On behalf of the Organising Committee, I would like to extend my warm welcome to all participants of the Global Muslim Business Forum 2023 (GMBF 2023). The Sarawak Government is very honoured to host this Forum in partnership with KSI Strategic Institute for Asia Pacific, Islamic Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture (ICCIA), and Global One at Borneo Convention Centre Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia.

The theme for GMBF 2023 is centered on “Innovation and Transformation in Islamic Economies”. In this rapidly changing global business landscape, it is critical for us to embrace data and innovation to tap into the growing demand for halal products and services from Muslim and Non-Muslim consumers globally, which is expected to grow over USD3 trillion by 2028.

Under Sarawak’s Post COVID-19 Development Strategy (PCDS) 2030, we are leveraging on our strategic location and abundance of fresh water, arable land and renewable energy to promote high value added manufacturing activities based on data and innovation. We have developed industrial parks equipped with the necessary infrastructure to support sustainable development of high-tech industries in Kuching, halal related activities in Tanjung Manis, oil and gas industries in Bintulu, Miri and Lawas and heavy industrial clusters in Samalaju.

Sarawak also aggressively pursuing green economy to support Environment, Social and Governance (ESG) principle. We are the forefront in the production of clean and renewable energy such as hydropower, hydrogen and sustainable aviation fuel in the region. In addition, we promote low carbon economy through carbon capture, utilisation and storage (CCUS) and carbon trading.

GMBF offers participants the chance to explore innovative solutions to drive growth and transformation and seize the immense investment and trade opportunities in Sarawak.

Once again, I extend my warm welcome to all participants, near and far and wish you a fruitful forum in Sarawak, Land of Hornbill. I also invite participants to explore places of interest in Sarawak, our culture and diversity and enjoy our hospitality.

Thank you.


About Sarawak

Kuching is the capital city in the State of Sarawak in Malaysia. The Head of State is the Governor, also known as the Yang di-Pertua Negeri, while the Head of Government is the Premier. Sarawak is divided into administrative divisions and districts, governed by a system that is closely modelled on the Westminster parliamentary system and was the earliest state legislature system in Malaysia. Under the Malaysian constitution, Sarawak has greater autonomy than the States of Peninsular Malaysia. Because of its natural resources, Sarawak specialises in the export of oil and gas, timber and oil palms, but also possesses strong manufacturing, energy and tourism sectors. It is ethnically, culturally, and linguistically diverse; major ethnic groups including Iban, Malay, Chinese, Melanau, Bidayuh and Orang Ulu. English and Malay are the two official languages of the State; there is no official religion. Sarawak has a tropical geography with an equatorial climate and experiences two monsoon seasons: a northeast monsoon and a southwest monsoon. The northeast monsoon occurs between November and February, bringing heavy rainfall while the southwest monsoon, which occurs between March and October, brings somewhat less rainfall.


  • The Rt. Hon. Dato’ Seri Anwar bin Ibrahim

    Prime Minister of Malaysia

  • H.E. Prof. Dr. (H.C.) K.H. Ma’ruf Amin

    Vice President, Republic of Indonesia

  • The Rt. Hon. Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri (Dr) Abang Haji Abdul Rahman Zohari bin Tun Datuk Abang Haji Openg

    Premier of Sarawak

  • The Rt. Hon. Dato’ Sri Haji Fadillah Bin Haji Yusof

    Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Plantation and Commodities, Malaysia

  • The Hon. Datuk Amar Haji Awang Tengah Bin Ali Hasan

    Deputy Premier of Sarawak, Second Minister for Natural Resources and Urban Development, Minister for International Trade, Industry and Investment & Chairman of GMBF 2023 Organizing Committee

  • H.E. Sandiaga Uno

    Minister of Tourism and Creative Economy, Indonesia

  • H.E. Oknha Datuk Dr. Othsman Hassan

    Senior Minister for Special Mission, Cambodia

  • Tan Sri Abdul Majid Khan

    Organizing Chairman, Global Muslim Business Forum / Exco Chairman, KSI Strategic Institute for Asia Pacific

  • Datuk Seri Mohamed Iqbal Rawther

    President, International Advisory Council, Global Muslim Business Forum and Chairman, Economic Club of Kuala Lumpur (ECKL)

  • H.E. José Luis Pardo Cuerdo

    Ambassador of Spain to Malaysia

  • The Hon. Dr. Hj. Hazland Bin Abang Hj. Hipni

    Deputy Minister for Energy and Environmental Sustainability, Sarawak

  • Dr. Husna Ahmad

    Founder & CEO, Global One, UK

  • Dato’ Dr. Vaseehar Hassan Abdul Razack

    Co-Chairman, Global Muslim Business Forum / Executive Vice-Chairman, KSI Strategic Institute for Asia Pacific / Board Director, Bank Rakyat Malaysia / Former Chairman, RHB Islamic Bank, Malaysia

  • Senator Syed Yousuf Raza Gillani

    Former Prime Minister of Pakistan, Parliamentary Leader of PPP in Senate

  • Tan Sri Abdul Wahid Omar

    Chairman, Advisory Council, Economic Club of Kuala Lumpur and Former Minister (Economy), Prime Minister’s Department, Malaysia

  • Farooq Kathwari

    Chairman and CEO, Ethan Allen Interiors, USA

  • Asif Ibrahim

    Chairman, Chittagong Stock Exchange and Former Chairman, Dhaka Chamber of Commerce, Bangladesh

  • Dr. Ruth P. Briones

    Chairman/CEO, Greenergy Solutions Inc., Philippines

  • Prof. Dr. M. Din Syamsuddin

    Former Chairman, Muhammadiyah & Former Special Envoy of President of Indonesia for Interfaith and Inter Civilizational Dialogue, Indonesia

  • Datuk Mark Rozario

    Board member of Petronas Gas Berhad & Former CEO, National Innovation Agency (AIM), Malaysia

  • Joelle Yazbeck

    Regional Coordinator, ICC-ESCWA Centre of Entrepreneurship, Lebanon

  • Ebrahim Patel

    CEO, Magellan Management / Director, SiyaXoxa Technologies / Chairman, WIEF Young Leaders Network, South Africa

  • Tan Sri Datuk Amar (Dr) Haji Abdul Aziz Bin Dato Haji Husain

    Chairman, Sarawak Economic Development Corporation (SEDC), Malaysia

  • Yuki Aizawa

    Women in Tech® Global Movement, APAC Director, Country Director Malaysia Chapter

  • Hairol Ariffein Sahari

    CEO, Halal Development Corporation Malaysia

  • Taha Ayhan

    President, Islamic Cooperation Youth Forum (ICYF), Turkiye

  • Samina Akram

    Managing Partner, Samak Ethical Finance Ltd- London, UK

  • Dr. Wael Eldesouki Bedda

    Founding Director, Entrepreneurship Centre of Arab Academy for Science, Egypt

  • Dr. Eri Trinurini-Adhi

    Chairperson, Asian Solidarity Economic Council (ASEC) and Board Member, Bina Swadaya Foundation, Indonesia

  • George Bohlender

    Managing Director, Dragonfire Corporate Solutions, Malaysia

  • Ridha Saidi

    Former Tunisian Minister and the Vice- Chairman of the African Investment Company, Tunisia

  • Abdur Razzaq

    Founder member of The Federation of Islamic Associations of New Zealand & Chairperson, FIANZ Royal Commission Submission

  • Academician Emeritus Professor Tan Sri Dato’ Dr. Syed Jalaludin Syed Salim

    Former Vice Chancellor, Universiti Putra Malaysia

  • Asad Haque

    Founder & CEO @ Xypher.AI & ICT Consultants / DATE Farmer, Dubai, UAE

  • Dr. Muhammed Abdul Hakkim Al Kandi

    Managing Director, Markaz Knowledge City, India

  • Noor Amy Ismail

    Chief Operating Officer, Malaysia Venture Capital Management (MAVCAP)

  • Eng. Ashraf El Tanbouly

    CEO, Islamic Chamber Halal Services (ICHS), Egypt

  • Monem Salam

    Executive Vice President, Saturna Capital, USA, Executive Director, Saturna Sdn Bhd, Malaysia

  • Ali Javed

    Founder & CEO, Nous Network, India

  • Nurfarini Daing

    Co-founder and CEO, Youth Trust Foundation, Malaysia

  • Dr. Mohammad Naqib Hamdan

    Senior Lecturer, Academy of Islamic Civilisation, Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM)

  • Prof. Dr. Maszlee bin Malik

    Former Minister of Education, Malaysia & Chairman, International Institute of Advanced Islamic Studies (IAIS), Malaysia

  • Usman Nisar

    Chairman, PANJTAN GROUP Malaysia and Pakistan

  • Diana Sabrain

    CEO & Co-Founder, OneAgrix, Switzerland & Singapore

  • Maher-Nicolas J. Firzli

    Director-General, Head of Research, World Pensions Council, Chair, EU ASEAN Centre & Singapore Economic Forum

  • Saif Ahmad

    Chairman & Founder, McAndrew Leadership

  • Loqman Hamdan

    Chief Executive Officer, Al-Huffaz Management, Brunei Darussalam

  • Assoc. Prof. Dr. Winai Dahlan

    Founding Director, The Halal Science Center, Chulalongkorn University, Thailand

  • Moulana Muhammad Sa’eed Navlakhi

    Director & CEO, South African National Halaal Authority (SANHA)

  • Dato’ Azlin Ahmad Shaharbi

    Former President, Association of Bumiputera Women in Business and Profession, Malaysia (PENIAGAWATI) /Chairman, National Federation of Women Entrepreneur Associations Malaysia

  • Natavan Mammadova

    Secretary General, National Confederation of Entrepreneurs (Employers) Organization, Azerbaijan

  • Albert Oung

    Founder and President, World Green Organisation & Co-Chairman, ASEAN Economic Club, Hong Kong

  • Tomás Guerrero

    Director, Halal Trade & Marketing Center, UAE

  • Datuk Ts. Dr. Mohd Nor Azman Hassan

    Deputy Secretary General (Technology Development) Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation, Malaysia

  • Prof. Major (H) Dato’ Dr. Engr. Chin Yew Sin, JP

    Advisor for Asia Pacific Region, Global One Belt One Road Association, Thailand

  • Professor Andrew Davies

    Director, Edward Cadbury Centre and Professor of Public Religion at School of Philosophy, Theology & Religion, University of Birmingham

  • Professor Jugdutt (Jack) Singh)

    Chief Scientist & Chief Advisor for Digital Economy Sarawak

  • Datuk Dr. Mohd Ghazali Md. Noor

    Secretary General, World Zakat & Waqf Forum (2023-2026)

  • Desmond Douglas Jerukan

    Deputy Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Tourism, Creative Industry & Performing Arts Sarawak

  • Timothy Ong

    Chief Executive Officer, Invest Sarawak

  • Abang Arabi bin Abang Narudin

    Senior Vice President, Corporate Strategy, PETROS

  • Dr. Gluma Saban

    Division Head, Policy and Development Division, M-FICORD

  • The. Hon. Datuk Dr. Malcolm Mussen Lamoh

    Deputy Minister for International Trade, Industry and Investment Sarawak

  • Ts. Othman Abdullah

    Chief Executive Officer, Islamic Finance Silverlake Axis

  • Datu Haji Abang Halmi bin Ikhwan

    President, Sarawak Bumiputera Entrepreneurs Chamber and Chairman, Lembaga Baitulmal Sarawak

  • The Hon. Datuk Dr. Haji Abdul Rahman Bin Haji Ismail

    Deputy Minister of Food Industry, Commodity and Regional Development Sarawak (Food Industry)

  • The Hon. Dato Sri Hajah Fatimah Abdullah

    Minister for Women, Early Childhood and Community Wellbeing Development Sarawak

  • Sudarnoto Osman

    Chief Executive Officer, Sarawak Digital Economy Corporation

  • Tan Sri Michael Yeoh

    President, KSI Strategic Institute for Asia Pacific & President, World Digital Chamber

  • The Hon. Dato Gerald Rentap Jabu

    Deputy Minister for Youth, Sports and Entrepreneur Development Sarawak (Youth & Sports)

  • Dato Sri Hj. Mohd Naroden Bin Haji Majais

    Advisor, Ministry for International Trade, Industry and Investment Sarawak

  • Yusri Safri

    Senior Vice President for Contract and Procurement, Sarawak Energy

  • Joko Susilo

    Project Manager, Youth Break the Boundaries Foundation, Indonesia

  • Datu Lester Matthew

    Director of Economic Planning Unit, Sarawak

  • Zaim Mohzani

    Director of External Relations, KSI Strategic Institute for Asia Pacific



To know more about GMBF 2023 and how you could engage and contribute to dialogue with captains of industry and regional experts at the forum, email / or click the button below.


An exhibition will run concurrently with the Forum.

Forum Venue

The Borneo Convention Centre Kuching (BCCK) is the first international purpose-built convention centre in Sarawak, Malaysia. Growing alongside Sarawak’s position as a captivating culture, adventure and nature destination on the exotic island of Borneo, the BCCK debuted in 2009, as a state initiative of the Sarawak Government to grow business tourism through the hosting of business events. The centre has received local, national and regional accolades from professional standards, innovation and best practices achieved within Malaysia’s business events industry, and for having the size and capabilities to handle the requirements of different conferences in a bespoke manner.



Shuttles will be provided for delegates from selected hotels to the Borneo Convention Centre Kuching (BCCK) and vice versa at the selected time. Please refer to the shuttles schedule which will be made available soon.

Travel Information

Visitors to Sarawak are required to fill in an immigration form upon arrival. Malaysia has strict anti-drug trafficking laws and those caught smuggling illegal drugs will be sentenced to a mandatory death penalty. Every person entering the country must possess a valid Passport or internationally recognized Travel Document. Visitors may also use a Document in lieu of Passport from the Immigration Representative for entry purposes. Application for the Document in lieu of Passport can be made at any Malaysian Representative Office abroad.

Foreign nationals who require a visa to enter Malaysia must apply and obtain a visa in advance at the Malaysian Representative Office before entering the country. A visa that has been granted is not a guarantee that the holder will be allowed to enter Malaysia. The final decision lies with the Immigration Officer at the entry point.

The Malaysian Immigration Department also allows online visa application to foreign nationals from certain countries through eVISA. You can check for visa eligibility, requirements and fees by country, as well as eVISA eligibility and any other pertinent information by going to the website of the Malaysian Immigration Department at

For more travel tips in Sarawak, visit