Our Innovation Provocateur, Dr Suraya, moderated such a distinguished panel of speakers on 'Navigating Innovation Ecosystems in Asia' @Asia Innovates Summit 2019, which was organised by the Royal Academy of Engineering (UK) and Malaysian Industry-Government for High Technology (MIGHT).
Prof. Ric Parker (Special Advisor on technology and technology transfer, UK), Anna French (Dep. Head, Department for International Development (DFID) India), Feng Tian (Chairman & CEO Phomera Metamaterials) and Lilyana Abdul Latiff (CEO & Co-Founder BETA Foundation) was part of the panel.
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As part of Petronas' Tactical Excellence programme for Senior Managers, Alpha Catalyst partnered up with Duke Corporate Education to host the 'New Leadership Lenses' session where startups shed a light on their journey, mindsets and stories.
In the efforts to enhance national innovation ecosystem towards wealth creation and societal well-being, the Ministry of Energy, Science, Technology, Environment and Climate Change (MESTECC) and the Academy of Sciences Malaysia (ASM) will be implementing two flagship initiatives named as Malaysian Collaborative Network Platform for Disruptive Innovation (I-CONNECT) and Malaysia Open Science Platform (MOSP).
Our very own Innovation Futurist, Mallek Aminullah, was a part of the panelist discussion session titled Exploratory Discourse: Charting the way Forward for Malaysia Open Science. Mallek spoke on Open Science towards realising Open Innovation. While the Open Science initiative promises to make data from all stages of scientific research to be findable and accessible with little to no barriers. How then can the scientific community leverage on this opportunity to bring business value to the private sector in the form of innovation initiatives that are aligned with the corporate strategy.
It was touched on how through open innovation, members of the industry and academic community can collaborate and co-create to provide exponential value at a national level. With the rapid change in technology, the competitive landscape has shifted and the need for knowledge and information sharing is sorely needed. Organisational leaders have the responsibility to create a conducive environment that encourages individuals and teams to experiment, learn and build relationships of trust.
Established in partnership with global experts, the Digital Transformation Labs (DTL) help companies identify business pain points using specific methodologies to brainstorm on new ideas, design new business models, develop new products and/or technology designs, and pilot the implementation plan. Through the DTL, a company is able to set out a digital transformation journey of their own.
To support the digital transformation journey, matching grant is provided from MDeC & MIDA to help manufacturing and manufacturing related companies transform digitally. (Up to RM1 Mil.). Alpha Catalyst has been appointed as DTL partners.
The Role of the Digital Transformation Labs:
To read more on DTL & DTAP programme, see link.
The circular economy is a US$4.5 trillion opportunity over the next two decades waiting to be tapped by companies savvy enough to understand what it is, where they fit in and how to carve their niche in it.
The Edge Malaysia managing editor, Anna Taing, in her opening speech at The Edge SME Forum 2018, defined the circular economy model as one that is relevant today because of the potential it offers to industries while at the same time being about sustainable development.
“It has been estimated by some experts that the circular economy can generate a market worth US$4.5 trillion by 2030,” she added.
Taing defined the circular economy model as one that is purposely regenerative and restorative by design. “It is aimed at keeping products, components and materials at their highest utility at all times. What does this mean? What you can’t repair, you refurbish. What you can’t refurbish, you strip down to its essentials and use the parts.”
The Edge SME Forum 2018 was themed: “The Circular Economy: An Amazing Untapped Opportunity.”
Azim, our Innovation Strategist, spoke on the urgency for small and medium enterprises (SMEs) to jump on the circular economy bandwagon.
For more details on the event, check this link.
Engaged by Nesta as an in-country partner for the Global Innovation Policy Accelerator (GIPA) project - A development programme for innovation policy leaders and managers, at the ASEAN level. GIPA is done in collaboration with Innovate UK , funded through the UK government’s Newton Fund.
Alpha Catalyst (AC) was responsible for carrying out the scoping research study, designing a focus area for Malaysia to work on, in addition to identifying and engaging suitable individuals for the programme. Subsequently, AC oversaw the project in Malaysia, facilitated interactions, where necessary and reported back to the UK team on progress made.
For more information on GIPA, see this link.
ISPIM, the International Society for Professional Innovation Management, is delighted to launch the first ISPIM Grand Prize (Asia Pacific), a competition to recognise excellence in the areas of innovation management.
All commercial enterprises, including not-for-profit entities in Asia Pacific region are invited to participate in the esteemed competition. The competition is not intended for academic institutions.
A “Strategic Analysis for International Participants” program was organised by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Malaysia under the Malaysian Technical Cooperation Programme (MTCP). It was held from 20 July 2016 to 5 August 2016 for mid-career diplomats whose tasks and functions are related to diplomacy, crisis management, security and international relations. ACC was engaged to conduct a workshop on “Strategic and Innovative Thinking”. This formed a foundation for other modules related to strategic thinking which is core to diplomats in ensuring long-term success in the economic, political, social and diplomatic arena. Participants came from 18 different countries. During the workshop, participants were involved in various activities, and were exposed to case studies that helped them examine their own strengths and weaknesses towards developing and building the versatility and dexterity needed to meet the challenges of a globalised environment. This included a segment on the InnovAsian®Mindset, which introduced them to various philosophies that are useful when developing solutions in a resource constrained environment.
"The Strategic and Innovative Thinking module taught me how to juggle work efficiently" - Syamim Nabilah Daud, Brunei Darussalam
One of the most outstanding module was on Strategic and Innovative Thinking! This will enable me to logically solve problems through clearly defining my goals and objectives and how to be innovative in overcoming challenges. Shaista Nyirenda, Malawi
The contents of the course was comprehensive, timely and interesting with discussion on current topics. The class was also lively, informative and interactive. It impressed me very much. Muhammad Mizanur Rahman, Bangladesh
Alpha Catalyst Consulting was part of the faculty running a week-long session for the Board of Directors from DRUK Holding & Investment Ltd. (DHI), the commercial arm of the Royal Government of Bhutan. The attendees comprised leaders who head various entities within Bhutan, ranging from telecommunications, energy and finance to entrepreneur development. The team from DHI was led by their Chief Executive Officer, Dasho Karma Yezer Raydi. The one-day session run by Alpha Catalyst Consulting guided participants on how to infuse elements of innovation when designing strategic and growth plans for their respective organisations.
BLENDING TOMORROW’S INNOVATION VINTAGEOrganised by ISPIM, and supported by ANI – Agência Nacional de Inovação (the National Innovation Office of Portugal), this event is for innovation researchers, industry executives, thought leaders and policy makers to:
Alpha Catalyst also conducted a workshop during the corse of the conference, titled ‘ Strategies to engage employees to innovate’. This explored strategies that organisational leaders need to put in place to catalyse innovation within the company, particularly using digital initiatives. We shared some of the strategies which have been implemented in client organisations while the participants also shared theirs. Others, who have yet to use a system, also learnt the do’s and don’t when implementing one!
All in all, the workshop was a huge success with participants raving a positive review.
In preparation for the upcoming ISPIM Conference to be held in Kuala Lumpur in December 2016, Alpha Catalyst Consulting collaborated with ISPIM to organise a pre-conference event. This event aimed to begin a conversation surrounding the theme of “Moving the Innovation Horizon”. The venue was graciously provided by Maybank Innovation Centre at their very swank set-up in Etiqa Twin Towers, Kuala Lumpur.
Participants had the privilege to listen to a couple of speakers: Amran Hassan, Head of Innovation of Maybank on Disrupting the Financial Industry; Jaffri Ibrahim, Chief Executive Officer of CREST on Disrupting with the Internet of Things; and Garrick Lim, Business Development Lead of Crowdo on Triggering
Iain Bitran, the Executive Director of ISPIM was also on hand to launch the Asia Pacific ISPIM Grand Prize, an award which recognises excellence in Innovation Management.
Conversations and questions were rife throughout the half-day session and continued over lunch. Many new connections were made and older ones strengthen. Many new partners also came on board, ready to make the ISPIM KL in December a success!
The Alpha Catalyst Consulting team was recently involved in the discussion on the Future of Cities, led by Future Agenda, the largest open foresight initiative. Future Agenda is focused on key issues facing society over the next decade and has generated insights from over 120 workshops, held in 45 locations around the world. The focus on cities emerged from a realisation that cities around the world are currently growing at a massive scale, and are home to 50% of the world’s population. Cities generate 80% of the global GDP but also consume 75% of the world’s natural resources.
If you're interested in work done by Future Agenda, you can visit them at: http://www.futureagenda.org/
American Chamber of Commerce (AMCHAM)’s Dialogue Event with Malaysian National Key Results Area (NKRA) Corruption Director
Alongside at least 30 other high-level representatives from AMCHAM member companies such as Colgate-Palmolive, Pricewaterhouse Coopers, and Western Digital, Dr. Suraya Sulaiman of Alpha Catalyst Consulting met with Puan Anis Rizana binti Mohd Zainudin (Director of Malaysian NKRA against Corruption).
Puan Anis elaborated on the government’s effort to combat corruption as well as to increase transparency and public trust relating to the country’s enforcement bodies. Although ACC has not been involved in the NKRA Against Corruption’s initial initiatives, ACC had previously participated in a project under PEMANDU’s Reducing Crime NKRA, via an effort to crowdsource a deeper understanding of the fear of crime within the Klang Valley.
Alpha Catalyst Consulting and MINDA brought in the Innovating Malaysia Conference 2014 Keynote Speaker, Professor Jean-Philippe Deschamps. Professor Deschamps talked about “Innovation Governance in Practice – How Top Management Promote, Steer and Sustain Innovation”.
The Tea Talk was attended by Chairmen, Directors and CEOs.
Professor Jean-Philippe Deschamps focuses his research, teaching and consulting activities on the management of innovative new products with an emphasis on:
• Managing products and technologies strategically
• Linking technology and product strategies
• Managing innovation and product development as a process
• Building an innovation culture
• Setting up innovation management mechanisms
• Leading and governing innovation at top management and board level, i.e. promoting, steering and sustaining innovation
Prior to joining IMD Business School Switzerland, Professor Deschamps was based in Brussels as a corporate Vice-President with Arthur D. Little, and Chairman of the firm’s technology and innovation management practice, which he created in 1981. Before that, he was Arthur D. Little’s first European practice leader for strategy and organisation. He has nearly forty years of international management consulting experience throughout Europe, North America, Asia and the Middle-East.
Professor Deschamps has also written numerous articles and books, where one of the books he co-authored “Product Juggernauts” has been listed on the best-selling list of the Harvard Business School Press.
The ISPIM (International Society for Professional Innovation Management) conference was held on 7-10 December, 2014 in Singapore.
Keynote and plenary speakers included :
Alpha Catalyst Consulting was the Innovation Partner for the IHL-MSC Startup challenge 2013/2014, organised by Multimedia Development Corporation (MDeC). The competition saw close to 100 submissions from 21 universities and polytechnics across Malaysia. There were two categories, Business Idea segment and the Business Plans segment. Aina Zahari, our Director for Innovation Processes & Analytics, was a final round judge for the Business Idea segment. This provided very good exposure for the students, as there were training workshops by sponsors and supporting organisations that provided guidance to the participants.
ACC was pleased to open up minds of about 30 interested university students via a one-day workshop prior to the competition kick-off. We want to be involved in competitions that encourage ideation and the innovation, as we are able to witness budding young entrepreneurs showcase their ideas and aspirations.
In this year’s rebranded edition of the challenge, the competition submission flow became paperless for the first time, pioneering the usage of InnovAsian® Space, ACC’s patent pending online platform for enterprise idea management (that we specially customised for MDeC, to allows participants to save and post their business ideas or plans). It also helped tremendously in the administrative and judging stages (both pre-qualification and final rounds), in particular.
Overall, we were pleased to be part of the IHL-MSC Startup Challenge experience and in furthering its objectives!
Alpha Catalyst Consulting was represented at the Malaysian Directors Academy’s (MINDA) Director’s Forum in May 2014 by Dr. Suraya Sulaiman. Dr. Suraya was joined by board members from 15 companies to discuss the theme, “The Innovation Zone: Unleashing the Mindset”, to share methods to promote innovation within their The forum also aimed to guide directors on how to assume an innovation leadership role and support their top management in stimulating, steering, and sustaining innovation.
Among the topics covered during the three-day programme which took place in Bali, Indonesia were “Overview of Innovation and the Innovation Mindset”, “Building Innovation Capabilities”, “Establishing Innovation Processes and Structures”, “Developing an Innovation Culture”, and “Open Innovation and Innovation Leadership”.
For more information on the Director’s Forum and the work of MINDA, visit http://www.minda.com.my/
Agensi Inovasi Malaysia (AIM) has embarked on the National Corporate Innovation index (NCII) initiative with the objective of helping stimulate and drive innovation amongst large companies in Malaysia.
[AIM is a statutory body under the Prime Minister’s Office chartered to create new wealth for the nation through promotion and facilitation of investment activities and initiatives by the public and private sector in relation to innovation. ]
Alpha Catalyst Consulting has been instrumental in leading Phase 1 of the project, whereby a scorecard was developed and piloted, to help public listed companies holistically self-evaluate their innovation management strategies, processes, systems, and impact. The prototype scorecard explored 8 different areas of measurement:
Leaders from most of these companies attended a breakfast roundtable held on 29 January, 2014 at Hilton K.L. to be recognised, to share their thoughts and views, and to hear about Phase 2 of the NCII.
The focus of NCII Phase 2 is to address a key gap that was uncovered from Phase 1 – namely the lack of visibility and understanding by the companies on how much investment is being channeled into innovation.
(Only about 20% of the companies knew how and where their resources are being spent on innovation.)
In Phase 2, experts from NESTA (the UK’s national foundation for innovation), Inngot (leading UK intellectual property experts) and Alpha Catalyst Consulting join forces to develop a detailed measurement tool that can be used by companies, to track investments and returns from innovation, taking into account both tangible & intangible assets.
An endeavour of this level of detail is perhaps the first to be undertaken in the world.
Brief coverage of the NCII Phase 2 launch on Astro AWANI news: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nB0-ztVKwpM
See http://innovation.my/ncii.php for a short overview on the National Corporate Innovation Index initiative, and the participating companies in NCII Phase 1.
The inability to penetrate large organizations presents a significant challenge for our local MSC companies to grow. In an effort to increase the adoption of Malaysian Made solutions MdeC (Multimedia Development Corporation) approached us to design an interaction that would somehow benefit all parties. This was the birth of the InnovAsian® Catalyst Camp (ICC). Through this initiative, qualifying MSC companies are invited to join a 2-day workshop which includes an introduction to the process of innovation and a short immersion into a large organization. They are then given 1 to 2 weeks to propose an innovative solution that would help the large organization leap frog within their market. With 4 of such sessions being run (with AirAsia, Celcom, Faber Group and MARA), it has proved to be an important milestone in creating value.
The InnovAsian® Catalyst Camp gives large organizations a chance to source for ideas beyond their walls. Such an initiative allows companies to obtain new ideas with minimal investment. Though only started in 2011, the ICC has, to date connected 57 MSC status companies with the large organizations. Out of all the ideas that have been proposed, 30 ideas have been selected by host companies, with 15 potential deals. Value created does not end with the target session as relationship built between the MSC companies and the large organizations continue to persist.
To propagate a culture of innovation within Malaysian organizations, Alpha Catalyst Consulting with the support of MDeC (Multimedia Development Corporation) organized the InnovAsian Forum. This provided a platform for leaders from innovative Malaysian-based organizations to share their experiences, from successes to missed steps. The 1-day event was attended by 100 people, including members of the corporate and public sectors, academics and entrepreneurs. Highlights of the event were sessions by Azran Osman Rani (CEO AirAsia X) and Adzhar Ibrahim (Head of people AirAsia Berhad and previous Human Resource Director DiGi Berhad).
Other speakers were no less engaging, with Eduardo, Principal from Monitor Group (Singapore) sharing the global scene in innovation followed by Nik Ahmad Faizul from MIGHT who shared the Foresight study of the Malaysian landscape. The Chairman of Technip Malaysia shared practices within the Oil & Gas industry while Saliman Zainal shared the scene within Bank Rakyat. The format of the forum was made to be very lively with moderation and crowd-interaction from Kamarul Bahrin of Astro Awani.