COO, SUSTAINABLE ENERGY DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY (SEDA)
Ir. Akmal Rahimi Abu Samah earned his Bachelor Degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from University of Bristol, UK. He started his career in Tenaga Nasional Berhad (TNB), where he was involved in various power plant, substation, co-generation and other energy-related projects. During his stint in TNB, he has held several positions such as Engineering Manager and Project Manager where he was deeply involved in business development, design & engineering, construction as well as project management.
After 14 years, Ir. Akmal left TNB and joined a few consultancy practices. He undertook projects in the fields of power distribution system, renewable energy, energy efficiency and cooling systems, providing both technical and financial advisories to his clients. During this period, he was also an active trainer, where he conducted public and in-house training programmes in the areas of electrical system design, district cooling system, thermal energy storage and project management.
Prior to joining SEDA Malaysia, Ir. Akmal was General Manager in the Special Projects Division at Malaysian Resources Corporation Berhad (MRCB). He was specifically tasked to establish and manage MRCB’s district cooling business, where he was in charge of the planning, project execution and operation of the plants.
Ir. Akmal is a Professional Engineer with Practicing Certificate registered with the Board of Engineers, Malaysia (BEM). He is also a Corporate Member of the Institution of Engineers, Malaysia (IEM) and the American Society for Heating, Refrigeration and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE). Ir. Akmal holds a Competent Electrical Engineer certificate from the Energy Commission (EC), Malaysia. He is also an Industry Advisor Panel member for a couple of public universities in the country.