Board of Directors

Towards achieving world-class services and expertise



Dato’ Sri Syed Zainal Abidin Syed Mohamed Tahir is Chairman of Dagang Net Technologies Sdn Bhd effective 30 July 2020.

He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from University of Maryland, United States of America.

Prior to this appointment, he was a Non-Independent Non-Executive Director of Petronas Dagangan Bhd, a position he retired from on 10 June 2020.

Dato’ Sri Syed Zainal began his career as a Project Engineer with Petronas Gas Sdn Bhd in 1987, before joining Petroliam Nasional Berhad in 1992 as the Senior Executive of the company’s Corporate Planning & International Business Development unit. He then left to join HICOM Holdings Berhad in 1995, where he assumed various senior positions in the company. Dato’ Sri Syed Zainal lent his expertise to PERODUA when he was appointed Senior General Manager in 1999. Subsequently, he was appointed Executive Director of PERODUA Auto Corporation Sdn. Bhd. in 2002, and later promoted to Deputy Managing Director of PERODUA in October 2005.

Thereafter, Dato’ Sri Syed Zainal also held various key positions in established corporation including Proton Holdings Berhad as Group Managing Director, RHB Bank Berhad and RHB Islamic Bank Berhad as Independent Non-Executive Director and Petronas Dagangan Bhd as Chief Executive Officer/Managing Director to name a few.

Dato’ Sri Syed Zainal Abidin Syed Mohamed Tahir is currently the Group Managing Director of Dagang NeXchange Berhad since 1 October 2020. He is also the Chairman of Pan Asian E-Commerce Alliance, the first regional e-Commerce alliance in Asia that aims to promote and provide secure and value-adding IT infrastructure and facilities for efficient global trade and logistics.



Mohd Azhar Mohd Yusof is Director of Dagang Net Technologies Sdn Bhd effective 30 July 2020.

Mohd Azhar holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Universiti Malaya and a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration (Finance) from MARA University of Technology.

He has close to 20 years of experience in the field of capital markets and corporate finance where he was involved in fundraising exercise via equity and debt capital market, debt recovery, corporate restructuring and turn-around, valuation, financial modelling, financial due diligence and merger and acquisitions (“M&A”).

Mohd Azhar was previously managing his own boutique financial advisory firm based in Kuala Lumpur advising corporations and entrepreneurs in raising capitals and other corporate matters. Prior to that, he served as a Business Development Director of Dagong Malaysia Rating Services Sdn Bhd where he was responsible to manage stakeholders in building up Dagong’s brand, credibility, and visibility in the market.

He was attached to Small Medium Enterprise Development Bank Malaysia Berhad (SME Bank) in August 2014 as Assistant Vice President and Head of Business Banking Department where he was responsible to develop and oversee the Corporate Finance Unit that deals with financing for Bumiputera SMEs to undertake M&A exercise, and Commercial Financing Unit that deals in a range of commercial financing products. He had also served as Senior Manager, Issuers Restructuring at Bursa Malaysia Berhad’s Listing Division in 2010 where he was responsible in monitoring, evaluating and making recommendation on restructuring of PN17 and GN3 public listed companies before he joined Felda Global Ventures Holdings Berhad in 2013 as Senior Manager, Corporate Finance under the Group Strategy Division.

Prior to that, he served as Senior Analyst in the Merger and Acquisition Department under the Corporate Planning and Development Division of Petroliam Nasional Berhad (PETRONAS) where he was responsible for appraising M&A and business development opportunities for the entity. He had also served as Manager, Corporate Finance in BDO Capital Consultants Sdn Bhd in 2007, a corporate finance advisory arm of BDO Malaysia licensed by the Securities Commission Malaysia. Mohd Azhar started his career as an auditor with Ernst & Young in early 2000 before he joined the Securities Commission Malaysia in 2004.

Mohd Azhar is currently the Executive Director, Group Corporate Services for Dagang NeXchange Berhad.

Executive Director


Abdul Khalil Abdullah is Executive Director of Dagang Net Technologies Sdn Bhd effective 15 July 2017.

In his current role, Khalil manages Dagang Net’s stakeholder management activities, primarily to create and implement engagement strategies to develop and maintain the company’s reputation within the trade facilitation sector, particularly via its unique positioning as sole operator of the National Single Window for Trade Facilitation in Malaysia.

He has extensive project involvement spanning more than fifteen years of experience in product development and project management, having been instrumental in growth initiatives and service excellence at Dagang Net, leveraging on the company’s scale and processes to electronically connect communities within the country’s trade facilitation sector.

Khalil joined the TIME Group of Companies as Sales and Business Development Manager for TIME Systems Integrators Sdn Bhd in 1995. He was then assigned a transfer to Dagang Net Technologies Sdn Bhd (then known as EDI Malaysia Sdn. Bhd.) as Project Director in 2000, where, notably his key achievement include the formulation of strategies for the extensive roll-out of SMK-Dagang Net nationwide implementation for electronic Customs declaration system, including the implementation of the e-Logistics service in Penang. Khalil then took on the position as Regional Manager, which role was primarily to roll-out the regional network of Kedai EDI at various touchpoints across the country, and was instrumental to secure stakeholders cooperation and user buy-in to ensure seamless services by Kedai EDI to all SMK-Dagang Net system users.

From 2013 onwards, Khalil led Dagang Net’s stakeholder management implementation strategies, with the key deliverable of retaining Dagang Net’s position as leader and operator of Malaysia’s National Single Window for Trade Facilitation.

Khalil graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from University of Indiana, Terre Haute, Indiana, USA (1984) and thereafter, obtained a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from University of Miami, Florida, USA (1986).



Md Saffi bin Nadzir was appointed as the Director of Dagang Net Technologies Sdn Bhd effective 7 October 2019.

Prior to his current position, he has held various positions within Kumpulan Wang Persaraan Diperbadankan (“KWAP”). In his last role as Senior Director of Pension Department, he oversaw the management and operation of all pension services, proposed and implemented transformational initiatives that bring value add to KWAP’s services and performances and monitor and update current statutory regulation on the latest announcement by the Government which relate to pensioners benefits and welfare.

During his tenure with KWAP from 2007 to 2019, he also held the position of Head of Transition Office, Covering Chief Operation Officer and Director of Contribution. His portfolio included establishing a small team to study the whole pension operation and implement quick wins wherever possible to increase operational efficiency, preparing the Service Level Agreement (“SLA”) between KWAP and the Government of Malaysia, directly reporting to the CEO and overseeing five operation departments including Information Technology, and analysing, proposing and implementing strategies in order to maximise collection of contribution to increase the size of the retirement fund.

In October 2005, Md Saffi was attached to the Accountant General Office within the Pension Trust Fund Division as Head of Fixed Income Department, where he was responsible in managing various types of securities such as bond, money market, loan, Malaysian Government securities and external fixed income manager, and managed a total fund of RM35 billion to be invested and minimising risk on each asset categories.

Md Saffi holds an MBA from University Utara Malaysia and an Advanced Diploma in Accountancy from Universiti Teknologi MARA, Malaysia.