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.