Malaysia poised to be the gateway to ASEAN and beyond. Malaysia has witnessed regional growth sprouting up – making it a Regional Digital Hub to penetrate the Middle East & India market.
Speaking of business links between the Middle East and Malaysia, one can never ignore the halal industry which is booming globally. Halal tourism is one of the fastest growing facets of the global travel industry and is projected to grow into a US$220 billion industry by 2020. What are the trends, opportunities, and challenges in this industry? Is this new tourism trend here to stay? Hear from founders ofTripfezandHave Halal Will Travelas we unravel the rise of halal tourism.
AtORIGIN, we will also be diving into Malaysia e-Commerce which is primed for more gains. Hear from ShopBack, Commerce Asia, and Green Packet as they shed some light on technology aspects, business trends and investment opportunities in the e-Commerce space which is reported to be on a growth trajectory.
Artificial Intelligence, one of the top global emerging trends and also a new frontier of Malaysia is full of untapped potential. How would a Sino-Malaysia AI collaboration help Malaysia in spurring its digital innovations? Hear from G3 Global who has recently inked a collaborative partnership on their sentiments about how AI can accelerate innovations.
We will be previewing other topics in the upcoming weeks so stay tuned.
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Faeez Fadhlillah is the CEO and Co-founder of Tripfez & Salam Standard, an innovative , state of the art travel portal dedicated to the rise of global Muslim travelers.
Named as one of Forty Individuals Who Shaped Southeast Asian E-Commerce By EcommerceIQ,
Faeez is also an avid speaker at many international travel conferences and seminars and previously chairs the R&D committee of the Malaysian Association of Tour & Travel Agents (MATTA). Faeez was elected as Vice President of MATTA, Malaysia’s largest travel association for the term 2015 -2017 and currently serves as the Deputy Honorary Secretary General for the term 2017-2019 as well as the executive board of the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA).
Mikhail Melvin Goh
Co-founder,Have Halal Will Travel (HHWT)
Mikhail Melvin Goh is the founder of Have Halal, Will Travel (HHWT), a media & technology company offering resources and tools to help Muslim travellers plan their perfect trip. Upon discovering Islam, Mikhail experienced the lack of services for the average Muslim traveller. The Singaporean native was motivated to provide a solution, so he teamed up with his wife and friend and founded HHWT. Today, HHWT content reaches over 8.6 million Muslims a month and they are redefining the Muslim travel market.
Aaliyah’s previous eCommerce experience includes being part of the inaugural startup team for Lazada Malaysia in 2012 and championing through some challenging times within the Marketplace giant’s roadmap to success until 2017. Her roles throughout the 5 years in Lazada have shifted from content, SEO, EDM, Social Media, SEO, marketing, PR, branding and offline outreach. Prior to joining Commerce.Asia, she was Director of marketing for MyBazar – an online marketplace, heading a project in partnership with Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC) called ‘BLEE’ which aimed to support and enable micro and small merchants going online. The project managed to acquire more than 500 micro and small merchants nationwide to sell online in the span of 4 months. Aaliyah’s main passion lies in content marketing, public relations, organising events and helping SMEs digitalise their business
Sharmeen brought ShopBack to Malaysia in early 2015. As the co-founder of ShopBack Malaysia, Sharmeen is responsible for the development of ShopBack’s collaborations with public and private sectors, at the same time facilitates marketing efforts that strengthen ShopBack’s business presence. For three consecutive years, Sharmeen is an advisory member of
MYCYBERSALE’s marketing group, formulating strategies for Malaysia’s largest online sale under PIKOM. She has also led ShopBack in working with ministries like Tourism Malaysia on several promotional programmes, as well as established collaborations with credible partners from bank and telco-industries.
Director of Sales,Green Packet (Kiple)
Mr. Kenneth Kuan, is currently the Director of Sales for Kiple, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Green Packet Berhad. Currently, he spearheads the sales division of kipleBiz and kiplePay, driving the businesses to achieve the Company’s goals and annual targets by developing sales strategies and putting them into action plans.
Kuan has more than 15 years of experience in the telecommunications, oil and gas and financial technology sector, specializing in SME and Corporate Account Management. He started his career with British Petroleum in the oil and gas sector. Following that, he joined Shell before spreading his foray to Maxis and Celcom as the Head of SME Channel Management.
Before joining Green Packet, Kuan was with iPay88 as Head of Sales, leading the team to achieve the overall sales and profitability goals of the organization.
Baiza Bain (Moderator)
Managing Partner,Ficus Venture Capital
Baiza is a graduate of Monash University, Australia with a degree in Business Studies double majoring in Accounting and Economics. He has 18 years’ experience in various fields within the Islamic Finance industry. He started his career as a research associate with Islamic Financial Data Services Ltd. (U.K) specializing in Islamic finance and banking data research before joining IslamiQ Ltd. where he was instrumental in developing the ScreenIslamiQ, the online service that allowed users to access information on Shariah-compliant stocks in the major global stock markets.
He was also involved in the IslamiQ advisory team that completed the Shariah structuring of a US$150 million Islamic private equity fund focusing on dynamic and undervalued Asian companies. After leaving IslamiQ, he moved to Guidance Financial Group LLC, an international Islamic financial services company based in Washington D.C. where he was part of the investment team that structured a Musharakah Mutanaqisah based Islamic home financing program for consumers in the U.S market, an innovative mortgage based Islamic Fixed Income security with Freddie Mac and a Pan European Islamic Real Estate fund with ING International amongst others. During his employment with Guidance, he was also seconded to Navis Capital Partners a leading private equity fund management firm to assist in the day to day running of their Islamic private equity funds with an aggregate value of USD 300 million.
At the Amanie Group, he served as Managing Director of Amanie Advisors, its global Shariah advisory arm and also as Director of Global Business with Amanie Holdings reporting directly to the Chairman.
His last posting prior to founding Ficus Venture Partners was with the Maybank Group where he started as VP & Regional Head of Business Development for Maybank Asset Management Group and was promoted to be the CEO of Maybank Private Equity where he was tasked to manage a global private equity investment portfolio on behalf of the bank.
Adrian Oh (Moderator)
Adrian Oh, co-founder of ecInsider.my (formerly known as eCommerceMILO.com), a content site that focuses on e-commerce content, providing insights, know-how, and inspiration with the goal of driving the e-commerce industry forward.
He also co-founded Neowave Solutions, a technology company that focuses on building e-commerce platform (webShaper) to empower merchants to build own branded store and sell multi-channel via connecting to the region’s top eMarketplaces like Lazada, Shopee, Qoo10, Tokopedia, Bukalapak, etc.
In 2019, He founded a new multichannel data platform – Zetpy.com, with the goal of enabling merchants to sell across the region’s Top Marketplaces and utilize the data to scale up their operation and business.
On top of that, he is passionate about building community. He founded MECA (Malaysia E-commerce Aspiration) – an active Facebook community by the eCommerce players, for the eCommerce players, currently with 5000 over members.
A computer science graduate and with deep passion in e-commerce, retail & online payments, He occasionally blogs at adrianoh.com.
Md. Radzi bin Din
Executive Director,G3 Global
Encik Radzi was appointed as Executive Director on 22 October 2018. He obtained a Degree in Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and Mathematics from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, USA.
Armed with management, business development and marketing experience in Information, Telecommunication, and Technology, Radzi started work in 1986 at Sapura Holdings. During his stint in Sapura Holdings, he secured Government’s Smart School project with consortium partners in implementing Smart School solutions nationwide and set up ADAM 017 mobile telecommunications operator (which was bought over by Maxis) where it was a sole distributor for Nokia mobile phones.
In 2005, he joined Green Packet as a Head of Special Projects and later, joined Packet One Networks as a Head of Regulatory. Before joining G3 Global, Radzi was with Theta Technologies for 3 years as a Head of Sales and Relationships, leading the team to explore new markets and product offerings.
Founder,Artificial Intelligence Malaysia
William Yap is the Founder of Artificial Intelligence Malaysia. He has over a decade of experience in Data Science and Analytics at various industry leaders. William has led high-impact Artificial Intelligence projects with other leading international Data Scientists and has helped drive Malaysia’s National Big Data Analytics initiatives. He has also guided entrepreneurs, startups and established corporations on Digitalisation and Data Innovations.
*Malaysia Tech Week is a city-wide festival of events by the industry to bring together the best of Malaysia corporates, ecosystem partners, investors, regulators, and tech startups along with delegations from all around the world to the tech hub of Southeast Asia- Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.