Company Name

Leave a Nest Malaysia Sdn. Bhd.


October 2013

Representative Director

Abdul Hakim Sahidi

Description of Business

Education in science and technology, human resource development, research, planning and consulting for start-ups, etc.


Found8 KL Sentral 5, East Wing, Level 3, Jalan Stesen Sentral, Kuala Lumpur Sentral 50470 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia



Managing Director

Abdul Hakim Sahidi B.Eng.
Electronic System

Abdul Hakim Bin Sahidi received his Bachelor Degree in Electronic System Engineering from Malaysia-Japan International Institute of Technology (MJIIT), UTM. He is one of the pioneer members at Leave A Nest Malaysia when he joined the company in 2016. His passion is in business and he is a self-made entrepreneur ever since he was a student at the university. His current mission is to nurture more technopreneurs in Malaysia and connect them to a bigger global technopreneurship ecosystem. From 1st May 2019, he was appointed as the first local Managing Director in Leave a Nest Malaysia with strong passion to create more localized programs in Malaysia, to contribute to the growth of the country and the world.



Dr. Kihoko Tokue Ph.D.
in Science

Dr. Tokue is Founder of Leave a Nest Malaysia, and Managing Director of Leave a Nest Singapore. She was born in Tokyo but raised in Southeast Asia, studied bachelor degree in America and then moved to Australia for Master and PhD degree carrying out field work. Currently she is creating platform in ASEAN to nurture the next generation innovators, startups involving business development partners from industry. Her dream is to one day bring a change to a world with advancement of science and technology with true understanding and appreciation for nature.



Yukihiro Maru Ph.D.
in Agriculture

Dr. Maru is the founder and CEO of Leave a Nest Group. He earned a Doctorate degree at the Graduate School of Agriculture and Life Sciences, the University of Tokyo. He founded Leave a Nest Co., Ltd. in 2002, which became a leading science bridge communication company in Japan. Dr. Maru is the technical advisor for euglena Co., Ltd. which was listed in the First Section of the Tokyo Stock Exchange in 2014. He is also an innovator who has been involved in launching more than 78 startups including Challenergy, Inc. At the same time, he is holding the role as co-founder of Real Tech Fund and science evangelist of Drone Fund. He is an expert in advising young entrepreneurs in business development and venture spirit. Not limited in Japan, he has taken initiatives expanding his business to the world.



Yuko Ueno Ph.D.
in Biology

Dr. Yuko Ueno received her Ph.D in Ocean microbiology-biochemistry and joined Leave a Nest in 2013. She has experience in human resource development especially in entrepreneur education, and frontier business development with MNC. While utilizing her own research experience, she discovers and nurtures deep tech startups in the United States, United Kingdom, Singapore, Malaysia, and the Philippines where the Leave a Nest Group is based, and at the same time designs new businesses for Japanese companies in collaboration with the startups. She also has experience in accelerating Japanese deep tech startups enter the Southeast Asian market and Southeast Asian startups to enter the Japanese market, and has been appointed as a Director of Leave a Nest Malaysia since October 2021.



Nur Ahmad Zaim Hussin B.Eng.
Electronic System

Ahmad Zaim Hussin received his Diploma in Electrical (Communication) Engineering from UTM and Bachelor Degree in Electronic System Engineering from Malaysia-Japan International Institute of Technology (MJIIT), UTM. Before joining Leave a Nest Malaysia, he was an RF Optimization Engineer. At Leave a Nest Malaysia, Zaim is with Strategy Development Division. He is interested in Internet of Things (IOT), Smart Farming and  agriculture technology.

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Mohd Izwan Bin Zainol Ph.D.

in Biomedical Science

Mohd Izwan Zainol is a molecular biologist whose research focuses on diagnostic microbiology and immunopathology of infectious diseases. He also works on analyzing the biopotential of natural products and their bioactive compounds. He was the Monbukagakusho (MEXT) scholarship recipient for his Ph.D. at Nara Institute of Science and Technology, Japan (2019). He obtained his Master in Medical Science in 2016 from University of Malaya under the teaching assistance fellowship awarded by the university. In 2009, he received his Bachelor Degree in Biomedical Science from University of Malaya under the Public Service Department of Malaysia (JPA) sponsorship. Alongside tertiary education teaching experience, his interest is also rooted within informal education and community outreach such as public health awareness and street science for school children. He enjoys volunteering because he believes it helps to nurture his potential as a member of society. By joining Leave a Nest Malaysia, he is optimistic that he is carving his career path out of his comfort zone, into the worlds of entrepreneurship and business. Mohd Izwan is also the core member of Nest Bio-Venture Lab, a collaborative science research lab between Leave a Nest and MJIIT-UTM, Kuala Lumpur.

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Arief I. Zamani Ph.D.

in Systems Biology

Arief I. Zamani is a PhD holder in Systems Biology graduated from Institute of Systems Biology (INBIOSIS), The National University of Malaysia. Previously, he worked on recognition protein that involved in oyster immune system which earned him a Master of Science in Biotechnology from University Malaysia Terengganu. His research interest is to understand the adaptation of microorganisms in growing on different carbon source or under different environment condition. He is an expert in microbial metabolomics, conducting study on physiological aspect as well as metabolic changes in microorganism. He had published his works in numbers of journals including a Q1 journal. He worked in collaboration project between INBIOSIS, Sime Darby Technology Centre and Brandenburg University of Technology to develop a new fermentation system based on selective cultivation condition. He believes that doing science (research) and promoting science (STEM education) is compliment to each other. Hence, nurturing science in future generation is equally important as finding new discovery for human benefit.

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Suzianti Iskandar Vijaya 

Ph.D. in microbial molecular genetics

Suzianti Iskandar Vijaya is in the Research Development Division at Leave a Nest Malaysia. Her research focuses on molecular genetics, plant microbiology, and biomaterial research. Her main interests are agriculture crops disease diagnostics and molecular characterization, plant microbiome studies, as well as synthesis of new biomaterials from agricultural waste. She was the Monbukagakusho (MEXT) scholarship recipient for her Ph.D. study at Nara Institute of Science and Technology, Japan (2018). She obtained her Master in Plant Pathology in 2014 from Universiti Sains Malaysia under the postgraduate fellowship awarded by the university. Her deep interest in agriculture R&D drives her to challenge herself in solving problems towards advancing technology in Malaysia’s agriculture sector. She believes that Leave a Nest is the right platform for her to learn new skills, outgrow her limits, and achieve her goals. Staying true to Leave a Nest’s philosophy, she wants to utilize her skills and experience to bring global happiness by advancing through science and technology.

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Aisyah Abdul Hamid

Master of Biotechnology

Aisyah Abdul Hamid is in the Frontier Division at Leave a Nest Malaysia. She received the Bachelor of Science, majoring in Biotechnology from University of Malaysia Sabah (UMS). Her education journey continued at University of Malaya (UM), where she worked on aquatic toxicology research focusing on genotoxic test on local fish, thus she was conferred Master of Biotechnology. She was awarded with the Monbukagakusho (MEXT) scholarship for her Master degree in Biological Sciences at Nara Institute of Science and Technology (NAIST), Japan. Her research in NAIST focused on membrane protein crystallization. After graduating, she started working independently as a small business owner in the F&B industry for four years. Her interest in science and business has led her to Leave a Nest where she believes in the importance to become a Science Bridge Communicator to link the gap between academia and industry.


Ezral Ghazali Ph.D.

in Bioresource Engineering

Recipient of the prestigious Japanese Government's Monbukagakusho (MEXT) Scholarship; Dr. Ezral Ghazali studied colloidal science at the University of Tsukuba, where he received his PhD degree. His research addresses fundamental topics in the sedimentation of flocculated clay material in water treatment. Previously, he has served as a Researcher at Industrial Biotechnology Research Centre, SIRIM Berhad, where he was involved in multidisciplinary research. While in Japan, Ezral has an active outreach program to bring excitement in STEM among elementary, middle school and high school students. Transforming young lives through science is now his biggest passion. Ezral received his MPhil from the Malaysia-Japan International Institute of Technology (MJIIT), Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) and his BSc (Resource Biotechnology) from Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (UNIMAS).