YH Dato' Sri Mohamad Norza Zakaria (born in 1966) is a public figure in Malaysia and he was conferred the award of ‘Darjah Sri Sultan Ahmad Shah Pahang (SSAP)’ which carries the title ‘DATO’ SRI’ by Tengku Mahkota of Pahang, Tengku Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah in conjunction with the birthday celebrations of Sultan Ahmad Shah of Pahang on 24 October 2016.
Earlier, on 1st February 2015, Dato Sri Norza was conferred the award of ‘Darjah Kebesaran Seri Mahkota Wilayah (SMW)’ which carries the title ‘Datuk Seri’ by Seri Paduka Baginda Yang di-Pertuan Agong Almu’tasimu Billahi Muhibbuddin Tuanku AlHaj Abdul Halim Mu’adzam Shah Ibni AlMarhum Sultan Badlishah in conjunction with Federal Territory Day.
Other awards conferred to Dato' Sri Norza:
Dato' Sri Norza is currently the President of Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) which has propelled Malaysia to the world stage of badminton, having produced Olympic and World-Class Champions such as Datuk Lee Chong Wei, Koo Kien Keat and Tan Boon Heong.
Elected in August 2015 as the Deputy President of the Olympic Council of Malaysia (OCM), Dato' Sri Norza was also appointed by the OCM as the chef-de-mission (CDM) of Malaysia for the 28th SEA Games, Singapore 2015 which was held from 5–16 June 2015.
Dato' Sri Norza is also an Exco Member for the Malaysia Crime Prevention Foundation (MCPF). Along with his passion and enthusiasm for the game of Polo, Dato' Sri Norza is also the President of the Putra Polo Club.
Dato' Sri Norza is the son of schoolteachers and was born in Malacca and grew up in Negeri Sembilan. After his studies in Sekolah Tuanku Jaafar in Kuala Pilah, Negeri Sembilan, he received his Higher School of Certificate from the Randwick Boys High School in Australia in 1985.
A Chartered Accountant (CA) from the Malaysian Institute of Accountants (MIA) by profession, Dato' Sri Norza studied and received his Bachelor of Commerce in Accounting from the University of Wollongong in Australia from 1986 to 1988.
In 2008, Dato' Sri Norza qualified as a Fellow of CPA Australia (FCPA) from CPA Australia Ltd.
As a Chartered Accountant, Dato' Sri Norza started his career with Arthur Andersen & Co, and held managerial, executive and high level positions with Bank Negara Malaysia, Petronas, SPK Sentosa, Mun Loong Berhad and Gabungan Strategik Sdn Bhd.
Dato' Sri Norza sits on board of a high-profile public listed company (PLC) in Malaysia and is the Group President & CEO of Citaglobal Sdn Bhd, a company he started in 2008 that has a wide diversity of business holdings from oil and gas, hospitality, transportation and media technology.
Dato' Sri Norza currently sits on the Board of Directors of a government linked PLC, namely Bintulu Port Holdings Berhad.
Besides being the Audit Committee Chairman of Bintulu Port Holdings Berhad, he also sits as a board member in the subsidiary/associate of the said company, namely, Samalaju Industrial Port Sdn Bhd.
Previously, he has also held similar positions with Lembaga Urusan Tabung Haji, Institut Terjemahan Negara Malaysia, PT XL Axiata Tbk (formerly known as PT Excelcomindo Pratama Tbk), Pelikan International Corporation Berhad, TH Heavy Engineering Berhad, Tropicana Corporation Berhad and TH Plantations Berhad.
Dato' Sri Norza began an active involvement in politics beginning with the student movement and NGOs during his studies at the University of Wollongong. In 1986, he was a General Representative of the University of Wollongong.
In 1992, having been identified as possessing excellent leadership, intelligence, communication and organizational skills, Dato' Sri Norza began his involvement with the premier political ruling party of Malaysia; UMNO
Dato' Sri Norza was the former UMNO Youth Chief Federal Territory and the youngest ever member of the UMNO Supreme Council (MT) (from 2004 to 2008) which oversees policy-making for the government of the country.
In 2004, Dato' Sri Norza held his first political appointment as the Political Secretary to the Minister of Finance II in the Ministry of Finance of Malaysia. He was appointed to the Supreme Council of UMNO and played an important role in establishing UMNO policies and procedures.
In 2009, Dato' Sri Norza was erroneously charged on two (2) counts of money politics (one amounting to USD 454 and the other USD 570) and despite attempts to find him guilty, the case was withdrawn before the conclusion of the trial and his innocence was proven beyond doubt.
Many believe that these charges were a conspiracy and were instigated and brought on by Dato' Sri Norza's political enemies because of his immense popularity as a grassroots leader.
On 17 June 2013, at a press conference in Cheras, Secretary of Federal Territories UMNO Liaison Body, YBhg. Datuk Seri Syed Ali Alhabshee publicly announced that Dato' Sri Norza's rights as an UMNO member had been fully reinstated and was fully exonerated.