Dato’ Freida Binti Dato’ Mohd Pilus
Dato’ Freida Pilus is an established and renowned educator. She pioneered private school education and has been instrumental in its transformation into being one of the fastest growing economic sectors of the Malaysian service industry today. She spearheads The Cempaka Group of Schools, which leads through continued innovation in its schools.
Upon her graduation from Universiti Malaya in 1971, Freida joined the PTD and was placed in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and in 1974 she was posted to the Ministry of Education where she established the Foreign Affairs Unit of the Ministry. In 1979, she was posted to the National Institute for Public Administration (INTAN) as a Lecturer and Chief Research Officer. She received her MBA degree from UKM in 1981, and was immediately posted to the Foreign Investment Committee in the Economic Planning Unit (EPU) of the Prime Minister’s Department.
Over a period of two decades she took private school education out of the backwaters of an institution for dropouts of the past to what it is today- a respected, and highly sought after, alternative to a good Government school. With courage and entrepreneurial panache, she set the tone and cachet of private school education in Malaysia to what it is today.