Non-Independent And Non-Executive Director
Dato’ Seri Ir. Dr. Zaini Ujang
Dato’ Seri Ir. Dr. Zaini Ujang was appointed as Pengurusan Aset Air Berhad’s Board Member on 9 June 2020.
He is currently the Secretary General, Ministry of Environment and Water since 23 March 2020. Prior to this, he was the Secretary General for several Ministries including Ministry of Energy, Green Technology and Water from 2016 to 2018, Ministry of Higher Education from July 2015 to July 2016, and Secretary General II for Ministry of Education Malaysia from June 2013 to July 2015. Dato’ Seri was also the fifth Vice- Chancellor of Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (September 2008 – June 2013) and the first recipient of the prestigious Merdeka Award for the category of Outstanding Scholastics Achievement in 2009.
He was Chairman of the task force for preparing Malaysia Greentech and Master Plan (2017-2030), Malaysia Higher Education Blueprint (2015 – 2025) and spearheaded the governance and financial sustainability shifts. He also initiated UTM’s transformation program to be a research technical university, increasing enrolment of graduate students from 10% to 50% within five years (2008 – 2013); and initiated research collaborations with MIT, Imperial College London, Cambridge and Oxford.
His academic contributions are in the field of environmental management and technology, particularly water and wastewater treatment sustainable resource strategies and industrial ecology. Dato’ Seri Ir. Zaini has written more than 300 scientific papers published in leading academic journals and proceedings, and 40 books on environmental engineering, water sustainability, higher education and learning innovation, and published more than 2000 articles in mainstream media since 1988.
He is a Fellow at the Swedish Royal Physiographic Society in Lund (Sweden), Fellow at the Science Academy (Malaysia), Fellow at the Institute of Chemical Engineering (UK), Fellow Chartered Institute of Water and Environmental Management (UK) and Fellow of Institute Water Association, Fellow Institute of Engineers Malaysia.
Apart from that, Dato’ Seri Ir. Zaini is also registered as a Professional Engineer (Malaysia), Chartered Engineer (UK), Chartered Scientist (UK), and Chartered Water and Environmental Manager (UK).