Dr Elizabeth Lee Fuh Yen is Chief Executive Officer of the Sunway Education Group. Since her appointment in 1992, the Sunway Education Group has developed from just one institution, Sunway College which had a student population of less than 1,000 to a dynamic group of sixteen institutions, catering to more than 26,000 students.
Educated and trained in the United Kingdom in Multi-Cultural Education, Elizabeth read her Master of Philosophy (MPhil) in Education at the University of Cambridge. Her Cambridge links see her actively involved in the Oxford and Cambridge Society of Malaysia of which she is a past President.
A veteran in the field of private higher education provision, Elizabeth also serves on National Higher Education Research Institute (IPPTN) and sits on the Board of Trustees of MERCY Malaysia. A thought leader in her own right, her international engagements have included speaking at the Harvard Business School, University of Cambridge, University of Oxford, the University of Edinburgh and the Malaysia-UK Diamond Jubilee Forum in commemoration of 60 years of Bilateral Relations organised by the Asian Strategy and Leadership Institute (ASLI) in London. An advocate for women in leadership, she serves as a mentor in the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW) global programme for specially chosen female corporate leaders.
In August 2014, she was conferred the Doctor of Laws (Honoris Causa) by the University of Nottingham for her immense and exceptional contributions to education in Malaysia. She is also a recipient of several international and national awards which include the Visionary Women Leadership Award at the 2nd World Women Leadership Congress and Award (WWLCA) in Mumbai (2015), the Malaysia Most Impactful Leadership Contribution Award 2014 by Asia Success Inc. and the Outstanding Asian Women Community Contribution Award from Malaysia Women’s Career Building Association in 2011.
Elizabeth was elected as a member in the Malaysian Qualifications Agency (MQA) Council effective January 2016, Chair of the MQA Investment Committee and member of the MQA Disciplinary Committee since 1 February 2016.
In April 2016, she was conferred a second honorary doctorate by Victoria University. The Doctorate of the University award is in recognition of Elizabeth’s role as a distinguished educator, for her work in promoting international education and issues relating to the education of women. The award also recognises her pivotal role in fostering the partnership between Victoria University and the Sunway Education Group.
In May 2017, she was nominated to be on the Trustee Committee of the Chair on Women Leadership, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia. In the same month, she was bestowed the award for Women Entrepreneur in Canadian Education at the Malaysia Canada Business Council (MCBC) 25th Anniversary Business Excellence Award ceremony which was held in conjunction with Canada’s 150th Anniversary Celebration. In August, Elizabeth was bestowed the Malaysian Chinese Women of Excellence Award in Education by Wanita MCA in celebration of National Women’s Day.
In July 2018, Elizabeth received the Education Leadership Award at the World Education Congress Global Awards in Mumbai. In January this year, she was recognised for her contributions to the advancement of Malaysia’s education ecosystem with the ‘Educationist of the Year’ award at the inaugural Sin Chew Education Awards.
In her personal capacity, she has written and edited a number of children’s English storybooks for early language learning. Her culinary interests find her serving on the National Council of the Confrerie de la Chaine des Rotisseurs, Baillage de Malaisie, where she is the Baili Regional for the state of Perak.
She is married to Company Director Mr Cheah Ming Chiew. They have three daughters, aged between 20 years and 23 years.