• 16:35 – 17:15

Panel Discussion: Empowering the Next Generation of Semiconductor Talent in SEA

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Noorazidi Che Azib

Deputy Vice President

Inari Amertron Berhad

Noorazidi is currently attached to Inari Technology Sdn. Bhd. (a wholly owned subsidiary of Inari Amertron Berhad) as Deputy Vice President for OTSP (Operation Technology and Strategic Programs) and EHS (Environment, Health and Safety). Possessing a Mechanical Engineering degree from University Of Nevada, Reno, USA, Azidi started his career in the semiconductor related high-volume manufacturing, process engineering, automation system design, Industry 4.0 and environment sectors for the past 30 years with experience working with multinational companies like AMD, Hewlett Packard, Agilent and Avago. Beside transforming Inari into digitalization and cyber-physical-system adoption, Azidi has strong relationship with local academia (secondary and tertiary levels) for the work on developing new industrial-ready talents in the preparedness, exposure and pre-experience prior to joining the industry. Established strong collaborations with government agencies such as MPC, MIMOS, MIDA and MITI for the internal adoptions of advanced technology development and supporting local SME productivity and business developments.

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Inari Amertron Berhad is an investment holding company with wholly-owned subsidiaries involved in the Outsourced Semiconductor Assembly and Test (OSAT) & electronics manufacturing (EMS) industries. Products manufactured involved the RF filters module in mobile communications, optoelectronic products segment, sensors and indicators in automotive segment and others. Manufacturing capability includes prost wafer processing operations, surface mount technology, package assembly and full RF and electrical test capabilities.

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Dato Seri Lee Kah Choon



Dato’ Seri Lee Kah Choon is currently the Independent Non-executive Chairman of Aemulus Holdings Berhad, a company listed on Bursa Malaysia, which engages in the design & assembly of automated test equipments in the electronic industry.

He is the Chairman of Federal Oats Mills, South East Asia’s largest oats manufacturer producing quality oats & oats based products for the Asian, Middle East and African markets.

Dato Seri Lee also sits on the boards of Nationgate Holdings Berhad & L&P Global Berhad (both listed on Bursa Malaysia) as their Senior Independent Director.

Additionally, Dato Seri Lee is a member of the Investment Committee of Areca Capital, a licensed fund manager for individuals, corporations and institutions.

Industries covered by these companies include: electronic testing equipments manufacturing; electronic manufacturing services; box & crate packaging; food production; wealth management.

Dato Seri Lee had served as board member of various federal & state government linked companies & corporations; Parliamentary Secretary; Member of Parliament & Municipal Councillor.

He was a practicing lawyer with his own private legal practice from 1987 to 2004, after being called to the Bar of Malaya in 1987 and Bar of England & Wales in 1986.

Dato’ Seri Lee holds a LLB from the Southampton University, UK and a MA from the City University, London.

Dato Seri Lee is a Barrister at Law (Middle Temple) & a Certified Financial Planner.

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ET Tan



Currently CEO of PSDC, Mr Tan has over 30 years’ experience in R&D and product development at Hewlett-Packard in the UK, HP Labs and Seagate Technology in Silicon Valley. He has mentored tech and social enterprise startups and led his own optics startup Singapore. He returned to Malaysia in 2014 through TalentCorp to lead a top business school in Selangor and later joined SilTerra as VP Strategic Management to nurture Malaysia’s own semicon fab into life-sciences, photonics and advanced sensors. He holds a BSc(Hons) from Imperial College London, and MBA from Cranfield School of Management, UK. His passion is to leverage his Silicon Valley experience to help build stronger businesses in Malaysia.

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PSDC (Penang Skills Development Centre) was established in 1989 and is the first tripartite, industry-led skills training and education centre in Malaysia. Over a period of 33 years, the Centre has trained over 250,000 participants through more than 13,000 courses; pioneered local industry development initiatives; assisted in the input and formulation of national policies pertaining to human capital development and contributed directly to the Malaysian workforce transformation initiatives. Today, PSDC is recognised as a premier TVET training centre by government and industry alike, locally and abroad, in its role in talent development, skills training and nurturing innovation.

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Thomas Mathew

Group Chief Executive Officer


Thomas brings with him more than 30 years of experience in corporate management, business strategy, and risk management. Reflecting on his 2.5 years to date with TalentCorp, he firmly believes that individuals with corporate experience should actively serve in the public sector. He appreciates the unique perspective such individuals can bring and recognizes the importance of bridging the gap between the private and public sectors.

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Talent Corporation Malaysia Berhad (TalentCorp) is a Ministry of Human Resources agency that drives Malaysia’s talent strategy towards becoming a dynamic talent hub. To support the growth and well-being of all Malaysians, we partner with the public and private sectors on initiatives that attract, nurture, and retain the right expertise needed to meet current and future talent demands.

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Prof. Ir. Dr. Rizalafande Che Ismail

Deputy Vice Chancellor, Research & Innovation

Universiti Malaysia Perlis (UniMAP)

Prof. Ir. Dr. Rizalafande Che Ismail is currently a Professor at Faculty of Electronic Engineering Technology, Universiti Malaysia Perlis. His research interests include VLSI Circuit and System, Computer Arithmetic Algorithms, Low Power and High Speed System, FPGA Design, Digital Signal Processing, Image & Video Processing.

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Universiti Malaysia Perlis (UniMAP) is one of the public university in which focuses in engineering and technology programmes in various fields. The niche area of university is on Electronics Engineering in which related to Semiconductors Technology. The lab facilities are well equipped with industrial standards approach including teaching cleanroom for semiconductor fabrication process. In addition, there are also several industrial labs sponsored by the MNCs and local partners available in the university. The highly percentage of graduate employability in which about 98% after 6 months graduation, shown that the UniMAP vision and mission is in line and relevant with industrial needs.

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