Mr. Hamdan Abdul Majeed is the Managing Director of Think City, a social purpose organization with the mission of making cities more people-friendly, resilient and liveable. As a regional city making agency, Think City provides urban policy thinking and supports the management and implementation of urban solutions while advocating change in the way cities are planned, curated, developed, and celebrated.
A subsidiary of Khazanah Nasional, the sovereign wealth investment arm of the government of Malaysia, Think City’s work has reversed the decline of George Town, Penang, putting it on the international list of 10 Best Places to Visit. Celebrating its 10th anniversary, Think City now focuses on four areas of urban rejuvenation: Placemaking, Analytics, Resilience, and Conservation.
Hamdan has been actively involved in shaping urban policy and plans in Malaysia including more recently, Penang 2030, a state government initiative with the vision of a family-oriented, green and smart Penang.
Prior to assuming his role as Managing Director of Think City, he was director of investment at Khazanah where he led their regional office in identifying strategic investment opportunities to catalyze growth and development in the north of Malaysia. He was formerly an investment banker and was involved extensively in capital markets advisory services, specializing in structured finance, project finance, and research.
Hamdan has an interest in the development of civil society in Malaysia and the political economy of Third World and Islamic Economies. He holds a degree in Economics and Management from the University of London.
In 2014, he was recognized at the World Cities Summit as a young leader on urban development and city transformation and in 2012, was awarded the Eisenhower Fellowship as a young leader for his work in urban development and leadership in cities.
Hamdan is co-author of the book, Cities, People & The Economy - A Study on Positioning Penang’, (Khazanah Nasional Berhad & The World Bank, 2010) with Homi Karas and Albert Zeufack.