Khairol Anuar Mohamad Tawi
Case Study/ Profile questions
Name: KHAIROL ANUAR MOHAMAD TAWI
Course studied: B.Sc (Hons) ELECTRICAL AND ELECTRONICS ENGINEERING
Graduation Year: 1983
Why did you decide to study at Swansea University?
As a student, Swansea is a city that is very conducive to study and to live. The city is pleasant, about right in terms of population size, has historical significance, and also a bit of engineering tradition. Swansea University itself is a very established higher learning institution.
What did you enjoy most about your course at Swansea?
Electronics has been my favourite subject since I was at school. The engineering faculty at Swansea University provide a good mix of reputation on research, quality of its teachings, students and lecturers.
What are you doing now career-wise? Include Job Title/ Name of Organisation/ Role & responsibilities
I am the Executive Chairman of the company that I founded in 1994, KAT TECHNOLOGIES. The company name is an abbreviation of my own name. Until last year (2013), I was the Managing Director and fully responsible in growing the company from nothing as a start-up 20 years ago, subsequently securing mobile prepaid distribution contracts from mobile phone companies, building up the human capital and capabilities, innovating and developing technological and IT-specific tools for our business, creating and installing processes in logistics, supply chain and distribution, raised funding for operations and expansion, and a whole lot of other things associated with running a high performance organisation in an extremely competitive industry.
How has Swansea University and your course helped you with your chosen career path?
Having graduated in electrical and electronics, it was natural for me in 1983 to be offered a job in the telecommunications industry upon my return to Malaysia. I had a short stint at Malaysia’s government-owned largest telecommunications organisation, followed by a rewarding career at one of Malaysia’s largest home-grown private telecommunications company. But my mind was set quite early on in my career to eventually become an entrepreneur.
What are the most challenging parts of your job?
o Being an innovator of sorts .. undertaking a business activity that few others have not done yet, or done well.
o Making investment decisions.
o Assessing and taking risks wisely.
o Reading the market correctly and timing my actions precisely.
What was the best careers advice you were given?
Learn to be an entrepreneur.
What are your plans for the future?
My plans for the future is to take KAT to an international platform. In fact, we have already initiated this.
What have you done that you are most proud of?
To have endeavoured in building this enterprise into a nationally recognised entity having won so many industry awards and recognition for innovation, management and performance.
What are your favourite memories of your university years at Swansea?
The sports facilities.
The library facilities.
The student village.
Summer at The Gower.
And finally, describe yourself in 3 words…
Dare To Dream.