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UNTIL Malaysia Lab

What We Do

The Malaysian government with other local stakeholders, such as the Malaysian Global Innovation & Creativity Centre (MaGIC) have identified four core thematic areas of concentration for the tech projects supported by UNTIL Malaysia.

 

Decent Work and Economic Growth - Ethical Fashion and Ecotourism 

Sustainable Cities and Communities 

 

The UNTIL Malaysia lab is located in Cyberjaya, just 20 minutes from the heart of Kuala Lumpur. Cyberjaya is Malaysia's global tech hub, and home to over 2300 start-ups, SMEs and tech giants.

Advisory Panel

To establish strong governance around the activities of UNTIL labs, the UNTIL programme is set to work through the UNTIL Advisory Panels - one for each lab - with the goal to provide strategic guidance to the activities undertaken. 

The Panel meets to hear reports on current plans and priorities, and key challenges with regards to policy, partnership and management. The Advisory Panel provides strategic guidance and helps ensure that UNTIL lab remains true to its mission.

The UNTIL Advisory Panels are responsible for:

1. Advising on general strategy directions to achieve lab overall objectives;

2. Advising on innovation solutions and publications as well as other outputs;

3. Providing feedback on specific concepts, ideas and proposals (including polices, training, processes, etc.);

4. Acting as ambassador on behalf of lab by attending key events and networking opportunities with key players/audiences;

5. Supporting the UNTIL programme in its impact generating activities – offering advice on the development of the communication plans;

6. Supporting lab in the dissemination of its innovation outputs to key audiences and potential users of the solutions, offering pathways into user groups;

7. Advising on potential sources of funding;

8. Receiving and endorsing the lab Annual Report.

Advisory Panel Members 

Co-chairs:

  • Mr. Stefan Priesner, United Nations Resident Coordinator for Malaysia
  • YB Syed Saddiq, Minister of Youth & Sports, Malaysia

 

Members:

  • Mr. Evan Cheah, Executive Vice President of Sunway Group
  • Ms. Surina Shukri, CEO of Malaysian Digital Economy Corporation(MDEC)
  • Ms. Shahira Ahmed Bazari, Managing Director of Yayasan Hasanah
  • Ms. Aireen Omar, Deputy Group CEO of AirAsia Group
  • Dato’ Sri Idris Jala, President & CEO of PEMANDU Associates
  • Ms. Dzuleira Abu Bakar, CEO, MaGIC
  • Mr. Mahadhir Aziz, Acting CEO of Futurise
  • Mr. Maurizio Gazzola, Chief of Strategic Solutions, UN-OICT

 

Guests 

  • Mr. Matt Van Leeuwen, Director of Sunway Group (Alternate to Mr. Evan Cheah)
  • Ms. Arinah Najwa Ahmad Said, Special Functions Officer (Alternate to YB Syed Saddiq)
  • Ms. Shasha Kartini Ridzam, Head of Global Affairs, AirAsia Group (Alternate to Ms. Aireen Omar)
  • Mr. Ziad Razak, EVP & Partner of PEMANDU Associates (Alternate to Dato’ Sri Idris Jala)
  • Mr. Johnathan Lee, Executive Director, MaGIC (Alternate to Ms. Dzuleira Abu Bakar)
  • Mr. Tengku Azrul Tengku Azhar, Head of Innovations, Futurise (Alternate to Mr. Mahadhir Aziz)
  • Mr. Niloy Banerjee, Resident Representative, UNDP Malaysia, Singapore and Brunei Darussalam
  • Mr. Patrick Pee,Assistant Resident Representative, UNDP (Operations),
  • Mr. Prem Nair, Head of Operations, UNTIL Malaysia
  • Mr. Lenin Rajesh, Technical Project Lead, UNTIL(Alternate to Mr. Prem Nair)
  • Ms. Vivy Yusof, Founder, FashionValet
  • Ms. Aliesha Nadira, PR Manager, FashionValet
  • Mr. Andrew Tan, Founder, KL Fashion Week
  • Mr. Reza Ramli, Director of Strategic marketing & Sponsorships, KL Fashion Week
  • Dr. Norsaadah Zakaria, CEO of MATAC
  • Ms. Mithusa Kajendran, Jr, Program Management consultant, UNTL
  • Mr. Taha Muthanna, Jr. Partnership consultant, UNTIL
  • Ms. Juainta Joseph, Coordination specialist, UNDP

Meeting Minutes

Projects

Project status as of 18 February 2020

Focus Area Project Name Project Description & Type(s) of Technology Related Sustainable Development Goal(s) Geographical Coverage Type of Partnership Partnering Lab Project Status
Sustainable Communities and Cities Together For SDGs platform A centralized platform for NGO's, UN agencies and social enterprises to access data of vulnerable people and verify impact.

All SDGs are covered as this platform will support SDG-focused projects.

 

Particularly, SDG 17, partnerships, as the projects are collaborative efforts

Malaysia Co-creation with technical partner (ComGo)

UN Global Compact Network (TBC)
N/A PoC
Biodiversity Tiger Conservation Multiple endeavors intended to quell poaching activity in Malaysia, increase legislative effectiveness in illegal poaching and tiger parts industries, and spread awareness of tiger conservation in Malaysia

Climate Action (SDG 13): Landscapes where tigers live overlap with globally important ecosystems, many of which are in Asia’s last wilderness. Life on Land (SDG 15)

Peace, Justice, and Strong Institutions (SDG 16)

Partnerships for the Goals (SDG 17)

Quality Education (SDG 04), The platform developed to raise awareness

Malaysia Co-creation with technical partners

Potential partners: UNDP, Football Association of Malaysia, Yayasan Hasanah (the foundation of sovereign wealth fund Khazanah Nasional), Yayasan Maybank, Yayasan Sime Darby, Yayasan Petronas
N/A Ideation, Proposal
Climate Change Circular Economy Enhancing policy options by providing a set of policy recommendations for strategic budgeting to promote Circular Economy (CE) for SDGs in Malaysia through institutional mechanism establishment and stakeholder engagement based on multi-criteria decision analysis exercise. The project will constitute a circular economy committee to provide technical guidance and ensure project monitoring and implementation. Overall, this project will ensure innovations to achieve multiple SDGs through the circular economy in Malaysia.

SDG 12 on ‘Sustainable Consumption and Production (SCP)

SDG 6 on energy,

SDG 8 on economic growth,

SDG 9 on sustainable industrial development,

SDG 11 on sustainable cities,

SDG 13 on climate change,

SDG 14 on oceans, and

SDG 15 on life on land.

Indirect benefits cover almost all the SDGs with informal sector recycling helping poverty elimination, better waste management ensuring the greater public health, highlight employment prospects bringing greater educational reach and skill development opportunities.

Malaysia Co-creation with UNIDO (TBC) N/A Ideation, Proposal
Ethical Fashion Ethical Fashion Establish a UNTIL rating system entailing essential criteria for SDGs achievement.




A blockchain platform for a more transparent and traceable fashion supply chain for quality control and to enhance working conditions. PoC completed

SDG 13





 

SDG 7, 8, 9, 12, 13, 14, 15

Malaysia





Malaysia
Co-creation with strategic & technical partners

Co-creation with strategic & technical partners
N/A





N/A
Phase 1- Ideation




PoC - Completed
Circular Economy Circular Economy Delivery Platform Circular Economy function on delivery platforms such as Grab, for example, delivering waste products such as food to NGOs

SDG 1, 2, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15

Malaysia Co-creation with Grab N/A Phase 1- Ideation
Environment Wildfire Risk/ Deforestation GIS software forecasting risk of a peat fire in Indonesia

SDG 9, 13, 15

Malaysia, Indonesia Software development and academic research partnerships N/A Phase 1 – Ideation, Alignment with partners
Health Youth & Sports Combatting issues surrounding Malaysian youth and sports by utilizing emerging technologies.
Types of technology:
Blockchain platform for governance

SDG 3, 17, 10, 4, 8

Malaysia Partnership with the Malaysian Youth & Sports Ministry N/A Phase 1 - Discuss with Youth & Sports Ministry for PoC
Sustainable Tourism Sustainable Tourism Rating system for travel and accommodations, based on environmental impact

SDG 13, 17, 11, 9, 15

Malaysia Co-creation N/A Phase 1- Ideation
Education Ed-tech Developing an education opensource software that could be used for tracking student records, student and teacher’s attendance, curriculums, etc. Target users: NGOs and UNHCR providing education to the refugees in Malaysia

SDG 4, 5, 8, 11, 17

Malaysia Partnership with UNHCR and NGOs (learning centers for refugees) N/A Phase 1- Ideation

Lab Manager

Under Recruitment

Lab Manager

Malaysia Advisory Panel

MR. Priesner

YB Saddiq

MS. Shukri

MR. Gazzola

MR. Cheah

MS. Bazari

MS. Omar

Dato’ Sri Jala

MS. Bakar

MR. Aziz

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