Governance and Leadership

Sunway University is one of Malaysia’s leading private universities, which, unlike most others, is not-for-profit. It is owned by the charitable Jeffrey Cheah Foundation, which is overseen by an eminent Board of Trustees. 

The University is managed by the Senior Management Group, led by the Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive, Professor Graeme Wilkinson, and supported by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Provost. 

The University is governed by the Board of Directors comprising senior industrialists, academics, civil servants and educationists. The Chairman of the Board is Tan Sri Dato’ Seri Dr Jeffrey Cheah, Founder and Chairman of the Sunway Group of companies and the Chancellor of the University. The Chancellor is the figurehead of the University whose duties are primarily ceremonial. 

The academic governance of the University is through the Senate, which comprises the full professors and the senior academic managers. The powers of the Board and the Senate are described in the University’s Constitution.

The Senior Management Group (SMG)

The Senior Management Group (SMG) of the University comprises the Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive, the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, the Provost, the Pro Vice-Chancellor (Engagement), the Director of University Services, the Director of Strategy and Planning, and the Deans of Schools. The University is also supported by the Shared Services of the Sunway Education Group (SEG) which provide services such as HR, Finance, Student Support and Facilities Management. The SEG Heads of Service also support the SMG in delivering the University’s mission and contribute to the wider University Strategic Management Committee (USMC) in addition to the SMG members.

The Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive is Professor Graeme Wilkinson, a UK remote sensing scientist.  You might be interested in The Vice-Chancellor’s Profile and The Vice-Chancellor’s Address.

Members of the Senior Management Group

Professor Graeme Wilkinson (Chair)
Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive

Professor Pua Eng Chong
Deputy Vice-Chancellor

Professor Perry Hobson
Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Engagement

Professor Peter Heard

Siti Fariza Mohd Dahlan
Director, University Services

Preeti Nair
Director, Strategy and Planning

Professor Steve Williams
Dean, Sunway University Business School

Professor Donald William Bowyer
Dean, School of Arts

Professor Serguei Demidenko
Dean, School of Science and Technology

Professor Ho Chee Kit
Dean, School of Mathematical Sciences

Professor Marcus L Stephenson
Dean, School of Hospitality

Professor Peh Suat Cheng
Dean, School of Healthcare and Medical Sciences

Professor Stephen Hall
Dean, School of Interdisciplinary Studies

Other Senior Officers of the Sunway Education Group &
Members of the University Strategic Management Committee (besides SMG members)

Dr Elizabeth Lee
Chief Executive Officer, Sunway Education Group

Ng Kok Cheng
Chief Financial Officer

Ng Beng Lean
Group Registrar

Betty Lai
Chief Resources Officer

Wong Lei Lei
Director, Marketing

Lim Shui Chin
Director, International Office and Special Projects

Tony Lee
Chief Information Officer

Lee Siok Ping
Director, Student Life

Patrick Joseph McVeigh
Director, Branding and Corporate Communications

Jerrine Koay
Director, Public Relations

Matthijs Van Leeuwen
Chief Innovation Officer, Sunway iLabs & Makerspace

The Board of Directors

The Board of Directors has the overall responsibility for setting the strategic direction of the University and appointing the Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive, and other Senior Officers of the University. The Board also oversees the effective financial management of the University and has a key role to play in the selection of individuals for honorary degrees, among other high level responsibilities.

The Board is chaired by the Chancellor, Tan Sri Dato’ Seri Dr Jeffrey Cheah, the Founder and Chairman of Sunway Group. The Chancellor presides at the University’s Graduation Ceremonies and on other official occasions. He is supported in his ceremonial duties by four Pro-Chancellors who are also Board members. Please see the Chancellor’s welcome message.

Members of the Board of Directors

Tan Sri Dato' Seri Dr Jeffrey Cheah, AO
Founder and Chairman, Sunway Group

Tan Sri Dato' Dr Ramon V Navaratnam
Corporate Advisor, Sunway Group

Professor Tan Sri Dato’ Dr Lin See Yan
Former Deputy Governor, Bank Negara Malaysia

Dato' Sri Idris Jala
President and CEO, Pemandu Associates Sdn Bhd

Tan Sri Dato' (Dr) Chew Chee Kin
President, Sunway Group

Tan Sri Datuk Seri Razman Hashim
Deputy Chairman, Sunway Group

Dato' Dr Lee Weng Keng
CEO, Education and Healthcare, Sunway Group

Dr Elizabeth Lee
Chief Executive Officer, Sunway Education Group

Professor Graeme Wilkinson
Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive

Professor Sibrandes Poppema
Distinguished Professor and Advisor to the Sunway Education Group Chairman and Chancellor

Professor Jarlath Ronayne, AM
Tan Sri Jeffrey Cheah Distinguished Professor

Sarena Cheah Yean Tih
Executive Director, Sunway Group

Tan Sri Dato’ Seri Dr Ranjit Singh
Member of the Leadership Council,
UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network Malaysia

Professor Dato' Dr Woo Wing Thye
President, Jeffrey Cheah Institute on Southeast Asia
Director, Jeffrey Sachs Center on Sustainable Development

Philip Yeo Liat Kok
Chairman of Economic Development Innovations Singapore, and Accuron Technologies


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