Ganesh Asirvatham, who hails from Klang, Selangor, was an English language lecturer for 10 years before he joined the corporate sector as a senior manager of learning and development for Standard Chartered.
He graduated with a degree in Linguistics from Universiti Putra Malaysia in Serdang, Selangor, in 2003.
He represents Malaysia in international Scrabble competitions. He was the World Scrabble Championship 2007 second runner-up and the former Guinness World Record holder in 2007 for the most Scrabble opponents played simultaneously by one challenger.
The record took place on Nov 7, 2007, in Mumbai, India. Ganesh played against 25 people, and won 21 out of 25 games.
Ganesh was already one of the competitors in Asia who represented Malaysian in the first ever World Scrabble Championship in Australia, at the age of 20.
Ganesh said: “I had no idea (then) that there was competitive Scrabble in Malaysia and even a World Scrabble Championship.”
This year, Ganesh will be representing Malaysia in the World English Language Scrabble Players Association in Goa, India, from Oct 16-20 and will go head-to-head with Nigel Richards, one of the finest players the Scrabble world has ever seen.
Richards is currently ranked the world’s No.2 Scrabble player, according to Wespa rankings.