Raslan Ahmad is currently Senior Vice President of MIGHT (Malaysian Industry-Government Group for High Technology) [http://www.might.org.my]. MIGHT was established as an independent, industry-driven non-profit organisation in 1993 and was formally incorporated as a company limited by guarantee on 15th October 1994. Under the patronage of YAB Prime Minister of Malaysia, MIGHT is governed by a Board of Directors, helmed through the joint-chairmanship of a prominent private sector personality and the Science Advisor to the Prime Minister. MIGHT’s core business remains consensus building through its think-tank platform designed to harness high technology for business and commercial applications.
Prior to joining MIGHT, Raslan was Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Yayasan Inovasi Malaysia (YIM) or Malaysia Innovation Foundation (MIF – http://www.yim.my) an entity under the purview of Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (MOSTI). YIM was established in November 2008 by the Government of Malaysia with the main goal to promote and inculcate creativity and innovation among Malaysian citizens, especially targeting children and youth, women, rural folk, people with disabilities and non-government organizations.
Prior to joining YIM, he was Undersecretary of ICT Policy Division, MOSTI from 2006-2009. Throughout his service, he had covered major areas of ICT policy planning, implementation and monitoring. He was entrusted to coordinate and manage ICT Cluster includes supervision of ICT agencies (i.e. Multimedia Development Corporation, MIMOS, Cyber Security Malaysia and .my Domain) and its programs (i.e. MSC Malaysia, Knowledge Grid Malaysia, ICT for All Program etc.), lead National ICT Council Secretariat, managed e-Content and Demonstrator Application Grant Scheme (DAGS)/fund, monitor the implementation of National ICT Roadmap and National Cyber Security Policy and coordinate the ICT international cooperation.
Raslan gained a B.A. (Hons.) Degree in Southeast Asian Studies and Master of Philosophy in Human Development at the University of Malaya in 1987 and 1991 and Ph.D in Science Policy and Technology Management at Policy Research in Science, Engineering and Technology (PREST), an institute of the University of Manchester in 1999.
Raslan started off his career 30 years ago as Coordinator for Corporate Planning Division of MIMOS (Malaysian Institute of Microelectronic Systems) and grew with the government R&D powered house through its corporatisation process along the years. With over 16 years of experience in MIMOS, more than 6 years in MOSTI, 2 years in YIM and 4 years in MIGHT, Raslan brings with him a wealth of experience in corporate planning, R&D management, government and universities alliances and has extensive experience in science governance at the national and international levels.