Eddie Razak

Eddie Razak is Senior Advisor at Eden. Eddie was formerly Executive Vice President at the National Innovation Agency under the Malaysian government.

Prior to that he was the inaugural CEO of the Malaysian Investor Relations Association, that was set up for capital market development by the Stock Exchange and the Securities Commission of Malaysia.

Before that he was Finance Director and Senior Group Adviser of JPK Holdings and DPS Resources, two public listed companies respectively, where his role was in corporate finance, mergers & acquisitions and investor relations.

Earlier, he was with two major multinationals, Lucent Technologies, in mobile telecommunications, and Shell, in oil & gas, in various roles in finance.

Eddie started his career in at MIMB investment bank. He does voluntary work in education and social services.

Eddie completed his Master in Public Management as a Lee Kuan Yew Fellow at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy at National University of Singapore and John F Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. He did his undergraduate at the University of Maryland where he obtained two Bachelor of Science degrees, one in Finance and one in Management Science & Statistics.

Since leaving the world of corporate finance, I have been an advocate of social empowerment through public policy transformation.

In my role providing advisory and professional consultancy services on policy and innovation for governments and corporations as Senior Advisor at Eden, I challenge entrenched beliefs and present the notion of social capital as the core driver of economic prosperity. To this end, I am optimistic about the role governments play in bringing about transformational change.  

My work at Eden this past year involved operating in Saudi Arabia for its Ministry of Labor and Social Development, to develop and strengthen the kingdom’s social ecosystem under the auspices of its Vision 2030.

I believe that the measure of a nation’s prosperity and success rests in the network of its society. While investment, enterprise, and innovation can propel us forward, there is room for smart policy and infrastructure that puts society first. Growing social capital is complex but crucial for building great nations, and orchestrating humanity’s interaction with the natural world.

The linkages, behaviours, and relationships in social capital put economic growth on a robust and rational footing. Wealth as a measure of humanity’s progress can be counterbalanced by preserving common physical resources.

This calls for a four-tier approach, starting with providing social protection, to effecting social impact, to enabling social opportunity, to leveraging social capital. It’s a balancing act for progressive societies to empower communities to sustain the environmental vigour of this planet, while reaping equitable economic rewards for its inhabitants. If you are interested in building empowered societies, I’d be happy to share ideas with you.

In my free time I enjoy following global tech trends, world history, and international politics, as well as cycling the roads and hill trails and sometimes going for meetings in this low-carbon footprint way.