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The ‘Governator’ Arnold Schwarzenegger will soon be in Kuala Lumpur!The ‘Governator’ Arnold Schwarzenegger will soon be in Kuala Lumpur!

Something exciting is happening in October in Kuala Lumpur, a forum unlike any that had ever been held in Malaysia. Indeed, the Global Transformation Forum 2015 (GTF2015) – to be held in Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre on 21-23 October – will be the first of its kind, bringing together key policy makers, global opinion leaders, corporate mavericks and experts onto one stage. The goal of the forum is to promote sharing of best practices and approaches on how socioeconomic transformation can effectively take shape in a global environment.

The famous personalities taking the stage to share their transformation experiences and their views and insights are a very diverse mix of individuals.

Among them are: The ‘Governator’ Arnold Schwarzenegger; one of the fastest men in history Carl Lewis; former heads of state Goh Chok Tong (Singapore), Jorge Quiroga (Bolivia), Helen Clark (New Zealand), Kevin Rudd (Australia); educators, representatives from United Nations (UN); humanitarians and activists; successful entrepreneurs including Starbucks co-founder Zev Siegl and our very own Tan Sri Tony Fernandes; and even representatives of athletics and football associations! (Please see full list below.)

Given such a powerful line-up of speakers, this event promises to be an electrifying one from which participants can expect to take home new perspectives on transforming the future of the world.

Simply put, the forum presents a high-level platform for dialogue. The GTF aims to be an interactive conduit in bringing together the best individuals and practitioners of thought leadership and proven methodologies in transformation. This year’s event, themed as Operationalising Transformation, will bring together over 3,000 delegates to focus on enabling catalytic change that works towards achieving positive impact.

The GTF2015 is a very timely platform to discuss matters recently concluded at the 70th UN Sustainable Development Summit. A new series of sustainable development goals was announced, adopted and has come into effect post-Summit.

Momentous timing

UN Resident Coordinator for Malaysia and UNDP Resident Representative for Malaysia, Singapore and Brunei Darussalam Michelle Gyles-McDonnough said: “Coming almost immediately after the adoption of the post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals (or SDGs) at the UN Summit, GTF2015 comes at a momentous timing.”

“With its theme of ‘Operationalising Transformation: Shifting Dialogue to Effective Action’, this forum provides a unique opportunity, right at the outset, for a global dialogue on the concrete and measurable actions countries can take to deliver on the SDGs over the next 15-year period beginning 2016,” she adds.

The event is a collaborative partnership between PEMANDU subsidiary Big Fast Results Institute Sdn Bhd (BFR-I), the Government of Malaysia and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

Dato’ Sri Idris Jala, Managing Director of BFR-I, said: “This inaugural annual event is a showcase demonstrating and illustrating how we need to get things done with discipline and focus to achieve our objectives. Everyone knows what they want and why they want it – for example, eradicating poverty, building up infrastructure and growing a sustainable resilient economy. But it’s how we achieve both a tangible and measurable outcome that’s the challenge.”

Registration is open and interested participants are encouraged to register early, as tickets are selling fast. Further information can be found at www.globaltransformation.com. Sign up today using the promo-code (BFR-SC) and some of the discounts applicable using the code:

  Price after discount (RM)
Delegate (15% off) 1,211
University Student (15% off) 363
Group (3-4 pax) – 20% off 1,140 per pax (rounded up)
Group (5-10 pax) – 25% off 1,069 per pax (rounded up)

List of speakers include:

  • Alikhan Baimenov, Chairman of the Agency for Civil Service Affairs of Kazakhstan
  • Arnold Schwarzenegger, former Governor of California, Actor & Bodybuilder
  • Carl Lewis, Olympic champion and humanitarian
  • Dato’ Sri Mohd Najib bin Tun Haji Abdul Razak, Prime Minister of Malaysia
  • Dato’ Sri Wahid Omar, Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department, Malaysia
  • Fulbert Gero Amoussouga, Head of the Economic Analysis Unit of the President of the Republic of Benin
  • Goh Chok Tong, former Prime Minister of Singapore
  • Haoliang Xu, UN Assistant Secretary-General and Assistant, Administrator & Regional Director for Asia and the Pacific UNDP
  • Helen Clark, Administrator of the UNDP, former Prime Minister of New Zealand
  • Jorge Quiroga, former President of Bolivia
  • Kevin Rudd, Former Prime Minister and Foreign Minister of Australia
  • Kiran Bedi, the first and highest ranking woman police officer in the Indian Police Service
  • Lord Sebastian Coe, Chair of the London Organising Committee of the 2012 Olympic Games
  • Pierluigi Collina, Chief Refereeing Officer of the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA)
  • Professor Charles Sabel, Professor of Law and Social Science, Columbia Law School
  • Rebeca Grynspan Mayufis, Secretary General of Ibero-American
  • Tan Sri Nor Mohamed Yakcop, Deputy Chairman of Khazanah Nasional Bhd
  • Tony Fernandes, CEO of AirAsia Group
  • William Dorotinsky, World Bank Acting Director, Governance & Public Sector Management Practice
  • Zev Siegl, Co-founder of Starbucks

It would be particularly interesting to hear the personal transformation stories of Arnold Schwarzenegger, Carl Lewis and Kiran Bedi – of how they overcame challenges to achieve their goals.

Arnold Schwarzenegger hardly needs introduction. The amazing story of this megastar is a true “rags to riches” tale of a penniless immigrant making it in the land of opportunity, the USA. In the 1970s, Schwarzenegger dominated the sport of competitive bodybuilding, winning five Mr. Universe titles and seven Mr. Olympia titles, and became a major sports icon. Leveraging his chiselled physique, Schwarzenegger took on an acting career and became one of Hollywood’s biggest action heroes, most famously for being The Terminator. Indeed, his dead pan phrase “I’ll be back” in Terminator had became part of popular culture across the globe. When he became the Governor of California in 2003, he swiftly gained the nickname Governator.

Carl Lewis is one of the greatest track and field athletes of our time, having won 10 Olympic medals and eight gold medals in the World Championship. The International Olympic Committee (IOC) named him the “Sportsman of the Century” in 1999. Lewis reined as the fastest man in the 1980s and is still hailed as one of the world’s most technically perfect sprinters. Over the course of his career, he set world records in the 100 meters and 4×100 and 4×200 relays. His world indoor long jump record has stood since 1984 and his streak of 65 victories in the long jump achieved over a span of 10 years is one of the sport’s longest undefeated streaks. Today, Lewis is an avid humanitarian and serves as a World Food Programme Goodwill Ambassador.

Kiran Bedi is one tough cop! She joined the Indian Police Service in 1972 and was its first woman officer. She won the President’s Police Medal in 1979 and brought a reduction in crimes against women in West Delhi. Then as North Delhi’s Director General of Police, she launched a campaign against drug abuse, which evolved into the Navjyoti Delhi Police Foundation (renamed to Navjyoti India Foundation in 2007). While posted as Inspector General in Delhi Prisons, Bedi introduced several reforms at Tihar Jail, which gained worldwide acclaim and won her the Ramon Magsaysay Award (often considered to be an Asian equivalent to the Nobel Prize) in 1994. In 2003, Bedi became the first woman to be appointed the United Nations civilian police adviser. She resigned in 2007 to focus on social activism and writing. Bedi has written several books, and runs the India Vision Foundation. She was one of the key leaders of the 2011 Indian anti-corruption movement.

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