Program in Detail

Presented jointly by Sejahtera Leadership Initiative (SLI, USIM, Malaysia) and Xavier Centre of Humanities and Compassion Studies (XCHCS) in collaboration with Xavier School of Sustainability (XSOS), Xavier University Bhubaneswar (XUB, India). The seminar will focus on Peace, Sustainability and Compassion. These are essential to the humanistic wellbeing of any individual’s professional, social and personal life. These are also essential to the well-being of society.

Session One

11.15 0 AM – 12.45 PM (Orientation)

Keynote Presentation

Global Change Agents Within the Framework of Sejahtera Leadership

Prof. Tan Sri Dzulkifli Abdul Razak,

  • SLI Founding Convener
  • Former VC of Science University of Malaysia (USM), Penang, Malaysia
  • Presently Rector, International Islamic University of Malaysia (IIUM)


Three Decades of SD: A Voice From the “Past”

The presentation will trace the history of Sustainable Development (SD) since its introduction in 1987. The idea of SD has captured much attention and imagination in redefining “development” to be “sustainable”. But there are still many discernible gaps to be addressed. This becomes even more apparent when we try to decolonise the term.  SD when viewed from various local traditions with its own body of indigenous knowledge (as well as experience that has long co-existed with many indigenous communities) seem to be problematic. Much of the indigenous views have been left out in the 1987 SD version. Today it necessitates the “revision” of SD with the ‘voice from the past’. In the presentation, a case for Sejahtera‎ (a notion local to the Malay world in Southeast Asia) will be elaborated to illustrate the point.

Session Two

2.00 PM – 4.00 PM (Application)

Experience and Capabilities of Emerging Sejahtera Leaders in Asia & Latin America.

Facilitated by

Dr. Zulkifly Baharom, Yazdi Jehangir Bankwala, Dr. Mahazan Abdul Mutalib & Johan Dzulkifli:


In a nutshell, the 2-hour speaking engagement will touch on human/humane values and sustainability from the blended experiences of a UK student, an Islamic scholar, a seasoned consultant and a corporate professional trainer.  Each one will bring his presentation within the spirit of Sejahtera Culture and Leadership, as presented in the first session. Each speaker will speak for about 30 minutes (inclusive of 10 minutes Q&A ).

Dr. Zulkifly and Mr Yazdi (1 Hour)

Dr. Zulkifly comes with a waste experience in corporate training. He is instrumental in inculcating human values in Malaysia Airlines (national airlines of Malaysia), a company that had 22,000 strong workforce on the ground and that covered 150 domestic and international destinations (including South Africa) worldwide. He had also been invited by other airlines companies in Asia to promote corporate values within the Sejahtera Cultural framework.

Mr. Yazdi Jehangir

Yazdi was instrumental in helping Dr. Zulkifly as an external consultant promoting the values methodology. He has vast experience in value clarification methodology and the promotion of human values in the corporate sector, all aiming at sustainability.

Johan Dzulkifli

Johan will speak about his values research and experience as a student in Latin America. He will open another facet of Sejahtera Culture and Leadership. Will specifically address concerns of youth.

Dr. Mahazan

Dr. Mahazan will speak about Qalb Leadership from the universal and Islamic perspectives. This again is open another pathway to understanding the cultural notion of Sejahtera, sustainability and compassion.

Profile of Speakers

Professor Tan Sri Dato Dzulkifli Abdul Razak

Professor Tan Sri Dato Dzulkifli Abdul Razak, the Founding Convener of Sejahtera Leadership Initiative (SLI) is the Chairperson of Islamic Science University Malaysia (USIM) and the Rector (Vice Chancellor) of International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM). He has more than four decades of experience in the academic world as well as effective administration of higher education. Thus, he was unanimously elected as the 14th President (2012-2016) for the International Association of Universities (IAU), a UNESCO affiliated organization, based in Paris. Prior to this appointment, he served as the President of Association of Southeast Asia Institutions of Higher Learning (ASAIHL) & a Fellow of the Academy of Sciences. He was awarded the prestigious 2017 Gilbert Medal in recognition of “his long term commitment to an integrated approach to internationalization, to sustainable sejahtera leadership approach to international higher education (HE) and his tireless work to develop the clearly public good dimensions of HE,” in addition to being “distinctive in his willingness to challenge western knowledge systems and to support the development and dissemination  of alternative views on science, education philosophy”. In August 2017, he received the Asia HRD Award “for his transformational work in the field of education, talent and people development”.

He was the 5th Vice Chancellor of Science University Malaysia (USM) and held the office from 2000-2011. As Vice Chancellor, he was instrumental in introducing many creative and innovative ideas and concepts that led to USM being acknowledged by the United Nations University (UNU) as one of the seven pioneering Regional Centers of Expertise (RCE) world-wide on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) in conjunction with the United Nations Decade on ESD 2005-2014. Now there are 160 of RCEs worldwide. Under his leadership, USM singularly gained the status as the first APEX (Accelerated Programme for Excellence) university in Malaysia. It was at USM campus during that he first mooted the culturally rich notion of Sejahtera and formalized it as a citizens’ initiative known as Sejahtera Leadership Initiative (SLI) based at USIM on 10th January 2017.

Dr. Haji Zulkifly Baharom

Dr. Haji Zulkifly Baharom, CEO of Sejahtera Leadership Initiative (SLI) is a Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Institute Personnel and Development (CIPD) United Kingdom and the World Union of Small and Medium Enterprises (WUSME) Ambassador in Malaysia. WUSME based in San Marino is recognized as a Partnering Organization with the United Nations Global Compact and the acquisition of the Special Consultative Status at the United Nations Economic and Social Council. Concurrently, he also served as Honorary Secretary of the Malaysia – Philippines Business Council (MPBC). He has more than 4 decades of experience in corporate sector and teaches leadership, HRD and entrepreneurship and HRD at the Graduate Business Schools locally and abroad.  His corporate-span covered manufacturing, oil and gas, airlines and education sectors.

A graduate of Asian Institute of Management (AIM) Manila, for the past 7 years prior to joining SLI in 2017, he has served as CEO of the Malaysian Institute of Management (MIM) for 4 years (2010-2013); one year (2014) as Chair/Project Director of National Human Resource Standards under the Ministry of Human Resources; 2 years (2015 -2016) as Secretariat Head & Project Director of International Council of Islamic Finance Educators (ICIFE) based at the International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM).

Currently, as a CEO together with the SLI Team, he puts fundamental philosophy and concepts of Sejahtera Leadership and values to work through research findings, case studies and stories documentations, training & development, consultation & advisory services and engaging with like minded scholars, professionals and NGO activists at workshops and seminars.

Mr. Yazdi Jehangir Bankwala

Mr. Yazdi Jehangir Bankwala, Associate Director of Sejahtera Leadership Initiative (SLI) is the Principal Consultant at Arpitha Associates in Singapore and Malaysia. Since 1995, he has conducted training programs and consultancy services for organizations in the areas of ‘Organizational Transformation, Corporate Values Clarifications and Change Management’. He has been a speaker on Leadership, Ethics, Values at several international forums in Asia and Europe including at the European Parliament in 2009. His clients include Fortune 500 companies such as Amoco, BP, Indian Oil, Petronas, and government linked companies like Malaysia Airlines, TNB and UEM based in Malaysia.

Basically, a law graduate, Yazdi a British citizen completed his marketing and business studies in the United Kingdom. A major part of his experience has been with a European international bank where he gained valuable diversity exposure working with all levels of people from a variety of cultures. His active involvement with SLI in January 2018 is a revisit to the passion on values inculcation programs that he has been involved in Malaysia, especially his best years of consultations and training work with Malaysia Airlines.

Dr. Mahazan Abdul Mutalib

Dr. Mahazan Abdul Mutalib, the Director of Research Management and Innovation at the Islamic Science University Malaysia (USIM) is an Associate Professor at the Faculty of Leadership and Management. He also acts as the Principal Investigator for the Mizan Research Centre at USIM, which focuses on establishing narratives and models for a balanced co-existence lifestyle through analysis of kampungs (villages) and ingenious people from the perspectives of Sejahtera, economic livelihood, peace and compassion.

Together with SLI Team and USIM Faculty, he facilitated the Qalb-Balanced Leadership Modules for Higher Education Leaders from Malaysia, Indonesia, the Philippines and Singapore. Concurrently, he is finalizing a manuscript entitled the ‘Qalb-Based Leadership for Malaysia Higher Education Leaders’ and several other research projects namely ‘The Kampung Mizan Initiative’ and ‘The Nature and Functions of Qalb in Leadership from the Islamic Perspectives’. He has also led a research project team on ‘The Islamic Leadership Behaviour Model for Malaysian Organizations’ fully funded by Fundamental Research Grant Scheme (FRGS) under the Ministry of Higher Education respectively.

Mr. Johan Dzulkifli

Mr. Johan Dzulkifli, PhD student based at University of Westminster, UK is a Policy Researchers and Specialist in Latin America cultures and values. As an Independent Consultant, offering his services to oversee, advice and prepare reports for political and non-governmental projects mainly based in Mexico. Most notably collaborated on a public proposal for an oversight committee for Mexico City Constituent Congress (2016-2017) on Governance of Open Government. His current and future projects include social cohesion engagement with local NGOs and think tanks to forge partnership between Mexican civil societies with the Organization of American States (OAS) and the Pan-American.

Last February 2018, Johan graduated with MA in International Relations & Democratic Politics (with Distinction) at University of Westminster, UK. His dissertation entitled ‘European Union Foreign Policy Towards Latin America: Assessing Global European Union Normative Power in the Context of Interregional Cooperation’. His undergraduate study was at University of Bristol, UK and in June 2009 obtained his BSc in Accounting & Finance (Honours). From October 2012-October 2015, he served as Information Officer at the Embassy of Malaysia in Mexico City. Johan, SLI Champion is a linchpin and focal point providing research linkages on sejahtera leadership from Latin America practices.


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