Abdul Aziz Abdul Samad
Abdul Aziz Abdul Samad
Head of Entrepreneur Development and a Certified Professional Coach
Abdul Aziz Abdul Samad is currently the Head of Entrepreneur Development and a Certified Professional Coach at the Centre for Entrepreneur Development and Research (CEDAR). He is an experienced development banker with Infrastructure & Development Bank of Malaysia and SME Bank since 1995.

His involvement in development banking started in processing financing applications and monitoring clients business performance at the Banks’ branches and Regional Office and then, as trainer, coordinator and secretariat for dedicated funds and entrepreneur development programmes e.g. Groom Big Programme, Graduate Entrepreneur Incubator Programme, Young Entrepreneur Programme, One District One Product Programme, Nursery Factory Scheme, Women Entrepreneur Programme and Entrepreneur Mentoring and Attachment Programme. He holds a BSc in Accounting and Finance from University of Wales, United Kingdom and Master of Business Administration from the National University of Malaysia. He is also a Certified Trainer by Human Resource Development Fund (HRDF) and also holds a Certificate in Islamic Banking & Finance from International Islamic Universiti of Malaysia (IIUM).


Norhisham Hamzah
Norhisham Hamzah
Head, Research and Publication
Norhisham Hamzah is currently the Head of Research and Publication at the Centre for Entrepreneur Development and Research (CEDAR).

He joined the former SME Bank in 1996 (then known as Bank Industri) and was attached to Corporate Loans for 3 years before moving on to Economic and Industry Research where he conducted a number of primary and secondary studies on strategic sectors such as the maritime, to identify funding requirements, issues and trends (1999-2005).

The research outcome was submitted to the Ministry of Finance to request special funds to strengthen the sector’s contribution to the economy. Driven by his interest in SME market, he went on to join SME Bank’s Advisory Centre where he provided support on market research to SME customers.

Norhisham holds Grad. Diploma in Economics and Bachelor of Arts in Education (Warwick University), Diploma in Corporate Administration and affiliate of the Malaysian Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators (MAICSA), Certified Business Coach (UMCCed) and partly completed Master of Economics (UM).