Dato’ Seri Ir. Mohamad Othman Zainal Azim
Dato’ Seri Ir. Mohamad Othman Zainal Azim graduated with Bachelor of Science in 1977 from Birmingham University, United Kingdom, where he also later obtained his Masters of Science Degree. He served in various positions in the Malaysian Public Works Department (JKR) and Ministry of Works of Malaysia, at state and federal levels as Building Engineer (Negeri Sembilan), District Engineer (Tampin, NS), Highway Planner in the Highway Planning Unit, Senior Executive Engineer, Road Design, and later Superintending Engineer in the Road Design Unit at headquarters and Deputy Director of JKR Perak.
His responsibilities included budget preparation and allocation for buildings and roads for the 3rd to 6th Malaysia Plans and the implementation of approved projects, management of district and state JKR operations, implementation of infrastructure projects and maintenance government assets, regional development studies and planning and development of infrastructure networks and National Highway Network Plan, development of Research and Advisory Resource Centre for Roads Standards and Specifications, development of Road Safety Data Centre, development of road network data and designation, development of technical guidelines, performing road design and road safety studies and implementing improvement measures, implementation of ADB and World Bank funded projects, organizational management, human resource development, project management, asset management and budget control.
In 2000, he joined Putrajaya Corporation, first as Director, City Development Department from 2000 to 2002, with responsibility for development of public utilities and infrastructure for the new Federal Administrative Capital of Putrajaya, and then as Chief Executive Officer from 2002 to 2006. As CEO, he was responsible for the planning, budgeting and implementation of roads, bridges, utilities, lakes and wetlands, office buildings, residential and commercial development in Putrajaya and ensuring acceptable economic returns to and value creation for stakeholders. He retired from Putrajaya Corporation and joined the Board of Directors of Straits Consulting Engineers at the end of 2006.
He is a licensed Professional Engineer with the Board of Engineers Malaysia (BEM). He is also a Corporate Member of the Association of Consulting Engineers Malaysia (ACEM) and the Road Engineering Association of Malaysia (REAM).