BOARD
OF DIRECTORS

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

In order to navigate an intricate and fast-changing digital economy, MDEC puts 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.

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. DATO' SERI HAJI MOHAMMAD BIN MENTEK

Secretary General at the Ministry of Communications and Multimedia

YBhg. Dato’ Seri Haji Mohammad bin Mentek was appointed to the Board on 25 November 2020.

YBhg Dato’ Seri Haji Mohammad bin Mentek took office as the Secretary General of the Ministry of Communications and Multimedia (KKMM) on 4 November 2020. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics and Bachelor of Science in Statistics from the University of Minnesota, USA, and has an accumulated 28 years of extensive experience in public administration.He began his career as an Assistant Secretary for the Human Capital, Services and Training Division at the Ministry of Energy, Telecommunications, and Post. He also served in the Finance Office of the Perak State Government. One of his accomplished milestones was being appointed as the first Director of the National Institute of Public Administration (INTAN), Sabah branch. He served in this this role the longest from year 2000 to 2009.

He was appointed as CMO (Chief Marketing Officer) of  the Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC) in October 2019 and Senior Vice President of Investment and Brand in December 2020, overlooking a 110 person team. This includes Investment Development and Promotion, MSC Business Services, Brand Marketing and Strategic Communications.

He holds an LLB from the University of London and a Professional Diploma in Public Relations from the Institute of Public Relations Malaysia.

He was given the responsibility to lead the Immigration Department in Sabah for three years, thus becoming the first Sabah native to be appointed at this position.He made another landmark achievement when he was appointed as the first Director-General of the Eastern Sabah Security Command (ESSCOM) in 2013. He also served as Senior Under-Secretary for the Human Resource Management Division for the Ministry of Education In 2014. YBhg Dato’ Seri Mohammad was later appointed as the Secretary General for the Ministry of Housing and Local Government (KPKT) in 2016, where he became the first Sabah native to be appointed to this position. He was later re-assigned, in similar capacity, to the Ministry of Entrepreneur Development and Cooperatives (MEDAC).

YBRS. Abu Bakar Salleh bin Hj. Jambol

Undersecretary For The International Division of the Ministry of Finance (MOF)

YBrs. Abu Bakar Salleh bin Hj. Jambol was appointed to the Board on November 1, 2021.

Abu Bakar Salleh bin Hj. Jambol started his career in 1995 as Administrative and Diplomatic Services officer, attached to the Ministry of Finance, Malaysia (MoF).

Over the last 26 years, he remains working in MoF and serves in various offices/divisions, among others, the Sabah’s Federal Treasury Office, National Budget Office, National Strategy Unit, Strategic Financial Control & Corporate Division, and Remuneration Policy & Management Division.

He is currently the Undersecretary of International Division, MoF, a position that he held since July 2021.

He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Public Administration (UUM) and also Master’s Degree in Economics (UPM).

Apart from MDEC, Abu Bakar also sits in the boards of the Labuan Port Authority (LPA), Perak Housing and Property Development Authority (LPHP) and Malaysian Global Innovation and Creativity Centre (MaGIC).

His main areas of expertise and interest are strategic policies, economics and international trade and relations. During his free time, Abu Bakar loves to engage in recreational activities and sports.

YBHG. PROFESSOR DATO’ DR HALIMAH BADIOZE ZAMAN F.A.SC

Non-Executive Independent Director

She was appointed onto the Board of Directors of Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC) effective 5 April 2019.

Dato’ Dr Halimah has served in various capacities and roles at Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) for 39 years, which includes being one of the founding members of the Faculty of Information Science and Technology as well as a founder of the ICT niche at UKM. Currently, she is a Founding Director of the first centre of excellence in Computer Science at UKM, called Institute of Visual Informatics.

Over the years, Dato’ Dr Halimah has played a key role in multiple collaborations with industry leaders. It is through these collaborations that she’s able to receive multiple accolades for inventions and innovations at both national and international levels.

YBRS. LEE CHIN CHEH

Non-Executive Independent Director

YBrs. Lee Chin Cheh was appointed to the Board on August 6, 2020.

His passion for law saw him worked his way as he earned his law degree before starting his own firm in 1997. His prowess in the legal arena and the trust gained from clients has seen him established himself firmly in the corporate world being a legal advisor and director at many private and public companies based in Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Australia and Germany over the past 23 years.

 

He has advised and completed various cross border mergers and acquisitions in multiple fields. Lee began his political foray in 1997 and made strong inroads in his political career, first being named a council member with Majlis Bandaraya Petaling Jaya (MBPJ) and later becoming a state assemblyman after winning the Kajang state seat in the 2013 general election.

Lee’s political career sees him now playing an active role in government, having held the post of Special Tasks Officer to the Minister of Housing and Local Government since 2018.

His involvement beyond politics and law extends to his services to various community based organisations over the years, either as a senior office-bearer or legal advisor. Lee received his Bachelor of Law, LLB (Hons) from the University of Wolverhampton, United Kingdom.

YBRS. ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR DR MUHAMMAD ABDULLAH BIN ZAIDEL

Non-Executive Independent Director

YBrs. Professor Dr Muhammad Abdullah Bin Zaidel was appointed to the Board on August 6, 2020.

With his extensive experience from the finance sector and in business management, was able to accelerate Sarawak’s economy and take it to greater heights. He graduated from Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (UNIMAS) with a PhD in Finance and a Masters Degree for Business Management from Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM). Since 2019, Dr. Muhammad Abdullah is an alumni of Harvard Business School, Harvard University.

 

Since 2008, Associate Professor Dr Muhammad Abdullah is a Senior Lecturer at the Faculty of Economic and Business, UNIMAS. He also spent a fair bit of time in the corporate sector as well when he was a Senior Vice President at KAF Seagroatt & Campbell Securities Sdn. Bhd. and a Vice President at CIMB Securities Sdn. Bhd.

Presently, he is a board member for the National Wage Consultative Council, Sarawak Economic Development Corporation, Land Custody Development Authority and Petroleum Sarawak Bhd.

YBRS. AIREEN OMAR

Non-Executive Independent Director

She is an Economics graduate of the London School of Economics and Political Science and holds a Masters in Economics from New York University.

YBrs. Aireen Omar was appointed to the Board on November 3, 2020. Aireen Omar is currently President (Air Asia Digital), AirAsia Group where she is responsible for its digital strategy, promoting innovation throughout the group and encouraging collaboration across AirAsia’s businesses and markets.

She oversees large, digital strategic group-wide initiatives to help transform AirAsia Group into a global, cloud and data driven, and platform company. At RedBeat Ventures, Aireen is also pivotal in incubating and growing the digital and fintech businesses such as BigLife, BigPay, Teleport, Santan, and in transforming airasia.com into more than just an airline platform.

YBRS. DR DHESI BAHA RAJA

Non-Executive Independent Director

Dr Dhesi holds a Master of Public Health and DrPH (Doctor of Public Health) and is passionate about Data Science and Artificial Intelligence.

YBrs. Dr Dhesi Baha Raja was appointed to the Board on November 3, 2020. One of his key contributions to Malaysia was i-Kelahiran, a software that organizes birth data, immunization coverage & tracks high risk pregnancies in real time. The technology was then implemented in government hospitals and clinics around Malaysia.Pursuant to winning first prize in the Global Impact Competition, he was sponsored to the Singularity University in Silicon Valley where he co-founded Artificial Intelligence in Medical Epidemiology, a software that has the capability of

identifying deadly outbreaks 3 month in advance & geo-locating them up to 400 meter radius. He was also invited by the Honorable Chancellor of Germany, Madam Angela Merkel to share his expertise on AI for Antimicrobial resistance and the use of technology to solve global grand challenges in Germany.Dr Dhesi is one of the experts that drafted the use of technology to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals for the United Nations in an expert panel meeting in New York & Geneva.

YBRS. FAROUK PETER LEE

Non-Executive Independent Director

YBrs. Farouk Peter Lee was appointed to the Board on November 3, 2020.

Farouk Peter Lee has an extensive career with global multinational companies and is currently the Asia Market General Manager for AXA Group Operations, responsible for managing the delivery of IT shared services (Infrastructure and Application) for AXA businesses across Asia. Lee is also the Chairman of AXA Group Operations Hong Kong, and an Executive Board Member of AXA Group Operations Malaysia and AXA Group Operations Philippines.

He has more than 25 years of experience leading and driving operational and IT enabled change in Insurance and Banking industry across Asia, specifically in Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Indonesia, South Korea, and China (including Hong Kong). Lee has held leadership roles in Accenture, DXC Technologies, New York Life Insurance, Zurich Insurance, MetLife, and AXA. He received his Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Electrical Engineering from Brown University, USA.

YBRS. JALEELUDEEN ABU BAKER

Non-Executive Independent Director

Jaleeludeen Abu Baker is currently Director of Legal & Administration at AHB International Berhad and was the Executive Director of Antah Holdings Berhad.

YBrs. Jaleeludeen Abu Baker was appointed to the Board on November 3, 2020. He was part of the team entrusted to undertake Antah Group’s turnaround and corporate restructuring. The task also involved addressing and rectifying the various corporate governance issues faced. He also undertook a comprehensive legal and corporate review of its investment portfolios and led dispute resolutions. He is also a Director at SAB Global, owner and manager of Axiom Learning and Child Enhancement center in Malaysia.

He has previously held leadership roles in the licensed money services business, having represented the Malaysian money-changing industry at the 2014 Mutual Evaluation Report on anti-money laundering and counter-terrorist financing measures in Malaysia. Jaleeludeen holds a Bachelor of Laws (LL.B) (Honours) from the International Islamic University, Malaysia and was admitted as an Advocate & Solicitor, High Court of Malaya in 1995. In addition, he is a Trust Officer approved by the Labuan Financial Services Authority (Labuan FSA), a licensed Company Secretary and a Committee Member of the Institute of Approved Company Secretaries (IACS).