Dato’ Sri Mustapa Mohamed is currently the Minister of International Trade and Industry, Malaysia. He represents Jeli, Kelantan as its Member of Parliament and was first elected in 1995.
His involvement in the Malaysian Cabinet began as the Minister of Entrepreneur Development (1995-1999). As the Asian Financial Crisis hit Malaysia, Dato’ Sri Mustapa was later appointed as the Second Finance Minister in 1998 – making him the first Malaysian to hold two Ministerial portfolios at the same time. He has also served as the Minister of Higher Education (2006- 2008) and Minister of Agriculture and Agro-Based Industry (2008 –2009) prior to assuming his current role.
Dato’ Sri Mustapa holds a First Class Honours degree in Economics from University of Melbourne and a Masters in Economic Development from Boston University. He was conferred with an Honorary Doctor of Commerce from University of Melbourne, and an Honorary Degree of Law from University of Nottingham.
Under his current Ministerial capacity, Dato’ Sri Mustapa has been responsible in promoting investments as well as expanding Malaysia’s trade with the rest of the world.
Dato’ Sri Mustapa Mohamed authored several books on Malaysian economic policies and politics.