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Board of Directors

Get to know the driving force behind MDEC

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.

YBhg. Dato' Mathialakan Chelliah

Company Director

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.

YBrs. En. Steve Hsien-Chieng Hsia

Chief Executive Officer

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 focusing in Silicon Valley and Asia with various experiences with digital agencies, talents and start-ups.

YBrs. Tuan Haji Mohamed Rifai Bin Mohd Razi

Non-Executive Independent Director

Progressive Insurance Bhd.

YBrs. Tuan Haji Mohamed Rifai was appointed to the Board on 22 August 2016.

Tuan Haji Mohamed Rifai started his career in the Sabah State Civil Service in 1980. From 1983 until 1989 he was with Sabah Energy Corporation/Sabah Gas Industries Sdn. Bhd. holding various positions.

Prior to his early retirement, Tuan Haji Mohamed Rifai was the CEO of IIB Insurance Brokers Sdn. Bhd. In addition to that he was also a Board member with KKIP Communications Sdn. Bhd, the operator of Sabah Net. He currently sits on the Board of Progressive Insurance Bhd.

YBrs. Pn. Afidah Azwa Binti Abdul Aziz

Deputy Undersecretary for the Investment Evaluation Section in the Strategic Investment Division of the Ministry of Finance

YBrs. Pn. Afidah Azwa Binti Abdul Azizwas 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 degree 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.

Much of Dato' Dr Halimah's research has been performed in active collaboration with industry and received multiple accolades for inventions and innovations at national and international levels.

YBrs. Mohd Yuzaidi Mohd Yusoff

Non-Executive Independent Director

YBrs. Mohd Yuzaidi Mohd Yusoff was appointed to the Board on 5th April 2019.

Yuzaidi Yusoff has more than 25 years of consulting and entrepreneurial experience in Asia in various trades with a diversified portfolio of companies and industries. Previously employed by Accenture before setting up his own boutique-consulting firm, Clear Minds Sdn Bhd. 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.

He is the current Chairman for 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 with a wide cross-section of the Malaysian society. 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.