Prof. Emeritus Dato' Ir. Dr. Mohamad Zawawi bin Ismail
Chairman of NanoMalaysia
Dr Mohamad Zawawi Ismail has been the Chairman of NanoMalaysia Berhad since its establishment in 2011.
He was the Founding Vice-Chancellor of Universiti Malaysia Sarawak UNIMAS (1992-2000). While serving UNIMAS, he was a member of the National Higher Education Council (1997-2000), National Council for Scientific Research and Development (1993-2000), National Information Technology Council NITC (1995-2002), Academy Sciences Malaysia Council (1995-2003, 2005-06), Advisory Councils of National Science Centre (1997-2001) and National Planetarium (1998-2002).
Before UNIMAS, Zawawi was the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (1991-92) of Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia UKM, where he began his academic career in 1972, upon his return with a doctorate from the University of Leeds. He became Head of Physics (1973-75), Dean of Science (1976-82), and Dean of Engineering (1990-91), and a member of the University Governing Council (1973-76, 82-84). He was appointed Professor of Engineering in 1981. While serving UKM, he was President of the Academic Staff Association UKM (1973-80), President of the Insitute of Physics Malaysia (1976-79), founding Executive Secretary of UNESCO Asian Physics Education Network AsPEN (1981-87), a Fulbright scholar (1985), a member of the Steering Committees of National Science Centre (1990-96) and Technology Park (1992-94). He left UKM briefly between 1985-90 to jointly establish MIMOS.
After leaving Unimas, he served as director of several corporate entities: CIMB Bank and iCIMB (2001-10), Commerce Asset Ventures (2001-10), Bumi Armada (2004-08); Executive Director of Commerce Leadership Institute (2005-09); and Chairman of listed Mesiniaga Berhad (2002-06) and Inti Universal Holdings Berhad (2003-07).
He was a member of the National Aerospace Council (2001-03). He served the Boards of International Medical University IMU (2001-06), National Defence University of Malaysia UPNM (2007-10), and Malaysian Qualifications Agency MQA (2010-14), and the Advisory Boards of Razak School of Government RSOG (2011-14) and Higher Education Leadership Academy AKEPT (2010-21). He was Chairman of the Universiti Sains Malaysia USM (2009-12) and Chairman of Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia UKM (2012-15).
He is currently a member of the Board of Governors of Inti International University and sits on the boards of several companies related to Inti International University and Colleges (since 2008). Zawawi is an Honorary Fellow of the Institute of Physics Malaysia and a founding Fellow of Academy Sciences Malaysia.
Education: BSc(Eng), PhD (Leeds), Victoria Institution and Sultan Ismail College.
Honours: KMN, JSM, DPSK (Kelantan), Hon DEng (Leeds), Hon PhD (UKM), Hon DEng (OUM). Emeritus Professor (UNIMAS).