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Volunteering BOARD OF TRUSTEES - 2018

Professor Dr. Balakrishnan Parasuraman 

Volunteering Board of Trustees


Professor Dr. Balakrishnan Parasuraman is an International Consultant, providing training, consultancy and research services to a wide variety of local and international organizations in the fields of Industrial Relations, employee participation, human resource management, global management, quality management, collective bargaining, conflict management and related areas. Over the years, he has completed a considerable number of published researches on employee  participation and involvement, health & safety in the plantation and manufacturing sector, joint consultation, labour relations in the multinationals, works councils in Shell, workplace flexibility, quality management, child labour, labour in the plantation sector, industrial relations in auto,  postal and steel industries, and the informal economy for the International Labor Organization, Asia-Europe Centre, Japan Institute of Labour, Universe Foundation (Japan), Korean Labour Institute and other sponsoring organizations. He has been a paper presenter in many local and international conferences.


Dr. Balakrishnan pioneered in studying joint consultation committee (labor-management council as used terminology in USA) programs in companies in Malaysia and other Southeast Asian countries. He published more than 200 papers in refereed journals, books, technical research report and others. Dr Balakrishnan Parasuraman obtained his Ph.D (Industrial Relations) from University of Wollongong, MSc from the University of Stirling UK and B. Soc.Sc (Hons) from the Universiti Sains Malaysia, did post-graduate studies at Institute of Teaching Training, Terengganu. He is a member of the international honor societies of the International Industrial Relations Associations (IIRA) based in Geneva, Switzerland, Malaysian Institute of HRM, and International Employment Relations Association, Sydney, Australia Dr Bala has been always invited by TV ASTRO AWANI (Channel 501), ASTRO AlHijrah and RTM Sabah to give his opinions on minimum wage, industrial relations, human capital, safety and human resource issues from the global or local perspective. He also appointed as a committee in many national or international labour related institutions such as ILO, Ministry of Human Resource Malaysia, Technical Committee, National Wage Consultation Council (2011), Technical Committee, Human Capital Development, Prime Minister Department and others.


Presently he is a Professor of Management/HR/Industrial Relations at the Faculty of Entreprenuership and Business, Universiti Malaysia Kelantan (UMK) based in Kota Bahru, Kelantan. He also was adjudged as an Outstanding PhD Researcher at University of Wollongong, Australia in 2004 and was recipient of the Best Academic Staff of the UMS in 2002, 2003, 2007, 2009, 2010,2011 and was a recipient of the Visiting Research Fellow at the Centre of Asia Pacific and Social Transformations (CAPSTRAN) and Faculty of Commerce, University of Wollongong and Visiting Professor at University of Indonesia in 2010. He also invited Visiting Senior Research Fellow in Wako University, Tokyo, Japan in 2011. He was recipient of the Global HR Award 2009 from the World HRD Advisory Council. He won gold, silver and bronze medals at national and international research and products innovation competition in Kuala Lumpur, Seoul, Korea and Geneva, Switzerland. Professor Bala, is currently supporting SASTRA to impact more schools in Malaysia by working with Universiti Malaysia Kelantan (UMK).


  • Appointed 1st January 2018 - 31st December 2020