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Podcast/Video Interviews by Stephen Ibaraki

A Chat with Dato' Dan E Khoo: Chief Executive Officer, World Innovation, Technology and Services Alliance (WITSA)

This week, Stephen Ibaraki has an exclusive interview with Dato' Dan E Khoo.

Dato' Dan E KhooDato' Dan E Khoo serves as the Chief Executive Officer of the World Innovation, Technology and Services Alliance (WITSA), the preeminent global advocate for the technology industry. With over three decades of experience in the global innovation and technology sector, Khoo has held key leadership positions in various organizations spanning Asia, including Malaysia, Hong Kong, and Vietnam, as well as in the United States, notably Silicon Valley, California, and Virginia.

As a seasoned tech entrepreneur, Khoo has achieved notable successes, including two significant exits. The first exit was through an initial public offering (IPO) on the stock exchange in Kuala Lumpur, followed by a trade sale to a Nasdaq-listed enterprise during the peak of the dot-com boom. His time spent in Silicon Valley over the past four years has provided him with invaluable insights into the factors contributing to the region's enduring dominance in innovation. During this period, Khoo also mentored numerous entrepreneurs from diverse backgrounds, further deepening his understanding of the transformative potential of innovation ecosystems and entrepreneurial endeavors on a global scale.

Driven by a vision to effect positive change through innovation and technology entrepreneurship, Khoo brings a fervent passion for strategy and technology to his role. His global outlook, shaped by his leadership experiences across different regions, enables him to navigate the complexities of the international technology landscape effectively. Notably, Khoo's leadership as CEO of WCIT 2008 contributed to the most successful staging of the World Congress on Information Technology in the history of WITSA.

Recognized for his contributions to the technology industry, Khoo has received numerous accolades, including the WITSA Lifetime Achievement Award, the PIKOM Man of the Year award, and various state honors. His achievements underscore his commitment to advancing innovation and technology on a global scale, making him a respected figure within the industry.