Professor Tan Sri Dzulkifly

Professor Emeritus Tan Sri Dato Dzulkifli Abdul Razak was the 5th Vice-Chancellor/President of Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) from 2000 to 2011; a member of the World Health Organisation (WHO) Expert Advisory Panel on Drug Policy and Management (1995-2010); and WHO Scientific Committee of Tobacco Product Regulation (2004-2006).

Tan Sri Dzul is the 1st Asian to receive the prestigious 2017 Gilbert Medal and the 7th internationally from Universitas 21, a group of renowned research-intensive universities focused on fostering global citizenship and encouraging institutional innovation. He also received the 2017 Asia HRD Contribution to Society Award as recognition for his contribution to people’s development in the academic world.


As a member of the Board of Trustees, he is active in various charity-based organisations, such as: National Cancer Council (MAKNA, since 2013), Mercy Malaysia (since 2012), Razak School of Government (since 2011), Malay College (MCKK) Foundation (since 2011), Yayasan Hasanah (since 2015), Yayasan Bumiputra Pulau Pinang (since 2010). He is also the Chairperson of the first homegrown educational services organisation, LeapEd Services Sdn Bhd, a social enterprise that offers expertise in transforming schools and education in Malaysia.

Tan Sri Dzul is Fellow, Academy of Sciences Malaysia (FASc), the World Academy of Art and Science (FWAAS) and Malaysian Institute of Malaysia (FMIM). He is also an Honorary Lifetime member of Asian Academy of Management, and more recently Fellow of the World Academy of Islamic Management (FWAIM). He was awarded the 2017 Tokoh Akademik Negara (National Academic Laureate). He is a recipient of a number of Honorary Doctorates from various international universities.

His latest major scholarly contributions are Fourth Industrial Revolution – The Leadership Dilemma (2018) and Voicing Concern (2018), the seventh volume of the same title comprising his weekly columns from 2015 to 2017. Another contribution nurturing a Balanced Person – The Leadership Challenge (2015, 2017) won the Anugerah Buku Negara 2016 award and is listed as one of the 50 Best Malaysian Titles for International Rights 2017-2018, according to the National Book Council of Malaysia (MBKM).



 Professor Dr. Sahrim Ahmad

Professor Dr. Sahrim Ahmad obtained his Ph.D. from University of Loughborough, United Kingdom in 1988. He is an expert in the field of magnetic and advanced materials. He has completed more than 50 research projects and consultancy work as a leader and co-researcher. His work on novel radar absorbing materials (RAM) subjected to transverse electromagnetic (TEM) has been successfully developed. His team managed to produce products that offered proper characteristics for handling, flexibility, and lightweight, meeting requirement for various applications. A paper he co-wrote on this subject has received more than 490 citations. The total citation received is more than 2000 and his h-index is 22 in Scopus and 28 in Google-Scholar. He has published more than 200 papers in high impact journals as well referred to many papers in various journals of polymer, composites, physics and materials science.

Professor Dr. Sahrim serves as a consultant to various projects such as Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) Consultant to PROLINTAS Sdn Bhd for AKLEH and LKSA project. He also provided consultancy services to MIGHT to prepare Guideline for Aerospace Industry in Malaysia as well as to establish National Composite Centre.

Professor Dr. Sahrim has been actively involved in the administration and management of UKM and other committees. Since 1998, he has been appointed to several administrative posts at the Faculty of Science and Technology namely as Industrial Training Coordinator in 1996-1999, Head of Materials Science Program (2002-2009), Deputy Dean (2009-2010) and Dean (2010-2017). He is the current Editor in Chief of Sains Malaysiana.


Ir Dr Setiadi Yazid

Ir Dr Setiadi Yazid is the head of Center for Cyber Security and Cryptography, University of Indonesia, He received a bachelor’s degree of Electrical Engineering from Institute Technology Bandung in 1979. In the year 1990, he received a master’s in computer science from Queen’s University, Canada and he completed his Ph.D. research at the same university in 1995. He then stayed in Canada for another 5 years and work as Senior Developer at Siemens Technology Innovation Center, Canada. He was also the researcher in the Disruptive Technology Division of Nortel Networks Canada. In 2005 he returned to Indonesia to work for Widyatama University, Bandung, before moving to University of Indonesia in 2009, where he is still a member of academics there.

Dr. Setiadi was the project leader for Smartcard deployment in University of Indonesia. He plays an active role in some of Indonesia’s government projects, including his appointment as the project leader for Indonesia Geospatial Information Center IT masterplan. He served in Indonesian General Election as Security Consultant and prior to that, he was a member of Indonesia Cyberdefense Roadmap as well as a member of the executive team of Indonesia National ICT council.



Professor Dr. Ida Idayu Muhamad

Professor Dr. Ida Idayu Muhamad is a Professor and Head of the Department of Bioprocess and Polymer Engineering, School of Chemical and Energy Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia. She earned her degrees from Universiti Sains Malaysia then Ph.D. (2004) from the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology (UMIST) England. Currently, she is the Chairman of the Scientific Advisors also Head of Biomaterial Cluster for the IJN-UTM Cardiovascular Engineering Centre, for research collaboration between National Heart Institute (Malaysia) and Universiti Teknologi Malaysia. She is a Chartered Scientist and founder of the Food and Biomaterial Engineering Research Group (FoBERG) at the Faculty of Chemical and Energy Engineering and also a Fellow of Institute of Food Science and Technology, United Kingdom.

She is also affiliated to several professional societies such as Institute of Chemical Engineers (IChemE), International Society of Pharmaceutical Engineers (ISPE), Controlled Release Society, Asia-Pacific Institute of Food Professionals and Institute of Food Science and Technology.

Her areas of expertise include food and biomaterial processing; active-smart packaging, food safety and sustainability; nanotechnology, nutraceuticals, and drug delivery.  Professor Ida’s main research and consultancies are in modelling of particulate food systems, biopolymer processing, active and intelligent packaging. As a Food Lead auditor, she also trains food industries for implementation and auditing on industrial food safety systems (GMP, GHP, cGMP, and HACCP) and Halal Management.