24 February 2015 by Administrator


Chief Executive Officer
Ahmad Nizar Zolfakar
Tel : +603 8871 4218
Fax: +603 8889 5691
Email : ahmad_nizar[at]caam[dot]gov[dot]my


Ahmad Nizar Bin Zolfakar first joined Department of Civil Aviation (DCA) in May 1983 as a trained Air Traffic Controller. He was rated and licensed in Aerodrome, Approach, Area and Radar and was a qualified SAR Mission Coordinator. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science from University of Malaya in 1983 and holds a Master of Science in Air Transport Management from Cranfield University, United Kingdom. After the transformation of Department of Civil Aviation Malaysia to the Civil Aviation Authority of Malaysia (CAAM) on 19th February 2018, Ahmad Nizar was appointed as the Chief Executive Officer where he holds the position as the key driving force behind the transformation of CAAM in becoming a fully autonomous body by 2020.

In the earlier days, Ahmad Nizar was actively involved in all aspects of ATC, Air Traffic Management and ATC operations, search and rescue as well as in the trainings of Air Traffic Controllers. During his 36 years with DCA, he has held various directorial positions from 2000 till 2016 that includes Director of Airport Standards, Director of Air Traffic Services Inspectorate, Director of Kuala Lumpur Air Traffic Control Centre and finally was the Director of Air Traffic Management Sector. On top of that, he also chaired the bilateral Aviation Consultative Meetings between Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam which discusses bilateral airspace operational issues. At the same time, he also co-chaired the Civil and Military Coordination Committees to discuss civil and military airspace issues.

In 2007, Ahmad Nizar was posted as an Aviation Attaché at International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Montreal, Canada where he helped Malaysia on the lobbying efforts to be a first time member in the Council of ICAO.

During the unprecedented incident of MH370 and MH17, he was a member of the High Level Technical Team in Beijing and he has continued to coordinate the search for MH370 to this very day. Ahmad Nizar is also a member of the Task Force on Risk to Civil Aviation Associated with Conflict Zones (TFRCZ) set up by ICAO after MH 17 and was involved in the work of the technical committees. Those involvements including the handling of Next of Kins (NOK) has been an “unforgettable” experiences during his years long career.