The Sea and the Hills: The Life of Hussain Najadi By Hussain Najadi

The recent killing of Arab-Malaysian Bank founder Hussain Ahmad Najadi in Kuala Lumpur, shocked the nation over the spate of wanton killings posing some worrying questions whether our homes, community and streets are indeed safe.

Hussain Ahmad Najadi left a checkered history of “rags-to-riches’ life besides penning his biography on his success story in his book ” The Sea and the Hills.”


“The adventurer roams, sometimes in peril, but always in a sense of wonder and amazement.” This has been Najadi’s hallmark while trekking the path toward his life’s true purpose.

In The Sea and the Hills, readers will find the story of a poor boy, his memories, and his destiny which are intermingled in the elite world of high finance and injustice—it is a determined exploration into the theme called destiny. The dramatic arc of his story rises in success, but cannot be said to crash in tragedy. It is about the setbacks he has faced that fed in further growth. Generally, this book is an affirmation of belief in life’s purpose, of a spirit of adventure, and of unbridled optimism.

Najadi believes the holistic moral of any man’s life story is best appreciated when seen from a distance, with the benefit of time and perspective. Only then is the landscape laid out in its full beauty; the hills and valleys, and the glittering sea on the horizon. This book will inspire readers to fervently search their life’s true purpose, live a meaningful life, and win against trials and tribulations.

About the author
To the British authorities in colonial Bahrain, Hussain Najadi was a rebel, a dangerous student activist and trouble-maker leading the agitation for independence. Today, he is Chairman and CEO of the AIAK Group, a corporate and advisory firm based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia – and he still has that rebellious streak. Throughout a four-decade career of sensational highs and lows in global finance, sales and business, he has never abandoned his commitment to social justice and the human side of capitalism.

Best known for having founded, in 1975, Arab Malaysian Banking (AmBank), currently Malaysia’s fifth-largest banking group, he is also the founding strategic adviser to number of commercial and investment banks in Malaysia. He has pioneered numerous other business links between the Middle East, Southeast Asia and Europe, in whose diverse cultures and languages he is equally at home.

A lecturer and essayist, Mr. Najadi is a frequent speaker at conferences and forums. He founded and served as director of the Euro-Asian Center at the prestigious INSEAD business school at Fontainebleau, France (1977-85), while also chairing the initial gathering of developing countries at the Davos Economic Symposium (World Economic Forum), Switzerland.

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Hussain Najadi – The Sea and the Hills

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