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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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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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 Professor at the School of Business & Economics, UBD. Actively involved with giving motivation talks, training and knowledge skill for managing and operating a business. He is also an Independent Director of a local Finance Company.


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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. Currently also serving on the board of a number of companies including as an adjunct assistant professor at UBD under School of Business and Economics


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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


Track record of over more 25 years of working experience in Brunei and overseas. 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 Accounting and an Honours Degree in Banking & Finance. I am also a certified accountant (Fellow, CPA Australia).


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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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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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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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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 21 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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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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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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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


The name is Izan however alot of people know me as the Lion or DJ . I have worked in entertainment , F n B , Fitness Industry , Events as well as Legal areas of Law . I am known to be very tech savy as well as a very highly skilled negotiator as well as an Angel investor for some local business start ups . My specialty in Marketing , Branding and Sales make me very aware of the trends that are currently happening and able to adapt to the times using a minimist approach , Business Developing in terms of recognising opportunities and developing those relationships needed to excel and execute visions. I bridge the gap needed with my pool of network . I myself have been mentored by amazing mentors and love imparting the same wisdom to any entreprenuer or any one who chooses to want to be set apart and have that unique point . I also am a mentor where I mentee ppl in areas of communication, getting over fear as well as mental balance and unlocking their potential in industries they would flourish in. I also build connections , nurture them and always stay engaged. I believe I have a dynamic way of dealing with issues at hand. I am someone who is open to learning and adapting fast to any given environment . If I am unaware of how something is to be done , I will find ways to innovate as well as to solve the issue at hand with the help of a team or by myself . Either way I respect all views and will always find a solution with a positive mindset . I have been in the entertainment field as a radio broadcaster , a Ted X Speaker , A Marketer and a people person . I thrive on relationships and I take such pride in seeing a team I build grow and prosper together to achieve and celebrate the desired outcomes . Punctuality is always something my team can count on as well as accountability. I lead by example and I am a good follower as well , always intending for the people around me to shine . I am able to recognize talent and synergize it well with others. With these qualities and skills in mind , I have helped companies to hit their necessary KPIs as well as train the people in the company to be assets .My biggest strength is Communication and I am known to be an amazing communicator that gets points across in the time frame needed .


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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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LENNY JUVENA BINTI AZMI


*STAR MENTOR AWARD - MOST ACTIVE MENTOR 2019 - 2021* In the "Fashionpreneur-fashion entrepreneur" industry, she is known as VEE or Veena Azmi. A Haute Couture fashion and hijab designer specializing in modest and contemporary fashion design. In her professional career, she represented Malaysia at the world-renowned World Fashion Week in 2017. Her couture has received significant orders from high-end customers, and she also mass-produces professional corporate attire. Bruneian V Sports Hijab was created by Veena in Brunei and sold successfully in many countries around the world.  She is a registered member of the Islamic Fashion Design Council, the Council of Asian Fashion Designers, and a proactive international member of the Singapore Malay Chamber of Commerce & Industry. Veena Azmi has over 25 years of experience in a variety of disciplines, including banking and finance, marketing and branding, and fashion entrepreneurship. She has qualifications in Business Management, Banking, and Finance, as well as a professional certification in Financial Planning, and she is currently pursuing her Master of Business Administration with a major in Finance. Veena Azmi has extensive experience in Wealth Management at HSBC, International Netherland Group (ING) Funds Berhad, and Takaful Ikhlas Berhad, and is qualified to manage high-net-worth clients' investment portfolios. She worked for a few fashion houses as an International Business Consultant and Operations Manager, specializing in government tenders and corporate attire. She has spent time in retail, factory mass production, and merchandising (buyer) in Italy, the United States, Canada, China, Indonesia, and Vietnam. Owner and Founder of Veena Hijab and Couture & Carabella Creations - Malaysia. Veena is the Chief Financial Officer & Strategic Planning Specialist for Global Group of Companies including for VHCC Global Ventures, VHC Company and Yiwu VHC Co. Ltd. Currently Veena is still managing the Research and Development Department, Fashion Design Department and Operations Department for global retail businesses in a vast diversity of industries such as Fashion Apparel, Sportswear, Sports equipments, Fast Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG) including ready-to-eat products, Accessories (Including jewellery, belt, shoes, sandals, handbags and luggages) Skincare, Cosmetics, Healthcare or any Retail Products, etc. Veena's primary responsibilities as a CFO include the planning, implementation, management, and operation of all financial activities for the company, including business planning, budgeting, forecasting, negotiations, obtaining and maintaining investor relations, and partnership compliance, as well as providing leadership and direction to all stakeholders. Veena also assists in trading, sales, marketing, and production capacity of 500,000-1 million units per month (15 factories in P.R China, Vietnam, Indonesia, Malaysia, and Brunei Darussalam), allowing it to estimate future financial performance and create a timeline for product delivery. We are open to new ideas and would like to collaborate as a manufacturer on a new product with OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) and ODM (Original Design Manufacturer) services. Veena is also the Brunei Country Chair - G100 Mentoring & Motivation wing and the Deputy Vice President - Women Affairs for the Malaysia Association in Brunei (PWM). 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 entrepreneurship, marketing and sales including product costing, Financial Planning, Brand Management: alignment, brand and behavior, VUCA (Volatility, Uncertainty, Complexity, Ambiguity) -Leading in time of crisis, organizational leadership, excellent customer service, etiquette (including etiquette classes, etiquette training). Specialize: corporate etiquette, business etiquette, communication etiquette, social etiquette. In addition, Veena is capable of coaching corporations on personal branding and grooming. Hands-on practice, colour selection (individual personal aura), image goal setting, colour psychology through session, body shapes, body proportion, basic make-up. LinkedIn provides additional background information : VEE AZMI


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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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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'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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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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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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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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Pg Muhd Uwuis Al Qarni Pg Hj Zainal


Pg Uwuis Al Qarni is a Certified Professional Scrum Master (PSM) and a Certified Professional Scrum Product Owner (PSPO). He has strong knowledge and skills in Agile Project Management, Transformation and Empiricism based Product Development. He graduated from Universiti Teknologi Brunei with Master of Science (MSc) in Management and Technology with vast ICT background and professional certification from different industries - Entrepreneurship, Software Development, Information Technology, Oil & Gas and Telecommunication. He also has interest in Data Science and Digitalisation where he sees data modeling as a correlation to serve the right purpose in the digital world. Recently, he joined Unified National Networks Sdn Bhd as Network Transformation Project Manager.


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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, local and regional. Currently the General Manager of Print Plus Sdn Bhd, I'm spearheading the organizational transformation of Print Plus from a government department into a self-sustaining, efficient, and profitable GLC. 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-ALPs NK, a financial planner team closely affiliates with AIA Singapore Pte Ltd. He started his career back when he was still a university student in 2010. To date, Alex is consistently ranked among the top insurance leader in AIA Singapore Pte Ltd and from to his leadership his team has received several awards and recognition internationally. In 2015, he was crowned as the Top Champion Planner of the year. He is one of the youngest financial consultants from Brunei Darussalam who is a member of Million Dollar Round Table (MDRT); a global, independent association of the world's leading life insurance and financial services professionals from more than 500 companies in 70 nations and territories, for 8 consecutive years. He is currently serving as the Global Council Member for year 2022. Alex is a professionally Certified Financial Planner, CFP®, a Certified Behavioral & Career Consultant, CBCC, and also the first Associate Estate Planning Practitioner, AEPP®, from Brunei. Currently, as an agency leader of BR-ALPs NK, Alex leads a team of 16 young aspiring financial service planners in AIA Singapore Pte Ltd. 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, entrepreneurship, wellness, education, career and family first.


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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. Certified Leadership Coach (The Forton Group).


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Azuan Ahmad


I am a business developer 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 also run 3 other separate small businesses, from education services, retail to IT, and advising 4 other businesses. I am also a proud dad of a child 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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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 value advisor in the MSME community as well. Become a 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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Mohammad Isa Liew


A professional who has experience in Private Equity, Mergers and acquisitions, Investments, Accounting, Entrepreneurship.


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Adli Tebian


A technology enthusiast with experience in web and mobile development, information systems, project management, and software development methodologies. Co-founder of a successful tech start-up with clients ranging from private companies to multiple government bodies. Exceptional soft-skills nurtured through involvement in the start-up industry and mentorship from Microsoft.


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Patricia Li


Patricia Li When we are going through the lows in life, it often happens that we lose sight of our drive and intentions. Having realised and observed how difficult times can create self-doubt and lead to further turmoils, Patricia Li has resolved to use every day to bring joy to the people immediately around her and beyond. She believes in the power of pause and the benefit of reflection to build healthy perceptions of ourselves. Her mission is to encourage people to acknowledge their individual, unique mix of talents, values and abilities and believe in their ability to contribute these to the world. She also believes in strength in numbers, which shows up most when she is connecting with others and provides the platform for others to connect with each other. This philosophy of living and sharing joy began as an appreciation for the beautiful, from fabrics to nature, from make-up to architecture, and blossomed into a deep interest in health and aesthetics. Patricia would share her knowledge of better living with others including health and beauty, pursuing formal certifications in Makeup, Esthetic therapy, Personal Enhancement and Grooming from Amorepacific, Korea. She shares expertise this through her work at LANEIGE, established in Brunei since 2005, as both trainer and corporate grooming consultant. Among her clients are banks (SCB, Baiduri, BIBD), corporates (RBA, RBAF, RBC, TelBru and JPMC) and hotels. Patricia also extends her reach as special guest on radio, judge on talent shows and other competitions and even personally groomed performers for stage productions and performances including the World Championship of Performing Arts in Los Angeles, USA. Patricia is happiest when collaborating with others and she does this in both small and large scales through partnerships such as the Health and Breast Awareness campaigns which was a joint effort with the Bruneian Ministry of Health and organising an interschool musical competition for four years running from 2010 to 2013 together with the Ministry of Education. Her concern also extends globally and she regularly participates in volunteer work in Nepal, Tibet, India and Loas. In more recent times, Patricia with few other individuals have come together to promote and encourage the reduction of single-use plastic consumption, calling the movement to promote environmental awareness in Brunei. The group has performed many innovative activities including large scale beach cleanup and outreach programmes in both schools and in the public space. Patricia Li graduated with a degree Business Management from the University of Birmingham, UK and ferries from her native Hong Kong to Brunei Darussalam.


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Lela Suhailee


An MBA graduate specializing in International Business from University of Southern Queensland, Australia, Norlela Suhailee (“Lela”) has more than 25 years of working experience with highly reputable organizations in Brunei Darussalam in various fields, notably in local business and entrepreneurial development. In supporting the development of micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) in Brunei, Lela started to engage herself closely with the local business community through her stint as Business Development Manager at the Brunei Economic Development Board, and as Program Manager-cum-Acting Managing Director of the Youth Development Resources, a voluntary organization to help encourage entrepreneurship among local youth and the underprivileged community. Today, Lela’s involvement in supporting local business development is further enhanced through her leading role as Head of Business Development & Support at Darussalam Enterprise (DARe), a focal MSME agency in Brunei. Lela has also been actively participating in regional MSME-related engagements as Head of Brunei Delegation for APEC SME Working Group (APEC SMEWG) and ASEAN Coordinating Committee on MSMEs (ACCMSME). She chaired ACCMSME in 2017 and is currently Chair of APEC SMEWG (2021-22). In 2020, she was selected as the 2020 cohort of Southeast Asia Women, a curated database that aims to increase the visibility of women leaders in Southeast Asia.


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Muhammad Noh Haji Madali


More than 20 years of working experience primarily from the oil and gas industry. Started career within the finance field, evolving further into the areas of commercial and strategy with specialization in economic modelling and fiscal analysis. Has taken lead in negotiating and concluding multiple complex long term arrangements (domestically and internationally) both on the commercial front and on behalf of the government. The only Bruneian involved in two key international committees to revise and deliver two international oil and gas model agreements still being used today.


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Syukri Jais


An experienced professional with experience in the private equity, hospitality, and real estate sector both in Brunei and globally. Experience includes project management, stakeholder engagement, organizational change, and business strategy planning. I recognize opportunities for continuous improvement, and strategically transform goals into results.


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Agus Muslim


Result-oriented with over 7+ years of experience in strategic leadership and business development. Motivated and determined leader with strong managerial and administrative abilities with a proven track record of improving company performance and exceeding company sales revenue and targets through improved business strategies. A collaborative leader who places emphasis on team dynamics, transparency and professional development.


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Rahman Yoonus


Rahman Yoonus is passionate about all things technology and is certified by Microsoft and Google in different domains. He strongly believes in simplifying complexity. He has mentored in several hackathons, spoke in conferences and actively contributes to the community. Think Axis Solutions specializes in building web & mobile platforms with focus in Data Analytics & Artificial Intelligence. They have gladly served companies all over world including Singapore, South Korea, Malaysia, and the USA. There is a 60% chance that anyone living in Brunei has interacted with thier technology products.


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CALVIN LO


Driven by the passion for Safety at Workplaces, I became a competent Environment, Health and Safety practitioner by profession, and is certified to provide relevant trainings at all levels through my experience with the issuance of certificates to participants. I am a certified OH&S Auditor too, and had performed internal (1st party) and external (2ndparty) OH&S audits. I have guided, written and verified many HSE related Policies, Procedures, and Manuals for companies and corporations. Equipped with a Business Administration academic background, and years of holding Senior and Top management positions in various companies; my business management, communication skills, and experiences over two decades also indicates that I have the relevant leadership and persuading skills, which are important towards convincing enterprises and decision-makers on any matters such as business opportunities and the alike, plus the importance of managing safely by committing to instilling good safety culture while not compromising on the required profitability and growth for the sustainability of the organisation. Business development and general management had been my area of expertise coupled with financial and analytical skills. Additionally, having been a Technical Solutions provider for various industries, I am commendable for solving various technical issues familiar to me and beyond.


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