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The most enigmatic figure in South-East Asian politics for half a century, Anwar Ibrahim has now served just over a year as Malaysia's prime minister. Simply holding on to power in that country's friable politics is a feat, with state-elections, a strong opposition and continuous politicking. Malaysia's political parties have in recent years torn themselves apart and prime ministers have come and gone. PM Anwar is therefore concentrating on consolidating his ruling coalition. Yet the two questions that loomed over his extraordinary path to power (which included years in jail on politically motivated charges) are now even more salient. What does he stand for? And what will he do with power?

We will discuss the political environment in Malaysia and its impact on the regulatory and business environment.

Please note that this event is limited to senior-level executives and per invitation only. If you are not an existing member of Economist Intelligence Corporate Network, but would like to learn how you can attend our events, please send an email to eicn_sea@economist.com.


12:00 PM - 12:30 PM
Doors open and registration
12:30 PM - 2:00 PM
Lunch & discussion


  • Arinah Najwa Ahmad Said (Director of BowerGroup Asia)

    Arinah Najwa Ahmad Said

    Director of BowerGroup Asia

    Arinah is currently a Director at BowerGroupAsia, a US-based firm focused on strategic advisory and government relations. She previously helmed the role of Special Functions Officer to the Minister of Youth and Sports where she focused on youth and gender initiatives, most notably the UNDI18 campaign. Prior to that she was a consultant in Ernst & Young where she provided advisory and project management services across different sectors from GLCs to Forbes 500 corporations. Arinah is also an advisor for Lean In Malaysia, a non-profit women empowerment platform.

    She completed her MSc in International Development at King’s College London as a Chevening scholar and obtained her B.A (Hons) in Economics from the International Islamic University of Malaysia (IIUM).

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  • Sumana Rajarethnam (Director, South-East Asia of Economist Intelligence Corporate Network)

    Sumana Rajarethnam

    Director, South-East Asia of Economist Intelligence Corporate Network

    Sumana is a senior policy professional with 17 years of experience. Having worked at several dynamic and vibrant tech firms, Sumana designs and implements policies through advocacy, strategic communication and evidence-based analysis. With a flair for writing and communication, Sumana is able to negotiate complex engagements & cultivate senior-level internal/external relationships.

    Sumana holds a Masters in Public Policy from the University of Michigan, as well as a B.A. in Political Science and Geography from UCLA.

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9, Lorong Yap Kwan Seng, Kampung Baru, 50450 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

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