David Mizan Hashim
Founder, Group President and Director
VERITAS Design Group

David Mizan Hashim is the Founder, Group President and Director of the VERITAS Design Group, one of Asia’s largest multi-disciplinary design firms which he established in 1987, and which now has offices in 6 countries and is based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

His academic credentials include a Bachelor degree in 1983 from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and a Master in Architecture in 1986 from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design (GSD), both located in Cambridge, Massachusetts in the USA. Upon graduation, he was awarded the prestigious Aga Khan Travel Fellowship for research in Islamic architecture.

David is a Fellow of the Malaysian Institute of Architects and a Member of the ASEAN Architect Council, the Association of Consulting Architects of Malaysia and the Malaysian Institute of Interior Design. He is also an Associate member of the American Institute of Architects and the Boston Society of Architects. His past committee positions include Council Member of the Harvard Club of Malaysia, Vice President of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Club Malaysia and he has been included in the list of Who's Who in the World. He is a founding member of the Malaysia-India Business Council.

David has been very active in the promotion of global trade in services, and has spoken on this subject around the world on behalf of the International Trade Commission (ITC), the Malaysia External Trade Development Corporation (MATRADE) and the Malaysian Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI).

He has also been very involved in the promotion of entrepreneurship and was a founding member and twice ex-President of the Malaysian Chapter of the Entrepreneurs’ Organization and an ex-President of the Malaysian Chapter of the World Entrepreneurs’ Organization.

David won the prestigious Most Outstanding Malaysian Award from the Junior Chamber of Commerce in 1999 in the category of Entrepreneurial Accomplishment, and led VERITAS to receive the 1999 Enterprise-50 Award for best-run medium sized firm by Anderson Consulting. In 2005 and again in 2008, he was among the 5 finalist in the Ernst & Young Malaysian Master Entrepreneur of the Year Awards.

David has been Principal-in-Charge of numerous award-winning architecture, planning, interior design and landscape design projects by VERITAS, in Malaysia and overseas.

David, his projects and his essays have been featured widely in local and international publications and he has spoken at numerous conferences, universities and professional forums around the world. He plays an active role in the local and international architectural and entrepreneurship speaking circuit and remains active as a mentor to many aspiring young architects and entrepreneurs today.