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Founder/Executive Chairman

advboard-1Dato’ Captain Razali Yaacob graduated with a Masters Degree in Maritime, Education & Training (Nautical) from the World Maritime University at Malmo, Sweden and is a qualified Master Mariner. Captain Razali has spent about 40 years of his career in the maritime industry. He was a Seafarer with MISC, SeniorLecturer and Head of Department at Akademi Laut Malaysia (ALAM), Marine Supervisor with Esso Production (M) Incorporated, R&D Director and Managing Director of PELORUS; and more notably as Founder and Executive Chairman of NMIT. He had designed and developed many pioneering programmes in the country and had served as consultant for many national and international projects in Asia and the Middle East.

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Senior Academic Advisor

advboard-2Professor Dr. Capt. Stephen Cross is a highly experienced professional leader with global experience in higher maritime education system and management. He had served as Managing Director of Maritiem Instituut Willem Barentsz overseeing a wide range of major developmental projects, academic management, ventures and fund acquisition, business development and R & D at international level. Prof Cross also has broad teaching experience in higher international maritime education. He is currently serving as visiting professor at the World Maritime University in Malmo covering a diverse research and teaching interest in the field of shipping management, port management and maritime simulation training. He is a much sought after consultant to establish maritime institutes across the world.

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Senior Technical Advisor

advboard-3Mr Guus Verhagen brings with him over 40 years of experience in the maritime industry, having worked in various senior capacities in shipping agencies, forwarding and stevedoring companies all over the world. In 2000 he was invited to become senior consultant at the Shipping and Transport College in Rotterdam. From 2005 to 2013 he served as Managing Director of Maritiem Instituut De Ruyter in Vlissingen. Later in 2014, he founded his own stevedoring and consultancy company and since then, he has been providing solutions and project management services throughout Europe. Besides attending to his own private practice, Mr Verhagen is also actively supporting the work of the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) through many international initiatives.

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Senior Industry Advisor

advboard-4Ir. (Dr.) Hj. Mohamed Zohari is a qualified engineer by profession. He graduated from Pennslyvania State University, USA with a M.Sc in Petroleum & Natural Gas Engineering. He was an Associate Professor and Head of Department for Petroleum & Natural Gas Engineering at University Technology Malaysia and the Vice President, Exploration & Production Division and Technology Resource Management Division at PETRONAS. He has served as a member of PETRONAS Management Committee, Chairman of PETRONAS Research & Scientific Services Sdn. Bhd. and Board Member of PERMATA, ALAM, INSTEP, PCSB (Holding), PCSB (Overseas Companies), OGPSB, PTSSB, Sauber PETRONAS Engineering (SPE), University Technology PETRONAS (UTP) and PETRONAS Maritime Services.

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Senior Strategy Advisor

advboard-5Mr Jan Albert Soer is a highly respected former Dutch diplomat who had served in more than 10 countries over his colorful 40 years service in Dutch Foreign Ministry. He began his career as a draft in the Royal Netherlands Air Force and later on as diplomat in Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Netherlands in Turkey, Lebanon, Sweden, Saudi Arabia, Oman and Singapore. From 1994 to 1998, he served as Dutch Consul in Dubai, UAE before heading on to become Deputy Head of Mission in Kuwait and Hong Kong. He retires in 2012 as Deputy Head of Mission in Malaysia before joining NMIT as Senior Strategy Advisor.

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Chief Executive

advboard-6Professor Dato’ Ir. Dr. Abdul Aziz is a professional engineer. Prof. Aziz obtained his Ph.D from University of Newcastle – upon – Tyne, England, UK majoring in coastal and offshore/marine engineering, specifically in pipeline and subsea structures, where he was interned with Petronas Carigali for 3 – Months in 1984. He has a master Degree in Hydraulic Engineering (majoring in river engineering) and B.Sc Degree in Civil Engineering, both from Glasgow University, Scotland, UK. Prof. Aziz has served as the Vice Chancellor of Universiti Industri Selangor (UNISEL) from 2005 till 2009 where he initiated among others, biotechnology, aquaculture, coastal and marine technology academic programs and spearheaded entrepreneurship and R & D programs for the State of Selangor and SMI group. Prior to administering UNISEL, he has been holding the professorial post in University Technology Malaysia (UTM) for the last 15 years. From 1995- 2000 he was appointed as the pioneering Director- General of National Hydraulic Research Institute, Malaysia (NAHRIM), in charge of the national research and development (R & D) in water, coastal and offshore sectors. He was also the founder and the pioneering director of the Coastal and Offshore Engineering Institute (1990-1995), majoring mainly in reclamation, dredging and other coastal and offshore engineering, computer modelling and environmental R&D and consultancy river and flood services.

As the Chief Executive of NMIT, Prof Aziz is responsible for the overall management and performance of the Institute. This covers strategic ways to produce graduates that are highly employable and sought after, offering and displaying unique academic and professional strengths. He is pushing for global brand recognition of NMIT.