Ganesh Kumar Bangah
Founder & Executive Chairman
Ganesh Kumar Bangah is a well known and award winning serial entrepreneur and startup investor. Ganesh was the Ernst & Young Technology Entrepreneur of the Year Malaysia in 2012. He has received many accolades including being recognised by Top 10 of Malaysia as among the 10 most inspiring Malaysian technology entrepreneurs and by Society Magazine as one of the 100 people you must know in Asia.
Ganesh founded his first internet business, MOL Global Inc. (“MOL”) in the year 2000 at the tender age of 20. He served as the Chief Executive Officer of MOL for 15 years since its inception. Ganesh was certified by the Malaysia Book of Records as the youngest Chief Executive Officer of a Malaysian public listed company when MOL was originally listed on the Malaysian Stock Exchange in 2003. Through a series of acquisitions all over the world, he built MOL to become South East Asia’s leading online payment gateway and South East Asia’s first internet company to be listed on the NASDAQ in 2014. He was also the Founder and Director of MOL Ventures, an investment holding company which made successful private investments in global social media and mobile internet companies such as Facebook, Friendster and Kakao.
After leaving MOL in 2016, Ganesh founded ecosystem builder Commerce.Asia. Commerce.Asia is venture builder that invests, mentors and accelerates commerce technology enablers across South East Asia. Through Commerce.Asia, Ganesh has invested in leading e-commerce platform, Sitegiant; Malaysia’s largest dropshipping platform, Kumoten; Malaysia’s largest direct-to-garment merchandise creation platform, Famsy; and acquired the largest SME database in South East Asia, Panpages Lab. Commerce.Asia is also the first licensee of the Silicon Valley based GrowthX Accelerator and Academy outside the United States He achieved another record in 2018 when Commerce.Asia raised the Largest Equity Crowdfunding Round in Malaysia as certified by the Malaysian Book Of Records.
Ganesh is a well respected industry leader and is currently the Chairman of the National ICT Association of Malaysia (“PIKOM”) and Chair of E-Commerce Malaysia, a Chapter of PIKOM. He is the Champion of the ICT Nexus under the Malaysian Productivity Blueprint and in that capacity is a member of the Malaysian Productivity Council.
Ganesh has received many awards including as Overall Top Award Winner for the Prestige Top 40 Under 40 2012 Awards, Winner of the JCI Creative Young Entrepreneur Award 2009, Winner of the Technopreneur Excellence Award at the PIKOM ICT Leadership Awards in 2009 and Winner of the Young Indian Entrepreneur Award in 2009.