Ashran Ghazi has officially been announced the newly appointed head of government agency championing entrepreneurship, Malaysian Global Innovation & Creativity Centre (MaGIC).
MaGIC said in a statement on Tuesday that Ghazi will assumed the role of chief executive officer, taking up the vacant position founding chief executive officer Cheryl Yeoh left since January.
Ghazi will take office May 1, 2016, the statement read.
The familiar face among entrepreneurship events and endeavours in Malaysia is a graduate of University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, USA in Bachelor of Business Administration (Finance & CIS).
Ghazi started his career in the oil & gas sector with Petronas MITCO, and is well-versed with the entrepreneurship. Through his efforts, he has also played a role in building the local and regional entrepreneurship ecosystem.
“I’m truly excited to be given the opportunity to lead the team at MaGIC and continue the great work that has been done to grow the entrepreneurship ecosystem. Being an entrepreneur myself, I understand the key areas that we will need to focus on to ensure that Malaysian entrepreneurs have the right opportunities and support to grow and succeed. I will be working with the team at MaGIC to chart the strategic direction for the next 6 to 12 months and will speak more about this in the coming months,” he told DEALSTREETASIA.
He leads many organizations – as chairman of the New Entrepreneurs Foundation (myNEF); chairman at myHarapan; president of Malaysian Association of Bumiputera ICT Industry & Entrepreneurs (NEF); and deputy chairman of the Global Innovation & Entrepreneurship Foundation.
In addition, he also served as an Advisory Board Member to Malaysian SME Development Academy (MASMED) as well as a Board Member for SME Corp.
In 2011, Ashran co-founded Joota, a social content networking site. Joota managed to garner private investments of $2.1 million, with patent and distribution partners in the US.
His recent initiatives include creating an accelerator for the creative sector via comics – ComicXcel and a new ASEAN regional award for start-ups, Rice Bowl Startup Awards.
Secretary General of Treasury and chairman of MaGIC, Mohd Irwan Serigar Abdullah said he believes that Ashran will lead MaGIC to greater heights and fulfil the mandate given to MaGIC to further enhance the entrepreneurship ecosystem and create visibility as well as opportunities for local entrepreneurs within the region and globally.