Board of Trustees

The governance of PADU is led by highly capable individuals, each with the ability
to drive PADU to deliver its objectives in the most efficient manner.

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    Dato' Sri Alias bin Haji Ahmad

    YBhg. Dato' Sri Alias bin Ahmad was born on the 22 May 1958 in Tumpat, Kelantan. He graduated from the University of Malaya (UM) with a Bachelor of Art and Social Science (Hons) in 1981 and pursued his Masters Degree in Strategic and Defence Studies, University Malaya in 2001. He also obtained a diploma in Intelligent and Security from Taiwan Military College, Taipei in 1996 and Certificate in Emergency Responses from College of Emergency and Disasters Responses, Yorkshire in 1997.

    Appointed as a Diplomatic and Administrative Officer in 1982, he has been working in various Ministries, including in National Security Council, Ministry of Home Affairs and Immigration Department. Prior to his current appointment, he was the Director General in Immigration Department of Malaysia since October 2010 - February 2014. In 5 February 2014, he was promoted as Secretary General in the Ministry of Domestic Trade, Co-operatives and Consumerism. In 15 Mac 2016 he was promoted as Secretary in the National Security Council, Prime Minister's Department and 3 September 2016 he was promoted as Secretary General in the Ministry of Education Malaysia.

    He was conferred with various awards for his vast contributions in the Civil Service. In 2010, he was honoured with Darjah Kebesaran Sultan Ahmad Shah Pahang (DSAP) which carries the title “Dato’. He was further honoured with Darjah Kebesaran Sultan Ahmad Shah Pahang Yang Amat Dimuliakan (SSAP) which carries the title “Dato’ Sri’ in 2013. He is married to Datin Sri Nor Azizah binti Sulaiman and has five children.

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    Tan Sri Dr. Khair Mohamad Yusof

    Tan Sri Dr. Khair Mohamad Yusof currently serves as the Director General of Education under the Ministry of Education since December 8, 2013.

    He began his career as a lecturer at Ungku Omar Polytechnic and later joined the Ministry of Education in 1991 as Assistant Director of Curriculum at the Department of Technical Education (later renamed the Division of Technical and Vocational Education), where he took responsibility in overseeing the development of polytechnic, technical and vocational institutions. In 2005, he was appointed as the Director of Politeknik Sultan Abdul Halim Mu'adzam Shah (POLISAS) in Kuantan. He was also the Director of Institut Aminuddin Baki (IAB) and the Deputy Director General of Education.

    He holds a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Bolton Institute of Technology, United Kingdom and a Post-Graduate Diploma in Civil Engineering from East London Polytechnic. He also received a Master's Degree in Civil Engineering from Universiti Teknologi Malaysia in 1989 and a PhD in Education from University of Manchester, United Kingdom in 1997.

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    Tan Sri Abd Ghafar Mahmud

    Tan Sri Abdul Ghafar Mahmud currently serves as Chairman of Perbadanan Kota Buku and the National Book Council and is appointed by MOE as an advisor for the Fully Residential Schools and development of Young Teachers project.

    Starting off as a teacher, he began to build his career by serving at various capacities and levels in school, State Education Department, and the Ministry of Education. He served as a school principal from 1998 to 2001 and was later appointed as a Principal Assistant Director in the Schools Division of the Ministry of Education. He then assumed various leadership roles, namely as the head of various ministry divisions including the Director of Sports Division, Chief Inspector of the School Inspectorate and Director of Institut Aminuddin Baki.

    In 2011, he represented the Minister of Education at the 46th SEAMEO Council Conferences (SEAMEC) and the 6th ASEAN Education Ministerial Meeting (ASED) in Brunei. He also carried the role of Attaché Officer for the Malaysian Embassy in Washington DC, United States and was elected as the Deputy Chairman representing Asia Pacific Region in the 61st session of the Council of UNESCO, International Bureau of Education (IBE). His last post prior to retirement was as Director-General of Education, Ministry of Education Malaysia from 2010 to 2013.

    He graduated from University Malaya with a Bachelors Degree of Arts and Diploma in Education. He also received a Master of Art in Education from University of East Anglia, Norwich, England.

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    Professor Tan Sri Dato' Dzulkifli Abdul Razak

    Professor Tan Sri Dato' Dzulkifli Abdul Razak is currently the 14th President of the International Association of Universities (IAU), a UNESCO-affiliated organisation, based in Paris.

    In addition, he is an Honorary Professor at the University of Nottingham and holds the Chair of Islamic Leadership at Islamic Science University (USIM) in Malaysia. He also chairs the Steering Council of the Right Livelihood College Global Secretariat based in the University of Bonn, Germany. Of late, he was selected to be a member of the 2015 Hamburg Transuniversity Leaders Council, a "think tank" of future higher education. He was also made a member of the Global Leadership Initiative at the School of Frontier Sciences, University of Tokyo, Japan.

    His other international involvements include being a member of the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) – Advisory Education Hub Committee since 2007 and Executive Council of the Association of Commonwealth Universities (2006-2011).

    He has served as the 5th Vice-Chancellor of Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) from 2000 to 2011 and as a member of the World Health Organization (WHO) Expert Advisory Panel on Drug Policy and Management since 1995 until 2010. He also contributed to the WHO Scientific Committee of Tobacco Product Regulation (2004-2006).

    He is a Fellow of the Academy of Sciences Malaysia (FASc), the World Academy of Art and Sciences (FWAAS) and the Malaysian Institute of Malaysia (FMIM). He is also an Honorary Lifetime member of Asian Academy of Management.

    He is a weekly columnist for Malaysia's oldest daily in Malaysia, The New Straits Times since 1995 and more recently The Sun Daily.