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Presidential Summit on Entrepreneurship starts Monday, April 26

President Obama, together with the Department of State and the Department of Commerce, will host the Presidential Summit on Entrepreneurship at the Ronald Reagan Building in Washington, D.C., on April 26 and 27.  Participants from over 40 countries on 5 continents have been invited to participate.  The Summit will highlight the role entrepreneurship can play in addressing common challenges while building partnerships that will lead to greater opportunity abroad and at home.

Watch the Opening Speech by President Obama

Watch the Closing Speech by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton

Join us for webcasts and webchats from Washington starting April 2

CO.NX Web programs bring you the Presidential Summit on Entrepreneurship live, featuring webcasts of the presentations as well as webchats with summit delegates and panelists.

  • A New Beginning: The Presidential Summit on Entrepreneurship, Day 1 Guest name: President Obama, Panelists and Delegates at the Presidential Summit on EntrepreneurshipDate & Time: April 26 at 10 a.m. EDT (14:00 GMT) (10:00 p.m. Kuala Lumpur time) 
  • A New Beginning: The Presidential Summit on Entrepreneurship, Day 2 Guest Name: Secretary Hillary Rodham Clinton, Panelists and Delegates at the Presidential Summit on Entrepreneurship Date & Time: April 27 at 7:30 a.m. EDT (11:30 GMT) (7:30 p.m. Kuala Lumpur time)

To participate in these online events, please visit https://statedept.connectsolutions.com/esummit. No registration is needed. Simply choose "Enter as a Guest," type in your preferred screen name, and join the discussion. We accept your questions and comments before and at any time during the program.

Transcripts of the webchats will be available on America.gov’s webchat page.

Delegates from Malaysia

Dato’ Mohd Nadzmi

Dato’ Mohd Nadzmi started his working career as a lecturer before embarking on a corporate journey with Petronas, Edaran Otomobil Nasional Berhad and Proton Holdings Berhad (the national car manufacturer), eventually rising to the position of Managing Director in 1993. A great believer in the Japanese management concept of KAIZEN (continuous improvement), Dato’ Mohd Nadzmi obtained his Master of Arts in Economics & Statistics from the Miami University and Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Bachelor of Science in Chemistry and Mathematics from Ohio University in 1978. He made the successful transition from a Corporate Manager to being an entrepreneur in 1996 when he took over the ownership and management of Mara Holdings, a government-linked company. Despite the Asian financial crisis, he successfully turned around the loss-making group (now known as Nadicorp Holdings Sdn Bhd) within one and a half years, establishing his own innovative management style and revamping the corporate culture. Today, Nadicorp is one of Malaysia’s largest private conglomerate with interests in public bus transportation industry, manufacturing, defense services, agriculture and other services. On 1 January 2009, he returned to helm Proton Holdings Berhad as Chairman. Over the course of his career, he has been awarded numerous professional honours and awards including ‘Entrepreneur of the Year 2009” by Asia Pacific Entrepreneurship Awards, “2004 Master Entrepreneur of the Year” by Ernst & Young and “Achiever of the Year 2003” by the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport in Malaysia. In 1994, Dato’ Mohd Nadzmi was elected into the prestigious and excusive membership of “Global Leaders for Tomorrow” by the World Economic Forum (WEF) at Davos, Switzerland.

Dhakshinamoorthy “Dash” Balakrishnan

Mr. Dash is the CEO and Director of Warisan Global Sdn.Bhd.  A passionate evangelist about entrepreneurship, he founded Warisan Global 10 years ago to encourage the entrepreneurial spirit.  The company’s business helps clients with thought, design and delivery on community and corporate social responsibility projects that create a positive and sustainable impact.  Mr. Dash is strong supporter of developing Malaysian entrepreneurship to a level of global competitiveness.  Warisan Global is Country Host for the Global Entrepreneurship Week.  More than 80 countries around the world participate in various events to engage the entrepreneur community.   The GEW Campaign in Malaysia catalyzed clusters of entrepreneurs and social entrepreneurs throughout the country - which included rural communities , schools and even the underprivileged.  Under Mr. Dash’s leadership, Warisan Global received Honorary Mention during the recent Prime Minister's CSR awards in Kuala Lumpur for their work in Culture and Heritage.

K. Kabilan

Mr. K. Kabilan is the editor of FreeMalaysiaToday, the latest online news publication that aims to provide balanced news and issues to their readers.  Prior to this he was the Chief Editor of Malaysiakini.com, Malaysia’s first and most prominent online publication.  He was part of the start-up team for Malaysiakini in 1999.  Mr. Kabilan has 17 years experience as a journalist, the last 11 being in online media.  He began his journalism career at the New Straits Times, the oldest English language newspaper in Malaysia.  In his role of editor, he has been responsible for the day-to-day running of two vibrant online news portals, with the aim of molding the mindset of the Malaysian people into accepting online media as not just a quick but also credible source of news.  Mr. Kabilan says, “I firmly believe in the role of online media as the most potent source for the dissemination of news as well as in the participation of citizens in journalism.”

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