My name is Suhaimi Ramly. People call me Bal (the “a” pronounced as in “bar”, not “ball”).
I am the Managing Director of Ardent Educational Consultants (ArdentEdu), an educational consultancy based in KL. I also serve as Executive Director at Aidan Corporation, the parent company of ArdentEdu. I co-founded the Aidan group of companies with four friends — Alif, Akmal, Bird, and Iznan — in 2007.
Please visit the ArdentEdu website at http://www.ardentedu.com and the Aidan Group website at http://www.aidan.com.my. I also contribute to our corporate blog, Aidan Blog at http://blog.aidan.com.my. All my posts in the Aidan Blog will be cross-posted here.
A little bit about my background: I was born in 1982 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. I went to school at SK Gombak Setia, SM Seri Gombak and MRSM Jasin (now known as MRSM Tun Ghafar Baba). I have been living in KL my whole life, except for five years when I went to college in Boston.
I attended Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, Massachusetts from 2001 to 2005, studying Mathematics and Writing. I graduated with a Bachelor degree in Mathematics. At MIT, I was a resident of Senior Haus. I still miss Boston sometimes (not the Boston winter, though).
Since 2006, I served as an Educational Counselor with the MIT Educational Council. My job is to give talks to potential students and conduct interviews for freshmen applicants in Malaysia. If you are interested to apply to MIT, go to the MIT Admissions website — it’s very informative.
I have been involved in the International Mathematical Olympiad competition, first as a contestant (1999-2001) and then as a trainer (2006-now). Mathematics is my amateurish hobby, rather than a professional vocation. I compose problems for various math olympiad competitions and conduct math workshops for students and teachers regularly.
I also enjoy writing. I hope to write a book (done!) or a newspaper column in the near future.
I love to read. I spent a lot on books — I prefer to read things that require real effort and inspiration to write, like classics, literary fictions and history books, rather than things that any chum with a computer can write, like blogs, online “editorials” or “opinion pieces”. As Samuel Johnson once said, “what is written without effort is in general read without pleasure.”
My other hobby is traveling. To date, I have visited more than 60 countries.
Write to me at msuhaimi at gmail.com