Australian-born Robert Geneid, Managing Director of the Royal Mulu Resort in the Malaysian Sarawak Province on the island of Borneo, is currently engaged in major renovation of the hotel following the Company's decision to place it under the management umbrella of the Marriott Hotel Group. The Marriott will have its first nature resort and the Royal Mulu Resort will become a top echelon destination for the discerning traveller, who will appreciate and respect the Resort's naturally beautiful setting in the Gunung Mulu National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Area.
Robert Geneid is keen to protect the beauty and ecology of the Mulu Valley area, while at the same time acknowledging that some development is essential if the local people are to thrive. In allowing the Royal Mulu Resort to be added to the Marriott portfolio, he feels he will achieve these aims by attracting ecotourists who care about the environment yet expect all the frills of a luxurious, world-class, service-oriented venue.
Robert Geneid has long contributed to the Sarawak area, helping, as a private businessman, to build a sustainable tourism industry and create employment and a future for the indigenous people of the Mulu Area. At the macro level, Geneid is also active in protecting Malaysia's natural beauty and promoting it as a preferred destination for investment, business and tourism. He does so through his membership in and Board position with Malaysia's main government tourist boards.
Before entering the tourism sector in Sarawak, Robert Geneid had a successful career as a civil engineer and as a solicitor/business consultant. Throughout the 70s and 80s, he was engaged in large-scale construction projects in his native Australia and adopted country, Malaysia. It is here that he lives with his wife and their large family. The Geneids have seven children and live in Kuching, the capital city of the Sarawak Province, where his main business interests lie.
In the mid-80s, as a construction lawyer with Freehill, Holingdale and Page's Major Project Division, he was a member of the team that tied up the legal aspects of some of Australia's most important public transport and energy projects. In 1990, having joined Australian Law Firm Mallesons Stephen Jaques as a Partner, he held responsibility for major infrastructure construction projects in Indonesia, including coal mines, a television station, and hotels.
Today, in addition to being MD of the Royal Mulu Resort, he is also Managing Director of the Kumpulan Construction Company, which has an excellent record of completing major development projects on time and to budget. Examples include a new port and a new stadium in Kuching, as well as the Taman Tunku Township, developed by Kumpulan Parabena Sdn Bhd, of which Robert Geneid is an Executive Director.
Before setting off on his successful career - and again during a career break, Robert completed two degrees at the University of New South Wales. As a very young man, he gained an Honours degree in Civil Engineering and was one of the youngest ever Fellows of Australia's Register of Civil Engineers. A decade later, he returned to his alma mater to do a degree in Law.
Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia
Bachelor of Engineering,
University of New South Wales
Bachelor of Law,
University of New South Wales
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