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.



Idarahayu Ayob MSc.
in Technology and Innovation Management

Idarahayu received her Master in Technology and Innovation Management from Malaysia-Japan International Institute of Technology (MJIIT), UTM. She completed her first degree in Information Technology (majoring in Artificial Intelligence). Prior to joining Leave a Nest Malaysia, she had served a government agency and actively involved in the bridging programs between academia and industry, and facilitated research encouragement funds in new technology. She’s also an industry advisor for several universities and regulatory bodies in Malaysia. Her interest is in the application of scientific 3D visualization, drone, virtual reality, and developing new talents in science and technology field.



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.


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.


Ummu Alyaa Hashim MSc.
Sustainability and Environmental Sciences

Ummu Alyaa is in the Research Development Division at Leave a Nest Malaysia. She completed her first degree in Mechanical Precision Engineering at Malaysia-Japan International Institute of Technology (MJIIT), UTM Kuala Lumpur. She was conferred Master of Sustainability and Environmental Sciences, a Joint Master’s Degree between MJIIT and the University of Tsukuba, Japan. She has a keen interest in Renewable Energy and Acoustics Study. She joined Leave a Nest as she shares the same vision and passion towards advancing science and technology for global happiness. She is anticipating to bridge the gap between academia and industry.


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.

Self_picture, Arief

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.