Ashran Dato’ Ghazi assumed the position of CEO of MaGIC in 2016. Prior to that, he led many organizations. He also served as Deputy Chairman of the Global Innovation & Entrepreneurship Foundation, Advisory Board Member to Malaysian SME Development Academy (MASMED), and is a Board Member for SME Corp. Ashran Dato’ Ghazi holds a bachelor of business administration from University of Michigan, and started his career in the oil and gas sector with PETRONAS MITCO. In 2011, he co-founded Joota, a social content networking site that secured private investments of USD2.1 million. His recent initiatives include creating ComicXcel, an accelerator for the creative sector via comics, and a new ASEAN regional award for start-ups.