Nadiah Wan graduated from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine in 2010 after studying for an MSc in Public Health Nutrition. She has since gone on to become one of the youngest CEO’s and an Officer of a publicly listed company in Malaysia.
On a day to day basis Nadiah runs the 200 bed tertiary hospital in Kuala Lumpur and manages the corporate functions of a listed healthcare group in Malaysia. She enjoys her job due to the variety and fast pace it offers; she says that every day is different, from meeting with regulatory authorities and partners on the planning for their new facilities to recruiting doctors and starting new services, such as chemotherapy drug reconstitution. In between this, she enjoys spending time with her family, especially her two-year-old daughter who seems to be growing up just as fast!
Nadiah chose to study an MSc in Public Health Nutrition at the School as it provides an international curriculum, which incorporated both her interest in healthcare and the fact that non communicable diseases (NCDs) are a growing problem in Asia. She really enjoyed the variety of lectures that she was able to attend especially those outside of her programme. She distinctly remembers a lecture on ‘The Impact of our Physical and Social Environment on our Health’ where she recognised that cars were the most effective way of converting fuel to fat, since then she has tried to walk as much as possible.
Her advice to current students would be to “enjoy your time at LSHTM and look beyond the grades”. For her going back to school after working for a few years was a good decision, it gave her a break to really think about what she wanted to do in her career and network with different communities. During her time at the School she learnt that healthcare is much broader than medicine and the individual needs of a patient, she learnt how policy making and public health play an equally important role. The knowledge she learnt at LSHTM greatly influences her view of the healthcare industry today.
In the future Nadiah hopes to keep working to make healthcare more sustainable and inclusive, an ongoing project of hers is to try to make more inroads in terms of changing healthcare financing, training and provision models. In the next 5 years she wants to complete two more facilities, adding roughly 900 beds to the current capacity, which she is sure will keep her busy until 2022 at least.
Congratulations to Nadiah for all her work in Malaysia and we are proud to have you as part of our alumni community!
Images courtesy of Nadiah Wan.
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