Meet The Mentors






Daniel Leong


I’m the Head of Industrial Site Management at DARe. In this role, I lead a team that covers the overall management of industrial buildings and land that has been consolidated under DARe, a statutory body formed in February 2016 to promote, support and nurture enterprises from startup to growth. Prior to this, I was with Brunei Economic Development Board covering the areas of Innovative Startups (in Science & Technology and Creative sectors) and facilitating Industrial Research & Development collaboration between foreign technology partners with Brunei institutions. Before that, I spent 14 years in Commercial Banking with close to a decade in Shanghai, China where my focus was on building the consumer banking business in a new market from scratch.


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Dr Chee Tuan Yong


Trained in engineering industry, has lectured and conducted research related to IT/Environment/business processes in UBD for 18 years, and ventured into ICT business. I have been involved in the BICTA/ APICTA as a judge for more than a decade.


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Soon Loo


I am the CEO of the Brunei Economic Development Board which is Brunei government’s central statutory body to grow and diversify Brunei's economy by attracting investment into the nation. I have been serving on board of directors of public and private companies in Brunei, China, and Singapore — including formerly being the chairman and board member of a publicly listed Asian company that went IPO for US$1.5 billion of market capitalization. In my personal capacity, I have been a visiting professor and adjunct faculty in universities in the region, including Singapore Management University, Nanyang Technological University, University of Brunei Darussalam, and Universiti Technologi Brunei.


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Edwin Lim


With over 20 years of industry experiences in project management, business process re-engineering, business process improvement and change management, Edwin has created his own company, Soapboxer Company, to share his learnings and coaches those who need them. Also a strong public speaker, he has created a series of soft-skill programs to benefit the masses. His flagship program SOAPBOX helps those with speech anxiety overcome their fear of public speaking


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Mona Kassim


Mona Kassim is a Certified Talent and Competency Management Professional, a Certified Trainer Professional and former Deputy Director of ILIA, UBD. She is a Schouten Global Faculty Member (Netherlands). She served as an academic faculty member with her last designation as Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Business, Economics and Policy Studies, UBD for 13 years before taking early retirement to set up several companies in various industries since 2011. She is Brunei's only Business Professor awarded under the 'Consultant Based Learning for ASEAN SMEs' (COBLAS), a Japan-Asean Integration Funded programme. She is the Founder of MuBn Learning and Growth Company and Co-Founder of Tarbiyyah Global, PAZ Tarbiyyah Islamic Enrichment Centre and the Happy Harun Company, which are eduwaqaf specialists who design, develop and deliver Islamic contents programmes.


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Shazali Sulaiman


Founder and Partner of Shazali & Partners. He was previously a Partner of KPMG Brunei up to his retirement from the firm with working experiences in London, Singapore and Brunei. Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales and been in the accounting profession for over 35 years. Also Chairman of the Brunei Darussalam International Chambers of Commerce and Industry and an Adjunct Associate Professor at the School of Business & Economics, UBD. Actively involved with giving motivation talks, training and knowledge skill for managing and operating a business.


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Ambrose Nathan


After obtaining his Economics degree from the University of Wolverhampton, United Kingdom he qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1984 and became a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants, England & Wales. In 2010 he obtained his fellowship of the Institute. He worked in various countries for the last 30 years including United Kingdom, Hong Kong, Malaysia and Indonesia. He was partner in a UK accountancy practice and held directorships in a number of companies. He eventually branched out as a business consultant and worked a number of years in corporatization, merger and acquisition roles including acting as a receiver and liquidator whilst employed by Price Waterhouse, Malaysia. He also served as the Finance Director of an oil palm refinery which became the second biggest single refinery in Malaysia. He has been involved in the security Industry for a total of 16 years in the capacity of Finance Director, Regional Financial Controller in Asia based in Hong Kong. For 10 years as the Country Manager and Director of G4S Secure Solutions Sdn Bhd where he built up Brunei's leading man security and cash management services provider and Brunei first secure storage facility. He also completed a 3 year contract to lead the Finance and Admin team of the International School Brunei in his role as CFO and undertook the project management of the finance and construction of the new school buildings. In 2012 together with Jenifer Tan, he set up BizAdvize Services Sdn Bhd ,a business and finance consultancy. The list of services are in the company website , www.bizadvize.biz . He also worked in collaboration with the BEDB in relation to Management Consultancy for iCenter and Ministry of Industries and Primary to provide financial advisory services, training and mentorship to SMEs, start- ups and Cooperatives


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Javed Ahmad


Responsible for transforming BIBD into a market leader. Implemented core banking platform, built technology leadership and improved processes and customer service. Rebranded and obtained a high credit rating to communicate new service standards and grow stakeholder confidence. Extensive banking experience in the Middle East, UK and Southeast Asia in Islamic investment banking and private equity.


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Allen Lai


Based in London, Allen is the Director - Corporate Affairs at the UK-ASEAN Business Council, the leading UK organisation promoting trade and investment between the UK and Southeast Asia's dynamic markets. Allen is the Chairman of the Board of Governors of Rosemead Preparatory School in Dulwich, London. The school is registered as a company and as a charity as Thurlow Educational Trust, to which he is a Director and Trustee respectively. He leads the Board in providing strategic future planning and direction as well as oversight of the school's management. He is a Queen Elizabeth II Chevening Scholar with an MA Marketing from the University of the West of England in Bristol. He holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Brunei Darussalam and is a Member of the UK's Chartered Institute of Marketing.


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Desmond Lim


I have a track record of over more 25 years of working experience in both private and public sectors locally and internationally. Over these years, I have covered most aspects of business management. In addition, I have hands-on experience in a number of industries, including real estate, agribusiness, food processing, ICT, logistics and finance/investment. Academically, I have a Masters Degree in Accountant and an Honours Degree in Banking & Finance. I am also a certified accountant (Fellow, CPA Australia).


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Adi Shamsul Sabli


I have over 30 years working experience as an IT professional in the energy, banking and public sector. Passionate about developing others and technology evolutions


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Aimi Ramlee


Aimi Ramlee believes that technology and remote working are the keys to improving economic distribution to more remote communities, but also as a major tool to enable women to access work and financial freedom that can be out of reach for those having to care for dependents or are confined to their homes. Through her work developing technology for companies to enable remote working, she hopes to normalize unconventional work environments that can not only help improve women’s lives but also reduce the environmental impact of the traditional workplace. Aimi is the Co-Founder of Tyne Solutions – an award winning tech consultancy specialising in bringing world changing ideas to life. She is currently also a Knowledge Management Officer with the ASEAN Parliamentarians for Human Rights, leading their Business and Human Rights working group and using technology to enable NGOs and non-profits to collaborate from remote locations. Aimi is an active advocate of gender equality as well as cultural and natural heritage conservation. Aimi is the 2018 Brunei Country Lead and Head of Digital & Comms for the US-ASEAN Women’s Leadership Academy Alumni Network, YSEALI Women. Aimi also regularly speaks on Women’s issues in Brunei and mentors female entrepreneurs through local and international mentoring programmes. Prior to Tyne Solutions, Aimi worked in financial publishing in Australia, London and Hong Kong. In March 2018, Aimi was personally invited by the then Australian Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnbull, to be part of an exclusive Emerging Leader’s Roundtable meeting in Sydney during the ASEAN-Australia Special Summit, where she was invited to give the official response to the Prime Minister on behalf of the delegation of emerging leaders. In 2017, she was selected as one of Lyfe Media's 33 Brunei Women Under 33 to Watch and an Australian-Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Emerging Leader. Aimi is also a US-ASEAN Women's Leadership Academy Alumna, board member of the WLA Alumni Network, an ASEAN-Japan Women's Entrepreneurship Linkage Program support winner and the Special Prize Winner at the 2016 APEC BEST Awards. Tyne Solutions was profiled by the Global Innovation Forum as part of the 2018 'New Faces of Trade: ASEAN Women in E-Commerce' report that was shared during the ASEAN Economic Ministers Meeting. Aimi is also currently the only Bruneian to have ever successfully passed the UN Young Professionals Programme admissions process.


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Nurul Akmar Jaafar


Have been in the financial industry for over 24 years and started with finance background, and progressed to investment banking and then managed the sales and distribution network for Retail for almost 11 years, before holding the current post. Instrumental in the set up of various lines within the Bank such as CSR, BIBD ALAF, as well as transformation group for BIBD which includes BIBD rebranding, customer service DNA, system upgrades including the culmination of BIBD NexGen platforms. Love sales, creative industry, doing community driven initiatives and travelling.


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Lisa Ibrahim


Experienced Executive leader with a demonstrated history of working in multiple industries. Skilled in Business/Executive Coaching and Mentoring, Negotiation, Business Planning, Entrepreneurship, Strategic Planning, and Business Development. Regional experience with extensive Business Management & Coaching Success with a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) focused on Business Management from Leeds Metropolitan University. Lisa comes from mixed parentage of a Bruneian father and Belgian mother and has studied and/or worked in Brunei, Singapore, Cambodia and the UK. These experiences give her the capacity to work and communicate effectively across different industries, sectors, ages and cultures.


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Iswandy Ahmad


Yang Berhormat Iswandy Ahmad is a Member of the Legislative Council of Brunei as Person who has Achieved Distinction. He regularly delivers capacity building programs for leadership development for young Brunei leaders, and is an active advocate in civil society. Among his voluntary social contribution are HIV & AIDS work on awareness & advocacy, youth mentorship, and employability among jobseekers.


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Sophiana Chua Abdullah


Currently Founder & Consultant at AVisionADay Company, Strategic Planning Consultant at EPIPEOPLE Consultants and Adjunct Senior Assistant Professor at Universiti Brunei Darussalam. Retired from civil service in December 2018, after a three-decade long career in government and research think tank as a computer programmer, lecturer, faculty dean, researcher and training facilitator. Primary training & consultancy focus is Strategic Planning, Strategic Foresight, Presentation Skills & Communication Skills.


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Hafimi Abdul Haadii


She is an Old Geelong Grammarian; Alumnus of Deakin University - graduating with Honours in Architecture; Founding Member of Young Entrepreneur Association Brunei; APEC Business Advisory Council Member; Asia Business Leaders Advisory Council Member; Member of the Legislative Council of Brunei, University Brunei Darussalam Council, Digital Economy Council ; Board Member of Darussalam Enterprise, Bank Usahawan; Chairperson – Yayasan Committee on Social Enterprise. In 2019, she was appointed as the Chairman of the Competition Commission of Brunei Darussalam She holds a deep interest in shaping the future of young entrepreneurs with various mentorship roles within private and public organisations. “Be willing to try, be willing to fail, be willing to listen, be willing to learn, but the greatest lesson in life is to be willing to give it a go” is a constant reminder to herself in her continuous journey of service to her community and her country. She is married with one son.


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Udo Schedel


• Senior SME financing expert, with 15 years of experience. Held senior management positions in commercial banks and financial sector consultancies, mostly working in eastern countries, with responsibility for lending operations, risk management and work-out/restructurings • Extensive experience in working with SME (including micro-enterprises) and SME banks. Assisted in the preparation of business plans for banks and companies. Management of credit lines aimed at lending to micro-enterprises and borrowers in rural areas • Experience in training and mentoring of local staff on SME financing and micro lending matters


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Adna Rahman


Adna is an entrepreneurial educator that highly believes that entrepreneurship has more to offer than just dollars and cents. His practice emphasizes on understanding the salient features of entrepreneurship and embedding those traits into the multi-disciplinary curriculum on the education platform. Adna has seen impactful evidences from his hands-on involvement that results in the productive development of entrepreneurial mindset that goes beyond just developing startups. As of to date, he is humbled to be affiliated in the development and growth of (200 plus) startups locally and internationally that includes Singapore, Malaysia, Latvia, Boston and San Diego (USA). In 2014, he was appointed as the Project Executive Director for the National Entrepreneurship Agenda (NEA), an initiative under the Ministry of Education, Brunei Darussalam (UBD). The primary purpose of NEA was to align and develop synergy from the entrepreneurship initiatives and efforts under the ministry from K-12 to higher learning phase. With the leadership support from Universiti Brunei Darussalam, the premier higher learning institution in Brunei through its entity Entrepreneurship Village (EV), the pilot projects at higher learning level saw optimal outcomes. It then linked its practical findings and resources to involve core education into its scope where longitudinal results were materialized. Adna currently leads the Entrepreneurship and Innovation unit Under the Ministry of Education in its responsibility to build a cohesive entrepreneurial and innovative Educational ecosystem for the ministry of education. He resides in Brunei Darussalam with his beautiful family of four: Lenny, Aiman and Mia.


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Cheng Wei Lim


I am a fellow member of Association of Chartered Certified of Accountants (ACCA) and Certified Internal Auditor with 18 years of experience in public accounting in Brunei Darussalam and Singapore. My extensive experience spans across a number of industries such as Telecommunications, Financial Institutions, Media & Advertising, Consumer Business, Construction and Logistics & Transportation. I have also been involved in advising clients on accounting advisory and company restructuring project.


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Nicky Wong


A Brunei-born serial entrepreneur, Nicky Wong is the co-founder of Bake Culture. He holds an Engineering Diploma from the UK and Computer Science Degree from Vancouver. He has accumulated vast experience in the I.T. industry over 15 years. His mobile apps company Infindo raised substantial amount of fund in the early stage from Singapore VC Accel-X. His dedicated entrepreneurial leadership, together with a team of energetic, motivated and talented key management, focus on different market tiers and customers. He contributes back to society by actively mentoring new startups and interns. He targets combining knowledge of modern technology with unique business model to build recognised brands franchise. Nicky's latest venture, CO3 Social Office, is a new generation co-working space in Kuala Lumpur. It provides business services provision model, serving individuals working independently or collaboratively in shared office space.


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Angie Ang


Angie is an ecosystem builder and an active youth advocate in Brunei specifically through the startup and creative scene. Angie is currently the Training Associate of the Golden Equator Consulting arm in Brunei specialising in bootcamps and masterclasses for budding startup entrepreneurs. One of her key area is mentoring, other than Brunei Mentors for Entrepreneurs Network, Angie also mentors with Young Professionals Network Brunei (YPN Brunei) and is one of the Core Team members. YPN Brunei has grown to become a trusted ally of the Ministry of Culture, Youth, and Sport of Brunei hosting active online and in person series of mentoring, life coaching, leadership townhalls, and amplifying the voices of the youth in redefining professionalism and what it means to be a professional. Co-founding the Brunei startup ecosystem and creating a niche for herself in breaking barriers for youth development have led Angie to be recognised as one of the – “33 under 33 women to watch in Brunei" (2017); inaugural cohort of Obama Leaders in Asia Pacific (2019); Leader of Southeast Asia Women (2020); and “50 most influential and inspiring LinkedIn icons” in Brunei (2020). She was previously the Legal Executive of HEP Law dealing with various corporate and commercial matters, and had a portfolio of corporate clients including Government Ministries, Government-Linked Companies, banks and financial institutions, as well as regional and international companies. Angie was also previously with Nottingham City Council as an Information Governance Officer and her portfolio included working with the Data Protection Act 1998 and the Freedom of Information Act 2000, as well as preparing briefs for the Nottingham Tribunals in relation to social security and employment cases. She also did pro bono with the Nottingham Law School’s Legal Clinic twice a week with the Creative IP team aiding and advising on legal drafting for startups and intellectual properties. She obtained her LLB (Honours) from the Bangor University, Wales in 2014; and did her Master in Law simultaneously with the Legal Practice Course at Nottingham Trent University in 2015.


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Mordeny Modihi


Founder of Rumah Gelato Frozen Treats, est. 2013. Acquired Bachelor Degree in Business Administration from University of Brunei Darussalam. Previously worked as Head of Human Resources in a local IT company for 12 years before pursuing Rumah Gelato full time. Attended gelato courses in Singapore with Gelato Specialists, Chocolate Academy of Singapore and Carpigiani Gelato University. Started the business approximately 6 years ago from home and currently having 6 outlets in Brunei Muara area.


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Neeraj Gala


I am a Senior executive with 15 + Years of experience in ICT sector I have abilities involving, directing, developing and coaching in multinational and multicultural teams to achieve company financial objectives in the area of Company Strategy, Product Strategy, Business Plan, Transformation, Cost Optimization to list few. I have exposure to various regional markets, having worked in Middle East, Europe, Africa & Asia. Areas of Expertise • Value Proposition (Offer, Promotion, Service, Price, Bundle) • User & Retention • Startup Mentoring • Business Intelligence & Warehousing • Cost Optimization • Product Portfolio Management • Customer Segmentation • APP, WEB & WAP Portal Designing guidance • Market Research • Value Added Services • Loyalty & Churn • Tariff & Analysis • Business Case & Budgeting • Billing Solutions • OTT Partnerships • Policy & Governance • E-Wallet • Digital Strategy/Transformation


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Gaurav Shrotriya


Certified Bullet Proof Manager with over 10 years of experience in account management, sales, pre sales, BPO operations management, service delivery and business development in diverse roles across the organizational hierarchy. Recipient of multiple awards and senior management appreciations for consistently accomplishing business and operational targets across professional career; exploring challenging senior managerial assignments with a professionally managed organization across India, Middle East and South East Asia


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Azlan Ahmad


Azlan comes from a creative design and marketing background. Over the years, he has developed a keen business interest in which he has at present successfully established his own Media Agency – MIXMEDIAGROUP (MMG), which consists of a mix of media divisions ranging from creative design consulting services, print publication, social media management and digital network nationwide to name a few. Creative Designer by profession, Azlan has more than 25 years of experience in Creative Design, Media Management, Printing, Commercial Publications as well as Marketing Strategy and has built a strong profile in the creative industry locally. Formally Head of Commercial Publication division with Brunei Press Sdn Bhd for over 8 years, he has had 2 solid years in ISO 9001 design environment. Azlan was formerly the creative in-charge at the world-renowned The Empire Hotel & Country Club. Azlan also helped to consult Brunei’s most reputable establishments such as Brunei Economic Development Board, Brunei Shell Marketing, Asia Inc Forum and International School Brunei in corporate identity management in the early stages of their establishments, escalating their corporate image, brand value and overall prominence for the nation. Azlan was presented with the prestigious “Asia’s Most Promising SME Award” by ACES™ in Singapore last October for his founded agency MMW – one of the preferred creative agencies in the Sultanate. This award recognizes aspiring SMEs in Asia that possess clear business direction with strong initiatives for the enterprise’s growth. These enterprises have overcome hurdles with uncompromising ethics and have great potential for future growth and job creation for the community in which it operates. Currently managing over 40 team members collectively at MMW, Azlan also holds other executive positions such as Co-Publisher for BHC Magazine – Brunei’s first ever Home Living and Lifestyle magazine, Consulting Partner for brunei.events project, Media Director of MIXEL® Interactive Network, Managing Partner at Mixmedia Interactive (MINT), Interim Chief Executive for Darussalam Media and recently appointed as Deputy Chairman and Group Chief Executive at Media Investment Group – an independent Brunei-based firm that focuses on investing in a diverse portfolio of innovative and industrious media businesses.


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Yazid Azahari


Yazid is a passionate technologist who has spent the last 10 years in Brunei's IT industry working for companies such as Brunei Accenture Group (now Dynamik Technologies) involved mostly in implementing enterprise technology solutions for the government, as well as with Microsoft under their Consulting Services where he was the Program Manager for a program that offered technical mentorship and certifications to local graduates. He recently joined Bank Islam Brunei Darussalam as the Head of Innovation where he hopes to cultivate innovation and help build products of tomorrow.


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NANDAKUMAR SANMUGAM


I AM A PASSIONATE PROFESSIONAL ABOUT HELPING YOUNG PEOPLE PROGRESS IN LIFE. THIS PASSION LEAD ME TO EXIT FROM A 25 YEAR ENGINEERING CAREER TO ENTER EDUCATION, TRAINING AND COACHING. MY DREAM COLLEGE, COSMOPOLITAN COLLEGE SPEAKS FOR MY PASSION AND INTEREST. I HAVE WORKED IN THE FIELDS OF STRUCTURAL AND GEO TECHNICAL DESIGNS, PROJECT MANAGEMENT, INVESTMENT BANKING, TEACHING, BUSINESS CONSULTING, COACHING AND TRAINING. CURRENTLY I SHARE MY EXPERTISE IN BRUNEI AND THE PHILIPPINES.


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Muhammad Bisyrun Bin Abdullah


With over 19 years of extensive experience locally and abroad focused on Food and Beverage Division in Luxury 5* hotel, Luxury AAA Resort/Hotel and Business Hotel with strong background in Food and Beverage Operations, Financial reporting and analysis, Operational Analysis, Business Planning, Budgeting and Forecasting, Leadership Sales and Marketing Strategies and Action Planning. In addition, have gained sufficient experience in hotel and resort pre-opening activities, Training of F&B standards and Operations and providing assistance on hotel operational concerns particularly in key results areas such as guest services, employee relations, sales and marketing, and property maintenance. Recognized for the ability in identifying areas that need enhancement in order to reduce cost, improve quality of guest service and improve bottom-line figures.


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Pg Aziz Pg Ali Hassan


An Economist; with specialization in Delivery. Had a sound track record in policies, transformations and business improvements. Previously, Champion as Head of Ease of Doing Business 2015-2017, and early member and founder of PENGGERAK. Extensive portfolio before;covering several key ministries:- Defence, Energy and Industry, Finance and Prime Minister's Office. Committed to help local enterprises and see national economy grow and flourish in meeting the aspiration of Wawasan 2035. Happy to share experience, help to test ideas and practicality to ensure robustness, resilient and the ingredients to success.


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Johan Johar


Senior Investment Associate for the Brunei Government with experience in M&A, Private Equity, Strategy Development and Public Private Partnership Development in the Aviation, Logistics and Defence cluster


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Hamdi Matussin


An award-winning creative professional with 14 years experience in Brunei's creative industry, Hamdi Matussin (commonly known as NJ) is the co-founder and Deputy Chief Creative Officer of MMW Creative (Mix Mediaworx Sdn Bhd), Brunei’s leading integrated creative agency founded in April 2009 with a strong focus on transforming brands through creative strategy and digital innovation. MMW was recently awarded Asia’s Most Promising SMEs at the prestigious ACES Awards 2018 (Asia Corporate Excellence & Sustainability Awards) for the creative agency's exemplary track record in Brunei's growing creative industry, breaking through as a branding and advertising startup in 2009 with a staff of 8 people before scaling to a full-service creative and media agency with over 30 local team members. NJ's involvements include being a panelist at the recent National Youth Congress 2019, a mentor at the High Commission of Canada's recent Speed Mentoring & Networking event in conjunction with International Women's Day 2019, a judge at the first ever Brunei Hacks 2018 organized by GroMinda Group & Glints Singapore, a judge at Brunei's first ever Startup Weekend 2017 presented by EICO, as well as a guest speaker for numerous career talks, startup forums and talk shows. A collegiate from Limkokwing University of Creative Technology, Malaysia with an extensive advertising and design background, NJ is a passionate storyteller with a flair for simple, intellectual and thought-provoking ideas that solve today’s problems while adding value to people’s lives.


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Md Nur Rahman


Dr Nur Rahman joined Ghanim International Corporation Sdn Bhd on 12th August 2015 as the Chief Executive Officer with the task to turn the company around towards profitability. He immediately renewed the mission and strategy of the company and repositioned bruneihalalfoods as an iconic halal brand that excels through innovation and virtue to capitalize on the fast growing halal market opportunity worth US 1.2 trillion. Through his leadership, Ghanim is ambitiously setting its sights to be global, covering important markets including Asia, Middle East and Europe where Ghanim wants to gain solid footing in for bruneihalalfoods products, as part of its aspirations to raise Brunei’s name in the global food industry. Brunei now is strongly exporting Blue Shrimp crackers and frozen blue Shrimp. Nur has broad experience base developed across a range of industries including FMCG, retail and manufacturing in the areas of Executive Management, General Management, Quality Management, People Management, Operations Management, Business Development, Equipment Management, Sales, Commercial Contracts, Supplier Agreements, Export, Import, Country requirement, Regulatory affairs, Training and best-practice process improvements.


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Ang Kian Guan


Ang Kian Guan SNB, SMB, PJK, PKL B.Sc (Hons), M.Sc, CEng, MIET, FCILT, ChFC Ang Kian Guan, a graduate of Coventry University, United Kingdom with B.Sc. (Hons.) in Engineering (1997) and a Fellow of Center for Advanced Engineering Studies, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA (1980). He has undertaken postgraduate studies at the CASS Business School, London where he graduated with a M.Sc. in Trade, Transport and Finance (2000). He is a Chartered Fellowship (FCILT) of The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (UK). In additional, he is also a Charted Engineer (CEng, MIET) with Institute of Engineering and Technology (IET) and was Chairman of IET Brunei Network and Vice Chair to IET Far East Network. He was an Assistant Commissioner of Police before joining the Ministry of Communications in 1996 and had held many positions from Air Transportation, Information Communication Technology, Transportation Policy and Ports. His was the Director of Ports at the Ports Department, Ministry of Communications prior to retirement (2010). He is the founder of AKG Logistics and Transport Sdn Bhd and is currently involved with various projects with Ports, Marine and Civil Aviation Department. He is currently an Adjunct Senior Lecturer with Univesiti Brunei Darussalam teaching Master degree programme in Logistics. He has obtained both Islamic Financial Planner Certificate (IFPC) and Charted Financial Consultant (ChFC) and is currently Senior Consultant with Summit Planners. He has been awarded 9 MDRT qualified member as follow; MDRT – 2011, 2012 COT – 2013,2014,2015,2016,2017,2018 TOT – 2019 He is the founder and a Principal Consultant with GoodLife Financial Planning Sdn Bhd, the First Local to obtain a License under the Capital Market Service License (CMSL) under Autoriti Monetari Brunei Darussalam (AMBD). GoodLife Financial Planning Sdn Bhd is a 100% local entity with more than 800 clients since its establishment in 2010. Ang Kian Guan was awarded with several honours by His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Negara Brunei Darussalam including SNB; SMB; PJK and PKL.


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David Wong


David has over 10 years of Finance and Accounting experience in the aviation sector. Involved in streamlining lengthy business processes, implementing credit control policies, cost savings projects and introduce automation on process efficiency. Currently working on Fuel Efficiency Program in Flight Operations Department, Royal Brunei Airlines. Graduated with Bachelor's Degree in Banking and Marketing from Curtin University of Technology Perth, Western Australia. He is the pioneer member of Royal Brunei Airlines First Young Entrepreneur Program.


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Mohamad Fadhilullah Tudun Bin HajibHassan


Education was in the sciences upto UBD, taking BSc education in chemistry and maths. Learned business and entrepreneurship mostly from short courses and applying it in real life. Business experience includes food stall business, internet cafe, and computer school. Currently Senior Business Counsellor at LiveWIRE Brunei, and a Swim instructor at effortless swim.


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Dk Kemariah Pg Hj Duraman


Owner Kunyit 7 Lodge Co Founder BWNwomenpreneur Network Secretary General -South East Asia Tourist Guide Association President - Brunei Tourist Guide Association Alumni - Asean Japan Centre Asean Women Entrepreneus Linkages Program Alumni - International Visitor Leadership Program United States Alumni - Women Global Entrepreneur Summit


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Del Goh


Familiar with the franchising industry and have been with franchised restaurants like KFC and Burger King since 2006. Ex-president of Young Entrepreneurs Association Brunei and currently an active member. Also a partner and performer in Bruhaha Comedy Productions.


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Izan Zein


I am Izan Zein . I am 40 years old and have worked in RTB as a radio dj as well as producer for various radio programmes and have produced shows . I also used to work as a teacher for the lower primary of schools in Brunei as well as been a guidance counselor . I specialise in Marketing , Sales , Business Developing as well as Events. I also am a mentor where I mentee ppl in areas of communication, getting over fear as well as mental balance;) I also build connections and networking.


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Sufian Zainul Abidin


Partner designate with KPMG Brunei. I KPMG London in 2005 and returned to join KPMG Singapore in 2013 and has more than 14 years of experience across numerous countries. Sufian has been based in KPMG Brunei since August 2018. I have worked with some of the largest names in the financial services industry and also have extensive experience in internal controls and regulatory assurance attestation.


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Lim Ming Soon


A Visionary and result-oriented leader with consistent and recognized development of new, profitable and sustainable revenue stream, and successfully executing commercial strategy in product marketing penetration initiatives using innovative methodologies and effective sales force. Energetic and enthusiastic leader, inspiring and nurturing young leaders to strive towards position with greater responsibility. A passionate mentor to young entrepreneurs, guiding and grooming them to be successful in the society. Core professional competencies include: • Organization Leadership and Management • Corporate Strategic Planning • Marketing & Business Analytics • Innovation & Product Development • Teambuilding & Leadership • Mass market and Corporate Client Management • Commercial Strategy & Execution • Advertising & Promotions


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Yvonne Kuan Nyuk Mun


Currently the GM for Cedar Management Services, a 100% locally owned financial and insurance services entity. As Asia-Pacific Logistics Director of Core Value Training organised learning retreats around globe. Run family owned businesses. Mainly in serviced apartments, hotel and other property related investments and business interests in Brunei Darussalam and abroad. A formal employee of HSBC as a Corporate Lender for 7 years after graduating in Australia with a Bachelor Degree in Marketing, Finance and Management. In 2007, committed to be a stronger contribution to the business arena in Brunei Darussalam. Special Adviser to the Young Entrepreneur Association of Brunei (YEAB). President for 2010/2011. Current VP for the Brunei Australia Association. - Oct 2014, nominated for Asia NZ Foundation – Young Business Leaders - Aug 2015, was a representative to attend ASEAN-NZ Summit in KL. - Apr 2016, Asia NZ Foundation for Food and Hospitality Visit in Indonesia - Mar 2017-2018 serve as Committee in British Brunei Business Forum (BBBF). - Mar 2019-2020 Chair for BBBF


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Philip Tan


Graduate of Computer Science. Owner of Badiah Hotel, Starlodge, Parkview, Times Hotel, Aman Hotel, Komugi Bakery and etc


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LENNY JUVENA BINTI AZMI


Well known as Veena Azmi in the "Fashionpreneur - Fashion Entrepreneur" industry. A fashion and hijab designer that specializes in modest and contemporary fashion design. In her career, she had participated in the world renowned World Fashion Week in the year of 2017, representing Malaysia. Her couture has been placed in substantial order by high end customers and also involves mass producing professional corporate attires. Pioneered the Bruneian Sports Hijab locally and successfully exported in multitude of nations. She is a registered member in the Islamic Fashion Design Council, Council of Asian Fashion Designers, and a proactive international member of Singapore Malay Chamber of Commerce & Industry. With a total of 22 years of experience in a diverse employment background, Veena Azmi is an expert in banking and finance, marketing and branding as well as in fashion entrepreneurship. In addition to her qualification in Business Management, Banking and Finance, she has also acquired a professional certification in Financial Planning. With an in depth experience in Wealth Management in HSBC and International Netherland Group (ING) Funds Berhad and Takaful Ikhlas, Veena Azmi is geared to manage investment portfolios of high net-worth clients. She was the International Business Consultant & Operations Manager for few fashion houses, specializing on government tenders and corporate attires. She has an exposure in retail/ factory mass production/ merchandising (buyer) in Italy, USA, Canada, China, Indonesia and Vietnam. Currently, she is a consultant/ trainer for Branding, E-Commerce, Social- media Marketing and Entrepreneurship for corporate companies, GLC companies, Ministries in Malaysia. Owner and founder of Veena Hijab and Couture & Carabella Creations - Malaysia. Attended World Muslim Biz 2019 Conference & Exhibition (Brunei Pavilion) at Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre in 2019. Able to conduct personal coaching or group training programs in areas of etiquette (including etiquette classes, etiquette training). Specialize: corporate etiquette, business etiquette,communication etiquette, social etiquette. As well as, able to coach on personal branding, personal grooming for corporate. Hands-on practicing, choosing the right colour (individual personal aura), image goal setting, psychology of colours though session, body shapes, body proportion, basic make-up.


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Jeffrey Low


As a managing partner of IBN, Jeffrey brings close to 20 years of vast automotive experience and extensive business development strategies. He earlier held senior managment position at MNC in the automotive industry. Not limited to only the automotive industry, he offers strategic advice to investment companies too. He was the Country Manager for Gulf Asia Investments (Qatar) LLC where he was stationed intermittently between Qatar and Singapore. His tenure at Gulf Asia Investments saw him further hone his talent for paving new business inroads into Qatar governments tender in infrastructural development. He had also held position as Business Development Consultant at TSL Holdings responsible consulting its group businesses and identifies key partners and opportunities in this region for expansion. The provision of strategic business consultancy facilitated TSL holdings foray into China, Thailand and the Philippines markets. ​ Details: www.qsbiznet.com


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Mohd Maaruf


1998 – 2000 Flamingo Institute of Further Studies Kuala Lumpur Malaysia • Diploma in Hotel and Catering Management 1996 – 1997 Stamford School of Culinary Arts Malaysia • Certificate in Basic Baking • Professional Certificate In Baking Techniques – Theory & Practical 1993 – 1996 Sultan Saiful Rizal Techincal College Brunei • Local Craft Certificate In Basic Cookery & Basic Food & Beverage Services Jobs 1998 Commis Cook RBC (Season Restaurant) 2001 assistant front office manager in Orchid Garden Hotel 2002 Front Office Mamager In Orchid Garden Hotel 2005 Operations manager In Orchid Garden Hotel 2007 Director of Operations In Orchid Garden Hotel 2018 Director of Operations In Mulia Hotel


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Muhammad Norshafiee Abdul Jalil


Managing Director for Brunei Shell Marketing. I have worked in both the public and private sectors locally and internationally with experience in national policy development and implementation of strategies in various sectors and industries. Motivated to make a difference and deliver lasting impact. Excited by business challenges and driving innovation.


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Adam Flinter


Adam is a digitally focused expert who has advised numerous tech start-ups and assisted with the launch of multiple businesses across Singapore and South-East Asia. His skill-sets revolve around his expertise in digital strategy, communications, and business workflows. He is fully adept at taking on the role of a CMO, helping spot market opportunities or delving into processes to find and remedy weaknesses in a company’s business model. Apart from running multiple businesses of his own, Adam has also facilitated impressive growth figures for several companies during various stages of their life-cycle. He is the key driving force behind Golden Equator Consulting's startup bootcamp programming - which runs the DARe Accelerate programme - and is also an informal mentor to several startups in the country.


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James Millett


I'm responsible for all things Digital & Marketing at RB including www.flyRB.com, brand development, trading optimisation, our international marketing programmes and our loyalty programmes. My family and I have been in Brunei for almost 18 months and previously we visited family here a number of times over the last decade. We're all passionate about the country & region, its growth and development and also love being outside taking part in the community activities, running in the jungle and meeting new people. I combine this with a passion for ambitious growth orientated businesses and working with small teams who want to make new things happen and disrupt existing industries to provide customers with easier ways of doing things. In my personal life I'm a proud husband and Dad of two children who attend Jerudong International School and keep us both busy! In my professional life I've previously run digital and marketing at easyJet, Domino's Pizza and Audi as well as being a Board Director at Founders Factory, a European based accelerator and incubator. I have a Management Science degree from the UK and attended Harvard University in Boston for a leadership programme a few years ago. I like straight talking honesty and people who are passionate to make things happen and be the best version of themselves.


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FDr. Ar. Siti Rozaimeriyanty DSLJ Haji Abd Rahman


YB Rozaimeriyanty is seen as one of the inspiring women representative and role models within Brunei Darussalam. Particularly, among youths and women, with her immense experience and backgrounds in construction and business in general. Her focus area of interest which calls for a better and more diverse ways of achieving Brunei Vision 2035. Having won several awards and granted elections as Brunei representatives and board member and governor for countless organisations, she embraces the core values of integrity, innovation and growth in all her area of focus. On top of this, she is also an advocate of the global sustainable development goals as she believes it is the key to enhance not only nation building but also a better community through a whole nation approach. YB is active in her participation in empowering women in the local communities. Her engagement in events such as YSEALI Women Online Network connects women in professional backgrounds across ASEAN, in which she is one of the representatives of Brunei. In addition to this, YB has also had experience in mentoring women in honor of International Women's Day. The ' speed mentoring' event organised by The Canadian High Commission, in their efforts to inspire young women to reach their potential and contribute to Brunei's socio-economic growth.


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Edna Luah


Edna pursued Classical Ballet as her tertiary education. Her passion to drive the arts industry has powered her drive to further her studies with National University of Singapore, Extension. Majoring in Asia Pacific Marketing, she later successfully drove two brands under the distribution of Onward Kashiyama in Japan & Freed of London, UK, focusing growth in South East Asia in the niche market of international arts and sports industry. In Brunei, she is also mentoring AgroBIZ, a project under LiveWIRE Brunei and pursuing her Masters in Government with aspirations to drive Agropreneruship in Brunei Darussalam.


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Rabbani Mubarak


Rabbani is a generalist, with experience in the public and private sectors in the world of digital media, sports, technology and entertainment. As a marketing strategist in sports, digital media and marketing management, he has worked with renowned brands and global organization around the region. For over a decade as a working professional, he is constantly changing and adapting with time and technology in any fields.


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Abdul Rahman Sirat


- 41 years in oil and Gas - senior management in BLNG, Refinery, BSM, MLNG - good knowledge in LNG operation technology - good knowledge in operation management, HSE management, personnel development.


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Rozey Nasir


Business industry since 2006, ventured into wedding industry, retail and employment agency. Success and failure experiences throughout. A great believer in finding a solution to every problem!


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Azhani Daniel


An early adopter and a Gen-X outlier working in the airlines/aviation industry, I am exceptionally skilled in public relations, brand marketing, copywriting, communications, crisis management, event management and social media. Integrated marketing, creative direction and content, fighting fires and making friends on social media is what I do on a daily basis. 13 years experience in aviation law.


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Reuben Chin


I believe that a great team is a collective of individuals that can disagree and debate productively, so that the best ideas always win. I facilitate a culture of healthy conflict so that we can build a more innovative world together. I have negotiated and managed multi-million dollar portfolios in multiple industries, founded (and failed at) several start-ups, learned to teach young adults as a university lecturer and trained over 8,000 individuals to communicate and collaborate as a corporate trainer. Outside of my career, I have had the opportunity to lead a non-profit organisation with over 3,000 members in Brunei, East Malaysia and Indonesia. I am grateful for having learnt a great deal from prolific business, community and thought leaders through moderating panels, forums and public interviews. And I hope to share as much as I learn.


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Yusof Sidek


Experienced and goal-oriented technologist with a demonstrated history of leading IT teams in the banking and aviation industry. Strong background in cybersecurity, IT operations, IT engineering and innovation. Actively involved in the entrepreneurship scene. Educated in both Australia and the United Kingdom. Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP).


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Khairunnisaa Saaniah Haji Kamsani


Local Microsoft Certified Trainer and Microsoft Office Expert / Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM)


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Alex Yap


Having worked across various industries and multi-countries, Alex specializes in aligning business strategy by establishing transformational leadership management to achieve maximum operational impacts with minimum resource expenditures. Alex is a growth-focus leader whose expertise in New Markets Entry has leveraged his expertise in startups, high pace retailers and accelerated growth phase entrepreneurship specifically in Operational Strategy, Financial Forecasting, Budget Management, Program Development, Analytics, Digital and Technology Solutions, Brand Curatorship and Cross-Cultural Team Organization.


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Danial Azizan Henry


A proven sales leader with a decade of technology-driven and advisory experience, with strong revenue results. The first Bruneian full-time hire to join Oracle, and previously Microsoft (Brunei) to lead the Government, enterprises and mid-size businesses in various verticals to create an aspirational plan that formalizes their digital vision with trusted relationships and to help leaders think about their business in the context of digital transformation. A trusted advisor to support the Digital Government and the new norm.


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Jenny Malai Ali


Media Communications Professional specialising in Radio Campaign and Airtime Management. Recently concluded a 4 year consultancy with Progresif leading the full set up and subsequent management of Brunei's First Internet Radio Station Very interested in the field of Organizational Culture and currently upskilling to offer Corporate Training in this area Established MC, Micro Food Business Owner, Garage Sale Freak, and a Project Monster


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RASHID NAJEEB


Results driven, self-motivated and resourceful Chartered Accountant/ Head of the department with over 14 years work experience gained from three reputed Singapore listed MNC and a conglomerate, with a proven ability to provide key financial data, support and reporting to assist in key business decisions. Locations Worked SriLanka, Singapore, Gabon, Indonesia, Brunei Industries –In depth knowledge Construction, Insurance, telecommunication, Airline, BPO, Commodity trading, Oil Palm Plantation, Rubber Plantation, Pepar Plantation, Supply Chain Hub Management and Food and beverage.


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Pg Muhd Uwuis Al Qarni Pg Hj Zainal


Pg Uwuis Al Qarni graduated from Universiti Teknologi Brunei with Master of Science (MSc) in Management and Technology. He is passionate with technologies and innovation. He also has interest in Data Science where he sees data modeling has a correlation to serve the right purpose in the digital world. Recently, he joined Unified National Networks Sdn Bhd as the Project Manager.


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Dayang Norlinah Hj Abd Hamid


I am the founder of Adleena Enterprise, specializing in the production Fried Beef Lung since the early 2000's which concentrating on local markets.. I am also an event organizer, providing all sorts of education programs from agriculture of mushroom to major food expos. Working as a single mother has proved my capabilities into resonating more with the local market as I have years of experience tackling the right targets in selling food.


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Gabriel Hii


Having over 15 years of leadership and managerial experience in corporation management overseeing business strategies and project management.


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Md Reeda Malik


I'm a management professional with over 25 years of experience in both the public and private sector both local and regional. I'm a former Chevening scholar with an MA in New Media & Society from University of Leicester, an Executive Masters in Management from Asia e-University, and a BA Social Sciences from Curtin University of Technology. I'm also founder of anakbrunei.org, a popular Bruneian blog with social commentary on the current events related to Brunei Darussalam and Bruneians both at home and abroad. I was also at one time, an active contributing writer from Brunei Darussalam for cnet Asia technology blog, Kurapak Teknologi.


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Alex Liew


Alex is the founder and agency leader of BR-Alex NK, a financial consultant service affiliated with AIA. He started his career as an insurance planner at AIA while he was still a university student in 2010. Up to date, Alex is consistently ranked among the top insurance planner in AIA Brunei and due to his excellent service as a financial consultant, he has received several awards and recognition. In 2015, he was a Top Champion Planner for AIA. He is one of the youngest financial consultants from Brunei Darussalam who is a member of Million Dollar Round Table (MDRT), for 6 consecutive years and has served as the chair of MDRT Client Strategies Task Force for 2018/2019. Alex is also one of the few certified Financial Planning Practitioners in Brunei Darussalam who are licensed to market investment advisory to the public in Brunei Darussalam and also a Certified Behavioral and Career Consultant (CBCC). Currently, as an agency leader of BR-Alex NK, Alex leads a team of 13 young aspiring financial service consultants in AIA Brunei. He never ceases to encourage and develop young and professional team to serve people with creative and modern strategies of evolving the traditional ways of financial planning into a lifestyle by promoting diversification, wellness, education, career and family first.


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Thye Sing Wong


Thye founded Poni Divers, Brunei's leading dive & watersports operator in 2009 and went on to grow it to award-winning Poni Group Sdn Bhd with 4 subsidiaries over the next decade; Poni Divers, a household name in Brunei with a branch in Bali and a homestay in Serasa; Poni Marine offering services to the offshore, construction, media, military & maritime industries; Poni Adventures as Brunei's premier outdoor teambuilding & adventure specialist, and Poni Tec, Brunei's technical diving pioneer exploring deepwater tech wrecks. Poni has been featured on CNN, KBS, CCTV, ASTRO, placing Brunei diving on the map as an international diving destination, and was also recently awarded the ASEAN Business SME Excellence for Growth. Thye was one of the earliest adopters of digital media for business in Brunei and successfully transformed the public perception of Brunei's oceans & diving from something unknown & extreme to one of appreciation and excitement through innovative marketing strategies, numerous school talks & youth initiatives and groundbreaking marine conservation volunteer programs. He is also an established & certified teambuilding facilitator having hosted over 100 events in the last 8 years and personally leads joint operations with national emergency response teams for special underwater search & recovery & body recovery projects. Thye also has a committed interest in the local travel industry having sat on the Association of Travel Agents Brunei Executive Committee for 6 years, holding the VP position for 3 years. He started making an impact in diving early on after founding the University of Alberta's Dive Club becoming elected to Alberta Underwater Council's Board as the youngest Director ever. In his previous life, he worked as a graphics & web designer during his high school days and later as an equities trader in Canada with a background in Economics and dabbled in startups in marketing & events management in the arts & entertainment industries during his brief 1 year stint in China.


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ZAINAB M.A. OMAR


Zainab is a citizen of Negara Brunei Darussalam. She graduated with a B.Sc in Computer Science and Management Science from the University of Keele and with a Masters of Science in Global Human Resource Management from the University of Liverpool. She joined BSP in 1983 and has a rich international experience of working in Oman, Qatar, UK & Norway and with multi-cultural teams. A homegrown talent, Zainab has had an impressive career in BSP, BLNG, Qatar Gas, PDO and in the Ministry of Energy. During her tenure in Qatar Gas, she was awarded the “CEO Award of Excellence” in 2012 for her outstanding contribution to Qatar Gas. As HR Director of BSP, Zainab contributes to BSP’s competitive performance and aggresive growth aspirations through people excellence. She synergises the people agenda in BSJV companies (BSP, BLNG and BSM) with primary focus on Talent Management, Bruneianisation, Capability Development, Change Management, Performance Management, Employee Engagement and Employee and Industrial Relations. Passionate about Women in Workplace, she is an active sponsor for D&I, Women Network in BSJV and as a mentor of women’s networks in BSP, BLNG and across the globe. An Enabler of Bruneian talent, contributing to the Brunei Young professionals network by coaching and mentoring many young Bruneians (both for BYLC & YPN), National Youth Day Table talk and directly via LINKED IN. She is a Council and Board Member for various prestigious institutions such as; the University of Brunei Darussalam (UBD), Centre of Strategic and Policy Studies (CSPS), amongst others. Zainab as one of the most senior HR Professional in Brunei is drawn to lead several professional workshops in the region and in Brunei. A certified facilitator and/or practitioner for KANTOR team effectiveness, TDS, 7 Habits of Highly Effective People & Crucial Conversation.


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Kim Guan Wong


Experienced Entrepreneur with a demonstrated history of working in the consumer retail industry. Skilled in Negotiation, Sales Management, Strategic Planning, Business Development, and Business Strategy. In a mission to find and connect with like minded individuals on the entrepreneurial journey.


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Hui Ting Wong


Hui Ting Wong is the Marketing Director for Cuckoo International Brunei. Over the past 4 years, she is responsible for the company’s marketing, branding and growth strategies. While working in several projects, Hui Ting and her team initiated Cuckoo’s corporate social responsibility campaign, known as “Share the Drops of Joy”. Since 2018, the campaign has donated water purifiers across 20 local communities and NGO’s, and supported over 30 major events to provide clean water. Hui Ting holds a Masters in Health Psychology, a MSc in Psychology from Nottingham University and is a graduate member of the British Psychological Society.


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Mohamed Jameel Abdul Jabbar


Jameel is a seasoned IT and Management professional with over 25 years of industry experience spanning from Internet Service Providers, Telecom, Enterprise Resource Planning, Software Development, Support Management, Program Management and General Management. Jameel serves Microsoft Corp as the Asia Services - Delivery Director covering Japan, Greater China, India, APAC and Australia. In his capacity, he owns Delivery Management, Compliance, Deal quality and Delivery Excellence for Microsoft Consultancy Services engagements throughout the Asia region, Jameel spends a lot of time with his team improving delivery aspects, mentoring and talent development.


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Azuan Ahmad


I am a business and digital/tech leader with over 18 years' experience developing and delivering transformational technology and digital strategies. My career has given me a broad perspective including leadership roles in complex organisations from sectors including telecommunications, financial services, defence, education and the public sector. I am also a proud dad of two children with special needs and a passionate advocate for Autism awareness and early childhood inclusion programmes that focus on giving opportunities to children of all abilities.


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Chiea Khai Cheng


Passionate in assisting my clients design their financial plan, especially planning for their Retirement


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Rizan Latif


Starting his career as a wireline engineer with Schlumberger, Mexico in 2004, he first joined a local construction company as the Quality Technical Coordinator in 2003, and in 2007, he joined a local risk assessment company as General Manager. In 2012, Rizan was a Business Development Manager within Bureau Veritas and Head of Technical HSE. “My role as the Country Chief Executive is to provide leadership, drive profit and loss of Brunei businesses including Commodities (Inspectorate), Industry, Building and Infrastructure, Certification, and Government Services and International Trade (GSIT),” he said in a statement. Bureau Veritas commenced operations in Brunei in February 1989, with a main office located at Kuala Belait and a site office located at Brunei Shell Petroleum Co Sdn Bhd (BSP), Seria. Bureau Veritas Brunei has established itself as one of the leading classification societies, third party verification/certification company and training service provider for various industries such as oil and gas, marine, construction, food and service industries in Brunei.


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Devin Edwards


Devin Edwards is the Managing Director of Firelight Sdn Bhd which he launched in late 2020 following 6 years as a founding Exco Member and Chief Marketing Officer at Progresif. His career of 20+ years in Marketing & Creative roles has spanned 14 countries working in various industries with brands including Cable & Wireless, Disney, Coca-Cola, Hewlett Packard & Mattel Toys. Over that time Devin has also owned and operated a number of entrepreneurial ventures in business sectors including Education, Travel, Food & Beverage, Real Estate and Construction. Firelight Sdn Bhd was created to provide Strategic Business Development services in the areas of Marketing, Branding, Communication and Product Development.


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Lukman Raimi


Dr. Lukman Raimi is an Assistant Professor at the Universiti Brunei Darussalam in the Department of Entrepreneurship. Previously, he was the Chair of Entrepreneurship, the Coordinator Graduate Program SBE and Assistant Director Centre for Entrepreneurship at the American University of Nigeria. He holds a PhD in Entrepreneurship & CSR from Leicester Business School, De Montfort University Leicester, UK; Bsc in Economics; MSc in Economics, MSc in Industrial Relations & Personnel Management; and a PGDE (Business Education). He is an Entrepreneurship Educator, Activator and Facilitator trained at the Entrepreneurship Development Institute (EDI), Ahmedabad, India under the World Bank-Step B Project. He had undergone a special training in Enterprise Education for Employability at the Pan Atlantic University, Lagos Nigeria under the British Council’s sponsorship. He is an alumnus of Cumberland Lodge, Windsor, United Kingdom having participated in the 2014 Residential Mentoring. He attended the Experiential Classroom XX for Entrepreneurship Educators at the University of Tampa, Tampa, Florida, US. He is a member of the following Professional bodies: Institute of Management Consultants, Fellow, 2019 The Academy of Management Nigeria, Member, 2018 Institute of Islamic Finance Professionals of Nigeria, Fellow, 2017 Dr. Lukman has over 35 published articles, and had delivered conferences/seminar papers in Turkey, Malaysia, Ghana, Togo, India, Belfast, Leicester, US. His publications are listed in Scopus, Researchgate and Google Scholar with growing citations. He was honored with the Best PhD Thesis Award for Facultyo of Business and Law, De Montfort University, Leicester UK. His paper titled “Corporate social responsibility, waqf system and zakat system as faith-based model for poverty reduction”, was awarded Highly Commendable Academic Paper by World Journal of Entrepreneurship, Management and Sustainable Development, Emerald Group Publishing Limited, UK. His collaborative research in CSR was awarded Highly Commended Paper at the International Conference on Business and Economics (ICBE2018), Seoul, South Korea, June 25-27, 2018. His ongoing research focuses on Medical Entrepreneurship, Family Business, Community Entrepreneurship and Informal Entrepreneurship.


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Yusri Mat Yussof


Having over 10 years experience in the Oil & Gas industry in various roles within the corporate management space, I have developed a strong foundation in the field of performance measurement & review, medium & long-term corporate strategic business planning, data analysis & visualization. It has allowed me to position myself as a trusted value advisor to help shape the strategic direction of BSP's portfolio and align the short-term objectives with long-term aspirations. I am keen to become a trusted value advisor in the MSME community as well. Become a trusted thinking partner to help define their long-term objectives (“the what”), develop coherent actions (“the how”), identify key milestones (‘the when”). I look forward to the opportunities ahead.


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