Speakers’ Bio

Keynote Speakers:

Tan Sri ZakriProf. Tan Sri Zakri Abdul Hamid assumed the office of Science Advisor to the Prime Minister of Malaysia on August 16, 2010. He was the founding Director of the Centre for Global Sustainability Studies ([email protected]) and is holder of the Tuanku Chancellor Chair at Universiti Sains Malaysia. He was a Professor and Deputy Vice-Chancellor of National University of Malaysia from 1992 to 2000, and was conferred the title of Emeritus Professor from the same university in 2004. Read more



Prof Robin Grimes

Prof. Robin Grimes is the UK Foreign and Commonwealth’s Office (FCO) Chief Scientific Advisor and a Professor of Materials Physics at Imperial College. His research is focussed on the use of high performance computing techniques to understand the behaviour of materials for energy applications including nuclear fission and fusion, fuel cells, batteries and solar cells. He is also Principal Investigator of the Research Council’s UK Nuclear Fission consortium project. Read more


Panelists for Session 1: “The role of government in advancing science in Malaysia.”

Tan Sri Ahmad Tajuddin AliTan Sri Dr. Ahmad Tajuddin Ali is the current President of the Academy of Sciences, Malaysia. He is also the Chairman of UEM Group Berhad, the Chairman of Construction Industry Development Board Malaysia, the Joint-Chairman (Industry) of the Malaysian Industry-Government Group for High Technology (MIGHT), the Chairman of UPM Holdings Sdn Bhd and the Chairman of UPM Innovations Sdn Bhd. He graduated with First Class Honours in Mechanical Engineering from King’s College, University of London in 1973 and obtained his doctorate in Nuclear Engineering from Queen Mary College, University of London in 1977. He did post-doctoral work in nuclear engineering at Oregon State University (1977-1978) and at Pennsylvania State University (1978). Read more

Prof. Nordin HasanProf. Nordin Hasan is the Director for the International Council of Science (ICSU) Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific. He is a graduate of the Faculty of Agriculture, University of Malaya (1967 -1971) and the Faculty of Science, University of London (1971-1974) where he obtained his PhD. He was a professor of zoology, Faculty of Life Sciences, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (1983 – 2003) and was the founding director of the University’s Institute for Environment and Development (LESTARI). He was appointed Emeritus Professor (Environment and Development) Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia in 2005. Read more


Yusoff SulaimanDatuk Dr. Mohd. Yusoff Sulaiman is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Malaysian Industry-Government Group for High Technology (MIGHT). He has headed MIGHT since 2008. MIGHT, an agency under the Prime Minister’s Department, is a unique public-private sector partnership mandated to harness technology for business. Dr. Mohd. Yusoff joined MIGHT in 1995 after a 10-year stint at Universiti Teknologi Mara and another two years in the advertising industry. He specialises in Air Transport Management and holds an MSc. in Transport from the University of Wales, United Kingdom. Read more


Ms Sherene AzuraMs. Sherene Azura Azli leads the Malaysian Diaspora Outreach team at TalentCorp and is responsible for spearheading engagements with Malaysian students and professionals in building networks of Malaysian talents globally. Prior to joining TalentCorp in 2012, Sherene served as the Vice President of Strategy & Business Development at Telekom Malaysia (TM). She has 16 years of experience in the telecommunications industry, beginning with an early working stint as a Research Manager at Irish Telecommunications Investment plc, Dublin. Read more

Panelists for Session 2: “Raising the standards of academic research in Malaysia – challenges faced and lessons from abroad.”

Prof Peter MitchellProf. Peter Mitchell is Professor in Psychology and Dean of Science at the University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus. He gained a BA (Hons) in Psychology and a PhD in Psychology at the University of Liverpool, UK. After that, he spent three years working as a postdoctoral scientist at Birmingham University. Previously, he was also the Head of the School of Psychology in University of Nottingham, UK. Read more



Dr Charis QuayDr. Charis Quay Huei Li is a maître de conférences (junior faculty with tenure) in Physics at the Université Paris-Sud and a native of Ayer Tawar, Perak. She obtained her PhD from Stanford University, USA and her BA from Mount Holyoke College, USA.

Dr. Quay’s present research interests lie at the intersection of spin physics and superconductivity. Read more



Prof. Chris GrovenorProf. Chris Grovenor is a Professor and Head of the Department of Materials at the University of Oxford. His research interest is on the application of advanced analytical techniques to understand the relationship between chemistry and microstructure and the properties of functional materials.

Prof. Grovenor is also a Fellow and Tutor in Materials at St Anne’s College, Oxford.



Dr Chan Kok GanDr. Chan Kok Gan is a Senior Lecturer at the Institute of Biological Science, Universiti Malaya (UM). He is also the Research Coordinator of UM High Impact Research (UM HIR). He holds a BSc, MSc and PhD from UM and an LLM from the University of Staffordshire, United Kingdom.





Panelists for Session 3: “Accelerating technology transfer in Malaysia – advancing science and creating more career opportunities.”

Dato Norhalim YunusDato’ Norhalim Yunus is the Chief Executive Officer of Malaysian Technology Development Corporation (MTDC), a venture capital company under Khazanah Nasional Berhad Group. He is a biologist by training and graduated from Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia in 1986. He has wide experience in several areas including venture capital investment, commercialisation of research and nurturing start-up companies.

Dato’ Norhalim was attached to Guthrie Plantation & Agricultural Services before joining MTDC. Since joining MTDC in 1993, he has held various positions including Director of Technology Development, General Manager of Operations and General Manager of Biotechnology Group. Read more

Dr Stuart KewleyDr Stuart Kewley is the Chairman and co-founder of The Eurasia Consortium. He holds an MSc from the Queen’s University Belfast, as well as an MPhil and a PhD from the University of Cambridge. Since co-founding Eurasia in 2009, Stuart has grown the business from one UK based firm to four limited companies around the world. In 2010, Stuart created Eurasia Educational Dynamics (EED) Ltd one of the Consortium’s companies tasked with delivery of its Continual Professional Development business. In 2011, he diversified the business into technology transfer (in conjunction with Oxford University’s Isis Innovation) and developed an investment profile. Read more

Dr Rezal AhmadDr. Rezal Ahmad was appointed as the Chief Operating Officer of NanoMalaysia Bhd in June 2012 and subsequently as the Chief Executive Officer in February 2013. He holds a PhD in Nanotechnology, Electronic/Electrical Engineering from London Centre for Nanotechnology and Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Tenaga Nasional University.

Between August 2012 and February 2013, Dr. Rezal served as Acting Under Secretary of National Nanotechnology Directorate, Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation. Read more


Prof Jose FurtadoProfessor Jose Furtado was a Professor of Zoology and Coordinator of the Ecology Programme at the University of Malaya in the 1970s, and was seconded to the Commonwealth Secretariat to initiate a cooperative programme on Science for Technology for Development in the 1980s, and spent the 1990s designing training programmes for policy and decision-makers on environment, natural resources and sustainable development. Since his retirement, he has been a Visiting Professor for International Development at Imperial College’s Centre for Environmental (Technology) and Policy. Read more




  1 comment for “Speakers’ Bio

  1. Kogila Balakrishnan
    October 13, 2014 at 8:18 am

    Excellent panel of speakers. I shall be there

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