Madam Khairiah Talha qualified as a Town Planner from the University of Melbourne, Australia. She has had 34 years experience as an Urban Planner, both in the government service and in the private sector. She has been managing her own practice in the field of urban planning, urban design and planning research since 1996.
She is very active and has held several major positions in national and international professional organizations, amongst which are:
i. President of the Malaysian Institute of Planners for 2 terms (1999- 2003)
ii. Board Member of the Balai Ikhtisas Malaysia (2010-2013) (Association of Professional Bodies Malaysia)
iii. Council Member of the Malaysian Institute of Planners (1995-1999); (2003-2013)
iv. Secretary General of the Eastern Regional Organization for Planning and Human Settlements (EAROPH) for 8 years (2002-2010)
v. Honorary President of EAROPH (current)
vi. Council Member, International Federation of Housing and Planning (IFHP), based in Hague, Netherlands. (till 2016)
vii. Board Member of the Town Planners Board 2012-2017
viii. Board of Advisor to Ministry of Federal Territories (2012-2016)
ix. General Manager of the MIP Training Centre Sdn.Bhd. (current)
Madam Khairiah led a team of consultants to undertake the Review of the Malaysian National Urbanisation Policy, which is a policy document to guide urbanization in Malaysia.
Her involvement in the field of Urban Planning and Design has taken her to many international conferences where she has presented papers in her field, focusing on sustainability issues, including that of Infrastructure Asset Management.
Madam Khairiah was also a member of the team from the Malaysian Institute of Planners who worked on the Low Carbon Cities Framework (LCCF) and Assessment System document for the Ministry of Energy, Water and Green Technology, Malaysia.
She is one of the contributors of the book entitled “Housing The Nation-Policies, Issues and Prospects” published by ISIS (Institute of Strategic and International Studies (ISIS) Malaysia, in which she wrote Chapter 12 : “Safe and Sustainable Housing: Developing Cohesive and Participatory Communities”.
She was appointed the General Manager of the MIP Training Centre Sdn. Bhd. since April 2014 by the Malaysian Institute of Planners Council, and now leads various training programs including training on Low Carbon Cities Framework (LCCF).
Currently she leads EAROPH’s team in undertaking the Putrajaya Smart City Blueprint for the Putrajaya Corporation, and a key part of the work involves engaging various government agencies at Federal and Putrajaya level.