23 November 2018 by Azlin


Captain Ahmad Ridzwan Mohd Salleh
Chairman of Civil Aviation Authority of Malaysia

Captain Ahmad Ridzwan Bin Mohd Salleh carries with him an illustrious career in the aviation sector that spans almost 49 years in both military and civil aviation. In all the positions that he helmed, he has played a pivotal role in the growth of the aviation industry. For his leadership and vast experience in aviation, from both the public and private sectors, he was appointed as the Deputy Chairman of Civil Aviation Authority of Malaysia (CAAM) when it was first established on 19 February 2018. Beginning September 2019, he was subsequently entrusted with the position of Chairman of CAAM.

Throughout his career in the Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF), Captain Ridzwan has accomplished several accolades. As part of the first batch of trainee pilots sent by the Government of Malaysia to the Indonesian Air Force Flying Training School, Jogjakarta in 1969, he was awarded the Best Flight Student in 1971. Subsequently he was the first Malaysian to be awarded the Best Flight Student during the Flight Instructor Course at RAAF East Sale, Australia in 1974. His flying acumen led him to be chosen as Malaysia’s first Test Pilot candidate to be sent to the Empire Test Pilot School, Boscombe Down, United Kingdom in 1978. Seven years later, he was given the responsibility to establish the A4 Skyhawk Squadron at the RMAF Base, Kuantan. When the RMAF decided to establish its own Officer Cadet School at Kinrara, Selangor in 1987, he was appointed as its first Commandant.

After having served more than 20 years in the RMAF, Captain Ridzwan was entrusted to more senior positions. Amongst others, he served as the Director of Air Plans. Due to his vast experience in both flying and management, he was employed in 1995 by the DCA Malaysia as Deputy Director of Airworthiness (Flight Test). He was later promoted to the position of Director of Flight Operations, DCA Malaysia in 2002. Upon completing his contract with DCA Malaysia in 2004, he served with AirAsia Malaysia as a line pilot and later was appointed as Director of Corporate Safety (2006) and Director of Flight Operations (2013). Upon his retirement from AirAsia, he was offered an appointment in the Flight Operations Division at the United Arab Emirates General Civil Aviation Authority (UAE GCAA) in Dubai from December 2014 to February 2018.

In total he had served 25 years with the RMAF, 9 years with the DCA Malaysia, 10 years with both AirAsia and AirAsia X and 3 years at UAE GCAA. While in AirAsia and AirAsia X he flew the B737, A320, A330 and A340 aircraft.

During his service, he had attended numerous courses both locally and overseas (UK, Australia, USA and UAE). These courses, which have enabled him to garner both technical and management skills, included amongst others, Operations Surveillance and Inspection, Safety Management System, Operational Research and Analysis, Armed Forces Defence Management and Advanced Management Programme.
Captain Ridzwan is currently married to Dato’ Aminah Abdul Rahman and is blessed with 5 young grandchildren from his 3 married children.

YBhg. Datuk Isham Ishak
Secretary General Ministry of Transport Malaysia (MOT)

YBhg. Datuk Isham Ishak is currently the Secretary General of the Ministry of Transport Malaysia (MOT) starting from 25 November 2019. Previously, he was appointed as the Secretary General of the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture Malaysia (MOTAC) from 17 February 2019 to 24 November 2019 and the Secretary General of the Ministry of International Trade and Industry Malaysia (MITI) from 2 July 2018 to 16 February 2019. He was also the Deputy Secretary General (Trade) of MITI from 2016 to 2018.

He had served in a number of divisions related to international and regional aspects of trade and industry while in MITI, including Trade Facilitation, Strategic Planning, WTO, APEC and ASEAN. He also successfully assisted the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) in Malaysia while serving as the Chief Operating Officer (COO) and Deputy Chief Executive Officer (CEO) at the SME Corporation Malaysia, an agency under MITI from 2014 to 2016. In addition, Datuk Isham Ishak spent 5 years in the United States, from 2006 to 2011, as the Minister Counselor at the MITI Washington D.C. Office.

Datuk Isham Ishak has had the opportunity to serve the Minister of International Trade and Industry Malaysia as the Special Officer to Yang Berhormat Tan Sri Rafidah Aziz from 2004 to 2006, and the Special Officer to the Yang Amat Berhormat Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, Malaysia’s fifth Prime Minister.

During his tenure in the civil service, he was appointed as the Chief Negotiator for Malaysia for the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) Agreement from 2016 to 2018. He was also the Deputy Chief Negotiator for Malaysia for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Agreement – later known as the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) – from 2011 to 2015. He was also one of the Malaysian Negotiators for the Developing-8 (D-8) Organization for Economic Cooperation and also the Malaysian Lead for the ASEAN Coordinating Committee on Services (CCS).

While serving as the Deputy Secretary General (Trade) of MITI, Datuk Isham Ishak was also appointed as the Senior Economic Official (SEOM) for Malaysia, whose main task is to oversee the implementation of the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) Blueprints in Malaysia and ASEAN. He was also the Malaysian representative at the High-Level Task Force on ASEAN Economic Community (HLTF-EI), the highest level of groupings among economic officials in ASEAN while he served as the Secretary General of MITI.

Datuk Isham Ishak was also the Malaysian Lead at the Senior Officials’ Committee for the ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community Council (SOCA), which is also one of the three pillars of ASEAN that aims to lift the quality of life of ASEAN through cooperative activities that are people-oriented, people-centred, environmentally friendly, and geared towards the promotion of sustainable development to face new and emerging challenges in ASEAN.

In recognition of his achievement to the nation, Datuk Isham Ishak was bestowed with several excellences of achievements awards including the Companion of the Order of Loyalty to the Crown of Malaysia by the King in 2014 and the Darjah Pangkuan Seri Melaka in 2016.

YBhg. Commander (H) Prof. Datuk Razali Mahfar

YBhg. Commander (H) Prof. Datuk Razali Mahfar is an Honorary Commander with the Royal Malaysian Navy. He holds concurrent appointments as Adjunct Professor and Advisor with Universiti Perguruan Sultan Idris (UPSI), Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM), Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) and Universiti Utara Malaysia (UUM). He is also the Malaysian Higher Education Leadership Academy’s (AKEPT) Lead Executive Coach for public universities top management strategic coaching and mentoring programme.

In the last 36 years, he had served various multinationals, public-listed companies, government-linked organisations, public research and higher learning institutions in various positions. This includes Britannia Airways, Malaysia Airlines, Proton, Shell, Esso, MIMOS, SIRIM and INCEIF. Datuk Razali read Aviation Engineering and International Marketing in the UK and attended advanced management programmes of top institutions such as Oxford, Harvard and NASA. He was the youngest recipient of the UK CAA Aircraft Engineer Licence in 1978 and the first Malaysian to receive the Bank of Scotland Prize for academic excellence in 1990.

YBhg. Tan Sri Prof. Dato’ Ir. Dr. Chuah Hean Teik

YBhg. Tan Sri Prof. Dato’ Ir. Dr. Chuah Hean Teik is currently the President, Chief Executive Officer and Senior Professor, Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman, a position he held since 2008. Prior to this, he has served in various reputable local universities including Multimedia University and University of Malaya.

Tan Sri also serves in many professional and advisory bodies and committees including the President of ASEAN Academy of Engineering and Technology (AAET) for 2016/2019 session. He is also the Chairman, Standing Committee on Engineering Education of the Federation of Engineering Institutions of Asia and Pacific (FEIAP) for two consecutive sessions from 2015 to 2019. Tan Sri was awarded the Outstanding Engineering Achievement Award (Individual Category) from the ASEAN Federation of Engineering Organisations and Exemplary Leaders Award (Education Category) from The Federation of the Hokkien Associations of Malaysia in 2017 for his outstanding achievements and contributions.

 Afzal Abdul Rahim

Afzal Abdul Rahim is a technology entrepreneur who currently serves as Commander-In-Chief of TIME dotCom Berhad, an ASEAN based telecoms operator encompassing Fixed Line, Data Centres and Global Submarine Cable Systems. He joined TIME in 2008 after establishing The AIMS Asia Group and Global Transit International in 2006.

Afzal founded the non-profit Malaysian Internet Exchange (MyIX) in 2006 and also serves as an Independent Director of CIMB Bank Berhad and Board Member of Endeavor Malaysia, an organisation that is devoted to nurturing high-impact entrepreneurs. 

He began his career in the automotive sector, initially as a Chassis Development Engineer and thereafter managing clients on the engineering consultancy side of the business at Group Lotus PLC. He holds a Degree in Mechanical Engineering with Electronics from the University of Sussex. Afzal is also a Licensed Commercial Pilot.

Ragunath Kesavan

Ragunath Kesavan is an Advocate and Solicitor of the Malaysian Bar. He was elected as President of the Malaysian Bar from 2009-2011. During his tenure as the President of the Malaysian Bar, he served as a member of the Advocates and Solicitors Disciplinary Board and the Legal Professional Qualifying Board. He graduated from the University of Wales, Aberystwyth with a LLB degree in 1989 and he is a Barrister-at-law of Gray’s Inn and was called to the Bar of England and Wales in 1990. In 1995, he completed his LLM at the University of Malaya. He also has a BSc Degree in Genetics from the University of Malaya (1985).

He was appointed to the Malaysia Competition Commission in 2011 and reappointed again to serve in the Commission in 2014. He was an active member of the Commission and served as the Chairman of the Guidelines Committee, Enforcement Committee and the Audit Committee.

 As a member of the Malaysia Competition Commission, Ragunath Kesavan has chaired the enforcement, Legal and regulatory and Guidelines Sub Committees. He has an extensive dispute resolution practice and regularly appears at all levels of the Malaysian courts and he is also on the panel of arbitrators for the Asian International Arbitration Centre and the panel for adjudicators in relation to the Construction Industry Payment and Adjudication Act 2012.

Rokhoun Nafsiah binti Abd Rashid

Dr. Zainul Fuad bin Md Wahi
Acting CEO

Dr Zainul Fuad bin Md Wahi carries with him more than 30 years of experience in the aviation industry; stamping his mark with his profound leadership and dynamism. As an exemplary representation of the industry, he has helmed leadership positions and made numerous contributions throughout his illustrious career with the Civil Aviation Authority of Malaysia (CAAM) or formerly known as the Department of Civil Aviation (DCA).

Dr Zainul received his early education at Sultan Abdullah Primary School in Kuantan before continuing his secondary education at Victoria Institution Kuala Lumpur. After obtaining his first degree in Veterinary Medicine, he went on to Cranfield University in United Kingdom where he completed his Masters of Science in Aviation Management. Upon his return to Malaysia, he joined DCA in 1987 as an Air Traffic Control Officer and has worked in various divisions within DCA. Thereafter, he was appointed as the Director of Aerodrome Standards in 2005, a position he still holds to this day.

Throughout his time in DCA, before the transformation to CAAM in 2018, Dr Zainul has contributed significantly to the growth and development of airports; more specifically, ensuring the safety and efficiency operations for public safety in the vicinity of aerodromes. He pioneered and launched the Aerodrome Certification Programme that escalated international airports and domestic airports in Malaysia to international standards. Subsequently, he was entrusted to provide technical assistance for the implementation of similar programme in neighbouring countries. On top of that, he also introduced the Airport Standard Directives that outlines required standards and recommended practices to be consistently applied and adapted in provision of infrastructure and facilities for the achievement of required service levels at airports in Malaysia.

With his vast experience in aerodrome operations, Dr Zainul holds the position as Chairman of the National Airport Facilitation Committee where he is responsible for the policies and implementation of interagency coordination for the efficient processing of passengers at airports whilst effectively managing aviation security, passenger services and border control. Besides that, he is also the Chairman of the National Airport Wildlife Hazard Committee. In this position, he is responsible for the policies and the implementation of interagency coordination for the control and mitigation of risks created by wildlife that are detrimental to safe aircraft operations at airports in Malaysia.