Brunei Institution of Geomatics
Haji Mohd Don Omar FRICS, MBIG (firstname.lastname@example.org) has almost forty years experience in property matters and in particular has an in depth understanding of the local socio-economic, cultural and religious needs in Brunei Darussalam. He started his career with London-based firm, Bernard Thorpe and Partners as a trainee Valuer before joining the Brunei Government Lands Department at the Ministry of Development in 1982 as an Assistant Land Officer and soon worked his way up to be the Head of the Valuation Section in 1989. Haji Don left the Government in 1993 to practise valuation in the private sector. He graduated with B.Sc in Land Management from University of Reading, United Kingdom and currently practising as the Principal Consultant for M.D. Associates. He is registered as a full Member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and was elected as a Fellow in the year 2011. Locally, he is a Corporate Member of Brunei Association of Surveyors, Professional Engineers and Architects (MPUJA) and a Member of Brunei Institution of Geomatics (MBIG). He is also a member of the American International Association of Certified Valuation Specialists (ICVS) as a Business Valuer; a Certified Professional Valuer of the Australian Valuers Institute (CPV); and an Associate Member of the Royal Institution of Surveyors Malaysia (ARISM). He was appointed by His Majesty’s Government in 2018 as a Member of the Brunei Board of Valuers and Estate Agents (BOVEA) which regulates the conducts and ethics of practising Valuers and Estate Agents in Brunei Darussalam and a Sub-Committee Member of the Brunei Housing Developers Board which regulates the conducts and ethics of Brunei housing developers. Haji Don was the Project Co-ordinator, whilst serving in the Government, for the 5th National Development Plan for Brunei Darussalam that comprised of over 300 infrastructural projects for highways, schools, mosques etc. In addition Haji Don was responsible for the computerisation of the Lands Department works system and all the Torrens Land registration records. He was awarded the Meritous Medal for Excellent Work in 1993 by His Majesty the Sultan of Brunei Darussalam. Haji Don was the past President of Asean Valuers Association (AVA) for two terms in the year 2000 and 2012 but locally is still the President of AVA-Brunei Chapter. He has been instrumental in the running of the AVA activities both locally as well as regionally within Asean. For the year 2015 to 2016, he was elected as the Chairman of RICS Brunei Centre and is actively promoting RICS profession in Negara Brunei Darussalam. He was also the Chairman of the National Programme Advisory Committee of the Diploma in Estate Management Course in Sultan Saiful Rijal Technical College in the 1990s. Currently (2018/19) he holds the post of the Head of Real Estate Division of Brunei Institution of Geomatics.