Board of Directors

At the helm of Malvern International plc is a board of accomplished and distinguished professionals who keep quality education firmly as their key focus. Malvern International plc is privileged to have them on board to steer the vision and mission of educating young minds near and far with quality curricula, facilities and faculty and also will invest in prospects of students who have successfully completed their courses to enable them to look forward to a bright future.

Mr. Mark Elliott

Non-Executive Chairman

Mr. Mark Elliott

Term of office: Appointed as a Director on 28 June 2019; Chair of the Audit Committee.

Background and suitability for the role: Mark has had a long executive career in the education, technology and corporate finance sectors, including finance and management roles operating in Europe, the USA and South Africa. He also has extensive AIM experience having brought two technology companies to this market together with associated fund raises and currently Chair of another AIM company. He therefore brings a long experience of governance, public markets and investor relations.

Current external appointments: Chair of 21st Century Technology plc, Chair of Trustees of Union Discount Retirement Benefit Scheme and trustee of two charities, the National Benevolent Society of Watch and Clockmakers and the Metropolitan Drinking Fountain and Cattle Trough Association.

Time commitment: two to three days per month.

Executive Director & CEO

Dr. Sam Malafeh

Sam Malafeh, PhD in Economics (The University of Auckland, New Zealand), is an innovative and results-driven leader in education focused on achieving exceptional results in highly competitive environments. Sam has a proven track record of building a strong team to deliver quality education. He is experienced in driving quality operations, processes, and customer service improvements while building partnerships with key business decision-makers. Sam is passionate about education and believes in empowering people, whether they are students, academics, colleagues or other individuals.

In his previous role as the Chief Executive Officer of a New Zealand education provider, Sam led the five schools operating in the group to offer education for employment and enterprise.The schools were repeatedly rated highly by New Zealand Qualifications Authority. They are known as schools with exceptional support to students, maintaining the integrity, high-quality delivery and high employment outcomes for graduates.

Dr Malafeh is delighted to be part of an international high performance company.  With the new strategy, Malvern International is improving its systems and processes, and teaming up with highly-qualified and experienced people to enhance the ultimate learning experience. As a Global Partner in Learning and Skills Development, Malvern International is responsible for empowering individuals to become leaders of workforces and industries of the future.

Chief Executive Officer
Dr. Sam Malafeh
Mr. Haider M Sithawalla

Non-Executive Director

Mr. Haider M Sithawalla

Mr Sithawalla started his career in the Government service and rose to the position of Deputy Secretary in the Ministry of Finance. While in the Government Service he served on Tourist Promotion Board (Year 1972 – 1974), Sentosa Development Corporation (Year 1974 – 1976) and number of boards of companies in which the Singapore Government had equity interest.

Mr Sithawalla resigned from Government service in 1978 and joined ACMA Ltd, a public listed company, as its General Manager and later became its Managing Director. In 1994 he retired from ACMA Ltd and joined as Executive Director and a partner of KSP Investment Pte Ltd. He has served as Director of number of public companies in Singapore and India. He was also Chairman of Warees Investment Pte Ltd from 2005 to 2019, Jurong Health Fund from 2011 to 2017 and Education Trust Fund of Mendaki from 2002 to 2019.

He is currently also a member of Board of Trustees of Rahmatan Lil Alamin Foundation and Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Hall.

Mr Sithawalla also served as Singapore High Commissioner (Non-Resident) to Mauritius, Tanzania and Zimbabwe during the years 1994 to 2008. For his public service, Mr Sithawalla has received many awards, such as the MUIS Award Jasa Cemerlang (Outstanding Contributions to Muslim Community) in 2014, the Public Service Medal Award (PBM) in 1999, the Meritorious Service Award (NTUC) in 1990, the Rochdale Medal Award (National Co-Operative Federation Ltd) in 1984 and Friend of Labour Award (NTUC) in 1981.

Mr. Haider M Sithawalla is a representative of KSP Investments Pte Ltd on the Board and is therefore not considered to be independent.

Non-Executive Director

Mr. Ramasamy Jayapal

Jayapal was the CEO of Malvern International plc during listing and subsequently the Finance Director before becoming Non-Executive Director of Malvern International plc. He has more than 30 years’ management experience of which 22 are in education.

Mr. Jayapal is a Fellow of the Chartered Association of Certified Accountants (FCCA) and the Fellow of the Certified Public Accountants of Singapore (FCPA).

Mr. Jayapal is one of the Founder Members and a Fellow of the Institute of Management Consultants (FIMC) and was its past president for a few years. He is currently the Deputy Chairman of a UK Accounting Group called McMillan Woods International and Chairman of Trace Capital Pte. Ltd., Singapore.

Non-Executive Director
Mr. Ramasamy Jayapal
Non Executive Director
Mr Nirvana Chaudhary

Non-Executive Director

Mr. Nirvana Chaudhary

Nirvana Chaudhary is the Managing Director of CG Corp Global, a $2.5 Billion multinational family business, with a portfolio of 136 companies and 76 brands spread over 30 countries. Headquartered in Nepal, the company has a workforce of nearly 12,000 employees and is amongst the most respected and influential companies in the region. Educated at MIT and London Business School, Nirvana worked for Credit Suisse and American Express before joining the family business.

Nirvana holds or has held a number of offices for the Government or Nepal. He is currently the Honorary Consul General of Maldives to Nepal, has served as the Personal Advisor to the Minister of Industries and has been nominated to the Board of Trade for the Ministry of Commerce.

Nirvana is well-known for his diverse interests and philanthropy and has regular involvement with NGOs as well as sports and charitable organisations in the region. He has been a Brand Ambassador for WWF Foundation, is the founder of Himalayan Climate Change, and established the Chaudhary Foundation. The Chaudhary Foundation is currently building homes and schools for the survivors of the 2015 earthquake in Nepal as well as partnering with the Gates Foundation to improve health and sanitation in Nepal.

Nirvana is a regular motivational speaker focusing on education and entrepreneurship and has authored number of articles on leadership and management for prominent global magazines. He has led a campaign on “Spirit of Entrepreneurship” and recently been featured as the first Nepalese in CNBC’s Young Turks and Forbes NextGen Tycoons.

Mr. Nirvana Chaudhary is a representative of CG Corp on the Board and is therefore not considered to be independent.

Non-Executive Director

 Mr. Alan Carroll

Mr Carroll has over 25 years’ experience in the information systems industry, including working in a senior capacity in the development of the Ministry of Defence’s Information System Strategy and as a senior sales manager and advisor to a number of major software and systems integration companies. In addition, he is the senior independent Non-Executive Director at Ideagen plc, a fast growing UK based international software company. He has been a Board member since Ideagen listed on AIM in July 2012 and has chaired the audit and remuneration committees throughout this time. Mr Carroll was voted Non-Executive Director of the year in the May 2019 Money Week Mello awards.

Mr. Alan Carroll