22 - 23 October 2018

8.00 am - 5.15 pm

ISTAC, Kuala Lumpur

Universities have always had a strong social mission.  They work extensively within and with external parties to support their local communities.   More recently, universities have been seen to play a prominent role to support and develop social enterprises, which could be through development of a specially tailored social enterprise academic modules, student placements in a social enterprise, university staff procuring or providing services to social enterprises, or even students establishing their own social businesses.

Whatever the form, social enterprises provide students, graduates, academics and university staff the opportunity to develop entrepreneurial skills or develop solutions for the benefit of their communities.  Additionally, social enterprise experience can give students a taste of an alternative career path in a growing sector, a chance to develop the skills that all businesses look for, and even inspire them to start their own business.

We hope that this AKEPT-WIEF Social Enterprise Forum will encourage active dialogues as well as highlight some of the good work already happening within universities, look at areas to strengthen the relationship between universities and social enterprises as well as explore opportunities to support the development of social enterprise in universities.

Day 1

Time Programme
8.00 am Arrival of Guest and Registration
Refreshment / Informal Networking
9.00 am Opening Ceremony

  • Welcoming Remarks by Professor Tan Sri Dr Dzulkifli Abdul Razak, Rector, International Islamic University Malaysia
  • Speech by the Hon. Tun Musa Hitam, Chairman, WIEF Foundation
9.45 am Refreshment / Informal Networking
10.15 am Plenary Session 1
Social Entrepreneurship in Universities: Unleashing its Potential
Universities have always played an important role in their communities and have frequently been at the forefront of innovation and enterprise.

The session will discuss how to ensure faculty members, staff, students and all graduates understand what social enterprise is, what the social benefits are and how social entrepreneurship can be developed at university level.


  • Datin Paduka Ir. Dr Siti Hamisah binti Tapsir, Director General, Department of Higher Education, Ministry of Education
  • Syed Mahmudul Huq, Chairman, Bangladesh Shrimp and Fish Foundation, Bangladesh
  • Professor Dr Hafid Abbas, Professor of Education, State University of Jakarta, Indonesia


  • Tan Sri Dr Wan Mohd Zahid Wan Noordin, Chairman, WIEF Education Trust
11.45 am Plenary Session 2
Social Enterprise and the Government: Partners in Development
Governments around the world are recognising the potential of social enterprises in order to build more inclusive social and economic agendas.

The session will discuss on what are the strategies and policies to be adopted in order to spur the development of social enterprises in the country and how social enterprises and governments can come together for this purpose.


  • YB Nurul Izzah Anwar, Member of Parliament, Malaysia
  • Ina Michael, Director, Strategy & Business Investment, Cook Islands Development Agency New Zealand
  • Ashran Dato’ Ghazi, Chief Executive Officer, Malaysian Global Innovation & Creativity Centre (MAGIC)
  • Gomer Padong, Director of Training, Development Cooperation and Advocacy, Philippines Social Enterprise Network


  • Dr Wan Nur Ibtisam, Deputy Director, Centre for Strategic Research & Knowledge Circle, Higher Education Leadership Academy (AKEPT)
1.00 pm Lunch / Informal Networking
2.00 pm Plenary Session 3
Social Enterprise: Success Stories
This session will showcase several successful social enterprises that started in universities, driven by the goal of meeting a social need or solving a social problem.


  • Caroline Fong, Founder, CoffeeZone Malaysia Sdn Bhd & Cauz Factor Award, Malaysia
  • Tengku Syamil, Chief Executive Officer and Co-founder, Skolafund, Malaysia
  • Dr Wan Abdul Hannan Wan Ibadullah, Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer, Hospitals Beyond Boundaries, Malaysia


  • Mohd Senu bin Awang, Director, Entrepreneurship Development Centre, International Islamic University Malaysia
3.30 pm Plenary Session 4
Commercialising Social Enterprises
Many social enterprises are becoming more commercial, adopting the techniques of funding or governance more usually associated with for-profit ventures.

The session will explore how commercialisation could affect the management and operations of social enterprises and which avenues could, or should, be used to avoid mission drift.


  • Nurfarini Daing, Chief Executive Officer, MyHarapan, Malaysia
  • Jamil Abbas, Member of Board of Trustees, Rahmania Foundation, Indonesia
  • Jerryson Abraham Doss, Co-founder, Viva Starfish Sdn Bhd


  • Datin Dr Norrizan Razali, Founder and Managing Director, Tech Capacity Sdn. Bhd
5.00 pm End Of Day One / Refreshment

Day 2

Time Programme
9.15 am Plenary Session 5
Establishing Social Enterprise Foundation for Universities: Experiences from Abroad
This Session will allow Speakers to share their unique experiences as well as comment on the role of universities in developing social entrepreneurs in respective countries.


  • Talib S. Karim, President, Institute of Business Management, Pakistan
  • Anand Chowdhary, Co-founder, Oswald Labs, Netherlands
  • Sharon Feng, Overseas Director, Shenzhen Dianmao Technology Company Limited (Codemao), China
  • Royston Braganza, Chief Executive Officer, Grameen Capital India Limited, India


  • Dr Hassanuddeen Abd Aziz, Dean of Kulliyah of Economics and Management Science, International Islamic University of Malaysia
11.00 am Refreshment / Informal Networking
11.30 am Masterclass 1
Impact-Driven Enterprise (IDE) for Growth and Scalability
This Session will help entrepreneurs or aspiring entrepreneurs become more impact-focused, by exposing and introducing them to the processes, goals and benefits of becoming an IDE.  The Session will also include crafting a business model and the process to become accredited as an impact-driven enterprise.


  • Mohammad Yusuf Mohammed Jaffar, Programme Consultant, Malaysian Global Innovation & Creativity Centre (MAGIC)
Masterclass 2
Social Enterprise and Community-Led Development
This Session will discuss how social enterprise can be used by local communities to mobilise their own resources in ways to address their own needs, leverage their skills and tradition, grow their social capital and deliver long term change.


  • Yasmin Rasyid, President and Founder, EcoKnights, Malaysia
  • Suzanne Ling, Co-Founder, The Picha Project, Malaysia
1.00 pm Lunch / Informal Networking
2.00 pm Masterclass 3
Innovative Communication Tools for Social Enterprise
This session will explore innovative and cost-efficient communication tools for social enterprises that will allow beneficiaries and other stakeholders to access information about the offers and monitors its progress.


  • Vivian Lines, Global Vice Chairman, Chairman Asia Pacific, Hill and Knowlton Strategies, Singapore
  • Redza Shahid, Co-founder, Grub Cycle
Masterclass 4
Breaking the Glass Ceiling: Women as Social Entrepreneurs
This session will allow speakers to share their experience of the opportunities and challenges faced by them as well as the strategies to help navigate their way to success.


  • Sasibai Kimis, Founder, Earth Heir
  • Joycelyn Lee, Co-Founder, Pit Stop Community Café
3.30 pm Masterclass 5
Improving Business Efficiency through Entrepreneurship Collaboration and Digital Technology
Collaboration between entrepreneurs through co-innovation creates opportunity to combine resources among partners and help them expand into new markets. Initiatives that focuses on IoT and machine learning projects as part of the digital assets and IoT line of business will enable entrepreneurs engage the society’s ecosystem more impactfully.This Session will explore capabilities and methods, infrastructure, legal framework, knowledge brokering and operations expertise to support a broad portfolio of co-innovation initiatives.


  • Datin Dr Norrizan Razali, Founder and Managing Director, Tech Capacity Sdn Bhd, Malaysia
Masterclass 6
Crowdfunding and Other Financial Tools for Social Enterprise
This Session will explore the various ways for social entrepreneurs to fund their ventures.  Speakers will also share the latest trends and best practices for seeking social enterprise funding.


  • Vishnu Swaminathan, Global Leader for Partnerships, Planning and Management, Ashoka United States
  • Edmond Yap Kok Onn, Chief Education Officer and Co-founder, EduNation, Malaysia
4.15pm Masterclass 7
Social Progress and Impact Assessment
This Session will explore various assessment tools as well as monitoring and evaluation (M&E) framework to track the progress of the enterprise.


  • Dr Bonaventure Boniface, Director of Entrepreneurship Research and Development Centre (ERDEC), Universiti Malaysia Sabah (UMS), Malaysia
5.00 pm Closing Remarks and Forum Summation by Datuk Prof. Dr. Rohana binti Yusof, Director, Higher Education Leadership Academy, Malaysia
5.15 pm End Of Programme / Refreshments



  • The Organisers reserve the right to alter the content and timing of the programme in the best interest of the Conference and is not responsible for cancellations due to unforeseen circumstances.

Datuk Professor Dr Rohana binti Yusof
Director, Higher Education Leadership Academy, Malaysia

Datuk Professor Dr Rohana binti Yusof is the director of Higher Education Leadership Academy (AKEPT). She was the deputy vice chancellor of student affairs as well as alumni at the University of Malaya for 7.5 years.  Since May 2014, she has been a Fellow at the Academy of Sciences Malaysia (ASM) for Medical and Health Sciences.

Professor Rohana received the High Commissioner’s Award for Academic Excellence in London for her work on Adenovirus. Upon her return to Malaysia in 1993, she was appointed as a lecturer in University of Malaya. Among her many accolades, she has received the Japanese Society for the Promotion of Science award (JSPS) by Kindai University, Japan. She also obtained a fellowship from the ASEAN Molecular Biology Organization to work at the National Institute of Genetics in Mishima, Japan.

In 1998, Professor Rohana received the Fulbright Scholar award following which, she spent eight months at the Kansas University Medical Centre. She holds a BSc in biochemistry from Lancaster University, United Kingdom and a postgraduate teaching certificate. She then obtained her MSc from the University of Malaya and PhD in biochemistry from the University of Leeds, United Kingdom, specialising in molecular biology.

Honourable Tun Musa Hitam
Chairman, WIEF Foundation

Tun Musa Hitam, who is currently Chairman of the World Islamic Economic Forum (WIEF) Foundation was Malaysia’s Deputy Prime Minister until 1986. In the course of his service in the Malaysian government, he held various positions including Minister of Home Affairs, Education, Primary Industries and Trade and Industries and Chairman of the Federal Land Development Authority (FELDA). Among his major official activities were as Leader of Malaysian Investment Missions to Europe, USA and Japan and representing Malaysia at UN UNESCO and ECOSOC related negotiating and regular conferences.

Since Tun Musa’s retirement from politics in 1987, he held Chairmanships of 3 Public Listed Companies and various business related institutions both at domestic and international levels. He was Chairman of the Malaysia – China Business Council, Co-Chair of the Eminent Persons Group (EPG) of the Asean – China, 15 year economic cooperation program and Chairman of the EPG to draft the Asean Charter. Currently, Tun Musa is Chairman of the Sime Darby Foundation, Chairman of the International Advisory Panel of CIMB Bank, Chairman of the International Selection Panel of the Royal Award on Islamic Finance and member of the Advisory Panel of the Iskandar Development Authority.

Tun Musa holds a BA from the University of Malaya and MA from the University of Sussex, and held a resident Fellowship at Harvard University. For his services to the nation, The Yang Di Pertuan Agong, King, of Malaysia conferred him the Malaysia’s highest award which carries the title “Tun”.

Tan Sri Dr Wan Mohd Zahid Wan Noordin
Chairman, WIEF Education Trust

Tan Sri Dato’ Dr Wan Mohd Zahid Mohd Noordin is an educationist. He was a teacher and education manager within the Ministry of Education. His last position was as director general of Education of Malaysia. He’s chairman of Management and Science University (MSU), Furukawa Electric Cables (M) Sdn Bhd and Academy of Higher Education. He’s also a director of Amanah Saham Nasional Berhad, Perbadanan Usahawan Nasional Berhad, SP Setia Berhad and Amanah Mutual Berhad. He was the chairman of Berger International Ltd based in Singapore and Deputy Chairman of International Bank Malaysia Berhad.

He’s a board member of the Securities Industry Development Corporation (SIDC) and the training and development arm of the Securities Commission Malaysia (SC). He holds a bachelor’s (Honours) degree from University of Malaya, a master’s degree from Stanford University and a PhD from University of California, Berkeley. He also underwent a course in business management under the Advanced Management Programme at Harvard Business School. He’s the chairman of WIEF Education Trust, WIEF Board of Trustee and member of the WIEF International Advisory Panel (IAP).

Datin Paduka Ir Dr Siti Hamisah Tapsir
Director General of the Department of Higher Education,
Ministry of Higher Education, Malaysia

Datin Paduka Ir Dr Siti Hamisah Tapsir is the director general of the Department of Higher Education at the Ministry of Higher Education, Malaysia. She was involved in the development of the Malaysia Education Blueprint 2015-2025 (Higher Education) and tasked to implement the initiatives for the public and private higher education institutions. She was vital in the establishment of a rating system for private colleges, the liberalisation of private higher education, contributed significantly to the formation of several foreign university branch campuses in Malaysia and the enhancement of the public universities’ policies as well as governance.

Dr Siti Hamisah was the deputy vice chancellor of Universiti Teknologi Malaysia. She also played a key role in the redesigning of the higher education initiatives of the ministry including the Integrated Cumulative Grade Point Average (iCGPA), 2u2i, a work-based learning (WBL) programme and Malaysia Massive Open Online Courses (Malaysia MOOC). Currently, she’s looking into Education 4.0, which assesses how the 4th Industrial Revolution will impact and change the higher education ecosystem.

Dr Siti Hamisah is a board member of Malaysia Board of Technologists (MBOT) and a registered engineer under Board of Engineers Malaysia (BEM). She received an honorary doctorate from the University of Southampton in 2016 and numerous education accolades including the Asia Human Resources Development (HRD) Awards 2017 and the honorary fellow of ASEAN Federation of Engineering Organisations (AFEO) in 2017.

Ina Michael
Director of Strategy and Business Investment, CIDANZ, New Zealand

Ina Michael is the director of Strategy and Business Investment of Cook Islands Development Agency in New Zealand. His social enterprise journey began at 11 years old when he helped his family by earning money looking for golf balls. In 2009, he, along with other community members, established the Cook Islands Development Agency New Zealand (CIDANZ) and served as its chief executive.

CIDANZ has won a number of national business as well as innovations awards and has a growing operational team and professional board. 50 startup family enterprises will benefit until 2020 through its Enterprising Families Program. It also has a range of early children’s education centres as well as a social housing project such as the oneVILLAGE  facility in 2020.

Ina has a degree in commerce from Auckland University, New Zealand.

Ashran Dato’ Ghazi
Chief Executive Officer, Malaysian Global Innovation & Creativity Centre (MaGIC)





Gomer Padong
Director of Training, Development Cooperation and Advocacy, Philippines Social Enterprise Network

Gomer Padong leads the Philippine Social Enterprise Network’s development cooperation and advocacy. He represents the Network in the United Nations Civil Society Advisory Committee, a 15-seat civil society platform to engage the Philippines UN country team on policies and strategies. He is the focal person of the Social and Community Enterprises constituency of the Asia Pacific Regional Civil Society Engagement Mechanism, also a civil society platform for engagement across the UN system.

He is on the board of the Together 2030 Core Group, a global action-oriented initiative. Its aim is to generate and share knowledge on the implementation and accountability of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals.

Dr Wan Nur Ibtisam
Deputy Director, Centre for Strategic Research & Knowledge Circle, Higher Education Leadership Academy (AKEPT), Malaysia

Wan Nur Ibtisam Wan Ismail is the deputy director of Higher Education Leadership Academy (AKEPT) at the Ministry of Higher Education, Malaysia. As the head of the centre for leadership sustainability in AKEPT, she is responsible for positioning top talents and nurturing emerging talents for higher education leadership.

Wan Nur Ibtisam was the under-secretary of the Strategic Collaboration Division, Ministry of Women, Family and Community Development. She served as deputy director at the Public Service Department and principal assistant secretary at the Ministry of Human Resources.

In 2007, Wan Nur Ibtisam was selected as a Chevening Fellow for Course on Gender, Social Justice and Citizenship at University College London. She was also involved in the International Labour Organisation (ILO) Long-Term Fellowship Project in Labour and Employment Policy Administration in 2000 focusing on Youth Employment in East and South East Asia.

Wan Nur Ibtisam holds a bachelor’s degree in Industrial and Labour Relations from Cornell University and earned a master’s degree in International Master of Business Administration from University of Denver. She has a PhD in Public Policy from University of Malaya.

Caroline Fong
Founder, CoffeeZone Malaysia Sdn Bhd & Cauz Factor Award, Malaysia

As founder of CoffeeZone Malaysia Sdn Bhd, Caroline Fong helps motivate other entrepreneurs to succeed. CoffeeZone mobile coffee kiosks provide equal employment opportunities to individuals who are differently-abled and also barista training. She hopes to reduce to the high percentage of unemployment among disabled individuals in Malaysia.

In the long term and based on their ability, CoffeeZone plans to franchise their mobile kiosks to beneficiaries for a sustainable source of income.

Tengku Syamil
Chief Executive Officer & Co-founder, Skolafund, Malaysia

With a passion for community development, entrepreneurship and leadership, Tengku Ahmad Syamil is the team leader and co-founder of Skolafund. It’s a crowdfunding platform that helps higher education students to raise funds transparently and effectively for fees, study expenses and various projects. Syamil is also the co-founder of Urbane Academy, a teen mentoring and training programme created in 2011 to combat delinquency. In 2016, he was listed as an entrepreneur on the Forbes 30 Under 30 Asia and Digital News Asia’s Digerati50 (2016-17).


Nurfarini Daing
Co-founder, Youth Trust Foundation, Malaysia

Nurfarini Daing is the co-founder and CEO at myHarapan which has engaged and developed over 26,000 Malaysian youths. Established in 2010, it has funded over 140 social initiatives. It is also a research partner of the Centre of Asian Philanthropy and Society (Hong Kong), which is currently developing a Doing Good Index in and for 15 economies in order to develop best practices that are uniquely Asian.

Nurfarini garnered 18 years of startup experience including business development, training and coaching for SMEs as well as unemployed graduates through past employments such as Multimedia Development Corporation of Malaysia. She is an Alumni of the INSEAD Social Entrepreneurship Program 2011 and has a Certificate in Teaching from Stamford College.

In 2015, Nurfarini was awarded the Social Innovation Leadership Award by World CSR Congress, India, and a nominee for the Malaysian Great Women of Our Time Award by the Malaysian Women’s Weekly. She has also received awards for Corporate Social Responsibility Leadership and the Women Icons Malaysia by the Business Excellence and Research Group (BERG) Singapore. She graduated from the University of Warwick, United Kingdom, in accounting and finance.

Jerryson Abraham Doss
Co-founder, Viva Starfish Sdn Bhd, Malaysia

Jerryson Abraham Doss is a philanthropist and co-founder of the Viva Starfish Project and CEO-Futurist for Viva City Global. Viva City Global has been involved with the homeless and educating the underprivileged youths since 2011. He is also a motivational speaker and facilitator for various youth and entrepreneurial development programmes nationwide.

Since 1997, Jerryson’s work has involved rehab centres and integration programmes that helped create business opportunities. He received several awards in recognition of his service to marginalised communities such as the Star Golden Heart Award 2016, the Star Malaysian National Influencer for Unity 2017, and most recently the Top Outstanding Young Malaysian Award and a nominee for Top Outstanding Young People Worldwide.

Jerryson is also director of Viva Odyssey, an international company that provides safety consultancy for the oil and gas industry. He holds a degree in accounting and finance from the University of Southern Queensland, Australia.

Datin Dr Norrizan Razali
Founder and Managing Director, Tech Capacity Sdn Bhd, Malaysia

Datin Dr Norrizan Razali has a 25-year career in the education industry which encompasses experiences in sales operations from multinational organisations, government-linked corporations and academia. Having led the management of sales operations at Microsoft and Apple, Datin Dr Norrizan Razali is now a resolute entrepreneur dedicated to pursuing her passion in helping education institutions, educators and school leaders meet their fullest potential. ​

She started her career at the faculty of education in the National University of Malaysia. She is now an entrepreneur dedicated to pursuing her passion in helping education institutions, educators and school leaders meet their fullest potential.

She founded Tech Capacity which is focused on sustaining and scaling the mission of building educators and education leaders’ capacity with collaborators who share her passion. She also heads the operations and is responsible for policy formulation and company performance.

She is an Ivy League qualified educationalist who has been featured in local and global forums and engages directly with students through mentoring and lecturing as an adjunct faculty at various universities. She’s also a recipient of many awards including The China Wenhui-UNESCO award for the Rural Smart School Benchmarked Programme.

She holds a PhD in education from the University of Pennsylvania in the United States.

Mohammad Yusuf Mohammed Jaffar
Programme Consultant, Malaysian Global Innovation & Creativity Centre (MaGIC)

Mohammad Yusuf Mohammed Jaffar is the programme manager at MaGIC’s Social Inclusion & Vibrant Entrepreneurship (MasSIVE) department. Yusuf’s experience in the social impact industry includes being part of the founding team that developed Malaysia’s first social venture capital fund. He was also part of the founding team that drafted Malaysia’s first guidelines for social enterprise accreditation.

Yusuf’s expertise lies in areas of corporate finance, investment banking, impact audit and social venture capital. He scales social enterprises through MaGIC’s Push programme that would catalyse the rapid growth of social enterprise models across Malaysia. In his spare time, Yusuf conducts training on business model canvas and theory of change to entrepreneurs. He holds a master’s in Islamic finance.

Anand Chowdhary
Co-founder, Oswald Labs, India

Anand Chowdhary is the co-founder and CEO of Oswald Labs, an award-winning accessibility technology company based in New Delhi, India and Enschede in the Netherlands. He is the inventor of the world’s first web reading tool for people with dyslexia and other disabilities and the first blind-friendly smartphone operating system.

He worked at the Government of Delhi and was a design and technology consultant to over 10 startups and organisations. He has also worked on projects alongside the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC), and the Telecom Sector Skill Council (TSSC) as the technology lead at Unifiers and at Justice Adda, a Cambridge Social Ventures startup in the Centre for Social Innovation, Judge Business School, University of Cambridge.

Anand founded Made with Love in India, an initiative to promote Indian-made brands and products, and is a software engineering consultant to El Niño, a digital development studio in the Netherlands. He was featured on the Forbes 30 Under 30 Asia list, along with the 50 Under 35 of the Dutch Financial Times in 2018.

Anand graduated from The Mother’s International School, New Delhi, and joined the Unitedworld Institute of Design, Ahmedabad, to study Visual Communication Design. In July 2016, after winning Code4Impact at AngelHack Delhi, he dropped out of design school to start the Oswald Foundation and is currently a creative technology student at the University of Twente, Enschede.

Yasmin Rasyid
President and Founder, EcoKnights, Malaysia

Yasmin Rasyid is vice chairman of the Malaysian Environmental NGOs (MENGO), a chairperson of the Malaysiancommunity-based Sungai Bunus river’s rehabilitation committee and works closely with the Local Agenda 21 Kuala Lumpur as well as the Kuala Lumpur Local Council to address the conservation, protection and rehabilitation of Sungai Bunus.

She started her career as a scientific officer in WWF-Malaysia in 1997 and was responsible for the water quality research efforts of the Selangor river basin. In 2002, Yasmin joined Profound Vaccine Sdn Bhd as head of the research and product development team and founded EcoKnights, a not-for-profit environmental organisation, in 2005.

She is also a co-founder of PopTani, an agriculture-based startup which specialises in aquaponics and does training on sustainability and social responsibility. She holds a degree in biology and a minor in contemporary religion from Duke University, North Carolina, a master’s degree from the University Malaya in biotechnology and is currently pursuing her PhD at the University of Malaya’s Faculty of Science.

Suzanne Ling
Co-founder, The Picha Project, Malaysia

Suzanne Ling is the co-founder of The Picha Project, a growing social enterprise in Malaysia that empowers refugees through a sustainable food business. She heads The Picha Project’s marketing and sales.

The Picha Project has grown exponentially within a short span of two years and was a national winner of the Chivas Venture, a global competition for social enterprises. Suzanne and her co-founders have also received the Inspiring Young Leaders Awards in 2017 from The Edge for the work they do.

She was also awarded the Gold Chancellor’s Award during her university graduation due to her outstanding performance in academics and societal impact. She also represented Malaysia in several international exchange programmes, including YSEALI (Young South East Asia Leaders Initiative) and has a background in psychology.

Redza Shahid
Co-founder, Grub Cycle Sdn Bhd, Malaysia

Redza Shahid is the CEO and co-founder of Grub Cycle, a social supermarket that’s dedicated to reducing food waste. Within two years since its launch, Grub Cycle has reduced 3000 kilograms from being thrown to waste while helping customers save up to RM30,000. Grub Cycle has also raised a few rounds of grants and investments, gained the support from the likes of myHarapan, Alliance Bank and Manulife. It has also won two awards at the Alliance BizSmart Challenge 2016.

Redza was at WorleyParsons in Malaysia focusing on finance in the oil and gas industry. He then decided to put his numbers skills to help startups at a Malaysia-based angel investment firm Qeerad. Armed with two years of startup investment experience, he joined the Malaysian Global Innovation and Creativity Centre’s (MaGIC) accelerator programme to validate his idea and then officially launched Grub Cycle two months later with three friends in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Recently, Redza was selected as the only representative from Malaysia at the Australia ASEAN Emerging Leaders Program (A2ELP), where he had the opportunity to join a roundtable discussion with Australia’s Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnbull.

Sasibai Kimis
Founder, Earth Heir, Malaysia

Sasibai Kimis is the founder of Earth Heir, an award-winning social enterprise that empowers artisans from marginalised communities to achieve sustainable livelihoods. Its social and ecological mission focuses on the sustainability of its products and supply chain. In 2015, Earth Heir won the British Council and Arthur Guinness Projects Social Enterprise Award.

Sasibai is also the country coordinator for Fashion Revolution Malaysia. She has spoken widely at universities, conferences, such as TEDx and forums in Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, United States and Japan. She was one of Wharton’s ‘40 under 40’ award winners and an Eisenhower Fellow in the 2015 Women’s Leadership Program (WLP).

She holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, United States and a Master of Philosophy in environment and development from Cambridge University, United Kingdom.

Joycelyn Lee
Pit Stop Community Café, Malaysia





Dr Bonaventure Boniface
Director, Entrepreneurship Research and Development Centre (ERDEC), Universiti Malaysia Sabah

Dr Bonaventure Boniface is a senior lecturer at the Universiti Malaysia Sabah. He has been published in various journals including the Journal of Rural Studies, British Food Journal and Journal of Agribusiness Marketing. He has also published three books related to dairy supply chain and fundamental of entrepreneurship.

He is active in community projects and agribusiness research in various sub sectors and was a consultant for various federal and state agencies such as the Minister of Agriculture and Agro-Based Industry (MOA), Ministry of Science Technology and Innovation (MOSTI) as well as Ministry of Higher Education (MOHE).

Dr Bonaventure was a reviewer for international journals such as Asia Pacific Journal of Marketing and Logistics, Sustainability Science Journal and International Food and Agribusiness Management Review and is an editorial board member in the Malaysian Journal of Sustainable Agriculture (MJSA). He is the head of the Entrepreneurship Research and Development Centre (ERDEC), at UMS and holds a PhD in agribusiness marketing from the University of Adelaide, Australia.

Vishnu Swaminathan
Global Leader for Partnerships, Planning and Management, Ashoka Singapore

Vishnu Swaminathan is the global leader for Partnerships, Planning and Management at Ashoka: Innovators for the Public in Washington DC. He’s also the founding director of two initiatives which have spun off from his earlier work at Ashoka – Indian Housing Federation (IHF) and Nourishing Schools Foundation (NSF).

Vishnu is an entrepreneur and his first two for-profit ventures were based in Singapore. He has been involved in launching and relaunching various Ashoka offices in Asia. He integrates efforts to build funding partnerships across more than 37 Ashoka offices globally. He’s also leading an effort to organise the planning and management of the organisation towards the Everyone a Changemaker vision.

Edmond Yap
Chief Education Officer and Co-founder, EduNation, Malaysia

Edmond Yap is a consultant for educational impact and a social entrepreneur. He was a civil engineer, a salesman, a corporate soft skills trainer. His efforts led him to create the website www.edunation.my that is helping 100,000 Malaysian students a month. With 6,000 videos, EduNation, which is now a free school, has become Asia’s largest free educational resource.

In 2019, he will start an open source innovation school called KITA in attempt to reimagine Malaysian public education. Today, he is consultant at Thoughts In Gear (TIG) for Malaysia’s largest collective impact initiative called FINCO that brings together all financial institutions in Malaysia in an effort for social and educational good.

Professor Dr Hafid Abbas
Professor of Education, Jakarta State University, Indonesia

Professor Dr Hafid Abbas was the vice rector of the Jakarta State University and served as director general of Human Rights Protection at the Ministry of Justice and Human Rights. He was also the director general and head of the Agency of Research and Development at the Ministry of Law and Human Rights in Indonesia. He was president of the South East Asia Human Rights Institution Forum (SEANF) and former commissioner and President of the National Human Rights Commission of Indonesia (Komnas HAM).

He was a consultant for various international organisations such as UNESCO in the Asia-Pacific Region for literacy and poverty reduction and the World Bank for education reform in Indonesia. In 2008, Professor Hafid was recognised for his contribution in promoting peace and protecting human rights in Indonesia during its most crucial period of transition. He had shared his professional experiences for the preparation and the implementation of Indonesia’s National Action Plan on business and human rights.

Professor Hafid is a columnist for various international media including The Jakarta Post and Bangkok Post. He was a visiting professor and speaker at a number of universities including Harvard University in the United States and University of Melbourne in Australia. He is currently a professor of education at the Jakarta State University in Indonesia. He holds a doctorate degree in education from the Jakarta State University, a post-doctorate in technology of education at Syracuse University in New York and an honorary doctorate in human rights and international peace by Hartford Seminary in the United States

Royston Braganza
Chief Executive Officer
Grameen Capital India Limited

In 2007, Royston Braganza joined Grameen Capital, a social enterprise that enables microfinance institutions and social enterprises develop wider access to the capital markets. Grameen Capital is part of the global Grameen family of companies, the flagship of which is Nobel Prize-winning Grameen Bank founded by Nobel Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus. Royston, along with Grameen Capital, promoted Grameen Impact Investments India which is a unique vehicle to provide debt financing to social enterprises across sectors, such as affordable education and skill development, affordable healthcare, clean energy and innovation, agriculture, financial inclusion and livelihoods.

He was a senior vice president with HSBC and was instrumental in setting up and heading HSBC’s microfinance and priority sector business. He was also the head of HSBC’s SME business. Before joining HSBC, Royston worked in Citibank India for over eight years in various assignments across the consumer and corporate bank. He served on many boards and advisory bodies, including the United Nations microfinance resource group and the banking and finance committee of the Indian Merchant Chambers.

Royston holds a master’s degree in management from the prestigious Jamnalal Bajaj Institute of Management Studies, Mumbai, India.

Syed Mahmudul Huq
Chairman, Bangladesh Shrimp and Fish Foundation (BSFF), Bangladesh

Syed Mahmudul Huq is the chairman of the Bangladesh Shrimp and Fish Foundation (BSFF), a non-profit research and advocacy organisation engaged in R&D works. BSFF holds dialogues with different stakeholders as well as government and non-government organisations and academia for development of a hygienically safe, economically viable, environmentally friendly and socially responsible aquaculture industry in the country. BSFF works as an interface between the government and the industry in collaboration with development partners.

He’s a member on the board of trustees of both the Independent University, Bangladesh and Chittagong Independent University and vice chairman of the board of directors of Premier LP Gas Limited a subsidiary of TOTAL, France. He’s also Honorary Consul of Malta in Chittagong, Bangladesh. In 1994, he was a recipient of a national award for his contribution to the development of fisheries sector of the country by the Honourable Prime Minister, Government of Bangladesh..

He holds a bachelor’s and master’s degree in economics from the University of Dhaka, Bangladesh.

Jamil Abbas
Member of Board of Trustees, Rahmania Foundation, Indonesia

Jamil Abbas is a finance professional with more than 20 years of experience. In the last five years, he has focused on Islamic microfinance and social enterprises. He spent almost five years as a general manager at Perhimpunan Baitul Maal Wat Tamwil Indonesia (PBMT), one of the largest Islamic microfinance groups in the world. Currently, he holds managerial and professional roles at several business and social institutions such as Rahmania Foundation in Indonesia) and Blossom Finance in the United States.

He’s also an advisor for several Islamic microfinance institutions in Indonesia. He’s very active in promoting social enterprises in Indonesia and encouraging Islamic microfinance institutions to play important role in the development of social enterprise in the country. He’s currently a member of the Islamic Development Bank’s Islamic Microfinance for Poverty Alleviation and Capacity Transfer (IMPACT) team. The team is now developing global toolkits for Islamic microfinance.

He obtained a degree in accounting and finance from The University of Melbourne, Australia and an MBA in Islamic finance from the International Islamic University, Malaysia.

Professor Tan Sri Dato Dr Dzulkifli Abdul Razak
Rector, International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM), Malaysia

Professor Tan Sri Dato Dr Dzulkifli Abdul Razak is the 6th Rector of the International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM), also known as Universiti Islam Antarabangsa Malaysia (UIAM). He’s the immediate past president of the Paris-based International Association of Universities (IAU). He’s also the chairperson of the board of directors of Universiti Sains Islam Malaysia (USIM). Prior to this, he was the inaugural holder of the Islamic leadership chair and principal fellow from 2014 to 2016 at USIM’s Faculty of Leadership and Management.

He has been an honorary professor at the University of Nottingham since 2014.  His latest 2018 scholarly contributions are Fourth Industrial Revolution – The Leadership Dilemma and Voicing Concern. His other contribution Nurturing a Balanced Person – The Leadership Challenge (2015, 2017) won the Anugerah Buku Negara (ABN) 2016 award and is listed as one of the 50 Best Malaysian Titles for International Rights by the National Book Council of Malaysia (MBKM).

Mohd Senu bin Awang
Director of Entrepreneurship Development Centre (EDC),
International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM),

Mohd Senu Bin Awang is a meticulous coach, trainer and mentor with eight years of experience developing entrepreneurships among students from the International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM) as well as educators among the staff.

He has also developed strong networks and collaborations with stakeholders and external agencies. Among the successful collaborations are SME Corp Malaysia, Human Resources Development Fund Malaysia (HRDF), Malaysia External Trade Development Corporation (MATRADE), Agensi Kaunseling dan Pengurusan Kredit, Federal Land Consolidation and Rehabilitation Authority (FELCRA), Amanah Ikhtiar Malaysia, CELCOM, Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC), Perbadanan Usahawan Nasional Berhad (PUNB) and many more that helped accelerate entrepreneurship in IIUM.

He’s also delivered training in leadership and entrepreneurship in some of the most prestigious corporate agencies and ministries. In 2011, he founded and developed the Entrepreneurship Development Centre (EDC) in IIUM. In 2017, he led IIUM to become one of the top four finalists in the Ministry of Higher Education (MOHE) Entrepreneurship Award.

Professor Dr Hassanuddeen B. Abd Aziz
Dean of Kulliyah of Economics and Management Science,
International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM),

Professor Dr Hassanuddeen B. Abd Aziz is currently the dean of the Faculty of Economics and Management Sciences, International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM). Previously, he was the director of Quality Assurance Unit of IIUM and deputy dean at the Office of Corporate Strategy.

He has assisted the University to attain the ISO quality management certification and quality awards at the state and national levels.

He holds many positions including quality consultant and technical expert to the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), senior quality assurance consultant for Islamic Development Bank (IDB), assessor of the performance of the Islamic University Technology Dhaka, Bangladesh, academic assessor to the Ministry of Higher Education Malaysia and an external associate supervisor for Griffith University, Australia. He’s also a member of the Islamic advisory agency for quality and accreditation of the Federation of the Universities of the Islamic World (FUIW).

He writes and conducts workshop in the areas of financial management, Islamic finance and quality management.

Dr Wan Abdul Hannan bin Wan Ibadullah
Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer,
Hospitals Beyond Boundaries, Malaysia

Dr Wan Abdul Hannan bin Wan Ibadullah is the co-founder and chief executive officer Hospitals Beyond Boundaries (HBB). Founded in 2012, HBB is a non-profit based organisation in Malaysia with a mission to build hospitals in communities where it’s most needed and empower them to sustain the health care services as community-run hospitals.

Through the ability to collaborate with other organisations, corporations, local partners and donors, HBB provides more flexible control of the management, workforce and medical supplies in their hospitals in Malaysia and Cambodia. HBB is a member of the United Nations Young Leaders for the Sustainable Development Goals initiative. To date, HBB has successfully delivered 13 healthy babies in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Dr Hannan is focused on serving the community, specifically in public health.

In recognition of his contributions to HBB through social health enterprise, Dr Hannan recently received the Young Achiever’s Award for Entrepreneur of Excellence from Binary University Malaysia. He’s currently pursuing his master’s degree in public health at the National University of Malaysia, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM).

Abhijit Bam
Founder, Lonely Entrepreneur, India

Abhijit Bam is the founder of Lonely Entrepreneur, a 10-people strategic marketing firm based out of Mumbai, and now, setting up a base in Silicon Valley. He has worked 11 years as a professional in the technology industry in India and the United States.

He’s an expert of strategy and marketing, and with his prior experience in building offline communities of entrepreneurs, he has a niche expertise in the area of strategic community development.

He has a bachelor’s degree in computer engineering from Veermata Jijabai Technological Institute (VJTI), Mumbai and a master’s degree in film, video and computer animation from University of Southern California, United States. He is a dot-connector who loves to teach, coach and train entrepreneurs.

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