Digerati50: Building a talent pool with those itchy hands

May 17, 2018

WHAT do you do if you've managed to raise more than US$2 million (RM7.9 million) for your startup? If you're Ashran Ghazi (pic), you parlay your years of experience in construction, oil and gas, media and communication, event management, and human capital development into a job working with Malaysian entrepreneurs to create even more value.As the CEO of the Malaysian Global Innovation & Creativity Centre (MaGIC) since 2016, he is tasked to help build an ecosystem for entrepreneurs in order to catalyse creativity and innovation for the country. The strategy for 2018 onwards is to create innovation superclusters for areas such as smart cities, agro tech, digital health, mobility and clean energy. The end goal is to accelerate Malaysia's national economic transformation to fulfil its goal to become a top 20 nation by 2050.His strategy for MaGIC mirrors the days when he was working for his social-network startup Joota: Both are looking to create value through a culture of collaboration for mutual benefit.