Governance and Leadership

Sunway University is one of Malaysia’s leading not-for-profit private universities owned and governed by the Jeffrey Cheah Foundation, which is overseen by an eminent Board of Trustees.

The University is governed by the Board of Directors comprising senior industrialists, academics, educationists and former civil servants. The chairman of the Board is Tan Sri Dato’ Seri Dr Jeffrey Cheah AO, the founder and chairman of the Sunway Group of companies. He is also the Chancellor of Sunway University. The Chancellor is the figurehead of the University whose duties are primarily ceremonial. He is supported in his ceremonial duties by three Pro-Chancellors who are also Board members.


The Board of Directors

The Board of Directors has the overall responsibility for setting the strategic direction of the University and appointing the President and Chief Executive, and other Senior Officers of the University. The Board also oversees the effective financial management of the University and has a key role to play in the selection of individuals for honorary degrees, among other high-level responsibilities.

Please click for the Chancellor’s Welcome Message.


Members of the Board of Directors

Tan Sri Dato’ Seri Sir Dr. Jeffrey Cheah KBE AO
Founder and Chairman, Sunway Group

Dato' Sri Idris Jala
Pro-Chancellor  >President and CEO, Pemandu Associates Sdn Bhd

Professor Dato' Dr Elizabeth Lee Fuh Yen
Chief Executive Officer, Sunway Education Group

Tan Sri Datuk Seri Razman Hashim
Deputy Chairman, Sunway Group

Dato' (Dr) Lee Weng Keng
CEO, Education and Healthcare, Sunway Group

Professor Jarlath Ronayne, AM 
Tan Sri Jeffrey Cheah Distinguished Professor

Sarena Cheah Yean Tih
Executive Director, Sunway Group and Alternate Director to Tan Sri Dato’ Seri Sir Dr. Jeffrey Cheah KBE AO

Tan Sri Dato' (Dr) Chew Chee Kin
President, Sunway Group

Dr Philip Yeo Liat Kok
Chairman of Economic Development Innovations Singapore, and Accuron Technologies

Professor Graeme Wilkinson
Emeritus Professor of Sunway University


Academic Senate

The academic governance of the University is through the Senate. The role of the Senate includes inter alia oversight of academic quality and the integrity of Sunway University academic awards. The Senate membership is comprised of full professors, academic heads of department, senior academic managers, the registrar, central university administrators and student representatives who are elected by the student body, annually. The Senate meets five times a year and is chaired by the President. The powers of the Board and the Senate are described in the University’s constitution.

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University Strategic Management Committee

The University is managed by the University Strategic Management Committee which is made up of the University’s Senior Management Team comprising the President, the Provost, the Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research Engagement and Impact), the Pro Vice-Chancellor (Education), the Deans of Schools, the Director of Strategy and Planning and the Director of University Services. As well as all the heads of Support Services of the Sunway Education Group. Together, the committee supports delivering the University’s mission.

Please click for the President's Welcoming Address.


Members of the University Strategic Management Committee

Professor Sibrandes Poppema (Chair)
President, Sunway University

Professor Dato’ Dr Elizabeth Lee
Chief Executive Officer, Sunway Education Group and Alternate Chair

Professor Chai Lay Ching
Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Education)

Professor Mahendhiran Sanggaran Nair
Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research Engagement and Impact)

Professor Ho Chee Kit
Dean, School of Mathematical Sciences

Professor Ir Denny K S Ng
Dean, School of Engineering and Technology

Professor Mayco A. Santaella
Acting Dean, School of Arts

Assoc. Prof. Dr Malissa Maria Mahmud
Dean, School of Education

Ms Betty Lai
Chief Resources Officer

Mr Lucas Tong
Deputy Chief Financial Officer

Mr Patrick Joseph McVeigh
Chief Branding Officer

Professor Lim Weng Marc
Dean, Sunway Business School

Professor Raja Affendi Raja Ali
Dean, School of Medical and Life Sciences

Ms Lee Siok Ping
Chief of Student Life & Services

Mr Ng Kok Cheng
Chief Financial Officer

Ms Preeti Nair
Director – Strategy and Planning

Associate Professor Dr Daniel Chong Ka Leong
Acting Dean, School of Hospitality and Service Management

Associate Professor Sim Tze Ying
Dean, School of American Education

Ms Lim Shui Chin
Chief of International Office

Ms Ng Beng Lean
Group Registrar


Mr Tony Lee
Chief Information Officer

Ms Wong Lei Lei
Chief Marketing Officer