National Technology Officer
Dr. Dzaharudin Mansor is the National Technology Officer (“NTO”) for Microsoft Malaysia. As the NTO, Dzahar drives the engagement with key national technology stakeholders, which include academics, policymakers & advisors, and interest groups with the intention to builds trust while contributing to national development.
Dr. Dzahar joined Microsoft in 2005 and has more than 33 years of professional experience in ICT and telecommunications. He started his career as a lecturer at the Department of Computer Science, La Trobe University, and moved on to as a R&D engineer at Telecom Australia Research Laboratories in Melbourne. On returning to Malaysia, he joined Celcom as a R&D manager, and left the company as the Vice President for R&D, Intelligent Network and IT divisions. He subsequently worked at HP in Singapore and other technology companies in R&D, operations, business, as well as leadership positions.
He also presently holds, and has held, several associate positions including as an Adjunct Professor at IIUM, a councilor at PIKOM and academic advisor at several public and private universities. In 2010, he had the honor of leading the Business Services Economic Transformation Program (ETP) Labs that has been one of the key initiatives by the Malaysian Government to transform Malaysia into a developed nation by 2020. He is a senior member of IEEE.
Dr. Dzahar received a First Class Honors Degree in Computer Systems Engineering from Monash University, Australia in 1985, and subsequently awarded Australian University Graduate scholarships to completed his PhD in Computer Science in 1988. In 1985, he was awarded the Digital Award for Computer Engineering, the University Tasmania award for achieving the top 10 position in HSC, and the MCE Top Student Award at MCKK in 1979.
Dr. Dzahar was recently featured in an interview with The Edge where he spoke about how local SMEs can benefit from digital transformation. He was also one of the speakers during the launch of the Microsoft Cybersecurity study conducted in collaboration with Frost & Sullivan titled “Understanding the Cybersecurity Threat Landscape in Asia Pacific: Securing the Modern Enterprise in a Digital World”.
Dr. Dzahar is passionate about technology, where he works closely with academia and research on topics such as Software Engineering, Computer Architectures, Cyber Security, Telecommunications, Data Science and AI. He aspires to contribute towards the nation’s Digital Economy initiative.