His Excellency Dato' Saifuddin Abdullah
Minister of Communications and Multimedia at Malaysia

Profile

Dato’ Saifuddin Abdullah is the current Minister of Communications and Multimedia Malaysia and member of Parliament for Indera Mahkota constituency. Previously, he served as the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Deputy Minister of Higher Education. 

Saifuddin is a progressive politician who advocates New Politics, youth empowerment and social entrepreneurship, also actively promoting debate and basketball. He is also the founder of the Women National Basketball League and Co-Founder of the Malaysian Universities' Royal Debate. 

Saifuddin has also served as the President of the Malaysian Youth Council, a Member of the United Nations Secretary General’s High-Level Panel on Youth Employment, a Consultant of the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), and Joint-Secretary of Bosnia Action Front. He was also a passionate student activist. 

During his tenure as Minister of Foreign Affairs, he authored the Foreign Policy Framework of the New Malaysia in 2018, which served as Malaysia’s key foreign policy priorities. He has published eight books, the latest of which being New Politics 2.0: Multiracial and Moderate Malaysian Democracy (2017). He has also contributed as a columnist in various publications. 

Born in 1961, Saifuddin studied at The Malay College Kuala Kangsar and received a BA (Hons) from Universiti Malaya. He is married to Norlin Shamsul Bahri and they have a daughter, Nur Madihah. 

Agenda Sessions

  • Technology to Overcome Barriers

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