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Malaysia’s New Economic Model:
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AseanAffairs Magazine May - June 2010

Prime Minister Najib Razak vows to take Malaysia forward and transform it into a high income nation through economic and social reforms. Initial responses to this ambitious drive are mixed, details are scarce and investors play wait-and-see.Yet, Najib insists he’s got support to push ahead.

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Who’s Who

1.Dato Sri Mustapa Mohamed
Ministry of International Trade & Industry, Malaysia
 Dato’ Sri Mustapa Mohamed is the Minister of International Trade and Industry of Malaysia. His public career spans more three decades, during which he served in different capacities in the Ministries of Finance, Entrepreneur Development, Higher Education, Agriculture, International Trade and Industry and the Prime Minister’s Department. Minister Mustapa is also a Member of Parliament from the northern Malaysian state of Kelantan. He is the author of eight books on the Malaysian economy and on national politics.
2.Tan Sri Dato’ Seri
Dr. Jeffrey Cheah
ASLI Malaysia & Sunway Group

 The visionary founder and Chairman of the Sunway Group, Dr. Jeffrey presides over a conglomerate with over 40 locations worldwide. An accountant with eight honorary Doctorates he is widely known and highly regarded as an outstanding philanthropist and he has been honored by many awards.

3. Tan Sri Ramon Navaratnam 
 Group Adviser, Sunway Group, Malaysia
Chairman, ASLI’s CPPS

An M.P.A. (Econs) graduate from Harvard, an Hon. L.L.D. from Oxford Brookes (UK) and a published author, Dr Ramon worked his way up the Malaysian Civil Service to become Secretary-General of the Ministry of Transport. Since ‘retirement’ he has held various Directorships and is actively involved in several charity works.

4. Dato’ Sri Jamaludin Ibrahim
 Managing Director / President and Group CEO Axiata Group Berhad

Dato’ Sri Jamaludin Ibrahim joined Axiata Group Berhad on March 2008 as Managing Director/ President and Group Chief Executive Officer. Jamaludin has more than 25 years experience in the communications and IT industry. He is also a board member of the GSMA (the global World GSM Association).
5. Dato’ Michael Yeoh
 Chief Executive Officer
Asian Strategy & Leadership Institute (ASLI)
Dr. Yeoh is the Co-Founder and CEO of the Asian Strategy & Leadership Institute and Secretary- General of the Malaysia-China Business Council and the ASEAN Business Forum. He specializes in Corporate Strategic Planning, Asian Strategy and Political Economy. He has authored books on Leadership, Strategy and Managemen
6. Mr. Rajiv Biswas
Director, Southeast Asia, Corporate Network, Economist Intelligence Unit, The Economist, Singapore
Rajiv Biswas is Director of the Economist Corporate Network for South-east Asia. His previous experience includes working for UBS as Executive Director for Asia-Pacific Country Risk, and as a senior economist for the Commonwealth Secretariat. Rajiv studied at the LSE and Imperial College, London University.
7. Dato’ Mohamed Iqbal Rawther
Chairman, MIM Vice President
ASEAN Business Forum, Malaysia
Dato’Mohamed Iqbal Rawther is Vice President of the Asean Business Forum and Executive Director of the Farlim Group Berhad.He holds an MBA from the University of Malaya and a Doctorate in Management from La Salle University, USA. He has won many awards and recognition as an outstanding manager.
8. Datuk Aishah Ahmad
Malaysian Automotive Association

Datuk Aishah Ahmad is currently Chairman of Automotive Federation Malaysia (AFM) and President of Asean Automotive Association (AAF)

9. Dato’ Tony Fernandes
CEO AirAsia Sdn Bhd

Tony Fernandes,Group CEO of AirAsia, is credited for democratizing air travel in this part of the world. He champions ASEAN as a tourism destination and promotes regional integration and economic growth. Fernandes is also team principal of Lotus Racing.

10. H.E. Dr. Guenter Georg Gruber
German Ambassador to Malaysia

Shortly after graduating with his Doctorate in Business Administration, Dr. Gruber joined the German Foreign Service. He has served in many places, including Bonn, Paris, Jakarta, Singapore, Sydney and the U.N. He has been the German Ambassador to Malaysia since 2008. His leisure interests include music, golf and tennis.

11. Mr. Stuart Dean
President GE ASEAN

Stu holds an MBA from Harvard University. He joined GE in sales and rose to become General Manager. From 1991 he’s been based in various ASEAN countries as President. He lives in Kuala Lumpur and is actively involved in many boards and committees, while at the same time volunteering in the rebuilding of Aceh.

12. Ramanathan Sathiamutty
Managing Director IBM Malaysia
Rama has held several key local and regional positions in IBM. He was Country Manager, Telecommunications Industry, IBM Malaysia, Senior Consulting Manager for Internet Business, IBM Asia Pacific, Senior Managing Consultant, Telco industry, IBM India and his last role was General Manager of Telecommunications Industry, IBM Asean before returning to Malaysia this year as its Managing Director. Rama holds a Bachelor of Engineering in Electronics & System from the National University of Malaysia, Bangi. He also holds an MBA from University Pertanian Malaysia plus an Executive Certification from Harvard Business School, Massachusetts, US.
13. Mr. Geoffrey Briscoe
Managing Director BMW Malaysia Sdn Bhd
Geoffrey Briscoe is Managing Director of the BMW Group, Malaysia with over 34 years experience in the automotive industry. He’s a specialist in retail, sales and dealership management. He’s been the driving force in leading BMW to become the most dynamic carmaker in the premium automotive segment in Malaysia.
14. H.E. Secretary Annabelle T. Abaya
Presidential Adviser, The Peace Process
Republic of the Philippines
Also a Harvard graduate (in Public Administration) and a specialist in conflict resolution, Ms. Abaya has directed the training and development of the Philippines National Center for Mediation and has been a consultant for Asian and UN development programs.
15.Tunku Zain Abidin Tuanku Muhriz
 President Institute for Democracy and Economics Affairs, Malaysia

Tunku ‘Abidin is Founder President of the Institute for Democracy and Economic Affairs, a classical liberal think tank in Malaysia founded upon the principles of rule of law, free markets, limited government and individual liberty.
16. Mirzan Mahathir

Founder and President ASLI Malaysia

Mirzan is Chairman and CEO of Crescent Capital, a Malaysian investment holding and independent strategic and financial advisory firm which he founded. He’s a director of several companies in Southeast Asia and the US and he chairs several charitable foundations.
17. Datuk Nicholas Zefferys
President American Malaysian Chamber of Commerce

Datuk is President of the American Malaysian Chamber of Commerce and he serves on local and foreign boards. He’s also a member of the National Economic Advisory Council, guiding Malaysia’s economy forward. He writes lectures and teaches frequently.
18. Mr. Khairussaleh Ramli
Chief Financial Officer Malayan Banking Berhad, Malaysia
Khairussaleh Ramli is CFO of the Maybank Group and the recent winner of the prestigious ‘Best CFO’ award by Finance Asia. At Telekom Malaysia Berhad and Bursa Malaysia Berhad he oversaw strategic and business management, plus corporate banking, stock broking research and futures broking. He’s a graduate of Washington University, USA.

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