Founder / Executive Chairman

Dato’ Captain Razali Yaacob graduated with a Master's Degree in Maritime, Education & Training (Nautical) from the World Maritime University at Malmo, Sweden and is a qualified Master Mariner. Dato' Captain Razali has spent about 40 years of his career in the maritime industry. He was a Seafarer with MISC, Senior Lecturer and Head of Department at Akademi Laut Malaysia (ALAM), Marine Supervisor with Esso Production (M) Incorporated, R & D Director and Managing Director of PELORUS; and more notably as Founder and Executive Chairman of NMIT.

Dato' Captain Razali has designed and developed many pioneering programmes in the country and has served as consultant for many national and international projects in Asia and the Middle East.



Professor Dr. Captain Stephen Cross is a highly experienced professional leader with global experience in higher maritime education system and management. He had served as Managing Director of Maritiem Instituut Willem Barentsz, overseeing a wide range of major developmental projects, academic management, ventures and fund acquisition, business development and R & D at international level.

Prof. Cross also has broad teaching experience in higher international maritime education. He is currently serving as visiting professor at the World Maritime University in Malmo covering a diverse research and teaching interest in the field of shipping management, port management and maritime simulation training. He is a much sought after consultant to establish maritime institutes across the world.


President / Chief Executive

Professor Dato’ Ir. Dr. Abdul Aziz Ibrahim is a professional engineer. Prof. Aziz obtained his Ph.D from University of Newcastle – upon – Tyne, England, UK majoring in coastal and offshore/marine engineering, specifically in pipeline and subsea structures, where he was interned with Petronas Carigali for 3 – Months in 1984. He has a Master's degree in Hydraulic Engineering (majoring in river engineering) and B.Sc Degree in Civil Engineering, both from Glasgow University, Scotland, UK.

Prof. Aziz served as the Vice Chancellor of Universiti Industri Selangor (UNISEL) from 2005 till 2009 where he initiated among others, biotechnology, aquaculture, coastal and marine technology academic programmes and spearheaded entrepreneurship and R & D programmes for the State of Selangor and SMI group. Prior to administering UNISEL, he hold the professorial post in University Technology Malaysia (UTM) for 15 years. From 1995 - 2000 he was appointed as the pioneering Director-General of National Hydraulic Research Institute, Malaysia (NAHRIM), in charge of the national research and development (R & D) in water, coastal and offshore sectors. He is also the founder and the pioneering director of the Coastal and Offshore Engineering Institute (1990-1995), majoring mainly in reclamation, dredging and other coastal and offshore engineering, computer modelling and environmental R & D and consultancy river and flood services.

As the Chief Executive of NMIT, Prof. Aziz is responsible for the overall management and performance of the Institute. This covers strategic ways to produce graduates that are highly employable and sought after, offering and displaying unique academic and professional strengths. He is pushing for global brand recognition of NMIT.