Kuala Lumpur, 23 September 2010

Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales to speak to Malaysian technopreneurs and students on the sidelines of the World Capital Markets Symposium 2010

The Securities Commission Malaysia (SC) is initiating a special session between Jimmy Wales, the founder of Wikipedia, and Malaysian technopreneurs and students in conjunction with the World Capital Markets Symposium (WCMS 2010) in Kuala Lumpur on 27-28 September 2010.

The session, organised in collaboration with the Multimedia Development Corporation (MDeC), will be held at the Malaysian Multimedia University in Cyberjaya on 27 September 2010.

Given the Government’s focus to transform Malaysia into a knowledge-based economy, the SC’s initiative will enable Wales to share his vision and knowledge with a wider audience of young Malaysian technopreneurs and students and not just with the delegates at the WCMS 2010.

SC Chairman Tan Sri Zarinah Anwar said, “We are pleased that Jimmy Wales has agreed to meet our young technopreneurs and students who will be able to benefit from his vast knowledge and experience.  In moving towards an innovation-led and knowledge-based economy, Malaysia needs to aggressively promote the expansion of broadband infrastructure as a critical facilitator to connect large corporations and medium and small enterprises to the World Wide Web.  Wikipedia’s experiences has valuable lessons to offer enterprises that wish to be part of the global supply chain.”

Wales, who will be making his first speaking debut in Malaysia at the Symposium, will be addressing the WCMS delegates on his vision, perspectives and insights by drawing from the lessons of Wikipedia. He will also be speaking on the democratization of information and knowledge and how to use or impart them responsibly especially in the fast-evolving financial and capital markets.

Wikipedia is the outcome of Wales’ vision that every single person on the planet is given full access to the sum of all human knowledge. Showing great foresight and leadership, he is one of the most prolific members of the current generation of thinkers who have helped shape the evolution of the World Wide Web as a participatory and truly democratic platform. 

Wales will join other key policy-makers and financial industry experts at WCMS 2010, which has the theme “Transforming Capital Markets: Leadership, Change and Governance”. Other key speakers at the Symposium include Dr Nouriel Roubini who forecasted the US recession more than a year before it began; Dr Montek Singh Ahluwalia, the architect of India’s reform programme and Deputy Chairman of the Planning Commission of India; and Timothy C Draper, the Founder and a Managing Director of leading global venture capital firm Draper Fisher Jurvetson.

The WCMS is an initiative by the SC to bring together influential opinion leaders, policy makers and market players to examine the strategic role of leadership in achieving a sustainable and more balanced growth through a more inclusive transformation process to make the financial markets and systems more resilient to the future crises.

Participation in the WCMS 2010 is by invitation only.  To find out more about the Symposium, please visit www.worldcapitalmarketssymposium.org