The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), the professional body for HR and people development, takes a pioneering stride in shaping Malaysia’s HR landscape with the groundbreaking establishment of its inaugural Advisory Committee.

This regional first brings together distinguished HR leaders and practitioners from across industries, sparking thought leadership and innovation, while championing enhanced people management standards in the country.

Chaired by Datuk (Dr) Nora Abd Manaf, Chartered FCIPD, Group Chief Human Capital Officer of Maybank, the committee aims to foster the development of HR capabilities, tackle industry challenges, forge strong relationships with key stakeholders, and enhance the CIPD's standing in Malaysia. This assembly of distinguished members will play a pivotal role in guiding the CIPD’s outreach, research, and engagement strategy, ensuring the timely delivery of impactful information and initiatives to the wider community of HR professionals in Malaysia.

"The significance of the CIPD's expansion in Malaysia, and the creation of the new committee is a significant step forward in our collective journey to shape the future of HR in the region. Through the committee, we cement our dedication to cultivating a dynamic, strategic, and impactful HR landscape, resonating with professionals and organisations," remarked Peter Cheese, Chief Executive of the CIPD.

Datuk Nora's appointment is set to bring a unique voice to Malaysia's HR community throughout her two-year tenure. Her selection not only underscores the CIPD's commitment to harnessing the expertise of Malaysia's foremost HR leaders to drive transformation, but also draws on her ability to rally industry leaders that are passionate about shaping the nation's HR landscape, in line with CIPD’s mission.

"I am honoured to lead the CIPD Advisory Committee and contribute to the advancement of HR practices in Malaysia. By fostering collaboration and sharing best practices, we aim to elevate HR standards and in turn, the people profession, which ultimately supports businesses in achieving sustained growth," commented Datuk Nora Abd Manaf.

Collaborative Partnerships

The CIPD's commitment to advancing HR practices in the Asian context is exemplified through dynamic partnerships, as showcased by its synergy with esteemed entities like PETRONAS. This close partnership has significantly bolstered PETRONAS' HR capabilities, building a robust groundwork for effective talent management and employee wellbeing.

In recognition of this collaborative success, the CIPD has awarded PETRONAS its prestigious People Development Partner (PDP) distinction, positioning PETRONAS as the first PDP organisation in Asia.

“This is a significant accolade for the global progressive energy and solutions partner which recognises an organisation’s commitment to continuously invest in and build the capability and credibility of its people function. And we commend PETRONAS for its proactive commitment to HR excellence,” said Peter Cheese.

Celebrating Achievement

In celebration of its commitment to HR excellence in Malaysia, the CIPD recently held  a roundtable dialogue in collaboration with the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) International University, which explored critical HR topics in the region. The event also conferred the title of Visiting Professorial to Peter Cheese, further reinforcing the CIPD’s dedication to nurturing knowledge-sharing and expertise in the region. 

Notably, during this event, the CIPD also awarded 10 distinguished HR practitioners with the title of Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (FCIPD) membership. These accomplished individuals stand as the gold standard for HR excellence, setting a benchmark for the profession.

May Leng Kwok, Chartered FCIPD, Regional Head APAC, CIPD adds, “The Asia Pacific (APAC) region is home to a rapidly growing economy and a diverse workforce. HR professionals play a critical role in helping organisations navigate the challenges and opportunities of this dynamic environment. The CIPD is proud to support HR practitioners in Malaysia and across the APAC in creating better work and better workplaces.”.

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