Muhammad Ghazali Abdul Aziz is the Chief Special Purpose Vehicle (CSPV) Officer at the Human Resources Development Fund (HRDF), Malaysia. He began his career with HRDF as an Executive in 1999 and got into the thick of the action in different strategic areas which included Research and Development and Small Medium Enterprises’(SMEs) development programmes. His career with HRDF rose steadily with his promotion to Assistant Manager in 2005; Manager in 2009, and General Manager in 2010. Towards the end of 2014, he assumed the role of CSPV. In his current role, Ghazali oversees four (4) divisions, namely the National Human Resource Centre (NHRC), the SME Instrument Division, the Special Projects Division, and most recently, the Marketing Communications Division.
These divisions are pivotal to the implementation of some of HRDF’s key strategic initiatives particularly HRDF’s Human Capital Strategic Initiatives which offer five (5) tactical solutions and capacity building programmes towards advancing the percentage of skilled local workforce from the current 31 per cent to 35 per cent by the Year 2020. These are the 1Malaysia Outplacement Centre (1MOC); the Train and Replace Programme (T&R); The Graduates’ Enhancement Programme for Employability (GENERATE); the Rural Accelerated Industrial Skill for Employment (RAISE); and the Industry Based Certification Programme (INBASE).
Ghazali, confident that these programmes will reduce Malaysia’s dependency on foreign expertise, is particularly passionate about INBASE which will see HRDF championing bigdata analytics (BDA) and Industrial Revolution 4.0 (IR4) initiatives.He says, “In the advent of IR4, it is now (or never) that companies recognise the importance of human capital as a critical first step in tapping into unrecognised potential through up-skilling, re-skilling and multi skilling initiatives as an investment towards unlocking untapped talent. What companies get in return are better leaders, more effective managers, better decisions, and a greater return on investment.”
Ghazali holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from University Putra Malaysia and Masters in Business Administration from Help University College,