The GFCC presented Professor Zakri Abdul Hamid with its Global Competitiveness Award at its annual Global Innovation Summit in November in Kuala Lumpur.

Professor Zakri Abdul Hamid is the Science Advisor to the Prime Minister of Malaysia. In addition, he is the Joint-Chairman of the Malaysian Industry-Government Group for High Technology (MIGHT), Chairman of the Malaysian Biotechnology Corporation (BIOTECHCORP) and Chairman of the National Professors Council (MPN). He was the former holder of the Tuanku Chancellor Chair at Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) and the founding Director of the university’s Centre for Global Sustainability Studies. He is a Pro-Chancellor at Universiti Perguruan Sultan Idris and a member of the International Advisory Council of Taylor’s University.

The Global Competitiveness Award honors leaders who have advanced the competitiveness agenda and made significant contributions to their nations, regions, cities and globally. The Award recognizes trailblazers and groundbreakers who have brought together coalitions of people, leveraged new tools and models, championed new legislation and government policies, or ignited other activities to help strengthen their country’s competitiveness. These leaders, like Professor Zakri, transform the way business is done, the way government works with business, and the way sectors come together to promote sustainability, innovation, growth, and prosperity for all of their citizens.

The award was first granted in 2016 to His Excellency Amr Al-Dabbagh—businessman, philanthropist, former government minister, and current Chairman and CEO of the Al-Dabbagh Group, for his exceptional work advancing the intertwining interests of business, government, philanthropy, and ‘omnipreneurship.’

The Global Competitiveness Award is made possible by our sponsor, NADIM Industries. NADIM, a family business currently managed by Adham and Hend Nadim, specializes in producing traditional furniture and fixtures that can be found all over the globe. Established in 1978 as a garage startup, NADIM Industries has since expanded to several specially built factories and now employs over 1,000 experienced artisans. Learn more about NADIM here.