Prof. Datuk Ir. Ts. Dr. Siti Hamisah Binti Tapsir, FASc

Vice Chancellor, UCSI University


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Prof. Datuk Ir. Ts. Dr. Siti Hamisah Binti Tapsir, FASc , 63, a Malaysian, is an Independent Non-Executive Director of Sime Darby Berhad. She was appointed to the Board on 8 March 2024. Professor Datuk Dr. Siti Hamisah started her career in 1987 with Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (“UTM”) as lecturer. During her tenure with UTM, she held various positions which include, among others, Head of Laboratory, Associate Professor, Assistant Director, Programme Director, Dean and Deputy Vice- Chancellor. She left UTM as Campus Director of UTM International Campus in 2009 to join Ministry of Higher Education as Deputy Director General and was promoted to Director General of Higher Education in 2017.

Professor Datuk Dr. Siti Hamisah left the Ministry of Higher Education and was appointed as Secretary General of Ministry of Energy, Science, Technology, Environment and Climate Change (now known as the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (“MOSTI”)) in 2019. Following the restructuring of the said ministry by the Government in March 2020, she continued to hold the position of Secretary General until March 2021.

Professor Datuk Dr. Siti Hamisah was also appointed in January 2020 as Adjunct Professor of UTM until her departure in January 2021. In March 2021, she was re appointed as the Secretary General of MOSTI on a 6-month contract basis, where she was responsible for developing and overseeing the national agenda of science, technology and innovation cutting across all ministries. In addition, she was assigned to lead the roll-out of the COVID-19 Vaccination Plan under the COVID-19 Immunisation Task Force in Malaysia before her retirement in September 2021. Upon her retirement from MOSTI, she joined UCSI University and presently holds positions as the Group Chief Executive Officer and Vice-Chancellor.

Professor Datuk Dr. Siti Hamisah currently serves on the boards of Kumpulan Kitacon Berhad, Oppstar Berhad, Malayan Cement Berhad and Sime Darby Berhad.

Professor Datuk Dr. Siti Hamisah graduated from Institut Teknologi MARA (now known as University Teknologi MARA) with a Diploma in Civil Engineering in 1982 and completed her Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from New England College, New Hampshire, United States of America in 1984. Subsequently in 1987, she obtained her Master of Science in Civil Engineering from University of Lowell (now known as University of Massachusetts Lowell), United States of America and later obtained her Doctor of Philosophy from University of Leeds, United Kingdom in 1994.

Professor Datuk Dr. Siti Hamisah completed the Advanced Management Programme from Harvard Business School in 2014. Professor Datuk Dr. Siti Hamisah 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. In 2022, she became the fellow member of the Academy of Sciences, Malaysia.