SPEAKERS

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Muhammad Azam Roomi is the Vice Dean – Faculty and Research & Faculty of Executive Education and Professor of Entrepreneurship at Prince Mohammad Bin Salman College of Business and Entrepreneurship (MBSC), Kingdom of Saudia Arabia.

As a leading world-renowned thought leader in the field of Entrepreneurial Leadership,  Dr. Roomi has been advising Governments, commercial enterprises, and multi-lateral agencies in more than 40 countries for the last two decades. He is passionate about developing “entrepreneurial mindset” and helping potential and existing entrepreneurs especially youth and women to establish and grow their entrepreneurial ventures.

With more than 50 refereed publications, Dr. Roomi is considered to be a “game changer” in the field and has been recognized by at international level with numerous international awards and fellowships. His innovative teaching pedagogies, learning methodologies, and motivational mindset change techniques play an important role in many countries to achieve a superior self-reliant world.

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Idris bin Jusoh is a Malaysian politician and was serving as the Minister of Higher Education from July 2015 to May 2018. He was the former Chief Minister of Terengganu and also the Chairman of Majlis Amanah Rakyat (MARA), a Malaysian government agency. He is a member of the United Malays National Organization (UMNO) which is a part of the national ruling coalition Barisan Nasional.

After completing his high school from Blackburn High School, Victoria, Australia he did his Bachelor in Social Sciences (Economics) from Universiti Sains, Malaysia followed by enrolling into the master’s program – Business Administration (MBA-Finance) from University of New Haven, USA. He also attended the “Leaders In Developing Countries” Program from Havard Kennedy School of Executive Education, Massachusetts, USA.

Mr. Jusoh has notable contributions in the education sector, he received multiple awards, to mention a few are:

  • Special Appreciation Award: Individual Malaysian Franchise Award
  • Darjah Seri Setia Sultan Mizan Zainal Abidin (S.S.M.Z.). – giving the title Dato’ Seri
  • Darjah Paduka Mahkota Terengganu (D.P.M.T.) – giving the title Dato’ (2004)

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Alicia founded the City of Austin’s ATX+PAK: Launch Entrepreneurship Program a scalable model for building diverse, sustainable entrepreneurial ecosystems around the world through the power of local government led public-private partnerships. The first program of its kind in the United States, ATX+PAK Launch connects the vibrant community of entrepreneurs and investors in Austin’s startup ecosystem to those in the emerging startup scene in Pakistan. In two years, the program resulted in direct economic and cultural benefit to local economies including the launch of a $20 million dollar startup investment fund and several new business partnerships between Austin and Pakistan. As a Marketing Communications Consultant with the City’s Public Information, Alicia develops strategic marketing and community engagement campaigns for major City initiatives. She also provides communications guidance for more than a dozen City Departments. Her duties also include coordinating local, national, and international media coverage of the City of Austin as well as media training for elected leaders and city executives. Alicia is a seasoned broadcast journalist. In front of the camera, he has been a general assignment reporter and military correspondent reporting from Afghanistan, Bahrain, Greece, Germany, and Ireland. Behind the scenes, Alicia has filled newsroom leadership roles ranging from Managing Editor to Acting News Director, at television stations in Detroit, San Diego, Cincinnati, Saginaw, MI, Little Rock, AR. In 2013, Alicia toured Pakistan as part of a small group of U.S. journalists selected to participate in the U.S. Pakistan professional Partnership in journalism, sponsored by the international center for journalists. She is also a proud alumna of the U.S. Department of State Professional Fellowship program and speaks Urdu, Hindi, and Pashto.

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Sushil Ram is the Program Manager of the Social Policy Development Section at the Commonwealth Secretariat based in London. Mr. Ram has a Master’s degree in International Development and has been serving at the Commonwealth Secretariat for more than 3 years. His primary role is supporting the 53 Commonwealth member countries in creating an enabling environment for the engagement of young people in social, economic and political development. His work focuses on the developing youth policies and programs in addition to advising on training and development of infrastructure. He works closely with youth leaders through the Commonwealth youth networks and platforms to support key policy areas such as education, health, human rights, democracy, climate change and peacebuilding.

Mr. Ram has been supporting Commonwealth member governments to create and implement national youth entrepreneurship strategies; programs that engage and empower young entrepreneurs in these countries to unleash their economic potential and promote trade, sustainable growth, and development. A key initiative that Mr. Ram has been involved in is the establishment and operation of the Commonwealth Alliance of Young Entrepreneurs (CAYE) which now has its presence in all the regions of the Commonwealth.