Rafe Aznel

Rafe Aznel


Head of Digital Ecosystem


Malaysian Digital Economy Corporation


Rafe Azsnal is the Digital Ecosystem in the Growth Ecosystem Development Division in MDEC playing the role of a conduit between both public and private sector to promote the start-up ecosystem including players in funding, accelerator and venture builder, talent, and corporate. Under the stewardship of MDEC, Malaysia has been recognized as the Best Startup Ecosystem and ranked 8th best Startup Country globally. His current role primarily focuses on key ecosystem engagements that can benefit the growth of startups in Malaysia; engaging mostly with global investors, leading technology corporations and talent builders.

Rafe brings 18 years of experience in the information technology (IT) industry covering the Internet business and telecommunication segments. He was one of the first who deployed Malaysia’s first IP telephony system nationwide together with TM Malaysia before overseeing Malaysia’s first fibre optic Metro-E deployment at TimeDotCom.