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Jasmine Begum, PhD

Regional Director, Legal & Government Affairs, Microsoft ASEAN

Jasmine, based in Kuala Lumpur, leads Microsoft’s Corporate External and Legal Affairs for the ASEAN region. She and her team provide legal and government affairs support to Microsoft’s sales and business operations in-country and the region. She helps governments, customers, partners, the private sector, and communities with counsel on digital security, intellectual property, regulatory, compliance, and data protection issues. She established the APAC Leaders Digital Alliance for the public sector in 2021, creating a platform for government agencies, ICT leaders, and the industry ecosystem to learn and share best practices in building their national digital transformation agenda.

Jasmine has nearly 30 years of extensive expertise and experience in legal, policy, regulatory engagement, and communications. Prior to Microsoft, she held leadership positions at Dell, the UNDP, and the United Nations Executive Office of the Secretary-General in New York.

She is a recognized advocate for marginalized communities and plays a crucial role in advancing policies on accessibility and promoting women in the field of technology. Jasmine is the first Malaysian appointed to the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) Multistakeholder Advisory Group (MAG) by UN Secretary General in December 2021. Her achievements have also earned her prestigious accolades such as the inaugural WIM’s Tan Sri Napsiah Omar Women Leaders Award and the Global Leadership Award for ICT Excellence.

She holds a double degree in law from the International Islamic University in Kuala Lumpur, pursued post-graduate studies in the UK, and earned a Ph.D. in business and human rights. With admission to practice law in Malaysia and the UK, she is currently an Adjunct Professor in several universities across the region and has received an Honorary Doctorate for her outstanding leadership and contributions in public policy and governance from the UNITAR International University (UNITAR).


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