Typhoons, Floods and Covid Lockdowns. If we use Bursa Malaysia’s soft opening this week as an indicator of how businesses are viewing 2022, we have a while yet before we are headed towards a common direction. 2021 has been a messy year to say the least and disaster after disaster in the region seems to have spilled over to the new year.

If Albert Einstein's words “In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity”, be a beacon the business and tech community can focus on, what should we rally towards? What are the opportunities to look forward to in 2022?

In this segment, we’ll put the spotlight on the numerous opportunities that have been capitalized during these times of disaster. Moving forward, we will also explore recovery efforts from these disasters and the businesses that have stepped forward to help. Last year has taught us that success in business is no longer just measured by the size of profits in the P&L nor the weight of the asset register book. Who are the front runners and what are the measurements of success moving forward?

We’ll also get the views of Venture Capitalist regarding the attractiveness of investing in particular pockets in the region and the use of technology for solutions we can depend on to get us out of the muck we’re in. Together, we’ll see through their lens on how risk profiles have changed in the different locations regionally and segments they are keeping a close eye on.


Victor Chua
Founding & Managing Partner of Vynn Capital

Victor Chua is the Founding & Managing Partner of Vynn Capital, a Southeast Asia venture capital firm based in Malaysia. He was formerly the Vice President of Investments for Gobi Partners and managed two Southeast Asia focused early funds. Prior to that he was with the largest venture capital fund of Malaysia, MAVCAP and was involved with direct and indirect investments.

His earlier days was with Willis Towers Watson, advising corporate, pension and sovereign wealth funds on investment strategies. He was an honouree of the Forbes Asia 30 under 30 in 2017, Chairman of the Malaysia Venture Capital Association (MVCA) as well as a CFA charter holder and a Mensa member. He is currently also a Council Member of the Malaysia Venture Capital & Private Equity Development Council (MVCDC), chaired by the Securities Commission Malaysia.

David Rajoo
Country SE Head, Cybersecurity Engineering,
Palo Alto Networks

David Rajoo is the Country Head of Cybersecurity Engineering for Palo Alto Networks in Malaysia. Constantly pushing technology boundaries and enhancing his cybersecurity leadership, he is passionate in securing organization’s digital transformations leveraging integrated cybersecurity platforms as a key competitive advantage.

With more than 17 years’ of cybersecurity experience as a trusted advisor, David has experience leading SE teams, partnering with academia to nurture the talent ecosystems and engaging with a wide range of clients on security strategies and transformations.

Asif Saleem
Senior Director - Innovation Advisor - JAPAC

With over 19 years experience, Asif has held various senior digital roles with Standard Chartered, IBM, Oracle across Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia and Pakistan.

His Key Area of Expertise includes end to end Digital Transformation, Data and Artificial Intelligence. Asif is a trusted advisor and remains passionate about Business, Technology, Design and Customer Experiences. Asif also is an executive member of AI Forum NZ and part of the Future of AI course team at Singularity University and INSEAD.

As a Innovation Advisor, his role is to help Financial Services, Virtual Banks / Neo Banks / Challenger Banks across the Japan/Asia Pacific region. He is also a Growth Advisor to various Fintech.

Rangam Bir
Transformational Financial Services CEO

Rangam Bir is a visionary business leader, who has led several international financial services firms in a career spanning over 25 years across Europe, Asia, Middle East and Africa. As a CEO, he has successfully led the transformation of four different businesses, and is committed to deliver the promise of inclusive financial services to impact customers’ lives with better outcomes. Rangam is highly passionate about Culture, Community and Collaboration to drive innovation and change. He has established a successful track record of building winning businesses in fast growing emerging markets by leading large teams in multicultural and international business environments.

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