Former MDEC CEO Surina Shukri dies of cancer

KUALA LUMPUR: The former CEO of the Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC), Surina Shukri, has died this morning (Feb 29).

According to a statement issued by her family, Surina passed away following a long battle with cancer at Ampang Puteri Hospital in Kuala Lumpur at around 9am surrounded by her immediate family.

Surina was the CEO of MDEC from Jan 2019 up until her resignation on Aug 31, 2021.

She also served as an independent, non-executive director with Capital A (formerly AirAsia Group) and CIMB Investment Bank Bhd.

She also had the distinction of being a governing board member with Unesco's Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Education of Peace and she was a member of Accelerate Global's board of directors.

In 2020, Surina was named as one of the World's 50 Most Influential People Revolutionising Governance in the inaugural Agile 50 list – a joint initiative by Apolitical and the World Economic Forum's Global Future Council on Agile Governance.

Surina spent the majority of her professional career in the United States, specifically in New York City, working for 17 years as an investment banker, strategist and leader at JPMorgan Chase & Co.

Surina graduated from the Wharton School of Business and the University of Pennsylvania's School of Engineering and Applied Sciences with a dual degree.

Surina is survived by her husband, Jasmin Ong Rashid and three children, Ean, Arianna and Zac.

Her funeral prayers is expected to take place at Masjid At-Taqwa in Taman Tun Dr Ismail late in the afternoon.

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