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Past Events
WIEF IdeaLab 2016
Berjaya Times Square Hotel, Kuala Lumpur
08.00 AM – 06.00 PM
31 October – 1 November 2016
WIEF IdeaLab 2015
Parkroyal, Kuala Lumpur
08.00 AM - 05.00 PM
11 - 12 August 2015
WIEF IdeaLab 2016
Berjaya Times Square Hotel, Kuala Lumpur
08.00 AM – 06.00 PM
31 October – 1 November 2016

WIEF IdeaLab 2016 is a boutique startup conference for ASEAN startups and global investors on 31st October – 1st November 2016, at the Berjaya Times Square Hotel in Kuala Lumpur. IdeaLab 2016 focuses on startup-investor linkages and corporate-startup partnerships, and a special feature on angel investing powered by the Malaysian Business Angels Network (MBAN). IdeaLab 2016 attracts venture capital firms and angel investors coming from Malaysia, Singapore and Japan, looking at investing from USD50K – USD500K in seed to series A stage companies across ASEAN.

At the IdeaLab 2016, you can book meetings with global investors (venture capital and angels) at IdeaLab’s cosy Networking Pods, learn new ideas and get updated with startup news at the Ideation Stage, meet other startups around ASEAN at Startups Anonymous, find developers for your tech business at the Developers Den, hack business model and identity designs at the Workshops, get free consultancy by industry professionals on legal issues, negotiation skills, PR and marketing at the IdeaClinic, visit startup businesses and ecosystem players at the Startup Ecosystem Fair, take a deep dive into the world of angel investing at the MBAN Summit, and stand a chance to pitch in front of global investors at the IdeaPad Stage.



9:30 – 10:30Opening Session & MOCAfest Soundscape Pop-ups

10:30 – 11:00Ideation Stage: The Malaysian Startup Ecosystem - How Does it Actually Look Like?

11:00 – 11:30Ideation Stage: What is the Future of Equity Crowd-funding in ASEAN?

11:30 – 12:00Ideation Stage: What is Corporate Entrepreneurship Responsibility (CER) and its Prospects in ASEAN?

12:00 – 12:30MOCAfest: Interdisciplinary approach to innovative solutions (Art and Startups)

12:30 – 1:30LUNCH

1:30 – 1:45MOCAfest Soundscape Pop-ups

1:45 – 2:15MOCAfest: Creative Approach to Developing Content & Marketing

2:15 – 2:45Ideation Stage: How does Cross-border Investments Work in ASEAN?

2:45 – 3:00Tea Break

3:00 – 5:00IdeaPad Pitching


9:00 – 9:30Arrival and Networking

9:30 – 10:00MOCAfest Soundscape Pop-ups

10:00 – 10:30Workshop: Business Model Design Basics

10:30 – 11:00Workshop: Branding – Identity Design

11:00 – 11:30Startups Anonymous: Creating a Startup Culture

11:30 – 12:00Workshop: Best Practices in Market Validation

12:00 – 1:00Developers Den: Tech Developers For Startups and Where to Find Them

1:00 – 2:00LUNCH

2:15 – 2:30MOCAfest Soundscape Pop-ups

2:30 – 3:30Startups Anonymous: Building a team – The crew

3:30 – 3:45Tea Break

3:45 – 5:00IdeaPad Pitching

5:15 – 5:45Closing Session


Tan Sri Dato’ Ahmad Fuzi Haji Abdul Razak

WIEF Foundation

Tan Sri Dato’ Ahmad Fuzi Haji Abdul Razak was previously the Secretary-General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Malaysia. He joined the Malaysian Diplomatic and Administrative Service in 1972, and served in various capacities at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

He also served as Director General, Institute of Diplomacy and Foreign Relations Malaysia; Deputy Secretary General 1, Ambassador-at-Large and Malaysia’s Representative to the ASEAN High Level Task Force (HLTF) on the Drafting of the ASEAN Charter and Malaysia’s Representative to the High Level Panel (HLP) on the Drafting of the Terms of Reference of the ASEAN Human Rights Body.

Currently, he is Secretary-General of the World Islamic Economic Forum Foundation (WIEF) and Chairman of Amanahraya-Reit Managers Sdn Bhd; Seremban Engineering Berhad; Theatre Management Associates Sdn Bhd; Optima Capital Sdn Bhd; Sofgen (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd, ACE Holdings Sdn Bhd and IMAN Research Consulting Sdn Bhd.

He is also a member of the Board of Directors of Maybank Islamic Bhd; Puncak Niaga Holdings Berhad; Management Development Institute of Singapore (MDIS) Malaysia Sdn Bhd; MDIS Unicampus Malaysia Sdn Bhd; Alstar Solutions Sdn Bhd; Lejadi Medimax Sdn Bhd and WEROS Technology Sdn Bhd. He is also Advisor, Xadarcorp Sdn Bhd.

In recognition of his service to the nation, he was awarded the AMN (1979), the JSM (1999), the DSPN (1999), the DMPN (2002) the PSM (2003) and the DSLJ (Brunei Darussalam 2014).


Ebrahim Patel

TransAfrix Holdings, Republic of South Africa

Ebrahim Patel, a South African entrepreneur with a passion for business, started a number of successful ventures. He is the Chairman of TransAfrix Holdings and serves on various company boards.

He is the current National President of the Minara Chamber of Commerce, Deputy Chairperson of Business Forum SA, International Advisory Member of the World Islamic Economic Forum Foundation, Chairman of the WIEF Young Leaders Network, Trustee of the eThekweni Community Foundation and Advisory Board member of the University of KwaZulu Natal ELC.

Ebrahim serves on the KwaZulu Natal Economic Council which advises the provincial government on economic strategy and is a lead member of the KZN Halaal Hub Task Team. He is passionate about youth and entrepreneurship and is regularly asked to speak on various platforms locally and internationally.


Andrew Tan

TinkBig Venture, Malaysia

Andrew is a serial entrepreneur and Founding Partner of TinkBig Venture, where he is Venture Partner of the firm’s investment and management team.

Before TinkBig, Andrew was Chief Business Development Officer and a Financial-Services Investor at Appshack Asia. During his position at Appshack, he led investments in 7 startup deals with other venture capital companies. He was also a private-equity investor, where he regularly advised his partners on private-equity deals and fund formation. He successfully listed his company at the MESDAQ Malaysia’s Kuala Lumpur Securities Exchange where he learned the intricacies of the stock market.

He has been featured in various publications and newspapers as an outstanding entrepreneur. His previous experiences include EBay UK, TESCO, MAVCAP and CGC Malaysia.

Andrew Tan holds a Masters in Ecommerce from Queen Mary University of London.


Ashran Dato’ Ghazi

Malaysian Global Innovation & Creativity Centre (MaGIC), Malaysia

Ashran started his career in the Oil & Gas sector with Petronas (MITCO). He Previously led many organisations, serving in positions such as, Chairman of New Entrepreneurs Foundation (myNEF), Chairman of myHarapan, President of Malaysian Association of Bumiputera ICT Industry & Entrepreneurs (NEF), and Deputy Chairman of Global Innovation & Entrepreneurship Foundation (GIEF).

In addition, he also served as an Advisory Board Member to Malaysian Academy of SME & Entrepreneurship Development (MASMED), as well as a Board Member for SME Corp. Malaysia. In 2011, Ashran co-founded Joota, a social content networking site. Joota secured private investments of USD2.1 million with patent and distribution partners in the USA.

His recent initiatives include creating an accelerator for the creative sector via comics –

ComicXcel and a new ASEAN regional award for startups, the Rice Bowl Startup Awards.

Ashran was appointed as the CEO of MaGIC in May 2016. He holds a BA in Business Administration (Finance & CIS) from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, USA.


Dr Sivapalan Vivekarajah

Malaysian Business Angels Network (MBAN), Malaysia

Dr Siva, an entrepreneur and Angel Investor over the last 30 years, is the President of the Malaysian Business Angels Network (MBAN), an association that represents high net worth angel investors. He is also a member in the management committee of the Malaysian Venture Capital & Private Equity Association (MVCA).

He previously founded and was president of the Technopreneurs Association of Malaysia (TeAM). As an active Angel Investor, he has made many investments in technology companies in education, medical device, Internet based businesses and the User Experience (UX) industry.

He also serves as Chief Investor of Proficeo Ventures Sdn Bhd, an angel investment company, and is Co-Founder and Chief Evangelist of Proficeo Consultants, an entrepreneur coaching & mentoring company that has coached more than 1,000 entrepreneurs in Malaysia, over the last 8 years, including the highly successful “Coach & Grow Program” under Cradle Fund and the Ministry of Finance.

He has a PhD in Venture Capital from the University of Edinburgh in Scotland.


Garrick Lim

Crowdo, Malaysia

Garrick Lim is the Business Development Lead of Crowdo, a Fintech startup offering a full portfolio of equity crowdfunding and P2P Lending solutions. Crowdo is one of SEA’s largest and longest running crowdfunding operators with over 23,000 members with offices in Jakarta, Singapore and Kuala Lumpur.

Crowdo has been successful in facilitating the largest equity crowdfunding offer as well as the fastest target achievement of an offer in the region. It is the first P2P Lending platform to be licensed in ASEAN, by the Securities Commission of Malaysia, and the Monetary Authority of Singapore. Garrick is one of Malaysia’s equity crowdfunding industry pioneers, having successfully raised millions of capital for startups and SMEs in Malaysia.

Prior to joining Crowdo, Garrick started his career in CIMB Commercial Banking. He has vast experience in commercial lending to SMEs and corporates across various industries and was awarded the winner of the CIMB CEO Challenge in 2014. Garrick holds a Bachelor’s degree of Economics from the University of Malaya.  As a recognised thought leader within the Fintech Industry, Garrick has spoken at the SMIDEX SME Showcase 2016 by SME Corp, the MSC Malaysia Funding Awareness 2016 by MDEC, and at the ISPIM Innovation pre-conference 2016.


Henry Loke

Pitch Platforms Sdn Bhd (pitchIN), Malaysia

Over a career spaning 16 years in the banking industry, Henry Loke has gained extensive experience in credit evaluation, project financing, debt capital markets and treasury. He is passionate about early stage funding and has, to date, funded over 15 startups.

Henry started his career, at the inception of the local debt capital markets in 2000, in debt capital markets (DCM) with AmInvestment Bank. He was involved in over 20 corporate and infrastructure financing. Previously, he was Vice President of the Treasury in Citibank. His experiences include dealing with local rates, credit, G10, FX and derivatives.


Hideki Fujita

SEGNEL, Republic of Singapore

Hideki Fujita is Founder of SEGNEL Ventures, which invests in the Seed stage startups in Asia, such as Kfit, Favful, Helpr, Spotnews, SaltyCustoms, Tapway, WatchOverMe. He has over 10 years experience of investment in startups achieving notable investments in the Asian region, including Full Speed Inc., SMS Co. Ltd, and Rentracks Co. Ltd., GoGoVan, Prenetics among others.

Prior to SEGNEL, Hideki was Co-Founder of COENT Venture Partners and worked for GREE and JAFCO.


Imran Jumabhoy

B Capital Group, Republic of Singapore

Imran is part of the investment team in B Capital’s Singapore office, dealing with Southeast Asian and Indian companies. B Capital is a global venture fund, focusing on Series B investments.

Prior to working at B Capital, Imran worked for Boston Consulting Group (BCG) in the Los Angeles office. His work at BCG was primarily in corporate development, and his experience spans a range of industries including TMT, industrial goods, and financial and consumer services.

Imran holds an undergraduate degree from Cambridge University, and a Master’s degree from MIT in Finance.


Jamal Nassar

Jamal carries a diverse cultural and professional background with expertise in marketing, strategic planning, policy development, coaching and training, spread across a number of industries starting with Telecom, FMCG, to microfinance and social media.

Jamal is currently pursuing a Doctorate degree at INCEIF (2013-2017), with his thesis titled “Financing Tech Startups in Malaysia and examining the role of Islamic Finance”. He is examining the role of the startup ecosystem in accelerating growth and development while focusing on emerging financing practices and fundraising for tech startups.

Jamal delivers tailored workshops to young talent, startups and executives of multinational corporations within Southeast Asia. The workshops conducted by Jamal focus on culture hacking, entrepreneurship, personal development, youth leadership, and personal branding. He occasionally participates in local and international conferences as a participating speaker and presenter.


Jermaine Lim

AlphaCap Berhad, Malaysia

Jermaine is a graduate from the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA). Her professional experiences include assurance and corporate recovery consulting.

She co-founded a beauty services startup aiming to
empower men and women and was selected as one of the 100 Most Inspiring Real Women by Singtel & Cozycot International Women’s Day 2011.

In year 2012, She joined ECO Group Sdn Bhd, an international interior fit out company, as a Business Development Director, focusing on corporate offices remodelling services in Singapore and Johor.

Since 2015, She returned to Malaysia following her aspiration to invest more on people and businesses. She invested in Alphacap Berhad, an incubator venture capital firm with a group of angel investors from around the region. As an Incubator in Residence, she manages startups incubation programmes with the mission to build investment grade companies in ASEAN.


Jin Tan

TinkBig Venture, Malaysia

Jin Tan has experience in overseeing the creation of a handful of startups & fundraising activities. He was the Co-Founder of Appshack, which has successfully sold off.

He was also the head of IT teams in several MNC companies, and a corporate financial executive at a USA listed venture. His love for technology pushed him to start MyBrandApp, a company that offers unique mobile innovative solutions in the market.

In addition to his expertise in mobile apps, and marketing & branding strategies, Jin also serves as the CEO of iSmartPhoto & OnGraph technologies in Malaysia. Leading and managing several tech projects, won him several business entrepreneur awards in the fast-paced technology industry.

Currently, he is the Principal Partner at TinkBig Venture, a venture capital fund in Asia.


Koichi Saito

KK Fund, Republic of Singapore

Koichi Saito is Founder & General Partner of KK Fund, a venture capital fund investing in Seed stage internet and mobile startups across Southeast Asia, Hong Kong and Taiwan.

He previously worked at IMJ Investment Partners as Director and is responsible for IMJ’s investments throughout Southeast Asia. Prior to IMJ, Koichi worked at Private Equity Fund, founded by George Soros, and Mitsubishi UFJ Morgan Stanley Securities.

Koichi holds an MA degree in Business Administration from IE Business School in Spain.


Kuo-Yi Lim

Monk’s Hill Ventures, Republic of Singapore

Kuo-Yi is a founding partner at Monk’s Hill Ventures, an early-stage tech venture fund focused on Southeast Asia. Prior to that, Kuo-Yi was the CEO of Infocomm Investments, a USD200 million venture fund based in Singapore, globally investing in technology startups.

At Infocomm Investments, Kuo-Yi led investments in Twilio, Dataxu, Reebonz, Quid, Gengo, DS3 and other leading startups. Kuo-Yi has been a founder, early employee, mentor and angel investor of early-stage technology startups, spanning the USA and Asia.

Previously, he was a senior sales executive at Encentuate by IBM and Reputation Technologies by Security Sources. Kuo-Yi started his career as a strategy consultant at the Boston Consulting Group.

He holds a Bachelor’s, Master’s and doctorate degree in electrical engineering from MIT, where he did pioneering research in nanophotonics.


Kyri Andreou

Ata Plus Sdn Bhd, Malaysia

Kyri, a British national, has resided in Malaysia for over 20 years. He is an entrepreneur with extensive branding, marketing and strategic planning experience in the advertising and IT sectors, nationally and internationally. He has 17 years of experience in marketing and branding for international agencies such as Batey Advertising, Saatchi & Saatchi, Dentsu and Young & Rubicam.

For the past 10 years, Kyri ventured into ICT software development and brand consultancy. He has a special interest in social entrepreneurship, sustainable business ideas & Islamic peer-to-peer micro-financing.

Kyri has a BA in business studies from the University of North London.


Lucy Luo

Monk’s Hill Ventures, Republic of Singapore

Lucy is on the investment team at Monk’s Hill Ventures, a venture capital fund that invests into technology startups across Southeast Asia. Prior to this, she used to be a corporate lawyer for tech companies in New Zealand.

Lucy’s experiences include co-founding an eco-friendly startup, and doing business development for tech startups at an accelerator. She graduated with double degrees in Law (Hons) and Finance from the University of Auckland.


Mahadhir Aziz

Technology Hub Development Division, Cyberview Sdn Bhd, Malaysia

Mahadhir has 18 years of experience in various industries including financial services, energy (Oil & Gas), public sector, information technology (systems integration) and internet & media (Publication). He also spent time in established organisations, such as Deloitte Consulting, Petronas, AmInvestment Bank and Kodak.

Mahadhir, a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) since 2007, joined Cyberview in 2014 as Head of the Technology Hub Development Division. His current role includes the responsibility to formulate, develop and implement strategies to elevate Cyberjaya into a Global Technology Hub through alliances with international and domestic industry players, effectively increasing both FDI and DDI into Malaysia while promoting job creation activities.

He currently chairs the Cyberjaya City Innovation Council to spearhead the implementation of smart city initiatives in Cyberjaya. He holds a BSc in Computer Science with a minor in Business from Lakehead University, Canada.



Manabu “Morgan” Miyazaki

IMJ Investment Partners, Japan

Before coming to IMJ Investment Partners, with the desire to support innovation in Japan in 2015, Manabu’s experience primarily was in the field of digital marketing. He joined Dentsu in 2011, where he focused on clients in e-commerce and finance and specialized in delivering marketing strategy utilizing digital media such as PPC, SEO, and SNS. In 2014, Manabu joined the Cool Japan team, where his tasks included business development and event management.

Manabu holds a Master’s degree in Technology Management for Innovation from the Engineering Department at Tokyo University.


Nurfarini Daing

myHarapan, Malaysia

Nurfarini is Co-Founder and CEO at myHarapan, a Foundation established in 2010 dedicated to helping youth achieve their true potential by empowering them to make positive social impact. She was previously the General Manager for over a year before assuming her role as CEO.

She has 17 years of startup experience including training and coaching for SMEs and unemployed graduates. She worked with the Multimedia Development Corporation of Malaysia and headed the Project Management & IT services unit under the Technopreneurs Development Department.

She is an Alumni of the INSEAD Social Entrepreneurship Program 2011 and has a Certificate in Teaching from Stamford College. In Feb 2015, she won the Social Innovation Leadership Award by World CSR Congress, India. She is also member of the Social Return on Investment Network, SEALA and the Asian Venture Philanthropy Network. In 2015, she was a nominee for the Malaysian Great Women of our Time Award by the Women’s Weekly.

She is a frequent contributor and speaker at social entrepreneurship conferences, such as The International Social Entrepreneurship Affair, Hanoi 2012, Global Social Business Summit (GSBS) Vienna 2012, GSBS Malaysia 2013, The Micro Finance Summit Philippines 2013, IWFCIS Women’s Award Singapore 2013, WIEF Idealab KL 2015, and Case Malaysia 2015 among others.

myHarapan or the Youth Trust Foundation, was established in August 2010 and has since then engaged over 25,000 Malaysian youth and funded over 120 various social initiatives. myHarapan is a social business advocate which also co-organized the Global Social Business Summit 2013, and launched their Social Venture/Business Fund to provide access to funding for startup Youth-Driven Social Businesses and Entrepreneurs.

Nurfarini graduated from the University of Warwick, UK, in Accounting and Finance.


Raja Teh Maimunah Raja Abdul Aziz

Hong Leong Islamic Bank Berhad, Malaysia

Raja Teh Maimunah has over 20 years of experience in banking and finance, focusing on areas of Islamic and investment banking. Currently she is the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Hong Leong Islamic Bank Berhad.

Previously, she was the Global Head of Islamic Markets at Bursa Malaysia, Chief Corporate Officer and Head of International Business at Kuwait Finance House Malaysia, CEO of Bank AlKhair Malaysia (previously Unicorn Investment Bank), and Head of Investment Banking at RHB Sakura Merchant Bank (now RHB Investment Bank).

She also served in Pengurusan Danaharta Nasional Berhad (Malaysia’s national asset management and debt recovery agency) during the Asian financial crisis in 1998 and was with CIMB Investment Bank over a period of almost 10 years covering debt and equity origination and equity sales.

Raja Teh is the Adviser on Islamic Banking and Finance to the World Islamic Economic Forum Foundation, a Board Member of IBFIM (Islamic Banking and Finance Institute Malaysia), a member of the Islamic Finance Committee for the Malaysian Institute of Accountants, and a member of the Chartered Institute of Islamic Finance Professionals (CIIF). She also sits on the Board of Hong Leong MSIG Takaful, and on the committee of Pertubuhan Tindakan Wanita Islam (PERTIWI)

She holds an LLB (Hons) from the University of East London, United Kingdom and was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Laws from the same university.


  • Best Performance Regional – Southeast Asia (The World Islamic Banking Conference 2015)
  • Best Performance Country – Malaysia (The World Islamic Banking Conference 2015)
  • Brand Icon – Transformational Corporate Leader Award 2015, the Brand Laureate
  • Best Bank for Digital Innovation, Asset Triple A Asian Awards 2015
  • Women of Excellence Awards – ‘Outstanding Achievement’ Award under the CEO category, 2014, from the Ministry of Women, Family and Community Development
  • The most talented woman professional in Islamic banking, 2014, from The Asia Islamic Banking Excellence Awards, Singapore
  • Best Islamic Banking in Malaysia, Capital Finance International (CfI.co), 2014
  • Islamic Finance Deal of the Year, Global Finance Awards, 2014
  • Best Sukuk Deal 2014, Global Islamic Finance Awards (GIFA 2014)


Timothy Clark

ALTEL, Malaysia

Timothy Clark is an Angel Investor and accredited member of the Malaysian Business Angels Network (MBAN). After joing MBAN in April 2016, he has seen investment pitches from more than 25 startups. Tim has been based in Malaysia since 2012, during which he initiated, and has been involved in, a number of start-ups under the Al-Bhukary Group, including ALTEL Communications and NET2ONE. ALTEL has grown into an MVNO/MNO operation with RM5 million in annual revenue and NET2ONE with more than RM20 million. From 2007 to 2010, he invested and raised VC funding to develop a Silicon Valley start-up from scratch which went on to raise more than USD70 million in Series D funding and has recently launched Timing-as-a-Service (TaaS) across several US Metros.

Tim currently serves as Chief Technical Officer for ALTEL Communication Sdn Bhd. His 20 years of experience working in the telecommunications sector has included a two-year stint as a Board Level Director for the Malaysia Technical Standards Forum.


Victor Chua

Gobi Partners, Malaysia

Victor is an investment manager at Gobi MAVCAP, investing in early-stage high-growth tech companies. He is also associated with 500 startups, through their ASEAN extension, 500 Durians.

Prior to that, he had several years of investment consulting experience with a global consulting firm, where his portfolio of clients were sovereign wealth funds, pension funds and other institutional entities in Southeast Asia.


Ahmad Sabree

Ethis Ventures, Republic of Singapore

Ahmad Sabree has provided core strategic advisory services to the team behind the Ramadan Legacy App in Scotland, and assisted in the formulation and execution of their crowdfunding campaign which raised 141% of its targeted funding goal.

He currently consults for Business & Shariah Development at EthisCrowd.com and also continues to write and present about crowdfunding at various events.

He completed his BA in Islamic Jurisprudence from the International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM) in 2011 and MSc in Islamic Banking and Finance from IIUM’s Institute of Islamic banking and Finance (IIiBF) in 2015. He specialised in crowdfunding and alternative finance, with his Master’s degree thesis subject “Adapting Crowdfunding for SME Financing in Malaysia”.


Kamarul Bahrin Bin Haron

Kamarul Bahrin Bin Haron is a well established TV journalist, editor and anchor in Malaysia with 20 years of experience in reporting and producing news & current affairs content. Kamarul is currently the Executive Editor in charge of editorial operations for the increasingly popular 24 hours News and Current Affairs channel in Malaysia called Astro Awani.

This bachelor of broadcasting graduate from Universiti Sains Malaysia in Penang goes live on prime time TV and web streaming every Monday to Friday discussing the latest and most relevant issues of the day in his own talk show called Agenda Awani. His favorite focus areas include globalisation, sustainability, innovation, social enterprise, human capital and entrepreneurship.

His passion to seek and highlight truth and knowledge through journalism has seen him critically engaging top local and international subject matter experts including more than a dozen Nobel laureates, country leaders like Prime Minister David Cameron and Dr Mahathir Mohamed, business leaders like Las Vegas Sand’s Sheldon Adelson, technopreneurs like Biz Stone (Twitter) and also public intellectuals from civil society like Bunker Roy (India’s Barefoot College) and Dr Muhammad Yunus (Grameen Bank).


James Digby

Rockstart Accelerator, Global Startup Awards, Kingdom of Denmark

James Digby is a Founding Partner at the Global Startup Awards, a pan regional startup competition that recognises entrepreneurs and their respective supporting ecosystems in 25 countries around the world. He also co-founded the award-winning startup incubator Rockstart Accelerator in Amsterdam, Netherlands.

As a seasoned board member, most recently with Louisiana State University (LSU), James has also served on the management team and was a personal mentor for a number of startups that have gone on to raise significant funding and global traction, recently with the award-winning AIRTAME wireless HDMI streaming device that became the most publicly backed crowd funded project in Europe on Indiegogo of all time.

James has more than a decade of entrepreneurial experience working with startups and corporations like Samsung, and public organisations such as the Saïd Business School at Oxford University and the Kauffman Foundation to development innovation & strategy workshops as well as lecture on entrepreneurial techniques with a focus on ‘lean’ methodologies and global connections.


Udesh Chaskar

AllChat World, Malaysia

Chaskar, with entrepreneurship experience over the past 11 years, is a tech expert as well as a known figure in the youth development industry. He has ventured into many areas including the setting up of an Asia TV reality show, and setting up a youth organisation called Osiris International.

Currently he works with several government agencies, he is trailblazing the ASEAN Smart Network Initiative, under AllChat World.


WIEF IdeaLab 2015
Parkroyal, Kuala Lumpur
08.00 AM - 05.00 PM
11 - 12 August 2015

The rise of startups around the world has revealed to us that a small number of individuals with a large amount of drive can bring upon great change to our society.

Big names that we all recognise today – Facebook,  Google and Amazon  – were once startups. In merely two decades, they are among the most valuable companies in the world. They have created millions of jobs and transformed millions of lives.

Startups have allowed us to move away from the old top-down consumption model to a new collaborative model, where every member of the society has an equal opportunity to share opinions, contribute ideas and shape market trends. With the startup concept, as long as you have a great, feasible idea, you stand a chance to succeed. This helps create a more level playing field and eventually translate to a better income distribution.

This very quality and culture driven by startups is what the WIEF Foundation treasures as we strive our best to help shape a more inclusive business ecosystem and a more resilient global economy.

With the WIEF Idealab  2015, our focus is to build a robust network and support system for the startup community here in Southeast Asia. With the ASEAN Economic Community coming into effect by the end of this year, the region will be integrated into one single market of 600 million people with a free flow of services, investments, capital and skilled labour. Hence, it is also timely that we give special attention to the development of startups to further strengthen the growth potential of this region.

Now, a comprehensive programme has been put together, relevant parties and experts have been mobilised, and investors from around the world have flown in and ready to invest.

We are all set and ready to let the startup revolution begin here in Southeast Asia.

Tun Musa Hitam
Chairman, WIEF Foundation


A Startup Empowerment Platform

WIEF IdeaLab 2015 is a 2-day startup empowerment conference, bringing together some of the most highly fundable ASEAN startups for investment opportunities with global investors. Startups at the IdeaLab are looking for investments of between US$15,000 to US$1 million from  consumer goods, clean tech, Halal tech, software/mobile apps, oil and gas, education and fintech sectors. IdeaLab consists of the Ideation Stage by regional business experts, Networking Pods, the IdeaClinic, the City Mapping Project, the Startup Fair and IdeaPad stage where 12 selected startups will battle it out live on stage to a panel of investors and industry players.


9.30am - 10.00amMASTERCLASS: Asia’s Funding Landscape

Thomas Tsao
Managing Director,
GOBI Ventures, Malaysia

Mohit Gulati
Vice President,
Oliphans Capital, India


Jamal Nassar
Chief Marketing Officer,
IdeasGate, Malaysia

10.00am - 10.30amDISCUSSION: Malaysia VCs and What They are Looking For

Biruntha L. Mooruthi
Vice President, Commercialisation Specialist,
Platcom Ventures, Malaysia

Azrul Reza

Chief Operating Officer,

Marna Capital Sdn Bhd, Malaysia

Jamaludin Bujang

Chief Executive Officer, MAVCAP, Malaysia


Johan Ishak

EXCO, MVCA, Malaysia

10.30am - 11.00amDISCUSSION: Setting Up Your Business in Malaysia and Indonesia

Tracy Wong

Associate, Christopher Lee Ong, Malaysia

Zacky Zainal Husein

Partner, Assegaf Hamzah

& Partners, Indonesia


Maram Adel

WIEF Young Fellow  2013

11.00am - 11.30amFACE TO FACE: Taxinomics - How GrabTaxi Grab Regional Headlines

Deevya Desai
Regional Policy and Research Manager, GrabTaxi, Singapore


Richard “D-cal” Dacalos
Social Play and Innovation Network (SPIN), Philippines

Deevya Desai
Regional Policy and Research Manager, GrabTaxi, Singapore

11.30am - 12.00pmDISCUSSION: Islamic Finance for Startups - What’s the Deal?

Raja Teh Maimunah Raja Abdul Aziz
Chief Executive Officer,
Hong Leong Islamic Bank Berhad, Malaysia

Muzaffar Hisham
Chief Executive Officer,
Maybank Islamic Berhad, Malaysia


Elain Lockman

Director and Co-Founder,

Ata Plus, Malaysia

12.00pm - 1.30pmLUNCH BREAK & NETWORKING

1.30pm - 2.00pmDISCUSSION: Setting Up Your Business in Singapore and Thailand

Francis Chan
Rajah & Tann Asia, Singapore

Nattarat Boonyatap
Rajah & Tann Asia, Thailand


Muhammad Syakir bin Hashim

WIEF Young Fellow  2013

2.00pm - 2.30pmMASTERCLASS: The Art & Science of Viral Video Campaigns

Izmir Mujab
Chief Executive Officer,
IZI Media Group Sdn Bhd, Malaysia

Zalfian Fuzi
Chief Operating Officer,
IZI Media Group Sdn Bhd, Malaysia

2.30pm - 3.00pmFACE TO FACE: From Passion to Fashion - The Curious Case of Fashion Valet

Fadzarudin Anuar
Chief Executive Officer, Fashion Valet, Malaysia


Khairul Anwar

Mohamed Zaki

WIEF Young Fellow  2013


3.30pm - 5.00pmIDEAPAD STAGE & OPEN MIC

8.00pm - 12.00amCITY MAPPING PROJECT



9.00am - 10.00amNETWORKING

10.00am - 10.30amDISCUSSION: What’s Brewing in the Halal Industry?

Darhim Hashim
Chief Financial Officer,
Cita Kapital Sdn Bhd, Malaysia

Jumaatun Azmi
Founder and Managing Director,
KasehDia Sdn Bhd, Malaysia


Yusuf Jaffar
Managing Director,
IdeasGate, Malaysia

10.30am - 11.00amDISCUSSION: The Future of MOOCs in ASEAN

Rani Wemel
MyMobileUni Malaysia

Edmond Yap
Edunation, Malaysia

Ariz Ramli
Classruum, Malaysia


Mike Michalec
Managing Director,
EdTech Asia

11.00am - 11.30amDISCUSSION: Setting Up Your Business in the Philippines and Vietnam

Nguyen Phuong Ngan
Foreign Legal Advisor,
Kelvin Chia Partnership, Singapore

Floresita Gan
Foreign Legal Advisor,
Kelvin Chia Partnership, Singapore


Marlon Wui
Partner (Foreign Lawyer)
Kelvin Chia Partnership, Singapore

11.30am - 12.00pmDISCUSSION: ASEAN Startup Ecosystem – When and How?

Jay Fajardo
Chief Executive Officer,
Proudcloud, Philippines

Rosalind Tan
Vice President, Expara
IDM Ventures, Malaysia


Ashran Ghazi
Rice Bowl Startup Awards, Malaysia

12.00pm - 1.30pmLUNCH BREAK & NETWORKING

1.30pm - 2.00pmDISCUSSION: From Seed to Series A - How to Get There?

Dr V. Sivapalan
Chief Evangelist,
Proficeo, Malaysia

Eddy Lee, PhD
Consulting Professor, Stanford University & Founder, Deft Intelligence, USA


Yusuf Jaffar
Managing Director,
IdeasGate, Malaysia

2.00pm - 2.30pmMASTERCLASS: How Mobile and Big Data Analytics Can Be Game Changers

Parmeet Kaur
Partnership Lead, Travel and E-commerce,
Google, Malaysia

Ivan Teh
Managing Director,
Fusionex, Malaysia


Heislyc Loh
Founders Institute Malaysia, Malaysia

2.30pm - 3.00pmDISCUSSION: Social Enterprise - Social Impact and Social Profits

Nurfarini Daing
Chief Executive Officer,
myHarapan (Youth TrustFoundation), Malaysia

Dr Shariha Khalid
Impact Hub, Malaysia

Shahira Ahmed Bazari
Managing Director,
Yayasan Hasanah, Malaysia


Lim May Lee
WIEF Young Fellow  2014


3.30pm - 5.00pmIDEAPAD STAGE & OPEN MIC


8.00pm - 12.00amCITY MAPPING PROJECT





Tom is a co-founder and the  General Partner. He has  over two decades  of experience in venture  capital, fund management,  and investment  banking in China and the United States.  Tom was the former CEO of DMG and the Exec. Producer for the award-winning subway soap opera, A Sunny Day. Tom was a co-founder of the Beijing Technology Development Fund, one of China’s earliest USD venture funds. Prior to the BTDF, Tom  was a Director of investment banking at Dresdner Kleinwort Benson, covering the TMT  sector. Tom graduated  from Harvard College where he received a B.A. in economics.




With a passion to mentor young entrepreneurs and help them create  future- ready businesses,  Gulati co-founded Oliphans Capital, an early stage angel fund. He has represented  Oliphans at several startup  conclaves such as the Dublin Web summit, VCCircle events, FICCI startup meets and etc.

As part of Oliphans Capital’s CSR initiatives, Gulati has also been an active part of FICCI Flo, the women entrepreneurship arm of the Federation of Indian Chamber of Commerce & Industry (FICCI), mentoring emerging women entrepreneurs.

Gulati was  part  of Antique  Finance’s Asia Institutional Equities Sales  Desk, servicing hedge funds based in South East Asia. Some of the key positions held by Gulati include Board Observer of ECOm Express, Board Observer of Localbanya. com, Board Member of Grab In, and Board Member of OnlineRTI.com.

Gulati holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering from Pune University, India.




Jamal is a coach and trainer specialised in inter-cultural communication, financial planning and business strategy. Jamal conducts executive workshops in South East Asia and Middle East, serving MNCs and fortune 500 companies.

Jamal had served as a marketing manager, product and service manager, and a managing director with local, multinational and global corporations in different industries  from telecom, internet,  education  to  micro-finance. He has  also recently worked with Facebook as an online advertising expert and business manager.

Jamal holds an MBA in Strategic Management, a bachelor degree in Advertising. Jamal is also a pursuing a PhD in Islamic Finance.





Biruntha started her career in IP as a patent specialist with one of the leading IP firms in Malaysia. Succeeding her career in patents, Biru joined British Telecoms as  an  Industry  Partnership  Executive where  she  specialised  in technology transfer  and  commercialisation of BT’s  R&D  in the  South East  Asia region, developing strategic  partnership  channels  for BT  with the  local government based agencies, universities and private organisations. She also had the experience of extracting commercial benefits from R&D and identifying potential licensing opportunities for BT.

Biru was a member judge of the International Panel of Judges for ITEX Malaysia in 2006, 2008 and 2009. She is also a member of the Malaysian Intellectual Property Association (MIPA) and a Registered Patent, Trademark & ID Agent from the Malaysian Intellectual Property Corporation  (MyIPO).




Azrul is currently the Chief Operating Officer of Marna Capital Sdn Bhd.

Previously, he was  with Naza Corporation Holdings Sdn Bhd as  the Head of Strategy & Business Development, and was involved in the group re-organisation programme that led to the company’s rapid expansion locally and regionally.

During his banking days, he was responsible in establishing and managing newly setup businesses handled by Kuwait Finance House. He was also responsible in structuring and managing close-ended funds, one of which received “The Most Innovative Islamic Real Estate Financing Award” at 2009 London Sukuk Summit Islamic Finance Award.

Azrul also serves as an advisor to a number of startups and entrepreneurs.  He is the mentor for Watchtower & Friends (an initiative by Ministry of Finance to enhance the startup  ecosystem  in Malaysia), Young Corporate Malaysians and Enactus Malaysia.




Jamaludin is currently the Chief Executive of MAVCAP, a wholly-owned venture capital firm of the Ministry of Finance Inc. He joined MAVCAP in 2011 from another state-owned   VC,   Malaysian Technology Development Corp, specialising  in biotechnology investments.  Prior to that, he was  an Investment Analyst with a number of local and international firms over a period of 15 years, specialising in the  energy  and  telecommunications  sectors.  He graduated  with  BBA  in Economics and Masters in Laws from the Wichita State University, USA and from the International Islamic University, Malaysia. He is currently the Chairman of Malaysian Venture Capital Association and a member of the Malaysian Venture Capital Development Council.





Johan is a Chartered Accountant by training from the Institute  of Chartered Accountants in Australia (ICAA). He served over a decade at accounting firms such as PricewaterhouseCoopers  (PwC) and Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu in Malaysia, the United Kingdom, Australia and the United States of America territories.

His industry  experience  during the  turn  of the  millennium exposed  him to various corporate restructuring in Malaysia. This has helped him shape a unique approach in analysing deals.

His commercial experience includes public listed entities such as Media Prima Berhad and Petronas. Currently, he manages MyCreative Ventures Sdn. Bhd., an investment arm of the Malaysian Minister of Finance Incorporated that focuses on debt and equity financing for the Malaysian creative industry.




Tracy has a background in Dispute Resolution where she has assisted in the preparation and conduct of various legal proceedings, with a particular emphasis in the area of general civil litigation,  shipping and land acquisition. She advises on corporate transactions,  specifically in relation to mergers & acquisition and corporate takeovers. She is also involved in general corporate and commercial transactions where she advises corporations on various matters  ranging from the incorporation of the company to the various regulatory aspects  involved in the operations of a company. Tracy also advises on other areas  such as the personal data protection act and trade laws.




Zacky is currently a partner in the M&A  practice group of Assegaf Hamzah & Partners  (AHP) law firm.  Prior to AHP, Zacky was Group Head Legal at one of Indonesia’s largest telecommunication companies, PT Indosat TBK, who provided legal support for matters  ranging from corporate, business  development, marketing,  sales   &   new  products,  network,  infrastructures,   and  dispute resolution.

Before PT  Indosat TBK,  Zacky was  a member of the  Legal Review and Law Enforcement Unit of the  Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD+) Task Force. Prior to that, he practiced law successively in a number of top-tier Jakarta law firms, focusing on banking and finance, structured finance/derivatives, mergers and acquisitions, competition, infrastructure, mining, forestry, and general corporate. Zacky also managed the law programmes of The Asia Foundation in Indonesia, working on legal reform and development efforts in the justice sector.




Desai is Regional Policy and Research Manager at GrabTaxi (known as MyTeksi in Malaysia),  the  largest  taxi-booking mobile phone application in Southeast Asia with a strong social mission. Her role, which includes research to quantify GrabTaxi’s  social impact  across  the  region, is completely aligned with  her personal passion of driving social impact through entrepreneurship.

Prior to that, she worked as a lawyer in Australia, specialising in giving advice on issues relating to property rights and land access.

Deevya studied  Law and  International  Relations at  The Australian National

University and INSEAD.




Richard “D-cal” Dacalos is an educator, entrepreneur and coach.

His company, the  Social Play and Innovation Network (SPIN)  brings together professionals from different disciplines to solve social problems through business. Through SPIN and its programmes, he has empowered underserved youth  in  areas   like leadership,  communication, project  management   and entrepreneurship.

More recently,  he  created  and  co-organised  “The Collaborative Carnival” – Southeast  Asia’s First Collaboration Festival that  brought 300 change makers and entrepreneurs from around the world to co-create  and collaborate for a better future.

He had served as a coach and mentor for WIEF’s Young Fellows Programme, Hack the Climate, Shaping Davos: Manila and Watson’s Institute. He is also a Global Shaper of the World Economic Forum, module developer, writer, certified green building consultant, licensed real estate broker and martial arts teacher.




Raja Teh is the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Hong Leong Islamic Bank, and also holds the position of Chief Operating Officer for Digital Innovation & Transactional Banking of Hong Leong Bank.

Prior to her current appointment, she was the Global Head of Islamic Markets at Bursa Malaysia, Chief Corporate Officer and Head of International Business at Kuwait Finance House Malaysia,  CEO of Bank AlKhair Malaysia,  and Head of Investment Banking at RHB Sakura Merchant Bank.

She had also served in Malaysia’s national asset management and debt recovery agency, CIMB Investment Bank and KPMG Peat Marwick Consultants.

Raja Teh is the Advisor on Islamic Banking and Finance to the WIEF Foundation, a Board Member of Islamic Banking and Finance Institute Malaysia, and a member of the Islamic Finance Committee for the Malaysian Institute of Accountants. She also sits on the Board of Hong Leong MSIG Takaful.





Muzaffar is responsible for managing and setting  the key strategies for the Group’s Islamic banking business,  and  overseeing  the  divisions of product management,  global markets,  business  development, Shariah management, strategic management as well as risk management.

Prior to joining Maybank, Muzaffar was the Deputy Chief Executive Officer of CIMB Islamic Bank and a member of the Board of Directors of CIMB Insurance Brokers. He also worked at  CIMB  Investment  Bank, HSBC  Amanah, Amanah Merchant Bank, Amanah Short Deposits and Asian International Merchant Bankers.

Muzaffar is the Chairman of the Standards  Committee, Association of Islamic Banking Institutions Malaysia (AIBIM), Member of H.M. Treasury U.K. Global Islamic Finance and Investment Group, Board of Director of ANFAAL Capital, Saudi Arabia, and a member of INCEIF Professional Development Panel.

In 2013, he received the Asset Triple  A Award Islamic Banker of the Year.




Elain brings a truly impressive array of talents,  experience and energy to Ata Plus. She has earned her stripes in combats in the last 23 years of her career in management and operations of GLCs and startups. Her experience spans across varying sectors,  namely Oil and Gas, ICT, Telecommunications, Finance, Carbon Management,  F&B,  Tourism, Strategic  Consulting, Fashion  and  Franchising. First-hand experiences were gained at Petronas, MDeC, iPerintis, Malaysia Debt Ventures, The Media Shoppe, DiGi Telecommunications, Packet One Networks, Green Science, MSC  Management Services and The IA  Group. Elain is Board Member and  Chairman of the  Internal  Audit Committee of Western  Union Payments Malaysia. She also plays an active role in entrepreneurial nurturing activities, providing advice to entrepreneurs in funding, business and operational strategies.  Elain graduated from the London School of Economics with a BSc in Actuarial Science and MSc in Operational Research.




Since being called to  the  Singapore Bar in 2013 after  graduating  from the Singapore Management University, Francis has been developing his speciality in commercial dispute resolution as well as insurance  litigation and advisory work. He has  acted  for clients of different levels ranging from multi-national insurance companies to startups and individual clients. In his first two years of practice, Francis has successfully defended various companies, including one multi-national main-contractor, against fatal and non-fatal personal injury claims by their former employees and former employee’s estate.

Francis is also part of the Rajah & Tann Business Fundamentals Practice Group which provides cost-effective and affordable legal solutions tailored specifically for Small Medium Businesses/Enterprises. To date, the Business Fundamentals Practice Group has  assisted many SMBs/SMEs in various corporate  drafting/ advisory matters  and in dispute  resolution. Despite being a litigation lawyer, Francis is also a strong  advocate  of alternative  dispute  resolution such  as mediation which, through experience, has enabled his clients to achieve not only the best possible outcome, but also to preserve valuable business relationships between the parties.




Nattarat  is a Partner in the Corporate & Commercial  Practice of Rajah & Tann (Thailand) Limited, the Bangkok Office of Rajah & Tann LLP. Nattarat graduated with a Bachelor of Law from Thammasat University in 1995 and Master of Law from Washington College of Law, American University, in 2001. Nattarat  is a licensed Thai lawyer, and is fluent in Thai and English.

Nattarat  has  more than  18  years  of experience specialising in foreign direct investment and general corporate commercial matters  for foreign companies in Thailand and businesses wishing to invest in Thailand. His experience includes representing clients in the automotive, hospitality and financial services sector, as  well as  industrial manufacturing, chemical, electronic, food and beverage, agriculture products and construction businesses. Nattarat also has substantial experience in contacting and liaising with government authorities and working with litigation lawyers in civil and commercial matters.




Izmir Mujab is the Chief Executive Officer of IZI Media  Group  Sdn Bhd. He brings his vast experience in the creation and financing of new businesses to the table. A graduate of Curtin University, Australia, he started  many companies and grew them into commercially successful ventures. Izmir oversees the overall direction, strategy, marketing, and client relationship of the company.




Zalfian is the Chief Operating Officer of IZI  Media Group Sdn. Bhd. where he specialises  in creating  viral videos for clients.  His company currently runs Malaysia’s number 1  Youtube channel with the most views, maxman.tv. He is responsible  for producing, programming, and acquiring content  to broadcast across web, OTT, mobile, cable, and IPTV platforms to create new niche premium media platforms.

Zalfian is also the Artistic Director/CEO of Theatre Management Associates Sdn. Bhd., which he established to implement plans in arts management education & training, co-production & touring, and infrastructure  development. His company comprises a world-class team of practitioners, arts entrepreneurs,  and creative people with vast experience in, developing, delivering and operating vibrant arts centres, theatres, galleries and music venues.




Fadzarudin, 26, co-founded Fashion Valet with his partner,  Vivy Yusof,  while he was working in Deloitte Consulting Malaysia, juggling both jobs for months before finally resigning 8 months after Fashion Valet was fully established. He now heads a team of 25 in Fashion Valet, formulating the company’s strategy, and leading its marketing and business development.

Fashion Valet is now one of Malaysia’s largest online fashion and beauty retailers with an emphasis  on home-grown designer products. Customers are treated to  more than  10,000 unique products  from over two  hundred brands  from Southeast Asia.

Fadza actively speaks about his experiences in universities and entrepreneurship events. He has also given talks on entrepreneurship and e-commerce at industry events such as the Kuala Lumpur International Trade Fair organised by MATRADE.

During his time in Deloitte Consulting Malaysia, Fadza was exposed to C-suite professionals in both the public and private sectors. He worked with clients such as SEGi University, Tradewinds  Bhd. and FELDA for projects involving corporate restructuring and strategy development.

Fadza was born and raised in Kuala Lumpur, and he holds Masters in Aeronautical Engineering from Imperial College London.




As the Chief Financial Officer in Cita Kapital, Darhim is responsible for overseeing a portfolio of companies in various sectors.

Prior to that, he was the Founding Partner of Azka Capital, an independent private equity advisory firm specialising in the fast-growing Halal products and services sector. He also served on the Board of Directors of International Halal Integrity Alliance (IHI Alliance), where he was previously the Chief Executive Officer.

Darhim brought the Halal agenda to the global stage  as  the Chief Executive Officer of IHI Alliance. Through a strategic collaboration with the Islamic Chamber of Commerce & Industry, he secured a mandate to develop an international Halal standard  and regulatory framework under the  auspices  of the  Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC).  He has been invited to share  his knowledge and experience on various media and was also interviewed for leading publications namely  Time, Forbes and The New York Times. Darhim has been a regular speaker at numerous Halal-related conferences and events covering 23 countries.

Darhim holds a Bachelor’s Degree with Honours in A.C.A.




Jumaatun  is  the  Founder and  Managing Director of the  KasehDia Group of Companies, which are active in the areas  of communication, advisory and halal assurance  systems since 1999. Under her leadership, KasehDia provided strategic consultations for businesses and governments, and has created game changing global forums and media products that sparked the worldwide paradigm shift on the term ‘halal’.

KasehDia became the world pioneer in concept-based  (halal) communication and developmental systems. In 2003, it launched an integrated global initiative on the ‘halal industry’, a term which it coined. In 2014, she founded KasehDia Capital to provide private equity advisory and to bridge the halal and ethical sectors  with Islamic finance.

Jumaatun’s key halal Initiatives include the World Halal Forum Global Initiatives and the Global Halal Lead Auditor Training and Consultation for the Government of Malaysia for the Halal Chapter in Malaysia’s 3rd Industrial Master Plan (2006-2020). Her media products include The Halal Journal, Halal Food Guide Series, Muslim Travel Guide Series.

Jumaatun is also the Founder and Executive Director of the International Halal Integrity Alliance (IHI), a not-for-profit international organisation set up to develop and implement world-class halal standards, assurance systems and developmental programmes.

As an Associate Fellow of the New York-based  Asia Society, her other interests involve Islamic art, values-based entertainment,  natural wellness, environmental technology, sustainable agriculture and education.

Due to Jumaatun’s prolific and cutting edge ideas, her companies have been featured on the cover of TIME magazine and in The New York Times,  Asia Wall Street Journal, International Herald Tribune, Forbes, Guardian UK, Bloomberg and The Economist among others.




Yusuf Jaffar is the head of Social Enterprise Ventures (SEV) at the Youth Trust Foundation, also known as  myHarapan. SEV  is building Malaysia’s first social impact fund whose investees  will be made up exclusively of social enterprises and  businesses.   He also  leads  the  investment  team  at  IdeasGate.Biz, an online platform that  brings together  venture  capitalists,  angel investors  and corporations from around the world to invest in innovative ideas within Asia. Previously, he worked in the field of corporate finance and held a position with the Securities Commission Malaysia.




Rani Wemel, COO and co-founder of LTT Global, a global pioneer in mobile learning started  from her dining table with a vision to make learning accessible  and affordable for all. Her years of experience and diverse background in finance, PR, branding and law contributed much to her present success. MyMobileUniversity, her global initiative is a free holistic learning site. She is the co-founder of Mobile Industry Group (MOBIG)  and the  Asia Pacific Mobile  Learning &  Edutainment Advisory Panel (APACMLEAP).  A proud finalist of “teleworking mums” she is also a nominee for the Prime Minister’s Woman Entrepreneur 2011 Award  and Woman Social Activist 2011 Award. She is a member of the United Nations Global Alliance for ICT and Development (UN-GAID) and Open Education Europa and a selected mentee  for the  Cherie Blair Foundation. She serves  as  a  mentor, speaker, panelists, honorary advisor for global companies and sits on committees driving the mobile sector.




Edmond left engineering, a career of 5 years, to pursue a lifelong dedication for educating people. In 2008, he became a consultant  for Dale Carnegie training, consulting for major corporations  on people development. In 2009 he began his  journey  in entrepreneurship   by starting  Education Republic, a  training organisation focused on people performance. In 2012, he co-founded EduNation in order to give free online tuition to all Malaysian school children.

Now with 2000 videos online, 20,000 users a month and doubling to 40,000 users in 2015, EduNation  is beginning to make an impact to Malaysian education. Now with EduNation well on its way, Edmond is expanding his focus to assisting teachers in their professional development.

Education is all Edmond thinks about and he will not stop till Malaysia becomes a regional example of excellence in education.




Ariz  is  the  Founder  of  Classruum.com, an  e-learning  platform  that  allows educators to share innovative teaching materials and interact with the students, making learning more enjoyable yet efficient. Classruum.com aims to create  a new generation of Edu-preneurs and revitalise the spirit of learning among the youth.




Mike has  a keen interest  in the use  of mobile and Internet  technologies for improved social and economic development outcomes coupled with a strong passion for innovation and entrepreneurship within the education sector. He has extensive experience working with multilateral organisations  and the private sector as an international development consultant on education and technology initiatives. Mike is currently the managing director of EdTech Asia, a consultancy, research, and event company that fosters  a community of edtech enthusiasts with member groups in a dozen cities throughout Asia.





Ngan is a member of the Vietnam Group. Her practice spans  a wide range of corporate  and commercial legal areas,  focused  primarily on the  Vietnamese market. Ngan’s graduate degree in corporate and financial services law from the National University of Singapore, and her time working in Singapore, assists her to provide keen insight into the issues facing foreign investors seeking to invest in and carry out business in Vietnam.

Ngan has been active in advising clients, foreign and Vietnamese, on investment and business related activities in Vietnam. She has also been exposed to a variety of local and cross-border transactions,  mergers and acquisitions. Furthermore, Ngan worked as an in-house lawyer for one of the largest foreign-owned retail companies operating in Vietnam, which provided her with keen insight into the trading and distribution sector in Vietnam.




Prior to joining the Firm, Floresita was one of the members of the management team  as  a Partner  at  one of Makati City, Philippines’  well-known law firms. Floresita was  also often called upon as  a regular guest  from 2005-2013 as an on-camera TV expert resource person on areas  of law in matters  of public interest. She also served as a Board Director and Corporate Secretary for several corporations.

As part of KCP’s Corporate and Commercial Department and a key member of its Thailand Practice Group, coupled with her demonstrated  strong background and wide-ranging knowledge practicing in a mixed civil and common law jurisdiction, Floresita is well-positioned to assist  clients in a wide range of corporate and commercial matters relating to the Philippines, Thailand and other jurisdictions.

Floresita graduated  from the  University of the  Philippines with a Bachelor’s

Degree in Law.




Marlon is actively involved and assists in a variety of corporate and commercial transactions in Southeast  Asia, including Myanmar, Indonesia, the Philippines, Thailand and  Cambodia. Marlon’s diverse  practice  portfolio currently  spans mergers  and  acquisitions, joint ventures,  mining, oil and  gas,  investments, corporate restructurings, and the establishment of offshore private equity funds.

Before joining the  firm, Marlon practiced  as  an  associate  at  SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan Law Offices and thereafter  as a partner at a general law partnership based in Makati City, Philippines. He also acted as special legal counsel to a Philippine government agency. In 2003-2005, he was also part of the delegation that  represented  the Philippines in treaty  negotiations  at  the United Nations Offices in Vienna, Austria, for the  United Nations Convention Against Corruption as well as related agreements  involving the United Nations Convention Against Transnational Organised Crime.




Jay is a serial tech entrepreneur, a coder, and a soccer player.

He is  currently  the  Founder  and  Chief Executive Officer of  a  Ruby web development company Proudcloud, co-founder and Chief Technology Officer of a health and tech startup Medifi, and the Founder of Launchgarage, an innovation hub based in Manila.

In 2002, he founded Wi-Fi hotspot network Airborne Access, which was acquired by PLDT in 2008. Holding roles as director, advisor, and mentor in various tech startups in Manila, Jay is considered to be one of the pioneers and thought leaders of the Philippines’ tech startup scene.

Jay regularly speaks  at local and international forums on the South East Asian startup  ecosystem  such as the Harvard Asia Business Conference in Boston, with the  Global  Innovation Gathering at  the  annual re:publica conference  in Berlin, and the annual Echelon conferences in Singapore and Malaysia.




Rosalind is a Partner at Expara IDM Ventures II (EIDMV II), an incubation fund, and Expara Ventures III, a recently launched early-stage venture capital fund. Since joining Expara in 2011, Rosalind has coached and mentored 35 potential spin-offs from A*STAR in industries such as ICT, advanced materials and biotechnology, of which more than half has since spun-off or received follow-on funding. EIDMV II has invested in 15 startups since October 2012 to which Rosalind is the Investor Director to four of EIDMVII’s most successful portfolio investments.




Apart from being a Chairman at the New Entrepreneurs Foundation, Ashran is also Chairman of myHarapan, President of Malaysian Association of Bumiputera ICT Industry & Entrepreneurs (NEF), and Deputy Chairman of Global Innovation  & Entrepreneurship Foundation. He also serves as a Board Member for SME Corp and as  an Advisory Board Member to Malaysian SME  Development Academy (MASMED).

Ashran started  his career  in the Oil  &  Gas sector  via Petronas  MITCO  before moving into the construction industry. He started  his entrepreneurial journey in early 2000, gaining experience in various fields before establishing Asiastream Group. In 2011, he co-founded a startup  called Joota that disrupted conventional social networking by connecting people around content.

His latest  initiatives include creating an accelerator for the creative sector via ComicXcel and a new ASEAN regional award for startups – Rice Bowl Startup Awards, which will debut in November 2015.





Dr Sivapalan is the Co-Founder and Chief Evangelist of Proficeo Consultants, a  coaching and  mentoring  company for entrepreneurs,  which had  coached about 1,000 companies in Malaysia over the last 15 years, including the highly successful  “Coach  & Grow Programme” under Cradle Fund and the Ministry of Finance. He is also the Chief Investor of Proficeo Ventures Sdn Bhd, an angel investment company.

Dr Sivapalan  was the Founder and Past President of TeAM, the Technopreneurs Association of Malaysia, and is currently the Director of TeAM’s Policy  Institute. In his role as a Founder and Advisor to TeAM, he had written White Papers and submitted many policy recommendations to the Government of Malaysia.

He is also the  President  of the  Malaysian Business  Angels Network (MBAN), the Association that  represents high net worth angel investors. He is part of the Management Committee of the Malaysian Venture Capital & Private Equity Association (MVCA).  As an entrepreneur  and angel investor for more than  30 years, he has  made several investments  in companies from the technology, education and medical industry.

He has  authored  a  book titled “Blue Sky Innovation: Killer  Innovations that Changed the World of Business”.

Dr Sivapalan holds a PhD in Venture Capital from the University of Edinburgh in Scotland.




Eddy Lee, PhD has invested in more than 50 startups predominately in the US, Singapore and Indonesia. Investment areas include mobile health, big data and marketplaces. A current focus is the intersection of mobile technology, healthcare and consumer especially for emerging markets. At Deft Intelligence, he works alongside entrepreneurs in product development, enterprise  partnership, M&A exit, and entering international markets such as the US, Japan, Singapore and Indonesia.

At Stanford University, Eddy concurrently serves  as a Consulting Professor at the School of Medicine, where he connects academic projects with commercial opportunities. During his research  career at Stanford, Singapore and Australia, he devised medical imaging technology for visualising stem cell migration and therapy. And while at Marvell and Lucent, he designed semiconductor circuits for high speed communications.




Parmeet joined Google Malaysia in May 2013, after having spent  7 years in the finance and investment industry. She drives overall digital strategy with travel and e-commerce clients across  their regional efforts in digital account optimisation, expansion into new markets and building online brand presence.

She had worked at Citigroup London in the Corporate Risk Management team, a family owned investment company, and Usaha Tegas. She holds a Degree in Actuarial Science from City University London.





Ivan is the Managing Director of Fusionex. He has over 16 years of experience in the ICT industry. He is frequently invited to give talks, present his views and share insights in forums and events  globally, especially on how technology can help businesses.

Prior to founding Fusionex, Ivan managed teams  in HP, Intel and Accenture. He has  led the  Fusionex team  to the  creation  of global award-winning software and solutions. Ivan is also the only ASEAN representative  at the Global Business Intelligence Advisory Council where top leaders gather in the United States. Ivan is a highly respected leader in the information technology space and has a strong network of world-renowned partners and affiliates worldwide.

Recently, Ivan was  declared  as  winner  of  the  Ernst  &   Young Technology Entrepreneur of the Year award, as well as the award for being Asia Pacific’s Most Outstanding Entrepreneur.




Heislyc Loh is a community builder and thought leader in technology startups in the Southeast Asia.

Heislyc is the  Co-Director of the  Malaysian chapter  of Founder Institute,  the world’s largest training ground and launch pad for startup  entrepreneurs in 100 cities. He also founded StartupMamak, a community group for technology startup entrepreneurs in 2011.

In addition to the portfolios mentioned above, Heislyc serves as the Malaysian Brand Ambassador for AngelHack, a global hackathon movement, and manages his  own  start-up  project,  Corate, a  mobile application that  organises  and summarises articles based on the interests of the users.




Nurfarini is the Co-Founder and CEO of the Youth Trust Foundation, better known as ‘myHarapan’, a foundation dedicated to developing independent and positive youth by empowering them through social impact initiatives. She served as the General Manager for one and a half years before assuming her role as CEO.

She was previously with the Multimedia Development Corporation, the guardian of Malaysia’s Super Corridor, and headed the Project Management and IT Services unit under the Technopreneurs Development Department.

Nurfarini has 14 years of startup experience, and also did training and coaching for unemployed graduates and entrepreneurs in SMEs.

Nurfarini graduated from the University of Warwick, UK in Accounting and Finance. She is also an alumnus of INSEAD Social Entrepreneurship Program and has a certificate in Teaching from Stamford College.

She holds a Degree in Actuarial Science from City University London.




Shariha is a social designer, impact strategist and investor with over 15 years of experience, holding various roles in the public, private and non-profit sectors around  the  world. She specialises  in designing platforms  and  programmes that  support entrepreneurs,  change leaders and social innovators, as well as connecting them with supporters  and enablers to create partnerships, policies and innovations.

Shariha is a Global Good Fund Ambassador and +SocialGood Connector at the UN  Foundation initiative, PlusSocialGood together  with partners  such  as  the Rockefeller Foundation, Bill & Melinda  Gates Foundation and UNDP. She is also a social entrepreneur  in residence at Sunway University Social Enterprise Centre and  INSEAD  Singapore. Shariha is also  involved in Google Business  Groups Women Kuala Lumpur, Social Value International as  well as  Social Progress Malaysia Malaysian chapter as part of her commitment to build communities of practitioners connected to causes.




Shahira is the Managing Director of Yayasan Hasanah, and also a Director in the Managing Director’s Office in Khazanah Nasional Berhad, which she joined in November 2006.

Prior to that, Shahira worked with Procter & Gamble Malaysia from 2000 to 2006, specialising in strategic  communications and reputation  management,  public affairs, and corporate responsibility for Malaysia and Singapore. Before Procter

& Gamble,   Shahira had a short  stint  at Asian Strategy & Leadership Institute from 1997 to 2000, working on special projects, and overseeing the US-Malaysia bilateral and business advocacy initiatives.

Shahira holds a Bachelor of Arts from International Islamic University Malaysia and M.A. in Public Communication from American University, Washington, D.C.  She is also an accredited Business Communicator.