Tan Sri Halim Saad
Tan Sri Dato Seri Halim Saad is one of the Malaysia’s most successful businessmen, and has all the while been a strong and proactive supporter of the bilateral relationship between Malaysia and New Zealand, particularly in the areas of trade and education.
Tan Sri Halim led Malaysia’s largest corporation, Renong / United Engineers Malaysia Berhad from 1985 to 2001. In 1994, Time Magazine’s Global 100 named Tan Sri Halim one of the upcoming leaders to define the coming age.
Tan Sri Halim has espoused a vision for cooperation between New Zealand and Malaysia with the view to opening significant new markets for agriculture and food. In 2012, he brought Malaysia’s Halal Industry Development Corporation to New Zealand to advocate combining New Zealand agricultural expertise with funds from the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation to grow food in third world countries.
Tan Sri Halim is one of New Zealand’s principal Colombo Scholar success stories in Malaysia, and he remains a leading force propelling New Zealand’s relationship with Malaysia to new heights.