Tan Sri Dr Munir Majid obtained a B.Sc.(Econ) from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) in 1971 where he also obtained his Ph.D in international relations in 1978. He taught at the department of international relations in LSE from 1972-75 and was research analyst for Daiwa Europe NV in London from 1975-78.
Dr Munir joined the New Straits Times (NST) back in Malaysia at the end of 1978 as leader writer and progressed to become Group Editor. During his time at NST he published numerous articles on national and international politics and economics. (Throughout his varied career he has continued to write, as a columnist for NST, The Edge, a business weekly, and currently for the Star, today Malaysia's leading English language newspaper).
On leaving NST in 1986 he became CEO of a small merchant bank Pertanian Baring Sanwa (PBS) whose name he changed to Commerce International Merchant Bankers (CIMB) which was then transformed into one of Malaysia's leading merchant banks. Dr. Munir was invited by the government of Malaysia to become the first and founding chairman of the Securities Commission (SC) in 1993. He served for two terms until 1999 and was chairman of the Emerging Markets Committee of IOSCO (International Organization of Securities Commissions) during that time. In 1997 he received the Cranfield Management Excellence award.
After leaving the SC, Dr Munir served on the board of Telekom Malaysia Berhad until June 2004, and was chairman of its mobile subsidiary Celcom (M) Berhad from 2002-04. In June 2004, Dr Munir joined the board of Malaysia Airlines Berhad and became its non-executive chairman in August until July 2011. He became Chairman of Bank Muamalat Malaysia Berhad in 2008.
Dr Munir was the founder President of the Kuala Lumpur Business Club (2003-08) and its now chairman of its advisory council. In May 2004, he was appointed a member of the court of fellows of the Malaysian Institute of Management.
In December 2005 he was made an Honorary Fellow of the LSE and in 2008 he was appointed visiting senior fellow at LSE IDEAS (centre for international affairs, diplomacy and strategy) where he started the Southeast Asia International Affairs Programme and headed it until 2012. He has written for IDEAS publications, the most notable being "Southeast Asia Between China and the US" and "Forging a Regional Strategy" in Nicholas Kitchen (Ed) The New Geopolitics of Southeast Asia, IDEAS Special Report, November 2012. He has also published in International Politics, a British academic journal. He published a collection of his newspaper articles in a book 9/11 and the Attack on Muslims (MPH, 2012).