Tan Sri Dr. Munir is the Chairman of Bank Muamalat Malaysia Bhd, and has been on its board since 2008. He obtained his B.Sc (Econ) from the London School of Economics and Political Science in 1971, and his PhD in International Relations in 1978. He was teaching at the Department of International Relations of his alma mater from 1972-1975, and was an analyst for Daiwa Europe NV in London from 1975-1978.
On his return back to Malaysia at the end of 1978, Tan Sri Dr. Munir joined The New Straits Times Press (NSTP) as a lead writer and progressed to become its Group Editor. He left The NST in 1986 to become the CEO of a small merchant bank, Pertanian Baring Sanwa (PBS), which then became Commerce International Merchant Bankers, the genesis of today’s CIMB Group.
He left CIMB in 1993 at the invitation of the Government of Malaysia to set up the Securities Commission and became its first Executive Chairman until 1999. He continued on with his illustrious career, serving in various capacities, including as Chairman of both Celcom and Malaysia Airlines System at different times. He is the founder and President of the Kuala Lumpur Business Club (2003-2008) and is now the chairman of its Advisory Council.
He was made an Honorary Fellow of the London School of Economics and Political Science in December 2005, and in 2008, a Visiting Senior Fellow of LSE IDEAS (Centre for the Study of International Affairs, Diplomacy and Strategy) where he heads the Southeast Asia International Affairs Programme. He is also a member of the International Institute of Strategic Studies in London.