As someone who has built, and continues to build, ‘attacker’ businesses and lead teams from start-up to IPO, Azran passionately believes that organisations and corporations can deploy similar structures, focus and creativity that single-minded entrepreneurs have used to create break-through business models and innovative products and services.
Azran has delivered hundreds of presentations, sharing his experiences of being the founding CEO of AirAsia X at the age of 36 and growing the start-up “disruptive innovator” airline to corporations, institutional investors, government agencies, and educational institutions around the world. He recently joined a technology-media start-up, iflix.com, as CEO of Malaysia, to roll out a subscription video-on-demand service across Southeast Asia.
He brings real-life hands-on experience in revolutionizing traditional ‘old economy’ industries and developing ‘new economy’ media and technology businesses and shows that world-beating breakthrough innovation need not be high tech or complex. He shares practical ideas to infuse an entrepreneurial spirit and an innovator’s mindset to any organization.
In addition to leadership roles in the aviation, media & technology, and capital markets sectors, Azran is a former McKinsey & Company and Booz Allen & Hamilton management consultant, and a Stanford University alumnus. He is an Ironman triathlete and loves adventure travel.
He also currently Chairs the Advisory Board for the Asia Business Centre, Curtin Business School in Australia. He holds Board positions with PT XL Axiata in Indonesia and Apex Investment Services in Malaysia. He also advises start-ups and high-growth businesses through Endeavor Malaysia, Kairos Society, and the Cyberview Living Lab Accelerator programme.
Azran is available for speaking engagements and workshops. He has consulted or spoken at a wide variety of organisations including Shell, Dell, HP, Ernst & Young, The Singapore Institute of Management, The Institute of Directors in Denmark, Australian Institute for Company Directors, Sunway Group, Maybank, and First Pacific.