Datuk Ir. Dr. Siti Hamisah Tapsir
Non-Independent Non-Executive Director
Datuk Ir. Dr. Siti Hamisah Tapsir is the Secretary General of the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (MOSTI). Her past role as the top civil servant in the Ministry is to lead the development in policy and strategic management in three key sectors: Energy, Science, Technology and innovation (STI) and Environment and Climate Change with oversight over 30 governmental departments and agencies.
Datuk Siti is also responsible for administrative and finance matters for the Ministry. As the secretary general, she is responsible for leading reformation in the Malaysian energy sector with the Malaysian Energy Supply Industry (MESI) 2.0 and transitioning our nation to achieve 20% of renewable energy by 2025. She is keen to direct and spur the STI ecosystem in order to create wealth and improve well-being of the nation. With the urgent call for action in dealing with climate change and environmental sustainability, she plays a crucial role in enhancing environmental monitoring with the reformation of the Department of Environment, development of green technology and leading the cross-sectoral and ministerial effort in ensuring Malaysia’s commitment to the Paris Agreement.
During her tenure as the Director General of the Higher Education Department in 2017-2019, she was heavily involved in the development of the Malaysia Education Blueprint 2015-2025 (Higher Education) and was tasked to implement the initiatives outlined in the Blueprint for public and private higher education institutions. She played a primary role in the establishment of the rating system for private colleges and the liberalisation of private higher education. As Director General, she is responsible for the amendments and harmonisation of the University and University College Act and the Private Higher Education Act and contributed to the formation of several foreign university branch campuses in Malaysia and the enhancement of the public universities’ policies and governance. These strategies were specifically designed and executed to enhance the visibility of Malaysian universities in the global arena, a move which has resulted in international acknowledgement and recognition of the excellent quality in teaching, research and global engagement in our nation’s universities.
Datuk Siti also played a key role in the Ministry’s Redesigning Higher Education initiatives, including the Integrated Cumulative Grade Point Average (iCGPA), CEO at Faculty Programme, 2u2i (work based learning) programme, Malaysia Massive Open Online Courses (Malaysia MOOC), and Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL). She also monitored Education 4.0 initiatives including reviewing the challenges and impact of the Fourth Industrial Revolution on the Malaysian Higher Education ecosystem.
On a professional level, she is a registered Technologist with the Malaysia Board of Technologists and a registered engineer under the Board of Engineers Malaysia. Datuk Siti received an Honorary Doctorate (Doctor of Science) from the University of Southampton in 2016 for her outstanding contributions in the engineering field. She has received numerous education accolades including the Asia HRD Awards 2017 for her contributions to the Malaysian Society by advancing higher education and the Honorary Fellow of ASEAN Federation of Engineering Organisations (AFEO) in 2017 for her expertise and experience in advancing the growth of engineering in the ASEAN region.