DATO’ BADLISHAM GHAZALI was appointed as the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Multimedia Development Corporation (MDeC) in January 2006. As the CEO, Badlisham provides the leadership to drive the organisation in translating the Government’s vision of transforming the nation into a Knowledge-based Economy through the MSC Malaysia initiatives.

Apart from the vision to empower lives through ICT, Badlisham’s mission for MSC Malaysia is not limited to just encouraging the growth of ICT companies but also to position Malaysia as a global ICT player. Since taking the helm of MDeC, Badlisham led the organisation into a branding exercise which sees the change of the brand name from Multimedia Super Corridor to MSC Malaysia. Removing the perception that the national ICT initiative was owned by the company, Badlisham positions MSC Malaysia as the country’s pride with strong value propositions attractive to investors, and instilling pride and sense of belonging amongst the rakyat.

He aligned all MSC Malaysia programmes to three thrust areas - Foreign Direct Investment, Direct Domestic and Social Economic Development to ensure overall growth and development for the country. Badlisham believes in a bright future through ICT and is keen on promoting ICT among children and students, encouraging them to take up ICT as a career of choice. He is also a member of the Ministry of Education’s Cluster School Advisory Board and the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation’s National Science Centre Advisory Board.

For his vast experience and knowledge in the ICT industry, Badlisham was also appointed as an Adjunct Professor with the Multimedia Faculty of Limkokwing University of Creative Technology since February 2008. Prior to his appointment in MDeC, Badlisham was with the new Hewlett-Packard in Malaysia for 18 years where he was the Director and Country General Manager of HP Technology Solutions Group (TSG) – managing the overall business and profitability of the company’s two business groups; HP Services and Enterprise Products. Badlisham holds a B.Sc degree majoring in Computer Science from the University of Northern Illinois, USA and a Diploma in Computer Science from Mara Institute of Technology, Malaysia. An avid golfer with interest in bowling and badminton, Badlisham is married to Datin Rogayah Ibrahim and they have two daughters.