Kamarul Nizam Kassim

Principal, AXIATA Digital Innovation Fund

Kamarul Nizam Kassim

Principal, AXIATA Digital Innovation Fund

Biography

I am a Principal at Intres Capital Partners, a subsidiary of MAVCAP and Manager for AXIATA DIGITAL INNOVATION FUND (“ADIF”), a VC fund focused on digital and internet opportunities in Malaysia expanding regionally. ADIF is backed by MAVCAP, the largest government-backed VC in Malaysia and the Axiata Group, a regional telecommunications group with over 240 million subscribers spread across Malaysia, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Cambodia, India and Singapore. Before joining MAVCAP, I worked at another government unit as the Head of Business Growth Fund unit which provided equity-linked grants to local companies which have successfully commercialized their products. I was in charge of setting up the team and streamlining the operations as well as sourcing and managing deals for the fund. Prior to that, I was also involved in setting up another fund that focused on life sciences investments in Malaysia and overseas in partnership with Burrill & Co., a San Francisco financial firm specializing in life sciences investing. During my initial working years in Malaysia and Ireland, I have also had job exposures in private equity, oil and gas, equity research and audit. I graduated from Liverpool John Moores University with a BA in Accounting and Finance (First Class Honours) and I am also a Chartered Certified Accountant with the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), United Kingdom.