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Ir. Dr. Kamarul Anuar Mohamad Kamar

Director of Operations, Tropicana Corporation Berhad 

UEM Group IBS Lab 2018


Strategy | Corporate Performance | Operation | R&D | Industrialised Building Systems (IBS) 

Dr. Kamarul brings solid experience in implementing business strategies and corporate performance. He also involves extensively in operations, start-up incubations and R&D. Well verse on P&L and operation matters. He set goals for growth, achieve financial results, and manage relations with customers and business partners.

Key achievements:

  • Lead the development of Master Plan for 1,000 acres luxury properties, commercial and recreation plots in Tanjung Rhu, Langkawi, GDV = RM 40 billion within 15 to 20 years (2022)

  • Developed comprehensive Corporate Scorecard and detail KPIs for Tropicana Corporation Berhad, CIMA Berhad and UEM Group Berhad. This led to better execution of strategy and implementation of corporate dashboard

  • Led operation and business turnaround of Tropicana Golf and Country Resort towards profitability (EBIT RM 1.3 million) in Q4 2021 despite MCO and uncertain economic condition

  • Led the execution of transformation plan (TP20) that turn CIMA towards profitability (EBITDA RM 80 million in FY20 vs. RM 200 million losses FY17

  • Developed Digital Transformation and Smart Factory (DTSF) blueprint for CIMA - operation savings of RM 50 million in 3 years

  • Led Lafarge's R&D that generate new revenue stream for the company amounted of RM 40 million in FY17

  • Lab leader appointed by Ministry of Works to study a proposal to accelerate Industrialised construction adoption. The proposal was presented to YAB PM, EPU and Khazanah Nasional Berhad in 2018

  • Lab leader appointed by CIMA to develop recommendations to reduce coal consumption by 15% - operation savings of RM 15 million per year

  • Co-developed FastBuild - IBS monolithic system for affordable housing scheme. FastBuild has been used to construct 70 houses in Besut and Setiawan under MyBN Home projects (GDC = RM 2.1 million)

  • Business incubation of UEM Suria, Tropicana Gloves and CIMA Precast. Developed detail feasibility study and operation model. Set organization structure and raise up seed capital

  • Wrote 1 book and 78 academic articles in peer-reviewed journals other references in the area of Industrialised construction

  • Involved in 23 research and consultancy projects in various areas within the construction industry



Director of Operations, Tropicana Corporation Berhad 

July 2021 - Present 

Managing day to day operation of the company to achieve shareholders' targets and aspirations. Managing 8 ongoing projects and RM 2.5 billion investments. Feasibility and design of 1,000 acres luxury mix-development in Langkawi. Turnaround the company's golf club business and operation. Incubate agriculture and aquaculture businesses. 

Head, Corporate Performance and Strategy (CIMA)  

April 2019 - June 2021

Managed overarching strategy development and corporate performance. Led the company towards profitability (EBITDA RM 80 million FY20 vs. RM 200 million losses FY17) via a comprehensive transformation plan (TP20). Developed Digital Transformation and Smart Factory blueprint to drive production modernization and Industry 4.0, potential savings of RM 50 million in 3 years.

Board Member, UEM Construction Sdn. Bhd.

April 2017 - March 2019

Involved in company P&L, operation, downsizing and ongoing projects i.e. PNB 118 and Women & Child Hospital. Managed cost containment throughout the projects and planned catching up plan to mitigate project delays. 

Deputy General Manager, Strategy Implementation and Corporate Performance, UEM Group Berhad 

April 2017 - March 2019

Managed investment portfolio of UEM Group Berhad amounting RM 1.8 billion. Developed Value Creation Plan (VCP), strategy implementation, Management and Monitoring (M&M) function and corporate performance for UEM Group Berhad and its operating companies

Head, Innovation and Development, Lafarge Malaysia Berhad

Jan 2013 - March 2017

Led commercial offering for new revenue for the company via solutions and innovation. Spearheaded wide spectrum production development and innovation encompassing feasibility, product development, prototyping and commercialization. Contributed to gross sales on RM 40 million in FY17

Manager, Construction Research Institute of Malaysia (CREAM)

January 2007 - Dec 2012

Managed end-to-end commercialization of innovation projects covering research, prototyping, commercialization and policy development

Engineer, Ranhill Berhad

Nov 2005 - Dec 2006

Carried out planning and management of construction project activities for 10km of the Senai Desaru Expressway (SDE)


January - March 2021

Certificate (Business Analytics and Strategy Execution) 

Harvard Business School (HBS)

January 2007 - April 2011

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Management

University of Salford Manchester

Sept 2004 - Dec 2005

Masters of Science (MSc) in Management

University of East London

Sept 1999 - April 2004

BEng (Civil) (Hons)

University of Malaya

Professional Affiliation

Professional Engineer with Practicing Certificate (PEPC)

Board of Engineers Malaysia (BEM)

Project Management Professional (PMP)

Project Management Institute (PMI)

ASEAN Chartered Professional Engineer

The ASEAN Secretariat 

Senior Corporate  Member 

The Institution of Engineers Malaysia (IEM) 

Certified Construction Project Manager (CCPM) 

Construction Industry Development Board (CIDB)

Keyboard and Mouse

Strategy and clarity of communication is what Dr Kamarul excel at. His assertive and vigorous characters signify well for any high powered corporate and transformative initiative. Able to provide divergent of views at 30,000 feet against 3 feet level with clear practical action items

Shamsuri Mohd Rasid (Chief Digital Transformation Officer, CIMA Berhad)