Datuk Dr Hamzah Kassim

Co-Founder and Group Managing Director

Dr. Hamzah’s career spanned government, multinational firms and enterprise creation. He co-founded The iA Group in 2002 and currently the Co-founder /Group Managing Director. The iA Group is one of the largest Malaysian professional service firms specialising in business and public sector transformation, technology and human capital with offices in Malaysia and Jakarta. Prior to the iA Group he was the former Executive Director/Partner of international firm of Ernst & Young, Vice President and Country Head of the global consulting firm of Cap Gemini and member of the global management team and Country Head of PA Consulting Group. Dr. Hamzah specialises in large scale institutional and business transformation working across several sectors with established organisations ranging from banks to telecommunication companies and public institutions and foreign governments. He works with CEOs, board members and national leaders in bringing about policy reforms and business transformation.

Prior to joining the consulting industry in 1995, Dr. Hamzah held various senior positions in government in the field of industrial R&D management and public policy on technology development and innovation for over 18 years. He served as member of expert/advisory groups in various national and international organisations such as UNCTAD and IDB. He was appointed as Project Director for the Industrial Technology Master Plan for Malaysia in the Institute of Strategic and International Studies (ISIS) and subsequently took up a position as Director of Science and Technology, Ministry of Science, Technology and Environment to spearhead the implementation of the plan as part of the national strategies to accelerate growth and technology development.

In 2006 Dr. Hamzah was the consulting advisor to the National Implementation Task Force – a special task force chaired by the Prime Minister Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, senior cabinet members and senior civil servants to oversee the high impact project of the 9th Malaysia Development Plan involving key major initiatives across agencies to accelerate and fast track national development. Dr. Hamzah was later appointed by the Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Abdul Razak in 2009 as member of the 8 man team National Economic Advisory Council - NEAC which has been tasked to develop the New Economic Model. The NEAC comprising national and international experts from Brookings, World Bank and London School of Economics completed its task after extensive engagement and consultation with the cabinet, ministries and key agencies which is now the growth platform to achieve an advanced nation status by 2020.

Dr. Hamzah has been reappointed in 2013 by the Prime Minister for a 3rd term as member of the Review and Operational Panel to the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC).  He was a board member and Chairman of public listed company Encorp Berhad until August 2014 and currently board member of University Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM), Board of Advisors Tanri Abeng University (TAU), Jakarta and Higher Education Entrepreneurship Council under the Ministry of Higher Education and several other public and private sector organisations, think tanks and NGOs.

Dr. Hamzah holds a PhD in business from Aston University, UK. He was inducted in 2012 into the Alumni Hall of Achievement of Monmouth College, a liberal arts college in Illinois joining other American luminaries.

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