Dairy Advisory Board
SaiKris has established a Dairy Advisory Board to ensure the dairy project takes off and runs smoothly. The members of the advisory board will be invited to join the SaiKris Board as Non-Executive Directors. The 5-year plan is for SaiKris Resources Sdn Bhd to be listed on either the Kuala Lumpur or Hong Kong Stock Exchange.
Dato’ Dr. Ahmad Suhaimi Bin Omar
Dato’ Dr Ahmad, 64 is a doctor by qualification and holds a masters in agriculture, Kyoto. He was appointed as Deputy Director of Veterinary Institute from 1978 – 1979 where he was in charge of managing 2500 acres of pasture with 2000 head of dairy cattle and 500 goats whilst training farmers to be well versed with the industry. From 1980 onwards, he has held several positions as Director of Veterinary Department in various states. In 2007 he was appointed as Deputy Director General of Veterinary Services. He has since retired
Dato has agreed to be part of SaiKris as an advisor as he shares our vision in growing the dairy farming industry in Malaysia. Having been in the industry for over 35 years, his experience, input and far sightedness would be integral and of great help in the strategic positioning of the dairy farming activities of SaiKris.
Datuk M. Supperamaniam
Datuk M. Supperamaniam graduated from the University of Malaya in 1970 with a B.A. (Hons.) Degree in Economics. He joined the Malaysian Administrative and Diplomatic Service in October 1970 and was posted to the Ministry of Trade and Industry as Assistant Director. He served in the same Ministry for 33 years in various capacities including Director, International Trade and Malaysia’s Senior Trade Commissioner to Hong Kong / People Republic of China, Deputy Secretary-General of the Ministry of International Trade and Industry and Ambassador / Permanent Representative of Malaysia to the World Trade organization in Geneva, Switzerland.
During his tenure of service with Government he was handed with the responsibilities and functions relating to the development of international trade policy as well as export promotional strategy. He represented Malaysia at various bilateral regional and international conferences. These included participation in Senior Officials Meetings as well as in Summits and Ministerial Conferences of G77, APEC, Indian Ocean Rim Regional Cooperation, UNCTAD and ASEAN. He was assigned a key role in representing Malaysia in various trade negotiations conducted under the auspices of GATT / UNCTAD / WTO / APEC / ASEAN as well as at bilateral level.
Since official retirement from Government service, he has assumed role as a speaker / resource person / consultant to meetings, workshops and conferences organized by United Nations Agencies, regional and international organizations and foreign governments. He is also actively engaged in several working / expert group meetings of several NGOs and private sector organizations related to trade / investment and development issues.
Dr John Moran
– Dairy Consultant
Dr John Moran was an Australian senior research and advisory scientist from Victoria’s Department of Primary Industries (DPIV), located in northern Victoria, for thirty (30) years. Over the last 10 years he divided his invaluable time between advising farmers in southern Australia and working with dairy farmers and advisers in South East Asia. His specialist fields include dairy production, ruminant nutrition, calf and heifer rearing, forage conservation and whole farm business management. Upon his retirement from DPIV in June 2011, John formed a consulting business, Profitable Dairy Systems, located in Kyabram.
Dr John Moran graduated in 1967 with a Rural Science honours degree from New England University at Armidale in NSW, followed by a Masters degree in 1969. In 1976, he obtained a Doctorate of Philosophy in beef production from University of London, Wye College in England. During the 1980s, John lived in Indonesia for 3 years, working in beef cattle and buffalo research. Since 1999, he initiated and conducted training programs on smallholder dairy production to farmers, advisers and policy makers in Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam, China, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Myanmar and East Timor. In 2013 he was appointed as Coordinator of the Asia Dairy Network, an international agency position to facilitate communication and collaboration of dairy industries from 15 countries throughout South East Asia.
To-date he has written many books with regards to dairy farming, among which are Tropical Dairy Farming, Business Management for Tropical Dairy Farmers, Rearing Young Stock in Tropical Dairy Farms in Asia, Cow Talk and others.
Michael A Creek (Mike)
– Cow & Ventilation Specialist
Michael A Creek graduated from Virgia Polytechnic Institute and State University for Bachelor of Science Degrees, majoring in Dairy Science and Agriculture Engineering. He has over 20 years of working experience as animal expertise with experience in managing herd production and genetic level as well in cow comfort where his expertise includes designing cow cooling system in hot humid conditions.
He has held various roles in his 35 years in the dairy industry. From sales of barns milking equipments, to managing cow genetics and embryos to cow comfort management especially in humid countries.
He is currently working with GEA as their International Market Support Manager. He provides support to the company regarding barn equipment, manure equipment and cow comfort. He helps to develop marketing plans to each market area including support and training on installation and also maintenance of the equipment. Mike is specialized in Heat Stress/Cooling cow. He had developed working systems in Turkey, Brazil, Australia, Vietnam, Taiwan, China, Argentina, Mexico and South Africa.
SKR has decided to get Mike on board considering SKR will be purchasing major equipment including the milking robots from the GEA, thus, having Mike around to supervise would be an added advantage due to his immense knowledge.
He will be the Cow & Ventilation Specialist for our farm to ensure our business sustainability in this challenging industry.
Siva Kumar Jeyapalan
Siva Kumar Jeyapalan graduated from the Universiti Teknologi Malaysia and has a degree in Bachelors of Mechanical Engineering. He is currently also a director of his family owned company and manages his own investments in various private and listed companies.
Siva Kumar started his career with Accenture, an international management consulting company as an analyst between 1994 to 1996. He later joined AmInvestment Bank Berhad as Assistant Manager, Corporate Finance until 2001 with main responsibilities in corporate and financial advisory involving Mergers & Acquisitions, Initial Public Offering, Corporate Restructuring and Fund Raising. Since 2002, he via his family owned company has been a substantial shareholder in various private and public companies.
His also appears in the top shareholder lists of a few listed companies, including Hong Leong Capital Bhd, where he was the second largest shareholder according to the 2012 annual report. Siva is also the second largest shareholder in Penang-based SAM Engineering & Equipment (M) Bhd after Singapore’s Temasek. He was also a substantial shareholder in MTD Capital Bhd, which was taken private in 2011.
Siva’s invaluable corporate finance experience will help SaiKris propel towards its target to be a Public Listed Company by the year 2025.
Grant Wisnewski was brought up on a Dairy farm in New Zealand. He went on to study Agricultural Engineering at NZ’s Massey University. Brought up in the heart of one of New Zealand’s traditional Dairying areas, Grant has been involved in Global Dairy Farming from an early age. After his studies, Grant relocated to the UK for 9 years where he was heavily involved in bringing NZ technology to UK dairying market.
Working with farmers from Russia through to Latin America, he understands both the economics and practicalities of large scale dairy operations. Grant currently manages a large global sales team for a Leading milking machinery supplier. His core activities include negotiating large scale contracts, government relations, achieving sales and growth targets, designing and implementing global business strategies and mentoring of the company’s global team. Grant brings a very broad range of experience and knowledge to the SaiKris team.