Chairman & CEO

SMRT Holdings


Palan, a social entrepreneur is an alumnus of the Harvard Business School, a Fellow of the British Institute of Learning & Development, a Certified Speaking Professional (CSP), the highest honour in the speaking profession from the National Speakers Association of America. An author of over 15 books and dozens of articles, he has been invited to speak in 30+ countries.

Over the last 30 years he has evolved from a professional into an entrepreneur. Palan, was conferred the prestigious Darjah Kebesaran Panglima Setia Mahkota (PSM) which carries the honorary title “Tan Sri” for his contributions by the King of Malaysiain 2016 and prestigious title of “Dato’” conferred by His Majesty DYMM Paduka Seri Sultan Azlan Muhibbuddin Shah, Sultan of Perak Darul Ridzuan in 2011. Palan is regarded by his peers as a thought leader among Asian HR professionals. Palan, a firm believer in the use of FUN to deliver content, is a highly engaging and electrifying speaker. He only speaks these days to subjects close to his heart and all fees generated are contributed totally to charity.

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