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The third part of the Go Global talk series by Technopreneurs Association of Malaysia (TeAM) and Plug & Play Technology Garden will take place on 26th November, 2010

The market in Malaysia is only a small fraction compare to many other developing or developed countries. Many ICT companies are looking to expand into another country, but are shy away from doing that due to uncertainty in foreign market product acceptance, market environment, company capability and sustainability, and many other reasons. As a reference, it would be great to see case studies of people who have hands on experience, learning their journey along the success or failure of the overseas market expansion.

The sessions will feature two entrepreneurs with experience venturing into Japan, a venture capital firm with experience there, and a market research and consulting firm with vast expertise in overseas technology market and trend.

The entrepreneurs will share with all, 3 months before, and 3 months after, launching their business into Japan. Attendees will learn from them what to look up for and what to avoid, which can help businesses to speed up its own expansion plan into Japan. The venture capital firm will share about their experience selecting and investing in technology companies in that area. The market research and consulting firm will provide the economic overview and technology outlook in the specific country, and specific sectors which technopreneurs could penetrate.

Mentorship and advisory sessions are available at the end of the session, by Mr. Liew and Leon Tan, seperately. Attendees could learn the resources available currently which they could leverage on for their immediate expansion plan. This is for pre-registered attendees only, first-come-first-serve basis. Please contact Wing Yew at to reserve a mentorship session, and inform which mentor you would like to meet with.

Date: Friday, 26th November, 2010
Time: 09:00am – 12:30pm
Venue: Plug & Play Technology Gardens, Level 7, The Gardens South Tower, Mid Valley
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08:45am – Registration
09:00am – Introduction & Welcome
09:10am – 3 months before and after: Mr. Liew Choon Lian from MDT Group
09:40am – 3 months before and after: Leon Tan from Elemental Ventures
10:10am – Q&A session
10:40am – Tea break
10:50am – Sourcing and managing investees: Hideaki Fujiyama from JAIC Asia Holdings Pte., Ltd.
11:20am – DPRK (Democratic People’s Republic of Korea) ICT landscape and talent opportunities: Mr. Thae Yong Nam, Economic & Commercial Secretary, Embassy of Democratic People’s Republic of Korea
11:50am – Q&A session
12:20pm – Lunch & Networking

OPTIONAL – pre-register, first come first serve. Please contact Wing Yew

10:50am – 11:10am 1-on-1 Mentorship & advisory session 1 (with Mr. Liew or Leon Tan)
11:10am – 11:30am 1-on-1 Mentorship & advisory session 2 (with Mr. Liew or Leon Tan)
11:30am – 11:50am 1-on-1 Mentorship & advisory session 3 (with Mr. Liew or Leon Tan)
11:50pm – 12:10pm 1-on-1 Mentorship & advisory session 4 (with Mr. Liew or Leon Tan)
12:10pm – 12:30pm 1-on-1 Mentorship & advisory session 5 (with Mr. Liew or Leon Tan)



Mr. Liew Choon Lian

Chairman & CEO of MDT Group of Companies

MDT is a Red Herring Global Top 100 Company, with product penetration across the globe including United States, China, Indonesia, Philippines, Japan, India, Middle East and other countries. It is a high-tech company specialises in the design, research and development of radio frequency identification technology (RFID), providing software and hardware solutions, application systems, and technical services.

Mr. Liew as a background as Vice President, Marketing & Worldwide Operations with Fuji Keizai USA and a General Manager, Management Planning & Worldwide Operations for Matsushita Electric Industrial. He carries forward a vast experience in design, development & value engineering in advance analog and digital display technologies; design, development & engineering in RFID IC, RFID Tags, Antenna, and Reader Modules. He has a science background from Monmouth University, University of Dubuque, and Royal Military College. He speaks, read, and write seven different national languages and five Chinese dialects fluently.


Leon Tan

Managing Director of Elemental Ventures Sdn Bhd
Executive Director of Tripod Entertainment Sdn Bhd

Elemental Ventures, a MSC Malaysia Status Company, engaged in the development, production & management of animation-related Intellectual Property. It has two divisions: “Imaginex Studios”, one of Asia’s leading award-winning creative audio post-production facilities with studios in Kuala Lumpur & Jakarta; and “Elemental”, a global animation IP development, production & management business. It started a branch in Japan, IMAGINEX STUDIOS TOKYO, since 2008.

Imaginex Studios received a lengthy list of awards, not just in Kuala Lumpur but also in Seoul, Jakarta and London.

Besides Elemental Ventures, Leon Tan is also the executive director for Tripod Entertainment. Tripod Entertainment is a global animation company, a joint venture between Elemental Ventures and Hollywood-based animation producer Epoch Ink Corp. As a side note, one of Tripod’s executive producers is Kevin Eastman, the co-creator of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.


Hideaki Fujiyama

Executive Director of JAIC Asia Holdings Pte., Ltd.

He has 12 years experience in venture capital financing, project financing and corporate financing.

He joined the Industrial Bank of Japan in 1997 and was in charge of the airline industry. He was engaged in numerous international power sector projects in Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Vietnam at Japan Bank for International Cooperation. After joining in Japan Asia Investment Company Ltd. in 2004, he was in charge of secondary fund investing in small and medium size companies in Japan and ASEAN.

He launched a VC/PE fund targeting Vietnam in 2005 and since March 2006 he has been in charge of a new fund that has invested in non-listed companies in Malaysia and ASEAN; that in turn providing these investee companies with regional market access en route to a successful Initial Public Offering (IPO).

He is a member of Investment Committee for a VC fund under management in Malaysia. Since Nov. 2009, he became a director and investment committee member for Japan Vietnam Growth Fund and TAIB-JAIC Asian Balanced Private Equity Fund.

He graduated with a BA Economics at University of Kyushu, Japan (1997) and MA Human Environment Studies (Urban Planning) at University of Kyushu, Japan (2001).

Mr. Fujiyama was born in May 1973(37).


Mr. Thae Yong Nam

Economic & Commercial Secretary of Embassy of Democratic People’s Republic of Korea

He has over twenty years of international business and finance experiences involving companies within DPR Korea and the Asia Pacific region creating numerous successful joint-ventures. He was also the person instrumental in the establishment and development of Pyongyang ICT and Hana Electronics Group, a very successful group of companies involving mainly in the manufacturing and marketing of a range of electronics and ICT products. Before coming into the commercial sector, he was a professor lecturing in the Pyongyang University of Foreign Studies for 12 years. Due to his unique experience in forming an alliance with many foreign companies, he was recruited by the DPR Korean government to be part of their “think-tank” division in helping to set up the first special economic zone in their country. Later he was seconded to the Korea Committee for Promotion of External Economic Cooperation as a director where his job was to promote economic cooperation with foreign companies. Finally towards the end of 2009, he was sent to Malaysia as the Economic and Commercial Secretary in the economic section of the DPR Korean embassy to Malaysia. Due to his experience and good connections with the DPR Korean government & other institutions, he was appointed by Johnson & Nicholson (M) Sdn. Bhd. as their senior advisor in charge of Korean affairs.

Since his posting to Malaysia, one of his aim is to provide an opportunity to Malaysian ICT companies to tap into a very large pool of knowledge workers available in DPR Korea especially knowing that there is a current shortage of such talented people in this region. Furthermore what is more encouraging is the fact that the Malaysian government is currently seeking the migration of such talented personnel to this country to spruce up the ICT industry and as such he would like to offer his undivided support in this sector.

His past career includes being a professor at Pyongyang University of Foreign Studies (DPRK) in 1984-1996; a member of Think-Tank for the Establishment of First Special Economic Zone in DPRK; director of Korea Committee for Promotion of External Economic Cooperation (DPRK); and currently the senior advisor for Johnson & Nicholson (M) Sdn Bhd (Malaysia) as well as an Economic and Commercial Secretary for DPR Korea Embassy to Malaysia.

Mr. Thae obtained a Foreign Studies PhD degree from Pyongyang University of Foreign Studies.

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