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Vriens & Partners, in collaboration with the Danish Chamber of Commerce (DanCham) Malaysia,  Malaysian Dutch Business Council (MDBC), Malaysian-German Chamber of Commerce and Industry, and European Chamber of Commerce Singapore are hosting a webinar on Malaysia’s recently appointed Cabinet with Nazhif Yusoff, Country Director and Shazwan Mustafa Kamal, Associate Director of Vriens & Partners’ Malaysia office in Kuala Lumpur.  

Moderated by Vriens & Partners’ Founder and Managing Partner Hans Vriens, the panel will discuss the unprecedented Cabinet formation of a ‘unity government’ in Malaysia and how the government will fair in Malaysia’s battle against rising inflation and economic recession, political corruption and instability, as well as threats of disunity amongst community members.  

  • What are the present political dynamics in Malaysia’s unity government and how has it informed Anwar’s Cabinet formation?
  • What do these appointments mean for Malaysia’s fight for good governance and reformation?
  • Are there risks of another government collapse before the end of its 5-year term or will this government bring in political stability to Malaysia?
  • What are the policy inclinations and priorities of the new government? How will this affect the re-tabling of Budget 2023 and its allocations?  
  • What does a ‘unity government’ mean for trade and investments in Malaysia? 



Nazhif Yusoff
Country Director, Malaysia
Vriens & Partners

Nazhif Yusoff is Country Director at Vriens & Partners’ Kuala Lumpur office. With the team, he consults for clients from various verticals such as technology, healthcare, transportation and tourism, helping them develop their government relations strategy.

Previously, Nazhif was with the trade and investment team at Malaysia Petroleum Resources Corporation, an agency under the Prime Minister’s Department. At MPRC, he developed the agency’s database of export opportunities for Malaysian oil and gas services and equipment manufacturing companies. He also connected Malaysian oil and gas companies with opportunities in Southeast Asia, the Americas, and the Middle East through the organization of trade
and specialized marketing missions.

Nazhif was also a fellow under the two-year Teach for Malaysia program, which places young leaders as teachers in high-need schools throughout the country. He taught English and Malaysian History at Alor Pongsu, Perak. There, he also initiated partnerships with corporate partners, constituency leaders and NGOs to run specialized academic performance improvement programs.

Nazhif earned a Bachelor of Science degree, magna cum laude, from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service in Washington D.C., majoring in Regional and Comparative Studies (Middle East and Asia). He was a recipient of the Malaysian Public Service Department’s Overseas Degree Program scholarship. He also holds a Post-Graduate Diploma in Education (History) from the Northern University of Malaysia (UUM). In his spare time, he indulges in cooking and Arabic calligraphy.


Shazwan Mustafa Kamal
Associate Director, Malaysia
Vriens & Partners

Shazwan is an Associate Director at Vriens & Partners’ office in Kuala Lumpur and brings along 10 years of professional experience in the field of politics, journalism, and the media.

From 2014 to 2020, Shazwan worked for online news portal the Malay Mail as an assistant news editor and senior journalist. In this role, Shazwan directly oversaw the newsdesk’s day-to-day operations as well as its political analyses. He also led the news team in the coverage of important events like the 2018 general election and spearheading story packages.

From 2009 to 2012, Shazwan worked as a journalist for the news portal The Malaysian Insider, where he extensively covered breaking political and economical stories.

Shazwan received his Bachelor of Arts in Communication from Monash University, and a Master in Diversity and the Media from the University of Westminster, UK. He was also a 2012 Chevening scholarship recipient.


Hans Vriens
Managing Partner
Vriens & Partners

Hans is the founder and Managing Partner of Vriens & Partners, the leading government affairs, public policy and political risk analysis firm around Southeast Asia. It is headquartered in Singapore and has more than 90 staff
and 30 senior counsellors around the region. The firm has offices in Singapore, Indonesia, Vietnam, Myanmar, Thailand, Malaysia, The Philippines, and Cambodia.

Hans has lived and worked in Asia since 1990. He is a regular commentator on regional issues. Prior to establishing V&P, Hans was Vice Chairman, Asia at APCO Worldwide. He set up and served as Managing Director of the Indonesia practice for six years. Prior to this he worked as a political economist at the Political and Economic Risk Consultancy in Hong Kong. Earlier he practised law in the M&A practice at Clifford Chance and was the Asia correspondent for a leading Dutch financial and economic daily. In 1995, he was elected president of the Foreign Correspondents’ Club Hong Kong, then the largest in the world.

Hans serves on the Board of Trustees of the Foundation of UWCSEA. He was a founding member of the Europe ASEAN Business Alliance, Chairman of the Foundation Dutch Education at UWCSEA, a board member of EuroCham, and founding chairman of DutchCham in SG.

Hans graduated from law school in civil and public law at Groningen University in the Netherlands. During his studies, he was a research assistant in European parliamentary history and public law. In 1982 he took a year off from his studies when he was elected Senatus Rector of the Student Union (VAP).

Hans studied at the Bologna Center of the Paul Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) of the Johns Hopkins University. He also did stints at the Universities of Grenoble in France, and Krakow in Poland.

His family lived in Batavia, Semarang and on Biak off Papua in the Dutch East Indies for several generations until the handover of Papua in 1962. He is married to Katy le Blanc. They have two sons.

Specialities: Government Affairs, Political and Economic Analysis around the Asia Pacific.


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