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Datuk Wan Ahmad Shihab Ismail bin Wan Ismail holds an LLB (Hons) degree from the International Islamic University Malaysia and was a Chevening Fellow at the University of Birmingham, United Kingdom. He began his career in the cellular arm of Telekom Malaysia Berhad, managing international service contracts. He later joined KUB Malaysia Berhad (KUB) as Special Officer to the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, handling corporate communications, corporate social responsibility and special functions. He left KUB in 2002 to join the National Economic Action Council as a Consultant in the Globalisation Division focusing on bilateral and multilateral trade agreements. He was later appointed as a Special Officer to YAB Dato’ Sri Mohd Najib Tun Hj. Abdul Razak in 2004, who was then the Deputy Prime Minister. Datuk Wan Ahmad Shihab Ismail currently serves as Senior Special Officer to the Prime Minister and Divisional Director at the Prime Minister’s Office, overseeing and monitoring various areas of policy which include transport, technology, telecommunications, tourism, energy and works. Datuk Wan Ahmad Shihab Ismail is currently a Commission Member of Suruhanjaya Pengangkutan Awam Darat (SPAD). He also sits on the Board of Multimedia Development Corporation Sdn. Bhd. (MDeC) and Malaysia Biotechnology Corporation (Biotechcorp), and serves as Chairman of the Board for Powertek Energy Sdn Bhd and 1Malaysia Energy (Langat) Sdn. Bhd. Additionally, he is a member of the Board of Trustees of Yayasan Rakyat 1Malaysia.


Dato’ Siow Kim Lun is currently a board member of Kumpulan Wang Persaraan, UMW Holdings Berhad, WZ Steel Berhad (formerly known as Weng Zheng Resources Berhad), XingQuan International Sports Holdings Limited, Citibank Berhad, Eita Resources Berhad and Mainstreet Advisers Sdn. Bhd. From 1993 to 2006, Dato’ Siow was with the Securities Commission (SC), where he served as the Director of its Issues and Investment Division and the Director of its Market Supervision Division. He has also served as a member of the Listing Committee of Bursa Malaysia Securities Berhad from May 2007 to May 2009. Prior to joining the SC, Dato’ Siow worked in the investment banking and financial services industry in Malaysia for over 12 years. Dato’ Siow holds a Master in Business Administration (MBA), Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium and a Bachelor of Economics (Hons) from the National University of Malaysia (UKM). He also attended the Advanced Management Programme at Harvard Business School. He is also an independent, non-executive director of Eco World International Berhad (appointed on 12 September 2014) and Sunway Construction Group Berhad (appointed on 17 October 2014). The former is a property SPAC (Special Purpose Acquisition Company), focusing on property development overseas and the latter is involved in the construction business.


Datuk Himmat Singh was born in Georgetown, Penang and began his civil service career in 1981 with the Ministry of Science, Technology and Environment. In 1994, he was transferred to the Regional Economics and Environment Section of the Economic Planning Unit (EPU) in the Prime Minister’s Department, and also served as the Director of the Environment and Natural Resources Section, the Social Services Section, and the Infrastructure Section of the EPU. In January 2010, he became the Deputy Director General of the Economic Planning Unit and in October 2011, he was appointed as the Secretary General of the Ministry of Works until July 2014, when he was appointed as the Secretary General of the Ministry of Plantation Industries and Commodities.


Prof. Dr. Ahmad Farhan Bin Mohd. Sadullah is presently a Professor in Transport Studies at the School of Civil Engineering, Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM). He is widely regarded as a leading expert in transport matters in the country. He was Director-General of the Malaysian Institute of Road Safety Research (MIROS) between 2008 and 2011, and was critical behind many road safety strategies for the country. Before MIROS, he was Dean of the School of Civil Engineering ;at USM. Earlier in his career at USM, he was the Programme Chairman of Geotechnical, Highway and Transportation Engineering, Coordinator of the Engineering Innovation and Technology Development Unit (EITD), Research Dean for the Engineering and Technology Platform and the pioneering Innovation Director at USM. He has conducted numerous studies on various areas of transportation such as the Intelligent Transport System, public transport, sustainable transport, road safety, travel behaviour and traffic engineering. He has also published technical reports, books and journal manuscripts relating to transport. In addition to teaching, Farhan also supervises postgraduates at Masters and Doctorate levels. Academically, Farhan has a PhD in Transport Studies from the University of London, United Kingdom. He has a Master of Science in Transport from the same university and a Bachelor in Civil Engineering from the Catholic University of America in Washington, United States. He also holds a Diploma of the Imperial College (DIC) from The Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine, London, United Kingdom. Professionally, he is a council member of the Road Engineering Association of Malaysia (REAM), a member of the Institution of Transportation Engineers (ITE), the Institution of Engineers Malaysia (IEM), the Road Engineering Association of Asia and Australasia (REAAA), Transportation Science Society of Malaysia (TSSM) and the Intelligent Transport System Association of Malaysia (ITS). He is presently an International Scientific Committee (ISC) member of the East Asia Society of Transportation Sciences (EASTS) and is the Chair of the World Road Association (PIARC) Technical Committee C.2 on Road Safety Operations.


Datin Paduka Dr Dahlia Binti Rosly has served the Malaysian Public Service since 1982 and has wide experience dealing with strategic, regional and local land-use planning in the context of sustainable development. She is the former Director-General of the Federal Department of Town and Country Planning, Peninsular Malaysia. Datin Paduka Dr. Dahlia's expertise includes Public Transport Planning, Social Impact Assessment and Sustainability Assessment. She has been involved in various studies related to Transportation Systems, Low Carbon Societies, and Sustainable Development Indicators.

She was counterpart in various studies related to transport and urban development in collaboration with international initiatives and also contributed as a lab member of the Urban Transport Lab for the National Key Result Areas (NKRA) in the Malaysian Government's Transformation Programme.

Datin Paduka Dr. Dahlia obtained an Honours Degree in Planning Studies and a Postgraduate Diploma in Public Transport from Oxford Brookes University (UK) in 1982, holds a Master’s Degree in Transport from the Imperial College, University of London, and a PhD. in Environmental and Social Impact Assessment of Transport Projects, from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne, UK which she received in 1997. She was a Klang Valley MRT EXCO member from 2011 to early 2016 and is currently the President of the Malaysian Association for Social Impact Assessment.


Dato' Asri bin Hamidin @Hamidon holds a Master’s Degree in Economy from Hiroshima University, Japan, a Diploma in Public Administration from Institut Takbiran Awam Negara (INTAN) and a Bachelor in Economics (Hons) from Universiti Malaya (UM). He completed the Harvard Premier Business Management Programme in 2010.

He began his career as an Assistant Director of the Economic Planning Unit (EPU) in the Prime Minister’s Department (JPM) in 1994, before pursuing his Diploma in Public Administration at INTAN in 1996. He rejoined the EPU in March 1996 and subsequently moved to the then Anti-Corruption Agency of Malaysia in April 1998, where he served until March 2003.

He later pursued his studies in Japan from December 2003 until April 2006, while serving as an Administrator and Diplomatic Officer in the Public Service Department. Upon his return from Japan in May 2006, Dato' Asri was appointed as the Principal Assistant Secretary in the Ministry of Finance (MOF) and has held several other positions in the MOF since then, including Deputy Under Secretary at the Investment, Incorporation and Privatisation Division in the Social and Commercial Sectors respectively.

Dato' Asri is also a Director of Bina Darulaman Berhad and several public and private companies related to the government, amongst others, Syarikat Perumahan Negara Berhad, SME Bank Berhad, Danainfra Nasional Berhad, Sarawak Hidro Sdn. Bhd., IJN Holdings Sdn. Bhd., Prokhas Sdn. Bhd. and TM Berhad as the alternate member to YBhg. Dato’ Sri Dr. Mohd. Isa Hussain (Deputy Secretary-General of Treasury).




En. Mohd Azharuddin bin Mat Sah was appointed as the Chief Executive Officer of Suruhanjaya Pengangkutan Awam Darat (SPAD) on 1 September 2015. In the past, En. Azharuddin has held various positions in notable local organisations and multinational corporations namely: Khazanah Nasional Berhad as Senior Vice President for Special Projects, Microsoft Malaysia as Director of Public Sector Group, and Royal Dutch Shell as Senior Vice President for Special Projects, where he was also cross-posted to Shell International Petroleum Company Limited in London, United Kingdom. His career experience focuses on transformation and programme management in large-scale government initiatives, strategic planning, and implementation of best practises at corporate HQ as well as at the local level. Prior to his current post at the Commission, he held the position of Director, Greater KL/Klang Valley and Urban Public Transport at PEMANDU (Performance Management & Delivery Unit), a unit under the Prime Minister’s Department.