Norida is the Managing Director of VentureTECH since 2016. She was instrumental in establishing VentureTECH, a strategic investment company that encourages the growth of local industry including Bumiputera entrepreneurs in technology-based and emerging sectors through equity investment. She now assumes chairmanship and directorship in portfolio companies of VentureTECH.
Norida has over 25 years of experience in broad areas involving industrial development, corporate strategy and investment. Prior to joining VentureTECH, since 1999 Norida served as Senior Vice President and COO of MIGHT (Malaysian Industry-Government Group for High Technology) and in her various senior capacities she was widely involved in policy advice and implementation in advancing the country’s high technology industrial development and S&T and innovation agenda.
Norida holds a PhD in Mechanical Engineering from the Universiti Teknologi MARA (UITM) with research focus in technology management and R&D, and an MBA from University of Strathclyde, United Kingdom. She received a BA (Economics) from University of Winnipeg, Canada. She had also enrolled in Leadership Management course on financial strategy at The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.
A highly self-motivated leader, Norida embraces integrity as her core value and enjoys working within a challenging environment with a high degree of autonomy.
Ahmad started his career at Permodalan Nasional Berhad where he served as analyst for over 8 years in the private equity department. He was appointed as VentureTECH’s Head of Investment from 2012-2015 before leaving to Malaysian Resources Corporation Berhad (MRCB) to work on Special Projects under the Executive Director’s Office. He returned to VentureTECH as Chief Investment Officer in 2016. Ahmad completed his Graduate Diploma in Applied Finance and Investments from The Financial and Securities Institute of Australia. He also holds a Bachelor’s Degree (Hons) in Computer Science with Information System from The University of Manchester.
Asrul joined VentureTECH in 2017. He brings a wealth of experience in accounting, finance, consulting and auditing. He started as an auditor at PwC where he served for over 9 years. He also had a stint as consultant at Prokhas and the Ministry of Finance, Malaysia (MOF). Prior to joining VentureTECH, he was the Head of Corporate Service for the Halal Industry Development Corporation (HDC). Asrul holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting from University of Tenaga Nasional (UNITEN). He is a Chartered Accountant and a member of Malaysian Institute of Certified Public Accountant (MICPA), Malaysian Institute of Accountants (MIA), and The Chartered Institute of Public Finance & Accountancy, UK (CIPFA).
Nizam was appointed as Senior Investment Manager at VentureTECH in 2016. He was previously with Malaysian Resources Corporation Berhad (MRCB) where he pursued new business ventures for MRCB under the Executive Director’s Office. Prior to MRCB, Nizam spent over 5 years at Sime Darby Berhad and 4 years at Prokhas Sdn Bhd where he worked extensively on procurement, legal and secretarial matters, and corporate advisory. He received his Bachelor of Laws (LLB) from The University of Manchester in 2003.
Akmar served as Senior Investment Manager for VentureTECH since May 2015. Previously, she spent more than 15 years in Maybank and her last position was as a Senior Account Manager for Corporate Remedial Management. She was responsible for activities related to loan origination, monitoring, and recovery for SME and Mid-Corporate clients from various industries in Maybank . In that capacity, she was also tasked to provide advisory and overall strategy to the SME Business Center. Akmar received her MBA from Universiti Utara Malaysia. She obtaind a Professional Credit Certification from Asian Institute of Chartered Bankers and had also received Professional Credit Certification from Omega International.
Prior to joining VentureTECH in 2016, Sarah spent 7 years at Global Maritime Ventures (GMV), a marine venture capital investment holding company, a subsidiary of Malaysian Development Bank. She brings extensive experience related to regional deal making and investment process from her previous post as an investment analyst. Sarah holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting and Finance from Liverpool John Moores University. She is currently completing her MBA in Corporate Finance & Investment as well as Master in Management from University of Hertfordshire.
Ina possesses more than eight years of experience in management consulting and market research across various industries. Prior to joining VentureTECH, she was a Consulting Analyst in Frost & Sullivan, with focus on corporate strategy, feasibility study and market assessment, industry masterplan and roadmap development. Throughout her consulting career, she has amassed extensive experience in project management and delivery, client relationship, and crisis management. She had taken up assignments covering both the private and public sectors in Malaysia, Indonesia, Japan, Thailand, the Philippines and Pakistan. Ina holds a Bachelor’s Degree (Highest Honours) from Rochester Institute of Technology, New York.
Raisa is equipped with experiences in crisis communications, corporate communications and public relations for GLCs, MNCs and not for profit organizations. After graduating in economics and finance with a specialization in business forecasting from the International Islamic University of Malaysia, she joined Malaysia’s CIMB Bank before becoming a business journalist with the BERNAMA. Thereafter, she served New York based PR consulting agency, essence Burson-Marstellar and world’s leading advertising agency, Leo Burnett Malaysia where she was assigned to various clients including telecommunications, oil & gas, property, consumer healthcare, e-commerce, pharma industries and others. Throughout her career, she was able to combine innovative, perceptive and holistic insights with the pragmatic and systemic skills to see the big picture. Raisa also managed several high-profile crisis communications cases from the clients she serviced in the agencies she was attached to.
Bani has over 20 years of experience in liaising with industry and government. His role is to ensure any forms of communication is accurately conveyed to form healthier collaboration in all programs created by VentureTECH. Bani has also served in various subsidiaries under the purview of MIGHT, and is known as a friendly person between both sectors since 1998. Bani will continue to liaise with Industry and Government to ensure the unique relationship will nourish potential collaboration in line with VentureTECH’s initiative.