Tan Sri Dato' Abdul Rahman bin Mamat is our Independent Non-Executive Chairman. He was first appointed to the Board on 2 June 2011 and was appointed as the Chairman of the Board on 31 March 2017.
He graduated with a Bachelor of Economics (Honours) from Universiti Malaya in 1975 and obtained an Advanced Management Programme qualification from Harvard Business School, Boston, United States in 2004.
He joined the Ministry of International Trade and Industry ("MITI") as an Assistant Director in April 1975 and served in various capacities within MITI for 35 years before retiring in December 2010. These included the positions of: (a) Deputy Trade Commissioner, Malaysian Trade Office, New York, the United States; (b) Director of Trade, Malaysian Trade Centre, Taipei, Taiwan; (c) Economic Counsellor/Trade Commissioner and Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations Economic and Social Commission, Malaysian Trade Office, Bangkok, Thailand; (d) Special Assistant to the then Minister of MITI, Tan Sri Rafidah Aziz; (e) Member of the Board of Directors, Malaysian Industry- Government Group for High Technology ("MIGHT"); (f) Director of Industries; (g) Senior Director, Policy and Industry, Services Division; (h) Chairman of Malaysia External Trade Development Corporation ("MATRADE"); (i) Deputy Secretary-General (Industry); and (j) Secretary General of MITI.
During his tenure with MITI, he also served as MITI's representative on the board of various government-linked companies and corporations including MIDA, Johor Corporation, Regional Economic Development Authority (RECODA), Sarawak and Small and Medium Enterprise Corporation Malaysia, Pahang State Economic Development Corporation, Malaysian Technology Development Corporation and MATRADE. He has represented Malaysia at numerous international meetings, negotiations, conferences and symposiums and has been involved in formulating, implementing and monitoring policies and strategies on international trade and industries as well as entrepreneurship development. He was an honorary member of the ASEAN Federation of Engineering Organisations, a Malaysian Leader for the High-Level Task Force on ASEAN Economic Integration and is the Chairman of the Advisory Board of the International Council of SME & Entrepreneurship Malaysia and Board of Trustee of Enactus Malaysia Foundation, both US-based non-profit organisations aimed at grooming university students into future business leaders. He sits on the board of Trustees of Yayasan Tan Sri SM Nasimuddin.
Tan Sri Dato' Abdul Rahman sits on the boards of directors of several public listed companies in Malaysia, namely Hiap Teck Venture Berhad, BioAlpha Holdings Berhad, Dagang NeXchange Berhad and Parkson Holdings Berhad as well as a non-listed public company, Malaysian Industrial Development Finance Berhad. He also sits on the boards of several private limited companies in Malaysia which are involved in finance, manufacturing, retail and services sectors covering global logistics, healthcare and, oil, gas and energy.