Board of Trustees [Malaysia]


Education background as PhD Environmental Engineering, 1989, University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, U.Kingdom. One of the Professional Qualification is Deputy President of Biochar Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur & Graduate Member of Board of Engineers Malaysia (BEM).


Current positions as Professor at Dept. of Chemical & Environmental Engineering, Faculty of Engineering at UPM from December 2002 until to date and Head of Green Tech and Renewable Energy Cluster at UPM from Jan 2013 to date. Working experienced as Assoc Prof at UPM (Jan 1995 - 2003) and Lecturer at UPM (1983-1995).


One of the awards/recognition: From Innova, Gold Medal of New Biocoagulant Using Fungi for Treating Polluted Water and Wastewater. Have published more than 30 journals & 30 Conference Proceedings.


Graduated from University Of Bradford, U.K. Went on humanitarian missions to Kosova (1999) and Afghanistan (2002) with MERCY. Served as an international observer for Afghanistan’s Presidential Elections in 2004.


Currently serving as a member of the Board of Trustees for Islamic Relief Malaysia.


Provided humanitarian relief to tsunami victims in Acheh in 2005 and 2007. Also visited earthquake victims in Jogjakarta and West Java in 2006.


For nearly three decades Dr Hossam has provided the strategic vision to manage, lead and develop a range of international humanitarian interventions around the world.


At the start of his career, Dr Hossam served on the Board of Directors of the Egyptian Medical Syndicate, before moving to Islamic Relief Worldwide to manage the core global business activities as International Programmes Director.


During this time the organisation increased its global reach, gaining both domestic and international repute and credibility. Dr Hossam has also served on the IRW Board of Management and Executive Committee for the past 15 years; sharing responsibility for strategic organisational development and the change management process, whilst forging strong relationships with many other charities.


Dr Hossam gained an MBA from Aston Business School in 2004 and graduated as a Medical Doctor from Cairo University in 1981.


Joined the Malaysian civil service (PTD) on 1st December 1981 after graduation and served the Ministry of Foreign Affairs as career diplomat for 35 years. Posted to several countries namely; New Zealand (1985-1987), Zimbabwe (1192-1994), South Africa (1994-1999) and appointed as Ambassador to Bahrain (2003-2007), Ambassador to Spain (2007-2010) and High Commissioner to Republic of India (2013-2016).


Tayeb has worked with Islamic Relief for 25 years in various leadership roles starting his Islamic Relief career as Country Director in Albania and moving into the fundraising division of the organisation to play an instrumental role in expanding the Islamic Relief Family and opening up new Islamic Relief offices across the globe.


Tayeb graduated with a Sports Management degree followed by a Business Administration and EBMA degree. He is an influential and innovative management consultant, with key skills in organisational change management and programme management with a proven ability to institutionalise best practices, financial controls, continuous improvement and corporate culture to create a competitive global operation.


Currently the Vice Chancellor or Universiti Sultan Zainal Abidin (UNISZA) and an advisor to gap year student’s programme in collaboration with Islamic Relief Malaysia since 2017 plays a vital role as a Member of the Islamic Legislative Council (MPI) appointed by the former Prime Minister in 2014.


Dato’ Hassan was also assigned as a member of The Islamic World Publication Union, under the Umbrella of the Organisation of Islamic World, Saudia Arabia in 2013.


Prof. Hassan is a certified Neuro Linguistic Programme (NLP) Coach. 20 years of serving university, he was accorded a loyal service certificate at Universiti Malaya in 2007. Additionally, Prof. Hassan was awarded an External Expert, Islamic, Education, Scientific & Cultural Organization (ISESCO) in 2004. 


Dr Mohamed Amr Attawia is from Egypt where he earned his medical degree at Cairo Universiti College of Medicine and his master’s degree in biomedical sciences at Northeastern University in Boston.


Currently, he serves as a Chief Executive Officer at CuraCell and is an active member of the Muslim Community in the United States (US).


He used to spend two years a postdoctoral fellow at MIT-Harvard Division of Health Sciences and Technology prior to joining Allegheny University as an Assistant Professor and Deputy Director of the Center of Advanced Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering.


Dr Attawia was later appointed as an Associate Professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering at Drexel University, Pennsylvania, USA.


Nurhayati Hassan is a certified coach and a certified financial planner (CFP). She is also a talent assessor for corporate talent assessment centers and succession planning program. Prior to that, she spent her corporate career in investment banking which included investment research & analysis, and corporate finance-related work. She was also involved in strategic planning, advising senior management on business planning and performance.


She has been an active member of the nonprofit educational organization, Toastmasters International, and had served in various leadership roles at both club and district levels.


She holds an MBA in Management and a degree in Accounting with Computing. She is currently a member of the Financial Planning Association of Malaysia and the Malaysian Association of Certified Coach.