Prof. Emeritus Dato' Ir. Dr. Mohamad Zawawi Bin Ismail
Chairman of NanoMalaysia
Dr Zawawi was the founding Vice-Chancellor of Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (Unimas), a position he held for eight years until his retirement December 2000.
Zawawi still maintains links with academia through currently being a Board Member of Inti Higher Education Centre Sdn Bhd, Inti Education Sdn Bhd and Inti International College Penang Sdn Bhd, owners of Inti International University and Colleges. He also sits on the Advisory Board of Higher Education Leadership Academy (AKEPT) since its establishment. Prior to these appointments, he was Chairman of the Board of Directors, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (National University of Malaysia). Chairman of the Board of Governors University Sains Malaysia (USM) and Deputy Chairman of the Malaysian Qualifications Agency (MQA). And for many years he sat on the Advisory Board of Razak School of Government.
Other previous appointments include Director of Commerce Leadership Institute of CIMB Group, Professor of Electronic Engineering, Dean of Engineering and Deputy Vice-Chancellor of Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM). He was one of the founders of Mimos Berhad, the Malaysian National R&D for ICT.
Zawawi had served several national bodies including National Information Technology Council, National Aerospace Council, National Scientific Research and Development Council, and National Higher Education Council. He was once advisor to both the National Science Centre and National Planetarium. He had served the Boards of several corporate entities including CIMB Bank Berhad, iCIMB Sdn Bhd and Mesiniaga Berhad (as Chairman), Bumi Armada Berhad, Commerce Asset Ventures.
Zawawi gained both his bachelor and doctorate degrees in electronic engineering from the University of Leeds, England. He is a Foundation Fellow of the Academy of Sciences Malaysia (ASM), a Professional Engineer and a Member of the Institute of Engineers Malaysia, and a Fellow of The Institute of Physics Malaysia for which he served as its President for many years.