Director of IIUM Holdings Sdn. Bhd.
Prof. Dato’ Sri Dr. Zaleha Kamarudin obtained her LL.B (Hons)from University Malaya in 1985, Master’s Degree in Comparative Laws and Advanced Diploma in Sharia Law and Practice from the International Islamic University Malaysia, and her PhD in Comparative Laws at UCL, London University in 1994. She was admitted as Advocate and Solicitor of the High Court of Malaya in 1986. She has served the International Islamic University Malaysia for more than 28 years in various capacities. Before her appointment as the Rector of IIUM she was the Dean of the Ahmad Ibrahim Faculty of Laws, Dean of the Centre for Postgraduate Studies, and then Deputy Director-General of the Malaysian Institute of Islamic Understanding.
Prof. Dato’ Sri Dr. Zaleha was a long time member of the Selangor Council of Religious Affairs (MAIS) and a member of the Fatwa Committee for the State of Pahang. At the Federal level, she is a member of the Technical Committee on Sharia and Civil Laws, Department of Islamic Religious Affairs, Prime Minister’s Department and serves as an appointed member in the National Religious Council. As an expert in Family Law, she was appointed by the Minister of Women, Family and Community Development to be a council member of the National Women Advisory Council and also the Technical Committee for the NAM Institute for the Empowerment of Women. In 2010, she was appointed to chair the Panel on Current Issues on Women and Islam, Department of Islamic Development.
Academically, she serves as external examiner for doctoral theses and promotion for almost all established law schools in Malaysia. She is also a panel member for the Malaysian Qualifications Agency (Law Programmes). She was the Chief Editor of Tafhim: IKIM’s Journal of Islam and the Contemporary World and is also a member of the Editorial Boards of the International Journal of Muslim Unity (IIUM), Journal of Governance and Law (UUM), Advisor of the Editorial Board of the IIUM Law Journal, member of the Editorial Board of the International Journal of Economic, Social and Global Studies, International University of Sarajevo, Bosnia, and Member of the International Advisers for the Journal of Sultan Sharif Ali Islamic University, Brunei and Journal of Sharia and Law, Islamabad (IIUI).
Prof Dato’ Sri is recognized internationally as a leading authorityon comparative family laws and a well respected figure amongst the Malaysian legal fraternity. Prof. Dato’ Sri has received various accolades which includes the First Lady Lifetime Achievement Award from Yayasan Wanita Malaysia, Saidatina Khadijah Award – Anugerah Khas Tokoh Maulidur Rasul Peringkat Negeri Selangor 1434H/2013M, the Jewel of Muslim World Award 2013 and Ma’al Hijrah Award, State of Pahang, 1435 (2014). In 2012, Prof Dato’ Sri gave a keynote speech at a High-Level Thematic Debate on the State of the World Economy at the UN headquarters in New York and delivered the 13th AlSanhuri Annual Lecture at Harvard Law School, speaking on the transformation of the Islamic legal system in the 21st century.