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Digital Talents - Reality Bites
There’s a huge hunger among Malaysian companies in seeking to hire digital talent to strengthen their operations.

However, a 2021 Digital Talent survey report by the Strategic Change Management Office, Economic Planning Unit (SCMO EPU) and the Social & Economic Research Initiative (SERI) found that the top two obstacles to having adequate and sufficient digital talent were skills gaps in the local labour market and inability to attract specialised talent. These are not new issues, so why can’t we tackle them?

Brought to you by MyDIGITAL, Digital Talents - Reality Bites will explore deeper into the role of business leaders in upskilling and reskilling future-ready talent and how the private and public sectors can join forces in developing a dynamic talent ecosystem.

Discussion Angles:
-Growing demands for digital and technical talents.
-How private and public sectors can join forces to cultivate talents of the future?
-Role of business leaders in upskilling and reskilling future-ready talents.
-Developing a dynamic talent ecosystem.

Moderator: Karamjit Singh, CEO, Digital News Asia

-Fabian Bigar, CEO, MyDigital
-Matt van Leeuwen, Director, Sunway iLabs
-Ambika Sangaran, COO, Mereka

Oct 6, 2022 04:00 PM in Kuala Lumpur

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Fabian Bigar
Fabian Bigar was appointed as the Chief Executive Officer for MyDIGITAL Corporation (formerly known as Strategic Change Management Office or SCMO) effective 19 April 2021. The mandate of MyDIGITAL Corporation is to drive change management and ensure the successful delivery of the Malaysia Digital Economy Blueprint (MDEB) and the National 4IR Policy. The office also serves as the main secretariat for the National Digital Economy and 4IR Council (MED4IRN) chaired by the Prime Minister. Fabian received his BSc. from Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio, USA and his Master’s in Public Policy from the National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies, Tokyo.
Matt van Leeuwen
Director @Sunway iLabs
Matt is the Chief Innovation Officer of Sunway Group, one of Southeast Asia’s leading conglomerates with 13 business divisions across more than 50 locations primarily in Asia. He’s also the Founding Director of Sunway iLabs, a smart partnership between Sunway University, Sunway Group and Sunway’s Corporate Venture Capital arm to foster entrepreneurship and stimulate market-driven innovations. Matt is trained at the University of Utrecht (Netherlands), where he gained a BSc in Biomedical Sciences and a MSc in Science & Business. He was also a Research Scientist at the Medical Research Council Epidemiology Unit at the University of Cambridge and served in the leadership team of the Cambridge University Entrepreneurs student society.
Ambika Sangaran
Chief Operating Officer @Mereka
Ambika Sangaran is the Co-Founder and COO of Mereka, an education technology startup inspiring, equipping, and supporting talents who will lead the next generation of companies, industries, and economies. Cherishing ambitions to decode and unravel inequities, Ambika joined the Biji-biji Group in 2014. Since then, she has taken on various roles within the group. Prior to her role at Mereka, she was the CEO of Biji-biji Ethical Fashion (BBEF), an upcycled fashion start-up by Biji-biji. In 2019, BBEF won the UK’s Common Objective (CO) Leadership Award. Before that, as the Head of Sustainability, Ambika developed and implemented multiple award-winning sustainability campaigns for her clients. Ambika graduated with BA(Hons.) in Tourism and Environment from Brock University, Canada. Ambika was an East-West Centre's 2020 Changing Faces Women, a 2018 YSEALI Professional Fellow, and a 2008 Malaysian Public Service Department Scholar.
MODERATOR: Karamjit Singh
CEO @Digital News Asia
Karamjit founded Digital News Asia with a vision that media should play its role as the Fourth Estate and on the belief that timely, insightful and analytical coverage can help the tech ecosystem in South-East Asia, especially Malaysia, grow and develop. He has picked up a few awards, starting with the Malaysian Press Institute award for Best Telecommunications Writer (English category) in 2002, the DiGi Telecommunications Journalist of the Year (Magazine Category) 2004, to the most recent one in 2009 from the Malaysian Customer Relationship Management and Contact Centre Association as Journalist of the Year in recognition of his informative and critical coverage of the outsourcing sector since 2000. Over the course of his career, Karamjit has come to be regarded by industry and peers as one of the nation’s most respected journalists and pundits, and is frequently invited to speak or moderate at conferences and roundtables.