Johan Jaaffar – Keynote Speaker

Chairman of Media Prima Berhad, Malaysia's largest media conglomerate

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Specialist Subjects

  • Media
  • Motivation
  • Leadership


  • English


Datuk Johan Jaaffar is Chairman of Media Prima Berhad (Media Prima) and was appointed to the Board of Media Prima on 30 April 2009.

Datuk Johan is currently the Chairman of the Board of Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka (DBP). He also holds the Chairman position for Sistem Televisyen Malaysia Berhad, Metropolitan TV Sdn. Bhd., Natseven TV Sdn. Bhd., Ch-9 Sdn. Bhd., Max-Airplay Sdn. Bhd., Synchrosound Studios Sdn. Bhd., Radio Wanita Sdn. Bhd., Primeworks Studios Sdn. Bhd., Big Tree Outdoor Sdn. Bhd., Sekolah Sri Nobel, a private school, and Iltizam Tuah Sdn Bhd, a training company. Until recently, he sat in the board at Sindora Berhad. He is currently a columnist for the New Straits Times and Berita Minggu.

Datuk Johan started his career when he joined the Translation Unit of Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka (DBP) in 1977 before joining the Literary Division. In 1988 he was appointed the Chief Editor of the DBP’s Magazine Division. His last post was the Head of General Publishing Department of DBP. In November 1992, Datuk Johan joined Utusan Melayu (M) Berhad as the Group Chief Editor for six years before leaving the Group in July 1998.

In 1995, he was appointed as one of the members of Malaysian Business Council (MBC). When the government mooted the idea of “Multimedia Super Corridor” (MSC), Datuk Johan was appointed to the board of Multimedia Development Council (MDC). He was once a committee member of Yayasan Anak-anak Yatim Malaysia (YATIM) and a member of Jawatankuasa Diplomasi dan Hubungan Antarabangsa (JIDHA). He too was once a member of Majlis Perpaduan Negara.

Datuk Johan has just completed his responsibility as one of the members of the National Brains Trusts on National Education under the auspices of ISIS and the National Economic Action Committee (NEAC).

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