Shahnaz Al-Sadat

Managing Director

A firm believer in education reform and talent development, Shahnaz Al-Sadat joined LeapEd in 2016 with over two decades of diverse career experience including 10 years in Arthur Andersen and a further 10 years contributing to nation-building through her work with Government-Linked Corporations. In her professional capacity, she has held various positions including Chief Financial Officer as well as Executive Director of Strategic Human Capital Management at Khazanah Nasional Berhad.

Throughout her career, Shahnaz has continued to focus on causes close to her heart including highlighting the importance of social enterprise in Malaysia. A social entrepreneur herself, she co-founded a social enterprise in 2011 called Arise Asia with the intention of helping people do good.

Shahnaz holds an LL.B (Hons) from the University of Nottingham, United Kingdom, and an MBA from the International Institute for Management Development (IMD) Lausanne, Switzerland. She is also a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and Certified Internal Auditor (CIA). A fervent believer in knowledge sharing, she continues to share her experience and expertise on various education-related boards such as Teach for Malaysia, PINTAR Foundation and MINDA.

Aside from corporate life, Shahnaz enjoys motherhood and loves spending quality time with her daughter.


Zulhaimi Othman

Managing Director

When Zulhaimi joined LeapEd in 2016, he led the Education Operations Division where he was the General Manager until Jun 2018. In July 2018, he was reassigned to lead the Corporate Services Division. Due to his extensive experience and instrumental involvement in navigating LeapEd’s education transformation programmes, he has been appointed as the Managing Director in March 2019.

Zulhaimi began his career with an established audit firm as an external auditor where he was involved in financial audit and advisory, internal audit, business risk consulting, as well as risk management consulting.

Zulhaimi brings with him over 20 years of experience covering a multitude of sectors including corporate services, HR, ICT, risk management, governance, business planning and internal audit in various GLCs. He espouses the importance of teamwork, integrity and practising good values. He is especially passionate about developing people who works with him; and strongly advocates helping organisations, teams and individuals unlock their strengths and maximise their potential.

Prior to joining LeapEd, he was Programme Director at a social enterprise dedicated to education improvement efforts and impact maximisation in the local community. During his tenure, he was seconded to Yayasan AMIR, a non-profit organisation mandated to oversee the implementation of the Yayasan Amir Trust Schools Programme (YATSP). He led the overall management of the organisation, particularly the implementation of the YATSP.

Zulhaimi likes tennis, enjoys watching Pixar movies and loves spending time with his wife and three sons.


Nina Adlan Disney

General Manager, Education Development

Nina joined LeapEd in 2017 with more than 25 years of experience in the Malaysian education sector: as an academic, administrator, publisher, researcher, consultant and mother of three!

She graduated with an LL.B (Hons) and a Master’s degree from the London School of Economics and is a barrister by training (Middle Temple). She started her career in the London and KL offices of what is now PwC, before going into teaching. Since then, she has held a variety of leadership roles spanning the entire spectrum of learning & development: from private and international schools, enrichment programmes and extracurricular activities, colleges and universities, publishing and consulting, through to corporate and vocational training.

She presents and moderates regularly at educational conferences, has served on several private and public education committees, and has been engaged as an independent policy and strategy consultant for a range of education projects, both locally and regionally. In her spare time, she enjoys coaching and adjudicating at Public Speaking and Debating events, where she has helped students achieve success on a national and international stage.


Dr. Kasuma Satria

General Manager, Education Operations

Dr. Kasuma joined LeapEd in July 2018 and brings with him more than 20 years of experience. Prior to joining LeapEd, he has held various top management positions in TechnipFMC – a multi-national company in Oil & Gas, covering Business Development, Corporate Planning and Human Resources across Europe and Asia Pacific. He was previously based in Paris to oversee the Group Sourcing & Recruiting Division of the company.

A former King Scout and a commissioned officer with the Rejimen Askar Wataniah, he holds an MBA from Huddersfield University and a Doctor of Business Administration from Multimedia University.

A strong advocate for children with special education needs, Dr. Kasuma plays a significant role as the President for SMK Bandar Sunway PIBG Special Educations (2016-2018) and sits as an EXCO member for GOLD NGO (Generating Opportunities for Learning Disabled). As a passionate community service volunteer, he aspires to maximise youth potential to contribute towards a better society.

A father of four, he enjoys reading, hiking and travelling.


Conrad Roy Fernandez

General Manager, Corporate Services

Conrad has been with LeapEd since its inception in 2010. He started as the Head of Corporate Programme Monitoring and Reporting, which managed corporate planning, legal & intellectual property, company secretarial as well as marketing & communications. In 2016, he was appointed as the Head of Programme Implementation Monitoring and Evaluation (PRIME) which focused on tracking of all “live” projects being implemented in LeapEd. This role entailed progress reporting and engagement of internal and external stakeholders.

Conrad was formerly with Khazanah National Berhad where he served in the Education Division overseeing the introduction of the Trust Schools Programme, as well as other education initiatives undertaken by Khazanah. Prior to that, he was with Ernst and Young Advisory Services for eight years, where he was involved in projects relating to internal audit, programme management, performance improvement, fraud and forensics, and risk management. He has served clients from multiple sectors, including government, construction, information technology, oil and gas, property and pharmaceutical.

He was an avid sportsman, specifically in hockey where he represented his school, club, state and country. Now retired from the game, he pursues a healthy lifestyle by chasing after his three children.