Yam makes history as first Malaysian to helm CIOB

PETALING JAYA: Datuk Seri Michael Yam (pic) is now the proud flag-bearer for Malaysia after being voted in as vice-president at the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) recently.

Headquartered in the United Kingdom, CIOB is the world’s largest and most influential professional body for construction management and leadership, and is at the heart of a management and leadership career in the built environment.

CIOB said that by 2022, Yam would make history as the first ever Malaysian and second Asian to be elected the 119th CIOB president in its 188-year history.

“His presidency will follow on from that of Mike Foy, who will become CIOB president in 2021, and Mark Beard, chairman of Beard Construction, who became CIOB president at the recent members’ forum, ” said CIOB in a statement.

On being informed of his successful appointment as vice-president, Yam said: “I joined the CIOB in 1983 and I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to give back to the CIOB what they have given to me over the years.

“Belonging to a global professional institution like the CIOB is like being part of a movement.

“Its ideals to strengthen the construction and built environment sector mirror my own values.

“I greatly look forward to supporting my colleagues as we look to improve the quality of the built environment across the globe.”

Yam has over 35 years’ experience in the construction, real estate and corporate sector, serving in leadership positions for many public listed property companies.

He is currently the chairman of InvestKL Corporation and also at Kwasa Land Sdn Bhd, an EPF subsidiary, as well as being an independent non-executive director of three different public listed companies.

Yam is also active in non-governmental organisations and CIOB activities and was the president of CIOB Malaysia from 2005-2007 as well as a member of the CIOB board of trustees from 2008-2012.

He is a past president and patron of the Real Estate and Housing Developers’ Association of Malaysia (Rehda) and has served as a director of the Construction Industry Development Board from 2016 to 2018.

Yam was a member of the advisory board to the Kuala Lumpur City Hall from 2008 to 2014.

According to CIOB, his association with the British community is maintained throughout his directorship of the British Malaysian Chamber of Commerce from 2008 to 2016, in which he still holds membership.

CIOB chief executive Caroline Gumble said: “We look forward to Michael’s contribution.

“He has explicit knowledge of the CIOB and has been a major force promoting professionalism in Malaysia throughout his career.”

“His connections with government and various influencers will enhance our ability to improve the quality, productivity and efficiency of the construction industry worldwide.”

CIOB is guided by a Royal Charter to promote the science and practice of building and construction for the benefit of society, which it has been doing since 1834 through its members who are involved in the development, conservation and improvement of the built environment. 

CIOB accredits university degrees, educational courses and training, with its professional and vocational qualifications seen as a mark of competence and professionalism that readily provides assurance to clients and other professionals procuring built assets.

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