Mr Azrul Reza Aziz
CEO of Malaysia Automotive, Robotics and IoT Institute (MARii)
A passionate and versatile leader, Azrul Reza is a mechanical-automotive engineer who has built an impressive career transcending industry, from finance and banking to strategic planning and executive management. He began his journey as a consultant for Public Mutual before transitioning to corporate and investment banking roles with Bank Islam and Kuwait Finance House. Demonstrating exceptional aptitude for strategic planning, Azrul took on the challenge of transforming a family enterprise with diverse interests, ultimately being promoted to Chief Strategy Officer.
In his subsequent positions as COO of a private investment firm and GCEO of a GLC, Azrul cemented his reputation as a change-maker and business builder. He currently serves as CEO of MARii, a government agency propelling the automotive industry and its ecosystem in Malaysia—a sector contributing 4% to the nation’s GDP and employing approximately 700,000 individuals. Passionate about private equity, venture capital, family office management, and foundation/trust structures, Azrul is driven to make a lasting impact on national interests. He aspires to pursue a PhD or DBA, focusing on researching family enterprises or foundation/trust structures in Malaysia, leveraging his extensive experience to contribute meaningfully to these fields.