The Malaysian Research Accelerator for Technology and Innovation (MRANTI) Board of Director (BoD) has announced the appointment of Dr. Rais Hussin Mohamed Ariff as its new Chief Executive Officer (CEO).

MRANTI said in a statement on Sunday that Rais will take over from the current Acting Chief Executive Officer and Chief Commercial Officer Khairil Anuar Sadat, effective 9 October 2023.

It said Rais brings with him over 28 years of experience and a strong track record of leadership in various sectors.

In his new role as Chief Exectitve Officer, Rais will be responsible for driving the strategic vision of MRANTI and overseeing its day-to-day operations.

He has extensive experience in the fields of telecommunications, technology and entrepreneurship.

“We are delighted to welcome Dr. Rais as the Chief Executive Officer,

“His extensive experience and deep understanding of the value of technology and innovation will be instrumental in steering MRANTI toward continued success,” said Prof. Dr. Rofina Yasmin Othman, Chairman of MRANTI.

Meanwhile, Rais said that MRANTI is a nucleus agency for research and development (R&D) and commercialisation and innovation (C&I) in Malaysia that accelerates ideas to impact.

He said he is committed to contributing significantly to the growth and success of the organization as a technology and innovation accelerator, and strengthening the innovation ecosystem in Malaysia.

“Being agile, is not about mere proactive or reactive change. It is about the ‘change of change’, it is about the ‘change of change in an accelerated pace’. Nothing is linear anymore,” he added.

MRANTI is Malaysia’s commercialization agency with the resources to accelerate the commercialization of innovative ideas that will drive impact.

As a connector, collaborator and catalyst, MRANTI will connect problem statements (demand) with solutions (supply), bridging collaboration between public and private sectors (transition); increase private sector participation, either through market access, investment, advisory or consultation and facilities for testing and prototyping.

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