HWUM Welcomes New Chair of the Board of Directors



Andrew Sill Appointment at HWUM 2024

Heriot-Watt University Malaysia (HWUM) is delighted to announce the appointment of Mr Andrew Sill as the Chair of its University’s Board of Directors, effective 1st May 2024.

Bringing with him over three decades of experience as an international banker across diverse markets including Malaysia, Singapore, India, Thailand, Indonesia, and the United Kingdom, Mr Sill assumes his new role with a wealth of expertise in strategic leadership, cross-border connectivity, and revenue growth.

Professor Richard A. Williams, Principal and Vice-Chancellor of Heriot-Watt University, welcomed Mr Sill's appointment, emphasising the invaluable contribution his experience will bring to the University's global vision. 

Professor Williams said: "Mr Sill's wealth of experience in the banking industry, alongside his leadership roles at prominent global firms such as RBS Malaysia and Commercial Banking at HSBC in Malaysia, equips him with invaluable insights. His expertise will greatly contribute to our mission of driving global impact through groundbreaking research and innovation”.

Professor Mushtak Al-Atabi, Provost and Chief Executive Officer of Heriot-Watt University Malaysia, said: “I’m confident that Mr Sill’s ability to drive excellence will support our University’s aspirations. As a new Chair of Board of Directors, he will play a pivotal role in advancing our vision for purpose-driven education and will greatly bolster our ongoing development in Malaysia and beyond”. 

Commenting on his appointment, Mr Sill, said: “I’m honoured to join Heriot-Watt Malaysia, and look forward to working with the Board to strengthen Heriot-Watt’s footprint and enhance the University’s offering in the region. 

“As a British citizen residing and working in Malaysia since 2008, I am excited about the opportunity to support the University's continued growth and development of world-class learning opportunities in Malaysia and beyond. Education has the power to transform lives and I’m delighted to be part of an institution that is committed to excellence and innovation globally”. 

Throughout his career, Mr Sill has been recognised for his outstanding contributions to the banking sector and international trade. His tenure as Chairman of the British Malaysian Chamber of Commerce (BMCC) from 2015 to 2020 underscores his dedication to fostering collaboration and facilitating trade and investment growth between nations. In recognition of his service, he was appointed MBE (Member of the Order of the British Empire) by the late Queen Elizabeth II in September 2020.


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