Azim is a leading expert on innovation in Asia, specialising in innovation strategy, open innovation and innovation analytics. He has consulted major corporations, government and government agencies in developing and executing their innovation strategy. He is a respected innovation thought leader and has spoken in Europe, Middle East, Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia and Australia.
He was the lead consultant in the development of a Corporate Innovation Index, measuring innovation performance in companies, which has currently been rolled out to almost 1000 organisations. The project also involved developing measures for calculating intangible investments and returns for innovation. He has worked closely with many Asian giants to guide them in achieving their innovation and transformation goals, and over the past couple of years, has also been championing Open Innovation and Crowdsourcing at a national level.
Azim has a long experience in building the capability and capacity of organisations to innovate and transform, working with the management, right up to board members. He has written extensively on the role of the board in driving innovation, impact of digitalization and the rise of innovation in Asia, and more recently has been certified as an ExO Consultant by OpenExO, to help companies create Exponential Growth through using the Exponential Organisation Methodology.
A techie at heart, Azim is the driving force in actualising Asia’s first digital innovation management software for enterprise. Combining predictive analytics, machine learning, gamification and behavioural economics, the software has the cognitive capability to accelerate and embed innovation in organisations.
Azim has worked with a portfolio of prominent public and private sector clients in Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia and the Middle East like the National University of Singapore (NUS), Technip, F&N, Petronas (Malaysia’s National Oil Company), Sime Darby (a major Malaysia-based diversified multinational), DiGi (a key Malaysian Telco owned by the Telenor Group), and Malaysia’s National Innovation Agency (AIM).