Tunku Karldej Bahrin or Karl, began his career as an investment banker with Malaysia's largest banking group. For more than 10 years in the industry, Karl was actively engaged in various corporate transactions in involving initial public offerings, mergers and acquisitions and infrastructure project finance.
During his tenure, he has advised multinationals, quoted corporations and governments on transactions exceeding RM30 billion. He was also involved in the establishment of the Islamic Development Bank's (IDB) investment banking operations based in Jeddah.
Karl ventured into several businesses within the ASEAN region for the provision of anti-counterfeit, parallel trade control and brand protection services. Starting with a headcount of 5 personnel in 2004, the group now has nationwide operations employing 430 personnel in research & technology, enforcement, fuel terminal operations, production, logistics and engineering.
Kamal has 10 years' experience in communications and brand management in the ports and logistics sector. As part of the communications team for Johor Port Berhad, he managed communications, public relations and brand development for the then public-listed multi-purpose seaport and its subsidiaries, which included JP Logistics and Seaport Worldwide- the developers of the Tanjung Bin Petrochemical Hub near Port of Tanjung Pelepas.
Later, at Port Klang Cruise Centre (PKCC), Kamal took on a full marketing and branding communications role, where he successfully re-established PKCC's presence within the region and developed its network within the cruise industry ecosystem, including establishing new excursions closer to the port- a major challenge for the location.
With NV Terminals, Kamal was involved in the 2016 Tourism Lab for Malaysia's Economic transformation program, taking a lead role in the cruise tourism stream and presenting the lab findings during mid-lab syndication to a panel of Malaysian ministers.
Ernie has close to three decades of experience in marine and port projects ranging from both bulk and container cargo to cruise terminals and marinas. Bulk handling projects he has worked on include ship loading/unloading facilities, barge loading/unloading facilities and rail facilities in Louisiana, Alabama, Mississippi, Texas, North and South Carolina, Florida, Nova Scotia, Aruba, Dominican Republic, Cayman, Suriname, Freeport, Bahamas, and Bermuda.
Ernie has also constructed or been directly involved with the development of Liquid berth facilities including dredging and berth facilities in the Bahamas and master plans of similar facilities in Cayman, Bahamas, Malaysia and Oman.
For cruise, Ernie has worked on an integrated master-plan in the Grand Caymans and the emerging cruise terminal of Port Klang. Through his various projects he has had the opportunity to work with many of the largest engineering firms in the world including CH2MHill, AECOM, and Royal Haaskoning on various port projects.
Haris is a seasoned manager and leader with turnaround business success in the Malaysian port industry. He is experienced in transforming business in the privatization, acquisition and merger of two port operating companies to its present entity. Haris possesses diverse management expertise through experience in the manufacturing, logistics and port industries. His last position in the port was as Deputy Chief Executive Officer / Chief Operating Officer of a multipurpose port with an installed container terminal annual capacity of 5 million TEU, 12 million tons break-bulk, dry-bulk and liquid bulk facilities, 1 million square feet of on-dock warehouses and distribution park facilities and 120,000 units’ vehicle RORO terminal capacity. Haris is also involved with the development of a Halal Manufacturing Zone in Qinzhou, China as Chairman of SanBao Resources (Asia) Inc.