Co-Founder and Director at Ata Plus Sdn Bhd
Elain is the Co-Founder and Director of Ata Plus, an Equity Crowdfunding platform registered and recognised by the Securities Commission Malaysia. Upbeat and optimistic, she believes nothing is impossible and that challenges are opportunities in disguise. This fuels her career in areas of management, business strategy, human resource, business development, relationship management, marketing and corporate communications. She has served notable organisations, namely Petronas, MDeC, Malaysia Debt Ventures, DiGi Telecommunications and Packet One Networks. Elain is a non-Executive Director on the board of Reservoir Link Berhad, a company listed on the ACE Market of Bursa Malaysia. She was also on the board of Western Union Payments Malaysia and was the Chairman of Western Union Internal Audit Committee from 2012-2019. On top of that, she was actively involved in the start-up community, advising entrepreneurs in funding, strategy and operations. Elain is the President of the Registered Digital Markets Association Malaysia. She is instrumental in establishing Ata Plus’ partnerships, deal screening and operations framework. In March 2019,she was presented the BERG 2019 Women Icons Malaysia for her contribution, achievements and leadership in Fintech. Recently, she was recognized by Digital News Asia, a leading independent news portal, as one of the 2020/2021 Batch of Digerati50 for being bold, brave and inspirational in pursuing her passion and pushing the boundaries of Digital Economy in Malaysia. Elain graduated from the London School of Economics with a BSc in Actuarial Science and MSc in Operational Research.
Lecturer at International Islamic University Malaysia
Murni Mahmud is a researcher in the field of Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) and User Experience (UX). She specialises in interaction design evaluation methods, value-based design, usability and accessibility of website user interfaces. She has also explored a range of research areas namely electronic government and mobile government, virtual reality and neurofeedback. She was also awarded with several research grants for Islamic website evaluation, e-government portal evaluation, museum evaluation, virtual reality, children websites, learning HCI in the Malaysian context and mobile interactive Arabic poetry programme for pedagogical purposes.
Murni is an Associate Professor at the Kulliyyah of Information and Communication Technology (KICT), International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM). She leads the Perceptive and Sentiment Computing research group at KICT. Currently, she is also a committee member of the Malaysian HCI and UX (myHCI-UX) – Kuala Lumpur ACM SIGCHI Chapter.
Director of Centre for Knowledge Transfer and Industrial Networking at UMT
Since 2007, I’ve specialised as a lecturer in the field of Food Microbiology and Food Safety. I have vast experience in teaching, research and innovation. I led community projects, namely Empower ECER, an academic programme for B40 children for Besut, Setiu and Akuapolitan Kuala Nerus. Currently, I am the Director of the Centre for Knowledge Transfer and Industrial Networking, UMT.
SVP Business Dev at I-Serve Fintech Group
Alan Fung is not only a seasoned, versatile and passionate ICT professional, but also a coach and mentor who possesses strong business acumen. He has consistently achieved targets contributing to organizational growth through his achievement-oriented, highly resourceful, innovative and entrepreneurial outlook. His vast professional experience in MNC, SMEs and Start-Ups of commercial, government-linked & industry association sectors have given him deep industry and organizational insights and a wide network of contacts.
Alan served PIKOM as an Honorary Secretary & Councilor in 2002 and an Honorary Treasurer in 2004. He was also nationally recognised as one of the “Top 50 IT Personalities” by Computerworld Malaysia in its Millennium issue(2000) for contribution to the local ICT industry’s development.
Senior Lecturer at Universiti Teknikal Malaysia Melaka (UTeM)
Ts. Dr. Muhammad Haziq Lim Abdullah is a senior lecturer at the Department of Interactive Media, Faculty of Information and Communication Technology, Universiti Teknikal Malaysia Melaka (UTeM). He is involved in various computing technology projects in the areas of Assistive Technology, Serious Games, Augmented Reality and Interaction Design.
Deputy Director - Center of Knowledge Transfer and Industrial Linkages at UMT
Dr. Zuha possesses 16 years of experience as a senior lecturer of Marketing for undergraduate and postgraduate studies. She currently serves as the Deputy Director- Center of Knowledge Transfer and Industrial Linkages, UMT. She holds a PhD in Business Studies from Cardiff University, Wales and an MBA from Universiti Teknologi MARA, Malaysia. Her current research interests include marketing, consumer behaviour analysis and environmental studies.
Program Executive at TD1303 SDN BHD
I am a talented, ambitious and hardworking individual with broad skills and in technology and social media as well as vast experience in leading projects.
Founding & Managing Partner at Vynn Capital
Victor is the Founding & Managing Partner of Vynn Capital. He was formally the Vice President of Investments for Gobi Partners and managed two SEA-focused early stage funds. Some of his notable investments include Carsome (Malaysia), Triip.me (Vietnam) and Travelio (Indonesia).
Prior to that he was with the largest venture capital fund in Malaysia, MAVCAP and was involved with direct and indirect investments. Previously, he served Willis Towers Watson, as an advisor on investment strategies for corporate, pension and sovereign wealth funds.
He was an honoree of the Forbes Asia 30 under 30 in 2017, Chairman of the Malaysia Venture Capital Association (MVCA) as well as a CFA charterholder and a Mensa member.
Founder & CEO at Devs Asia
Heislyc Loh is a community builder and thought leader on technology startups and entrepreneurship in Southeast Asia.
He founded StartupMamak in 2011, a community 18000 users strong for tech startup explorers, talents and founders to exchange knowledge and connections.
He is also the Managing Director of Founder Institute Malaysia, the world's premier startup launch program for talented entrepreneurs in 180 different cities.
Heislyc is currently growing Devs Asia as a platform to gather top tech talents to help businesses outsource their mobile application and software product development.
Head Angel Tax Incentive Office & Sr. Exec. Investment at Cradle Fund Sdn Bhd
Currently the head of Angel Tax Incentive Office and the senior executive of Investment (Disbursement), Hisham has amassed over 5 years of experience across administration, investment process, operations, event management, corporate planning and secretarial work. Hisham was also involved in special projects namely startup investment, technology, ICT and public services. Prior to joining Cradle, Hisham was part of iA Group which was recruited as the technology consultant for the 1GFMAS project, under the supervision of the Accountant General.
During these 5 months, he was appointed as Technology Analyst and conducted in-house training and module writing. Then, as an executive at Malaysian Business Angel Network (MBAN), Hisham successfully managed 3 annual summits attended by local angel investors, PE, Venture Capital and international investment firms. In 2018, Hisham managed the stakeholders, public-private partnership and VVIPs of ASEAN Angel Alliances (AAA) Summit, a collaboration between MBAN and Cradle. This partnership led to new opportunities, as Cradle’s senior management appointed Hisham as Angel Tax Incentive Officer, Marketing and Strategic Partnership and Investment (Grant) in 2015 onwards.
Hisham graduated with a diploma in Public Administration at MARA Technology University (first class) and Bachelor Degree in Corporate Administration (Second Upper Class). Hisham continues to uphold his passion in business development, technology R&D, startup ecosystem, public-private initiatives, event management and special projects.
Principal Coach/Trainer at e2B Consulting Sdn Bhd
A serial entrepreneur who has more than 35 years of business experience. Since graduating with a masters in Computer Science, my current business portfolio includes Fashion/Lifestyle, F&B, Training and Coaching and investment in a number of start-ups.
Vice President People at Malaysian Global Innovation & Creativity Centre
As the Vice President People of MaGIC, Farah leads the People, Culture and Talent Development department. She focuses on driving business results through the unique intersection of strategy, talent and culture. With a distinct forte in leadership, her areas of expertise include organisational innovation, culture transformation, driving organisational business goals as well as leading cross-functional business operations and optimisation.
Farah champions the Way of Work (WoW) at MaGIC, a cultural transformation initiative which serves as the guiding principle for MaGIC to promote a highly innovative, engaging, healthy and effective work culture. In addition, she is also a certified Coach and Mentor by the International Coach Federation (ICF), and has initiated a coaching and mentoring culture in MaGIC to elevate staff performance.
General Manager, Research & Innovation Development at Telekom Malaysia R&D
Keng Chee Chan serves as the General Manager of TM Research & Development (TM R&D), a wholly owned subsidiary of Telekom Malaysia Group. He leads research teams to execute various projects in advanced analytics, fixed and wireless connectivity, artificial intelligence, IoT, and digital platforms.
He has more than 20 years of experience in software product innovation across multiple industries namely telecommunication, insurance, cybersecurity, consumer analytics, and automotive. He holds an MBA from University of Strathclyde, UK, a Master’s Degree in Computer Science, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Illinois Institute of Technology, USA.
He started his career in 1997 as a software engineer in General Motors, where he worked on digitizing electromotives using embedded computers. He later moved to Motorola where he spent several years in developing OSS systems for the telecommunication industry. He then assumed roles in F-Secure as Program Manager, Experian as Head of Product Development, Manulife as Head of Strategy and Innovation, before assuming his current role In TM R&D.
Assistant Manager, Investment at Cradle Fund Sdn Bhd
Muzakkir Mohamad joined Cradle Fund Sdn Bhd (Cradle) in August 2019 and is an analyst for Cradle’s CIP funding programmes. He actively works with the investment team in many aspects of the grant programmes from applications screening, due diligence process & portfolio management. Within one year with Cradle, he has evaluated hundreds of companies/startups through its grant programmes.
Prior to joining Cradle, he worked as a Research Analyst at Astro Overseas Limited, an investment holding arm of Astro Malaysia Holdings Berhad. He has significant experience in market research and portfolio management for companies in technology, media and entertainment industry; mainly for India, Australia and Malaysia regions. He also has some experience working in startup companies (Goget and Tripda)
Muzakkir holds a bachelor degree in Electrical Engineering with Minor in Sustainable Engineering from University of Toronto (Uoft), Canada.
Senior Executive PR & Comms at Malaysia Debt Ventures Berhad
Leen Bakar is a seasoned player in the industry: conducting market, industry and technology assessments of tech companies in the Biz Tech and advisory services unit. She currently serves as the Senior Executive in PR & Comms at Malaysia Debt Ventures Berhad, wielding verbal and visual magic to targeted audiences.
Leen has 20+ years of work experience in F&B, IT & Telco, regulatory and finance. She has both an LLB and MBA but more importantly, sings in a choir.
Sr. Investment Manager at Cradle Fund Sdn Bhd
Eizzar Supiar or Jai has been part of Cradle since 2012. He is a senior officer with over 15 years of experience in business finance, financial forecasting & budgeting, and auditing. He was previously in-charge of the Group’s Angel Tax Incentive Initiative (ATIO) where he was responsible to stimulate and encourage angel investments from the private sector into technology-based start-ups companies in Malaysia by providing a funding avenue that would allow them to grow.
During his time with Cradle, he assumed a key role in the Strategic Partnership Unit in managing and driving collaborations between Cradle and other organisations that support the development of local technology-based start-ups.
Jai has diverse knowledge in the corporate and start-up scene and has played a significant role in evaluating and recommending a number of Cradle’s CIP500, CIP300, DEQ800 applications and Cradle’s newly launched grant product – CIP Ignite and CIP Accelerate. He has a Bachelor's Degree of Accounting (Hons) from Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM).
Jai is currently a Senior Manager of Investment and continues playing a pivotal role in helping local technology-based entrepreneurs and start-ups achieve success.
Strategy & Venture Development Manager at Cradle Fund Sdn Bhd
Adam has been involved in entrepreneurship and start-ups and has been on both sides of the fence, he has developed an in-depth understanding on Malaysia’s start-up and SME scene. His passion is Nation building through entrepreneurship where he hopes to contribute towards developing a more conducive environment for entrepreneurs to drive their innovation towards commercial success.
Principal Researcher at Telekom R&D Sdn. Bhd.
Mr. Chun-Yeow Yeoh was born in Georgetown, Penang. He graduated with a first class honours in B.Eng Electrical Electronic in 2001 and a M.Sc degree in Electrical Engineering in 2003 from the Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, Johor, Malaysia. He is currently Principal Researcher at Telekom R&D Sdn. Bhd., a wholly owned subsidiary of Telekom Malaysia.
He has previously worked with Cozybit inc. in San Francisco Bay Area as staff engineer on 802.11s mesh networking and has contributed patches to Linux kernel. His research interests include the MAC layer of wireless communication technologies on WiFi and LTE, embedded system, software-hardware co-design and Linux system. He was appointed as TM R&D delegate to 3GPP LTE/5G standardization group and has constantly contributed technical written documents to RAN2/RAN3 Technical Specification Group (TSG). He is a registered member of Board of Engineer Malaysia and also a member of 5G WG under Malaysian Technical Standard Forum Berhad (MTSFB), contributing towards the 5G Systeam and Architecture Specification. He received the best paper award in IEEE ICIT, Shenzhen, China in 2007 and outstanding paper award in IEEE ICACT 2018, South Korea.
Currently, he is the technical lead of TM R&D Open Innovation Platform (OIP), a multi-layer digital infrastructure serving as a data brokerage system, an API aggregation platform and an e2e IOT platform for rapid deployment of smart services.
Co-Founder E3Hubs Sdn Bhd
Andrew Wong is the author of the book, "Psyschpreneurship - Staying Sane Amidst Entrepreneurship Chaos" and is the co-Founder of E3Hubs. He has more than 15 years of business incubation experience, having started more than 20 incubators and startups hubs in South East Asia; and have worked with more than 5000 entrepreneurs and innovators, guiding them from startup ideas to business growth. He is passionate about entrepreneurship and in his latest venture project, E3Hubs, which he co-founded, he seeks to expound his vision of empowering 1,000,000 entrepreneurs through 1000 Entrepreneurs Hubs by 2030.
Manager, CEO's Office at MIGHT
Ahmad Razif (Razif) is currently a Manager in the CEO's office and heading several program especially Newton-Ungku Omar Fund (NUOF), Multilateral Collaboration with Muslim Majority Countries, and Industry engagement & cluster program. He has a Master of Technology and Innovation Management from UTM and currently pursuing his PhD with Heriot Watt University.
CEO at Kumoten
Founded Kumoten in 2014. Graduated in Bachelor in Computer Science Universiti Putra Malaysia, comes with at least 15 years of managerial experience in sales, marketing and retail with multinational brands such as Sharp, Energizer, and Carrefour. Started Digital Marketing agency Shirosaru prior to Kumoten and managed Google and Facebook marketing for major real estate developer and insurance company.
CEO / Founder at Adventoro Travel Technologies Sdn Bhd
Ken has been involved in the startup / online industry for close to 10 years with Zalora, MYSALE, MaGIC and he is operating his own startup now Adventoro Travel (https://adventoro.com/). He has been involved as a judge / mentor with various platforms such as MaGIC, SiTEC, Watch Tower & Friends and many more. His area of specialization is e-commerce and business models.
Associate Professor at Universiti Teknologi Malaysia
Masitah Ghazali is an Associate Professor at the School of Computing, a member of VicubeLab Research Group, and an IT Associate Fellow at UTM Digital Department at Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM). She is one of the founding members of ACM Kuala Lumpur Chapter and currently holds the chair position.
Senior Manager at MaGIC
Rajen has experience in digital transformation and business development which spans over 20 years. In his current role at MaGIC, he bridges corporates and startups on open innovation platforms and curates corporate innovation programmes. He leads the Partnership Department at MaGIC which develops programmes for startups to scale their business by connecting and leveraging on the innovation ecosystem.
Managing Partner at ScaleUp Accelerator Sdn Bhd
Experienced Vice President Of Investment with a demonstrated history of working in the investment management industry. Strong accounting professional skilled in Government, Customer Relationship Management (CRM), Management, Account Management, and Risk Management.
Senior Lecturer at UTM
Dr. Haliyana holds a Phd in Computing, with specialization in Human Computer Interaction. My research interests lies within the topic of user experience in business information systems including in digital marketing, health informatics and product innovation.