Webinar: Creating Jobs In The Post-Covid World

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Every nation is facing challenges in unemployment, business closure, and income loss. Stimulus plans proposed are primarily focusing on helping companies to retain their employees and to offer unemployment benefits to those who lost their jobs. But what is the long game? Will jobs return and will they be the same jobs? How can new jobs be created? And who can do it?

A Kauffman Foundation study shows that startups make a significant source of new jobs. Can we create enough entrepreneurs to create startups and make a difference in the unemployment number? If so how do we scale this to not just today’s need, but help build thriving startups environment that addresses the future needs of the nation?

This webinar considers the importance of entrepreneurship in job creation in the post-Covid situation, and explore how can the stimulus programs be used to make a longer impact

Join our guest speaker, Pn. Dzuleira Abu Bakar, Chief Executive Officer at Malaysian Global Innovation & Creativity Centre (MaGIC), and Prof. Rajesh Nair, Professor of Practice in Innovation and Entrepreneurship, ASB – in an informative and thought-provoking session moderated by Mei Kok, Senior Program Manager for the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Centre from ASB.


Online: ZOOM


11:00am – 11:45am on Wednesday, 3rd June 2020


Dzuleira Abu Bakar
Chief Executive Officer
Malaysian Global Innovation and Creativity Centre (MaGIC)

Dzuleira Abu Bakar is the Chief Executive Officer of the Malaysian Global Innovation and Creativity Centre (MaGIC). Prior to this, Dzuleira was the CEO of Cradle Seed Ventures (CSV), a growth stage venture capital fund which is part of Cradle Fund Sdn Bhd, Malaysia’s premier early-stage funding agency and influencer. She is also an appointed Council Member of the National ICT Association of Malaysia (PIKOM). She has served in various key roles in government agencies, GLCs as well as the private sector with deep grasp in technology and innovation, private equity & venture capital, deal structuring, technology investing, social entrepreneurship and corporate finance applied across multiple industries and prominent corporations such as Usaha Tegas Sdn Bhd, Khazanah Nasional Berhad and Malaysia Venture Management Capital Berhad (MAVCAP).

Rajesh Nair
Professor of Practice
Director of Innovation & Entrepreneurship
Asia School of Business

Rajesh is a product designer and entrepreneur with more than 25 years’ experience in the design of more than a hundred products and multiple startups in the Boston area. His research is in catalyzing innovators and entrepreneurs in communities from the ground up and to build local entrepreneurship ecosystems. He has conducted workshops on Making, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship in different countries for students and professionals. His current work is in creating innovation ecosystems in underserved schools through the program that he developed called Zero2Maker that has created maker labs and ecosystems in 17 schools in Malaysia and India.


Mei Yi Kok
Senior Program Manager
Innovation & Entrepreneurship Centre
Asia School of Business

Mei Yi Kok is the Senior Program Manager for the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Center at the Asia School of Business (ASB). In this role, she creates strategies, design programs and coordinates the delivery of innovation and entrepreneurship courses for graduate students, and corporate clients such as AirAsia, SEACEN and Bank Negara Malaysia on knowledge sharing and capacity building. Prior to this, Mei was the Senior Regional Youth Program Manager at the Asian Development Bank’s Youth for Asia Initiative, operationalising youth perspectives into development practises. Mei had honed her leadership skills in AIESEC where she was most recently, President for AIESEC in Australia. Mei is also experienced in speaking and facilitation at global forums and have been engaged to present in countries such as Germany, Japan, Malaysia and Fiji.