Women in Rail Malaysia was set up in September 2017 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.
Its current activities include Leadership Talks with industry experts and illustrious transport and female leaders. Women in Rail Malaysia is also undertaking a mentorship programme, as well as creating an online presence for maximum reach to all stakeholder groups.
The group is led by Natasha Zulkifli, Stakeholder Director at YTL Malaysia.
Natasha’s has worked in the public transport space for 7 years, having previously worked at SPAD, Malaysia’s land public transport regulator and planner and also at Prasarana, Malaysia’s largest train and bus operator as Head of International Relations. Natasha currently works at YTL Malaysia as Stakeholder Director for what is currently Malaysia’s largest inter-city rail construction project, connecting Gemas to Johor Bahru in the southern part of Peninsular Malaysia.
She is passionate about driving Women in Rail Malaysia for the benefit of women not just currently working within the industry but to also promote the Malaysian rail space as a career of choice to young women currently studying in secondary school and in universities.
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 also previously ran the Malaysia-Europe Forum, 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. Since 2015, Natasha has represented Malaysia on the Business Women’s Working Group within the ASEAN Business Advisory Council (ASEAN-BAC).