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Dr. Hamzah holds a PhD from Aston University, United Kingdom. He was inducted in 2012 into the Alumni Hall of Achievement of Monmouth College, a liberal arts college in Illinois joining other American luminaries where he started his early education in economics and public policy. Prior to joining the consulting industry in 1995, Dr. Hamzah held various senior positions in the government. For over 18 years he served in the field of industrial R&D management and public policy on technology development and innovation. He also served as a member of expert/advisory groups in various national and international organizations such as UNCTAD and IDB. He was appointed as Project Director for the Industrial Technology Master Plan for Malaysia in the Institute of Strategic and International Studies (ISIS) and subsequently took up a position as Director of Science and Technology, Ministry of Science, Technology and Environment to spearhead the implementation of the plan as part of the national strategies to accelerate growth and technology development. In 2006 Dr. Hamzah was the consulting advisor to the National Implementation Task Force – a special task force chaired by the Prime Minister Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi and senior cabinet members and senior civil servants to oversee the high impact project of the 9th Malaysia Development Plan involving key major initiatives across agencies to accelerate and fast track national development. Dr. Hamzah was later appointed by the Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Abdul Razak in 2009 as member of the 8 man team, National Economic Advisory Council - NEAC which was tasked to develop the New Economic Model. The NEAC comprising national and international experts from Brookings, World Bank and London School of Economics completed its task after extensive engagement and consultation with the cabinet, ministries and key agencies which is now the growth platform to achieve an advanced nation status by 2020. Dr. Hamzah was appointed in 2013 by the Prime Minister for a 3rd term as member of the Review and Operational Panel to the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) ending in February 2015. He was a board member and Chairman of a Encorp Berhad, a public listed company up until August 2014. He is currently a board member of University Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM), Board of Advisors Tanri Abeng University ,Jakarta (TAU),Board member of Heriot Watt University and Higher Education Entrepreneurship Council (under the Ministry of Higher Education) and several other public and private sector organisations, think tanks and NGOs. Recently Dr Hamzah was appointed by DYMM Yang DiPertuan Agong as member of the Anti Corruption Advisory Board.
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