Women in Rail Malaysia was recently set up following discussions with Women in Rail UK and is working towards shaping the future of the rail industry in Malaysia to make it more diverse and inclusive.
Initial efforts are focussed on carrying out a membership drive and rolling out the mentorship programme, as well as creating an online presence for maximum reach to all stakeholder groups.
The group is led by Natasha Zulkifli, Executive Vice President, Prasarana Malaysia Berhad.
Natasha oversees International Relations at Prasarana Malaysia Berhad, Kuala Lumpur’s urban rail and largest bus operator in Malaysia. She has worked in the public transport space for 6 years, having previously worked at SPAD, Malaysia’s land public transport regulator and planner.
Natasha has studied in Kuala Lumpur, New Zealand and London and has a law degree from the London School of Economics (LSE), with a special focus on European Union and international law.
She began her career as an entrepreneur in the cargo, logistics and airfield ground lighting space and subsequently ran the Malaysia-Europe Forum (MEF), a not-for-profit organisation as its Executive Director, responsible for improving relations and bilateral understanding between Malaysia and Europe in areas relating to business and trade.
Natasha has always been passionate about working on cross-border initiatives and has in the past, sat as Malaysia’s representative on the Asia Low Emission Development Strategies (LEDS) Partnership Steering Committee, which is a voluntary regional network set up by USAID to support and promote low-emission development across Asia and the Pacific region.
More recently, since 2015, Natasha represents Malaysia on the Business Women’s Working Group in the ASEAN Business Advisory Council (ABAC).
Natasha is passionate about supporting the Women in Rail agenda and together with her Malaysian colleagues from the industry, has begun efforts to create a professional network which will not only provide opportunities for professional career development but also promote the Malaysian rail space as a career of choice to young women thinking about a career or a career change into the rail industry.