“Six months into a new decade, 2020 has already been earmarked as ‘the worst’ year in the 21st century.  The novel coronavirus has given rise to a global pandemic that has destabilized most institutional settings. While we live in times when humankind possesses the most advanced science and technology, a virus invisible to the naked eye has massively disrupted economies, healthcare, and education systems worldwide. This should serve as a reminder that as we keep making progress in science and research, humanity will continue to face challenges in the future, and it is upon us to prioritize those issues that are most relevant in the 21st century.”


2020 was the year of Covid-19. 

Many of us have either lost our jobs, substantially reduced household income, closed our businesses or running a business that was badly affected by the pandemic.


Join the first of our webinar series, entitled “Starting my entrepreneurship journey, is this the right time or my only choice given the circumstances?” on the 22nd December at 8pm (Singapore time). 


Listen to 3 exciting panelists, talking from 3 different markets in Southeast Asia, namely; Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia. Get involved with the conversation, as they shed some light on the impact the pandemic has had on the local SMEs in their respective markets. They will also try to answer the million dollar question, what do you need to survive this new normal as an entrepreneur? Perhaps listen to some examples of entrepreneurs who have had to dig deep and to reinvent himself to stay relevant.

Moderator :

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Aliza Kim

from, Kuala Lumpur

  • Islamic & Social Impact Influencer, Speaker 

  • Co-founder & COO  of Code Ar.my : Value-Based Branding, Constituent Relationship Management, Corporate Vision Framework & Culture Development, Product Innovation, Lean Startup Training, Branding, Scripturally-Based Business Research

  • Co-founder & COO of Andalus Ventures : Shariah compliant start-up building from ideation to exit, Values-Based Branding, Maqasid Al-Shariah Businesses Principles, Digital Communication Strategy

Panelist :


Faeez Fadlillah

from, Kuala Lumpur

  • Faeez Fadhlillah is a successful entrepreneur, chief executive officer, board member as well as mentor. His passion lies in corporate strategy, investment, and digital transformation.

  • Founded Tripfez & Salam Standard, an innovative, state of the art travel portal dedicated to the rise of global Muslim travellers which was sold for an undisclosed amount, creating the largest Muslim focused Online Travel Agency (OTA) in the world

  • Faeez was named 30 under 30 by Forbes magazine in 2016, 40 Under 40 by Prestige, Top 10 Young Entrepreneur Rising by Top 10, People To Watch 2016 by TTG as well as the Most Innovative Young Leaders Award 2016 by UCSI

  • Heading the brand of Tripfez and Salam Standard, Faeez advocates the concept of localizing the travel experience through information enabling travellers to make an informed decision. He has been featured in major publication including BBC, CNBC, Forbes, TTG, etc.

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Guzelya Marisova

from, Jakarta

  • Guzelya is a French-Uyghur and a startup enthusiast. For the past 3 years she’s been based in the ASEAN region as a part of industry curation initiatives for startup ecosystems in Malaysia and Indonesia. Through this she found her passion in Islamic Digital Economy as a perfect bridge between digitalization and impact driven business models.

  • Currently based in Jakarta, Indonesia as a business strategy consultant, as well as a founder and CEO of Omaq - a social enterprise creating an ethical and sustainable baby wear with designs celebrating the heritage of marginalized Muslim communities around the world. Omaq’s first collection is dedicated for Uyghur people and will be launching early 2021 InshAllah.


Ustaz Mizi Wahid

from, Singapore

  • Mizi Wahid has 15 years of business experience, with ventures and partnerships that have served clients regionally within the ASEAN market. 

  • He has coached more than 20 small businesses, by empowering them in the areas of brand positioning, strategic focus, and marketing. 

  • He has written two best-selling books, The Art of Letting God and Call Upon Him. He is also a co-host of a popular podcast channel called The Good Life Podcast that has hit the top 5 charts in Singapore and Malaysia.

  • He is now part of the Ra’e Ventures team, as an advisor and program coach.