Toastmasters’ Golden Gavel Award

Rohana Rozhan to accept prestigious award at event in her honor on Aug. 22, 2014.
Rohana Rozhan to accept prestigious award at event in her honor on August 22, 2014.

Before I became a professional keynote speaker, before I had the honor of serving as the first female president of the NSA (National Speakers Association), and long before I became an in-demand speech coach… I joined Toastmasters. Toastmasters International is a non-profit educational organization that teaches public speaking and leadership skills through a worldwide network. This year, for the first time, Toastmasters International is holding its International Convention outside North America, in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.  The 2014 recipient of Toastmasters’ prestigious Golden Gavel Award is a pioneer in international broadcasting, Rohana Rozhan.  Congratulations Rohana!

Astro’s CEO, Rohana Rozhan Receives Toastmasters’ Golden Gavel Award

Toastmasters International will honor noted Malaysian media CEO Rohana Rozhan as the recipient of its prestigious Golden Gavel award. The award, presented annually to an individual distinguished in the fields of communication and leadership, will be presented to Rohana during the Toastmasters International Convention Aug. 20-23, 2014, in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

“We selected Rohana as the Golden Gavel recipient because she is an outstanding example of an effective leader and communicator,” says George Yen, Toastmasters 2013-14 International President. “She has led her team at Astro to become Asia’s No. 1 pay television operator, and she is committed to empowering her team. We’re delighted to present her with this year’s award.”

Rohana is the CEO of Astro Malaysia Holdings Berhad, a leading integrated consumer media entertainment group in Malaysia and Southeast Asia. She was the winner of the 2013 CNBC Corporate Social Responsibility Award as well as a 2013 Silver Stevie Award in recognition of her devotion to educational, environmental and societal issues, and integration of social responsibility into business objectives.

“It is truly a great honor to be presented with the 2014 Golden Gavel Award and to join the illustrious rank of honorees,” says Rohana. “I would like to dedicate this recognition to Team Astro, of which I am privileged to be a member.”

Rohana will accept the award at 1:30 p.m. local time on Friday, Aug. 22 at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre. The Golden Gavel award has been presented by Toastmasters since 1959. Rohana joins an illustrious list of Golden Gavel honorees, including Walter Cronkite, Stephen Covey, Deepak Chopra, Anthony Robbins and Zig Ziglar. Another Malaysian celebrity, Datuk John Lau, who served as Toastmasters International President in 2012-13 will give an introductory speech at the event. He is the owner and chief executive officer of the Acme Group of Companies in Sarawak.

For the first time in its 90-year history, Toastmasters is holding its International Convention outside of North America at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre. To learn more about the 2014 International Convention, Aug. 20-23, and obtain a complete schedule of events, including the Opening Ceremonies, Education Sessions and the World Championship of Public Speaking, visit The public is welcome to attend.

For more information about Rohana Rozhan, visit

About Toastmasters International
Toastmasters International is a nonprofit educational organization that teaches public speaking and leadership skills through a worldwide network of meeting locations. Headquartered in Rancho Santa Margarita, California, the organization’s membership exceeds 292,000 in more than 14,350 clubs in 122 countries. Since 1924, Toastmasters International has helped people of all backgrounds become more confident in front of an audience. For information about local Toastmasters clubs, visit Follow @Toastmasters on Twitter.

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