BOARD OF DIRECTORS
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.
 
 
DATUK WIRA DR HJ. RAIS HUSSIN MOHAMED ARIFF
Chairman of Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC)
Dr Rais Hussin is an avid strategist, perennial wordsmith, social engineer, serial entrepreneur and serious policy intellectual. He is also the President and CEO of EMIR Research that specialises in data driven research on any given national or international issues. He has more than 23 years corporate experience in leading and managing local and global telecommunications, technologies and IT companies.

He has been actively promoting inbound investment, technology and execution for high-tech high value projects in Malaysia and the exciting growth markets of the ASEAN economic zone. Among the issues that fascinates him are those related to disruptive change, big data, the wide use of apps driven economy, algorithms and artificial intelligence. Straddling between science, strategy, communications, and policy advice, Dr Rais has sought to convince governments to adopt a private public partnerships as advocated by World Bank, to resolve any market break down or conundrums.

Dr Rais Hussin received his Bachelors in Economics (Hons), Masters in Management and Doctorate in Business Administration from the International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM).
 
YBRS. PN. AFIDAH AZWA BINTI ABDUL AZIZ
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).
 
 
 
PROFESSOR DATO’ DR HALIMAH BADIOZE ZAMAN F.A.SC
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.
 
YBRS. MOHD YUZAIDI MOHD YUSOFF
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.
 
 
 
LEE CHIN CHEH
Non-Executive Independent Director  
Lee Chin Cheh was appointed to the Board on August 6, 2020. His passion for law saw him worked his way as he earned his law degree before starting his own firm in 1997. His prowess in the legal arena and the trust gained from clients has seen him established himself firmly in the corporate world being a legal advisor and director at many private and public companies based in Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Australia and Germany over the past 23 years. He has advised and completed various cross border mergers and acquisitions in multiple fields.

Lee began his political foray in 1997 and made strong inroads in his political career, first being named a council member with Majlis Bandaraya Petaling Jaya (MBPJ) and later becoming a state assemblyman after winning the Kajang state seat in the 2013 general election. Lee’s political career sees him now playing an active role in government, having held the post of Special Tasks Officer to the Minister of Housing and Local Government since 2018.

His involvement beyond politics and law extends to his services to various community based organisations over the years, either as a senior office-bearer or legal advisor. Lee received his Bachelor of Law, LLB (Hons) from the University of Wolverhampton, United Kingdom.
 
ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR DR MUHAMMAD ABDULLAH BIN ZAIDEL
Non-Executive Independent Director  
Professor Dr Muhammad Abdullah Bin Zaidel was appointed to the Board on August 6, 2020.With his extensive experience from the finance sector and in business management, was able to accelerate Sarawak’s economy and take it to greater heights.

He graduated from Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (UNIMAS) with a PhD in Finance and a Masters Degree for Business Management from Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM). Since 2019, Dr. Muhammad Abdullah is an alumni of Harvard Business School, Harvard University. Since 2008, Associate Professor Dr Muhammad Abdullah is a Senior Lecturer at the Faculty of Economic and Business, UNIMAS. He also spent a fair bit of time in the corporate sector as well when he was a Senior Vice President at KAF Seagroatt & Campbell Securities Sdn. Bhd. and a Vice President at CIMB Securities Sdn. Bhd. Presently, he is a board member for the National Wage Consultative Council, Sarawak Economic Development Corporation, Land Custody Development Authority and Petroleum Sarawak Bhd.
 
 
 
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.