Under the Patronage of

His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum

Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai


Surina Shukri

Chief Executive Officer
Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation

Surina Shukri brings two decades of experience working across a diverse range of companies including global multinationals, middle market companies and early stage startups across the financial services, natural resources and technology sectors.  

She spent the bulk of her professional career in the United States, including 17 years of experience as an investment banker, strategist and leader at JPMorgan Chase & Co., the  largest bank in the United States. There she served as Head of Strategy, Innovation & Business  Management for Middle Market Banking, Head of Strategy for Commercial Banking, Chief of  Staff to the CEO and Executive Director in Natural Resources Investment Banking.  

Surina left JPMorgan Chase in 2018 to start SheNovation Ventures, a transformation and growth venture studio where she advised fintech and blockchain startups on growth strategy and capital  raising and consulted business leaders on culture change and transformation. 

She graduated from University of Pennsylvania’s Management & Technology dual degree program with a Bachelor of Science in Economics from The Wharton School and Bachelor of Applied Sciences in Systems Engineering from the School of Engineering and Applied  Sciences. Prior to returning to Malaysia, Surina lived in Manhattan, New York City, with her Malaysian husband and three children. 

Sessions of the speaker



15:30 - 16:30

The global start-up economy creates nearly $3 trillion in value, which is on par with the GDP of the G7 economy. In 2019, 70+ ecosystems produced multiple unicorns, and billion-dollar exists and creating over $4 billion dollars in ecosystem value compared to the year 2013, where only four ecosystems produced unicorns. However, the current pandemic has disrupted the global start-up ecosystem. This session will discuss: 

  • Start-ups facing Double whammy with a drop of consumer demand and VC investments

  • Post-COVID crisis and its impact on start-up global ecosystem

  • Improving and implementing policies for the emerging ecosystem

  • Government initiatives to boost the start-up ecosystem 

  • Being part of the top 30 Global Ecosystem / 100 emerging ecosystem

Surina Shukri
Chief Executive Officer
Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation
Najla Al Midfa
Chief Executive Office
Sharjah Entrepreneurship Centre (Sheraa)
Pieter Paul van Oerle
Jun Ge
Global CEO of Tojoy Holding Group
Former Global Vice President of Nvidia, Apple & Intel
Session Chair:
Shaloo Garg
Managing Director, Growth Stage & Unicorns