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Unity in Diversity.

We comprise of members from all sectors of business and industry.  Through an elected board of voluntary directors and committees, we connect from our Malaysian alliances with UAE government officials to forge strategic business platforms that of mutual benefit. 

The Malaysian Business Council, UAE is operating under the Patronage of the Malaysian Ambassador of Malaysia to the UAE and Consul General of Malaysia of Malaysia in Dubai.  The Malaysian Trade (MATRADE) Commissioner Dubai, UAE is the Advisor to the Council.

The Team: About
Fahmy Ansara



Trading / Commodites.

Fahmy Ansara has been instrumental in the development and the progress of Malaysian Business Council (MBC) in the UAE. He has held various positions in Malaysian Business Council ever since its establishment in the year 2007 under the Pro-term Committee, and he was its 3rd Chairman during the period of 2011-2013.

Fahmy holds more than 20 years of corporate experience working with PETRONAS, the Malaysian National Oil Company. He came to Dubai in 2007 as the Country Head for PETRONAS MITCO – a PETRONAS’ trading arm, specialising in petrochemical and commodity trading in the Middle East. He was later appointed as the Regional Head for PrimeSoucing International, another PETRONAS’ procurement arm, managing the team’s regional business development and procurement in the MENACA Region.

He left PETRONAS in 2016 to manage his own business in Dubai.  He is the Managing Director of Alpharex Trade DMCC (2017) and also the Executive Director of ATF Meat and Food Trading LLC (2020).



Vice President - Corporate Membership

Legal / Business Setup / Consulting

Richard is a partner and the head of the corporate practice at MS Law. He has over 25 years’ experience and specializes in mergers & acquisitions, joint ventures and foreign direct investment in the Middle East, South East Asia, England, Europe and the US, with expertise in structuring transactions and setting up businesses.

He advises a broad range of clients across several industries including technology, pharmaceuticals, retail and investment. He has worked in Malaysia and London and has been in Dubai since 2005.

Provides specialist advice and tends to be a sounding board to clients who wish to start a business or expand their businesses by way of M&A or joint ventures. Over the last few years, he has been working with tech clients and advising them on their start-ups and priced funding rounds and, on the other side of the table, advising investors investing into tech start-ups.

With strong morals and social principles, he set examples to entrepreneurs acting diligently.



Vice President - Individual Membership

Technology, Oil & Gas, Startup Representations, Specialised Networking and Matching.

A proud trilingual Malaysian, Izwan comes with more than 20 years of Oil & Gas covering aspects of engineering, economics, and strategic components worldwide. Graduated in Chemical Engineering at University Teknologi PETRONAS Malaysia in the year 2005, followed by Masters in Business Administration from Edinburgh Business School, Heriot-Watt University in the year 2016.

Izwan launched his career with PETRONAS for ten (10) years and worked among high-profile operators such as Shell, REPSOL, ONGC, Indian Oil, and PDVSA in strategic field development projects worldwide worth billions of dollars of development capital expenditures. 

He is also a firm advocate of networking, and human development. 

Izwan has personally mentored numerous internationals in building up world-class professional capabilities in the Oil & Gas sector.

With MBC, Izwan has designed high level business networking events up to the ministrial levels in creating opportunities in the UAE region. 





He is a Regional Manager handling Accounts & Finance of Leopad Middle East based in Dubai. Graduated from University Science of Malaysia and started his practicing career as an auditor and later joined Leopad Group of Companies in Sultanate of Oman. With progress and growth in the operation of Arabian Leopad Contracting LLC based on business expansion and restructuring exercise of its operation in the Middle East, he was relocated to Dubai, and started heading the Accounts & Finance of Leopad Dubai LLC which become the main hub for Middle East operation.

Apart from providing financial advises for management’s decision, he is also responsible for monthly management reporting of: Cash Flow Projections, Budgeting, Financial Reports (Balance Sheet & Profit & Loss Accounts), VAT Filing with FTA, Liaising with external auditor on completing and finalizing annual financial audits, Liaised with banks to obtain credit lines from banks, and key liaison person for all banking related matters of the organization.

Also a P.R.O. of the company handling licensing matters with Department of Economic Development(DED), and Employment Visa related matters with both Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation(MOHRE) and General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs Dubai (GDFRA)



General Secretary

Business Development.

An Abu Dhabi Award winner in Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) and Investor-Government Relations, Conferred the title of “Associate Fellow” by Dr Mahathir Mohamad Thoughts Institute (The ex-Prime Minister of Malaysia) for bilateral relations between Malaysia and UAE.

Key projects:

Oil & Gas (Crude Storage Farm, Refinery), Power Station, Pharmaceutical Zone, Industrial Plant, Commercial Fishery, Land and Sea based Aquaculture Farm, China-Fujairah (Dibba) Retail Mall etc.

Core Associations:

Business development advisor for the top 3 most prominent royal families in Fujairah.

Holds key voluntary-positions in various government agency, private companies and foreign consulate related initiatives. Appointed Secretary-General (Board of Malaysian Trustee),

Think-Tank Moderator for Dubai Government (Dubai Land Department & DREI),

Ex-Independent Director, Audit Committee Chairman (Shanghai-Cayman Island SGX listed company).



Deputy General Secretary.

Startup & Representation, Technology, Project Management 

Faten holds a Bachelor's Degree in Business Management majoring in Communication from University Technology MARA and is a certified PMP and Career Coach.

Faten has served Keolis MHI, the operator for Dubai Metro as the Operations Project Manager. Prior to joining Keolis MHI, she served as the Consultant for Front Talent and has worked on multiple projects in industries such as banking, telco, and government agencies in the UAE, Saudi Arabia, and Egypt.

Faten has a deep interest in leadership development and female empowerment and has collaborated with Lean In Malaysia and Aberkyn (a leadership and culture transformation center under McKinsey & Co) to co-facilitate the Women Leadership Programme in 2018.

Faten has served Malaysia's Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD), People Link Consulting and Asian Finance Bank.

Faten is the CEO and Partner of Startup and Representation company based in UAE and Malaysia, IAC lnternational LLC ( 




Management Consulting / Branding / Business Setup.

She is a visionary leader, responsible for driving global sales with a focus on growing the company’s enterprise, channels, new ventures and sales strategies to grow business continuously by developing the pipeline of operational processes.

A successful track record of almost 20 years that includes high-profile leadership positions and recognized sales achievements in various industries with core competencies in organizational restructuring, partnership developments, global strategic alliances and business development.

Her experience and exposure to interact with corporate and government at all levels for more than a decade will be a great experience to understand of how businesses works at all levels. Being a reliable resource with sound knowledge of ins and outs of business prospecting, she has been an asset to many industries with her association in building their businesses and her legacy continues.




Communications / Entrepreneurship.

Completing her degree from the University of Auckland in Robotic Engineering, a highly versatile professional offering overall 16 years of experience in formulating and enforcing corporate affairs policies and procedures in addition to communicating strategic business plans and information to various internal departments

With hands-on expertise in developing, executing and managing a cohesive business expansion plan by maintaining close communication with all clients, determining their needs and delivering apposite solutions, she adds the wow factor to any management success. She can be a single point contact for client servicing, retention and acquisition.

An entrepreneur & a communication expert  in conducting thorough market research to determine key client groups/audiences while defining effective communication ways to present organizational strategies and implement an effective communication plan.





In almost three decades of experience in Logistics, she has worked in the corporate setting at leadership roles and experienced in entrepreneurship. With high learning agility, work flexibility and adaptability, she was able to successfully manage global mega projects and serve as a reliable team member and business partner. Has worked with world-class organizations, playing an instrumental role in the expansion projects at MENA region and streamline Asian Operations as well as act as a transition manager for a growing business unit.

As a logistics leader she thinks one step ahead of everyone else, anticipating possible issues in the supply chain and come up with a solution before they even arise , she instrumented the JV of an American Logistics Company to Middle East & Africa, with India as the recent add on.

The Team: Team Members
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