Sohpian Ariffin is the Founder and Group Chief Executive Officer at Hadid. Sohpian founded Hadid at the age of 25 upon graduating with an Engineering degree from Universiti Teknologi MARA. He has been the brain behind Hadid ventures in Malaysia and abroad, underpinned by the company’s vision of ‘Sharing Malaysia’s Engineering Excellence with The World’.
With more than 20 years in the Power and Oil and Gas industries, Sohpian’s areas of expertise cover business strategic development, international market penetration, organizational transformation and project management. Sohpian’s leadership has now brought Hadid to expand to the Central Asia, Caspian Sea and Caribbean regions where the company offers tailored engineering solutions encompassing EPCC, MRO, technology affiliates, and trading for its international clients and partners. Creating opportunities in these uncontested market spaces renders huge satisfaction for Sohpian and his A-team as the goal of the company is to bring Malaysia’s expertise to the international arena in meeting the need of clients, wherever they may be.
This man’s vision is to drive Hadid to be an international player that can boost the economic growth in the emerging markets. Nevertheless, challenges are part and parcel of doing business; and as a business owner, Sohpian managed to do a major turnaround for Hadid post COVID-19 economic crisis. Strategic moves including corporate restructuring led by Sohpian has enabled Hadid to bounce back in the market; and now the organization has expanded beyond borders and continues to deliver values in its ventures.
Operating a sustainable and responsible business has always been Sohpian’s vision in building his legacy at Hadid. Sohpian has been involved with activities aimed at encouraging more and more Malaysian business entities to mark their strong foothold abroad, aligned with the government’s aspiration for SMEs to contribute more actively towards the international trade. Due to his consistent effort to embed the Malaysian value in his business overseas, Sohpian has been endorsed by the Government of Malaysia as Wira TVET Negara (National TVET Hero) under the Ministry of Education. Sohpian was also featured on OIC Today Magazine, thanks to his active involvement in Central Asia for more than 8 years.