Professor Dr Zaini Abdullah was appointed to the Board of UiTM Holdings on 12 August 2016 – 11 August 2018 and is currently the Deputy Vice Chancellor of Industry, Community, Alumni & Entrepreneurship Network (ICAEN) for UiTM.  He is a Certified Member of The Chartered Institute of Transport (UK) and a member of Malaysian Institute of Human Resources Management.

A UiTM alumni while completing his Advanced Diploma in Business Administration, Professor Dr Zaini Abdullah received his PhD in Management from the University of Memphis-University Utara Malaysia and Master in Business Management from Western Illinois University.  He has also completed his Executive Master in coaching and consulting for change, INSEAD.

Previously, Professor Dr Zaini Abdullah had worked for Kontena Nasional Sdn Bhd and Pernas-Sime Darby Shipping Sdn Bhd during his early career years.  He had also served as the Dean for both Arshad Ayub Graduate Business School and the Faculty of Business Management (UiTM) and is still an active lecturer for UiTM since 1987.

In addition to his involvement in the Research and Consultancy field spanning areas such as Total Quality Management, Strategic Management, Public & Private Transport Organization and Performance Management, Professor Dr Zaini Abdullah also has a few publications under his name such as Effective Performance Management System, The Malayan Law Journal Management Series, The University Quality Handbook: Q and U among others.