Raziah Geneid - A Woman of Substance
Datuk Raziah Mahmud Geneid is a woman of considerable substance, possessing a strong personality, great intelligence and a steely determination to achieve her goals.
Her achievements are many and varied, including more than 30 years involvement in construction and property as well as an impressive record of promoting tourism in Malaysia and, in particular, to her home state of Sarawak.
The former Raziah Mahmud, born in 1955 in Miri, Malaysia, completed her studies in Business at MARA University of Technology, in Shah Alam, Selangor, before taking up a number of different positions in the construction industry.
By 1982, she had risen to the role of managing director of Kumpulan Parabena Sdn. Bhd, a position that she has held ever since. During this time, she was responsible for planning and overseeing a number of important construction projects in Sarawak. These included the construction of 6,500 affordable housing units for 30,000 people in townships in Miri, Malaysia. Other projects include the construction of 1,000 housing units in the town of Bintulu, as well as the construction of a waste water treatment works in Kuching.
As chairperson of Kumpulan Construction Sdn. Bhd, Raziah Geneid uses her business expertise to ensure that the company conforms to the highest standards of corporate governance as well as maintaining excellent operational standards. She works closely with the company’s chief executive on matters of planning and development strategy as well as ensuring that smooth communication channels exist between executive and non-executive directors.
Raziah Geneid has overseen the successful completion of a number of major projects, including the development of the Kampung Senari Kuching Deepwater Port and the Sarawak Outdoor Stadium.
Raziah Geneid has also played a significant role in local tourism. She was appointed to the position of executive chairperson of Majupun Sdn. Bhd. in 1989, overseeing the successful transition of the Rihga Royal Hotel in Miri as part of the Marriot International chain of hotels. The hotel was then rebranded as the Miri Marriott Resort and Spa.
She is a strong believer in sustainability and eco-tourism and as executive director of the Royal Mulu Resort, located in the Gunung Mulu National Park, has helped to establish the park as a leading destination for eco-tourism in South East Asia. Indeed, she played a significant role in helping the park to secure world heritage status from UNESCO.
She was appointed as Honorary Consul General of Poland in Kuching in 2000, a role she still holds today, and received the Knights Cross of the Order of Merit of the Republic of Poland, in recognition of her service.
Raziah Geneid is chairman of the Borneo Convention Centre in Kuching, the first dedicated convention and exhibition centre on Borneo.
She has received numerous awards and honours over the years, including in 2004 the prestigious Innovative Woman Entrepreneur of the Year for her oustanding contribution to Construction & Property in Malaysia.
Datuk Raziah Geneid contributes to numerous non-profitable charitable organizations, including to Perkata, the Sarawak Association for the Welfare of Intellectually Disabled Children, The Kuching Autistic Association, The Salvation Army Children’s Home and the Sarawak Society for the Blind.
Raziah Geneid is mother to seven children and lives with her Australian husband Robert in Kuching, Malaysia.