Wednesday, April 20, 2011

TEDxGurneyDrive - An Inspiring 18-min Experience You Must Not Miss in Penang

Malaysia Sexiest Woman 2006 - Hannah Tan, pledges support towards TEDxGurneyDrive!

To make our life better and change this world, it's all started with a Thought, then Talk and Actions.

"Ideals Worth Sharing" was all where TED first held in California, 1990. To date, more than 700 talks across the continents are available online and speakers like Bill Clinton, Bill Gates, Google founders Larry Page, Jamie Oliver and many Noble Prize Winners speak for an inspiring 18-min in TED and TEDx Talks.

And for the 1st time in history, TED is happening in Penang, Malaysia.

It's named TEDxGurneyDrive.




Instead of writing formally what are the objectives and missions (which you can read in our official website and facebook page), I want to write why are we bringing TED to Penang.

Penang itself has a lot of stories to tell. From a British colonial to a vibrant melting pot it is today, Penang passed through a lot of ups and downs. And it's the People who embrace positive change even in turbulence times and make Penang what it is today.

Penang might not be the bustling metropolitan like Kuala Lumpur or Singapore. However, Penang itself is unique in terms of its lifestyle, roadside hawker foods, "kiamsiap" attitude of some and rich history.

It is a blessed place with beautiful but now polluted beaches, located so near to the modern yet heritage-feel city with much greeneries like the Penang Hill, Youth Park and Botanical Garden.

There're a lot of proud stories here, which can inspire us to move forward. From a 65-year-old Aunty selling Char Kuey Teow along Macalister Road, middle age working adult in Bayan Lepas MNC to a 22-year-old USM undergraduate who fight for the future; all of these converge together to become a beautiful story.

This is why we are bringing TED to Penang. We want to let everyone who live, work or study in Penang to feel the prides and with the spirit, all can achieve greater heights in life.

So, TEDxGurneyDrive is not another talk. No, you don't come to listen to a talk.

You come here for beautiful stories. And get inspired.


Venue of TEDxGurneyDrive

9 speakers, each speak for exactly 18-min, will ensure you a different and fruitful Saturday morning.


They are:- (For more details please visit our official website)


1. Professor Dato' Anwar Fazal

The Winner of the "Alternative Noble Prize" and "UNEP Global 500"

A founder and one of the prime movers of several local and global citizens movements, among them the Consumers Association of Penang (CAP) founded in 1969, International Baby Food Action Network (IBFAN) formed in 1979, Health Action International (HAI) in 1981 and Pesticide Action Network (PAN) formed in 1982.


2. Matthias Gelber

World Greenest Man in 2008

A global environmental speaker and entrepreneur. He is a board member of the International Network of Environmental Management, a non-profit organisation working with businesses internationally to inspire them to make their operations more environmentally friendly. Matthias has given environmental talks in 38 countries all over the world.

3. YB Phee Boon Poh

The Penang State Exco of Health and Welfare, Caring Society, Environment

His determination on bringing out his passion on social and environmental issues gains a lot of people’s support including the new initiative “Cleaner Greener Penang” and “Say No to Plastic Bags” Campaign.

4. Dato' Boonler Somchit

CEO & Founder of PSDC

Together with Tun Dr. Lim Chong Eu, he founded PSDC (Penang Skills Development Centre), the first skills industry-led training centre to be set up in Malaysia. For more than two decades, they have trained over 150,000 participants in more than 7,000 courses. Today, they have a Membership of 155 companies.


    5. Professor Dato' Ho Sinn Chye

    Former Dean in Universiti Sains Malaysia. Now a Deputy Vice Chancellor of the Wawasan Open University, Penang who brings e-learning initiatives to the education industry.



    6. Neil Walter

    An entrepreneur for consulting business in the online games niche. He also wants to document his journey as an entrepreneur and share his success and failure with the world. Neil currently lives in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia – and aims to visit 25 countries before he is 25 years old.

    7. Tan Lay Seong

    Most Outstanding Young Malaysia Award Winner

    The founder of Great Ideals, Mr. Tan Lay Seong is the first life insurance manager to receive The Outstanding Young Malaysian Award (merit)(Personal Improvement And Accomplishment); Also, the youngest biography writer (Chinese & Englis version) in life insurance industry and released his own motivational and training CD/VCD; Mr.Tan is an international speaker and a regconised member in Persatuan Pemidato Malaysia. 5 consecutive years of winning Great Eastern Life Group Sales Manager National Champion of the year, breaking the 100-year record in the company.


    8. Dato' Dr Goh Ban Lee

    A senior fellow of Socio-Economic and Environmental Research Institute (SERI), Penang. He is also a columnist for TheSun newspapers in Malaysia, focusing on issues related to urban governance, housing and urban planning.

    Once being Associate Professor in the School of Social Science in USM and a Vice principal of TARC, Dr Goh served as a member in several government bodies. He was also involved in projects conducted by international and regional organisations, including United Nations Centre for Regional Development (UNCRD), Urban Management Programme (UMP) of the United Nations Asia Pacific Region, and Asian Productivity Organization (APO)

    9. Jazz Tan Yee Mei

    Founded Jazzada Solution a.k.a. Penang Youths at the age of 17. Host of the largest annual youth event in Penang - Youth Jam


    WOU - Venue of TEDxGurneyDrive (c) Mau Horng Photography


    DATE: 30 APRIL 2011 (Saturday)
    TIME: 830am - 200pm
    VENUE: WAWASAN OPEN UNIVERSITY, PENANG
    FEE: RM 20 only (Lunch Included)

    100 SEATS LIMITED, less than half left

    REGISTER HERE NOW at

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