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Sohpian Bin Ariffin (CEO)

Sohpian Bin Ariffin

Sohpian oversees the strategic direction and takes the lead across all aspects of the Malaysian-based engineering company. Honoured with Youth Development Entrepreneur under Malaysia External Trade Development Corporation (MATRADE) program in 2015, Sohpian has since proved his capabilities as a quick-witted entrepreneur who is able to make valuable decisions for the company.

Graduated with Electrical Engineering Stream from Universiti Teknologi MARA, Sohpian first started his experience in the engineering field as an electrical engineer with TNB REMACO for Tuanku Jaafar Power Station, where at that time he was responsible for engineering and procurement.

Subsequently, he then ventured into managing and leading position as he was assigned as the Lead Engineer by Haven Group, a subsidiary under Bumi Armada Berhad.

He was responsible in managing the first Malaysian Floating production storage and offloading (FPSO) known as Armada Perkasa, a floating vessel own by Bumi Armada Berhad. His tenure has exposed him to strong leadership and managing skills which built his exceptional governance capability.

In 2004, Sohpian decided to curve his own business career by forming a company known as Hadid Engineering (M) Sdn Bhd (HADID), with the experience he obtained throughout his journey. Without looking back, he forges ahead and successfully expanded the business by becoming among the first Malaysian companies to spearhead and penetrate into Central Asia Region, in 2016. Under his lead, Hadid has also become among the first Malaysian companies that initiated the Integrated Engineering Services Facility (IESF) in Aktau, Republic of Kazakhstan, where the company functions as a platform for different fields of engineering oil and gas services.

Thanks to his success and proven track record in The Republic of Kazakhstan, Hadid was then being invited by the government of The Republic of Uzbekistan to venture its business into the country, in 2018. After a market survey together with his team, and a strong support from the government, he decided to diversify the business by providing telecommunication services for the region of Uzbekistan.

On top of all that, he has also continuously involved in the attempt of encouraging more Malaysian companies to venture into the Central Asia Region by leading the MyConsortium in 2016, and MATRADE Largecorp Program in 2019. With these programs, he aims to promote and extend Malaysian Engineering services to the outside world, at the same time to help grow other companies’ business.

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