Interview with Experts from the Nonprofit World

Interview with Experts from the Nonprofit World

By Sudeep Mohandas
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Dr. Sudeep Mohandas Co-Founder/Managing Director of I First International takes a few minutes to discuss with experts on their take to very technical issues in line with the Board and Management concerns of the nonprofits. Visit: www.ifirstinternational.com
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Dr. Sudeep Mohandas Co-Founder/Managing Director of I First International takes a few minutes to discuss with experts on their take to very technical issues in line with the Board and Management concerns of the nonprofits. Visit: www.ifirstinternational.com
Cover art photo provided by rawpixel on Unsplash: unsplash.com/@rawpixel

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MySkills Foundation Founder Mr. Pasupathi shares his joys, pains and achievements over 20 years by helping the Indian Youths in Malaysia
Listen to Dr Sudeep Mohandas, Co-Founder and Managing Director of I First International, a Consultancy striving to professionalise the NGO/CSO/NPO sector in the world. Listen to his conversation with Mr Pasupathi as the story unfolds and invariably Mr. Pasupathi narrative becomes a learning for those who have similar aspirations to do wonders for their community.
17:14
November 22, 2019
Peter explains the tools required to make decisions that will help the urban poor in Nairobi, Kenya
Dr. Sudeep Mohandas, Co-Founder of I First International talks to Peter Muthaura, from the Human Needs Project in Nairobi, Kenya.
10:02
October 1, 2019
Spina Bifida, a medical condition affecting the spinal chord. Ir.Dr. Kriban explains how it started.
Dr. Sudeep Mohandas Co-Founder/Managing Director of I First a International talks to Ir. Dr. Kriban who is the Secretary of Spina Bifida Association of Malaysia on how it started in 2007 and where it is now today.
17:51
September 12, 2019
Arshwin offers through his NGO a chance for talent to find jobs and for recruiters to identify suitable talent
Dr. Sudeep Mohandas, Co-Founder and Managing Director, I First International, speaks to Arshwin Nair, the President of Recruiters Association Malaysia (RAM) about his reason for setting up his NGO, the ingredients required for a good resume and why it is important to fill the void of finding the right talent for the job within the Malaysian Society. 
15:24
August 27, 2019
George explains about his experience & knowledge about the Inuit Community (Eskimos) in Canada and his observations on Talent Employability in Malaysia
George Bohlender is the Managing Director of Dragonfire Corporate Solutions. He is also a Writer, Entrepreneur, and an Advocate for Islamic/Responsible Finance & Entrepreneurship. He shares his views with Dr. Sudeep Mohandas, Co-Founder, Managing Director of I First International on the issues associated with the Inuit community, the employability issues in Malaysia and the general education system that covers career counselling.
17:21
August 20, 2019
The constant challenge and struggle for orphanages in Malaysia. An inside view from Inthira.
Inthira, Executive Council Member of Agathians Shelter speaks to Dr. Sudeep Mohandas, Co-Founder/Managing Director of I First International about the issues and challenges associated with managing an Orphanage in Malaysia.
14:22
August 9, 2019
Ulrika Brunner explains why Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) needs a rethink and a review to benefit People and Planet.
Ulrika Brunner, Country Director for Inspire Global Malaysia speaks to Dr. Sudeep Mohandas, Co-Founder/Managing Director of I First International about the issues associated with Corporate Social Responsibility and its link back to the Nonprofit Sector.
13:19
July 16, 2019
What happens when we leave a Nonprofit Organisation and become an Entrepreneur?
Dr. Sudeep Mohandas Co-Founder/Managing Director speaks to Mr. Brien Lee who is the Managing Director of Splendens Vita and how he has managed to move from a person who was focussed on the mission in a nonprofit to someone who is now focussed on the mission of his own training company. 
12:28
June 24, 2019
Prof. Suresh shares the Power of Voluntarism and the Internal Well Being to doing Charitable Work
Dr. Sudeep Mohandas, Co-Founder/Managing Director - I First International speaks to Prof. Suresh Kumar Govind from the Department of Parasitology, Faculty of Medicine, University Malaya. He was the former President of the Sathya Sai International Organisation, Malaysia a Nonprofit Organisation. Today he is doing coordinating work for all the 120 Sathya Sai Nonprofits across the globe. 
14:20
June 22, 2019
Rina Sarif details out the Paid Talent versus the Volunteer dichotomy and how it is playing in the corporate and nonprofit world
Dr. Sudeep Mohandas, Co-Founder/Managing Director of I First International speaks to Rina Sarif, Talent Specialist, Advocate, Founder and Thought Leader about the issues that surround being a paid talent against being a volunteer.
1:10:08
May 17, 2019
Kamal puts across his experiences and observation when it comes to Board Governance at the Nonprofit level.
Dr. Sudeep Mohandas, Co-Founder and Managing Director of I First International speaks to Dr. Kamal Kenny a Board Member of the Malaysian Council of Children Welfare about the issues and potential for change at a Board Governance level for every nonprofit.
12:10
May 7, 2019
What the world needs to understand about Philantrophy in today's context. Farah explains why we should be thinking about it differently.
Dr. Sudeep Mohandas, Co-Founder/Managing Director of I First International discussed with Farah Deba a lawyer and Chair for STEP Malaysia shares her own insights and views based on her own professional experience dealing with philanthrophists and working in the landscape.
10:55
April 30, 2019
Ismail Baba explains about the challenges and issues associated with the youth today in looking at Social Work as a career in Malaysia
Dr. Sudeep Mohandas, Co-Founder and Managing Director of I First International speaks to Prof. Dr. Ismail Baba from the Malaysian Association of Social Workers (MASW).
12:48
April 23, 2019
Catherine and Glenn share why Oaktree Resources is making waves in Penang by setting itself to cater to special needs children with different learning needs.
Dr. Sudeep Mohandas speaks to the husband and wife team - Catherine and Glenn about how their daughter who has down syndrome became the pillar and reason for them to set up Oaktree Resources Centre in Penang, Malaysia. Their organisation is now going through a process of scaling up and also in the process of consideration of establishing themselves in order to ensure they can provide more services to these special needs children. 
14:01
April 16, 2019
Abir shares her moments that triggered her and her Co-Founder to establishing Lean In Malaysia and becoming an iconic establishment to the Women Movement
Dr. Sudeep Mohandas, Co-Founder and Managing Director of I First International speaks to Abir Abdul Rahim the Co-Founder of Lean In Malaysia, the Malaysian Chapter. Lean In was established as result of a book club among like minded women who were sharing their understanding and appreciation to Sheryl Sandberg's book, Lean In. The discussions at their book club meeting highlighted the issues, challenges and celebration of what it is to be a women in the workforce today. 
17:39
April 16, 2019
Aliyah explains the power of Diversifying its Mission in order to remain relevant
Dr. Sudeep Mohandas, Co-Founder and Managing Director of I First International speaks to Aliyah about Work Diversification at her Nonprofit MAA Medicare Charitable Foundation.
09:48
April 13, 2019
Muhammad shares his views on the issue of why his organisation is doing all it can to propagate Kindness in Society
Dr. Sudeep Mohandas, Co-Founder/Managing Director of I First International speaks to Muhammad Kamarulazizi, Founder of Kindness Malaysia and why he is so passionate about his cause.
10:07
April 2, 2019
Andal shares how she moved gradually from Nurturing and Developing her children to Educating and Empowering Women and their families
Dr. Sudeep Mohandas, Co-Founder/Managing Director of I First International speaks to Andal Krishna a long time advocate for empowering women and girls in the communities. She has spent a large chunk of her life promoting and developing families to be more than they are. 
12:25
April 2, 2019
Padma shares the financial challenges of managing the Multiple Sclerosis Society in Malaysia
Dr. Sudeep Mohandas Co-Founder/Managing Director of I First International speaks to Madam Padma about the Multiple Society she had founded and its challenges associated with financials to the patient and the organisation.
07:33
March 25, 2019
Dr. Steven shares his experience and insights working on the issues that concern the Youth in US and Malaysia.
Dr. Steve Krauss a Lecturer with the University of Putra Malaysia explains to Dr. Sudeep Mohandas, the Co-Founder/Managing Director of I First International (www.ifirstinternational.com) about how he got involved with Youth Studies in the US and how his knowledge and learning has helped him understand the plight of Youths in Malaysia and the challenges of the nonprofit sector.  
12:21
March 18, 2019
Dina explains how her NGO is managing perception challenges and how it impacts funding and management.
Dr. Sudeep Mohandas, Co-Founder/Managing Director, I First International speaks to Dina Zaman, CEO and Co-Founder of IMAN, based in Malaysia a research based organisation. 
13:09
March 16, 2019
Florian explains why it is important to understand what it means to really know the power of the Brand and the Perceptions that go with it to the Nonprofit Organisation
Dr. Sudeep Mohandas, Co-Founder/Managing Director of I First International speaks to Florian, General Manager of MSF (Doctors without Borders) about his insights and experiences when dealing with the Brand and Perception for both a large nonprofit and a small nonprofit organisation. 
1:30:17
March 9, 2019
Eyad explains the Ethos and Variances of the Corporate and Nonprofit Mission
Dr. Sudeep Mohandas, Co-Founder/Managing Director of I First International speaks to Eyad Hasbullah about how people today view the Corporate sector and Nonprofit sector when it comes to  focussing on their mission. 
12:17
March 3, 2019
Back into the Future with Facilitation as a key mission for management success
Dr. Sudeep Mohandas, Co-Founder/Managing Director or I First International speaks to Patricia Nunis one of the early founders of the Malaysian Chapter of the International Association of Facilitators (IAF). 
16:08
February 28, 2019
Ritzzawati shares its Critical Success as to how as a Charitable Nonprofit they have remained relevant in the healthcare sector
Dr. Sudeep Mohandas Co-Founder/Managing Director of I First International speaks to Ritzzawati about how her organisation IJN Foundation (National Heart Centre Foundation) is able to remain relevant and stay focussed to help the poor people from Malaysia who cannot afford heart treatment.
07:20
February 25, 2019
Kiu Jia Yaw deciphers the meaning of "Purpose" and all the fuss about it.
Dr. Sudeep Mohandas, Co-Founder/Managing Director of I First International speaks to Jia Yaw whose interest is on  the For Purpose Movement. Listen to  Jia Yaw as he shares his insight on this subject matter.
11:37
February 19, 2019
Shaq raises certain issues he sees when the Nonprofits work with the Indigenous Community in Malaysia
Dr. Sudeep Mohandas, Co-Founder/Managing Director of I First International discusses with Shaq Koyok, a famous contemporary artist, Orang Asli (Indigenous Personality) from Selangor, Malaysia.
17:17
February 19, 2019
Irfan explains how he grew to become a regional player for WWF
Dr. Sudeep Mohandas, Co-Founder/Managing Director of I First International speaks to Irfan about what it takes to do regional work at a regional level for a nonprofit organisation.
12:22
February 17, 2019
Justin shares his views on why relevance has to go hand in hand with good branding
Dr. Sudeep Mohandas, Co-Founder/Managing Director of I First International speaks to Justin from Befrienders, Kuala Lumpur about why his nonprofit is still needed to tackle the issues associated with emotional needs.
07:53
February 13, 2019
Julian talks about Trust and Credibility which is so key to a Nonprofit Brand
Dr. Sudeep Mohandas Co-Founder and Managing Director or I First International speaks to Julian Hyde from Reef Check based in Malaysia about the issue of branding and what it means to their organisation.
11:05
February 10, 2019
Raviraj explains how he decided to take the plunge into setting up Project TRY
Dr. Sudeep Mohandas Co-Founder/Managing Director of I First International speaks to Raviraj about his nonprofit organisation Transforming Rural Youth (Project TRY) and what he has done to make it a success today.
10:10
February 3, 2019
Emma explains the power of Sales to the Nonprofit Sector.
Dr. Sudeep Mohandas, Co-Founder/Managing Director speaks to Emma Boyd in Singapore about Sales and Marketing in the context of the Nonprofit Sector. She also debunks the perception that sales is not an important component to the nonprofit sector.
17:41
January 31, 2019
Khatijah explains how she has lived through the changes with Cheshire Homes
Dr. Sudeep Mohandas Co-Founder/Managing Director of I First International speaks to Khatijah Suleiman the Founder of Cheshire Homes in Malaysia. She explains how it started in 1963 helping the people with disabilities  who had no homes.
09:22
January 31, 2019
Ananti explains why relevance is all about knowing why we exist
Dr. Sudeep Mohandas Co-Founder/Managing Director of I First International speaks to Ananti CEO of from Yayasan Chow Kit (YCK) about why her organisation is focussed on relevance and how it aligns its management to it.
05:52
January 30, 2019
Adrian questions whether shaping the mind-sets of the community does actually make impact
Dr. Sudeep Mohandas, Co-Founder/Managing Director of I First International speaks to Adrian from North-South Initiative (NSI) about why it is important to rethink how one shapes the mind-sets or redefines the behavioural shifts of the community on the ground. 
13:48
January 29, 2019
Teach for Malaysia shares its views on relevance and why it is so important today.
Dr. Sudeep Mohandas Co-Founder/Managing Director of I First International speaks to Dzameer about the issue of relevance and how Teach for Malaysia (TFM) has relevance as an attribute to its management behaviour.
05:27
January 28, 2019
Listen to YOKUK as they explain what it takes to recruit volunteers and interns
Dr. Sudeep Mohandas Co-Founder/Managing Director of I First International speaks to Suliana Shamsuddin about how they manage to recruit volunteers and interns for Yayasan Orang Kurang Upaya Kelantan (YOKUK, Malaysia - Kelantan Foundation for the Disabled).
13:44
January 28, 2019
SPCA Selangor shares how it thinks for Today and plans for the Future
Dr. Sudeep Mohandas Co-Founder/Managing Director of I First International speaks to Christine Chin from the Society of the Protection and Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) about the past, present and future of an established institition.
16:56
January 28, 2019
Prajana from CARE Nepal explains the HR Philosophy of an International NGO
Dr. Sudeep Mohandas, Co-Founder/Managing Director from I First International speaks to Prajana about her career, her HR philosophy at CARE- Nepal and the general issues associated with HR at the organisation.
10:29
January 28, 2019
What does it take for the Roundtable Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) org. to battle constant challenges?
Dr. Sudeep Mohandas Co-Founder/Managing Director of I First International speaks to Datuk Darrel Weber from RSPO about the mindset within the organisation in order to manage the constant battles they face on the ground.
11:34
January 28, 2019
The Federation of Reproductive Health Associations Malaysia (FRHAM) - What Visibility Means to them
Dr. Sudeep Mohandas, Co-Founder/Managing Director of I First International speaks to Dr. Philip Kho on why "visibility" is so important to their work.
09:54
January 28, 2019
Edmond Yap views that thinking differently is such a critical attribute to the sector
Dr. Sudeep Mohandas, Co-Founder/MD I First International learns from Edmond why being innovative and creative is all about thinking differrently.
09:50
January 24, 2019
Diane O' Reggio shares "Why Leaders today are going back to School?"
Dr Sudeep Mohandas, Co-Founder/MD I First International speaks to Diane as they both take a deep dive into the rationale as to why Leaders today in the nonprofits are now looking to expand their knowledge and skills by going back to School.
19:20
January 24, 2019
Deepa Nambiar shares her insights to Capacity Building
Dr. Sudeep Mohandas, Co-Founder and MD of I First International asked Deepa about her own views and insights to Capacity Building. Asylum Access is based Malaysia and they ensure their efforts are aligned to the Mission of the organisation. 
11:55
January 24, 2019
Vik explains how Volunteerism can push the frontiers in Volunteerism
Dr. Sudeep Mohandas from I First International gets an understanding from Vik on how volunteerism in sports has increased over the years in Malaysia and what are the significant elements that have made it a success.
13:07
January 18, 2019
Dr. John Payne discusses the challenges to the Environmental Nonprofits today
Dr. Sudeep Mohandas gets insight into the issues that are challenging the environmental nonprofit organisations especially in this day and age when there are so many differing opinions to climate change and how the planet should be sustained.
10:14
January 18, 2019
Dr. Arun Venkataraman: How Important is Research to the Nonprofit Sector?
Dr. Sudeep from I First International spends sometime with Dr. Arun understanding the power and usefulness of Research to the nonprofit sector. 
12:42
January 18, 2019
Interview with Camilo Cupitre: The Power of Perception in Decision Making
The issue of Perception can play a significant role in the nonprofit arena such it could influence decision making at the Board and Management level. Camilo talks about his understanding of this subject and how his experience in South East Asia has led him to understand the importance of perception to decision making.
12:49
January 17, 2019
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