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Fazil Irwan Som is the CEO of Penang Halal International, the state government agency for the development of the Halal business ecosystem in Penang. Before Penang, he spent 1.5 years in Rabat, Morocco as an international diplomat working in ICESCO, an intergovernmental organization focusing on the human development agenda through education, culture and scientific initiatives. He was the Executive Director of the International Strategy Institute, where he organised the World Chinese Economic Forum in Hangzhou, China in 2019 bringing together countries within China’s Belt and Road initiative. He was the ASEAN consultant for OECD based in Paris, the former Executive Director of the World Islamic Economic Forum under the leadership of Tun Musa Hitam as the then Chairman for 11 years, and also the former Special Officer of the then Chairman and CEO of ISIS Malaysia, the late Tan Sri Noordin Sopiee. Fazil is also the founder and director of a 3-times award winning boutique beach house in Terengganu called Che Beach House. He is a British Chevening and Asia 21 alumni, and he is a former Japanese traditional koto player in 2003-2005 performing for the Ikebana Festival in Malaysia for the then Agung of Malaysia and the Hiroshima Memorial Day in SOAS, London.

Mr. Fazil Irwan Som

Afdhal Aliasar is an Islamic Economy and Finance practitioner who is also an Islamic Philanthropist. He is now a Director of Halal Product Industry in the National Committee of Islamic Economy and Finance of the Republic of Indonesia (KNEKS).

After accomplishing his degree from the Faculty of Engineering in Universitas Indonesia on 1997, he started his professional career in the banking industry by joining Executive Management Training at Bank Niaga where he engaged in various fields involving HR, Operations, Product Development, and Mutual Funds Management on Investment Services Group. Later on, he continued his career joining Citibank N.A., responsible for Global Transaction Services Business while also pursuing a Master’s Degree on Strategic Management at Prasetiya Mulya Business School. He was entrusted to establishing a subsidiary, Citigroup Securities Indonesia in the Citigroup Global Market, and lastly served as Vice President, Head of Operations Indonesia. In 2011, he was entrusted to reactivate the Nomura’s securities business and served as the Vice President, Head of Operations of Nomura Asia Ex-Japan before retiring from the investment and capital market industry in 2016.

His interest in Islamic finance and Islamic economy made him pursue the industry by continuing to explore knowledge and expertise in various places, including INCEIF Malaysia, Durham University UK and Islamic Finance Qualification/IFQ – Chartered Institute of Securities and Investment/CISI, UK. In 2016, Afdhal established PT. Pengelola Aset Islami Indonesia, and as a founding director he directly takes part in various Islamic economy development and Islamic business projects that are directly associated to real economy sector. Afdhal pioneered the productive waqf scheme that is applied to business assets which foster the sustainability of its business and benefits. The business focuses on healthcare and agriculture sector, etc.

 

Mr. Afdhal Aliasar

Mr. Mirza is holder of bachelor degree in Business Administration (Finance), Masters in Business Administration with specialization in Finance and Masters in Science in Islamic Finance honoured by Central Bank of Malaysia (BNM). Mr. Mirza has 15 years of experience in Islamic and conventional banking as well 6 years in finance training and teaching. During his training work he conducted professional training in finance field for 2 years. Mr. Mirza has experience of managing investment projects in banking as well academic industries for 6 years. He was providing training in corporate finance, interantional finance and Islamic banking and finance.

As a principal lecturer for banking and finance in faculty of business and management in LUCT University he created programs in banking and finance and Islamic Finance. Furthermore, he was one of pioneering individuals which contributed to development of Islamic banking and finance in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Currently Mr. Mirza is working as Principal Consultant of MalBos Consulting, representing several Bosnian companies in Malaysia in fields of food & beverage, tourism & hospitality as well as investment. 

As a researcher Mr. Mirza has published his papers in over 20 international conferences and journals. He is Chairman of Dunia Melayu Dunia Islam (Bosnia chapter), Vice President of Malaysia-Bosnian and Herzegovina Business Council and Advisor to Malaysia Bosnia Trade Corporation Association.

In addition, Mr. Mirza is considerably involved in organization of Sarajevo Business Forum (SBF) and Sarajevo Halal Fair (SHF). He was also actively participating in work with Perdana Global Peace Foundation Malaysia and Perdana Leadership Foundation Malaysia.

Mr. Mirza Vejzagic

Mr. Marcelo Abou Abdelnour HIDALGO is founder of the Halal Certification Center of Chile (CHILEHALAL). He organized the South American Halal Expo since 2012 and President of the Latin American Halal Certification Committee since 2013.

From 1984, he obtained professional qualifications in specialized education and accounting studies. After 5 years of experience as a professor, he turned to business management, more than 30 years. He decided to return to Chile in the 90s, he founded the Muslim community of the Region of Valparaiso that was his big project and focus to solve mosque and halal food problems in Chile.

In September 2010, he established the Halal Certification Center of Chile “ChileHalal”, today present with its activities in more than 8 countries of the continent and he authored American Halal Standard 3.0. President of the Chamber of Commerce Chile Malaysia, member of the largest union of Muslim business leaders the MUSIAD.

Mr. Marcelo Hidalgo Valdes

Aleem Guiapal, cited by the Royal Islamic Strategic Studies Centre in Jordan as One of the Top 500 Most Influential Muslims is a subject matter expert in Philippine Investments and promotions strategy. He led various institutions both in the public and private sectors in the Philippines and credited in bringing an international brand to Philippine government investment promotions initiatives for the past 10 years. He recently facilitated a business forum in United Arab Emirates, Israel, Saudi Arabia, South Korea, China, India, Taiwan and Malaysia during the pandemic (2021). Prior, he co-led investment and economic missions in the US, South East Asia and the Middle East. He also supported financial inclusion policies in the Philippines (from forging the draft of the law with the Inter Agency Technical Working Group to lobbying) later led in passing into law of RA 11439, An Act Providing for the Regulation and Organization of Islamic Banks. He is the brainchild of the 1st International Islamic Finance Conference in the Philippines. Acknowledging his contributions in financial inclusion and economic development, he was commended by various organizations such as Contributions to Society by the HRD Asia Awards in Jakarta, Indonesia and One of the Top 10 Most Inspiring People by Manila Bulletin. He now serves as Group Manager of the Promotions and Public Relations of the Philippine Economic Zone Authority. Aleem is a Fulbright-Hubert H. Humphrey Fellow in Economic Development at Michigan State University (2017-2018) and Asian Development Bank-Japan Scholarship Program (ADB-JSP) alumnus of the Asian Institute of Management. 

Mr. Aleem Siddiqui M. Guiapal

Mark Jason Thomas (Jason) is the Chief Executive Officer of MAB Kargo, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Malaysia Aviation Group (MAG), effective June 2022. He previously served as Chief Commercial Officer of MAB Kargo since 2018.

Jason holds a Master’s Degree in Supply Chain Management and possesses more than 20 years of experience in numerous positions at international forwarding companies. On the cargo airline front, he has strong business acumen encompassing revenue management, freighter operations, network planning and ground handling.

His career in the logistics industry rose from rank and file as an Operations Executive with a multi-national company. Prior to his last appointment before joining MAB Kargo, Jason served as the Commercial Director of a regional freighter operator. Throughout his career, he has developed a good network among other industry players globally and has been able to motivate his team in delivering customer needs as well as stakeholder expectations. He has been responsible in developing and implementing sales strategies as well as meeting set expectations and revenue target.

Mr. Mark Jason Thomas

En Nazri Bin Ismail is the Head Division of Commercial & Stakeholders Management at Penang Port Sdn Bhd. With extensive experience and expertise in his field, he actively participates and effectively works as part of the Chief Executive Office’s Leadership Team. His contributions to the development of strategy, collaboration with peers, and overall business performance and growth of the company are commendable.

As the Head Division of Commercial & Stakeholders Management, En Nazri leads the formulation and execution of long-term strategic goals for the department. Under his guidance, the division encompasses various key areas, including the Commercial Department, Stakeholders & Warehouse Services Management, Corporate Communication Section, and Cruise Management Section.

En Nazri completed his Degree in Transport from UITM Shah Alam, where he graduated in the years 1990 to 1995. He began his career at Penang Port Sdn Bhd on 2nd May 1995, where he has showcased his exceptional skills and dedication to the organization. His valuable contributions have played a vital role in the success and growth of the company.

In addition to his role at Penang Port Sdn Bhd, En Nazri has also served as a Board Director for KTMB from 2018 to 2021. During the same period, he also held the position of Board Director for Multimodal Freight. Furthermore, En Nazri served as a Board Director of Lembaga Pelabuhan Kuantan from 2018 to 2020. His expertise and leadership have been instrumental in the development and success of these organizations.

En Nazri’s vast knowledge and experience led him to become a consultant at Penang Port, specifically focusing on South Thai Matters from 2020 to 2022. His consultancy role has further enhanced his understanding of the industry and reinforced his ability to deliver strategic solutions.

With his strong background and remarkable achievements, En Nazri Bin Ismail continues to contribute significantly to the field of Commercial & Stakeholders Management. His expertise, leadership, and dedication make him an invaluable asset to the organization and a true leader in his field.

Mr. Nazri bin Ismail

Visionary, forward thinking and cultural fit entreprenuer who builds and improves organizational effectiveness and communication through strong leadership and decision making skills. Goal oriented and driven individual with a strong knowledge and deep experience in broad range of industry segments such as government, logistics, halal commercialization and SME development.

Mr. Ramlan Osman

Sari Lenggogeni, Ph.D is a Chair of West Sumatra Tourism Board, Indonesia. She is also a Founder and Director of Tourism Development Center, Universitas Andalas, West Sumatera, Indonesia. Her Ph.D awarded from School of Tourism, The University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia. Her research interests include Tourism Crises and Disaster Management, Psychology of Tourism, Halal Tourism, and Tourist Behaviour. She was an expert team of tourism working group KEIN RI presidential advisory board in Indonesia (2016-2019). Sari also an ad-hoc reviewer for Q1 Scopus-Indexed Tourism Journal include Tourism Management, Annals of Tourism Research, Current Issues in tourism etc. She is an experienced expert leader for tourism policy and planning in Indonesia. She is as speakers in international tourism conferences/ guest lectures

Dr. Sari Lenggogeni

Datin Shahdee Ahmad is currently Director of Human Capital and Secretariat, Office of the Chief Executive at the Northern Corridor Implementation Authority (NCIA), a regional development authorityresponsible for establishing direction, devising policies and strategies related to the socioeconomic development of the Northern Corridor
Economic Region (NCER) of Malaysia.

She joined NCIA in 2017 and now leads and provides strategic direction for the implementation of Rakyat Centric Human Capital programmes that since 2019, have empowered and transformed the socio-economic status of more than 100,000 women, youth, unemployed graduates, Orang Asli and other vulnerable groups, as well as develop and manage programmes to grow and sustain almost 23,000 micro enterprises and SMEs in NCER. Her 30 years’ working experience started in the corporate sector when she joined the Renong Management Trainee Scheme (now UEM Group Berhad), recruited during her final year at City University in London. She climbed the corporate ladder from Executive to Deputy Senior Manager in 7 years and 5 years later to Senior General Manager, gaining experience in the Group’s key subsidiaries and acquired fundamental aspects of managing a company including managing risks and internal controls, with hands-on-experience in developing, executing and monitoring the company’s strategic plans using various tools and methodologies such as SCQuARE method, Blue Ocean Strategy, Business Canvas and Balance Scorecard.

Datin Shahdee Dato Ahmad

Siti Kamariah Ahmad Subki’s profound understanding of Islamic finance and her passion for driving positive change have led her to explore the potential of Islamic Social Finance as a tool for creating a better world. As a member of the board at INCEIF University, former Economics, Finance and Private Sector Advisor at UNDP in New York, USA and the UN World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul, Turkey, Siti Kamariah has demonstrated her strategic thinking and visionary leadership in promoting sustainable and ethical practices across disciplines.

Her dedication to marine preservation, climate justice, animal rescue, education and supporting local artisans and artists, particularly women and those in rural areas, exemplifies her commitment to building a more inclusive and equitable society. Siti Kamariah’s exploration of Islamic Social Finance as a means of driving positive change showcases her innovative approach and unwavering belief in the power of finance to create social impact.

A trained Chartered Accountant with CAANZ, Siti Kamariah holds a Masters of Commerce in Finance from the University of New South Wales and Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Sydney in Australia. She also runs an art school and gallery in Shah Alam and has fundraised almost RM200k for social causes through the sale of her artworks. .

Mrs. Siti Kamariah Ahmad Subki

Zarina Abu Bakar is the CEO of Perdana Leadership Foundation (PLF), a non-profit research and archive centre dedicated to Malaysia’s past Prime Ministers and Malaysia’s development journey. The Foundation operates a physical and digital library as well as organises programmes related to leadership and national issues. Prior to joining PLF in 2005, Zarina worked in her family-owned industrial development firm before joining ISIS (Institute of Strategic and International Studies) under its Economics bureau. Zarina is a BSc (Econs) graduate of the London School of Economics and Political Science.

Mrs. Zarina Abu Bakar

With over 30 years of experience in the technology industry, Ts. Ng Kwang Ming has established himself as a leader and innovator in the field of digital transformation. Ng is the Chief Executive Officer of Digital Penang, the primary agency responsible for driving digital transformation in Penang.

Prior to joining Digital Penang, he has held various leadership positions in the technology industry, bringing an interesting mix of extensive experience from IC design to telecommunication systems, enterprise IT services and technology sectors. He has worked for leading technology multinationals (IBM and Motorola) managing global teams in engineering to product management. He was also the Head of Digital Research and Head of IT for MIMOS Berhad, Malaysia’s national applied research and development centre under the Ministry of Science, Technology And Innovation (MOSTI). He led the research into distributed/cloud computing (2007), big data & analytics (2009), software defined platforms (2013), distributed ledger (2017) and holds 5 patents in the process.

He holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the University of California at Berkeley and postgraduate diploma in Business Administration from the same university. He has also completed executive programs with Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business.

Ng is also an active member on the Malaysia Board of Technologist.

Ts. Ng Kwang Ming

Mahadhir Aziz is a prominent veteran of visionary and strategic national initiatives.
He is a strong advocate for digital transformation and social digital inclusion and often shares his insights and thoughts on digital economy at various speaking engagements and events including the Smart City Expo World Congress, UN Habitat World Urban Forum and Mobile World Congress.

He spent the past 20 years developing and leading strategies and initiatives such as the Cyberjaya Global Tech Hub, the National Regulatory Sandbox (which later gave birth to the NTIS of today), and the Malaysia Digital (MD) national initiative that succeeds the Multimedia Super Corridor (MSC) Malaysia – giving it a refresh in many critical areas. Mahadhir also serves as amember of the board of Malaysia Board of Technologists (MBOT), Johor Land Group (JLG) including state digital economy councils.

Mahadhir is currently the Chief Executive Officer of Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC), a keynote speaker, and someone who enjoys sports.

Ts. Mahadhir Aziz

Amnah Shaari is the Group Chief Executive Officer and Founder of Serunai Commerce Sdn Bhd and Beyond Corporate Group. With over 35 years of experience, she sat in many key MNC companies as Director and advisor and has played vital roles in bridging business and investment gaps between multinational blue-chip establishments and their presence and establishment in ASEAN and particularly in Malaysia. Amnah has also contributed her view to many governments’ transformation programmes and held several top posts for international business chambers such as the National Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Malaysia, Malaysia International Chamber of Commerce and Industry, and Arab Malaysia Chamber of Commerce amongst others, and has been elected as the Chairman of many SME Committees in advocating policies and program to the government.

She holds a Master’s Degree in International Relations from Claremont University, California USA, and Double Degree in Business Management and Political Science from Sonoma States University CA.

Amnah has been featured in numerous conferences and international media on her views and perspectives on women’s entrepreneurship, business automation, FDI, public policies advocacy, SME development, and of late her achievement in developing the world’s first Digital Halal Ecosystem.

With the support and collaboration with the Islamic Development Bank and JAKIM, Amnah is now set to pave the way further for digitalisation on Halal through Serunai Commerce’s Verify Halal app, Blockchain Traceability System and its Halal Assurance System built for various stakeholders.

Puan Amnah Shaari

Datuk Dr Hamzah Kassim has a very diverse professional career that spans over 35 years working across global consulting firms and public sector . He is the Co-founder of iA Group,an investment holding company with interest in management and technology consulting ,human capital development and digital start up.  Prior to iA Group he was Executive Director/ Partner of Ernst and Young , Country Head and Vice President  of the global consulting firm of Cap Gemini and managing director of PA Consulting Group .During his many  years in management consulting  he had led large scale strategy and transformation  assignments in public sector and across multiple  industry sectors in Malaysia and middle east. He is currently Chairman of Hong Leong Islamic Bank ,board member of Hong Leong Bank,  Advisory Board Member of Malaysia Anti- Corruption Commission ,Board of Trustee of  MIER and  adjunct professor at the Center of Corporate Strategy University Malaya . .He is currently member of the Adam Smith Panmure House Society , a socio economic think tank in Edinburgh. Dr Hamzah was member of  the National Economic Advisory Council  (NEAC)from 2009 -2011..He also served as Chairman of Heriot Watt University Malaysia, Chairman of Encorp Bhd  and  board member of University Kebangsaan Malaysia  .Prior to joining the consulting industry, he had held various senior positions in  the government in the field of technology development  and industrial change .Dr Hamzah was also member of the expert panel of UNCTAD and Islamic Development Bank Jeddah. 

Datuk Dr. Hamzah Kassim