Mirzan Mahathir founded Crescent Capital Sdn Bhd, a Malaysian investment holding and independent strategic and financial advisory firm. He currently manages his investments in Malaysia and oversees while facilitating business collaboration in the region.
He holds directorships in several public and private companies in South East Asia.
He also serves as President of the Asian Strategy & Leadership Institute, Chairman of several charitable foundations and a member of the Wharton School Executive Board for Asia and the Business Advisory Council of United nations ESCAP.
He was formerly the Executive Chairman and President of Konsortium Logistik Berhad (1992-2007), Executive Chairman of Sabit Sdn Bhd (1990-1992), Associate of Salomon Brothers in New York, USA (1986-1990) and Systems Engineer at IBM World Trade Corporation (1982-1985).
Mirzan graduated with a Bachelor of Science (Honours) degree in Computer Science from Brighton Polytechnic, United Kingdom and obtained his Masters in Business Administration from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, USA.
Fermin Fautsch is currently Vice-President, Global Enterprise for Telekom Malaysia responsible for the Global and ICT business of TM Enterprise.
He is also a Board Director and Chairman of the EU Malaysia Chamber of Commerce and Industry (EUMCCI) and a founding member of the EU ASEAN Business Council based in Singapore.
Fermin is a Systems Engineer and holds a MBA with honors from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and a MA in International Economics from John Hopkins University. Fermin also taught international Business at the University of California, San Diego.
Previously, Fermin was Vice-President of ICT for VADS (ICT and BPO Company of the TM Group) responsible for the ICT and Carrier business (Global Service Provider business) of VADS.
Prior to joining the Telekom Malaysia Group, he served as CEO, Partner and Company Director of Logica South East Asia, Hong Kong and Taiwan. Before coming to Asia, Fermin was CEO of Logica South America based in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
After his graduate studies, Fermin worked for more than 9 years as a management consultant with McKinsey & Co. in Europe and South America. Prior to McKinsey, he joined the World Bank in the prestigious Young Professional Program, and worked as an economist in Nairobi, Kenya covering East Africa followed by an assignment as a Financial Officer in the Treasury Department in Washington, DC. Fermin also served as a Board Member and Chief Information Officer of PT Prime, the corporate services provider of Portugal Telecom Group.
Fermin holds a Resident Pass in Malaysia where he has lived since 2009. He is an avid swimmer, diver, skier and golfer and has one son, Dimitri, who recently graduated from Northwestern University in the U.S.
Dr. Zeti Akhtar Aziz was appointed Governor of Bank Negara Malaysia in May 2000. At the central bank, Dr. Zeti had an important role in successfully managing the repair and resolution of the financial system during the Asian financial crisis and the consequent strong recovery of the Malaysian economy. In the decade that followed, she also had an important role in the reform and transformation of the Malaysian financial system, including overseeing the modernisation and enactment of ten major pieces of legislation for the financial sector. This period also saw the progressive liberalisation of the Malaysian financial system.
In the Asian region, Dr. Zeti has been actively involved in strengthening cooperation and financial integration. In 2006, she chaired the taskforce of the Executives’ Meeting of East Asia-Pacific Central Banks that prepared the report for the future direction of central bank financial cooperation in the region, which continues today. A founding member of the Bank for International Settlements (BIS) Asian Consultative Council, she was also the first co-chair of the Financial Stability Board Regional Consultative Group for Asia. Dr. Zeti also participates extensively in international fora in many parts of the world, including acting as the voice of emerging economies in highlighting their role in the global economy. Dr. Zeti was a member of the Commission of Experts of the President of the United Nations General Assembly on Reforms of the International Monetary and Financial System in 2009, a high-level taskforce established to examine reforms following the global financial crisis. She is currently the chair of the BIS Central Bank Governance Group, where she has been a member since 2001.
Dr. Zeti has also had an extensive role in the global development of Islamic finance, being part of the group of Governors that established the Islamic Financial Services Board and the International Islamic Liquidity Management Corporation. She headed a taskforce that prepared a report identifying the building blocks that would further strengthen the institutional arrangements for financial stability in the Islamic financial system. Dr. Zeti also had a significant role in the development of talent in the Islamic financial services industry, including the establishment of the International Centre for Education in Islamic Finance, the first global university dedicated to Islamic finance.
For two decades, Dr. Zeti has been involved in the financial inclusion agenda at both the national and international levels, aimed at increasing the potential for more balanced economic growth.
Dr. Zeti received her Bachelor of Economics from the University of Malaya and her PhD in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania.
Sasibai Kimis left a successful career in the finance industry to start the award-winning social enterprise and luxury craftsmanship brand Earth Heir in February 2013. Earth Heir’s story began with an appreciation for craftspeople and a desire to empower them to achieve sustainable livelihoods. Each Earth Heir piece exemplifies workmanship with the distinctive impression of human hands with personal and cultural narratives. Earth Heir is dedicated to the creation and preservation of disappearing heritage art forms while advocating fair trade principles and ethical partnerships.
As part of its social and ecological mission, Earth Heir focuses on sustainability of its products and supply chain, and also returns 10% of its revenue to organisations supporting survivors of human trafficking and plants two trees for every scarf purchased. Earth Heir won the British Council and Arthur Guinness Projects Social Enterprise Award 2015 and Sasibai was one of the Wharton’s “40 under 40” award winners in 2015 and is also an Eisenhower Fellow in the 2015 Women’s Leadership Program focusing on the issues of socio-entrepreneurship and preserving heritage craftsmanship skills.
Prior to Earth Heir, Sasi was a Vice President in the Investments division at Khazanah Nasional (Malaysia), a Director in the Private Equity team at First Avenue Partners LLP (London), worked in Ghana with Opportunities Industrialization Centers International and the United Nations Development Program, and in New York as an Investment Banking Analyst at Lehman Brothers.
Sasibai received a B.S in Economics (Finance and Management) cum laude from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania and an M.Phil in Environment and Development from Cambridge University.