Sharil Tarmizi joins UNU-CS advisory board
By Digital News Asia March 29, 2019
- Has collaborated with the ITU, WTO, Unicef, among others
- Board provides strategic direction to the institute on research and management
MOHAMED Sharil Tarmizi (pic), the former chairman and chief executive of the MCMC (Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission), has joined the international advisory board of the United Nations University Institute on Computing and Society (UNU-CS).
Sharil has extensive years of experience in both the public and private sectors. In 2000, he worked in MCMC as a senior officer leading the Policy and Industry Development initiatives. After a stint in the private sector within the Technology, Media, and Technology (TMT) industry, he returned to MCMC as chairman and chief executive in 2011.
Sharil has also collaborated with numerous international and inter-governmental organisations such as ITU, WTO, Unicef, and the World Bank. Backed by his experience as a regulator, he contributed to the World Bank & InfoDev’s Telecommunications Regulations Handbook.
He is a Barrister of Gray’s Inn and was called to the Malaysian Bar in 1994, whereupon he became an Advocate and Solicitor of the High Court of Malaya. In 2017, he was conferred an Honorary Fellowship from his alma mater, Aberystwyth University, for his contributions to the global internet community.
He remains active in the global ICT community by serving as an advisor to several startups and as a mentor to different organisations helping young entrepreneurs.
“We now live in a world where everyone with access to smartphones has immense computing power in the palm of their hands. Whilst this advancement in technology and communications has brought about numerous benefits, it has also brought unexpected outcomes which challenge the very fabric of society itself. I am looking forward to working with my colleagues at the Advisory Board and the members of the UNU Institute to help achieve positive outcomes for the global information society,” said Sharil.
The UNU-CS advisory board consists of researchers and academia in information and communication technologies (ICTs) and science, engineering, technology and mathematics (STEM) fields. The board provides strategic direction to the institute on research and management.