BSc (Hons) (Biology) USM, MA (Env. Planning) UK, Ph.D.
Dato' Dr. Nadzri Bin Yahaya, holds a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) from the University of Wales, Cardiff, United Kingdom.
He graduated in 1982 from Universiti Sains Malaysia with a Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Biology. In 1984, he completed his Diploma in Public Administration from the National Institute of Public Administration (INTAN). In 1990, he completed a Certificate of Professional Development for Personnel Management from the University of Connecticut, United States of America. In 1993, he obtained his Master of Arts in Environmental Planning for Developing Countries from the University of Nottingham, United Kingdom.
His career started in 1982 as an Assistant Secretary in the Ministry of Health, Malaysia, where he was involved in the establishment of posts in the medical sector before he was posted to the Ministry of Finance as an Assistant Secretary, Administration Division in 1986, where he was responsible for the terms and services of the security forces such as the military, police and Royal Customs. Subsequently, between 1993 and 2004, he held various positions in the Conservation and Environmental Management Division of the Ministry of Science, Technology and Environment including Assistant Director between 1993 and 2000, Principal Assistant Director between 2000 and 2002 and Deputy Director between 2002 and 2004, all of which involved him being responsible for formulating and implementing policies on environmental matters such as pollution control, conservation of biological resources and climate change. Between 2004 and 2007, he held the position of Deputy Undersecretary in the Conservation and Environmental Management Division of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment where he continued his role on the formulation and implementation of policies on environmental matters. In 2007, he was then posted to the Department of National Solid Waste Management under the Ministry of Housing and Local Government and took up the position as the Director General, where he has in charge of formulating and implementing policies on solid waste and public cleansing management. In 2014, he was appointed as the Deputy Secretary General (Energy) with the Ministry of Energy, Green Technology and Water, where he was responsible for formulating policies regarding energy especially on the utilisation and consumption of electricity. Subsequently in 2016, he was appointed as Deputy Secretary General (Natural Resources Management) in the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment until he retired in May 2017 where his main role was working on the policies regarding the management of land resources, geospatial, surveying and mapping in the country. He was previously a non-executive director of Malaysian Timber Industry Board, Ministry of Primary Industries, where he was responsible for giving advice on the development of timber industry in Malaysia.
Currently, he is the Chairman of the Environmental Quality Council, Department of Environment, Ministry of Environment and Water, where his main role is to advise the Minister on the implementation of the Environmental Quality Act, 1974. At present, he is also a Chairman and Director of several private companies.