TeAM Council 2016/2017
Dato’ Fadzli Shah Anuar
President Dato’ Fadzli Shah is a serial entrepreneur and angel investor passionate about web and mobile technologies. With two successful venture exits in Europe, he is an active proponent for localization and adaptations of successful business models into a Malaysian/Asian context. Upon returning to Malaysia, Dato’ Fadzli co-founded NEST in 2011, which went on to win the first season of MyEG’s Make the Pitch. Dato’ Fadzli is a Chartered Statistician and graduated from University College London, Harvard and London Business School. In his spare time, Dato’ Fadzli enjoys long walks on the beach as we as the trek through jungles, across rivers and over mountains to get to that beach!
Mr. Izwan Ismail
Deputy President I, Izwan Ismail graduated from Queensland University of Technology as an Industrial Designer. He then joined a European medical software company working on a multitude of amazing projects! He was also a part of the global UX team where they were UX designers from Belgium, Ukraine and Russia. After a couple of years working with a multinational company, he felt the need to grow faster and be a part of a community. He decided to join a Malaysian gamification startup as a senior UX Designer and later led a small team of designers and developers. He then left the startup to do some soul searching and venture on his own for a couple of months. He was a part of the winning team in the first Social Innovation Camp Asia that was held in Kuala Lumpur. He then founded UX Malaysia about 3 years ago, and leads the UX division at VLT Labs. VLT Labs is a startup studio based in Malaysia that partners with founders to build and innovate tech products such as Supahands , Scarlett of Soho , Major Drop and SmartGrow Izwan founded UX Malaysia a community concentrated on the growth and evangelism of User Experience in Malaysia. An Industrial Designer by training, his experience varies from product design to medical software design.
Mr. Danni Rais
Deputy President II, Danni Rais epitomises the old adage of being a jack of all trades, master of none. Fortunately this also allows him to pursue his many interests, all related to positive nation building for the betterment of tomorrow. A lawyer by training, he decided to go against the norm and climb the corporate ladder in one of Malaysia’s leading corporations, making him useful in the diverse field of business development. Any spare time he has is utilised for efforts in various NGO’s, notably ONE (Organisation for National Empowerment) of which he is the VP, and Small Changes, a charitable body. He believes that everyone plays a vital role in nation building, no matter the age, as such developments affects all. He is also of the view that a sound education system is the brick and mortar for any developing nation, and certainly cannot be taken lightly. As such, he heads the Education cluster under ONE, known as NEMO (National Education Monitoring Organisation), and as education must be viewed holistically both from an institutional and self educating point of view, the views of everyone matters, and the quality of our younger generation will be crucial to the betterment of Malaysia. His involvement with various youths has allowed him to press on the importance of having entrepreneurial spirit in each individual as a driving force in life.
Ms. Pial Khadilla Abdullah
Honorary Secretary, A Business Admin graduate from the University of Bath, England, Pial stepped foot into the career of an entrepreneur 7 years ago when she decided to sell natural and handmade skincare in the UK and Malaysian markets. During her work with the Central Bank of Malaysia she realised she enjoyed teaching more than making and that’s when her self-branded company, Asia Essentials moved into trainings and workshops. She continued teaching the art of skincare formulation till she realised there was something missing and pursued coaching as a career, where she is now a Certified Health Coach (with the Institute of Integrative Nutrition) and has studied among others, under Gina DeVee, Marie Forleo, Jay Abraham, Keith Cunningham and Tony Robbins. Her curiosity over what makes businesses tick propelled her career into business teaching, coaching and consulting entrepreneurs to implement smart business strategies through impactful branding, effective marketing, creative sales and leadership. She no longer operates her natural skincare business but now runs her own coaching and consultancy practice under Pial Khadilla Ventures.
Mr. Nik Harris Bin Nik Kamaruddin
Honorary Treasurer Nik Harris graduated in Accounting & Finance at Oxford Brookes University. Afterwards, he joined KPMG for 4 years in the audit department before embarking on an entrepreneurship journey. He was attached to a training company, Conseiller Consulting. He was in charged of coordinating training programmes in Sabah and Sarawak for 6 months. The objective was to alleviate low-income households from poverty and being able to generate income from their own business through employment, agricultural activities, entrepreneurship or services. It was from that experience, he co-founded MYSPORTS. MYSPORTS is a sports retailer that partners with local communities and assist them in setting up retail outlets, provide training in sales & marketing and also promoting local sports brands.
Mr. Mohd Reza Samsani
Council Member Mohd Reza Samsani graduated with an honors degree from the University of London in Economics and Management. He completed his ‘O’ Levels at Sayfol International School where he was the Vice President of the Student Council and Captain of the Sports Team and subsequently, pursued his ‘A’ Levels at Kemayan ATC. His work experience includes security management in the aviation sector, as an executive in the finance department of a multinational organization in visual communication products and as a consultant at an international accounting firm. Prior to EYE Project, he was previously an Analyst at VS Malaysia, where amongst others, he had served both local and regional businesses and government in advising areas for economic development. He has been a Convenor of Young Corporate Malaysians (YCM) since 2009 and continues to take interest in youth development in the country, which had led him to conceptualize and lead the EYE Project with Co-Founder, Chris Tock. As of 2015, he is serving as the Honorary Secretary for the Technopreneurs Association of Malaysia (TeAM). In his capacity as President of Empowering Youth (youth development NGO), he is currently leading an initiative to raise the level awareness and support on the subject of integrity amongst the youth in Malaysia.
Mr. Andrew Tan
Council Member Andrew Tan has worked at the sharp end of innovation, technology, and entrepreneurship for more than a decade across US, UK and SE Asia. He began his career as a designer and architect for next generation high speed interconnect technology at Intel, in the process securing several patents. This followed with a stint at Intel’s Innovation Lab where he was tasked to come up with new commercial use cases for Intel’s technology IP in Asia Pacific, run proof of concepts for these new use cases and then work with delivery partners like Siemens to roll it out. He built a diverse team of designers, developers, product managers and business analysts to help him achieve this. Following that, he pursued his second masters, this time in Innovation Management at Central Saint Martins. He then had the opportunity to work with some of the world’s leading innovation organisations in London such as IDEO, NESTA and Samsung. Currently, he is the CEO of VLT Labs, a venture builder based in KL that has helped launch over 50 products working together with entrepreneurs and also Innovation labs of larger corporations such as Axiata.
Mr. Clarence Chew Yin Yiaw
Council Member Clarence always had a passion for technology from a tender young age and pursued this passion at the University of Manchester (U.K) in Information Systems Engineering to graduate with Honours. Upon graduation, he later specialised in IT Security at Ernst & Young Singapore to provide banks and the government agencies with security solutions. Feeling held back by working in a corporate environment as it was unable to satisfy his hunger for creating innovative solutions using technology, Clarence started a tech company with trustworthy partners to bring Agile methodologies and best practices into the local scene from abroad. Over the course of his journey in Tinkerbox Studios, Clarence has collaborated, implemented and trained with more than 30 companies to understand the benefits of Agile methodologies and embracing techniques such as Lean UX and SCRUM to produce visible results. Covering almost 10 years of international technological experience, Clarence is presently spearheading the expansion of Tinkerbox Studios to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Forming an alliance with VLT Malaysia to craft a formidable force in Southeast Asia to produce greater services and products for the market. He enjoys being a part of tech community events in the region and preaches strongly about Agile Methodologies in both product management and product development. Clarence is a big believer in “baking a bigger pie” for everyone. He believes that by pushing the eco-system forward and modernising how we build our products, we will help develop stronger talent in the region to be great “inventors+innovators” that can build world class products and thus creating more jobs.
Ms. Ida Farini Othman
Council Member, Ida Farini Othman is a Business graduate from Indiana University, Bloomington, USA, Ida started her career with the country’s number 1 Media Group (Astro All Asia Networks plc) working in both Astro TV and Astro Radio. After 12 years, Ida left the corporate world to venture into the world of entrepreneur starting with a small spa business, taking an existing spa business into profitability and developed it into Jentayu Spa. Within three years, the venture had won several local spa awards. Ida also developed a spin-off business for the spa by manufacturing its own natural body products. Simultaneously while running a spa & the beauty product business, Ida and her sisters set-up an online kid’s party planning business called Marvel Factory, now in its fourth year and has expanded into Child Enrichment Programs. These days, apart from consulting for media companies, Ida is also busy managing her 2-year old health food business and developing a new venture in the health and wellness industry.
Mr. Wei Chee Lee
Council member Wei Chee Lee is a first class graduate in Information Technology from Coventry University, Wei Chee started experiencing with computers since early 1980s when he helped in digitizing his father’s O-level exam papers, who is teaching at secondary schools in Melaka. He’s deeply hands on, interested in creative games and virtual world. He co-developed the world first MMOG on feature (low-end Nokia) phones in the late 1990s, and one of the first virtual world platform in the early 2000s. He deeply believe the Internet can be a lot more immersive, connecting Consumers and Merchants, in delivering seamless consumer experience. This bring to his current start-up, CheQQme, a gamified mobile marketing platform that convert online users traffic to walk-in in-store customers. During his free time, Wei Chee enjoy a rigorous basketball game and also a quiet meditation time, getting in touch with his inner self.