YAB Dato’ Sri Najib Razak, the Prime Minister of Malaysia has been instrumental in Malaysia’s pursuit to becoming a developed and high-income nation by 2020. He successfully established the National Transformation Programme (NTP) in 2009 to improve the quality of public services, increase efficiency and make the government more transparent. The programme sets key performance indicators (KPI) to measure the performance of officials and agencies as well as national key result areas to define goals for specific areas of public policy. He also introduced a new cabinet position in charge of unity and performance management to implement the KPI system.
The NTP has made fundamental improvements to education, healthcare and rural infrastructure, alleviated poverty, reduced crime and improved the cost of living.
To drive the nation forward, YAB Dato’ Sri Najib has also introduced the New Economic Model with reforms to create a business environment conducive to economic growth, development and investment.
Executive Chairman of Alibaba Group & Philanthropist
Jack Ma is Alibaba Group’s lead founder and since May 2013, has served as the Group’s Executive Chairman. From the Group’s founding in 1999 until May 2013, Jack served as the Group’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. He is also the founder of the Zhejiang-based Jack Ma Foundation.
Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt is arguably the fastest man in the world, winning three gold medals at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, China, and becoming the first man in Olympic history to win both the 100-meter and 200-meter races in record times.
Sir Richard Branson is Founder of the Virgin Group. Virgin is a leading international investment group and one of the world’s most recognized and respected brands. Conceived in 1970 by Sir Richard Branson, the Virgin Group has gone on to grow successful businesses in sectors including mobile telephony, travel & transportation, financial services, leisure & entertainment and health & wellness. Virgin has created more than 400 branded companies worldwide and employs more than 60,000 people, operating in over 50 countries.
Faris Hadad-Zervos is the World Bank Country Manager for Malaysia, based in Kuala Lumpur. Faris, a US national, joined the World Bank in 1996 with the Private Sector Development Department. He served as Manager of the Technical Cooperation Program with the Gulf Cooperation Countries (2000-2003), Head of Mission for Iraq (2003-2005), Operations Manager for the West Bank and Gaza (2005-2008), Acting Director for Fragile States in the Operations Department (2010-2011) and Country Manager for Bolivia (2012-2015). In 2008, Faris took a leave of absence from the World Bank to serve as the Deputy Head of the Quartet Office for the Middle East Peace Process, based in Jerusalem.
Faris holds a Master’s Degree in Economics from George Mason University, and a Master’s Degree in Finance from George Washington University.
David Coulthard dominated Britain’s junior Formula Ford categories in 1989 and became the first ever recipient of the McLaren Autosport BRDC Award for young drivers. In 1991, he fought a titanic battle with future F1 rival Rubens Barrichello for the British Formula 3 (F3) Championship and won the prestigious Macau F3 Grand Prix.
Dato’ Sri Idris Jala was recently featured in Bloomberg Markets’ 50 Most Influential List of individuals who have moved markets or shaped ideas and policies. He was a Member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on New Growth Models and the World Bank’s Panel of Advisory Experts for Competitive Industries practice division. He was also a Minister in Prime Minister’s Office and is currently the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Performance Management and Delivery Unit (PEMANDU) and Managing Director of BFR Institute. PEMANDU is a unit that oversees the Malaysia’s National Transformation Programme.
Previously, Idris spent an illustrious 23 years working for Shell in various capacities, based in Malaysia, UK, Netherlands and Sri Lanka. He led a successful turnaround when he was the CEO of Malaysia Airlines. During the time, he was also a Board member of the International Air Transport Association.
In 2010, Jamila left her job at Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI/University of Washington) where she worked as a Medical Records Systems developer to co-found M-Farm.
M-Farm helps farmers trapped in subsistence agriculture to move into commercial farming by leveraging available mobile technology to provide needed real-time information and incentivise collective action.
Using their mobile phones, farmers can send simple inquiries and gain access to real-time price information for specific crops in the regions in which they live. By incentivizing entrepreneurial activity and collective action, M-Farm is ushering in a wave of commercial farming led by smallholder farmers. Jamila was also an Ashoka fellow in 2013.
Jamila strives to empower people, especially women, with the knowledge to unleash their potential and drive growth in the East African IT sector.
Dr Paul Romer, an economist and policy entrepreneur, is a Professor at New York University (NYU) and Director of the Marron Institute of Urban Management. Marron deepens the fundamental understanding of cities by working with civic innovators to improve urban management. He is also the founding director of the Urbanization Project at the Leonard N. Stern School of Business. The Urbanization Project conducts applied research on the many ways in which policymakers in the developing world can use the rapid growth of cities to create economic opportunity and undertake systemic social reform.
Before coming to NYU, Dr Paul taught at Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business. While there Dr Paul took an entrepreneurial detour to start Aplia, an education technology company dedicated to increasing student effort and classroom engagement. To date, students have submitted over 1 billion answers to homework problems on the Aplia website.
Prior to Stanford, Dr Paul taught in the economics departments at the University of California, Berkeley, the University of Chicago, and the University of Rochester. He is a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research and a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He is a non-resident scholar at both the Center for Global Development in Washington, D.C. and the Macdonald Laurier Institute in Ottawa, Ontario. In 2002, he received the Recktenwald Prize for his work on the role of ideas in sustaining economic growth.
Dr Paul serves on the board of trustees for the Carnegie Endowment for the Advancement of Teaching. He is also a member of the board of directors for Community Solutions, a national not-for-profit dedicated to strengthening communities and ending homelessness.
Gold Medal-winning Paralympian and Director of Silver 2 Gold
Born into a family of sporting stars, Katrina Webb was born with natural athleticism. By age 18, she had already secured a netball scholarship at The Australian Institute of Sport. While training at the Institute of Sport, Katrina discovered that she had a weakness in her right-hand side, which turned out to be a case of Cerebral Palsy. Despite this, a twist of fate presented a previously unseen opportunity: Katrina was now eligible for the Paralympic Games. Her weakness had become her greatest strength.
Over the years Katrina had tried to conceal her disability so making the decision to compete at the very public Paralympics was not easy. In time, through self-acceptance and determination, she tackled her disability head on. This decision paid off when she won two gold medals and a silver in Atlanta (1996) and went on to win a silver and bronze medal in Sydney (2000).
While Katrina had a successful Paralympics in Sydney, her competitive spirit left her with the desire to win gold again. In the four years between the Sydney and Athens Paralympics, Katrina mastered the alchemy of performance with a clear focus on developing the mind-set and behaviour to turn her dream into reality. At the Athens Paralympics in 2004, she won another gold medal in the 400-metre sprint and set a new Paralympic record.
Today, Katrina is the founding Director of Silver 2 Gold High-Performance Solutions. As a professional speaker, she has impressed audiences at an international level, including the United Nations International Year of Sport in New York (2006).
Given her own experience in managing a disability and having the desire to help others, Katrina is also a passionate humanitarian. She currently organises leadership treks to Nepal – including to Everest Basecamp – while raising funds for the health, education and protection of children in Nepal.
Director General of Dubai Municipality, United Arab Emirates
HE Hussain Nasser Lootah has been Director General of Dubai Municipality since 7 January 2009.
HE Hussain has chaired a number of committees in Dubai Municipality such as the Technical Committee, Strategic Plan Committee, e-Government Committee, Personnel Committee, and organizing committees of a number of conferences organized by the municipality. He was also instrumental in winning some 30 local, regional and international awards for Dubai Municipality.
In his capacity as the Director General of Dubai Municipality, HE Hussain chairs and sits on the board of a number of semi-governmental organizations. He is also a member and the head of several committees within the Executive Council of Dubai Government.
Chief Education Advisor at Pearson, Founder & Chairman of Delivery Associates
Sir Michael Barber has extensive experience of designing and delivering system-wide public service reform. In November 2015, he was appointed as a non-executive board member at the UK Ministry of Justice. Previously, Sir Michael served the UK government as Chief Adviser to the Secretary of State for Education on School Standards (1997-2001) and as Head of the Prime Minister’s Delivery Unit (2001-2005). The Delivery Unit he created in Downing Street has since been emulated in many other countries.
After leaving government, Sir Michael became Partner at McKinsey & Company where he played a leading role in establishing its public sector practice.
Sir Michael joined Pearson in September 2011 as Chief Education Advisor, leading their worldwide programme of efficacy and research. He is Chairman of the Pearson Affordable Learning Fund.
Sir Michael’s publications include ‘Instruction to Deliver’ (2008) and ‘How to Run a Government’ (2015).
British High Commissioner to Malaysia HE Victoria Treadell CMG MVO took up her appointment as British High Commissioner to Malaysia in succession to Mr Simon Featherstone CMG in October 2014.
HE Victoria joined the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) in 1979. Her FCO career has further covered a wide range of other policy and service delivery roles including three years as UK Trade and Investment’s Director for the North West of England. She was made a Member of the Royal Victorian Order (MVO) in 1989 and a Commander of the Order of St Michael and St George (CMG) in 2010. In 2009 she won the Public Sector Award in the UK’s prestigious Asian Women of Achievement Awards.
With three decades’ experience in international motorsport, including senior roles with the Jordan and Red Bull Racing Formula One™ (F1) teams as well as running Cosworth’s F1 Business unit, Mark Gallagher has worked with many leading sporting figures and has developed a unique insight into the way they operate. He has also developed a wide range of business interests in the sport, including creating a championship-winning racing team.
Having started out as an F1 journalist and broadcaster, he went on to become a media consultant for major sponsors including Marlboro and Canon. He joined Eddie Jordan’s fledgling F1 team for its debut season in 1991, returning to the team in 1995 where he became head of marketing and was on the team’s management board during its most successful years.
Joining Jaguar Racing in 2004, Mark remained with the team during its transition into Red Bull Racing before leaving to establish his own racing team, Status Grand Prix, which won the A1GP World Cup of Motorsport, and later, a winning team in both GP2 and GP3 – the feeder categories to Formula One.
In 2009, he took over the running of the world-famous Cosworth F1 engine business, re-establishing the British company as a leading supplier to a third of the F1 teams in 2010.
Minister in the Malaysian Prime Minister’s Department, Economic Planning Unit
YB Datuk Seri Abdul Rahman Dahlan was first elected as a Member of Parliament for Kota Belud, Sabah in 2008. After his re-election in 2013, he was first appointed to the Federal Cabinet as the Minister of Urban Wellbeing, Housing and Local Government. During the most recent cabinet reshuffle in June 2016, he was reappointed to the Federal Cabinet as a Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department, in charge of the Economic Planning Unit. Along with his ministerial post, he is a Supreme Council Member of UMNO, the Secretary of Sabah Barisan Nasional and the Strategic Communications Director of Barisan Nasional.
YB Datuk Seri Abdul Rahman has also been on the board of directors of Padiberas Nasional (BERNAS), a government-linked company in the rice industry and Jinora Corporation, an oil and gas company. In addition, he was also the chairman of Viztel Solution and Yayasan Sabah Shipping.
YB Datuk Seri Abdul Rahman once served as Chief Secretariat for Peace Malaysia, a non-governmental organisation promoting peace in Malaysia and internationally. He has also organised multiple campaigns during his tenure, including an aid mission for the victims of the 2004 Aceh Tsunami, ‘Save Palestine’ as well as ‘End Israeli Violence’ campaigns.
Sir Chris Bonington was born in London and in the 1950s, served for five years as an officer in the British Army. Shortly after leaving the Army, he became a professional mountaineer and explorer.
Sir Chris had started climbing at the age of 16 and it has been his passion ever since. He is Britain’s most famous living mountaineer and his accomplishments are legendary, comprising a host of innovative new routes and first ascents. He has been on 29 Himalayan expeditions including four to Mount Everest and has made many first ascents in the Alps and great ranges of the world.
In 1962 Chris made the first British ascent of the formidable North Wall of the Eiger and in 1970, he led the expedition that made the first ascent of the South Face of Annapurna, the most difficult climb in the Himalayas at the time.
Sir Chris led his first expedition to Mount Everest in 1972. This was followed by a successful attempt in 1975 when he led the British Mt Everest Southwest Face Expedition. In 1982 he led an expedition to the Northeast Ridge and in April 1985, he became the oldest mountaineer, at the age of 50, to reach the summit by the South Col route.
A resident of the Lake District in Cumbria, Sir Chris succeeded Princess Alexandra as Chancellor of Lancaster University in 2005 and served for ten years. He was knighted in 1996 for his services to sport.
Sir Chris continues to be an active mountaineer and motivational speaker.
YBhg. Tan Sri Dato’ Azman Mokhtar is the Managing Director of Khazanah Nasional Berhad, the strategic investment holding company of Malaysian government. He is also the Chairman of Iskandar Investment Berhad and Axiata Group Berhad and holds various board memberships including Yayasan Khazanah and Jadwa Investment of Saudi Arabia. He serves on various public service bodies including Performance Management and Delivery Unit, Malaysia International Islamic Financial Centre and Malaysian Innovation Agency. He also sits on the board of trustees of Asia Business Council, the INSEAD East Asia Council and the Global Agenda Council on the Role of Business for the 2011 World Economic Forum.
He is also the Co-Founder and former Managing Director of BinaFikir Sdn Bhd, Director of Head of Country Research at Salomon Smith Barney Malaysia and Director, Head of Research at the Union Bank of Switzerland in Malaysia. He also served in various capacities with Tenaga Nasional Berhad.
He obtained his M.Phil in development studies from Darwin College, University of Cambridge and a postgraduate diploma in Islamic studies from the International Islamic University, Malaysia. He is a fellow chartered certified accountant and a chartered financial analyst.
Executive Director, Managing Director’s Office, Khazanah Nasional & Managing Director, Khazanah Research Institute
Dato’ Charon joined Khazanah in November 2013 as an Executive Director, Managing Director’s Office. He is also the Managing Director of the Khazanah Research Institute.
A former investment banker and lawyer, he joined Khazanah from the CIMB Group where he headed investment banking globally for the group as the Deputy Chief Executive Officer, Investment Banking, CIMB Group and the Chief Executive Officer of CIMB Investment Bank. Prior to that, he was the Managing Partner of Messrs Zaid Ibrahim & Co. He has also been in corporate finance at Rashid Hussain Securities and an advocate and solicitor at Shearn Delamore & Co.
He is a member of the boards of Yayasan Tuanku Syed Putra Perlis and Yayasan Tuanku Fauziah.
Dato’ Charon read Philosophy, Politics and Economics at Balliol College, University of Oxford and Law at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. He is a Chartered Banker and a Fellow of the Asian Institute of Chartered Bankers. He is a non-practising barrister of the Middle Temple and advocate and solicitor of the High Court of Malaya.
Before his appointment as Group Chairman of PNB in July 2016, Dato’ Sri Abdul Wahid Omar served as a Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department as well as President and CEO of Maybank Group.
When he was a Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department, he supervised several government agencies including the Economic Planning Unit (EPU), Public-Private Partnership Unit (UKAS), the Statistics Department, Ekuiti Nasional Berhad (Ekuinas), Talent Corporation (TalentCorp) and Bumiputra Agenda Steering Unit (TERAJU).
Dato’ Sri Abdul Wahid has an outstanding leadership track record in corporate and financial management for organisations such as Maybank, Telekom Malaysia, Axiata Group, UEM Group and PLUS Expressways. In 2013, he was conferred the Asian Banker Leadership Achievement Award for Malaysia and The Edge Value Creator Award. Dato’ Sri Abdul Wahid was also the recipient of The Business Times/American Express Malaysian CEO of the Year Award in 2006.
A medical practitioner by profession, Dr Rajiv Bhanot possesses a big heart in helping people. After working in a government hospital in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia for some years, Dr Rajiv moved on to pursue the path of social entrepreneurship where he founded and is currently the CEO of H2GO Global. H2GO Global has spent many years developing their patented British nanotechnology that has the ability to convert any source of filthy contaminated water into safe and sterile drinking water without the use of any electricity, chemical additives or ultraviolet treatments.
Having collaborated with governments, foundations and corporate entities, H2GO Technology has reached out and lifted close to 2 million people out of water poverty worldwide. Globally, more than 1.2 billion people are trapped in water poverty and over 3.5 million lives are lost annually due to waterborne diseases. Reducing and finally eliminating this humanitarian crisis is Dr Rajiv and H2GO’s mission.
Dr Rajiv is also a co-founder of Phi Clinic Malaysia, a premier aesthetics centre located in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. He is also very involved in various non-profit organisations focused on uplifting and empowering underprivileged communities.
Currently, Dr Rajiv is also an Exco Member of the Malaysia-Ghana Business Chambers and the Malaysian African Professionals & Entrepreneurs (MAPE).
Dr Rajiv has spoken frequently at various forums focused on inspiring youths and has also presented H2GO’s technology in various international platforms such as the Aid & International Development Forum (AIDF), Water Security Summit in 2014 and TEDxKL in 2016.
Dr Rajiv has been recognised for his humanitarian efforts by many organisations. He was the recipient of the Global Lifesaver Award in 2012 and Malaysia’s Top 10 Most Innovative Young Leaders Award by UCSI. He has also been featured on Malaysia Tatler’s ‘The 300 List’ and Prestige Malaysia’s Top 40 under 40.
YB Khairy Jamaluddin is Minister of Youth and Sports as well as a Member of Parliament representing the Rembau constituency in Negeri Sembilan. He is also Leader of UMNO Youth and the Chairman of Barisan Nasional Youth.
Prior to entering politics, he worked as a journalist, policy aide and investment banker. YB Khairy was educated at the Universities of Oxford and London. The World Economic Forum in Davos selected him as a Young Global Leader in 2005 and he was made an Asia 21 Fellow by the Asia Society in 2006. YB Khairy was also elected as Visiting Fellow at the Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies in 2002. In 2012, he was appointed as Chairman of the National Entrepreneurs Development Corporation.
He has undergone the airborne paratrooper course in the Special Warfare Training Centre in the Sungai Udang Camp and currently serves as Commander of the 508 Regiment in the Malaysian Territorial Army with the rank of Brigadier General. He is married to Nori Abdullah and they have three sons, Jibreil “Cougar” Ali, Timor “Puma” Abdullah and Raif “Leo” Averroes.
Anthony Tan is the co-founder and Group CEO of Grab, Southeast Asia’s leading mobile technology company. Grab solves critical transportation challenges to make transport freedom a reality for 620 million people in Southeast Asia. Grab’s core product platform includes commuting solutions for drivers and passengers with an emphasis on convenience, safety and reliability, as well as its proprietary mobile payments platform, GrabPay.
Deborah Henry took to the runway at age 15 before she finished school and traveled the world before pursuing a degree in Economics and Political Science at the University of Queensland. She was later invited to join Miss World and Miss Universe Malaysia where she did her country proud – Deborah placed in the top 15 at the 2007 Miss World.
Her travel experiences and upbringing have contributed to her passion in helping disadvantaged communities. Over the past nine years, she has carried out extensive humanitarian work. In her role as World Vision’s Children’s Rights advocate, she has visited Syrian refugee settlements in Lebanon and has advocated for refugee rights on behalf of UNHCR Malaysia.
In 2009, she co-founded a non-profit education hub for over 160 students from Somalia, Yemen, Syria, Iraq, Libya, Pakistan and Palestine. Her work on children’s, education and refugee rights has been recognized overseas. In 2013, she was named as one of Forbes Top 48 Philanthropists.
Ambassador (Designate) of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to Malaysia
HE Mrs. Mössenlechner was born in Enschede, a city in the east of the Netherlands, on 14 September 1970.
After grammar school she studied at the Technical University of Twente, the University of Leyden and the University of Texas in Austin. She graduated in 1995 at the University of Leyden in History/American Studies (cum laude). For her Master’s Thesis she received the Theodore Roosevelt Award and the Robert Fruin Award.
After several jobs in journalism and politics she started her diplomatic career at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1997. She was first posted in The Hague, followed by a posting as Head of Political Section in New Delhi, India. From 2006 until 2010 she was Deputy Ambassador and Head of Economic Affairs in Berne, Switzerland. From 2010 until 2011 she was Assistant Director European Integration at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in The Hague. She then went on a transfer to the Royal Netherlands Football Association (KNVB), where she worked as Coordinator security policy and public affairs, as well as deputy competition leader for the Dutch Premier League (Eredivisie). From 2013 until 2016 she was back at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in The Hague as Deputy Director Security Policy and in the latter part of that period also as coordinator for MH17.
On 1 August she took up her posting as Ambassador (Designate) of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to Malaysia.
Mrs. Mössenlechner is married to Mr. Patrick Henry Anthonio. They have two children.
Australian-born and raised Egyptian Shereen Mitwalli formally trained in TV and live presenting at the Sydney Academy Film and Television in Australia and the New York Film Academy in Los Angeles. Shereen’s expertise, professionalism, and charismatic personality are some of the traits that have made her a top TV and live personality in the UAE and Middle East.
Combined with her strong business acumen, Shereen has the ability to engage with a wide variety of people with her energy, passion and enthusiasm. She has been nominated as ‘Best Personality’ by Ahlan! – an English celebrity weekly based in UAE – in 2012 and 2013 and was featured on the 2014 ‘Hot 100’ list.
Established names such as Nicolas Cage, Gerard Butler, Sir Richard Branson, Fabio Cannavaro, Garry Marshall and several members of the Emirati Royal Family have all been interviewed by Shereen on- and off- camera. Shereen is also the Founder and CEO of The Female Network – an online business platform connecting women from all over the Middle East through communication, integration and social media. The platform has a monthly reach of over 300,000 people and encourages entrepreneurship as well as assists corporate brands reach women of the region.
YB Dato’ Sri Mustapa Mohamed was reappointed as Minister of International Trade and Industry in May 2013. Prior to this appointment, he has also been Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department; Minister of Higher Education; Minister of Agriculture and Agro-Based Industry; and Minister of International Trade and Industry.
Dato’ Sri Mustapa was appointed as a Senator in 1991 and has been a member of the UMNO Supreme Council since 1993. He is currently the Kelantan UMNO Liaison and Barisan Nasional Chief.
An Economic graduate of Melbourne University and Boston University, he has served as an Administrative and Diplomatic Officer in the Ministry of Finance (1974-1980), Lecturer at the National Institute of Public Administration (1982-1984) and Special Officer to the Minister of Finance (1984-1987) before entering active politics in late 1987.
In 1997, he was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Commerce by the University of Melbourne and Honorary Degree of Law by University of Nottingham in 2005. Dato’ Sri Mustapa went through the Lee Kuan Yew Exchange Fellowship Programme in January 2002. He was also awarded an Honorary Fellow of the National Institute of Public Administration in 1997. Dato’ Sri Mustapa is married to Datin Sri Khamarzan Ahmed Meah and has four children. He is the author of eight books on the Malaysian economy and politics.
YBhg. Tan Sri Dr Ali Hamsa was appointed as the 13th Chief Secretary to the Government of Malaysia by the Yang di-Pertuan Agong (King of Malaysia) on 24 June 2012.
Dr Ali began his career in the Administrative and Diplomatic Service in 1981 as an Assistant Director at the Ministry of Trade and Industry. He then served at the National Institute of Public Administration, the Ministry of Transport, and the Economic Planning Unit, Prime Minister’s Department, where he consecutively held the positions of Director of Disbursement Division, and Deputy Director-General of the National Transformation and Advancement Programme. On 22 April 2009, Dr Ali was appointed as the first Director- General of the Public Private Partnership Unit, Prime Minister’s Department, a new central agency created to spearhead Public-Private Partnership (PPP) initiatives.
As the Chief Secretary to the Government, Dr Ali is also Chairman of the Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) Corp, MyHSR (High Speed Rail) Corp, Malaysian Integrity Institute (IIM), and Bintulu Port Holdings Berhad; Co-Chair of the Special Taskforce to Facilitate Business; and Deputy Chairman of Johor Corporation.
Dr Ali spearheads the National Blue Ocean Strategy initiatives, a multi- Ministry and multi-Agency collaborative effort in line with Malaysia’s transformation agenda. At the international level, Dr Ali is currently President of the Commonwealth Association for Public Administration and Management (CAPAM). He successfully hosted the Inaugural ASEAN Heads of Civil Service Retreat that saw the historic signing of the Putrajaya Joint Declaration on ASEAN Post 2015 Priorities Towards an ASEAN Citizen-Centric Civil Service. He also convened the First ASEAN Civil Service Games in November 2015 in Malaysia.
Deputy Director General (Human Capital) Economic Planning Unit
Johan was appointed Deputy Director General (Human Capital) of the EPU in June 2016. Prior to that, Johan was the CEO of TalentCorp from its inception in January 2011, driving public private partnerships to meet the nation’s talent needs. Between 2004 and 2010, Johan had served as Principal Private Secretary to the Minister in the Ministry of Finance and subsequently, in EPU, with a focus on policy development, such as the 10th Malaysia Plan and annual Budgets. Before serving the Government, Johan worked in the private sector for 9 years in corporate finance and accounting roles at MRCB, Sime Darby and PricewaterhouseCoopers.
Johan trained as a Chartered Accountant, being member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of England & Wales since 1998. He also holds a degree in Economics from the University of Cambridge.