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A fresh face at the helm of NKF Malaysia, Khor Xin Yun aspires to drive greater innovation and digitalisation in kidney care and prevention

Kuala Lumpur, 12 January 2022 – A warm welcome was given to the National Kidney Foundation of Malaysia’s (NKF Malaysia) new CEO Khor Xin Yun, who has big digital transformation plans in store for the organisation. With over a decade’s worth of experience in various sectors within the healthcare industry, Khor has since built an excellent track record in spearheading digitalisation and transformation in her previous posts.

Since joining the NKF Malaysia family in Jan 2022, the 35-year-old registered pharmacist by profession is set to share her wealth of knowledge and experiences gained over the years to help the organisation grow and operate more efficiently.

Prior to her appointment as NKF Malaysia’s CEO, Khor served as the head of digital health for the Better Health Programme (BHP) Malaysia that was funded by the United Kingdom Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office’s Prosperity Fund back in 2020. This was part of a three-year global initiative that aimed at addressing the growing concerns over non-communicable diseases such as heart disease, diabetes and obesity.

There, she successfully led the development and implementation of a community-based digital health platform that strived to improve health literacy and promote the adoption of a healthier lifestyle to urban poor communities in Malaysia.

Born and raised in Penang, her passion and capabilities were further solidified in her previous post as Chief Executive Officer at Walnut Wellness, a home-grown healthcare company that leverages on digital technology, new service design and community networks to deliver effective preventive care for corporates and also to foster community health engagements for insurers and healthcare providers. During her 5-year stint, she played a key role in various areas including high-level corporate management, strategic planning, customer experience management, service quality, business process re-engineering and change management.

With a master’s degree in Business Administration (MBA) from Universiti Sains Malaysia and a bachelor’s degree in Pharmacy from the same institute, the mother of one has also worked with the Ministry of Health Malaysia for over five years back in 2011. There, Khor gained clinical experience as a ward pharmacist in Kulim Hospital and was also actively involved in the pharmaceutical sector’s strategic planning and policy development areas under the ministry’s Pharmaceutical Services Programme as the senior assistant director for Policy and Strategic Planning.

“We are very glad and extremely excited to have Khor onboard with us and we cannot wait to see her work her magic on NKF Malaysia. Based on her past experiences and credentials, I’m confident that she is a great fit for the organisation and we can only stand to gain from her immense wealth of industry experience and expertise. With her at the helm, NKF Malaysia can now be poised to drive greater innovation and digitalisation in kidney care and prevention while simultaneously advancing our vision and mission,” said Dato’ Dr Zaki Morad Mohamad Zaher, Chairman of NKF Malaysia.

He added that this is also in line with the Health Ministry’s drive towards raising greater awareness and promotion in the prevention of non-communicable diseases in a bid to improve the health and quality of life among Malaysians.

Members of the public can find out more through NKF’s website at or call 03-7954 9048.