The Board of Directors is further supported by our MDEC Operating Council, led by Surina Shukri. They bring a wealth of industry experience and knowledge in their respective fields, and are collectively responsible for implementing and delivering our strategic industry development and digital transformation objectives.


Chief Executive Officer

Digital Investments

Investment and Brand

Digitally Powered Businesses


Digitally Powered Businesses


Digitally Skilled Malaysians

Skills & Jobs

Governance & Controls

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.
Chairman of Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC)
YBhg. Dr Rais Hussin is an avid strategist, perennial wordsmith, social engineer, serial entrepreneur and serious policy intellectual. He is also the President and CEO of EMIR Research that specialises in data driven research on any given national or international issues. He has more than 23 years corporate experience in leading and managing local and global telecommunications, technologies and IT companies.

He has been actively promoting inbound investment, technology and execution for high-tech high value projects in Malaysia and the exciting growth markets of the ASEAN economic zone. Among the issues that fascinates him are those related to disruptive change, big data, the wide use of apps driven economy, algorithms and artificial intelligence. Straddling between science, strategy, communications, and policy advice, Dr Rais has sought to convince governments to adopt a private public partnerships as advocated by World Bank, to resolve any market break down or conundrums.

Dr Rais Hussin received his Bachelors in Economics (Hons), Masters in Management and Doctorate in Business Administration from the International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM).
YBhg. Dato’ Sri Haji Mohammad bin Mentek
Secretary General at the Ministry of Communications and Multimedia
YBhg. Dato’ Sri Haji Mohammad bin Mentek was appointed to the Board on 25 November 2020. YBhg Dato’ Sri 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 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’ Sri 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).
Deputy Undersecretary For The Investment Evaluation Section In The Strategic Investment Divison Of The Ministry Of Finance
YBrs. Pn. Afidah Azwa Binti Abdul Aziz was appointed on the Board of Directors of Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC), effective 16 October 2018. She was appointed as PUNB Board member effective 19 November 2015. She served as the alternate Board member since 2013, and currently she is the Deputy Undersecretary for the Investment Evaluation Section in the Strategic Investment Division of the Ministry of Finance since August, 2017. She is also a TEKUN Nasional Board Member, which she has been a part of since 15 October 2015.

Puan Afidah began her career in the banking industry in 2000 after graduating from the International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM) with a Bachelor Degree in Economics in 1999. In 2009, she graduated with a Master’s in Development Economics from University Putra Malaysia (UPM).
Non-Executive Independent Director  
YBhg. Professor Dato’ Dr Halimah Badioze Zaman F.A.Sc 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.
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.
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.
Non-Executive Independent Director
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 into more than just an airline platform.

She is an Economics graduate of the London School of Economics and Political Science and holds a Masters in Economics from New York University.
Non-Executive Independent Director
YBrs. Dr Dhesi Baha Raja was appointed to the Board on November 3, 2020. Dr Dhesi holds a Master of Public Health and DrPH (Doctor of Public Health) and is passionate about Data Science and Artificial Intelligence. 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.
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.
Non-Executive Independent Director
YBrs. Jaleeludeen Abu Baker was appointed to the Board on November 3, 2020. Jaleeludeen Abu Baker is currently Director of Legal & Administration at AHB International Berhad and was the Executive Director of Antah Holdings Berhad. 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).


MDEC was established in 1996 as the lead agency to implement the MSC Malaysia initiative. Today, we are an agency under the Ministry of Communications and Multimedia Malaysia (KKMM) with a close to 25-year track-record of successfully leading the ICT and digital economy growth in Malaysia. Malaysia’s central geographical location in ASEAN, its young & digitally-savvy population, multicultural & multilingual tapestry, easy access to capital & regional markets, ease of doing business, certainty of business operating environment and legal system, comparative value and high standard of living, makes it the natural choice to land and grow your digital business here.

MDEC’s aspiration is to firmly establish Malaysia as the Heart of Digital ASEAN, a regional digital powerhouse launching global champions to lead the Fourth Industrial Revolution, ensuring our digital economy will drive shared prosperity for all Malaysians.


We are focused on accelerating our digital economy growth, ensuring it is inclusive and rewarding for all, focused on the key drivers: empowering Malaysians with Digital Skills, enabling Digitally-Powered Businesses, and driving Digital Sector Investments.

MDEC will lead the nation into the new decade as the region’s preferred digital economy, contributing almost 20% to the country’s GDP (highest among ASEAN nations) and 30% to ASEAN internet economy.


Advancing Malaysia’s Economy by Accelerating Digital Transformation

MDEC is committed to rolling out key digital initiatives announced in MYDIGITAL through three strategic thrusts – empowering Digitally Skilled Malaysians, accelerating Digitally-Powered Businesses and attracting Digital Investments. Our vision is to create a society deeply integrated with technology centred on ensuring shared prosperity for the many and towards realising Malaysia 5.0.

Our People

Digitalising a nation’s economy requires expertise in multiple industries. We bring together innovators, thought leaders and technology advocates to lead Malaysia’s Digital Economy forward.

The core values that we live by at MDEC are:

  • We Serve The Nation

  • We Are Forward Thinkers

  • We Are Go-Getters

  • We Are Collaborators

  • We Have Fun

But at the end of the day, the Digital Economy is not just MDEC’s responsibility – it is everybody’s. Our role is to help organise and inspire, but Malaysia’s digital future lies in the hands of her people.

Our Programmes & Initiatives

Following our mandate to lead the development of the Digital Economy in Malaysia, MDEC has developed and implemented various first-mover digital initiatives and programmes that have re-shaped Malaysia as an innovative producer of digital content and services for Digital Skills (mydigitalmaker, Premier Digital Tech Institutions, e-Usahawan, GLOW) Digital Business (Malaysia Digital Hubs, GAIN, DFTZ) and Digital Investments (MSC, Global Business Services, Global Testbed Initiative).

Board of Directors

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Senior Leadership Team

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In 1844, Samuel Morse sent a series of dots and dashes from Washington, D.C., to Baltimore, Maryland, and forever changed the way our world communicated. By 1866, we had trans-Atlantic telegraph lines. In 1876 the telephone was invented. Welcome to the world’s first big Digital Transformation.

The 200 years since then has seen the birth of the Internet and the age of smartphones, bringing even bigger changes to the way we do everything – from entertainment to work to shopping and business.

Digital economy refers to activities and transactions driven by the public and private sectors as well as the citizens to produce, adopt and innovate digital technologies and services in relation to socio-economic functions for enhanced wealth creation, productivity and quality of life.

Galvanising Malaysia’s Economy
The world’s economy is now digitally driven. It is critical that Malaysia takes the lead in key areas such as digital adoption, digital entrepreneurship and innovation. Tech talent will help drive our nation’s Digital Economy forward.
  • Digital adoption
  • Digital Entrepreneurship & Innovation
  • Tech Talent Development
  • Digital Inclusivity


Our mission is to develop the nation’s Digital Economy by implementing efforts that are centred on attracting investments, building local tech champions, catalysing digital innovation ecosystems with supportive policies and propagating diversity and inclusivity.

Our Story

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The Multimedia Super Corridor

Discover how the MSC Malaysia Initiative helps advance the nation’s digital economy

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The Digital Step

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