Malaysian, Female, Age 62
Date of Appointment:
25 May 2022
Length of Tenure as director:
10 months (as at 31 March 2023)
Membership of Board Committee:
Datuk Dr. Siti Hamisah Binti Tapsir, a Malaysian aged 62, is our Independent Non-Executive Chairperson. She was appointed to our Board on 25 May 2022.
She graduated with a Diploma in Civil Engineering with Institut Teknologi MARA (now known as Universiti Teknologi MARA) in 1982, Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from New England College, USA in 1984 and a Master of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of Lowell (now known as University of Massachusetts Lowell), USA in 1987. She also obtained a Doctor of Philosophy in Civil Engineering from the University of Leeds, United Kingdom in 1994.
She is a registered professional engineer with the Board of Engineers, Malaysia since 2001, a Fellow member of the Institution of Engineers, Malaysia since 2007 and a Professional Technologist of the Malaysia Board of Technologists since 2017. She is also a President of the Malaysia Board of Technologists since 2021 and a member of the Institute of Corporate Directors Malaysia since September 2022. In November 2022, she was appointed as a member of the Board of Governors for UCSI Hospital Sdn Bhd.
She started her career with Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (“UTM”) as Lecturer in 1987. Between 1991 and 1994, she was granted leave to pursue her Doctor of Philosophy in Civil Engineering from the University of Leeds, United Kingdom. During her tenure with UTM, she held various positions which include, among others, Head of Laboratory, Associate Professor, Assistant Director, Programme Director, Dean, Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Vice Chancellor, and she was mainly responsible for lecturing, research, consultancy and management.
She left UTM as Campus Director of UTM International Campus in 2009 to join the Ministry of Higher Education as Deputy Director General in the same year. She was promoted to Director General of Higher Education in 2016, where was she was responsible for overseeing the implementation of higher education policies at both public and private universities.
She left the Ministry of Higher Education and was appointed as Secretary General of the Ministry of Energy, Science, Technology, Environment and Climate Change (now known as the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation) in 2019, where she was responsible for developing and overseeing the rollout of national policy on energy, science, technology, innovation and climate change in Malaysia. Following the restructuring of the said ministry by the Government in March 2020, she continued to hold the position of Secretary General up until March 2021. During this period, she was appointed as Adjunct Professor of UTM in January 2020 until her departure in January 2021.
In March 2021, she was re-appointed as Secretary General of the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation on a 6-month contract basis, where she was developing and overseeing the national agenda of science, technology and innovation of all the ministries. In addition, she was assigned to lead the rollout of the COVID-19 Vaccination Plan under the COVID-19 Immunisation Task Force in Malaysia before her retirement in September 2021.
Upon retirement from her full-time civil service in September 2021, she was appointed as Group Chief Executive Officer of UCSI Group and Vice-Chancellor of UCSI University in October 2021, where she mainly oversees the strategic agenda of the education, technology, hotels and travel segments as well as monitoring the performance and fiduciary duties of the UCSI Group and its group of companies. From May to August 2022, she was the Chairman of the Healthcare Work Culture Improvement Task Force established by the Ministry of Health Malaysia to cover aspects of work culture as well as human resources management of healthcare personnel.