Born in 1955 in Miri, Sarawak, Raziah Mahmud has left an indelible mark on all with whom she has been in contact.

Raziah Mahmud

Married to Australian businessman, Robert Geneid and mother to seven children, Datuk Raziah Geneid has nevertheless worked tirelessly to improve the quality of life for those around her, to promote her home state of Sarawak and to help those in less fortunate positions.

As a strong supporter of women’s rights in Malaysia, Raziah Geneid has been heavily involved in supporting NAWEM (National Association of Women Entrepreneurs in Malaysia) and was recipient of the “Most Innovative Woman Award” in the category of property and construction in 2004.

After studying business at MARA University of Technology, in Shah Alam, Selangor, Raziah Mahmud started work in the construction industry. By 1984 her qualities had been recognized and she was appointed managing director of Kumpulan Parabena Sdn. Bhd.

She was responsible for the planning and completion of numerous projects, including the construction of 6,500 affordable homes for 30,000 people in Taman Tunku and Taman Jelita, two small towns in Miri, Malaysia. Other successful projects include the construction of 1,000 housing units in the town of Bintulu and the construction of a wastewater works in the city of Kuching.

Raziah Geneid also heads the board of Kumpulan Construction Sdn. Bhd, where she ensures that the company maintains the highest level of corporate governance and advises its CEO on issues relating to business planning and strategy. She is also heavily involved in ensuring that communications channels between executive and non-executive board members run smoothly.

Among the projects that she has overseen are the development of the Kampung Senari Kuching Deepwater Port and the Sarawak Outdoor Stadium.

Tourism is a significant generator of income which helps to sustain the Sarawakian economy. Over the years Raziah Geneid has played a significant role in helping to promote tourism to her home state.

Since being appointed executive chairperson of Majupun Sdn. Bhd in 1989 she has overseen the successful rebranding of the former Rihga Royal Hotel in Miri as the Miri Marriott Resort and Spa.

Raziah is executive director of the Borsarmulu Resort Sdn. Bhd which runs the Royal Mulu Resort, located in the Gunung Mulu National Park. As a champion of sustainability and eco-tourism, Raziah Geneid played an important role in helping the park secure world heritage status from UNESCO.

In the year 2000 she was appointed as Honorary Consul to the Republic of Poland in Kuching, a role in which she has the responsibility of serving Polish residents of Malaysia as well as helping promote tourism between the two countries. For her work in this area she received the Knights Cross of the Order of Merit of the Republic of Poland.

Other roles that she holds include chairman of the Borneo’s first and largest convention and exhibition centre, chairman of SJK Chiaw Nan management committee and a non-executive director of Eksons Corporation Bhd, a position that she has held since 2001.

Raziah Geneid is also heavily involved in providing philanthropic assistance to many non-profitable charitable organizations, including 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.