Dato Fawziah Abdul Karim


Dato Fawziah Abdul Karim’s early career includes serving as the assistant director in the Development Division of Tourism Development Cooperation of Malaysia, where she was in charge of building some of the best resorts on Malaysia’s east coast, including Club Med Cherating, Kuantan. After leaving government service, Dato Fawziah ventured into her own business and became a very successful entrepreneur with companies in the fields of education, construction, management, and real estate.

In recognition of her entrepreneurship, experience, and reputation for prompt delivery of all projects, her company, Sharikat Teratai KG Sdn Bhd (STKG), was awarded privatization projects by DBKL in 1987 to design, upgrade, and operate (including toll collection) a number of roads and four bridges that had been gazetted for conversion into highways. The revenue generated by this project amounted to some RM 1 billion over a period of 10 years. In 1989, the company was also awarded a RM 200 million project for the privatization of a solid waste disposal system in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

As educational director for her education companies, she is involved in joint venture projects with schools in China, United Arab Emirates, Indonesia, and Australia. Her companies’ investments in such joint ventures are valued at some RM 600 million.

She is currently involved in the development of a retirement village in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Known as “Utama International Village,” the village is complete with a health center equipped with alternative types of treatments from all over the world.


Dato Fawziah attended the Convent School, Bukit Nanas, in Kuala Lumpur and subsequently graduated with a degree in business administration majoring in finance from the Institute Technology Mara, School of Business.


  • Member, Dean’s International Council, Harris School of Public Policy Studies, University of Chicago
  • Member, Women’s Leadership Board, J.F.K. School of Government, Harvard University
  • Recipient, 1990 Darjan Dato Paduka Tanuku Medal of Honor
  • Member, Buck Advisory Council, The Buck Institute for Research on Aging (Novato, CA)


Dato Fawziah is married to Mr. Hassan Md Ali, who is an ex-pilot trainer. They have five children: two sons and three daughters. Three of them have graduated from Australian universities with degrees in banking and finance and in commerce and law.

In recognition of her contribution toward the infrastructure development of her country, she was awarded the Darjah Dato Paduka Tuanku Jaafar Medal of Honour in 1990 by the Sultan of the state of Negeri Sembilan, which confers the title of “Dato” (equivalent to the title “Sir” in the United Kingdom).

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