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AMBC Victoria Newsletter - December 2021

Dear AMBC Victoria Members, Friends and Supporters,

We are nearly at the end of the year and happy to see the restrictions ease further in Victoria in time for Christmas. On behalf of your Board, I would like to wish you well over the holiday season!

In this edition of our newsletter, we welcome a number of new members to the council. We also look back at some of the happenings over the last half-year.


New Members

AMBC Victoria is very pleased to welcome our most recent new members:


Ven Chin, Managing Director
OMI Group Pty Ltd

Ven is the Founder & Managing Director, OMI Group which operates several prominent food and beverage brands. Prior to founding OMI Group, Ven co-founded GD Group, an award-winning restaurant chain in Singapore. Ven migrated to Melbourne in May 2017 and founded OMI Wagyu. OMI Group has rapidly expanded across 9 physical locations and 3 brands within 4 years. Most recently, OMI was awarded Best Japanese Restaurant 2020. Additionally, another OMI brand Local Hero Singapore is the first establishment in Australia to host 2 Michelin Award-Winning brands under one roof.


Tahnee Foo, Owner
Harry Rogers Australia Pty Ltd

Organitea Australia is a tea manufacturer that manufactures functional/herbal tea under the brand 'My Organic Tea' and 'My TTime'. Originally founded in 2010, Tahnee became involved a couple of years ago by exporting to Malaysia before taking over the manufacturing side full time. Organitea Australia’s aim is to reach out to as many tea lovers as possible around the world. They currently sell tea in Australia, Malaysia, US, UK, and Canada.


Jeswynn Yogaratnam, Head of Policy Reform
Monash University

Jeswynn works with Monash Art Design and Architecture at Monash University working cross-jurisdictionally on decarbonisation policy development as the Head of Policy Reform at Global Buildings Performance Network. 

His focus areas include the energy and infrastructure sectors within SEA and India. He stewards policy development projects applying a people-centred approach for decarbonisation of the built environment. He works with multi-disciplinary teams and stakeholders for future-ready building policies to achieve net zero emission goals with just transition, socio-economic impact, and nature-based solutions in mind.


AMBC Victoria Events and Reflections

2021 was another interesting year of uncertainty for many businesses in Australia and Malaysia, particularly in Victoria as Melbourne gained the tag of “most locked down city in the world”. It seemed like a repeat of 2020 but thankfully we emerged with high vaccination rates and the opening of our international borders.

As Melbourne plunged into another series of lockdowns beginning in May we were forced to cancel or postpone several planned events including our AMBC Women’s Breakfast, the AGM networking event and the Malaysia Day Gala Dinner.

In August we held our Annual General Meeting via Zoom and I was elected President with Josh Chye serving on as Vice-President. The council farewelled outgoing President Mike Anderson who continues to stay actively involved in the council as a life-member and as project manager of our workshop series.

In November, we returned to in-person events and successfully ran a franchising panel seminar on entry hosted by Macpherson Kelley. Later that month, together with AMBC NSW, AMBC SA and the MABC in Kuala Lumpur we ran an inter-council Speed Networking event. We finished the year off with a social End of Year Networking Function at Temple Brewery which was attended by Malaysian Consul General to Melbourne, Puan Mazita Marzuki.

Josh and I have been very thankful to the Board comprising Shok Kuan Ho, Meileng Tam, Trevor Haines and Ken Ong OAM for their wonderful work and support throughout the year.

Our first function of the New Year will be a Yum Cha on 10 February at Red Emperor's newest venue in Melbourne's Chinatown. A separate notice will go out once details are firmed up.

We will also shortly release more information on our series of workshops to be delivered across Victoria in 2022 entitled ‘Malaysia: Halal and Beyond’.

Don’t forget to check out our calendar of events for 2022 as it is updated (click here). Suggestions and assistance for future events are most welcome, as well as offers to host or sponsor (express your interest by email to

Lastly, Selamat Hari Natal! I hope you have a restful break over the festive season and I look forward to catching up with you in 2022 at one of our events.


Nathanael Kitingan

AMBC Victoria