Management

Datuk Wira Dr. Rais Hussin Mohamed Ariff

Datuk Wira Dr. Rais Hussin Mohamed Ariff

President & Chief Executive Officer

Dr. Rais Hussin is an avid strategist, perennial wordsmith, accountable and serial entrepreneur, and serious policy intellectual. Dr. Rais has over 26 years of experience launching and expanding large, complex and ultimately successful enterprise initiatives and international programs across a broad range of technical enterprises in for-profit and non-profit environments, that includes but not limited to, Telekom Malaysia, MCI WorldCom Malaysia, Teleglobe Canada, Axis Technologies and Goldnet Resources.

A noted thought leader in Malaysia, Dr. Rais is a highly sought-after Writer/Columnist and Conference Presenter. He has a passion for bringing together the best possible resources and talents in pursuit of a prosperous, just and dynamic Malaysia.

Perhaps most notably, Dr. Rais was responsible for overseeing the preparation of the first election manifesto to ever trigger a change of government in Malaysia.

He received his Bachelors in Economics (Hons), Masters in Management and Doctorate in Business Administration from the International Islamic University of Malaysia, and has participated in Harvard Business School Executive Education Program.

Keilliey Wong

Keilliey Wong

Chief People Officer

Keilliey brings with her more than a decade of experience in Human Resource Management. She has worked in Multi-National Companies (MNCs), Government-Linked Companies (GLCs), international and local companies in various industries, mostly in Information, Communication and Technology (ICT), Retail and Travel industries.

She headed the People Operations, Human Resource, Corporate Resources and Office Facilities Management functions in her last few roles, and also has extensive experience in start-up roles where she has assisted at least four multinationals and international companies in their new start-ups, by restructuring teams and re-engineering internal control processes.

Datin Wira Dr. Margarita Peredaryenko

Datin Wira Dr. Margarita Peredaryenko

Chief Research Officer

Dr. Margarita has close to 10 years of experience in conducting both quantitative and descriptive- interpretative fieldwork studies, especially in the areas of socio-economic and industry-related research. Her scholarly research works have been published in prestigious and globally accredited academic journals too.

She is a perennial high achiever, with a stellar background in software engineering from the elite Moscow Engineering Physics Institute (MEPhi), combining multidisciplinary instructions in natural sciences, economics and finance, not excluding a specialization of the Islamic variety.

She further advanced her academic qualifications with Master of Business Administration (Finance) and Doctor of Business Administration, both of which were acquired at the International Islamic University of Malaysia. Dr. Margarita earned these impeccable credentials with double distinctions. She has also completed Oxford Blockchain Strategy Programme at Said Business School, University of Oxford and Data Science courses by Harvard University.

Jamari Mohtar

Jamari Mohtar

Director of Media & Communications

Jamari has more than 20 years’ experience in the media and communications industry which include print and broadcast journalism, and branding and strategic communication at various organisations, which include Singapore Press Holdings, Mediacorp Singapore, Albukhary Foundation, and more recently as a columnist with Focus Malaysia.

He has written articles on frontier technologies such as artificial intelligence and distributed ledger technology and their roles in increasing a country’s competitive edge in the unmanned sector of the economy.

He has recently taken a course in Blockchain Strategy at the Said Business School of Oxford University out of a conviction that blockchain technology will be one of the defining technologies of the future.

Research Team

Jason Loh Seong Wei

Jason Loh Seong Wei

Head of Social, Law and Human Rights
Ahmad Ameen Mohd Kamal

Ahmad Ameen Mohd Kamal

Head of Science and Technology
Nur Sofea Hasmira Azahar

Nur Sofea Hasmira Azahar

Research Analyst
Amanda Yeo

Amanda Yeo

Research Analyst
Nurafifah Mohammad Suhaimi

Nurafifah Mohammad Suhaimi

Research Assistant
Farhan Kamarulzaman

Farhan Kamarulzaman

Research Assistant
Selicia Chin

Selicia Chin

Data Artist
Tam Mei Si

Tam Mei Si

Research Intern