International Digital Economy Conference Sarawak

International Digital Economy Conference Sarawak (IDECS) is an annual conference which is hosted by the Sarawak State Government in collaboration with Sarawak Multimedia Authority. IDECS 2020 marks the 4th instalment of the digital economy conference in Sarawak with the theme “Data & Innovation Accelerating Social & Economic Prosperity”. The conference will be held on 7 – 8 October 2020 at Borneo Convention Centre Kuching (BCCK), Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia.

In light of the global pandemic COVID-19, IDECS 2020 will be hybrid where day 1(7th October 2020) is a live event at BCCK with only 500 participants attending and other will be via Webinar. For Day 2 (8th October 2020), all track will be via Webinar.

IDECS 2020 will once again under the patronage of the Right Honorable Chief Minister of Sarawak, Datuk Patinggi (Dr) Abang Haji Abdul Rahman Zohari bin Tun Datuk Abang Haji Openg, and will see Deputy State Secretary (Performance and Service Delivery Transformation) as the Conference Chairperson.

Driven by the need for Sarawak to have thriving society by 2030, this year’s theme anchored on three pillars namely economic prosperity, inclusive society and environmental sustainability. IDECS 2020 will serves as a platform for opportunities to explore and exchange ideas as well as to discuss issues related to the development, implementation, use and management of emerging technologies, and the move towards a ‘GIG’ economy.

Inma Martinez
Randi Zuckerberg
Prof. Stephane Garelli
Prof. Suk Young Kim
Prof. Karim R. Lakhani

#IDECS 20 Speakers

World authority on competitiveness, Founder of IMD World Competitiveness Centre, Bestselling author

Former Head of Marketing at Facebook, Founder & CEO of Zuckerberg Media

One of the world’s leading digital media strategists, A.I Data Scientist

Infectious Disease Epidemiologist and Public Health Expert

K-POP Industry Expert

CEO, WAU Animation Studios

Charles E. Wilson Professor of Business Administration, Harvard Business School

Leading expert on e-commerce in China

CEO of Nano Malaysia Berhad

Professor, Consultant and Trainer, TEDx Speaker


Tan Sri Datuk Amar Haji Mohamad Morshidi bin Abdul Ghani

Tan Sri Abdul Wahid Omar

Dr Anderson Tiong Ing Heng

Dato' Mohd Ali Hanafiah Mohd Yunus

Michael Graham

Programme Day 1 Wednesday 7th October 2020


Arrival of VIPs


• Arrival of The Right Honourable Chief Minister of Sarawak, Datuk Patinggi (Dr) Abang Abdul Rahman Zohari bin Tun Datuk Abang Haji Openg

• National and Sarawak Anthem

• Welcoming Performance

• Prayer Recital


Official Opening Address by The Right Honourable Chief Minister of Sarawak, Datuk Patinggi (Dr) Abang Abdul Rahman Zohari bin Tun Datuk Abang Haji Openg


• Launch of IDECS 2020

• MoU Exchange

• Digital Economy Montage

• IDECS Zoom In

• Tea Break


Keynote 1: The Changing Global Economic Landscape & Sarawak Transformation in the Post COVID-19 Environment by Stephane Garelli

(Moderator: Anita Woo)

In-Conversation with Stephane Garelli (Q & A)


Keynote 2: A.I in the Gig Economy by Randi Zuckerberg


• Lunch Break

• Corporate Videos

• GETS 4.0 Montage


Track 1 - Significance of Data in Health Pandemic by

Infectious Disease Epidemiologist and Public Health Expert, David Heymann

(Moderator: Anita Woo)


Epilogue Session: Panel Discussion on Sarawak Digital Economic Strategy 2030

Panelist: Tan Sri Datuk Amar Haji Mohamad Morshidi bin Abdul Ghani, Tan Sri Abdul Wahid Omar, Dato’ Mohd Ali Hanafiah Mohd Yunus, Dr Anderson Tiong & Michael Graham

(Moderator: Prof Jack Singh)


Closing Remarks by The Right Honourable Chief Minister of Sarawak, Datuk Patinggi (Dr) Abang Abdul Rahman Zohari bin Tun Datuk Abang Haji Openg


Tea Break


Day 1 Ends

  Day 2 Thursday 8th October 2020


Track 2 - Data Centre & Innovation by Inma Martinez - A.I Data Scientist

Facilitator: Dr. Zaidi Bin Razak - General Manager, Sarawak Multimedia Authority (SMA)


Parallel Track 3 - Competing in The Age of A.I

by Karim R. Lakhani - Technology Management & Innovation Expert Harvard Business School

Facilitator: Sudarnoto Osman - CEO, Sarawak Digital Economy Corporation

Parallel Track 4 - Human Development in Multimedia by Muhammad Usamah Zaid Yasin - CEO, WAU Animation Studios.

Facilitator: Sharzede Datu Hj Salleh Askor - CEO of Sarawak Tourism Board


Parallel Track 5 - Competitive Advantage of KPOP through Digital Media by Prof. Suk- Young Kim (UCLA School of Theater, Film & Television)

Facilitator: Dr. Asleena Binti Dato Haji Helmi - CEO of Sarawak Centre of Performance Excellence


Parallel Track 6 - Impact of COVID-19 on Online Retail by

Porter Erisman (Leading expert on e-commerce in China)

Facilitator: Hazwan Bin Razak - Head of Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Sarawak Digital Economy Corporation


Parallel Track 7 - Nanotechnology in Commercial Agriculture by Dr Rezal Khairi Bin Ahmad

Facilitator: Edwin Abit - Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Modernisation of Agriculture, Native Land and Regional Development


Parallel Track 8 - Reimagining Energy by Prof. Dr. Gordana Kierans

Facilitator: Dr Muhammad Abdullah Zaidel - Director, Economic Planning Unit Sarawak


Tea Break


IDECS 2020 Wrap Up




Contact Us

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