Board of Directors

Get to know the driving force behind MDEC

Board of Directors

In order to navigate an intricate and fast-changing digital economy, MDEC put together a management team that boasts extensive knowledge in many areas of our business. The Board of Directors is made up of representatives from the Government and corporate sectors, lead by Chairman of the board YBhg. Tan Sri Sidek Hassan.

The Board of Directors is ultimately responsible for the country’s tech-led initiatives, be it in terms of direction, strategic supervision, or management. With their blend of diversity and high-level expertise, there is no better team to guide MDEC towards a tech-led economy.

YBhg. Tan Sri Sidek Hassan

Chairman

Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC)

YBhg. Tan Sri Sidek Hassan is the Chairman of the Board of the Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC). He was appointed to the Board on 1st May 2016.

Tan Sri Sidek Hassan is also the Chairman of Petroliam Nasional Berhad (PETRONAS) and sits on the Board of Top Glove Corp Bhd and Malayan Flour Mills Bhd.

YBhg. Dato’ Yasmin Mahmood

Chief Executive Officer (CEO)

Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC)

YBhg. Dato’ Yasmin Mahmood was appointed as the new Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC), effective 15 September 2014. She was appointed to the Board on 19 January 2015.

Her career prior to joining MDEC includes leadership positions such as Executive Director of YTL e-Solutions Bhd., Managing Director of Microsoft Malaysia Sdn. Bhd., Regional Manager of Dell Asia Pacific and General Manager of HP Sales Malaysia.

YBhg. Datuk Wan Ahmad Shihab Wan Ismail

Special Officer to the Honourable Prime Minister

Prime Minister's Office

YBhg. Datuk Wan Ahmad Shihab Ismail is the current Special Officer to the Honourable Prime MInister and was appointed to the Board on 1 May 2009.

When Dato’ Sri Mohd Najib Razak took office as Prime Minister in April 2009, Wan Shihab followed him to the Prime Minister’s Office where he currently serves as Special Officer and Divisional Director responsible over selected areas of policy and public relations.

YBhg. Dato' Sri Dr. Sharifah Zarah Syed Ahmad

Secretary-General

Ministry of Multimedia and Communication Malaysia (MCMC)

YBhg. Dato’ Sri Dr. Sharifah Zarah currently serves as MDEC's Secretary-General Ministry Of Communications and Multimedia. She was appointed to the Board on 6 April 2015.

Dato’ Sri Dr. Sharifah Zarah continues to blaze the trail in promoting innovation and women empowerment by contributing significantly to the establishment of the Women Innovation Academy Malaysia (MyWIN) in 2014. She is now one of MyWIN’s Board of Directors.

YBhg. Datuk Wan Ahmad Shihab Wan Ismail

Special Officer to the Honourable Prime Minister

Prime Minister's Office

YBhg. Datuk Wan Ahmad Shihab Ismail is the current Special Officer to the Honourable Prime MInister and was appointed to the Board on 1 May 2009.

When Dato’ Sri Mohd Najib Razak took office as Prime Minister in April 2009, Wan Shihab followed him to the Prime Minister’s Office where he currently serves as Special Officer and Divisional Director responsible over selected areas of policy and public relations.

YBhg. Dato' Sri Dr. Sharifah Zarah Syed Ahmad

Secretary-General

Ministry of Multimedia and Communication Malaysia (MCMC)

YBhg. Dato’ Sri Dr. Sharifah Zarah currently serves as MDEC's Secretary-General Ministry Of Communications and Multimedia. She was appointed to the Board on 6 April 2015.

Dato’ Sri Dr. Sharifah Zarah continues to blaze the trail in promoting innovation and women empowerment by contributing significantly to the establishment of the Women Innovation Academy Malaysia (MyWIN) in 2014. She is now one of MyWIN’s Board of Directors.

YBhg. Datuk Dr. Parmjit Singh

Chief Executive Officer

APIIT Education Group

YBhg Datuk Dr. Parmjit Singh holds the Chief Executive Officer role in APIIT Education Group. He was appointed to the Board on 1 May 2009.

Datuk Parmjit has a remarkable reputation and track record for his leadership in education in Malaysia and has served the nation in various capacities as Chairman, Advisor, Board Member and Council Member on a number of National level organisations.

YBhg. Dato’ Mathialakan Chelliah

Company Director

Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC)

YBhg. Dato’ Mathialakan Chelliah is MDEC's Company Director and was appointed to the Board on 19 January 2015.

He has served the Malaysian Investment Development Authority (MIDA) for more than 30 years in various capacities and senior positions. From 1988 - 2008, he served in several MIDA overseas offices in Zurich, Berne, Milan and London to promote Malaysia as a potential investment location for European companies and to assist them to prepare their business models.

YBhg. Dato' Siti Zauyah Md. Desa

Deputy Secretary General

Ministry of Finance

YBhg. Dato' Siti Zauyah currently serves as Deputy Secretary General of the Treasury (Policy). She was appointed to the Board on 1st May 2016.

YBhg. Dato' Siti Zauyah joined the Ministry of Finance Malaysia (“MOF”) in 1989 and served in various divisions, among others, the Contract Management Division, the Tax Division, the Loans Management Division, the Government Investment Company Division and The Budget Division.

Mr. Ang Chin Joo (C J Ang)

Advisor

Association of the Computer and Multimedia Industry Malaysia (PIKOM)

Mr. Ang Chin Joo (C J Ang) is PIKOM's current Advisor and was appointed to the Board on 1 May 2011.

Mr. C J Ang is one of the pioneers of the ICT industry since 1977 in Malaysia. As PIKOM President, he led the execution of this strategic plan to double the industry’s contribution to GDP. Mr. Ang has served the ICT industry with dedication and passion, both in companies he served, in PIKOM, the National ICT Association, and in several key Government agencies and committees in the pursuit of growth and progress in the Malaysian ICT industry.

YBhg. Datuk Dr. Parmjit Singh

Chief Executive Officer

APIIT Education Group

YBhg. Datuk Dr. Parmjit Singh holds the Chief Executive Officer role in APIIT Education Group. He was appointed to the Board on 1 May 2009.

Datuk Parmjit has a remarkable reputation and track record for his leadership in education in Malaysia and has served the nation in various capacities as Chairman, Advisor, Board Member and Council Member on a number of National level organisations.

YBhg. Dato’ Mathialakan Chelliah

Company Director

Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC)

YBhg. Dato’ Mathialakan Chelliah is MDEC's Company Director and was appointed to the Board on 19 January 2015.

He has served the Malaysian Investment Development Authority (MIDA) for more than 30 years in various capacities and senior positions. From 1988 - 2008, he served in several MIDA overseas offices in Zurich, Berne, Milan and London to promote Malaysia as a potential investment location for European companies and to assist them to prepare their business models.

YBhg. Dato' Siti Zauyah Md. Desa

Deputy Secretary General

Ministry of Finance

YBhg. Dato' Siti Zauyah currently serves as Deputy Secretary General of the Treasury (Policy). She was appointed to the Board on 1st May 2016.

YBhg. Dato' Siti Zauyah joined the Ministry of Finance Malaysia (“MOF”) in 1989 and served in various divisions, among others, the Contract Management Division, the Tax Division, the Loans Management Division, the Government Investment Company Division and The Budget Division.

Mr. Ang Chin Joo (C J Ang)

Advisor

Association of the Computer and Multimedia Industry Malaysia (PIKOM)

Mr. Ang Chin Joo (C J Ang) is PIKOM's current Advisor and was appointed to the Board on 1 May 2011.

Mr. C J Ang is one of the pioneers of the ICT industry since 1977 in Malaysia. As PIKOM President, he led the execution of this strategic plan to double the industry’s contribution to GDP. Mr. Ang has served the ICT industry with dedication and passion, both in companies he served, in PIKOM, the National ICT Association, and in several key Government agencies and committees in the pursuit of growth and progress in the Malaysian ICT industry.

Mr. Steve Hsien-Chieng Hsia

Chief Executive Officer

Young Outliers, Inc.

Mr. Steve Hsia is currently the co-Founder and CEO of Young Outliers, Inc. and was appointed to the Board on 27 January 2015. Steve is an active Internet business angel investor focusing in Silicon Valley and Asia with various experiences with digital agencies, talents and start-ups.

Tuan Haji Mohamed Rifai Bin Mohd Razi

Non-Executive Independent Director

Progressive Insurance Bhd.

Tuan Haji Mohamed Rifai was appointed to the Board on 22 August 2016.

Tuan Haji Mohamed Rifai started his career in the Sabah State Civil Service in 1980. From 1983 until 1989 he was with Sabah Energy Corporation/Sabah Gas Industries Sdn. Bhd. holding various positions.

Prior to his early retirement, Tuan Haji Mohamed Rifai was the CEO of IIB Insurance Brokers Sdn. Bhd. In addition to that he was also a Board member with KKIP Communications Sdn. Bhd, the operator of Sabah Net. He currently sits on the Board of Progressive Insurance Bhd.

Mr. Steve Hsien-Chieng Hsia

Chief Executive Officer

Young Outliers, Inc.

Mr. Steve Hsia is currently the co-Founder and CEO of Young Outliers, Inc. and was appointed to the Board on 27 January 2015. Steve is an active Internet business angel investor focusing in Silicon Valley and Asia with various experiences with digital agencies, talents and start-ups.

Tuan Haji Mohamed Rifai Bin Mohd Razi

Non-Executive Independent Director

Progressive Insurance Bhd.

Tuan Haji Mohamed Rifai was appointed to the Board on 22 August 2016.

Tuan Haji Mohamed Rifai started his career in the Sabah State Civil Service in 1980. From 1983 until 1989 he was with Sabah Energy Corporation/Sabah Gas Industries Sdn. Bhd. holding various positions.

Prior to his early retirement, Tuan Haji Mohamed Rifai was the CEO of IIB Insurance Brokers Sdn. Bhd. In addition to that he was also a Board member with KKIP Communications Sdn. Bhd, the operator of Sabah Net. He currently sits on the Board of Progressive Insurance Bhd.