Dato’ Sri Idris Jala
CEO, PEMANDU and world-class business advisor
YB Senator Dato’ Sri Idris Jala was appointed Minister in the Prime Minister’s Office and Chief Executive Officer of the Performance Management and Delivery Unit (PEMANDU) in September 2009. He has been instrumental in enlisting the participation of private and public sectors, non-government organisations and civil society, in co-creating an environment that sets the roadmap for Malaysia to achieve developed nation and high-income status by the year 2020.
In 2014, PEMANDU was named one of the world’s Top 20 innovation teams in government by Bloomberg Philanthropies, an organisation that encompasses all of Michael R Bloomberg’s charitable activities, and Nesta, UK’s innovation foundation. The same year, Idris was named in Bloomberg Markets’ ‘50 Most Influential list’ under the policy makers category.
As PEMANDU’s work gained international recognition, BFR (Big Fast Results) Institute was created to assist other countries in replicating its methodology. Idris now advises countries such as Tanzania, South Africa and the state of Maharashtra in India in transforming their governments and improving the implementation mechanism for better delivery of results for both the country and people.
Idris Jala is perhaps more known as a former Managing Director and CEO of Malaysia Airlines, a role he assumed in 2005 in the aftermath of the company’s biggest financial loss in its corporate history. He led MAS’ Business Turnaround Plan (BTP 1) and succeeded in turning the company around in less than two years, with the airline achieving a record profit of USD260 million in 2007. Prior to that, Idris had spent 23 years at Shell, where he held several senior management positions locally and abroad. He holds a Bachelor’s degree from Universiti Sains Malaysia and a Master’s degree from Warwick University, United Kingdom.
Idris Jala currently sits as a member of the panel of advisory experts for the World Bank’s Competitive Industries Practice Division. He was previously on the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on New Growth Models.