Tan Sri Dr. Ahmad Tajuddin Ali is the Chairman of UEM Group Berhad, UEM Sunrise Berhad, PLUS Expressways International Berhad, Linde Malaysia Holdings Berhad, Construction Industry Development Board (CIDB) and SIRIM Berhad. He is also the President of the Academy of Sciences Malaysia. He graduated with First Class Honours in Mechanical Engineering from King's College London in 1973 and obtained his doctorate in Nuclear Engineering from Queen Mary College London in 1977. He did post-doctoral work in nuclear engineering at Oregon State University in 1977 and at Pennsylvania State University in 1978. He is also a graduate of the Harvard Business School’s Advanced Management Programme. In 1994, he was bestowed the Special Award by Japan External Trade Organisation (JETRO) for his contribution towards enhancing exports of Malaysian products to Japan. In 1996, he received the Institution of Engineers Malaysia Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Engineering Profession and in 2009, he received the “Prominent Player” Award from the Construction Industry Development Board Malaysia (CIDB). He was conferred the Honorary Doctor of Science Degree by Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) in 2015. Currently, he serves as the Chairman of UPM Holdings Sdn Bhd, UPM Innovations Sdn Bhd, Universiti Teknikal Malaysia Melaka (UTeM) and the Joint-Chairman of the Malaysian Industry-Government Group for High Technology (MIGHT). He is also a member of the Governing Council of the International Institute of Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) in Laxenburg, Austria. Additionally, he is the Pro-Chancellor of Universiti Tenaga Nasional (UNITEN) and a member of the International Advisory Council of the University. He is a member of the Board of Trustees of Yayasan Khazanah, Mahathir Science Award Foundation, and an Ordinary Member of Yayasan Penyelidikan Antartika Sultan Mizan. Trained as an engineer, he is a Registered Professional Engineer with the Board of Engineers (P.Eng), a Fellow of the Institution of Engineers Malaysia (FIEM), a Fellow of the Academy of Sciences Malaysia (FASc), a Fellow of The ASEAN Federation of Engineering Organisations (AFEO) and a Fellow of the ASEAN Academy of Engineering and Technology (AAET).