Prof Datuk Ismail Ibrahim

Chief Executive, Iskandar Regional Development Authority


Prof Datuk Ismail Ibrahim received his early education at the Malay College Kuala Kangsar and went on to further his studies in town planning at the Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh, Scotland. He is registered with the Board of Town Planners Malaysia and started his career in the civil service in 1983 as a town planning officer attached to the Federal Department of Town and Country Planning, Ministry of Housing and Local Government.

Seven years later, he was awarded the British Council Fellowship to specialise in Planning Law in Newcastle University in England. In April 2003, he was appointed as Penang State Town and Country Planning Department Director and also Secretary to the Penang State Planning Committee.

In February 2006, he was seconded as Khazanah Nasional’s Senior Vice President of Special Projects to oversee the planning of the southern economic zone in South Johor, known today as Iskandar Malaysia. The following year, he was seconded to Iskandar Regional Development Authority (IRDA)’s as a Senior Vice President and in October the same year, was appointed as the first Federal Commissioner for the Authority. Effective 1 January 2010,Ismail Ibrahim assumed his position as the Chief Executive for IRDA. This appointment was unanimously agreed at the IRDA Members of Authority meeting which was co-chaired by YAB Prime Minister Datuk Sri Najib Tun Razak and YAB Johor Chief Minister Dato’ Haji Abdul Ghani Othman.

His interests are in the areas of organizational development, economic and land use, planning administration, heritage and environmental preservation law. He is an active speaker in seminars, forums and workshops locally and internationally on the mentioned areas.

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