The Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC) announced today the transformative appointments of four respected industry trailblazers to its Board of Directors, highlighting its commitment to intensify efforts to reinvent the nation’s digital economy in the era of 4IR, and towards the vision of Malaysia 5.0.
These game changing appointments will also recalibrate and bolster the board’s breadth of expertise to critical digital technologies such as Data & AI, Digital Transformation and Entrepreneurship, and Governance.
“My mission is to recalibrate and diversify the composition of our board to strengthen MDEC’s mission to bring the benefits of digital technologies and solutions to all levels of Malaysian society. Assembling this incredible breadth of industry trailblazers to serve on our board will strengthen the depth and breadth of our expertise to benefit rural and urban needs, while accelerating our positioning as the ‘Heart of Digital Asean’,” said Dr Rais Hussin, Chairman, MDEC.
“The globally-recognised track record of these accomplished leaders provides MDEC and all of our stakeholders with deep sector expertise, high performance leadership and effective governance. The new board members will also empower our efforts to harness opportunities in the next normal, benefitting MSMEs, gig workers, MNCs and the public sector alike.”
The four new members will complement the seven current board members, working alongside MDEC’s CEO, Surina Shukri, and experienced management team to spearhead the agency’s goal to reinvent its approach towards growth of digitally-skilled Malaysians, digitally-powered businesses and digital investments to achieve the Shared Prosperity 2030 agenda.
- 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.
- Dr Dhesi Baha 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.
- 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.
- Jaleeludeen Abu Baker is currently Director of Legal & Administration at AHB International Bhd 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.
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