Kumar Tharmalingham

Special Advisor to the Executive Committee

AREA Advisory

Kumar has been a key fixture in the Malaysian and regional real estate industry for more than four decades.

Armed with a BSc Real Estate degree from the University of London (FRICS), he began his career in 1973 as a Property Consultant to two major banks in the country, i.e. Malayan Banking Berhad and United Asian Bank (UAB), while also acting as Project Director of UAB’s Corporate Headquarters.

In 1980, he established a partnership with United Kingdom-based DTZ in Malaysia and in 1986, he established the First Malaysian Property Trust (FMPT) and stayed on as Asset Manager.

From 1991 to 1998, he was the Executive Director of Taiping Consolidated Berhad (TCB) and built the JW Marriott Hotel, Starhill Shopping Centre and Sentul Raya Phase I, a joint venture mixed development between TCB and Malayan Railway (KTM Berhad).

From 1998 to 2009, he was the Managing Partner of Hall Chadwick Asia, specialising in the rehabilitation of property asset companies. In 2010, he became the Chief Executive Officer of Malaysia Property Incorporated (MPI) under the Prime Minister’s Department to pursue Foreign-Direct-Investment into Malaysian Real Estate from the Asia Pacific region. During this time, he was also an independent Director of Sime Darby Berhad, Aseana Properties of Vietnam and Sunway Berhad as well as being on the Investment Advisory Committee of the Public Trustee (Amanah Raya). In addition to the above, he was the President of FIABCI Prix D’Excellence Awards based in Paris for 10 years and President of FIABCI Malaysia for 4 years.

Currently, he is a Senior Advisor to AREA Managers, a private fund developing gated industrial estates in Malaysia