Heikal is an expert on ASEAN geopolitics, healthcare systems, political economy and regulatory affairs. He oversees BGA’s strategic consulting function and supports the overall performance of BGA Malaysia.
Heikal serves multinational companies from a wide range of industries including manufacturing, fast-moving consumer goods, financial services, healthcare and technology. With years of experience in the pharmaceutical sector, he has a strong background in linking Malaysian government initiatives to the corporate sector and has been crucial to the implementation of go-to-market strategies and policy initiatives.
Prior to his role at BGA, Heikal was a senior executive in a leading Malaysian corporation that operates in the manufacturing sector. In this role, he led business development activities, focusing on strategic blueprints and building strong partnerships for new business ventures. As part of the Group Corporate Development Team, he was a key contributor to the implementation of strategic plans including corporate exercises to separate the pharmaceutical division from the group and enable it to focus on a more robust growth strategy.
Earlier, Heikal served as a special assistant to a member of Parliament, where he worked with public and private stakeholders to develop a constituency into a new regional oil and gas hub. He brought government policy perspective to strategic discussions on oil and gas technology, operations, logistics, procurement and supply chain.
Heikal holds a master’s degree in advanced chemical engineering from the University of Birmingham.