Anand Raj Markandu
Corporate Training Consultant in Penang, Malaysia
Anand Raj Markandu is a full-time corporate training consultant certified by Malaysia’s Human Resources Development Fund (HRDF). He is a recipient of the prestigious Chevening award and grant presented by the UK’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office. The award is given to individuals who show exceptional capabilities and leadership qualities in their respective fields. The grant allowed him to pursue his postgraduate studies in the UK, where he received his Master of Science in Engineering Management with Distinction from the University of Exeter. His dissertation involved assessing the challenges to Malaysia’s manufacturing workforce as the industry moves towards advanced robotics, automation and Artificial Intelligence (AI).
Anand has extensive experience in the manufacturing sector. He was attached to a renowned MNC in Penang as a Production Engineer, during which time he achieved his Six Sigma Green Belt certification. He was heavily involved in process improvement, quality control, machine validation as well as implementing lean manufacturing throughout the plant. Besides this, he also has a wide-ranging background in research, academia, as well as medical equipment training and distribution throughout hospitals in Malaysia.
Anand is also a member of Toastmasters International, an organisation committed to enhancing communication and leadership skills. He joined Bayan Baru Toastmasters Club in 2012 and rapidly progressed to be elected as club President in 2014. He helmed a successful tenure that culminated in the achievement of President’s Distinguished Club status for term 2014-2015. He has gone on to win numerous speech contests at the club, area and division level. Besides mentoring and coaching club members on improving their speaking and leadership skills, he has also been invited by other clubs to give talks and seminars on effective communication.
Anand is passionate about advancing human capital and is frequently involved in developmental projects. Most recently, he led his multidisciplinary team to the final round of the Global Business Challenge 2016 held in Brisbane, Australia. His team’s presentation towards improving healthcare outcomes of rural and remote communities in Australia was judged as being among the most viable of all 42 competing teams worldwide.