Tan Sri Anifah Aman

Former Minister of Foreign Affairs of Malaysia and Chairman, Invest Sabah


Tan Sri Anifah Aman, born on November 16, 1953, in Keningau, Sabah, stands as a distinguished statesman, recognised for his unwavering dedication to public service and leadership. His intellectual journey took him to the esteemed halls of the University of Buckingham, where he attained a degree in Philosophy, Economics, and Law in the year 1979, following his formative education at Sabah College.

Anifah’s political career is characterised by a series of pivotal roles that shows his commitment and beliefs and have significantly impacted Malaysia’s political landscape. He is currently the President of Parti Cinta Sabah but has previously held the role of Head of United Malays National Organisation (UMNO) Kimanis Division before making the bold decision to leave UMNO which had long been part of the ruling Barisan Nasional (BN) coalition.

His tenure as a Member of Parliament for Beaufort (1999-2004) and Kimanis (2004-2018) serves as an indomitable testament to his dedication to public service. Notably, he brought his visionary leadership to the fore during his tenure as Deputy Minister in the Ministry of Primary Industries, Plantation Industries and Commodities.

Yet, it is in the realm of international relations where Anifah’s influence resonates most profoundly. He was appointed Minister of Foreign Affairs from 2009 to 2018, a role marked by diplomacy, astute decision-making, and the promotion of Malaysia’s global standing.

Today, his commitment to advancing Malaysia’s interests continues unabated. Anifah holds the distinguished position of Special Advisor on International Relations and Foreign Investment to the Chief Minister of Sabah. Additionally, he is the Chairman of Invest Sabah Berhad and the Labuan Corporation, spearheading strategic initiatives for economic development and growth in both Sabah and Labuan.

Anifah’s passion extends beyond politics and diplomacy. He is a fervent enthusiast of sports, a facet of his character exemplified by his role as Team Manager for FAM (B-23 Years) and his tenure as Vice President of the esteemed Football Association of Malaysia (FAM).

An accomplished inspirational speaker, Anifah Aman generously imparts his wealth of experience and leadership principles to inspire audiences, leaving an indelible mark on those fortunate enough to hear his words.

Throughout his distinguished career, Anifah Aman has consistently demonstrated a commitment to excellence, public service, and exceptional leadership. He is undeniably a prominent figure in Malaysia’s history, leaving an enduring legacy of service and dedication to the nation.