Management Team

Datuk Seri Mirza Mohammad Taiyab joined the Tourist Development Corporation Malaysia (TDC), as the organisation was known then, in 1982. He has been directly in charge of various key portfolios in Tourism Malaysia including advertising, international promotions, conventions, marketing support services, communication and domestic promotions.

His academic training, experience in the corporate world, and inclination to business and management, led the Board to appoint him as the General Manager of two international resorts, namely Langkawi Island Resort and Tanjung Jara Beach Resort, which were owned and managed by Tourism Malaysia then.

Datuk Seri Mirza headed the Tourism Malaysia office in Frankfurt in 1989, overseeing tourism promotion efforts in Germany, Austria, Italy and Switzerland, followed by his appointment as the director of Tourism Malaysia Tokyo office from 1995 to 2000. He was appointed as the Director General of Tourism Malaysia on 1 September 2006.

Datuk Seri Mirza graduated with a diploma in tourism administration and a bachelor degree in business administration. While in service, he continued his studies in business administration and received a master’s degree from Ohio University in 1993.

For his outstanding marketing efforts internationally, Datuk Seri Mirza was awarded the title of “Tourism Marketing Man of the Year” by the Pacific Area Travel Writers Association (PATWA) in 2004 during ITB Berlin. With such wide and extensive tourism-related experience, he has also been duly recognised for his excellent services. He was conferred the Ahli Mahkota Perak (AMP) award by the Sultan of Perak in 2003; the Johan Setia Mahkota (JSM) award by His Majesty DYMM Yang DiPertuan Agong in 2005; the Darjah Dato’ Setia DiRaja Kedah (D.S.D.K) award by the Sultan of Kedah in Jan 2016; and the Seri Mahkota Wilayah (SMW) award by His Majesty DYMM Yang DiPertuan Agong during Federal Territory Day on 1 Feb 2016.

Dato’ Sri Abdul Khani Daud joined the Tourist Development Corporation Malaysia (TDC) in 1985. With over 30 years of experience in Tourism Malaysia, he has served in various capacities and divisions including enforcement, marketing, promotional support, domestic marketing and advertising, before being appointed as the Deputy Director General (Advertising & Digital) on 20 June 2015. Previously, Dato’ Sri Abdul Khani has served as Special Officer to the Minister of Tourism and also Chairman of Tourism Malaysia.

Throughout his tenure with Tourism Malaysia, Dato’ Sri Abdul Khani has headed several overseas offices, namely Perth, Australia (December 1990 – March 1994), Singapore (April 2001– June 2004), Johannesburg, South Africa (June 2004 – June 2006), and Bangkok (February 2008 – April 2008).

Dato’ Sri Abdul Khani graduated with an MBA from MBA (Aust) and Master of Oxcell from Master of Oxcell (UK).

For his outstanding contributions to the country’s tourism industry, Dato’ Sri Abdul Khani has received several awards. He was conferred the Darjah Indra Mahkota Pahang (DIMP) Award by the Sultan of Pahang in 2012, and Darjah Setia DiRaja Kedah (DSDK) award in 2013, as well as Darjah Kebesaran Sri Sultan Ahmad Shah Pahang in 2016.