Dato’ Mohamed Sharil Mohamed Tarmizi was appointed as Chairman of the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) effective 16 October 2011.
He served as a Member of the Commission from 1 May 2006 for two terms during which time he was subsequently invited to join the MCMC as Chief Operating Officer on 16 June 2008 prior to his current appointment. He brings with him a considerable number of years of experience in the legal field, communications and multimedia industry, as well as experience in the financial advisory and strategy consulting areas. He was the Executive Director and Head of Strategy in BinaFikir Sdn Bhd, a financial advisory and strategy consulting firm, prior to joining SKMM as the Chief Operating Officer.
Head of Strategy in BinaFikir Sdn Bhd, a financial advisory and strategy consulting firm, prior to joining SKMM as the Chief Operating Officer. In the international arena, Dato’ Mohamed Sharil is recognized as an authority in the area of Internet Governance where he was appointed as Chairman of the Government Advisory Committee (GAC) from January 2003 to March 2007, as well as a Board Member in the Internet Corporation of Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) during the same period. At the end of his tenure, he was honored by the GAC, the ICANN Board and the global internet community for successfully navigating the GAC and assisting ICANN through the challenging early years of the debates surrounding InternetGovernance at two United Nations World Summits on the Information Society in Geneva (2003) and Tunis (2005).
He has also worked with the World Trade Organisation (WTO) in the areas of capacity building and helping countries undergo regulatory reform in preparation for globalization. In particular, he was involved in the further development of the Telecoms Reference Paper for the Telecommunications Sector as well as the drafting of the Postal Services Reference Paper for then Postal and Express Delivery Sector. He was also one of Malaysia’s lead negotiators for the telecoms sector in various rounds of WTO negotiations as well was the various Trade or Economic Cooperation agreements that Malaysia has had, namely Japan, Australia and New Zealand.
He was also recently elected the Vice Chairman of the ITU Council’s Child Online Protection initiative, an initiative to address the ills of cyberspace particularly against young persons and children. He also sits on the Board of Trustee of the International Multilateral Partnership Against Cyber Threats (IMPACT) and he was appointed to the Board of Directors of the Multimedia Development Corporation by Prime Minister Dato’ Sri Mohd Najib Tun Razak.
He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Law from University College of Wales, Aberystwyth and qualified as a Barrister from Gray’s Inn, England and Wales (UK).