Dato’ Sri Idris Jala
President & Chairman
From the lush greens of Sarawak to solving socio-economic blues
As a native Kelabit from the Bario highlands of Sarawak, Dato’ Sri Idris Jala made a conscious decision in his early years to excel in his academic pursuit to enable himself the means to forge a highly successful professional career. Today, he lends his extensive experience to global public and private sector in their transformational journey.
Much has been said about change – how it is inevitable, necessary and, sometimes, painful. President and CEO of PEMANDU Associates, Dato’ Sri Idris Jala, has a global reputation for embracing change as a renowned transformation guru in rescuing ailing ventures and countries. An advocate and practitioner of his Big Fast Results (BFR) Methodology – 8 Steps of Transformation©, he has dedicated his career to helping business and governments worldwide through transformational strategies that are innovative, rigorous, and relevant in today’s fast-changing world.
Formerly a Minister under the Prime Minister’s Department from 2009 to 2014, he spearheaded the participation of both the private and public sectors in co-creating a cohesive environment for Malaysia towards high-income status by the year 2020.
With a notable track record in moving markets and shaping policies, Bloomberg acknowledged him as one of the top 50 most influential policy makers in the world in 2014. This also saw PEMANDU named as one of the top 20 most innovative Government agencies in the world by NESTA in the UK.