Mr. Anthony Wong of The Frangipani Langkawi Resort & Spa Hotel
Anthony Wong is the Managing Director of The Frangipani Langkawi Resort and Spa hotel with more than four decades of experience in the local and international tourism industry.
Being a green person, Anthony transformed his 4-star resort of two years situated along Pantai Tengah, in southwest Langkawi into a “green hotel”. The resort has 118 rooms and features a 400-metre long beachfront of soft golden sand. The Frangipani is probably the first resort in Malaysia that supported the principles of responsible tourism where it has programs that saved water, conserved energy and reduced solid waste, while saving money, in order to help protect the local environment. In its short history, the resort has already received recognition in receiving the ASEAN Green Hotel Award 2007.
The Frangipani Langkawi Resort & Spa has implemented various greening programs to streamline its daily operations and to minimize environmental impacts. Since the resort’s inception in 2006, he has set out to implement various policies to reduce impacts upon the environment. Some 100 initiatives are in place and listed on the website and Anthony hopes these will become a model for other resorts to follow.
Various measures have been introduced at the resort including reducing consumption especially wastage, effectively managing energy usage to reduce wastage, using environmentally-friendly detergents, filtering the resort’s ‘grey water’ through a wetland and working with the local authorities to reduce the amount of rubbish that goes to the island’s limited landfill.
The Frangipani was highly commended in the Best Large Accommodation category at the Virgin Holidays Responsible Tourism Awards 2008 organized by responsibletravel.com at a ceremony hosted at World Travel Market (WTM), Docklands, London, on Wednesday November 12 2008.
The Frangipani was also recognized for its Nature/Environment Conservation for the Langkawi Geopark Tourism Award 2008 on December 22 2008.
At PATA Travel Mart 2009 held in Hangzhou, China, The Frangipani was awarded on September 25 the PATA Gold Award for the category of Environmental Education Program. The Frangipani was again recognized for its conservation effort. At ATF 2010 held in Brunei, The Frangipani received the ASEANTA Awards for Excellence for the category Best ASEAN Conservation Effort.
Anthony is the Honorary Consul of the Republic of Cote d’Ivoire to Kuala Lumpur appointed by H.E. BOA Liliane Marie Laure, the Ambassador of the Republic of Cote d’Ivoire to Japan on June 18 2008 in Kuala Lumpur.
On October 3 2009, Anthony was conferred the Degree of Masters of Arts (Sustainable Tourism) (Honoris CAUSA) by Universiti Utara Malaysia. His favorite motto is “Don’t go where the path leads, rather go where there’s no path and leave a trail.”
Dato' Alexander I. of Tropical Charters Langkawi
EXECUTIVE CHAIRMAN / CEO
Dato' Alexander I., fondly known as Dato' Alex, is the Executve Chairman / CEO of Tropical Charters Sdn Bhd. Dato’ Alex is a well-known figure in Langkawi. He is seldom seen without his trade-mark black F1 shirt, styled to follow the popular Formula 1 shirt. Mention his name in Langkawi and almost everyone from all walks of life will know who he is.
Dato’ Alex set up Tropical Charters about 6 years ago in 2009. The company operates the Sunset Cruise and the Day Cruise. These are conducted on the twin-hulled Seasation which has an upper and a lower deck, with a capacity of 65 which is the biggest in Langkawi. There are two other boats, the Warisan Duyong and the Suka-Suka for the cruises. There are also Island-hopping and Team-Building packages . The latter is customised to the need of each organisation. The cruises can be either on shared or private-charter basis. Tropical Charters also has luxury yachts for day and overnight private charters. Check out their website: www.tropicalcharters.com.my.
As a person who has Langkawi at heart, Dato’ Alex was concerned about the status of GEOPARK when it was reported that UNESCO might withdraw its recognition. He was looking for a way to create awareness about the GEOPARK since most people had a vague idea what the GEOPARK was. This spurred him to introduce a CSR programme to educate local school children about conservation. That was how the GEOPARK EDUCATIONAL CRUISE came about. The fully-sponsored programme is a 3-hour cruise on Tropical Charters’ catamaran, the Seasation, on Saturdays from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. where between 40 - 55 school children and their teachers from Langkawi specifically will sail around nearby islands and briefed about the GEOPARK and Langkawi’s history by a local historian and naturalist. After each cruise, the children will be visit The Frangipani Langkawi Resort & Spa where they will be taken on the ECO WALK, courtersy of Mr Anthony Wong, the hotel owner. To-date, more than 400 students and teachers have benefited this programme. This is Dato’ Alex’s way of giving something back to society.
In May 2014, Dato’ Alex set up the Persatuan Niagakawi (Langkawi Business Association “LBA”), an NGO with the objective of contributing to the positive and balanced development and well-being of Langkawi and its people by promoting Corporate Social Responsibility programmes and activities involving members, the business community and the authorities. The first programme that directly involved conservation was the setting up of the PANTAI TENGAH GREEN COMMUNITY (“PTGC”), a bureau under LBA.
In March 2015 LBA organised the OSH Awareness Seminar for Tourism & Services Industry of Langkawi where Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye himself gave a key-note address to 60 participants.
Mrs. Yasmin Rasyid of EcoKnights
Yasmin Rasyid is the founder and president of EcoKnights, a local non-profit environmental organization. She is a biologist by profession and an environmentalist by passion.
Yasmin’s area of expertise is in the field of environmental education and awareness as well as CSR consultation with international and local corporate and industry players.
She is currently a guest lecturer at University Malaya and also University of Management Technology (UMTech).
She received her undergraduate degree (B.Sc) from Duke University, double majoring in Biology and Contemporary Religion; and also a Master of Science (M.Sc) in Biotechnology from University of Malaya.
Yasmin’s role in Anugerah Hijau is to serve as a mentor and advisor to all participants in both categories prior to completion of their competitive project. She has 4 years of experience in Anugerah Hijau.
Mr. Fadly Bakhtiar of EcoKnights
Mr. Fadly Bakhtiar of EcoKnights
Mr. Azman Ismail of Genovasi
Design Thinking Program
Azman Ismail holds an MSc and BSc in Biomedical Engineering from the McCormick School of Engineering, Northwestern University in the United States. Prior to Genovasi, Azman gained experience working for an international 3D Printing company and was named as the inventor for various patents during his service. Apart from that, he involved himself in overseeing R&D activities and formulating long-term visions and strategies for the company.
He has also worked as a consultant for local universities to propel local research efforts, primarily advising on Biomedical research methods and laboratory set up. He contributed to the local research community by authoring a book on ‘Motion Analysis Systems’.
Azman’s first exposure to Design Thinking was at Northwestern University as an undergraduate student. Now a full fledged Design Thinking practitioner, he received his core training from the Hasso Plattner Institut (HPI) School of Design Thinking at Potsdam University, Germany. Azman was also invited to d.school in Stanford University to serve as an apprentice coach for the Design Thinking Executive Programme where he trained Senior Management teams of various international organisations.
Mr. Moh Teck Hin of Genovasi
Design Thinking Program
A Khazanah scholar, Moh Teck Hin earned his degree in Physics (BSc) from Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM). A young and enthusiastic coach, Teck Hin is part of the team that run the Design Thinking programme at Genovasi.
In his two years, he has coached more than a 100 participants in Design Thinking, an innovation methodology taught at Genovasi, to solve challenges in real world projects.
In his free time, Teck Hin is an active volunteer for several NGOs. He believes the world would be better if everyone contributed positively to the community.
Mr. Giorgio Catucci
DHL IT Services
Giorgio Catucci was born in Luxembourg and has lived in 4 countries (Luxembourg, Italy, USA and Malaysia) but is a US citizen.
Gio, as he is more commonly known, started his professional career in the hotel and restaurant business before moving on to the logistic industry (DHL) for the last 17 years. At DHL, over the last 5 years, he has focused on process improvements (Lean, Six-sigma and TQM) along with leadership coaching and culture transformations.
Gio started many social responsibility initiatives even since he was a Boy Scout. His interest in volunteering and outdoor activities has led him to help earthquake survivors in 1982. In 2012 Gio started organizing CSR initiatives in his office, and by 2013 he was appointed as the site CSR Ambassador, which is on a volunteer basis.
Since 2013, Gio has also been actively volunteering at Yayasan Chow Kit (YCK) focusing on developing local youth’s talent and entrepreneurial skills – a program called GoTeach YCK. In late 2014, the invested efforts into the GoTeach YCK led to the offspring of Chow Kit Youths Venture, which he now also coaches with a program called Grow Chow Kit Youths. Chow Kit Youths is a self-organized group of vibrant and spirited teen-agers promoting their community through socially responsible activities, following the Social Business principles.
Gio is also a member of DPDHL DRT (Disaster Response Team) specialized in providing logistic and warehouse management at the airport or port facilities to all NGOs during a national disaster. So far he has deployed 2 times – 2012 in Indonesia and 2013 in Philippines.
Gio is a strong advocate of Social Business principles to encourage anyone who runs a CSR initiative to be more self-sustainable and think about the value added the initiative can create, rather than just feel good for a day.
Gio has a Bachelor Science Degree in Marketing & Finance from Florida Atlantic University, an Associate Art Degree in Economics and an Associate Science Degree in Hotel Management, both from Broward Community College.