DATO' DR. ABU TALIB BACHIK
Senior Independent Non-Executive Director
 

A Malaysian aged 68, was appointed to the Board on 7 November 2016. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in Agronomy from the Louisiana State University in USA and a Doctor in Agriculture Science from the University of Gent in Belgium.


Prior to joining MDeC, he was a research scientist in the Malaysian Rubber Board (MRB) specialising in Agronomy and Soil Chemistry where he authored about 50 technical, scientific and research papers.  In the RRIM, and later MRB, he held various administrative and management positions.  In 1997 he was appointed as the Deputy Director General (Development) of MRB and held the position until he opted for early retirement in 1999 when he joined MDeC.


In 1999, he joined MDEC and took on the task of promoting the development of the Multimedia Super Corridor (MSC) covering PR, Communications, Client Services, Entrepreneur Development and Marketing. He initiated the “Seed Funding Program” for early “Start-Ups” and also founded the Asia Pacific ICT Award Programme (APICTA) which grew into an International Award Programme with membership of 12 countries.
From 2008 to 2015, he returned to MRB where he sat on the Board and served as Chairman of the Audit Committee; Chairman of the Board Downstream R&D Monitoring Committee; Member of Senior Management Search Committee; Board Member at RRIMCorp and LGMPC, subsidiaries of MRB.
He is currently Chairman of the Board of Directors at JAVA Bhd; Director at Ladang Bunga Tanjung, a subsidiary of JAVA Bhd; Director at Urun Plantations Sdn Bhd and SHC Tubau Plantations Sdn Bhd, subsidiaries of Sin Heng Chan (Malaya) Bhd.