Senior Academic Advisor

Ir. Dr. Muhamad Fuad Abdullah obtained his Bachelor and Master of Philosophy degrees in Electrical Engineering from the University of Southampton, United Kingdom. He also obtained his Bachelor of Arts (Jayyid) in Syariah from Jordan University, Jordan and PhD in Muslim Civilisation from the University of Aberdeen, United Kingdom. He is a Fellow of the Institution of Engineers Malaysia and a registered ASEAN Chartered Professional Engineer, APEC Engineer and International Professional Engineer. Ir. Dr. Muhamad Fuad is member of panel of assessors for Malaysian Qualification Agency (MQA) and Board of Engineers Malaysia (BEM).


Senior Technical Advisor

Mr. Guus Verhagen brings with him over 40 years of experience in the maritime industry, having worked in various senior capacities in shipping agencies, forwarding and stevedoring companies all over the world. In year 2000, he was invited to become a senior consultant at the Shipping and Transport College in Rotterdam. From 2005 to 2013, he had served as the Managing Director of Maritiem Instituut De Ruyter in Vlissingen.

Later in 2014, Mr. Verhagen founded his own stevedoring and consultancy company and since then, he has been providing solutions and project management services throughout Europe. Besides attending to his own private practice, Mr. Verhagen is also actively supporting the work of the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) through many international initiatives.

jan soer

Senior Strategy Advisor

Mr. Jan Albert Soer is a highly respected former Dutch diplomat who had served in more than 10 countries over his colorful 40 years service in Dutch Foreign Ministry. He began his career as a draft in the Royal Netherlands Air Force and later on as diplomat in Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Netherlands in Turkey, Lebanon, Sweden, Saudi Arabia, Oman and Singapore.

From 1994 to 1998, he served as Dutch Consul in Dubai, UAE before heading on to become Deputy Head of Mission in Kuwait and Hong Kong. He retires in 2012 as Deputy Head of Mission in Malaysia before joining NMIT as Senior Strategy Advisor.

hj zohari

Senior Industry Advisor

Ir. (Dr.) Hj. Mohamed Zohari is a qualified engineer by profession. He graduated from Pennslyvania State University, USA with a M.Sc in Petroleum & Natural Gas Engineering. He was an Associate Professor and Head of Department for Petroleum & Natural Gas Engineering at University Technology Malaysia and the Vice President, Exploration & Production Division and Technology Resource Management Division at PETRONAS. 

Ir. (Dr.) Hj. Mohamed Zohari had served as a member of PETRONAS Management Committee, Chairman of PETRONAS Research & Scientific Services Sdn. Bhd. and Board Member of PERMATA, ALAM, INSTEP, PCSB (Holding), PCSB (Overseas Companies), OGPSB, PTSSB, Sauber PETRONAS Engineering (SPE), University Technology PETRONAS (UTP) and PETRONAS Maritime Services.


Senior Business Advisor

Mr. John Legierse had several marketing manager positions over the past 30 years, among others at Peterson Group, Rotterdam International Safety Center (RISC), International Maritime College Oman for STC Group, and as project manager for VSTEP, PSIC (Public Security Innovation Center) and for the Training & Consultancy Department of Singapore Salvage Engineers, building up to over 30 years of extensive experience in the South East Asia Region, particularly in the maritime related and safety sector.
As co-founder of NMIT, he has been working closely with Pelorus in the past, and is presently active as Business Associate and Business Development Advisor at NMIT Training & Consultancy Department.



The success of NMIT programmes and services depends on strong support and feedback from the industry. To ensure compliance to the highest standard of delivery, NMIT Industry Advisory Council (IAC) was established to provide an effective link between the Institute and the industry as well as to enable high quality and proactive engagement with individuals, organisations and corporations from the business and industry.

NMIT IAC members are drawn from various segments of the industries notably representing port authorities and operators, shipping companies, government agencies, senior academics, classification societies, regional authorities etc.