Tropical PictureAustralian born entrepreneur and businessman, Robert Geneid has been heavily involved in the development of the tourist industry to parts of Malaysian Borneo, ever since he became the Managing Director of the Borsarmulu Resort Sdn Bhd in 1992. Currently he is a member of the Board of Malaysia Convention and Exhibition Bureau and just completed 2 terms as director of the Board of Tourism Malaysia.

For Geneid, the secret is to attract tourists to experience the raw natural beauty of the Gunung Mulu National Park, the biggest national park in Sarawak and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, in fact the first such listing in Malaysia.

Equally important is the challenge of protecting the beauty and ecosystem of the region, whilst ensuring that there is sufficient sustainable development to enable the local population to thrive economically.

Robert Geneid manages two international hotels in Sarawak, the five star Miri Marriott Resort and Spa, which is located on the South China Sea and which is the gateway to Borneo's spectacular rainforests. The second hotel is the Royal Mulu Resort, which will soon become a member of the Marriott portfolio and will become Marriott's first nature resort.

This is all a far cry from his Australian roots, where Geneid became one of the youngest Fellows of Australia's Institute of Engineers. After completing his BE in Civil Engineering, he worked for the Department of Public Works in his home state of New South Wales and was then employed by the Bechtel Corporation, where he was involved in the Jubail Industrial City project, which at that time was the largest construction project in the world.

In 1983 Robert Geneid took a sabbatical from work, returning to the University of New South Wales where he successfully completed his LLB degree in Law. In 1986 he joined the Sydney law firm, Freehill, Hollingdale and Page where he was assigned to the firm's major project section as a construction solicitor, thus enabling him to combine his previous civil engineering skills with his newly gained legal skills.

He represented the Northern Territory Government in the Channel Island Power Station Project and then was involved with the first Build Operate and Transfer project involving major public infrastructure in New South Wales, with the construction of the Sydney Harbour Tunnel Project.

Geneid then joined Mallesons Stephen Jaques, where he was a partner given responsibility for the firm's construction law and major project work in South East Asia for clients in Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia. During this time he was the legal advisor for Peninsular Gas Utilisation (PGU), which built the longest gas pipeline in Malaysia.

Following more than two decades in South East Asia, Robert Geneid also holds the position of Managing Director of Kumpulan Construction Sdn Bhd which was responsible for the construction of the New Kuching Port and the Kuching Outdoor Stadium, both which were completed on time and within budget.

To this day Robert Geneid's Sarawak love affair continues, as it has done over the past two decades. He resides with his wife in Kuching, Sarawak's capital and largest city.

For additionmal information about Robert Geneid: