While the Malaysia project was challenging, Larvin credits the Tanfeedh transformation programme to diversify Oman’s economy as one that truly tested his capabilities as a project lead. Drawing on his prior experience in the region, he was responsible for the design and implementation of the programme. In order to develop a more diverse economy, Larvin and team worked with the Omani government to unlock the potential of the non-oil sector, focusing on eight crucial sectors – manufacturing, logistics, financial services, human capital development, tourism, fisheries, mining and energy. The Tanfeedh programme, and the involvement of the PEMANDU Associates team, has been recognised as a catalyst for development, where in 2019, it was lauded by the International Monetary Fund for its role in enabling economic diversification and job creation.
Prior to joining PEMANDU Associates, Larvin worked in the oil and gas sector, specialising in both downstream and upstream business as well as implementing innovation-based projects.
Larvin holds a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from University Science Malaysia.
Areas of Expertise
Implementation, change management and governance:
- Led the Tanfeedh programme in Oman – leading a team to implement and oversee the county’s economic diversification plan
- Ensured delivery by successfully inculcated a problem-solving mindset in the Delivery Unit – this was done by streamlining the escalation process and conducting weekly problem-solving meetings
- His leadership resulted in an average achievement of 71% of all projects and initiatives in 2017
- Lead consultant on the National Transformation Programme (NTP) in Malaysia – facilitating the delivery of all initiatives in the Government Transformation Programme (GTP) and Economic Transformation Programme (ETP) and implementing and managing a structured performance management system for all 30 Ministries
- Led the way forward for Oman’s economic diversification through leading the strategy development and implementation planning for the Sultanate’s non-oil sectors. Six sectors were focused on: manufacturing, logistics, finance, labour, tourism and fisheries
- Headed five major labs under the NTP that discussed solutions on issues such as subsidy rationalisation, public service delivery and government transformation
- Led the Oman Energy Lab seeking to reduce reliance on gas as a source of energy and holistically govern the energy sector. Under his leadership, the team identified 10 projects in natural gas management and electricity, with the aim to achieve 11% energy diversification by 2023
- Responsible for the delivery of an operational excellence framework and key performance indicators to help Petronas achieve the set targets and oil production delivery