Tan Sri Datuk Seri (Dr) Elyas Bin Omar
Tan Sri Datuk Seri (Dr) Elyas Bin Omar, Malaysian, aged 72, was appointed to the Board of GPB on 28 December 2001. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) from University of Malaya in Singapore and MPA from University of Pittsburgh USA. Tan Sri Elyas was awarded a Hon. LLD from University of Science Malaysia and Hon. PhD from United States Sports Academy. Tan Sri Elyas also received the Honorary Certified Doctor of Business Administration Award 2006 from the Oxford Association of Management, United Kingdom.
Tan Sri Elyas started his career in 1960 in the elite MCS (Malayan Civil Service) as the Assistant Secretary of the Public Service Commission. He held various official positions in the Government of Malaysia from 1960 to 1992. In his early years in the 1960s, he played a key role in implementing management improvements and administrative reform measures and programmes in the Malaysian Government machinery under the direction of the then Deputy PM, Tun Abdul Razak.
He was the Founder Director of National Institute of Public Administration (INTAN), Malaysia from 1973 to 1978. Thereafter, he was appointed as Deputy Director General of Public Service Department from 1978 to 1981. He also served as the Secretary General of the Ministry of Federal Territory Malaysia from 1981 to 1987. Tan Sri Elyas was the Lord Mayor of Kuala Lumpur from 1981 to 1992.
Tan Sri Elyas also held various positions in other government/quasi-government bodies from 1970 to 1992. He was the Chairman of Klang Valley Planning Executive Committee and the Federal Territory Security Committee from 1981 until 1992. He was a member of the Klang Valley Planning Council, Board of Directors Urban Development Authority (UDA) and the Land Executive Committee of the Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur from 1981 until 1992.
Tan Sri Elyas held several positions in the United Nations and other international bodies, as well as local NGOs and Sports Organizations. He was President of Pacific and Asian Congress of Municipalities for 10 years from 1982-1992. He was the President of Badminton Association of Malaysia from 1986 until 1994. Tan Sri Elyas was the Special Advisor to the President and the Government of Republic of Senegal from 1 January 2004 until April 2005.
Furthermore, on 15 January 2005, Tan Sri Elyas was appointed as the Sports Commissioner of Malaysia until 15 April 2008. He is currently the Executive Chairman and director of Sri Hartamas Berhad, Independent, Non-Executive Director of Gula Perak Berhad, Chairman and Director of Mepro Holdings Berhad, Chairman of Malaysian Islamic Chamber of Commerce (Kuala Lumpur), Chairman of OIC International Business Centre SB & Ramcel Media Sdn Bhd and he also sits on the Board of several private companies.