Chairs & Judges

Chairs & judges are volunteers and very senior executives from the pool of partners and speakers of HMA. They are formed into panels of three to four per category. They evaluate, discuss, look at the supporting materials, and ask for additional information if needed, then make their selections.

The judges are guided (but not bound) by the score card. The scorecard is not intended to be used as a mathematical tool, but only to help the panellists have a basis for evaluating.

Leading the awards committee for 2019 in continuing the recognition of well-deserved hospitals, the Chairman of the Asian Management Awards is Dato’ Dr. Jacob Thomas.

Dato’ Dr Jacob Thomas, a medical doctor, has vast experience in hospital management, having served in various capacities at different healthcare institutions. He is currently the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Ramsay Sime Darby Health Care (RSDHC) Group, in addition to serving as the Group Medical Advisor of its six hospitals in Malaysia and Indonesia. RSDHC is a leading tertiary care medical group in the region, reputed for its quality medical care and service excellence.

He is a former President of the Association of Private Hospitals of Malaysia (APHM). He was recently appointed by the Government of Malaysia as the Champion (Head) of the Private Healthcare Productivity Nexus under the Malaysia Productivity Corporation (MPC), which seeks to improve productivity of the private healthcare sector in Malaysia. This includes Public Private Partnership. And he works closely with various Government agencies to promote Malaysian Healthcare both locally and internationally. 

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