TAN SRI DATO’ SERI ABD GHAFAR BIN MAHMUD
Tan Sri Dato’ Seri Abd. Ghafar bin Mahmud was previously the Director General of Education, Ministry of Education of Malaysia. Beginning as a teacher in 1977 within the Malaysian Education Officer Service, he further developed his career by serving in various capacities and levels in the schools, State Education Department and the Ministry of Education. He served as a school principal from 1998 to 2001. In 2001 he was appointed as a Principal Assistant Director in School Division of the Ministry of Education and was progressively promoted as the head of various divisions in the Ministry i.e. the Director of Sports Division, Chief Inspector of the School Inspectorate Division and Director of the Institute Aminuddin Baki (educational leadership training centre).
Currently, Tan Sri Dato’ Seri Abd Ghafar is serving as the Chairman for Perbadanan Kota Buku, Yayasan Genovasi and Yayasan Sarana Pendidikan. The Ministry has also appointed him as an advisor for special projects i.e. Fully Residential Schools and the development of Young Teachers. He is a member of the Board of Trustees of PADU (Education Performance Delivery Unit) under the Ministry of Education, Yayasan Tenaga Nasional and Yayasan Telekom Malaysia.