MEET THE TEAM
The Board of Directors is further supported by our Senior Leadership Team, 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.
  • SURINA SHUKRI
    Chief Executive Officer
  • DATO’ NG WAN PENG
    Chief Operating Officer
  • NOR FAIZAH OTHMAN
    Chief Financial Officer

    Vice President, Finance & Corporate Services
  • DATO’ FADZLI SHAH
    Chief Strategy Officer
  • RAYMOND SIVA
    Chief Marketing Officer
  • ABDUL MALICK ABOOBAKAR
    Chief Information Officer
  • GOPI GANESALINGAM
    Global Growth Acceleration
  • NORHIZAM ABDUL KADIR
    Fintech & Islamic Digital Economy
  • DR. SUMITRA NAIR
    Digital Talent Development
  • HASNUL HADI SAMSUDIN
    Digital Creative Content
  • HEW WEE CHOONG
    Investment Development
  • NORDARZY RAZAK
    Digital Inclusion
  • SONG HOCK KOON
    eCommerce
  • IR. DR KARL NG KAH HOU
    Data Ecosystem Development
  • IR. WAN MURDANI WAN MOHAMAD
    Digital Infrastructure & Services
  • SUZANA NAWARDIN
    Human Capital
  • NIK AMALINA NIK ZAKARIA
    MSC Business Services
  • MUHUNDHAN KAMARAPULLAI
    Business Digital Adoption
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.
 
 
DATUK WIRA DR HJ. RAIS HUSSIN MOHAMED ARIFF
Chairman of Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC)
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).
 
YBRS. PN. AFIDAH AZWA BINTI ABDUL AZIZ
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 to the Board of Directors of the 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).
 
 
 
PROFESSOR DATO’ DR HALIMAH BADIOZE ZAMAN F.A.SC
Non-Executive Independent Director  
Professor Dato’ Dr Halimah Badioze Zaman F.A.Sc was appointed to the Board of Directors of the 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. MOHD YUZAIDI MOHD YUSOFF
Non-Executive Independent Director  
YBrs. Mohd Yuzaidi Mohd Yusoff was appointed to the Board of Directors of the Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC) on April 5, 2019. Yuzaidi has more than 25 years of consulting and entrepreneurial experience in Asia, with experience in various trades across a diversified portfolio of companies and industries. An alumnus of Accenture, Yuzaidi is the founder of Clear Minds Sdn. Bhd., a boutique consulting firm. He has also served as a nominee director for a couple of Perbadanan Nasional Berhad (PNS) invested companies and was the Group Chief Strategy and Corporate Governance Officer for PST Ventures Sdn Bhd.

Yuzaidi is the Chairman of the Muslim Professionals Forum (MPF), a group founded to foster intellectual engagement and dialogue on issues that touch on Islamic beliefs, practices, culture, social and thought. On July 1, 2019, he was appointed as an Independent Non-Executive Director of Bank Islam. He also serves as a Board of Trustee for PADU Corporation, the performance and delivery unit of the education blueprint in the Ministry of Education.
 
 
 
LEE CHIN CHEH
Non-Executive Independent Director  
Lee Chin Cheh was appointed to the Board of Directors of the Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC) 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.
 
ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR DR MUHAMMAD ABDULLAH BIN ZAIDEL
Non-Executive Independent Director  
Professor Dr Muhammad Abdullah Bin Zaidel was appointed to the Board of Directors of the Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC) 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.
 
 
 
YBHG. DATO’ SURIANI BINTI DATO’ AHMAD
Secretary General at the Ministry of Communications and Multimedia  
YBhg. Dato’ Suriani Binti Dato’ Ahmad was appointed to the Board of Directors of the Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC) on 26 August 2019. Prior to her appointment to the MDEC Board of Directors, Dato’ Suriani has held key positions in various governmental agencies such as being the Director of the National Institute of Public Administration (INTAN), being the Secretary General of the Ministry of Communications and Multimedia Malaysia (KKMM), holding the post of Director at the Ministry of International Trade and Industry, as well as being the Secretary General for the Ministry of Women, Family and Community Development (KPWKM).

Dato’ Suriani’s excellent contributions has also won her several awards throughout her career. She was also awarded the “Darjah Ahli Mahkota Perlis” (AMP) in 2006 and the “Darjah Seri Sirajuddin Perlis” (DSSP) in 2012 by the Raja of Perlis. In 2015, she was conferred with the “Darjah Indera Mahkota Pahang” (DIMP) by the Sultan of Pahang.

WE LEAD MALAYSIA’S DIGITAL ECONOMY

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.

WHAT WE DO

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.

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

Meet the industry professionals entrusted to guide MDEC through the complex and fluid Digital Economy.

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Senior Leadership Team

Get to know the Senior Leadership Team who are stewarding Malaysia’s Digital Economy initiatives and supporting the Board of Directors for MDEC to deliver on its mandate.

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DOTS & DASHES
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.

SO WHAT IS THE
DIGITAL ECONOMY?
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

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

Find out how your business can stay competitive through Digital Enablers

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