Tengku Mohd Azzman Shariffadeen graduated from the University of Manchester with a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering, and masters and doctoral degrees in control systems. He first served as an academic at the Faculty of Engineering, University of Malaya, for eleven years. For the next twenty-one years he was the founding Director General and CEO of
the Malaysian Institute of Microelectronic Systems (MIMOS). He led significant strategic national efforts in R&D and capacity building focused on ICT and microelectronics. As CEO of MIMOS he also served for nine years as the ex-officio Secretary of the National Information Technology Council, chaired by the Prime Minister of Malaysia. In this capacity he was
instrumental in the formulation and implementation of national ICT policies and strategies, in particular, the Multimedia Super Corridor (MSC) and the National IT Agenda (NITA).
He is currently active in sharing his experience in knowledge and innovation for development, particularly in his home country Malaysia and in projects in the Middle-East and the Asia Pacific Region. He is a Senior Fellow and Vice President, Academy of Sciences, Malaysia; Adjunct Professor, International Islamic University, Malaysia; and Member, New Club of Paris. He is a member of the Board of Directors, Pernec Corporation Berhad, a Malaysian IT company.