Appointments to the Executive Board of OXCEL Asia-Pacific Advisory Council (APAC)

Dear Honourable Oxcelians,

Wishing you all well and in good health always!

On behalf of the Advisory Council of OXCEL International, I am pleased to announce the official appointment of the following five Honourable Oxcelians as Executive Board Members (EBM) of OXCEL APAC, for the term 2021/2022.

1. Professor Dr. John Chan
Executive Chairman

2. Dr. Maria Rufina
Executive Member

3. Dr. Michel Gagne
Executive Member

4. Dr. Shaliza Shafie
Executive Member

5. Dr. Hussaini Zaini
Executive Member

Roles of EBM
1. To seek advise and make recommendations to the Advisory Council of OXCEL on any new policies & strategies to be adopted for further improvement.
2. To ensure all current policies are adhered to.
3. To ensure all OXCEL activities planned for year 2021/2022 in the countries within the APAC region are executed and met its target towards the Vision & Mission of OXCEL APAC.

To be the utmost choice and preferred leadership certification body in the Asia-Pacific region.

To provide the best platform in educating people with professional leadership skills and thoughts, and to ensure members will gain fullest benefits from all activities organized by OXCEL APAC.

This WhatsApp group of ‘OXCEL ASIA-PACIFIC’ is now being administered by EBM of OXCEL APAC, with the mandate given by the Advisory Council of OXCEL International.

Looking forward from all Honourable Oxcelians for your fullest cooperation in making OXCEL a strong international brand name, with leadership agenda as our main primary focused. Your contributions and sharings on any leadership matters .. your experiences, skills, thoughts, articles, journals or books, videos, motivations, and Q&As are always welcome for the benefits of all members globally in this ‘OXCEL ASIA PACIFIC’ WhatsApp group.

Stay Safe!

Thank you.

Sincerely yours,
Dato’ Prof. Azahari Othman
The President and Advisory Council Member

New President for OXCEL Malaysia

OXCEL is pleased to annouce the appointment of DR MARIA RUFINA (Fellow of OXCEL) as the President of OXCEL Malaysia with effect from 1st March 2021.

Dr Maria Rufina is a Corporate Training Strategist and founder of ACE Biznez Services, with 27 years of experience in the field of human capital development, consultancy and quality assurance. She is a Certified Professional Facilitator with IAF (USA), has Certified Workplace Assessment (Cert IV) from Australia and is exemption Certificate from HRDF. To date, she has trained over 50,000 people both locally and internationally in the areas of Strategic Thinking & Planning, Management & Leadership Development, Train the Trainer and Teambuilding among others.

Dr Maria Rufina earned her BSc (Hons) in Mathematics and MBA in Finance from University Malaya and her DBA from European-American University. She was conferred a Fellow of OXCEL in 2011.

As a President of OXCEL Malaysia, Dr Maria Rufina will be in charge of the total operations of OXCEL Malaysia under the authority of the President of OXCEL Asia-Pacific. She is authorized to nominate potential candidates for all levels of certification awards, and to head all OXCEL activities, events, trainings, and seminars in Malaysia.

Congratulations and we hope OXCEL Malaysia will continue to excel under the leadership of Dr Maria Rufina.

Arrangements during COVID-19 pandemic

OXCEL remains open and functioning during the COVID-19 pandemic both for existing students and new applicants.

As an Ordinary Member of OXCEL, a person can attend our OXCEL 9 Qualities of Leadership CPD programme via online. Each of these qualities in 9QOL will be delivered via a stand alone module with 3 contact hours for each. Upon completion of each module, candidates will be awarded a Certificate of Completion by OXCEL Asia-Pacific. Candidates must complete all the nine modules of 9QOL in order to be awarded any of our professional certifications by OXCEL UK. All lectures will be held on e-learning basis via Zoom, Facebook Live etc.

A person awarded the Fellowship of OXCEL can now pursue our European-American University DBA Programme. From now on, all supervisions of thesis will be done via online and social media.

Visit OXCEL Asia-Pacific on Facebook at

Further recognition for OXCEL members through European-American University programs

There are opportunities for diploma-holders of OXCEL to gain further recognition through candidacy for the overseas distance learning degree awards of European-American University (

Legal information: Degrees issued by European-American University are not United Kingdom degrees, nor are they designed to be comparable to United Kingdom degrees. The degrees of European-American University are issued under European-American University’s Royal Charter of Incorporation from the Kingdom of Bunyoro-Kitara (one of the subnational kingdoms of the Republic of Uganda).

OXCEL Certification Graduates 2017

  1. Anize Nur Datuk Mohamed Nizam (Fellow)
  2. Dato’ Dr. Ahmad Riza Md Ibrahim (Fellow)
  3. Dato’ Jahlilawati Abu Bakar (Fellow)
  4. Nizal Mohamad (Fellow)
  5. Ferri Anugerah Makmur (Fellow)
  6. Rohani Ibrahim (Fellow)
  7. Rakhisah Mat Zin (Fellow)
  8. Ezdwan Razak Zainal Abidin (Graduate)
  9. Norazah Zainal (Graduate)
  10. Zulbahari Mohd Ali (Graduate)
  11. Adam Danial Dato’ Azahari (Young Leaders Award)
  12. Emir Haqim Dato’ Azahari (Young Leaders Award)
  13. Banafsya Amiruddin (Young Leaders Award)
  14. Muhammad Akmal Syafi Mohd Syamsul (Young Leaders Award)
  15. Muhammad Danish Irfan Dato’ Seri Ibrahim (Young Leaders Award)
  16. Nur Farzana Ahmad Fariz (Young Leaders Award)
  17. Noor Hannan Akhmal (Young Leaders Award)

OXCEL CPD Seminar, October 2018

On 2 and 3 October 2018, OXCEL’s CPD Seminar took place at the Doubletree Hilton, The Intermark, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The convenor of the CPD Seminar was Professor Dato’ Azahari Othman, President of OXCEL Asia-Pacific. The seminar was led by Dr Michel Gagne, FDipOXCEL.

Updates on forthcoming events

  • The OXCEL CPD programme which is scheduled to be on 4th & 5th September 2018 has been changed to 2nd & 3rd October 2018.
  • The briefing for EAU-DBA candidates from OXCEL will be held on 13th August. Registration will be done on this day.
  • Final coaching session & review session for the YLP students will be held tentatively on 7th October 2018. We are now open for YLP 2nd Intake for year 2018/2019.

OXCEL organises MBSB Team Bonding event

60 participants are confirmed comprised of all levels from supporting staffs up to the management level. The programme includes a special focus on OXCEL’s 9 Qualities of Leadership. Each participant who successfully completes the programme will receive a Certificate of Recognition from OXCEL and the opportunity to participate in OXCEL’s Certification Programme at a discounted rate. A second group of 96 participants is scheduled provisionally for November.

OXCEL Asia-Pacific relaunches

OXCEL Asia-Pacific is relaunching under the capable leadership of Fellow of OXCEL and colleague of the late Dr Saiful Bahri Musa, Dr Azahari Othman.

Dr Othman has been appointed President and Chief Executive of OXCEL Asia-Pacific and will co-ordinate its operations from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Dr.Othman, AzahariProf. Dr. Azahari Othman, who is among the distinguished corporate trainers and celebrity speakers in the corporate training industry in Malaysia had his early education in St.John’s Institution, Kuala Lumpur. He received the Professional Certification of Leadership Competency and was conferred a FELLOW Of OXCELL (Level 8). Due to his dedicated and inspired coaching, leading and developing human capability in the area of ‘8ELQ (Emotional Love Quotient) Leadership and Sustainability’, he was later conferred a PROFESSOR Of OXCELL from the same body. He holds a BSc. in Marketing Mgmt (USA), MBA in Organizational & Management Consulting (EU), and DBA in Leadership (USA).

Prof. Dr. Azahari Othman began his retail management career in Mervyn’s Departmental Store, a member of Dayton Hudson Group in America, and later held various managerial positions in few established retail organizations in Malaysia. A founder and a Master Coach of 8ELQ, Prof. Dr. Azahari’s 8ELQ model has become an effective holistic training approach in most of his training programs, among others include Leadership Excellence Program, Entrepreneurship Development Program, Employees Excellence Program, Train the Trainers Program, Team Building Program, and Customer Service Excellence Program.

Lovingly known as ‘Dr.LUV’, Prof. Dr. Azahari Othman is currently a Principal & Chief Consultant of Barefoot Consultancy. Prof. Dr. Azahari’s professional ability as a speaker and trainer together with his high energetic style of presentation has made each program so exciting, motivating, and inspiring. His high EQ styles of delivery had encouraged active participation from the audiences internationally and locally, and this has made him a much sought motivational speaker by many well established corporations, government agencies, associations and the media.

Prof. Dr. Azahari Othman had eventually appeared in many TV programs such as in TV3, ASTRO, BERNAMA, RTM and Malaysian Internet TV’s ‘Power Breakfast’ live talk show broadcasted to 40 countries worldwide. He was appointed as a Motivator for ASTRO’s famous reality program Akademi Fantasia Seasons 3, 5, and 8. He was also a TV Host for BERNAMA’s TV Talk Show Program ‘Hello Malaysia’, and a radio host for BERNAMA’s Radio24 program, ‘Bicara Cinta Bersama Dr.LUV’.