Born in Kampung Bandar, Machang, Kelantan on 14 July 1937, Tan Sri Abdullah Ahmad received his education at the Malay College of Kuala Kangsar, MARA, Cambridge and Harvard. He is a former Member of Parliament, Deputy Minister, Umno Supreme Council Member, corporate member and former Special Envoy of Malaysia to the United Nations (UN) in New York. He was detained under the Internal Security Act (ISA) from November 1976 to July 1981. In 2001, he became the Chief Editor of Newspapers and the Executive Director of the New Straits Times Publishing Group. Tan Sri Abdullah was stripped off his position on 20 November 2003 by the authorities for his writings that were not viewed favourably by the government.
In January 2005, Tan Sri Abdullah was appointed as the Chairman of the Institute of Political and Economic Studies (IKAPE). The books that he published include:
- Tengku Abdul Rahman's Foreign Policy1957-1970 (Berita Publishing)
- Issues in Malaysian Politics (Singapore Foreign Affairs Forum)
- The Diarist (Times Editions-Marshall Cavendish)
- Pandangan Dari Tudor City New York (Time Editions-Marshall Cavendish).
- Note From The United Nations (Time Editions-Marshall Cavendish).
Malay College Kuala Kangsar Historical Personage
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Malay College Kuala Kangsar, Perak