Photo - Ashran Ghazi (26042016)The Malaysian Global Innovation & Creativity Centre (MaGIC) is delighted to announce the appointment of Ashran Dato’ Ghazi as its new Chief Executive Officer (CEO). Ashran will assume this position effective 1st May 2016.

A graduate of University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, USA in Bachelor of Business Administration (Finance & CIS), Ashran started his career in the Oil & Gas sector with Petronas MITCO.

He is a well-known figure in the local and regional entrepreneurship ecosystem and has been leading many organizations namely; Chairman, New Entrepreneurs Foundation (myNEF); Chairman, myHarapan; President, Malaysian Association of Bumiputera ICT Industry & Entrepreneurs (NEF); and Deputy Chairman, 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 USD2.1mil, with patent and distribution partners in the USA. 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 Start-up Awards.

Tan Sri Mohd Irwan Serigar Abdullah, Secretary General of Treasury who is also Chairman of MaGIC, 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.