Kuala Lumpur hosts first Toastmasters’ Convention outside the US

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Toastmasters’ 2014 International Convention. Kuala Lumpur will chalk up another notch on its already brimming belt of “Firsts” with the upcoming 2014 Toastmasters International Convention set to be held at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre from 20-23 August 2014.

For the first time in its 90-year history, Toastmasters is holding its International Convention beyond the shores of North America and right across the globe into Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. This Convention which targets 2,000 participants from around the world is estimated to generate RM32.4 million in economic impact for Malaysia.

According to Zulkefli Haji Sharif, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Malaysia Convention & Exhibition Bureau (MyCEB), “The Toastmasters International Convention is the most anticipated event in the Toastmaster calendar and Malaysia is honoured to be chosen as the preferred destination for this prestigious event, which adds another feather in the cap for Kuala Lumpur as a host venue. We are confident that Kuala Lumpur will live up to expectations and that this gathering of participants and speakers from around the world will indeed benefit from this.”

Key attendees include Toastmasters International President (2012-2013), Malaysia’s John Lau, owner and CEO of Acme Group of Companies in Sarawak, who will deliver an introductory speech at the event, while popular Scottish author and speaker, Robin Sieger will deliver the keynote address during the opening ceremony on 20 August 2014.

The 2014 installation of this annual gathering honours Astro Malaysia Holdings Bhd CEO, Rohana Rozhan as the recipient of the Toastmasters International 2014 Golden Gavel award. The prestigious award is presented annually to an individual distinguished in the fields of communication and leadership. The lineup of presenters will be highlighted by former Head of Development at BBC Television, Robin Sieger and Malaysian media CEO, Rohana Rozhan.