Czarif Chai Abdullah
SME Corporation Malaysia
Czarif Chai Abdullah
Chai obtained Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Putra Business School, UPM Malaysia specialisation in Corporate Governance with MAICSA Graduateship (The Malaysian Institute of Chartered Secretaries & Administrators). He is also qualified with a Mechanical Engineering bachelor’s degree (Hons) from the same university, Universiti Putra Malaysia and gained operating experience while working for private companies involve in metal products manufacturing, construction, engineering projects, Air Conditioning & Mechanical Ventilation (ACMV) and building facilities maintenance.
At SME Corp since 2006, he is directly involved in diverse financial and technological support development programmes for Malaysian SMEs from various levels. He is also the winner of Chairman’s Award that leads to successful admittance to the Leading Change and Organizational Renewal Program (LCOR) at the prestigious Stanford Business School in 2013. Awarded the Best Business Counsellor and Best Business Counsellor Trainer by Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) enable Chai to be appointed as the Head Business Counsellor providing effective advisory to help nurture competitive, innovative and resilient SMEs in Malaysia.
Previously in Business Development & Entrepreneurship Division, Implementation & Monitoring Division, Corporate Management Division, Strategic Transformation Unit, and International Cooperation Secretariat, Chai oversees the strategic direction of the organisation, leading change and organisational renewal activities, business linkages between SMEs and large corporations, including MNCs in targeted sectors such as Aerospace, Oil & Gas, Medical Devices, Rail System, either directly or through selected strategic partners, Human Capital Development, Business Matching, Market Access and Internationalisation are being performed to enhanced Malaysian businesses.
Currently, as the Senior Director of Business Advisory & Support Division, Chai is responsible in the business integration activities such as Capability & Capacity Building, Technology Collaboration/Transfer and Alternative Financing and Investment Capitalisation. Operation efficiency and administration processes are some of the key deliverables performed routinely with integrity and best business ethics.