Professor Mushtak Al-Atabi

Job title
Provost (Malaysia)

Professor Mushtak Al-Atabi is currently the Provost and CEO at Heriot-Watt University, Malaysia. 

His research interests include thermofluids, renewable energy, biomechanical engineering, engineering education, positive education and academic leadership. 

He is an Honorary Chair at the School of Mechanical Engineering of the University of Birmingham (UK) and the Editor-in-Chief of Journal of Engineering Science & Technology. 

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 delivered two TEDx Talks, “Engineering the Language of Success” and “Storytelling and Engineering a Lasting Change

He is a Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (FIMechE), a member of the Executive Board of Vice Chancellors’ Council for Private Universities Malaysia and a Director at the British Malaysia Chamber of Commerce. 

Professor Al-Atabi is an innovative educator who believes that the main goal of education is to mobilise individual’s purpose into positive impact on the world. He pioneered Purpose-Led Education, CDIO (Conceive, Design, Implement, Operate) methodology and delivered the first MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) in Malaysia. 

Professor Al-Atabi is highly sought after keynote speaker and trainer. He trains executives from Multinational Corporations including banks, energy companies as well as universities. His impact statement reads “I am a storyteller. My purpose is to inspire others to tell more empowering stories about themselves and the world we live in.”