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 assessed the challenges faced by Malaysia’s manufacturing sector as the industry moves towards advanced robotics, automation and Artificial Intelligence (AI).
Anand has extensive experience in manufacturing. 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 and lean manufacturing. Besides this, he also has a wide-ranging background in research, academia, as well as medical equipment training and distribution.
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, achieving the 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, he has also been invited by other clubs to give talks on effective communication.
Anand is passionate about advancing human capital and is frequently involved in developmental projects. In November 2016, he led his multidisciplinary team to the final round of the Global Business Challenge held in Brisbane, Australia. His team’s presentation towards improving healthcare outcomes of rural communities in Australia was judged as being among the most viable of all 42 competing teams worldwide. Most recently, he was selected as a trainer in “The Thank You Project 2017”, a CSR collaboration involving multiple government and private agencies. The project brought leadership training seminars to schools throughout the state of Penang and was certified by The Malaysia Book of Records as having the largest participation of such a seminar ever held in the country.