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Dato’ Sri Idris Jala

Dato’ Sri Idris Jala

Former CEO of Malaysia Airlines & Transformation Guru

Dato’ Sri Idris Jala is the President and CEO of PEMANDU Associates, a private firm specialising in delivering transformation to clients.  PEMANDU has also been named by NESTA, UK and Bloomberg Philanthropies as one of the Top 20 Most innovative Government Agencies in the World.

Idris Jala was also the Managing Director of the BFR Institute, a unit in Malaysia’s Prime Minister’s Department, tasked with spearheading Malaysia’s transition towards high income status by 2020. For six years, he also served as the Minister in the Prime Minister's Department, Malaysia. 

Under Idris Jala’s stewardship of Malaysia’s National Transformation Programme (NTP), the NTP was awarded the 2015 and 2016 Best Public Sector Reforms Programme at the Global Good Governance (3G) Awards by Cambridge IF Analytica.  

He has continuously delivered sustainable socio-economic reforms.  In 2014, Bloomberg placed Idris Jala among the top 10 most influential policy makers in the world.

He is a renowned transformation guru, adept at turning around companies’ performance through his big fast results methodology and transformational strategies which are innovative, rigorous and relevant.  Prior to his stint as a minister, Idris Jala was Managing Director/CEO at Malaysia Airlines (MAS) for three years.  He was brought on board to turn around the airline that was in crisis due to a prolonged bout of losses from operational inefficiencies.

Before MAS, he spent 23 years at Shell, rising up the ranks to hold senior positions including being the Vice President, Shell Retail International and Vice President Business Development Consultancy, based in UK. This included successful business turnarounds in Malaysia and Sri Lanka.

Idris Jala is an Expert Resource Speaker at the Harvard Health Leaders’ Ministerial Forum and a Visiting Fellow of Practice at the Oxford Blavatnik School of Government.  He also served on the advisory panel for the World Economic Forum (WEF) on New Economic Growth and on the advisory panel of the World Bank.

Today, Idris Jala travels around the world assisting governments deliver their very own transformation journeys.

• Management

• 23 years’ experience in Shell.  Former Vice President, Shell Retail International and Vice President Business Development Consultancy, based in UK

• Bloomberg’s Top 10 Most Influential Policy Makers in the World (2014)

• Advisory panel for the World Economic Forum & World Bank

• Conferred the ‘First Order’ medal by the Italian Government