Personal Profile

Sr. Dr. CHOONG WENG WAI is an Associate Professor at Department of Real Estate, Faculty of Built Environment and Surveying, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM). He is a Registered Valuer, Registered Estate Agent and Registered Property Manager endorsed by the Board of Valuers, Appraisers, Estate Agents and Property Managers (BOVAEP) Malaysia and an Accreditation and Certification Committee (ACC) for the BOVAEP, overseeing the quality assurance of property professional programs in Malaysia and other countries. On top of the three (3) real estate professional practicing licenses, he is a Registered Electrical Energy Manager (REEM) by Energy Commission, and a Certified Green Building Index (GBI) Facilitator, which making him holds five (5) professional qualifications in UTM.


Choong received his Bachelor’s Honour Degree (Property Management) and PhD (Facilities Management) from UTM. His contribution in both academic and industrial practices are well recognized.


His research niche focus on behavioral studies and environment, at industrial level, he has been appointed as the team leader by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) for the development of Environmental Performance Index for Vietnam; Project leader for development of nationwide guidance document and nudge guidelines to conduct effective environmental program for the Department of Environment (DOE) Malaysia, Ministry of Environment and Water (KASA); Technical committee to establish Environmental Performance Index (EPI) for Malaysia by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (NRE); Sub-team leader and subject matter expert for the development of Kuala Lumpur Low Carbon Blueprint (community and environmental behaviour section); Co-investigator for the Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) Water Security and Sustainable Development Hub project at Malaysia, he also been invited as the guest speaker and appointed as the subject expert by the British High Commission Kuala Lumpur on the subject of environmental behaviour.


At the university level, he is the former Head of the Facilities Management Research Group (FMRG) and the founder of a social-enterprise spin-off company in UTM, focusing on behavior change, corporate social responsibility and cultural insight. His involvement in promoting and creating sustainable lifestyle among Malaysian communities is well recognized and his work has been published in numerous academic journals and interviewed in newspaper, magazine and radio station.


The industry and academic recognize his contribution, which he is the recipient of Excellence Award for Contribution towards Sustainability from Royal Institution of Surveyor Malaysia (RISM) and a Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) – UTM Malaysia Sustainable Cities Visiting Scholar. At university level, he is a Chancellor Award Recipient, and the finalist of best consultant award.

Assoc. Prof. Sr. Dr. Choong Weng Wai

Accreditation and Certification Committee (BOVAEP)

Founder of Dweller Behavioral Insight (UTM-spin off company)

Real Estate, Faculty of Built Environment and Surveying

Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, 81310 UTM Campus, Johor. Malaysia.

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