Tan Sri Rafidah Aziz holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and a Master's degree in Economics from the University of Malaya. She is Malaysia's longest-serving Minister of International Trade and Industry, having served in that capacity from 1987 to 2008. Prior to this, she has also held the portfolio of Minister of Public Enterprises from 1980 to 1987 and Deputy Minister of Finance from 1977 to 1980. Tan Sri Rafidah was also a lecturer at the Faculty of Economics and Administration at the University of Malaya between 1966 and 1976. She now serves as an Adjunct Professor at the College of Business, Universiti Utara Malaysia.
She has received various awards from the states of Selangor, Perak, Melaka and Terengganu as well as from Argentina and Chile. She has also been conferred Honorary Doctorates from Universiti Putra Malaysia, Universiti Utara Malaysia, Universiti Tun Razak and the Dominican University of California, United States of America. She also serves as Chairman of Megasteel Sdn Bhd and Pinewood Iskandar Malaysia Studio and is the patron of several NGOs.
The following excerpts are from a recent conversation Perdana Leadership Foundation had with Tan Sri Rafidah Aziz as part of our Oral History project.