Being born on September 15, 1944 in the rural underdeveloped Kampung Kelemak, Alor Gajah, Tan Sri Dr Johari Mat's,started and finished of his primary education at the Sekolah Kebangsaan Kampung Kelemak and Alor Gajah English School from 1951 to 1957.
Later, he began his secondary education at the Malacca High School from 1958 until he finished his Sixth form education at the same school in the year1964.
|He got his first degree, B.A (Hons) with a major in Geography from the University of Malaya in 1968, a Master's in Public Administrations (MPA) and an Honorary Doctorate in Public Administration, Town and Federal Planning in 1976 and 1979 from the distinguished university of Southern California, Los Angeles, United States of America.|
|Apart from being one of those who received an AMP qualification (Advanced Management Program) from Harvard University in 1997, to honour and acknowledge his contributions to the progress of the higher education in Malaysia, University Malaya also awarded him a "Hon. Dr. Education" in 2002.|
|For 33 years, Johari was noted for his excellent delivery of service in the Malaysian Public Service from the year 1968 to 2001. |
Appointed as the Chief Secretary in three ministries namely, The Education Ministry, The Ministry Of Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs, and The Ministry Of National Unity and Social Development from 1991 to 2001, he was a dedicated officer who brought constructive changes to improvise on the service provided by the ministry he was attached to.
Plus, he was also a former Director of Intan (Malaysian Public Administration Institute) and the Director of the Klang Valley Development Secretariat in the Prime Minister's Department from 1981 to 1991.
|His dedication and passion brought much progress that left significant impact in the amendments and the approval of Higher Education Act 1996, University and University College act 1997 and The Malaysian higher education Council Act 1997 that brought many constructive changes to the education system in Malaysia.|
|In 1998, he was awarded the Panglima Setia Negara(PSM), a Darjah Mulia Seri Melaka(DMSM) in 1994 and a Johan Setia Mahkota(JSM) in 1992 to award his for his effort and contributions.|
|However, his commitment to service did not stop there. He had rendered his service to the world through international organizations such as UNESCO, UNCRD, APDC, SEAMEO, ASCOE and COL (Commonwealth of Learning) in Vancouver, Canada. |
From there he fostered a very sound relationship with foreign countries, which later resulted in the many twinning programs that made our local universities notable in the world.
And at present, the chairman of United Plantations Berhad, Edumonde Sdn.Bhd, President of the Cyberjaya University College of Medical Sciences and a director for Infusion Education Sdn.Bhd and Academic Council of University Canada West are among the responsibilities he shoulders apart from being the president of the Malaysian Danish Business Council.
Johari, ended his bachelor status and tied the knot to Puan Sri Zarina Hussein in April 1974 and the couple have been blessed with two children.