Surina Shukri has been named the new CEO at the Malaysian Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC).
The announcement was made by Communications and Multimedia Minister Gobind Singh Deo and her appointment starts today. (Jan 16)
Surina has worked in the United States for 20 years, moving there in 2001 and having worked as an investment banker for JP Morgan Chase & Co for 17 years. She also has experience working in startups in the financial natural resource, energy and technology industries.
During her time at Wall Street, she honed her skills advising on multi-billion dollar mergers and acquisitions, capital raising transactions, and even served as a member of the Commercial Banking Executive Committee at JP Morgan Chase & Co
She will replace former CEO Datuk Yasmin Mahmood who resigned on Dec 7 last year.
Surina, will take on her new role at MDEC under a three-year appointment.
“I am confident that Surina will strive to continue building MDEC with her leadership and experience, and take MDEC to a higher level, not only in Malaysia but also globally,” said Gobind.
“MDEC has successfully led the construction of the digital economy ecosystem in the country and has brought a lot of benefit to the people,” said Gobind.
“I am confident that Surina will strive to continue building MDEC with her leadership, wealth of experience and take MDEC to a higher level. Not only in Malaysia, but on a global stage as well.”
Drawing from her years in investment and commercial banking, Surina founded SheNovation Ventures in 2018, a New York based company that focuses heavily on the blockchain sector.
Additionally, Surina also is part of the core team at Women4Blockchain, a female-centric group that aims to help build nurture the blockchain ecosystem by connecting and educating people about tech.
Aside from focusing on blockchain ventures, Surina is also an angel investor, having been part of the 37 Angels network since early 2018, where she uses her network to help screen and invest into startups via SheNovation Ventures.
Surina is also a a strong supporter of equal representation and is a leader at Parity Partners, an online database and platform dedicated to helping companies recruit diverse talent with a special focus on women.
In addition to all this, the resilient Surina is also a breast cancer survivor.