Meet Our Speakers

Jason Isley 

CVO of Scubazoo & Wildlife / conservation photographer, Publisher

Jason trained as an underwater cameraman in Australia before moving to Sabah in Malaysian Borneo to co-found the underwater filming and photography company, Scubazoo.

For 10 years, Jason filmed all over the world on productions including the Disney’s IMAX production Sacred Planet, Journeys of a Lifetime with Minnie Driver, Nick Baker’s Weird Creatures for National Geographic Channel, Perfect Predators for Discovery Channel’s Shark Week and BBC’s Emmy Award winning Life series.

In 2006, he decided to focus on photography, becoming the driving force behind Scubazoo’s publications division. He was pivotal in the production of their first book Sipadan-Mabul-Kapalai, Sabah’s Underwater Treasure, and then managed the publication of six more coffee table books for Scubazoo including the quirky Small Blue World. He is constantly in the field shooting for Scubazoo’s book projects and also behind the scene shots for large productions such as the recent BBC’s Blue Planet 2 series.

http://www.scubazoo.com/

David Mccann

Conservation Manager for Scuba Junkie SEAS

David McCann is a Conservation Manager for Scuba Junkie SEAS on Mabul Island, Sabah, Malaysia. He hails from Ireland where he gained his BSc Marine Biology and MSc Environmental Management & Conservation Biology. He is passionate about the role of the dive industry in marine conservation – his current work includes raising awareness of marine conservation issues, as well as developing and

implementing solutions. This includes running a turtle hatchery and rehabilitation centre, carrying out reef health check surveys and reef restoration, tackling marine debris through reef and beach clean-ups and community engagement.

www.scubajunkieseas.org

Gordos Gojunco

SSI Instructor Trainer / Cave and Wreck Explorer

Diving since 2003 with around 8000+ dives, Gordz Gojunco is an SSI instructor trainer, freediver, swimming teacher, lifeguard instructor trainer, technical extended range instructor and an avid explorer of caves, wrecks and unexplored reefs. He spends most of his time diving, doing dive trips, exploration, technical and commercial works and sharing his passion to other people by teaching diving. Hoping to raise the level of service, professionalism and safety in the industry, Gordz spends a lot of time developing dive professionals and tech divers. The only time you don't see Gordz underwater is when he spends time taking care of his son Dax and wife Toni. All the remaining free time is squeezed in to be a volunteer firefighter and rescue technician.

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Lieutenant Colonel, Dr. Clement Limus Apong

Hyperbaric medicine specialist

Dr. Clement is a diving and hyperbaric medicine specialist with international training and experience. He served as a Diving Medical Officer in the Malaysian Armed Forces for 13 years, stationed mainly in Sabah where most diving activities and cases took place. Transferred to Hospital Tuanku Mizan KL in 2012, he continued to see diving cases in West Malaysia. In 2015, he left the service to join a private practice and recently started a hyperbaric facility, Klinik Clement, which continues to treat divers.

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Major Dr. Divya Panicker

Medical Director of Askina Hyperbaric Healthcare Centre

An experienced medical doctor specialised in clinical hyperbaric medicine, underwater medicine, emergency, and trauma, Dr. Panicker is a former Diving Medicine Officer in the Malaysian Navy and has extensive training in diving and hyperbaric medicine, disaster training and adaptive medicine focused on trauma management with limited resources. Experienced in teaching, supervising and evaluating divers, Dr. Panicker is also experienced in treating injured divers and receives divers regularly in Askina Hyperbaric Healthcare Center.

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Imran Ahmad

Professional Underwater Photographer

Imran Ahmad is one of Asia’s most celebrated and widely published underwater photographer. He has been capturing the magnificence of life both below and above the water’s surface for more than 22 years. Known for his experimental photography with light and motion, Imran holds a Bachelor of Arts in filmmaking from Middlesex University; and is an ambassador for Mares, Nikon, Blancpain Ocean Commitment, SEACAM, RGB Lights (Japan) and DAN Insurance. He is also a member of the Ocean Artist Society and spends much of his time educating others on the skill.

Imran is also behind ESCAPEINC ASIA, a photographically inspired showroom in Kuala Lumpur and Singapore that runs photo inspired adventures around the world. His business as a distributor of underwater photographic equipment also keeps him busy.

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Tracey Jennings

Photographer

With 20 years of diving experience and now a master diver, Tracey only started underwater photography five years ago. She currently uses a Nikon D850 with a Seacam underwater housing. She hopes her photographs can inspire others to protect the wonder of the underwater world.

With the underwater world as her place of calm and silence in this hectic world, Tracey named the Solomon Islands, Cocos Islands, Philippines, Indonesia (Raja Ampat), South Africa and the Azores as her favourite places to dive so far. Having just moved to Malaysia after living in Singapore for 10 years she’s looking forward to exploring the waters of Malaysia.

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Suzan Meldonian

Owner of DiscoverTheOceans.com

Suzan shoots marine aliens for a living. Her recent adventure was black water diving, where she photographed planktonic aliens from the deep that rise to the surface each night in what is called the vertical migration. It is the largest migration on Earth and it occurs every night all over the world. While not new to science, it is ground-breaking territory for underwater photographers. The creatures are spectacular and the possibilities are endless to document new species and behaviour in-situ.

www.DiscoverTheOceans.com

Juan Naval

Instructor Trainer, InnerSpace Explorers

Juan is an active instructor and instructor trainer for InnerSpace Explorers, where he is also a board member. He is also a member of the Filipino Cave Divers and is involved in several projects with various groups conducting studies and explorations around the Philippines and China.

His is focussed on the development, growth and conservation, while also establishing safety protocols for underwater exploration around the archipelago. Juan is also co-founder of Applied Technical Diving and Marine Solutions, a company that aims to bridge the gap between Commercial and Technical Diving services.

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Monica Chin

Conservationist

A widely known passionate diver and conservationist in North Borneo, Monica spent seven years to help raise awareness on the impact on pollution on the environment and marine world via events, educational activities, community projects for the youth and more. Recognising the danger of plastic pollution, Monica continues to share her knowledge on reducing the use of plastic to live a more sustainable lifestyle.In 2019, she turned her focus on her social enterprise business and as an advocate of the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) #13, #14, #15 and #17. She believes changing habits and shifting the mind-set can significantly and positively impact the ocean and planet.

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Nurul Yazid

Underwater Photographer

For as long as she can remember, Nurul has always been fascinated by the ocean. She learnt to swim at the age of 3 and was already snorkelling with fishes by the time she was 5. Whilst kids her age aspired to be firemen, doctors or their favourite superheroes, she wanted to be a dolphin trainer. She always knew that one way or another she would end up being a part of the underwater world.

After quitting her corporate life in Kuala Lumpur, Nurul followed her dreams to become a Dive Instructor. She worked on various paradise islands including the Perhentians, Mabul and Pom Pom Island, where she won multiple awards for her outstanding achievement as a PADI Instructor.

Whether she is swimming with sharks in the Bahamas or fighting against the strong currents in Indonesia, it is always with a camera in one hand and her eyes wide open – “ I try my utmost to document and create stories through my photography”.

www.nurulyazid.com

Roni Ben-Aharon

Sales Manager Asia and Europe
Atlantis Dive Resort & Liveaboard

Roni has spent the last decade holding management and marketing roles in the dive industry. Marrying industry knowledge with her strong passion for conservation, Roni actively promotes sustainable dive tourism while raising awareness for marine conservation. She currently heads sales in Asia and Europe at Atlantis Dive Resorts Philippines.

www.atlantishotel.com

Stacy Chee

Director of Mobytek

Stacy has been diving for 15 years. Her passion for marine life and diving led her to develop a love for underwater photography, which in turn led her to her partnership with Sony Malaysia as an opinion leader in the area. Her photography skills coupled with her deep technical diving abilities allow her to share with family, friends and the world the mysterious underwater creatures that lie beneath.

Stacy is also the founder and co-owner of Moby Tek Dive Center on Tioman Island, where she teaches reactional and technical dive courses.

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Hj Syed Abd Rahman Syed Hassan

Ambassador of Dive Heart Malaysia.

Founder and Director of Kids Scuba dive school in Malaysia. Hj Syed Abd Rahman Syed Hassan is the Ambassador Diveheart Malaysia, a PADI IDC Staff Instructor and and PADI Youth Diving Advisory committee based in US. Hj Syed is the Advisor for Standards and Ratings to the National Dive Council NDC Malaysia under the Ministry of Tourism and Culture MOTAC, he is  the Chairman for the ISO Recreational Scuba Diving Standards committee Malaysia.

He loves teaching and motivating Kids, Teens and Persons With Disabilities PWD  in the sports of Scuba Diving. His passion in the sport has motivated Hj Syed to start Kids Scuba in 2004. Scuba diving has changed his perception and awareness of the marine environment. His dedication and commitment to promote scuba diving for Kids, Teenagers, Orphan and Disabled Youth has earned him International Awards & Recognitions for Diveheart and PADI  Kids Scuba program since 2005 to date.

http://www.kidsscuba.com

Takuya Torii

INON INC corporate Messenger Boy

Takuya is a corporate messenger by delivering message from INON and collecting feedback from market. Over his 15 years carrier with INON, he always loves meeting ocean lovers and learning their passion for the ocean. Takuya is often at dive shows carrying his movable booth filled with many demonstration unit and prototype products. Here speaking at #MIDE2020, Takuya will share corporate message and introduce the latest equipment from INON. If you have INON, please bring them to his talk to solve your question!

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Norhayati Ahmad

Professor / Chairperson of Langkawi Research Centre

With a PhD in Zoology and specialising in herpetology, Norhayati is a professor in Biological Sciences and Biotechnology at UKM. Awarded four times for quality of service, winning six national book awards and bagging the title of Best of Show Category in photography during MIDE 2018, Norhayati has also published more than 94 journals, 12 books, 24 technical reports and made countless contributions to many other literary and editorial publications. As an Advanced NAUI SCUBA and a certified Reef Check Reef Check Eco diver of the Organisation since 2010, she has also established an international outreach as a collaborator, recipient of scholarships to the UK, Japan and Australia.

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Brendon Sing

Founder & Director Shark Guardian

Brendon Sing is the co-director and Founder of Shark Guardian, a UK Charity for shark and marine conservation activities, educational programs, research projects and expeditions worldwide.

https://www.sharkguardian.org/

Sofi Aida Sugiharto

Underwater Photographer

A mother of three, Sofi has been an avid diver since 2004, thanks to her husband. In 2006, she picked up underwater photography and since then, her photos have been widely published with one even making the cover of a Russian underwater magazine.

Recently in 2017, she become one of the 21 female photographers chosen by Canon Indonesia, to represent them and called “Srikandi Canon”. Last year, she won the Adam Malik memorial award at the ‘Salon Foto Indonesia 40’. This year, she achieved QPSA distinction from the Photographic Society of America.

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Dr Nik Nadirah

Medical Doctor & Diver

Nik Nadirah is a medical doctor and beginner diver. With a passion for the outdoors and adventure, she is currently completing her Master’s Degree in Sports and Exercise Medicine at the University of Malaya. She is also a team member running the Sports Medicine Clinic in University Malaya Medical Centre, UMMC.

Nooraishah Arshad

Malaysia Amputee Paralympic Wheelchair Fencing Team / PADI Diver

After losing her right leg in 2013 to bone cancer, Aishah faced many challenges while adopting to the new changes in her life.  Determined to live her best life, Aishah overcame many obstacles and has been a member of the Malaysia Amputee Paralympic Wheelchair Fencing Team since 2017. She also represents Malaysia in the Wheelchair Fencing Competition in Montreal and Jakarta. When friends of hers suggested she include scuba diving as part of her physical therapy, she jumped right in. She fell in love with the feeling of weightlessness and freedom from the restraints of being in a wheelchair or on crutches. This quickly led to her gaining her PADI open water diver certification in 2019.

Dr Basri Husin

Secretary for Malaysian Spinal Cord Injury Advocacy Association (MASAA)

Basri Husin (PhD) has been a person with disability (PWD) since November 2014. However, this did not stop him from learning to scuba dive in April 2016. Under the watchful eyes of scuba instructor Syed Abdul Rahman Syed Hassan (Kids Scuba Malaysia) and his team, the experience gave Dr Basri the confidence and determination to undergo water therapy. Scuba diving became a source of motivation and support, where he’s been encouraging friends with PWD to give the sport a go as both a social activity and as a form of exercise. Dr Basri is currently the secretary for Malaysian Spinal Cord Injury Advocacy Association (MASAA), where he aims to empower and enable people with spinal cord injuries to become more inclusive in society.

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Irwan Ismail

Underwater Photographer

Irwan Ismail is a PADI Master Instructor, Emergency First Responder Instructor Trainer, underwater photographer and videographer. His work has been widely published in local publications including the New Straits Times, Harian Metro, The Heat and Astro Awani. Having worked with many organisations including V channels, tourism boards and movie producers, Irwan was the first underwater videography speaker at MIDE and has been sharing his knowledge at the show since 2017.

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Alvin Chelliah

Reef Check Malaysia

Alvin Chelliah has been diving since he was in high school. After completing his Master’s Degree in Marine Science from the National University of Malaysia he joined Reef Check. He has been promoting community involvement in marine resource management on Tioman island for the last 6 years. He has also been actively promoting the Green Fins approach to sustainable diving around Malaysia since 2014.

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Yumi Chia

Scuba Junkie SEAS

Yumi Chia is an ocean lover; living on an island has always been her dream. After finishing her Degree in Social Sciences, she pursued her dream by volunteering as a project teacher on Perhentian Island, before moving to Mabul Island to work as a Conservation Officer with SJ SEAS, focusing on community outreach. She strongly believes that ‘we protect what we love, and we only love what we understand’.

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William Tan

Underwater Photographer

A violinist with the Singapore Symphony Orchestra, William earned his scuba diving certification in 1994. Thereafter, without his prized antique Italian violin, he travelled extensively between concert seasons throughout the Pacific region photographing marine life for scientific institutions, camera and housing manufacturers, tourism organizations, dive magazines and resorts. William works closely with Canon Singapore, and is generously sponsored by Fourth Element Equipment for Adventure, Fun-In Underwater Photo Equipment, Nauticam International Limited, RGBlue Underwater Lighting System, and Scubalamp Underwater Photography Equipment.

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Trieu Huynh

Designer, musician, innovation coach, creator of trshbg.

Trieu will share the story of trshbg, what trshbg wants to achieve, our products, its radically new way of creating innovation, the recycling program at this dive show and the future ahead.

www.thrshbg.com

Dr Mastura Mahamed

Senior Lecturer University Putra Malaysia

Mastura is a senior lecturer at University Putra Malaysia. She is actively involved with advocacy work, particularly for the disabled community. She is currently serving as the vice president for Gabungan Anak-Anak Palsi Serebrum (GAPS) among others, and is involved in UPM’s mission to become a more inclusive university. Most recently she has been exploring adaptive scuba diving and have qualified to become a certified PADI scuba diver.

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Dr Yew Chung Khian

Master of Rehabilitation Medicine / PADI open water diver

Dr.Yew Chung Khian is a Master of Rehabilitation Medicine candidate at University Malaya Medical Centre. A graduate from Nizhny Novgorod State Medical Academy (NNSMA), Russia, Dr.Yew is also a Certified Medical Impairment Assessor (CMIA), and a physician at Exercise is Medicine Malaysia (EIMM).

Dr. Yew is a qualified PADI open water diver, who is currently training for his advanced open water diver course. He is also a qualified PADI adaptive support diver, a Diveheart Malaysia volunteer, and advocates an active lifestyle in PWDs. He volunteers for adaptive diving and cerebral palsy frame football to empower and enable the PWDs to become more inclusive in society.

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Dr Philip Lim

Sectary General for the Malaysian Reef Eco-Conservation Society

A conservation diver and the Sectary General for the Malaysian Reef Eco-Conservation Society (MYRES), Dr. Lim will be sharing and discussing how marine conservation might be the answer to climate change. Dr. Lim believes that creating functional artificial reefs will contribute and significantly impact existing marine conservation efforts.

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John Low Teng Boon

NDL Course Director

Stranded at sea, how did John Low survive 4D3N in the South China Sea when his boat sank? While not in view of the shore, John, an experienced swimmer and diver started swimming. Alas the currents wouldn’t allow it. After five hours of swimming, John had barely moved from his original position. Armed with nothing but a buoy, John would not been optimistic about his survival if not for the knowledge acquired at the National Dive League. Eventually, a 4000 tonne dredger, Diogo Cao, spotted and rescued him.

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Lee Kian Lie

Technical Underwater Cave Explorer

Lee Kian Lie is a technical underwater cave explorer who has explored North West Malaysia, Ipoh, Kuantan, Sulawesi, and many other locations. Currently, he is working on a cave exploration project in Sg Lembing, Malaysia with his exploration team. Sg Lembing Mines is one of the deepest at tin mines in the world at 700m. It stopped operations in 1986. Mr Lee discovered a passage to the mining area that was 50m deep along with a few other yet-to-be explored passages. Most exciting about Sg Lembing is his discovery of possible new marine species yet to be identified.

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Dr. Mohd Uzair Rusli

Head of Field Research Laboratory

Sea Turtle Research Unit (SEATRU)

As a Sea Turtle Research Unit (SEATRU) Team Leader, my responsible to not only doing scientific research but also actively involved in conservation activities. One of the iconic conservation program in UMT since 1998 is the SEATRU volunteer program at Chagar Hutang, Redang Island and this program has received volunteers from around the world. Besides, I am also appointed as technical advisor for many conservation projects related with sea turtles globally. Working closely in conservation science, I am hoping that more people will work together to protect their own precious natural heritage such as sea turtles, and other important marine ecosystems to ensure the survival of endangered species and towards development of sustainable society.

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Adam Chooi

Travel Agent, Divemaster, Technical Diver, YouTuber

A licensed travel agent by profession, Adam is also a certified PADI Professional Divemaster allowing to combine both his passion and profession to help those seeking dive holidays. Having discovered scuba diving more than 10 years, Adam continued to improve his skills and today holds Technical Diving qualifications.

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Hussain Rasheed

Founder and Former Dean of Marine Faculty at Marine College

Regarded as “the Godfather of the Maldivian diving industry”, Rasheed began diving in 1981 and became a PADI Divemaster in 1986, an Instructor in 1993, and Course Director in 2000. His work came to international media attention when he created and organized an underwater Cabinet Meeting, chaired by the President of the Maldives, to bring world attention to the threat of global warming. Hussain ‘Sendi’ Rasheed received recognition for being inducted into the International Scuba Diving Hall of Fame. The commemorative plaque was handed over to Rasheed at a ceremony held in the Cayman Islands in 2019. He is affiliated as an Executive Director of all Villa Dive Centres under his company Dive Oceanus, operating five PADI Dive Centres across four atolls in the Maldives and supervising 40 diving professionals.

Nizal Adman

CEO Saujana Divers Sdn Bhd

Along with three other partners, Nizal Adman from Saujana Divers Sdn Bhd operates a dive shop carrying SOPRAS and UWIS. He is also a diving instructor under NATIONAL DIVE LEAGUE with 10 years of diving experience.

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Nazri Hamzah

PADI Scuba Diver

Nazri has been scuba diving for two years. The sport has been a fantastic experience for him and many other disabled people, as the weightless environment allows the diver to experience freedom from whatever restraints they may face on land. Someone confined to a wheelchair can experiencealmost extreme liberation while hovering weightless in mid-water.
According to Nazri, nothing is impossible if you set your mind to it. And he should know. After losing his right leg to cancer, Nazri struggled with life. However, he never allowed his disability to define or restrict him. When his friends suggested scuba diving as part of his physical therapy, he dived right in and was hooked.

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