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Executive Chairman

Datuk Wira Ismail Bin Saleh, aged 60 holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) degree from University of Malaya. He underwent a Trade Counselor Program Under German Foundation for International Development in 1979. He also attended the Harvard Advanced Management Program, United States of America in 2007.

Datuk Wira Ismail started his career as an Assistant Secretary in the Ministry of Home Affairs. He has wide experience in the fields of trade and investment. Subsequently, he was appointed as the Assistant Director of International Trade Division in Ministry of Trade and Industry (MITI) and eventually held various positions in MITI. Among his roles, he was the Assistant Trade Commissioner in San Francisco, Trade Commissioner in Singapore, Trade Commissioner in Paris, Principal Assistant Director, SMEs Section in Industrial Development Division, Director of Industry Division in SME Corporation, Director of Trade Support Division, Senior Director of Bilateral and Regional Trade Relations Division and Deputy Chief Executive Officer of Malaysia External Trade Development Corporation.

Datuk Wira Ismail had also served as State Secretary of Malacca and his last position prior to retirement was the Secretary General, Ministry of Plantation Industries and Commodities.

Datuk Wira Ismail had served on the Boards of various government organizations, government link companies and private limited companies. Presently, he is the Group Managing Director of Tradewinds (M) Berhad Group, Executive Chairman of Tradewinds Plantation Berhad, Mardec Berhad, Central Sugars Refinery Sdn Bhd and also Gula Padang Terap Sdn Bhd.


Datin Paduka Nurmala Binti Abd Rahim was appointed as Director of Mardec Berhad on 14 June 2011. Datin Paduka Nurmala is presently the Secretary General of the Ministry of Plantation Industries and Commodities.

Besides Mardec Berhad, she is also a member of Board of Directors of Malaysian External Trade Development Corporation, Malaysian Palm Oil Council, Malaysian Timber Council, Lembaga Kenaf dan Tembakau Negara and Malaysian Timber Industry Board. Datin Paduka holds a Bachelor of Social Science (Hons.) from University of Science Malaysia, Diploma in Public Administration, INTAN and a Masters in Public Administration from Pennyslavania State University USA.

En. Mohd Nazri Bin Md Shariff brings with him more than two decades of experience in corporate and financial management, banking and audit. He was appointed to the Board of Directors of Mardec Berhad on 15 October 2011.

He has served and contributed in various capacities and a wide range of industries including as the Group Chief Executive Officer of Tradewinds (M) Berhad, Group Chief Financial Officer of Padiberas Nasional Berhad, Group Chief Operating Officer of Pernas International Holdings Berhad, General Manager (Finance and Corporate) in various subsidiaries of MMC Berhad Group. He was also a Board Member and Corporate Representative for several local and foreign-owned/ operated companies.

A member of the Malaysia Institute of Accountants and a Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants, United Kingdom, En. Mohd Nazri was trained and later qualified as a Chartered Certified Accountant with an audit firm in England. He subsequently joined the Malaysian banking sector where he served in the credit risk, internal audit and corporate banking divisions of Amanah Capital Group of Companies and Bank of Commerce, respectively.

He is currently the Group Chief Financial Officer of Tradewinds(M) Berhad.



Dato’ Dr. Kamarul Baharain Basir, aged 61, was appointed to the Board of Directors of Mardec Berhad on 15 April 2013.

He currently holds the post of Secretary-General of the Association of Natural Rubber Producing Countries (ANRPC) for a three-year term which commenced July 1st, 2011.

Dato’ Dr. Kamarul Baharain Basir graduated from the University of Strathclyde in Britain in 1976 and his area of specialisation is Mechanical Engineering. Dato’ Dr. Kamarul was awarded a Ph.D. from the University of Loughborough in 1984 for his research project on internal mixing of fillers in natural rubber.

He is the Former Malaysian Rubber Board (MRB) director-general and he was appointed the post in 2006 and held the post until 2010. He had also held various other positions like chairman of the International Rubber Trade Association, chairman of the Malaysian Rubber Exchange, chairman of Britain-based Tun Abdul Razak Research Centre, member of the International Rubber Research and Development Board and chairman of the Technical Committee of Standards Writing on Engineering Rubber Products.


Dr Md Aris was appointed to the Board of Directors of Mardec Berhad on the 4th of November 2013. He brings with him more than 38 years of experience in the rubber industry and continues to contribute hugely to the research & development of the industry today.

He began his journey as a student of Natural Rubber Processing at the Rubber Research Institute of Malaysia (RRIM) and went on to further his studies in Polymer Technology at North London Polytechnic, United Kingdom where he earned both a Masters degree a Ph.D in Polymer Science.

Dr Md Aris returned to RRIM to assume an advisory role for several years before he was seconded to the Malaysian Rubber Producers Research Association, MRPRA (currently known as TARRC) Brickendonbury, London in 1979.

A distinguished figure in the development of rubber technology, Dr Md Aris was appointed as Head of the Dry Rubber Technology Unit at Malaysian Rubber Board, MRB, in 2006. Upon his retirement, he was re-appointed by MRB to resume this role after which he was appointed as Research Fellow at Akademi Hevea Malaysia in Sungai Buloh.

Dr Md Aris sat on the Board of Felcra Hose & Hose until 2012 and was member of various associations. Some of his main contributions to the rubber industry were to provide advice on the use of rubber blends, particularly NR and EPDM blends as well as Thermoplastics Rubber (TPEs) to the rubber industries and technical advisory services to the rubber product manufacturing industry especially on the A5 Project; "Improving Productivity and Efficiency of Rubber Product Manufacturing".

Dr Md Aris was Hon. Secretary at Plastics and Rubber Institute Malaysia, PRIM until 2000 and still serves as an Education Officer conducting Diploma classes at the Institute. In 2013, he became President of PRIM.


Alternate Director to Datin Paduka Nurmala binti Abd Rahim
Mr. M. Nagarajan holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Science majoring in Economics from University of Science Malaysia (USM) in 1980. In 1996, he obtained his Masters in Economics from Vanderbilt University, United States of America. He obtained a Diploma in Trade Policy, organised by the World Trade in Organisation (WTO) Geneva, Switzerland in 1997. In addition, had attended Advanced Management Programme at INSEAD, Paris, 1997.

Mr M. Nagarajan started his career as a Administrative Officer in the National Registration Department in 1981. In 1984, he joined the Administrative and Diplomatic Service and served as an Assistant Secretary in Ministry of Housing and Local Government (1984-1989), Ministry of Defence (1989 - 1994). Subsequent to his study leave from 1995-1996, he was posted to Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI) in 1997. He has held several positions in MITI covering industrial development, ASEAN economic cooperation and Free Trade Area negotiations. During his tenure in MITI, he was involved in negotiations in services liberalisation and strengthening economic integration in ASEAN.

In 2006, he assumed the post of Under Secretary, International Relations, Ministry of Plantation Industries and Commodities (MPIC), and in 2007 as the Under Secretary of the Oil, Fats and Sago Industry Development Division in the same Ministry. He was involved in drafting of policies and measures towards strengthening the development oil palm industry as an important component of the economy.

In 2011, he was appointed as Deputy Secretary General (Plantations and Commodities) and responsible for the overall development of the commodity sector covering palm oil, rubber, furniture industry, cocoa, pepper, sago and tobacco and kenaf.