MDEC
OPERATING COUNCIL

MEET THE TEAM

The Board of Directors is further supported by our MDEC Operating Council, led by Mahadhir Aziz . 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.

MAHADHIR AZIZ

Chief Executive Officer

He currently chairs several strategic committees focusing on the development of Malaysia’s future tech ecosystems and regulations including the National Regulatory Sandbox (NRS) Advisory Panel.

MAHADHIR AZIZ

Chief Executive Officer

He currently chairs several strategic committees focusing on the development of Malaysia’s future tech ecosystems and regulations including the National Regulatory Sandbox (NRS) Advisory Panel.

A recognised industry leader, Mahadhir has a proven track record of over 20 years in various industries including Financial Services, Energy (Oil and Gas), Information Technology and Media, serving established global and local organisations such as Deloitte Consulting, Kodak, PETRONAS and AmInvestment Bank.

He was previously the co-founder and CEO of Futurise since its establishment in 2017, an agency under the Ministry of Finance mandated to drive the National Regulatory Sandbox (NRS) and a wholly owned subsidiary of Cyberview. In March 2020, Mahadhir was also handpicked to be part of the founding team at the National Economic Implementation and Strategic Coordination Agency (LAKSANA) under the Ministry of Finance.

Appointed the General Manager at Cyberview in 2015, he was instrumental in formulating the development of the Cyberjaya Global Technology Hub Blueprint and its implementation. Amongst the notable digital and tech transformation projects in which he successfully launched was the establishment of the City Innovation Council to manage Smart City implementation including the Cashless Cyberjaya programme.

He currently chairs several strategic committees focusing on the development of Malaysia’s future tech ecosystems and regulations including the National Regulatory Sandbox (NRS) Advisory Panel.  Mahadhir has also served on various committees such as the United Nations Technology Innovation Labs Advisory

Panel and the Malaysian Industry4WRD Regulatory Panel at the Ministry of International Trade & Industry (MITI).

On the global stage, Mahadhir has represented Malaysia at the Krasnoyarsk Economic Forum (2015 – a World Economic Forum branch of Russian Federation), Smart City Expo World Congress (2016-2018) in Barcelona (where he was acknowledged as among the global thought leaders in smart city initiatives), Global Transformation Forum (2017) and United Nations World Urban Forum (2018) which subsequently led to him being invited as a panel member of the United Nations Technology Innovation Labs.

Mahadhir is passionate about developing communities and society in general. He has contributed pro-bono work for the Project Management Institute (PMI) where he was the Content Reviewer and Contributor for the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK), which is the guide used for all PMI-certified project managers (Project Management Professional – PMP) globally.

He is an active participant in the Malaysian education system at both the university and secondary school programs ranging from volunteer work to arts and STEM. Mahadhir holds a B.Sc. Computer Science from Lakehead University with a Minor in Business and is registered with the Malaysia Board of Technologists (MBOT).

He currently chairs several strategic committees focusing on the development of Malaysia’s future tech ecosystems and regulations including the National Regulatory Sandbox (NRS) Advisory Panel. Mahadhir has also served on various committees such as the United Nations Technology Innovation Labs Advisory Panel and the Malaysian Industry4WRD Regulatory Panel at the Ministry of International Trade & Industry (MITI).

On the global stage, Mahadhir has represented Malaysia at the Krasnoyarsk Economic Forum (2015 – a World Economic Forum branch of Russian Federation), Smart City Expo World Congress (2016-2018) in Barcelona (where he was acknowledged as among the global thought leaders in smart city initiatives), Global Transformation Forum (2017) and United Nations World Urban Forum (2018) which subsequently led to him being invited as a panel member of the United Nations Technology Innovation Labs.

Mahadhir is passionate about developing communities and society in general. He has contributed pro-bono work for the Project Management Institute (PMI) where he was the Content Reviewer and Contributor for the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK), which is the guide used for all PMI-certified project managers (Project Management Professional – PMP) globally. He is an active participant in the Malaysian education system at both the university and secondary school programs ranging from volunteer work to arts and STEM. Mahadhir holds a B.Sc. Computer Science from Lakehead University with a Minor in Business and is registered with the Malaysia Board of Technologists (MBOT).

DATUK FADZLI ABDUL WAHIT

Strategy

Prior to joining MDEC, Datuk Fadzli was the Partner/Executive Director for the Management Consulting Practice of KPMG Business Advisory (Head of Government Sector), KPMG Malaysia.

Datuk Fadzli Abdul Wahit is currently the Chief Strategy Officerof MDEC. Prior to joining MDEC, Datuk Fadzli was the Partner/Executive Director for the Management Consulting Practice of KPMG Business Advisory (Head of Government Sector), KPMG Malaysia.

Datuk Fadzli has over 30 years’ experience in advising government and semi-government clients in Malaysia, and his main areas of specialisation are in Policy Development, Economic & Feasibility Study, Strategy Planning & Advisory, Corporate Restructuring and Corporatisation & Privatisation of public utilities industries. His breadth of expertise has helped various stakeholders and partnership between government sectors and large corporations. He has also led several successful projects relating to Information Technology, Project Management, Strategy & Business Process and Human Resources.
Datuk Fadzli’s past professional experience includes stints at Coopers & Lybrand Management Consulting, Arthur Andersen Business Consulting, RHB Sakura Merchant Bank & MIMOS Berhad. In 2014, Datuk Fadzli was an appointed Board Member of Lembaga Hasil Dalam Negeri Malaysia (LHDN)/Inland Revenue Board (IRB), for a tenure of 2 terms (4 years) and he is also an Adjunct Professor to DRB Hi-Com University, where he actively assisted the Tertiary Institute through seminars and lectures on areas of strategic & operational management.

Datuk Fadzli received his education both in Malaysia and United Kingdom. He began his tertiary education at MARA Institute of Technology (ITM) in Accountancy. He then pursued his education at the University of Aberdeen, Scotland, where he successfully completed both his Degree & Masters in Accounting.

Datuk Fadzli’s past professional experience includes stints at Coopers & Lybrand Management Consulting, Arthur Andersen Business Consulting, RHB Sakura Merchant Bank & MIMOS Berhad. In 2014, Datuk Fadzli was an appointed Board Member of Lembaga Hasil Dalam Negeri Malaysia (LHDN)/Inland Revenue Board (IRB), for a tenure of 2 terms (4 years) and he is also an Adjunct Professor to DRB Hi-Com University, where he actively assisted the Tertiary Institute through seminars and lectures on areas of strategic & operational management.

Datuk Fadzli received his education both in Malaysia and United Kingdom. He began his tertiary education at MARA Institute of Technology (ITM) in Accountancy. He then pursued his education at the University of Aberdeen, Scotland, where he successfully completed both his Degree & Masters in Accounting.

RAYMOND SIVA

Investment and Brand

He is a sought after Reputation and Influence Strategist for international brands, local conglomerates and CEOs.

Mr. Raymond Siva has more than 23 years of experience in journalism, strategic marketing and crisis and issues response. He is a sought after Reputation and Influence Strategist for international brands, local conglomerates and CEOs. He has conducted over 100 spokesperson and crisis training, messaging workshops and talks in Malaysia, Indonesia and Singapore.

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 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.

AIZA AZREEN AHMAD

Adoption

She worked across multiple industries in strategy development and execution of large-scale business transformation.

Ms. Aiza Azreen Ahmad is MDEC’s Chief Digital Business Officer (CDBO) and brings well over 20 years’ worth of experience and expertise, to further strengthen MDEC’s resolve in leading Malaysia’s digital economy forward. In her position, she oversees and steers the Digital Adoption Ecosystem in E-Commerce, Business Digital Adoption, Data Ecosystem Development and DigitalInfrastructure and is also accountable to identify external innovation opportunities, aiming to expand and execute on new commercial strategies in MDEC, while building its corporate business and innovation arms.

Aiza’s career spans twenty years with a starting point in investment and corporate advisory, before she progresses to leadership positions including C-Suites in international and regional companies in the areas of fintech, telecommunication, banking and financial services, conglomerates (plantation, motor, industrial and property businesses), media and communications, management

Her notable accomplishments include pioneering Malaysia’s cashless ecosystem for a regional company, innovated business models of organisations she worked at for digital readiness which included Islamic banks and the largest integrated media company in Malaysia, created a new growth pillar with emerging technology to convert wastes into high-value products, led transformation in both local and international corporations and led various M&A deals in Australia, where she called home for many years. A technology evangelist, Aiza provides advice, at times pro bono, to ministries, government agencies, GLCs, SMEs and regional start-ups on “go to market” strategy, frontier technologies, digital transformation and other operational aspects suited to her expertise. As a leading expert with a strong global and regional collaboration network, Aiza is often invited to deliver keynote address and expert views on topics of Fintech, Digital Economy, Frontier Technology, IR 4.0, Transformation, and Diversity at local and international thought leadership events.

Aiza’s career spans twenty years with a starting point in investment and corporate advisory, before she progresses to leadership positions including C-Suites in international and regional companies in the areas of fintech, telecommunication, banking and financial services, conglomerates (plantation, motor, industrial and property businesses), media and communications, management


Her notable accomplishments include pioneering Malaysia’s cashless ecosystem for a regional company, innovated business models of organisations she worked at for digital readiness which included Islamic banks and the largest integrated media company in Malaysia, created a new growth pillar with emerging technology to convert wastes into high-value products, led transformation in both local and international corporations and led various M&A deals in Australia, where she called home for many years. A technology evangelist, Aiza provides advice, at times pro bono, to ministries, government agencies, GLCs, SMEs and regional start-ups on “go to market” strategy, frontier technologies, digital transformation and other operational aspects suited to her expertise.


As a leading expert with a strong global and regional collaboration network, Aiza is often invited to deliver keynote address and expert views on topics of Fintech, Digital Economy, Frontier Technology, IR 4.0, Transformation, and Diversity at local and international thought leadership events.

Richard Loh

Digital MDEC

Prior to his appointment at MDEC, he was serving at AXA Partners (Asia Region) as its Chief Information Officer.

Mr. Richard Loh Tian Hu was appointed as Chief Innovation and Technology Officer of MDEC on August 6, 2021. He has more than 24 years of experience in AI, data and information technology.

He began his career in 1997 at Siemens Malaysia, eventually rising to become the Chief Information Officer at Nokia Siemens Networks in 2006. He also served as the Chief Information Officer of AIG Insurance Malaysia as well as Country Head of IT Services at Zurich Insurance Malaysia.

Prior to his appointment at MDEC, he was serving at AXA Partners (Asia Region) as its Chief Information Officer. He is responsible for leading and developing MDEC’s Digital Information Technology Strategy, Plan and Transformation. He is also tasked to review, reorganise and integrate MDEC’s technology functions and infrastructures to maximise MDEC’s capabilities and ensure that they are aligned to provide high quality digital innovations and technology services that are dynamic and responsive to both internal and external customers.

Prior to his appointment at MDEC, he was serving at AXA Partners (Asia Region) as its Chief Information Officer. He is responsible for leading and developing MDEC’s Digital Information Technology Strategy, Plan and Transformation. He is also tasked to review, reorganise and integrate MDEC’s technology functions and infrastructures to maximise MDEC’s capabilities and ensure that they are aligned to provide high quality digital innovations and technology services that are dynamic and responsive to both internal and external customers.

DR SUMITRA NAIR

Skills & Jobs

Her key mandate is to ensure that Malaysian youth are equipped with the necessary digital competencies for the future workforce.

Dr. Sumitra is Senior Vice President and Head of Digital Skills and Jobs at Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation. Her mandate is to lead MDEC’s digital talent development and inclusion strategies in ways that empower Malaysians to take advantage of digital technologies for career and income opportunities.

To date, her work has impacted more than 2 million Malaysians. In her prior role at MDEC, Sumitra also initiated and led a national initiative to empower small and youth businesses with digital marketing skills, benefitting more than 300,000 microbusinesses in Malaysia.

Her past roles include holding leadership and advisory position in corporate responsibility and sustainability portfolios at DiGi Telecommunications and Telenor ASA. Sumitra holds a PhD in Business Economics from Monash University Malaysia, a Graduate Diploma in Accounting and Finance from the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants, an Executive Management Certificate in International Marketing from INSEAD University, as well as a Bachelor of Economics with Honours from University Malaya. Her most important role is being a mother to two digital natives.

Her past roles include holding leadership and advisory position in corporate responsibility and sustainability portfolios at DiGi Telecommunications and Telenor ASA. Sumitra holds a PhD in Business Economics from Monash University Malaysia, a Graduate Diploma in Accounting and Finance from the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants, an Executive Management Certificate in International Marketing from INSEAD University, as well as a Bachelor of Economics with Honours from University Malaya. Her most important role is being a mother to two digital natives.

GOPI GANESALINGAM

Industry

Gopi has worked in brand names like Matsushita, American Express International, Lucent Technologies, Telstra Australia, Salesforce.com and Google.

Mr. Gopi Ganesalingam is a finance professional and an entrepreneur who has served in executive and board positions in the Asia Pacific region for the last 30 years. Gopi has worked in brand names like Matsushita, American Express International, Lucent Technologies, Telstra Australia, Duetsche Telecoms Consulting and as go-to-market partners for salesforce.com and Google (via the company he founded, LAVA Protocols). Gopi is now the Senior Vice President of Tech Ecosystem & Globalisation (TEG) at Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC), the government agency tasked with championing and leading Malaysia’s Digital Economy.

At MDEC, Gopi is at the forefront of championing talented tech entrepreneurs and disruptors whilst

growing and connecting the local tech ecosystem to be globally visible and competitive – powering the tech companies and the entrepreneurs to actualize their business vision. Gopi has always been passionate about developing Malaysia’s nascent Digital Economy towards achieving sustainable and inclusive socioeconomic development. His end goal is to connect and propel the global digital economies via government intervention, corporate partnerships/innovation, aligning investors/funders, government and business chambers, all of which will link global tech economies. Gopi currently serves as Independent Board Director with MCIS Life (Insurance) and as Trustee and Board Director of Junior Achievement Worldwide, Malaysian chapter.

At MDEC, Gopi is at the forefront of championing talented tech entrepreneurs and disruptors whilst growing and connecting the local tech ecosystem to be globally visible and competitive – powering the tech companies and the entrepreneurs to actualize their business vision. Gopi has always been passionate about developing Malaysia’s nascent Digital Economy towards achieving sustainable and inclusive socioeconomic development. His end goal is to connect and propel the global digital economies via government intervention, corporate partnerships/innovation, aligning investors/funders, government and business chambers, all of which will link global tech economies. Gopi currently serves as Independent Board Director with MCIS Life (Insurance) and as Trustee and Board Director of Junior Achievement Worldwide, Malaysian chapter.

NORA JUNITA HUSAINI

Finance

Nora Junita is a Fellow Chartered Accountant with the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.

Ms. Nora Junita Hussaini is MDEC’s Chief Financial Officer (CFO) and brings with her over two decades of experience and expertise, to further strengthen MDEC’s resolve in leading Malaysia’s digital economy forward.

She has led finance, strategy, supply chain management and multiple other corporate functions at organisations such as webe digital sdn bhd (unifi mobile), under Telekom Malaysia Berhad; Packet One Networks Malaysia Sdn Bhd, under Green Packet Berhad and Robi Axiata Limited (Bangladesh), under Axiata Group Berhad. Her extensive experience also includes M&A, business turnaround and change management, especially in telecommunications and digital services.

Nora Junita graduated with honours from the London School of Economics and Political Science with a Bachelor of Science in Economics. She is a Fellow Chartered Accountant (FCA) and Business and Finance Professional (BFP) with the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales and a member of the Malaysian Institute of Accountants. She also has Board of Directors experience with private limited and public listed companies and is a member of the Institute of Corporate Directors Malaysia (ICDM) and Lead Women.

Nora Junita graduated with honours from the London School of Economics and Political Science with a Bachelor of Science in Economics. She is a Fellow Chartered Accountant (FCA) and Business and Finance Professional (BFP) with the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales and a member of the Malaysian Institute of Accountants. She also has Board of Directors experience with private limited and public listed companies and is a member of the Institute of Corporate Directors Malaysia (ICDM) and Lead Women.