SINCE helming the country’s national applied research and development (R&D) centre, MIMOS Bhd, interim president and chief executive officer Emelia Matrahah has only one thing on her mind — bringing the applied R&D agency to greater heights, with technology innovations that drive industry transformation.
She said MIMOS had a big role to play in helping the nation move forward in technology.
“Since the establishment of the agency in 1985, a number of initiatives have been carried out to help Malaysia become a high-tech nation.
“Pioneer initiatives such as Jaring (Malaysia’s first Internet service provider), National ICT Security & Emergency Response Centre (later rebranded CyberSecurity Malaysia), MyNIC (administrator of web addresses ending with .my in Malaysia), National IT Agenda (NITA) and Multimedia Super Corridor.”
This was in the early days before MIMOS moved into intellectual properties (IPs), patent production and digital and software-defined solutions today.
To date, MIMOS has produced more than 2,000 IPs and commercialised half of them.
Emelia started her career at Pricewaterhouse (M) Sdn Bhd before moving to a German multinational manufacturer as an accountant. She then moved to Sapura Telecommunications Bhd as a business controller and iCIMB Sdn Bhd as chief financial officer.
Emelia said her immediate plan for MIMOS was to remain relevant to the national IT agenda, which was driving industry transformation with digital technology.
“Now, MIMOS is more visible and closer to the industry. As a technology producer, we would like to have more interactions and engagements with the industry and put Malaysia on the world map of the best technology producers.