Core Team

Animah Kosai, founder

Speak Up, Governance and Compliance Expert

Animah Kosai founded Speak Up At Work to help organisations move from toxic to safe environments: focusing on sexual harassment, workplace bullying and whistleblowing.

Animah draws upon her 24 years experience as a lawyer and counsel in the oil and gas industry. She worked as legal counsel for Schlumberger and became general counsel of Carigali Hess, a joint venture between Petronas Carigali and Hess, which is a major gas producer in the Malaysia-Thai joint development area. 

Animah was called to the Malaysian Bar in 1994, serving on the Kuala Lumpur Bar Committee and as Chairperson of the KL Bar Environmental Law Committee in 2002/3.

She is now based in London where she writes, advises and speaks on Speak Up.

Kernan Manion MD., co-founder of Speak Up Academy

Clinical Psychiatry & Organisational Consulting Expert

Kernan is a US-educated board-certified physician whose career bridges the worlds of clinical psychiatry and organisational consulting. He is the Founder and Director of The Center for Physician Rights, a nonprofit based in Cambridge MA supporting physicians navigate the infringements of their rights according to the training and ethics of their profession.

Recognising the critical role of emotional intelligence, Dr. Manion is nearing completion of his groundbreaking book and online course “MindSense U – Helping You Achieve Lifelong Psychological Wellbeing.”

Kernan runs the Speak Up Academy.

Emellia Shariff, Managing Partner of Speak Up Malaysia

Anti-Harassment, Bullying & Discrimination Expert

Emellia has a unique combination of skills in legal practice, compliance and corporate governance through her experience as a corporate litigation lawyer as well as working in a multi-national conglomerate. She is a prominent gender rights advocate. Emellia is part of the team which drafted the Sexual Harassment Bill in Malaysia and has been invited as a speaker at various talks, including the recent Employment Conference 2019.

She is the Founder and Editor-In-Chief of The G-Blog, Malaysia’s one and only gender publication platform, and is CEO of the Malaysian Institute for Debate & Public Speaking (MIDP) which works on human capital advancement.

Grant Griffiths, Advisor

Risk Management, Governance & Compliance Expert

Grant is an internationally recognised non-executive director and risk, governance and compliance professional. He has held senior leadership roles in FTSE, NYSE and NASDAQ listed companies working for global businesses in various sectors. His is a non-executive director of Flexmind, a Member of the Advisory Board of Speak Up at Work (UK), and the Development Board of the Strategic Management Forum (Turkey).

He is a member of the Institute of Risk Management, and serves as Global Ambassador and Deputy Chair of the Energy Special Interest Group. He is also a member of Institute of Directors, Institute of  Strategic Risk Management and a Fellow of the Institute of Sales Management.