KUALA LUMPUR (March 16): The Malaysian Global Innovation and Creativity Centre’s (MaGIC) E-Nation entrepreneurship ecosystem virtual symposium for entrepreneurs, innovators, regulators, investors, policymakers and industry leaders is set to expand to a series of four conferences across 2021.
In a statement yesterday, MaGIC chief executive officer (CEO) Dzuleira Abu Bakar said the first of the virtual conferences will kick off on March 31, featuring speakers including Science, Technology and Innovation Minister Khairy Jamaluddin; social entrepreneur, Grameen Bank founder and Nobel Peace Prize winner Muhammad Yunus; and Beth Davies, a former director of learning and development at Tesla.
Dzuleira said this will be followed by Series 2: People, Planet, Profit — The Art of Balance on June 24; Series 3: Tech for Good on Aug 26, and culminating in the E-Nation Conference on Oct 28-29, 2021.
Dzuleira said other speakers expected at the conference are Paul Polman, an ex-Unilever CEO and vice-chair of the UN Global Compact; Yancey Strickler, co-founder and former CEO of Kickstarter; Nick Earle, senior vice-president of Virgin Hyperloop One; and Jeremy White, executive editor of WIRED Magazine UK.
“The rules have surely changed in the new normal.
“As challenging times also present us with great opportunities, we recognise the need to take E-Nation one step further to ignite the flames of Malaysia’s wealth creation players — the innovative entrepreneurs, the social innovators and the ecosystem that enable them — to drive greatness for the nation,” she said.
Dzuleira said E-Nation 2021 will meet growing appetite for radical, trailblazing ideas with its new format shift to an “always-on” series of conferences and supporting platforms instead of a single event, ensuring growth of Malaysian innovators is continuously nurtured throughout the year.
“As the nation’s go-to platform for enabling and facilitating the growth of our greatest thinkers and innovators, it’s our role to help them rally around a common purpose: to convert impact-driven concepts into actions, to disrupt the status quo; and to enrich societies through positive and innovative discussions,” she said.
For more information and reservations for E-Nation, visit enation.mymagic.my. Registration is free and on a first-come, first-served basis, so be quick!
MaGIC is an agency under the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation.