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Compass Rose - Turning ideas into Reality


Compass Rose Sdn Bhd believes in achieving ambitious goals faster with collaborative forces and a multistakeholder approach. We provide solutions and advice for enhancing the performance and impact of your organisation and communities via our knowledge, networks and experience with ICT. We focus on the Internet and ICT as key enablers of success and we collaborate with a worldwide network of experts and field leaders.

Our advisory services cover the following areas:

Brokering Minds Leveraging Networks Creating Success

Areas of Thematic Interest:

  • Multistakeholder Initiatives and Collaboration
  • ICT for Development
  • ICT Policy
  • Internet Governance
  • Enterprise Development


Rinalia Abdul Rahim
Rinalia Abdul Rahim

Managing Director and Chairman of Compass Rose Sdn Bhd

Rinalia Abdul Rahim is Managing Director and Chairman of Compass Rose Sdn Bhd, a consulting company that believes in achieving ambitious goals faster for organisations and communities with the use of collaborative forces and the multistakeholder approach.

She has 20 years of experience in international development and ICT policy where she focuses on the issues of access, empowerment and governance. She is currently an Advisory Board Member with Mozilla Foundation, advising on the strategy and policy orientation of its Tech Policy Fellowship.

Her superior capabilities of engaging with stakeholders and decision makers make her an admired facilitator for success and achievements. Rinalia’s signature is her superb communication skills with global, multicultural understanding and dimensions. She has excellent skills for unpacking complex issues for the benefit of the targeted audience and for prioritising tasks to reach desired goals in time. Her prime focus as a facilitator is to stay impartial and dedicated to the tasks at hand.

She has 15 years of experience in non-profit leadership and governance, particularly of global institutions with a public interest orientation. She served as a member of the Board of Directors at the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) from 2014-2017. She was elected by the global community of Internet end users (At-Large) to the position in 2014.

Previously she served for 8 years as Executive Director of the Global Knowledge Partnership (GKP). She successfully positioned GKP as the world’s first and leading multistakeholder initiative that promoted knowledge and ICT for Development (ICT4D) after facilitating its transfer out of the World Bank’s supervision in 2001. She effectively brought together stakeholders from the public, private and civil society sectors to explore innovative and collaboration-based solutions to development challenges across various issue areas such as poverty, education, and the empowerment of women and youth. She established high impact programs and networks for sharing knowledge, building partnerships and spreading best practices across regions. She also conceptualized and moderated numerous multistakeholder policy discussions and learning events at the regional and global levels.

She worked for 5 years with the Malaysian Government in developing national ICT policies, strategies and programmes that nurtured Malaysia’s knowledge-based society. Some of the strategies and framework were promoted as best practices by the United Nations Development Programme and have been adopted by many developing countries across Asia, Africa and the Middle East.

She has held various positions with international, regional and national bodies. Globally, she served as Vice-Chair of the Global Action Network Council; Member of the Technical Advisory Group for the World Economic Forum-UNESCO Partnership for Education initiative; Strategy Council Member & High Level Advisor for the United Nations Global Alliance for ICT and Development; Advisor to the International Task Force on Women and ICT; and Executive Committee Member of the ICANN At-Large Advisory Committee. Regionally, she served as Advisor to the Youth Social Enterprise Initiative and Member of the International Advisory Panel for the UNDP Asia Pacific Development Information Programme. Nationally, she served as Member of the Wawasan Open University Council (precursor to the University’s Board of Governors); Member of the National Information Technology Council by appointment of the Prime Minister; and Executive Council Member of the Internet Society Malaysia Chapter.

She holds a Master in Public Policy Degree from Harvard University and a Bachelor's Degree in Political Science from Princeton University. She is certified in Corporate Governance by INSEAD.

Raised in Malaysia, she has lived in the USA, Hong Kong, Mainland China, and Singapore. She currently resides in Germany.

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