Dato’ Dr. Ahmad Faizal Mohd Perdaus obtained his Bachelor of Medical Science in 1989 from Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, followed by his Master’s degree in Internal Medicine in 2000. He was accredited as a Respiratory Physician in 2003. He is now attached to KPJ Johor Specialist Hospital as a Consultant Physician (Internal Medicine, Respiratory and Sleep Medicine). He previously was a Consultant Physician (Internal Medicine and Respiratory Medicine) at Hospital Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (HUKM), where he also served as a Senior Lecturer in Internal Medicine and Respiratory Medicine in the University’s Faculty of Medicine.
He was a Visiting Research Fellow at the Woolcock Institute of Medical Research, Sydney, Australia from 2006 to 2009. His involvement with MERCY Malaysia began in 2003, when he signed on as a volunteer. He was made a member of MERCY Malaysia’s Executive Council in the same year. He headed the Drug Rehabilitation and Assistance Programme in Malaysia from 2003 to 2006, before being elected as President in 2010, after acting in interim since August 2009. He was re-elected in 2011.
In 2014, he was also appointed to the Board of Trustees for MERCY Malaysia UK (MMUK). Dato’ Dr. Ahmad Faizal’s tours of duty include Sri Lanka (2003), Iran (2004), Sudan (2004, 2008), Indonesia (2005, 2006), Pakistan (2005), Myanmar (2008), Syria (2013) and Philippines (2013). He currently sits on the boards of Humanitarian Innovation Fund (HIF), Advanced Training Program on Humanitarian Action (ATHA) and Professionals in Humanitarian Assistance and Protection (PHAP), of which MERCY Malaysia is a member.
He became the first Asian to be elected as Chairperson of the International Council of Voluntary Agencies (ICVA). ICVA is on the Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC) as one of three NGO representatives globally. The IASC is the highest decision making and direction forming body in the humanitarian world and is chaired by the Under Secretary General (USG) for humanitarian affairs/Emergency Relief Coordinator (ERC) of the United Nations (UN).