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[This is a sponsored article with MaGIC.]

To realise Malaysia’s 2030 Shared Vision, the government highlighted that there needs to be a strong shift into strengthening and improving the nation’s capability in the fields of Science, Technology and Innovation (STI).

With the advancements in STI, Malaysia can undergo rapid changes that’ll propel the socio-economic landscape of the nation, so that all Malaysians from different income groups can prosper in an inclusive economy.

But to do so, the innovative minds and the ones who are capable of making changes need to band together under a common goal to bring concepts into action.

To facilitate this coming together, the Malaysian Global Innovation & Creativity Centre (MaGIC) will be hosting their yearly E-Nation conference, revolving around the theme of ‘Future Fast: Thriving For A Better Tomorrow’.

A New Look For E-Nation

Unlike previous years, when E-Nation was held in-person and consecutively for a few days, E-Nation 2021 will be an ongoing event that’ll be held in several quarters throughout the year, and will end with a virtual and an in-person conference at MaGIC’s headquarters.

Dzuleira Abu Bakar, the CEO of MaGIC, said this format shift in E-Nation is made to equip and provide support to Malaysian innovators with an ‘always-on’ series of events throughout the year, rather than just a single event.

Acknowledging innovative entrepreneurs, social innovators, and the ecosystem that enables them as Malaysia’s wealth creation players, Dzuleira said E-Nation has to ignite them to drive the nation’s greatness.

As an advocate for Speak for Change, where everyone can have a voice—E-Nation provides like-minded individuals with a platform to have a shared conversation on how to build a better tomorrow.

The first part of the event titled: ‘Series 1: Innovative Leadership by Design’ will kick off on March 31. The other parts of E-Nation will be held in different quarters, with Series 2 currently tabled for June 24. While Series 3 and the conference will be held on August 26 and October 28 to 29, respectively.

This year’s E-Nation theme is also in-line with the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (MOSTI)’s new policies and initiatives introduced in the National Science, Technology and Innovation Policy (NSTIP) 2021-2030.

Helping To Shine A Guiding Light To Malaysian Movers And Shakers

Series 1 will feature thought leaders like Beth Davies, the former Director of Learning & Development at Tesla, and Muhammad Yunus, a social entrepreneur, banker and Nobel Peace Prize Winner for founding the Grameen Bank.

Before her stint as Tesla’s Director of L&D, Beth Davies held management roles for well-known companies such as Apple and Microsoft too. Reportedly, she played a hand in Apple’s meteoric rise back in 2003, as she headed the company’s Leadership Development team back then.

She will be imparting her knowledge gathered from these companies on the know-how of building a culture that can cultivate a loyal customer base.

Muhammad Yunus is also one of the other high-profile speakers present at Series 1. He is known as the ‘Father of Microfinance’, as his efforts with Grameen Bank provided over USD$ 6.5 billion to poor communities worldwide.

Yunus will be joined by Dzuleira Abu Bakar as they explore the potential of innovation in eradicating poverty and the role that society can play in sustainable development.

Philip Loo, the co-founder of HAVVA, and Azizulhasni Awang, during his win at 2020 UCI Track Cycling World Championship / Image Credit: HAVVA, Nicola, Wikimedia Commons, CC-by-sa 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Throughout the Series 1 virtual event, other speakers from all walks of life such as Azizulhasni Awang, a Malaysian Professional Track Cyclist and Olympic Bronze Medalist, and Philip Loo, the co-founder of HAVVA, a tech startup that innovates on urban farming will take the stage as well, with different insights on leadership.


If you’re interested in tuning into E-Nation 2021, you can register your interest here with your details, admission is free.

If you want to keep up with E-Nation 2021 as it runs this year, you can pre-register yourself for the other series on the same page.

Despite the change in format, one consistent benefit remains—there will be plenty of opportunities for you to network with other attendees and speakers throughout the event.

  • Sign up for E-Nation 2021 or find out more here.
  • Read more on what we’ve written about MaGIC in the past here.

Featured Image Credit: Beth Loeb Davies Facebook

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