THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS
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Dato' Sri Azharuddin Abdul Rahman

Chairman, SAM

Ybhg. Dato' Sri Azharuddin Abdul Rahman is the Former Director-General of the Malaysian Civil Aviation Department (DCA), then the Former Chairman of Civil Aviation Authority Malaysia (CAAM), Aged 60 years from Temerloh, Pahang. 

Azharuddin was an engineer and led DCA since 2008, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia International Business School (UTM IBS) formally announces the appointment of Dato' Sri Azharuddin Abdul Rahman, Director General, Department of Civil Aviation Malaysia (DCAM), as an Adjunct Professor at UTM IBS.

As an Adjunct Professor, he is instrumental in helping strengthen the MBA curriculum with a specialization in Aviation Management at UTM IBS. The program including courses such as Airline Operations, Airport Operations, Aviation Safety Management System, Aviation Accident Investigation, Human Factors in Aviation Safety and Maintenance, Aviation Crisis Management, Crew Resource Management, and Business Research Project. This MBA program will provide a highly competent professional workforce in the field of aviation that will meet local and international market demands.

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Dato' Lester Tay Kean Boon

Chief Executive Officer, SAM

YBhg. Dato’ Lester Tay is a Director of the Board of International Directors at Oxford Aerospace Academy– Malaysia. Dato’ Lester is the Founder and President of the Malaysia UAV Developments Association (MUDA). He is Chairman of the World UAV Federation– Malaysia Chapter, Honorary Secretary of the International UAV Application Industry Alliance, International Secretariat for Asia Pacific UAV Industry Union, and the Honorary Treasurer of the Asia Pacific Security Association (APSA) Malaysia Chapter patronaged by the Malaysia Home Affair Minister. Dato’ Lester is also Director of the Business Development Bureau of Malaysia Security Cooperative Limited, and Director of the Malaysia Heritage Contractor Cooperative Limited. Dato’ Lester oversees liaisons with government, ministries and educational institutions for the promotion of development in UAV applications in border security and geospatial research in 
Malaysia.

Dato’ Lester supervises international collaboration initiatives with the Romania UAS Research Institute, Australia Drone Academy, Taiwan UAS Industry, Greece Police Drone Headquarter, Ukraine Defence Ministry, Japan JUIDA, Japan Terra Drone, Korea Drone Association, MUDA Airbase for UAV Training Academy in Shandong, Strat Aero PLC – United Kingdom, World UAV Federation – China, and UAV organisations in Taiwan, South Korea, ASEAN and other countries. He is pursuing his PhD in Defence Science and Technology from the National Defence University of Malaysia majoring in UAV Data Analytic Utilizing Unmanned Traffic Management System in Malaysia, obtained an Honours Master degree in Business and Administration from the University of Wales, the United Kingdom in 2013 and a B.Sc. Hons in Biology from Universiti Malaysia Sabah in 2005. Dato’ Lester supervises liaisons with government and educational institutions for the promotion of education and training in the Aerospace Sciences in Malaysia.