Professor Emeritus Tan Sri Dato’ Dzulkifli Abdul Razak

Professor Emeritus Tan Sri Dato’ Dzulkifli Abdul Razak addressed the global virtual event “Shaping a Humane World,” hosted by Nepal Open University as the closing and award ceremony of the 2020 STAR conference. The event was streamed live via the STAR Scholar Network’s YouTube Channel and Facebook page on December 8, 2020, from 7.00 pm – 10.00 pm (EST US & Canada).

Dzulkifli Abdul Razak (or for short, Dzul) is currently the Rector of the International Islamic University Malaysia.  He was the ‎Vice-Chancellor of USM from 2000-2011. He is the immediate past president of IAU, a UNESCO-affiliated organisation, based in Paris. He was the Convenor of the RCE on Education for Sustainable Development based in USM beginning 2005.   Dzul was the first Asian recipient of the prestigious 2017 Gilbert Medal.  He is a Fellow of the Academy of Sciences Malaysia (FASc), the World Academy of Art and Science (FWAAS) and the World Academy of Islamic Management (FWAIM). Dzul is an Advisory Board Member, Institute of Sustainable Development and Learning, Leuphana University from June 2019‎. He was an invited speaker at 2015 Nobel Dialogue in Sweden and 2020 Nobel Prize Dialogue in South Korea scheduled in October 2021. Recently he was appointed as a member of Qatar Foundation Higher Education Strategy Advisory Panel.

He was the 5th Vice-Chancellor/President of Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) from 2000 to 2011; a member of the World Health Organisation (WHO) Expert Advisory Panel on Drug Policy and Management (1995-2010); and WHO Scientific Committee of Tobacco Product Regulation (2004-2006).

Tan Sri Dzul is the 1st Asian to receive the prestigious 2017 Gilbert Medal and the 7th internationally from Universitas 21, a group of renowned research-intensive universities focused on fostering global citizenship and encouraging institutional innovation. He also received the 2017 Asia HRD Contribution to Society Award as recognition for his contribution to people’s development in the academic world.

As a member of the Board of Trustees, he is active in various charity-based organisations, such as: National Cancer Council (MAKNA, since 2013), Mercy Malaysia (since 2012), Razak School of Government (since 2011), Malay College (MCKK) Foundation (since 2011), Yayasan Hasanah (since 2015), Yayasan Bumiputra Pulau Pinang (since 2010). He is also the Chairperson of the first homegrown educational services organisation, LeapEd Services Sdn Bhd, a social enterprise that offers expertise in transforming schools and education in Malaysia.

Since 2013, he has been appointed to the Performance and Delivery Unit (PADU Corp) Board of Trustees to monitor the Ministry of Education Blueprint. From 2011 to 2013, he was the Chair of the Independent Review Committee to give input into the Malaysia Education Blueprint (2013-2015). In 2015, he was appointed a member of the Advisory Board of Higher Education Leadership Academy (AKEPT).

Tan Sri Dzul is Fellow, Academy of Sciences Malaysia (FASc), the World Academy of Art and Science (FWAAS) and Malaysian Institute of Malaysia (FMIM). He is also an Honorary Lifetime member of Asian Academy of Management, and more recently Fellow of the World Academy of Islamic Management (FWAIM). He was awarded the 2017 Tokoh Akademik Negara (National Academic Laureate). He is a recipient of a number of Honorary Doctorates from various international universities.

His latest major scholarly contributions are Fourth Industrial Revolution – The Leadership Dilemma (2018) and Voicing Concern (2018), the seventh volume of the same title comprising his weekly columns from 2015 to 2017. Another contribution Nurturing a Balanced Person – The Leadership Challenge (2015, 2017) won the Anugerah Buku Negara 2016 award and is listed as one of the 50 Best Malaysian Titles for International Rights 2017-2018, according to the National Book Council of Malaysia (MBKM).

Since 1995, Tan Sri Dzul has been writing weekly columns for various Malaysia dailies on issues relating to education, health and current events. Some of his newspaper articles are available at:

He is married to Masrah Abidin, and they have four children – Ridzal, Johan, Suriani and Farhana; and Dr. Yasyhad, their daughter-in-law, and granddaughter, Zahara.