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Datuk Zainal Abidin

Independent Non-Executive Director

Datuk Zainal Abidin was appointed as a Board member of MAVCAP on 22 February 2022. He is currently the Secretary General of the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (MOSTI).

Datuk Zainal Abidin brings in more than 30 years of extensive experience in the civil service, including Secretary General of the Ministry of Housing and Local Governments.

Among his various strategic and prominent posts including in the Prime Minister’s Department, Ministry of Home Affairs, Ministry of Higher Education, Public Service Department and the Subang Jaya City Council.

He majored in Human Development Science from Universiti Putra Malaysia and a Master’s in Public Administration from the University of New Haven, USA.
At MOSTI, Datuk Zainal Abidin spearheads the ministry in implementing and succeeding STI policies and initiatives outlined to position Malaysia as a high-tech country by 2030.