Institution, Malaysia and his secondary school in Jesuit run institution St. Campion High School, Trichy Tamilnadu, South India.
He completed his tertiary studies from the University of Madras (a pre university degree from Bishop Heber College, Bachelors in Science, Chemistry from New College) and a Master’s degree in Arts with a specialisation in Medical and Psychiatry Social Work from the Madras School of Social Work.
Later he completed his Masters in Psychology of Work from the University of Leicester, UK. He trained to become a trainer and human resources specialist with several outstanding mentors and institutions. He completed his Ph.D. in Management from California Coast University.
He completed the Advanced Management Programme (AMP)and attended continuing education programmes on Human Capital and Knowledge Management at the Harvard Business School. He also completed his PhD (Education) from Federation University, Ballarat, Australia.
As a trainer, he was honoured to be conferred the highest level of membership, the Fellowship, in 2010 by the British Institute of Learning & Development, United Kingdom. As a speaker, he was honoured to be able to earn the highest award in the speaking profession from the National Speakers Association of the United States of America, the Certified Speaking Professional (CSP) in 2011. As an entrepreneur, he took his start-up company public with the listing of SMRT Holdings Berhad on Bursa Malaysia Securities Berhad in 2006. As a writer he has written several articles on Learning, Human Resources, Leadership and Management. He has authored over 15 books including the Magic of Making Training FUN, Competency Management: a practitioner’s guide and the Global Journey of an Asian.
Tan Sri Dato’ Dr. Palan is a recipient of the Darjah Kebesaran Panglima Setia Mahkota (PSM), which carries the title ‘Tan Sri’ from the Seri Paduka Baginda Yang di-Pertuan Agong, Tuanku Abdul Halim Mu’adzam Shah. He is also a recipient of the Darjah Datuk Paduka Mahkota Perak (DPMP), which carries the title Dato’, awarded by the DYMM Paduka Seri Azlan Shah, Sultan of the State of Perak Darul Ridzuan and the Johan Bintang Kenyalang (JBK) from the Yang DiPertua Negeri (Governor) of the state of Sarawak.