Mushtak Al-Atabi

CEO and Provost

Roles and responsibilities

Prof. Mushtak Al-Atabi is the Provost and Chief Executive Officer for Heriot-Watt University Malaysia. He works with senior academics across Heriot-Watt's five global campuses to help develop and lead innovative transnational teaching. He will also play a key role in student recruitment, particularly for international and postgraduate students, helping Heriot-Watt deliver the global research-led educational experience it is renowned for.


Professor Mushtak Al-Atabi is currently the Provost and CEO at Heriot-Watt University, Malaysia. His research interests span engineering, education and leadership. Professor Al-Atabi published three books, “Shoot the Boss,” “Think Like an Engineer” and “Driving Performance” and he has numerous research publications, awards and honours. He is a Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers and the Editor-in-Chief of Journal of Engineering Science & Technology.


Professor Al-Atabi is an author, TEDx speaker and innovative educator, he pioneered the CDIO (Conceive, Design, Implement, Operate), delivered the first MOOC in Malaysia and  developed the first Grand Challenges Scholar Programme outside the US. He trains and consults for Multinational Corporations including banks and energy companies.