Meet Our Speakers

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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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.

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.

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 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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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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Baharim Mustapa

Mr. Baharim Is A Senior Science Officer and Deputy Director of Center of Research and Field Service of University Malaysia Terengganu (UMT) which is managing the UMT’s Pulau Bidong Natural Marine Research Station. As a marine biologist by training, his main expertise is underwater survey specializing on coral reef and fish monitoring and also a qualified scuba Instructor and Underwater Research Instructor in addition to Advanced Rebreather Diver. His also a member of the Technical Committee for ISO Working Group on Recreational Scuba Diving Standard, Malaysia. He have a very wide experiences in Scuba Diving Industry in Malaysia, with more than 30 years experiences in the field.

Mohd Zamzuri bin Ab Ghani
Principal Assistant Secretary
Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture Malaysia

Mr. Mohd Zamzuri bin Ab Ghani is the Principal Assistant Secretary from International Relations Division (Culture) of the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture Malaysia (MOTAC) since February 2015 – current. The mission of MOTAC is to drive a competitive and sustainable tourism and cultural sector for the socio-economic development of the country.


Assoc. Prof. Dr. Hasrizal Bin Shaari is a Director at the Centre of Research and Field Services (CRaFS), Universiti Malaysia Terengganu (UMT). A senior lecturer on Marine Geochemistry at the Faculty of Science Marine and Environment, he was conferred a Ph.D. in Environmental Science from the Hokkaido University, Hokkaido, Japan in 2013. Specializing in marine geochemistry, his main interests are in paleonvironmental proxies of physical (i.e. sediment characteristics, sediment textures and lithology), biological (i.e. foraminifera and diatom) and chemical markers (i.e. radiocarbon, geochemical elements, organic compounds and nutrients) to understand the modern and past environmental changes. As a Dive Master Scuba Diver with 20 years of scuba diving experience, he also conducts scientific excavations at underwater archeological sites. Dr Hasrizal is also a member of the Geological Society of Malaysia (GSM), Institute of Geology Malaysia (IGM), and Professional geologist at the Board of Geologist (BoG) Malaysia.

Daniel Quilter

Daniel, co-founder Ecoteer in 2005 where he fell in love with Malaysia. He has worked in the Perhentian Islands since 2008 where he started with Bubbles Dive Resort and has gone on to start up 3 projects – Perhentian Turtle Project, Perhentian Eco Education Project and Perhentian Marine Research Station.  He is starting to see the fruits of the teams labour whereby the kids he once taught to swim as 4 years old are now leading a rapid response conservation team in the islands.

Mark Hedger

PADI Regional Manager

Mark has worked and lived in Malaysia for more than 20 years as a PADI Course Director and in recent years the PADI Regional Manager.  Mark has dived all over Malaysia, managed 5star dive centres and owned a successful dive business in Kota Kinabalu for more than 8 years. Mark brings with him a wealth of dive industry experience and professional skills to support PADI Members in the region.

• IANTD Instructor
• Managing Director of Red Divers Sdn Bhd and Founder of Luma Selakan

Aminor Azmi started exploring the waters of Tun Sakaran Marine Park, Semporna in 2012. By late 2013, he was exploring Selakan Island. In 2018, he founded Luma’ Selakan, the only scuba diving operator with accommodations within the grounds of Tun Sakaran Marine Park, Semporna.

Foong ling

Graduated with conservation biology background, environmental education focusing on education for sustainable development (ESD) has been the primary interest and passion for Foong Ling in pursuing her career in environmental conservation. This subsequently led her to join MNS in 2018, and has been involved in developing and coordinating various environmental education programmes with the Society. At present, she is responsible for the coordination of a citizen science project namely MY Garden Birdwatch (MYGB) and implementation of a local community capacity building project in Pulau Ketam, which focusing on plastic waste management and the ecology of mangrove and migratory waterbirds

Theresa Ng

Programme Development Manager at Reef Check Malaysia

Theresa Ng is the Programme Development Manager at Reef Check Malaysia, an NGO working on coral reef and marine conservation. She has taken the lead on Reef Check Malaysia’s marine debris programme, managing a series of industry dialogues with large international brands, government agencies and the waste management industry. She has a Bachelor of International Studies and Anthropology and has participated in several international exchange and educational programmes.

Dr. Tan Chun Hong (James)

Marine Biologist

Dr. Tan Chun Hong (James), a marine biologist from Universiti Malaysia Terengganu. His research revolved around marine environment focuses on the health condition and threats level of the ecosystems. He is also a dive enthusiastic and novice photographer.

Dr Kalsitinoor Set

Kalsitinoor Set is a senior lecturer in the Tourism Program and reporting at the Faculty of Business, Economics and Development Social (FBEDS), Universiti Malaysia Terengganu. Her main research interest is in the areas of small and medium-sized tourism enterprises and tourism entrepreneurship. As a diver herself, she sees the progression in the Malaysian diving industry. It has reflected on her ongoing research projects focusing on the scuba diving industry, particularly from the supply-side point of view.

Azrin Hashim

Executive Director of Litera Learn

Azrin Hashim is an Executive Director of Litera Learn, an IT firm focusing on IT solutions ranging from HR, Education, Hospitality, Logistic and Retails. Some of notable clients includes Tourism Malaysia, Educity Iskandar, MDEC, MBOT, HRD Corp, IRDA and many others. He has extensive experience working in the corporate IT industry under various capacity with Bursa Malaysia, Khazanah Nasional, Malaysia Airlines, DRH and MARA Corporation. He holds a Bachelor of Computer Science from Victoria University of Technology, Melbourne Australia.

Danendran Sugumar

Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture

Mr Danendran Sugumar has been with MOTAC since 2009 and started working in the Tourism Licensing and Enforcement Division since 2017.

Mohd Dalila Bin Mansor


Active in scuba diving since 1990 until now

Abdul Muiz

Chief Executive Officer (CEO)
CiEdge Adventure SB

Muizz, together with his team, has developed a platform called XTVT Malaysia that helps travellers discover activities in Malaysia like a local. The team is always enthusiastic about finding and doing new outdoor activities. Since then, they have been collaborating with many activity providers, aggregating packages under XTVT. Partly is also by providing a marketplace for local activity providers to digitalize their businesses. They are hoping that the travellers too can discover places and awesome activities in Malaysia as they did!

Richard Gascoigne

Having spent part of his formative years living in the Palau Is., Richard has always had an affinity for the Marine environment. Now part of the MNS Selangor Branch Marine Group, he and the other “Mariners” promote Marine awareness and action to protect the oceans & coastline.

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Suzan Meldonian

Owner of

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.

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.

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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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.

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.

Gordz Gojunco

SSI Instructor Trainer / Wreck and Cave Explorer

Diving since 2003 with around 8000+ dives under his belt, Gordz Gojunco is an SSI instructor trainer, freediver, swimming teacher, lifeguard instructor trainer, technical extended range instructor. An avid explorer of caves, wrecks and unexplored reefs, he is also a managing partner at Scuba Academy Manila and a Support Manager for SSI Philippines. 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. Any remaining free time is spent as a volunteer firefighter and rescue technician.

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.