Managing Director of the company which owns and operates the Royal Mulu Resort. The hotel is in the process of being upgraded to a Marriott resort which will be Marriott’s first nature resort in the World.
Sep-1983 - Sep-1986 - University of New South Wales
Sep-1973 - Sep-1977 - University of New South Wales
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Australian-born entrepreneur Robert Geneid, 58, lives in Kuching, Malaysia. Here he promotes Malaysian tourism development in a number of ways. Firstly, as Managing Director of the Borsarmulu Resort Sdn Bhd whose Royal Mulu Resort is undergoing conversion into an exquisite hotel under the management of the Marriott International Hotel Group. The Company also manages the lush national park that is home to a diverse and perhaps uniquely wide range of flora and fauna species, whose natural habitat Geneid actively protects. He also does so as a member of a number of organisations under the banner of Malaysia’s main tourist promotion bodies.
This national park, the Gunung Mulu National Park in Malaysian Borneo has a system of caves and incredible rock formations that have been shaped over thousands of years. The Mulu Caves, which include the largest cave compartment in the world, are home to more than 25 bat species. Overall, the Park has an incredible mix of topographical and geological features, from one of the highest peaks in Sarawak, to its wide waterways. Its plant, bird and animal life are equally diverse. The Rhinoceros Hornbill, with its distinctive orange casque atop its beak, is Sarawak’s state bird and its image is to be found in the State’s logo. It came as no surprise when the Park was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site at the turn of the century. Mulu is not easily accessible, and visitors who do visit the Park tend to do so under ecotourism principles, which is good news for the ongoing wellbeing of this unique environment.
Robert Geneid is also active in encouraging education for the next generation of the reserve’s inhabitants and has set up a small scholarship programme and pupil incentive reward system to give his verbal encouragement more finite expression.
Geneid was born in Australia, where he completed his education, including two degrees from the University of New South Wales, at a very young age. As a qualified lawyer, mediator and civil engineer, Geneid has carried out important roles in the legal and engineering sectors, often bridging the disciplines. In Malaysia, he has been involved in national infrastructure projects such as the laying of the country’s longest gap pipe; construction of a major port, an outdoor sports stadium and the development of a new residential township. Prior to these Malaysian projects, Geneid had been involved in the legal aspects relating to the construction of an underwater tunnel, power station, coal mine, sewage system and other key infrastructure projects in Australia, Indonesia and Singapore.
His first position, following attainment of his civil engineering degree, was with the New South Wales Department of Public Works, next going on to work as a project engineer with Bechtel, the world leader in engineering, construction, and project management. After attaining his Law degree in the mid-1980s, Geneid had plenty of opportunity to use his dual disciplines while working with law firms such as Sydney’s Freehill, Hollingdale and Page and with Mallesons Stephen Jaques, where he was a partner.
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