Dr. Tariq Ahmed (CEO ACoRD)

Dr Tariq Ahmed has received his Ph.D. in Entrepreneurship and Innovation from University of Malaya in Malaysia. He has taught courses in Entrepreneurship, Statistics, and Research Methods at undergraduate and postgraduate level. He is currently supervising numerous students at the MS and PhD levels. He is a trained Structural Equation Modeling (SEM) analysis instructor having attended trainings by Professor Joseph Hair (University Sains Malaysia) and Professor Ramayah, at university of Malaya.

Dr Tariq is a founder and CEO of Academy of Research and Development PLT, the company is currently operating in Malaysia, Saudi Arabia and Dubai. Over the year’s entrepreneurship and strategic management became his passion. Dr Tariq is trainer and consultant in the field of entrepreneurship development. His workshops and presentations illustrate how to become even more successful by using a creative approach to business. Tariq explains how best to use creative business models, competitive advantage, strategic marketing, and profitable growth strategies. He speaks about the viability of business ideas, business growth, marketing and promotion, international business and other subjects relevant to businesses.


He has extensive research experience using a wide range of statistical packages, which includes but is not limited to SPSS, SEM AMOS and SEM Smart PLS. His articles have been accepted and published in top-ranked and reputable journals such as international journal of entrepreneurial behavior & research, Educational Studies, international journal of institutions and economies and global review of business and economic research.

Prof. Dr. Vgr Chandran A/l GovindarajuProf.

Dr. Vgr Chandran A/l Govindaraju holds an honorary position in the board of directors of Academy of Research and Development PLT. Dr. VGR Chandran is an Associate Professor at Department of Development Studies, Faculty of Economics and Administration, University of Malaya. He has also worked as a Principal Analyst of Economic and Policy Studies with Malaysian Industry-Government Group for High Technology (MIGHT), Prime Minister’s Department, Malaysia. He holds a PhD in Economics and has held positions as a consultant and research associate with several international institutions including United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), Korea Institute of S&T Evaluation and Planning (KISTEP), New York Academy of Sciences (NYAS), Copenhagen Business School, Denmark. His experience include leading and conducting research projects related to industrial competitiveness, innovation and technology policy, regional and industrial development and policy evaluation. He has published in Journal of Policy Modeling, Energy Policy, Applied Economics Letters, International Journal of Innovation and Technology Management, Innovation: Management Policy and Practice and Asian-African Journal of Economics and Econometrics. He has given invited speech at KIET, ADBI, University of Nottingham, Malaysia and many other places locally and internationally.