Keynote Speech 1
Dr. Anjli Doshi-Gandhi
Former Deputy Director General of the National Population and Family Development Board Malaysia
Ministry of Women
Family and Community Development
Anjli Doshi (Ph.D) was formerly the Deputy Director General (Policy) of the National Population and Family Development Board Malaysia, Ministry of Women, Family and Community Development, Malaysia. She retired in May 2017. Key work responsibilities included the development of family development training modules, policy planning, development and implementation, family development initiatives and programs on parenting and reproductive health, social and family research, advocacy, and training. She has a Bachelor of Arts (Honors) in Mass Communication from University Sains Malaysia, Masters of Science (Family Development and Parenting) from University Putra Malaysia and a PhD in Family Ecology. Her PhD was on “Family Functioning and Child Well-Being in Single Mother Families: The Influence of Risk and Protective Factors”. She has been directly involved in pioneering the conceptualization and development of the Malaysian Family Well-Being Index, formulation of the National Family Policy and Plan of Action, Malaysian Population and Family Survey and The Population Strategic Plan. She is also one of the writers for the SMARTSTART Pre-marriage Program, Fathering, Adolescent Wellbeing, Parenting@Work and Grand-parenting modules. She has more than 35 year experience as a trainer and educator in the areas of marriage, parenting, adolescent development and family life. She has presented many papers at the national and international level. She was a member of The International Exco Board of Advisors for The World Family Map Project (WFMP) from 2010 to 2015. In 2015, Dr. Anjli Doshi was given the World Family Award by the World Family Organisation for her contribution to the development and wellbeing of Malaysian Families. Dr Anjli received a special excellent service award in 2012 and 2017. In 2017, she was appointed as a member of the Regional Family Focal Point Task Force by the World Family Organisation. She has also received an award from Power Malaysia called the “ Malaysian Indian Women Star Award in recognition of her outstanding achievement in the civil service sector” in 2012 which was presented by the Wife of the Prime Minister.