Dr Jamili Nais

Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Local Government & Housing Development, Sabah

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Dr Jamili Nais is Sabah's Secretary of State for Tourism, Culture & Environment. He was formerly the Director/CEO of the Sabah Parks Board. Jamili has been at the Sabah Parks service for 28 years and has assumed various positions: as the Parks Ecologist, then as the Interpretative and Education Officer at the renown Kinabalu Park, a World Heritage Site. He then became the Head of the Research Division, then the Deputy Director, before becoming Director/CEO, looking after all the terrestrial and Marine Parks in Sabah, Malaysia. Jamili obtained his B.Sc (Hons) in Botany from Malaysia National University and Ph.D in Plant Ecology from the University of Aberdeen, Scotland. Jamili has more than 50 publications, mostly on plants ecology and park management, including five books, most notable being the award winning book “Rafflesia of the World.”