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Tan Sri Rastam Mohd Isa

Chairman & Chief Executive (2015 - 2019)

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Apec needs new vision

THE Apec (Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation) mechanism is very much part of the... Read More

Asean’s five key challenges

THE next week will witness the culmination of the Philippines’ chairmanship of... Read More

2017, The Year of the Eagle and the Dragon

POWER POLITICS: It is in China's interest to assure Trump's administration that... Read More

Racing to accomplish Vision 2020 goal

FINAL STRETCH: Having set an exemplary direction for the region, it would... Read More

Measures to ensure a people-centred Asean

ENGAGE: The community needs to get directly involved in Asean-related events I... Read More

China Signals Bigger World Role

THE 2015 Boao Forum for Asia, held in March, clearly demonstrated China's... Read More

Malaysia in the Spotlight Next Year

Malaysia’s commitment to promote a more people-centred Asean, such as providing for... Read More

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Tan Sri Rastam Mohd Isa

Tan Sri Rastam Mohd Isa was appointed Chairman of the Institute of Strategic and International Studies (ISIS) Malaysia on 9 January 2015. Since 1 January 2014, he has also served as Chief Executive of ISIS Malaysia. He holds a Bachelor of Social Science (Hons) degree from Universiti Sains Malaysia, a Master of Arts degree in International Relations and Strategic Studies from the University of Lancaster and a Certificate of Diplomacy from the University of Oxford.

Tan Sri Rastam spent more than 36 years in the Malaysian diplomatic service. He served in various capacities at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Malaysian diplomatic missions abroad, including as High Commissioner of Malaysia to Pakistan, Ambassador of Malaysia to Bosnia Herzegovina, Ambassador of Malaysia to the Republic of Indonesia and Permanent Representative of Malaysia to the United Nations in New York. He was Secretary General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs from 8 January 2006 until he officially retired from public service on 2 September 2010. Prior to his appointment as Chief Executive of ISIS Malaysia, he was Advisor at the Chief Minister’s Department in Sarawak. He serves as chairman of the board of directors of one Malaysian public listed company. He also sits as director on the board of two other companies.

Tan Sri Rastam is Chairman of the Malaysian National Committee for the Pacific Economic Cooperation Council (PECC) and Chairman of the Malaysian National Committee of the Council for Security Cooperation in the Asia Pacific (CSCAP).

Tan Sri Rastam has received Federal and State awards and decorations namely, the Panglima Setia Mahkota (PSM), SSAP, PJN, SIMP, DIMP, KMN and AMN. He is also a recipient of the DSLJ from His Majesty the Sultan of Brunei Darussalam. He is married to Puan Sri Norizan Sulaiman. They have three children.

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Apec needs new vision

06 January 2020
THE Apec (Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation) mechanism is very much part of the regional architecture. It was established in 1989 and is now 30 years old. Malaysia will be the host economy for 2020. It had last hosted Apec in 1998. The host economy would, of course, be responsible for hosting the Apec Leaders Meeting and…
Asean’s five key challenges

Asean’s five key challenges

07 November 2017
THE next week will witness the culmination of the Philippines’ chairmanship of Asean as the country hosts the 31st Asean Summit and ceremonially hands over the reins to Singapore, the chair next year. The summit will doubtless present another opportunity to mark Asean’s 50th anniversary and celebrate its many triumphs since 1967. Yet, as new…
2017, The Year of the Eagle and the Dragon

2017, The Year of the Eagle and the Dragon

04 January 2017
POWER POLITICS: It is in China's interest to assure Trump's administration that its rise and influence will not be a threat THE year 2016 has been most eventful and challenging for Malaysia and the world. It looks like the next year promises to be more challenging. How do we cope then? As we edge towards…
Racing to accomplish Vision 2020 goal

Racing to accomplish Vision 2020 goal

05 January 2016
FINAL STRETCH: Having set an exemplary direction for the region, it would be a pity if Malaysia didn't achieve its own target THE year 2015 began with Malaysia assuming the Asean chairmanship. Malaysia had the responsibility of steering Asean towards the establishment of the Asean Community. There was certainly a lot of hype attached to…
Measures to ensure a people-centred Asean

Measures to ensure a people-centred Asean

28 July 2015
ENGAGE: The community needs to get directly involved in Asean-related events I WONDER how many people actually notice or pay attention to the many banners and bunting lining some of the major boulevards in Kuala Lumpur, which publicise the upcoming Asean Ministerial Meeting and Post-Ministerial Conferences (AMM/PMC). Those banners and bunting have been there for…
China Signals Bigger World Role

China Signals Bigger World Role

15 April 2015
THE 2015 Boao Forum for Asia, held in March, clearly demonstrated China's will and ambition to claim its right in shaping the future of Asia and the world. The forum itself was a grand festival combining diplomatic parlays, business interaction, intellectual discourse, interfaith dialogue, media engagements and cultural exchanges. The Chinese government and the forum…
Malaysia in the Spotlight Next Year

Malaysia in the Spotlight Next Year

30 December 2014
Malaysia’s commitment to promote a more people-centred Asean, such as providing for an Asean lane at its immigration counters, has resonated well with member nations. AS we move towards the end of 2014, increasing attention is focused on Malaysia’s upcoming chairmanship of Asean and non-permanent membership of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC). There should…
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