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Amiruddin Azahar

Senior Vice President - Investment

Amir has more than 20 years of experience in management, operations, sales and marketing in the IT industry in Malaysia and around the Asian region.  His area of specialization is in networking, data communications and telecommunications.

Currently he is Senior Vice President of Investment at Malaysia Venture Capital Berhad, the nation’s largest venture capital (VC) firm. Amir leads an Investment team that focuses on investments in the information, communications and technology sector (ICT). He sits on the board of 14 companies, both Private and Public Listed, local and multinational.  

Until recently, Amir was running his own business providing preventive maintenance for gas pipeline. Prior to that, Amir was the Managing Director for ASEAN, Middle East and India at Haliplex Communication Systems. Formed in 1999 in Melbourne, Haliplex Communication Systems is a leading manufacturer of next generation edge access and multiplexing solutions for service provider, private fiber and fixed wireless networks. At Haliplex, Amir was responsible for the overall Sales, Marketing and Business Operation Management for the territories under his jurisdiction. 

In 2000, Amir joined Top Layer Networks, a Massachusetts-based company specializing in Network Security as their Managing Director for  South Asia. At Top Layer Networks, Amir was responsible for managing sales and marketing operations for the entire South Asia region, while overseeing the Malaysian operations.

In 1999, Amir was the Regional Manager of Marconi Communications (formerly known as Fore Systems) where he was responsible for the company’s high-end networking products and solutions and successfully led in the company’s marketing and channels strategy for Malaysia and Indonesia.

He has also held positions as the South Asia Business Development Manager for Aspect Telecommunications, a San Jose-based company, specializing in Call Centre solutions, where he was responsible for developing the OEM channel business. Before that, he was working in  Voicetek Corporation, a Massachusetts-based Interactive Voice Response company.

Amir started his career as a Computer Science lecturer at Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, Skudai in 1988 and then joined Petronas, where he was responsible for the planning and design of Petronet Petronas fully-fault tolerant Wide Area Network. Amir then joined Chipcom, a Massachusetts-based Data Communication Company and became its Country Manager for Malaysia and Indonesia. When San Jose-based 3Com Inc. acquired Chipcom, he took on a regional role as 3Com Asia’s Business Development Manager for South Asia. 

Amir holds a Master of Science qualification from the Central Michigan University, U.S.A. and a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Wisconsin, U.S.A. both in Computer Science.

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