In order to navigate an intricate and fast-changing digital economy, MDEC puts together a management team that boasts extensive knowledge in many areas of our business. The Board of Directors is made up of representatives from the Government and corporate sectors.

The Board of Directors is ultimately responsible for the country’s tech-led initiatives, be it in terms of direction, strategic supervision, or management. With their blend of diversity and high-level expertise, there is no better team to guide MDEC towards a tech-led economy.
Company Director Acting Chairman Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC)
YBhg. Dato’ Mathialakan Chelliah is MDEC’s Company Director and was appointed to the Board on 19 January 2015. He has served the Malaysian Investment Development Authority (MIDA) for more than 30 years in various capacities and senior positions. From 1988 – 2008, he served in several MIDA overseas offices in Zurich, Berne, Milan and London to promote Malaysia as a potential investment location for European companies and to assist them to prepare their business models.
Chief Executive Officer and Co Founder Young Outliers, Inc.
YBrs. En. Steve Hsia is currently the co-Founder and CEO of Young Outliers, Inc. and was appointed to the Board on 27 January 2015. Steve is an active Internet business angel investor operating in Silicon Valley and Asia with various experiences with digital agencies, talents and start-ups.
Deputy Undersecretary For The Investment Evaluation Section In The Strategic Investment Divison Of The Ministry Of Finance
YBrs. Pn. Afidah Azwa Binti Abdul Aziz was appointed on the Board of Directors of Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC), effective 16 October 2018. She was appointed as PUNB Board member effective 19 November 2015. She served as the alternate Board member since 2013, and currently she is the Deputy Undersecretary for the Investment Evaluation Section in the Strategic Investment Division of the Ministry of Finance since August, 2017. She is also a TEKUN Nasional Board Member, which she has been a part of since 15 October 2015.

Puan Afidah began her career in the banking industry in 2000 after graduating from the International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM) with a Bachelor Degree in Economics in 1999. In 2009, she graduated with a Master’s in Development Economics from University Putra Malaysia (UPM).
Non-Executive Independent Director  
Professor Dato’ Dr Halimah Badioze Zaman F.A.Sc was appointed onto the Board of Directors of Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC) effective 5 April 2019. Dato’ Dr Halimah has served in various capacities and roles at Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) for 39 years, which includes being one of the founding members of the Faculty of Information Science and Technology as well as a founder of the ICT niche at UKM. Currently, she is a Founding Director of the first centre of excellence in Computer Science at UKM, called Institute of Visual Informatics.

Over the years, Dato’ Dr Halimah has played a key role in multiple collaborations with industry leaders. It is through these collaborations that she’s able to receive multiple accolades for inventions and innovations at both national and international levels.
Non-Executive Independent Director  
YBrs. Mohd Yuzaidi Mohd Yusoff was appointed to the Board on April 5, 2019. Yuzaidi has more than 25 years of consulting and entrepreneurial experience in Asia, with experience in various trades across a diversified portfolio of companies and industries. An alumnus of Accenture, Yuzaidi is the founder of Clear Minds Sdn. Bhd., a boutique consulting firm. He has also served as a nominee director for a couple of Perbadanan Nasional Berhad (PNS) invested companies and was the Group Chief Strategy and Corporate Governance Officer for PST Ventures Sdn Bhd.

Yuzaidi is the Chairman of the Muslim Professionals Forum (MPF), a group founded to foster intellectual engagement and dialogue on issues that touch on Islamic beliefs, practices, culture, social and thought. On July 1, 2019, he was appointed as an Independent Non-Executive Director of Bank Islam. He also serves as a Board of Trustee for PADU Corporation, the performance and delivery unit of the education blueprint in the Ministry of Education.
YBhg. Dato’ Suriani Binti Dato’ Ahmad
Secretary General at the Ministry of Communications and Multimedia  
YBhg. Dato’ Suriani Binti Dato’ Ahmad was appointed to the Board on 26 August 2019. Prior to her appointment to the MDEC Board of Directors, Dato’ Suriani has held key positions in various governmental agencies such as being the Director of the National Institute of Public Administration (INTAN), being the Secretary General of the Ministry of Communications and Multimedia Malaysia (KKMM), holding the post of Director at the Ministry of International Trade and Industry, as well as being the Secretary General for the Ministry of Women, Family and Community Development (KPWKM).

Dato’ Suriani’s excellent contributions has also won her several awards throughout her career. She was also awarded the “Darjah Ahli Mahkota Perlis” (AMP) in 2006 and the “Darjah Seri Sirajuddin Perlis” (DSSP) in 2012 by the Raja of Perlis. In 2015, she was conferred with the “Darjah Indera Mahkota Pahang” (DIMP) by the Sultan of Pahang.