AMEU Economics Summit

AMEU Economics Summit

The AMEU Economics Summit is the flagship event of The Association of Malaysian Economics Undergraduates. It is hosted annually with the objective of serving as a platform for academics, professionals and students alike to come together, share and discuss ideas.

In 2023’s AMEU Economics Summit, the participating firms include:

What's in store for AMEU Economics Summit 2023 ?

Who Can Participate?

Malaysian pre-university, undergraduate students and above, and working professionals

Studying locally or abroad


All fields of study

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Panel Session 2023


Opening Address by:

Dr Norhana Endut

Opening Keynote Speaker

Dr Ong Kian Ming

Closing Keynote Speaker

Dr Jomo Kwame Sundaram

Speakers Lineup Panel 1

Nicholas Khaw

Nicholas Khaw is the Head of the Research Division in Khazanah Nasional Berhad, Malaysia’s sovereign wealth fund. Mr Nicholas has worked on a wide range of issues including, but not limited to, industrial policy, strategic investments, impact assessment, sustainable investing, macroeconomics, economic complexity, corporate and business strategy.

Dr Yasuhiko Matsuda

Dr Yasuhiko Matsuda is the World Bank Country Manager for Malaysia, leading the team based at the World Bank Inclusive Growth and Sustainable Finance Hub in Kuala Lumpur. Mr. Matsuda is an expert on public sector governance and human development, primarily in service delivery for social protection, education, and health with over 25 years of experience in various technical and managerial roles in the World Bank.

Dr. Madeline Berma

Professor Dr Madeline Berma is currently a Fellow of Akademi Sains Malaysia. She served as Deputy Chair, Education Policy Review (Oct, 2018-May 2019). She was an Associate Professor at the Faculty of Economics and Management, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) until she retired in 2018. She served as the Director, the Tun Fatimah Hashim Women’s Leadership Centre, UKM from 2011-2016.

Tan Sri Dato' Mohamad Ariff bin Md Yusof

Mohamad Ariff joined the Faculty of Law in University of Malaya once he graduated from LSE. In 1986, he became an advocate and a solicitor at his own legal practice called Cheang & Ariff. Mohamad Ariff joined the Securities Commission Malaysia (SC) and became the first Market Supervision Department Director from 1993 to 1995. From 1995 to 1996, he served as a Director of Kuala Lumpur Options and Super Exchange (KLOSE). He served as a member of the advisory board of Company's Commission of Malaysia from 2007 to 2008. He also was a member of the Rating Review Committee and Malaysian Rating Agency until 2008.

Speakers Lineup Panel 2

Dato' Prof. Ulung Dr. Rajah A/L Rasiah

Professor Dr Rajah Rasiah obtained his doctorate in economics from Cambridge University in 1992, and served as a fellow at Harvard University in 2014. He was Dean of the Faculty of Economics and Business at UNIMAS in 1999-2000, and at the Faculty of Economics and Administration at University of Malaya in 2009–2010 and 2013–2014.

Dr Rachel Gong

Dr. Rachel Gong is a Deputy Director of Research at Khazanah Research Institute (KRI). Her ongoing research focuses on digital policy, including digital inclusion, the digital economy, and digital governance. She led the team that produced KRI’s book on digital policy, "#NetworkedNation: Navigating Challenges, Realising Opportunities of Digital Transformation”.

Nurhisham Hussein

Nurhisham Hussein is Chief Strategy Officer of the Employees Provident Fund (EPF). Economics and Political Science, and a Masters in Economics from Universiti Malaya. He had previously served at EPF as Head of the Economics and Capital Markets Dept, overseeing economic surveillance of over 20 economies across the globe, contributing to the investment process at EPF. He joined EPF after a stint with Malaysian Rating Corporation Berhad (MARC) and Permodalan Nasional Berhad (PNB).


Interactive Session

Dr Ong Kian Ming

Dr. Ong Kian-Ming is the Director of the Philosophy Politics & Economics (PPE) Program at Taylor's University. Prior to this, he was the General Manager of the Penang Institute office in Kuala Lumpur, a lecturer at UCSI University, a researcher at the Socio-Economic Development and Research (SEDAR) Institute and the Institute of Strategic Analysis and Policy Studies (INSAP) and a consultant with the Boston Consulting Group (BCG) in the Kuala Lumpur office.

Dr Ong Kian Ming has completed a public policy workshop that lasted for 2 hours on the topic of:
Understanding and Navigating Government Bureaucracy

Past Summits




Themed “Malaysia Disrupted : Inclusivity in The Digital Economy”, the summit aims to cultivate a generation of individuals acutely aware by the importance of digital economics, by exploring the impact of digitalization on Malaysia’s socioeconomics and address key questions of economic resilience, particularly regarding inclusivity and business strength. Centered around digital economics, our objective is to examine risks embedded in the Malaysian economy and develop strategies to fortify the nation against these challenges in the digital landscape.

Esteemed speakers who participated in the event include Mr Aadrin Azly, Dr. Vimala Balakrishnan, Ir. Dr. Karl Ng, Dr. Rachel Gong, Mr Kuek Ser Kuang Keng, Dr. Nurmazilah Dato’ Mahzan, Mr Naysan Munusamy, Mr Paul Liang Chee Pong, Mr Ghiyazuddin Ali Mohammad and Mr Jonathan Dason.  Topics discussed in the panel session were A Data-driven Malaysia: Benefits and Challenges Moving Forward and Harnessing Digital Innovation for Financial Inclusion for SMEs. Collaborative interactive sessions were conducted in partnership with distinguished hosts from KRI, BCG, ICMR, EPF and Silverlake. 

We would like to extend our heartfelt appreciation to our invaluable sponsors, including PwC, Projek 57, Sunway University, and myBurgerLab, for their generous support.

A post-COVID economy may be beyond recognition, but not something that we cannot shape. “Economic Resurgence: History in the Making”  encouraged participants to chart a superior trajectory that facilitates and encourages international trade, instead of letting the economy slip back into its pre-COVID state.

It was a privilege to be able to host notable speakers like Tan Sri Abdul Wahid Omar, Datin Seri Sunita, Dr. Hezri Adnan, Tan Sri Dr. Lin See Yan, YB. Dr. Ong Kian Ming and Professor Dr. Jomo Kwame Sundaram. Panel discussion topics included Doughnut Economic and Sustainability and Globalisation and Malaysia’s Economic Agenda. The interactive case studies were held in collaboration with PwC, Maxis and AmplifyMe. We would like to extend our gratitude to our sponsors and those in attendance, without whom this event would not have been as successful.

Themed “Economics After Tomorrow: Building Malaysia’s Economic Resilience”, the summit aims to probe into the critical questions of economic resilience focusing on job security and business resilience. Negative risks impacts embedded within the Malaysian economy and strategies to sustain Malaysia against these risks in the world of trade amidst the COVID-19 pandemic are also addressed in the summit. 

We have hosted distinguished speakers onboard namely Mr J. Solomon, Dr Achim Schmillen, Mr Wong Chan Wai, Dr Juita, YB Dr Ong Kian Ming, Dr Carmelo Ferlito, Mr Sayantan Das and Mr Chim Weng Cheong. Topics discussed in the panel session were Job Security in Malaysia: Working Our Way Forward and Business Resilience: Staying Stronger for Longer. Interactive sessions were held in collaboration with Silverlake, StashAway, IDEAS, MaGIC, PichaEats, Citrine Capital and Zucchini & Co. 

AMEU held its annual event with the theme of “The Malaysian Economy: Awakening the Asian Tiger”. The summit seeks to discuss how Malaysia has always been seen as a “tiger cub” economy despite having the potential to become a high income nation. AMEU Economics Summit 2019 explore how Malaysia can become an Asian Tiger by tackling challenges such as wage stagnation and the middle income trap while taking advantage of opportunities such as the ASEAN digital revolution.

We had the honour of having distinguished speakers such as Professor Dr. Jomo Kwame Sundaram, Distinguished Professor Dr. Rajah Rasiah and Tengku Dato’ Sri Zafrul Aziz present as our keynote speakers. Panel discussion topics included the Middle-Income Trap & Wage Stagnation and the ASEAN Digital Revolution Panel. We would like to extend our gratitude to those in attendance and our sponsors for making it possible for us to successfully execute this event.

The AMEU Economics Summit 2018 was aimed at empowering youths to play an active role in the nation-building process in the context of the “New Malaysia” and also Malaysia’s role in the global economy in this century. The summit, held for the second consecutive year, also aimed to provide aspiring young entrepreneurs with the insight and motivation they need to embark on their own entrepreneurial journeys.

AMEU Economics Summit 2018 welcomed 13 distinguished speakers such as Tan Sri Datin Paduka Sri Rafidah binti Aziz, Professor Tan Sri Dato’ Dr. Lin See-Yan and Dr. Richard Record. Interactive sessions were held in collaboration with 5 organisations, namely Teach For Malaysia, Leaderonomics, IDEAS, SIDC and Nation Building School.

Our inaugural Summit in 2017 was built on the theme of “Malaysia: Economics in the Asian Century”. The summit discussed how Malaysia should formulate its trade policies in the Asian Century, the extent to which these policies would be affected by the structural problems in the country, as well as how business transactions would succumb to the rippling changes in the Asian Century.

It welcomed a total of 13 distinguished speakers, 4 sponsors, 5 strategic partners, and 350 delegates, including corporate leaders, professionals, undergraduates, postgraduates, professionals, pre-university and high school students.