Trailblazer Abdul Khani Daud retires from MyCEB

MyCEB CEO Abdul Khani Daud retires after an impressive 38-year legacy in the global tourism and business events sectors.

Abdul Khani Daud is retiring from his position as a government officer with effective from 21 April 2023.
Abdul Khani Daud is retiring from his position as a government officer with effective from 21 April 2023.

After 38 years of service in the tourism and business events industry, Abdul Khani Daud, CEO of Malaysia Convention & Exhibition (MyCEB), is retiring as government officer effective 21 April 2023. 

Beginning in 1985 at Tourism Malaysia (TM), Khani quickly rose to the position of acting director general before moving on to overseas postings in global markets such as Australia, Singapore, South Africa, and Thailand, where he played a crucial role in opening new markets and increasing tourist arrivals.

Since taking the reins at MyCEB in February 2020, Khani has been a highly respected leader in the global business events and tourism industry. During his tenure, he spearheaded numerous local and international projects, including the highly successful Meet in Malaysia campaign that generated an estimated RM1.05 billion (US$237 million) in economic impact between 2020 and 2022.


He also created the 3R initiative to help industry players achieve maximum success, and was a driving force behind the ease of travel to Malaysia.

Khani's contributions to the industry are widely recognised and appreciated. Under his leadership, MyCEB joined the Hybrid City Alliance together with 21 other cities worldwide and formed the Asia Convention Alliance together with Thailand, Taiwan, and Korea. These initiatives aimed to strengthen the business events industry for Malaysia and the region.

He also worked closely with various ministries to track all business events activities taking place in the country, including major events organised by different ministries.

Warm accolades from business events leaders

Many leaders and organisations in the tourism and business events industry have come forward to express their gratitude towards Khani for his contributions in light of his departure.

Tiong King Sing, the Minister of Tourism, Arts, and Culture (MOTAC) Malaysia, praised his exemplary and inspiring service to the ministry, tourism industry, and the nation.

Francis Teo, president of Malaysian Association of Convention and Exhibition Organisers and Suppliers (MACEOS), expressed his appreciation for Khani’s efforts to fight for the survival of the industry during the pandemic.

Vincent Lim, a board member of the Asian Federation of Exhibition and Convention Associations (AFECA), commended him for initiating progressive changes in the industry.

Senthil Gopinath, CEO of International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA), thanked him for his endless support and drive towards the association and the industry.

Hosea Andreas Runkat, the chairman of the Indonesian Exhibition Companies Association (IECA-Asperapi), praised him for initiating trailblazing changes and being an exemplary figure for the industry.