Board

Naser Jaafar
Director

Naser is the Chief Operating Officer at Agensi Inovasi Malaysia (AIM). His team is responsible for creating wealth through innovation for the country via three delivery channels specifically, open bidding of new technology sourced from local universities and Public Research Institutes, direct equity investment by AIM and also matching of Entrepreneurs and Promoters.

Naser also heads the team at AIM, which is the joint secretariat with The National Science and research Council for the Investment Committee of Public Funds (ICPF). This team is responsible for the evaluation, development of KPIs and Performance Management of all the public funds for Research, Development and Commercialisation (R,D&C) in Malaysia.

Prior to joining AIM, Naser was with Bank of America Merrill Lynch Malaysia for 22 years, of which the last 9 years as the Chief Executive Officer. He has served various positions at the Bank in Malaysia, Singapore and Jakarta.

Naser received his Masters of Business Administration from North Texas State University, USA in 1987.

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Abdullah Arshad
Director

Abdullah Arshad, Chief Operating Officer of Agensi Inovasi Malaysia, a statutory body under the Malaysian Act of Parliament established since 2011. Have been with AIM since its inauguration and lead the Strategic Investment, Innovation Business Opportunity, Industry-Academia Collaboration, Corporate Sector Innovation and Strategic Impact Projects.

Responsible for the development of National Corporate Innovation Index (NCII) and its derivative, Return on Innovation Investment (ROII) for the Malaysian corporate sector. Oversees the development and execution of Waste to Wealth initiatives through the National Biomass Strategy and Development of Middle-Tier companies. Abdullah also is responsible for the execution of strategic innovation investments while providing strategic direction for PlatCom Ventures and Steinbeis Malaysia.

Prior to AIM, Abdullah served Motorola Inc. for 20 years since 1983 in various capacities in Motorola Malaysia, US, China and Asia Pacific. Joined Bank Islam Malaysia Berhad in 2005 playing an active role in turning around and revamping of Bank Islam in its organizational transformation exercise. Involved in setting up Iskandar Investment Berhad in Iskandar Malaysia, Johor and served as Iskandar Malaysia Management Council member. Key person in setting up Iskandar Malaysia Education Hub as the CEO of EDUCITY, Iskandar Malaysia.

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Dr. Viraj Perera
CEO & Executive Director

Viraj’s expertise lies in technology transfer and innovation. Viraj has gathered a wealth of knowledge and experience in the field through working for elite organisations such as the University of Oxford and University of Warwick, UK, as well as a number of private companies.

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