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Azah Ahmad

  • Sustainable Energy Development Authority (SEDA), Malaysia
  • Azah Ahmad obtained her Bachelor of Science Degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the Ohio State University, USA 1998 and Master of Science in Energy Technology from UKM, Malaysia. She has extensive years of working experience in energy efficiency and renewable energy. She was the focal point representing Malaysia for the ASEAN Energy Efficiency & Sub-sector Network and a Technical Committee member on Performance of Household and Similar Electrical Appliances, SIRIM during her tenure with Malaysia Energy Centre. In 2005, she joined the Malaysia Building Integrated Photovoltaic (MBIPV) Project, a project funded by the Government of Malaysia and UNDP/ GEF. She is a certified ISPQ PV installer by the International for Sustainable Power (ISP). In SEDA Malaysia, in charge of capacity and human capital development in RE, industry development as well as technical supports to other RE related projects. Currently, a member of Standards Malaysia working group on Solar PV Systems since 2010 and serving as the Chairman for the ASEAN RE Awards since 2012.

Aini Suzana Ariffin

  • Perdana School of Science Technology Innovation Policy, Malaysia
  • Aini Suzana Ariffin is a competent strategist in STI Policy Formulation & Development and Implementation of International Strategic Alliances in Malaysia. She earned her PhD in Science, Technology and Innovation Policy Management from University of Manchester in United Kingdom. Ariffin served as a Deputy Secretary General of World Organization of Industrial Technological Research (WAITRO), the Focal Point for the Global Research Alliances (GRA), as the Resource Person for Asia Pacific of Technology Transfer (APCTT) under the UNESCO. Previously she was appointed as a Board member of SIRIM QAS International which focusing on quality management system and certification. Currently she is supervising students in the areas of strategic management, innovation management and policy.

Aphiya Hathayatham

  • National Science Museum, Thailand
  • Dr. Hathayatham is a Vice President of the National Science Museum, Thailand. She holds M.Sc in Seed Technology from Mississippi State University, USA and Ph.D. in Science from the National Centre for Public Awareness of Science, The Australian National University, Canberra, Australia. She has been involved in the development of NSM from the very beginning since 1997. She was the first Director of the Information Technology Museum who had been responsible for its development from ground zero until its opening in 2012. In 2015, she got Deepak Rathore International Award for Science Popularization. She is a Co-opted Councillor of Asia Pacific Network of Science and Technology Centre/Museum (ASPAC), a Vice Chair of the Association of Academies and Societies of Sciences in Asia (AASSA) Special Committee on SHER Communication (Science, Health, Environment, and Risk), and a member of the Global Network of Science Academies on Science Education Program (IAP SEP) Global Council. She is now supervising the Office of Special Project Incubation which is taking care of the development of a new innovation learning centre so-called “Futurium”.

Ching-Yao Huang 

  • National Chiao-Tung University, Taiwan
  • Before joining NCTU in 2002, Dr. Huang was with Bell Labs, Lucent Technologies where he was a project leader of 3.5G cellular system development. Dr. Huang was the recipient of “Bell Labs Team Award” in 2003, “Best Paper Award” from IEEE Vehicular Technology Conference in 2004, and “Outstanding Achievement Award” from National Chiao Tung University in the years of 2007-2016. Besides Dr. Huang’s academic achievement, Dr. Huang and his team were awarded the “Best Industry Contribution” from the Minister of Economic Affairs in 2013 due to the contribution in IPR management and innovation ecosystem. In 2013, Dr. Huang further established the first University Business Accelerator in Taiwan, called “Center of Industry Accelerator and Patent Strategy”. The annual investment is about USD 30 million. As for patent strategy, with more than 50 universities participated, the center carries a cross-university IPR alliance as a bridge connecting university and industry. The center is UBI index (Sweden) ranked 7 global Incubator/accelerator in 2014 and top one Asia accelerator in 2015-2016.

Ji-Ho Hwang

  • Korea Institute of S&T Evaluation and Planning (KISTEP)
  • Dr. Hwang currently holds the position of Director General of National R&D Coordination Office in the Korea Institute of Science and Technology Evaluation and Planning (KISTEP) in Korea since 2015. Prior to moving to current position, he served as director general of R&D Budget and Feasibility Analysis Office in KISTEP from 2014. He served as directors of Feasibility Analysis Division from 2010 to 2014, Technology Foresight Division in 2008 and Growth Engine R&D Promotion Division from 2005 to 2007 in KISTEP, since he started his career as a research fellow of national R&D planning and evaluation in the area of energy and environment technology from 2000 to 2005.
    His formal education includes earning a B.S. in Mineral and Petroleum Engineering from Seoul National University in 1989, M.S. in Applied Geochemical Engineering from Seoul National University in 1991, Ph.D. in Environmental and Geochemical Engineering from Seoul National University in 1998.
    He also studied as a visiting scholar in School of Business at Texas A&M International University in Texas, USA in 2010.

R. Indarjani

  • Quality Improvement of Teachers and Education Personnel (QITEP) in Science, Indonesia
  • R. Indarjani (Doctor of Philosophy in Marine Biology from the Adelaide University, South Australia) is Deputy Director for Program of SEAMEO Regional Center for Quality Improvement of Teacher and Education Personnel (QITEP) in Science, Bandung Indonesia. Currently, she is conducting the multi years project on ICT-Based Program on Adopting 21st Curriculum through Science and Mathematics as mandated by SEAMEO Secretariat, Bangkok.
    She is a member of Global Council of International Academy Panel on Science Education Program (IAP-SEP) 2015-2018, Funding Fellow of the Academy of Engineering and Technology for developing World (AETDEW) 2017-2020.

Asma Ismail

  • Academy of Sciences Malaysia (ASM)
  • Asma Ismail is currently a Vice-Chancellor of USM. She was formerly a Director General of Higher Education, Ministry of Higher Education, Malaysia. She is appointed as the President of Academy of Sciences Malaysia. Asma obtained her PhD in the field of Cellular and Molecular Biology at the University of Nevada, Reno, USA. Her areas of expertise include Medical Microbiology, Medical Biotechnology and Rapid diagnostics for infectious disease. She served as the WHO temporary Advisor for vaccine and diarrheal diseases since 2002. As a president of the Asia Pacific University Community Engagement Network, she ensures that innovations from the universities get to create a sustainable change in the community especially among the marginalized population. She now serves as an advisor in Research Advisory Council (RAC) Member University Teknologi Petronas (UTP), Scientific and Industrial Research Institute of Malaysia (SIRIM) and Collaborative Research in Engineering, Science and Technology (CREST) Center Board.

Yuh-Jzer Joung

  • Science & Technology Policy Research and Information Center (STPI), Taiwan
  • Yuh-Jzer Joung received his B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the National Taiwan University in 1984, and his M.S. and Ph.D. in Computer Science from the State University of New York at Stony Brook in 1988 and 1992, respectively. He is currently a professor at the Department of Information Management in National Taiwan University, where he has been a faculty member since 1992. From 1999 to 2000, he was a visiting scientist at the Lab for Computer Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He was the chair of his department from 2001 to 2005. In 2009-2010, he was a visiting scholar in the School of Information at UC Berkeley, and in the IBM Almaden Research Center. From Feb. 2012-Jul. 2013, he served as an associate dean of the College of Management in National Taiwan University, in charge of the service and integration of the computing resources in the cloud. Since 2013, he is the general director of the Science & Technology Policy Research and Information Center, a think tank with over 150 researchers and assistants.

Shigeharu Kato

  • The National Institute of Science and Technology Policy (NISTEP), Japan
  • Shigeharu Kato is the Director-General of the National Institute of Science and Technology Policy (NISTEP), the Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) from April 2017. Received a Bachelor of Engineering at the University of Tokyo in 1980, he started his career at the former Science and Technology Agency in the same year. While he has been working in the area of science and technology policy, higher education policy, international affairs, and nuclear safety regulation, he completed his Master’s degree of Public Policy at Harvard University in 1986. As his recent careers, he has been in charge of the Director General for the International Affairs at the Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, and the Director General for International Affairs at the MEXT from 2012 to 2014, and the Executive Director of the RIKEN from 2015 to 2017.

Laoucine Kerbache

  • Qatar Foundation Research and Development (QF R&D)
  • Professor Laoucine Kerbache, PhD, is currently Chief Innovation Strategist at Qatar Foundation Research and Development (QF R&D) and on a two-year sabbatical from his position of Full Professor of Operations and Supply Chain Management at HEC Paris. Prior to the QF R&D appointment in December 2016, he was the Dean & CEO of HEC Paris in Qatar from January 2013 to November 2016. Further, he was Associate Dean, Director of the HEC PhD Program for the period January 2008 to January 2013. He has been teaching undergraduate, MBA, PhD, and executive programs (Trium EMBA, EMBA, open and custom programs), researching and consulting in the field of operations and supply chain management, and applied quantitative methods for more than thirty years.
    Prof. Laoucine Kerbache holds a PhD, an M.Sc, and a B.Sc in Industrial Engineering and Operations Research from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst (USA), an “Habilitation à Diriger des Recherches” from the University of Nantes (France), and a diploma of International Teacher Program from IMD-Lausanne, Switzerland.

Muhammad Bilal Khan

  • National University of Science and Technology, Pakistan
  • Muhammad Bilal Khan is an eminent scientist, distinguished educationist and mentor possessing vast administrative and professional experience in the academic and corporate sectors; worked across 4 continents and successfully completed national and international projects of high stature with combined financial outlay of more than USD 30.0 million; conceptualized, planned, developed and established 05 Academic Institutions in the country, building from scratch; developed national and international linkages of far reaching implications for institutions in Pakistan; planned and executed turn-key facilities overseas at the national level; 114 conference and impact factor papers in international journals of archival repute e.g. Nature Journals, Elsevier and Wiley; 16 key-notes and 09 patents to credit on breakthrough technologies, including a US and a WIPO patent; represented Pakistan overseas at the UN ESCAP, and China-Pakistan Cooperation Conference; promoted academia-industry partnerships in a broad spectrum of research and development undertakings; instituted capacity building measures involving local and internatinal stakeholders to the benefit of faculty, students and enterprises in the country; committed to community service with a contribution vision; instrumental in empowerment of hundreds of deserving and disadvantaged students through Educational Trust; contributed to strategy and policy making in the areas of Science and Technology, research, innovation, intellectual property, entrepreneurship and the energy sector domains.

Shaukat Hameed Khan

  • OIC Standing Committee on Scientific and Technological Cooperation (COMSTECH), Pakistan
  • Dr. Shaukat Hameed Khan is currently working as Coordinator General, COMSTECH (OIC Standing Committee on Scientific and Technological Cooperation) Islamabad. He has served as Rector of GIKI, Member (Planning Commission, Government of Pakistan), Chief Scientist (Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission), and Visiting Scientist (CERN, Geneva). He is a Fellow, Pakistan Academy of Sciences, with B.Sc and D.Phil degrees from Oxford. His current interests are the emerging relation between science and society; the role of technology in development; and reforming secondary and technical education. His work in policy and strategy formulation includes the Science and Technology Program for the 57 OIC Countries for the period 2016-25, which was approved in June 2016 by the OIC Ministers of Science. His earlier work in policy and strategy includes the National Industrial Policy, 2011 for Ministry of Industries, Pakistan. He also directed the national document “Vision 2030”, a foresight exercise which attempts to examine where Pakistan might be in 2030.

Jinha Kim

  • Korea Institute of S&T Evaluation and Planning (KISTEP)
  • Jinha Kim is an associate research fellow of Division of Human Resources Policy in KISTEP since 2011. He received Master Degree in Physics at Korea University and studied nonlinear properties of biomaterials in Physics department for Ph.D. at Emory University. Current research areas in KISTEP are ‘The Forecast of Supply and Demand of Human Resources in S&T,’ ‘The Forecast of New and Emerging Jobs in S&T,’ and ‘The Change of Occupations and Competencies by the 4th Industrial Revolution.’ Before the current position, he worked in the Center for R&D Evaluation (2012-2014) and Technology assessment team (2011-2012) in KISTEP and researched the feasibility and performance of national R&D programs.

So Young Kim

  • Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST)
  • So Young Kim is the Head of the Graduate School of Science & Technology Policy and the Director of the Center for Science, Policy, and Society at KAIST. She earned her Ph.D. and M.S. from Northwestern University with Fulbright Scholarship specializing in international political economy and mathematical methods in social sciences. She worked as a data archivist for the Social Science Computing Center at the University of Chicago and taught as an assistant professor at Florida Atlantic University before joining KAIST. Kim has served several governmental committees including the National Science & Technology Vision Committee, National R&D Evaluation Review Committee, and Advisory Committee for the Five-Year Science & Engineering Workforce Plan. She also sits on the World Economic Forum’s Global Future Council on Technology, Values, and Public Policy as well as on the Expert Panel for the Public Understanding of Risk Institute of the National University of Singapore.

Yeonji Kim

  • Seoul Metropolitan Government
  • Dr. Yeonji Kim is the Director of the Energy Citizens Cooperation Division at the Climate & Environment Headquarters in Seoul Metropolitan Government. She is in charge of various energy cooperation projects to make more citizen participate directly in the policy of “One Less Nuclear Power Plant Initiative” phase 2, which aims to save 4 million TOE and 10 million TCO2. In particular, she is in charge of Energy Self-reliant Community project. The city of Seoul is currently fostering 80 energy self-reliant communities in this year with the aim of establishing 100 energy self-sufficient communities in 2018. This is a project that supports citizens to plan and implement energy savings, efficiency, and renewables production by residents oneself that is based on small communities. She is also in charge of Energy Savings Competition Award, energy consulting for retail stores, Green Campuses, Demand Response and efficient energy utilization using IOT. And she supports Seoul energy welfare model based on private-public partnership. Citizen and private companies participates in supporting energy for lower income citizens with their benefits of energy savings.

Jungwook Lim

  • Startup Alliance Korea
  • Jungwook Lim is the managing director of Startup Alliance Korea, a non-proft organization founded in 2013 to foster Korean startup ecosystem. Jungwook spent time working in Silicon Valley and Boston where he was the head of global business for Daum and the CEO of Lycos.
    After several years of experience in high tech entrepreneurial environment, he moved to Seoul and established the Startup Alliance to share knowledge and experience to help local startups in global settings. Although his skillset is vast, his greatest expertise is in IT technology and business perspectives in Silicon Valley and Japan. He has an extensive social capital in IT industry in Silicon Valley, Japan and Korea.
    Before his career as internet executive, he was a newspaper journalist. He worked at Chosun Ilbo, Korea’s largest newspaper for almost 10 years. He covered Korea’s IT industry as a business writer. He also worked as director of, an online newspaper arm of Chosun Ilbo, managed online newsroom. He is well known blogger and influential Twitterer in Korea who has over 387k followers. He co-authored the book, 'iPad revolution'(2010) and translated 'Inside Apple'(2012) into Korean version. His columns frequently appear in various newspapers and magazines in Korea.
    Jungwook holds an MBA degree from the Walter A. Haas School of Business, University of California, Berkeley, and earned a B.A. in Business Administration from the Hankuk University of Foreign Studies.

Kichul Lim

  • Korea Institute of S&T Evaluation and Planning (KISTEP)
  • Kichul Lim has been serving as the President of Korea Institute of S&T Evaluation and Planning (KISTEP) since April, 2017. He received his Bachelor’s (1979), Master’s (1981) and Ph.D. (1990) in Industrial Chemistry at Seoul National University. His research areas include inorganic chemistry and catalyst engineering. He also holds a Master’s degree in Economics of Industry and Technology from Sogang University, Korea.
    He has had a dedicated career in the field of science policy, having worked at Science and Technology Policy Institute (STEPI) from 1990 to 2015. During these years, he has also taken top leadership role in the planning and coordination of Korea’s national science and technology policy; serving as the Secretary to the President for Science and Technology (2010-2012), and as a Standing Commissioner of the National Science and Technology Commission (2012-2013).
    During his term as the President of KISTEP, he plans to focus on policies to foster an innovation ecosystem with emphasis on basic sciences, human resources, interdisciplinary research, and open systems. He hopes KISTEP will take the initiative in meeting the challenges of the 4th Industrial Revolution with the spirit of Companionship and Partnership.

Rongping Mu

  • Chinese Academy of Sciences (CASISD)
  • Mr. Mu Rongping, receives B.S. and M.S. from University of Science and Technology of China, and Dr. Phil. from Technische Universität Berlin, Germany. Dr. Mu is secretary of CPCC of Institutes of Sciences and Development, Chinese Academy of Sciences (CASISD, former CASIPM) and director-general of Center for Innovation and Development of Chinese Academy of Sciences since 2006,a member of Expert Committee on National Development Plan of NDRC since 2014, editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Science Research Management since 2003, president of the China High-tech Industry Promotion Society since 2014 and the Chinese Association for Science of Science and S&T Policy Research. Since 2015. Dr. Mu is a member of the Governing Board of ISTIC since 2014. He was director-general of Institute of Policy and Management of Chinese Academy of Sciences (CASIPM 2004-2014).
    Dr. Mu has involved in drafting policy documents concerning innovation capacity-building in China, and published more than 40 papers in peer-reviewed journals and several books concerning Technology Transfer, Technology Foresight, and Innovation Development, and Industrial Competitiveness. His research interests include S&T&I Policy, Foresight, R&D Management & Evaluation, and Industrial Competitiveness.

Eric Plunkett

  • Global Green Growth Institute
  • Eric Plunkett is a Green Investment Specialist (GIS) at the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI), an international organization dedicated to supporting and promoting strong, inclusive, and sustainable economic growth in developing countries and emerging economies. At GGGI, Eric supports the creation of national financing vehicles (NFVs) and pipelines of bankable energy efficiency and renewable energy projects in GGGI member countries.
    Prior to GGGI, Eric worked as an innovation strategy consultant at Motiv Strategies in Washington, DC, helping for-profit and non-profit clients develop new services and business models.
    Eric holds an MBA/MEM from Yale University and a BA from the University of Pennsylvania. He is a proud native of Orchard Park, NY, USA.

Stephen Su 

  • Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI), Taiwan
  • Stephen Su is the current General Director of ITRI’s Industrial Economics and knowledge Center (IEK). Prior to this position, he has worked for strategy consulting companies with BCG (HK) and Roland Burgers (China). He also worked in manufacturing industries with Motorola (US) and Primax (Taiwan). He directs a team of over 160 market researchers in IEK to focus on industrial development strategies for Taiwan. He is also active in sports and church activities.

Manzoor Hussain Soomro

  • Eco Science Foundation (ECOSF), Pakistan
  • Dr. Manzoor Hussain Soomro is the Founder President of ECO Science Foundation (ECOSF)- a Specialized Agency of Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO), which is a 10-countries Inter-Governmental Organization. He is a Member of Governing Board of the International Science, Technology and Innovation Centre for South-South Cooperation under the auspices of UNESCO (ISTIC), Kuala Lumpur-Malaysia, Member of Global Council of the Inter-Academy Partnership Science Education Programme (IAP SEP), founding Member of the Asian Innovation Forum and founding Member Asian STI Think Tanks Network (ASTN) established in 2015 at Seoul, South Korea. Dr. Soomro has an experience of over 35 years of experience in science, technology research, management and capacity building. Dr. Soomro has also served FAO of the United Nations as an Expert and National Coordinator for over four years in the Asia and the Pacific Region.

Hsiao-Feng Teng

  • Science & Technology Policy Research and Information Center (STPI), Taiwan
  • Dr. Teng got his Ph.D. from Institute of Astrophysics (IoAp), National Taiwan University. He works in Innovation and Entrepreneurship Promotion Division, Science and Technology Policy Research and Information Center (STPI), National Applied Research Laboratories (NARLabs) since 2014. When running the programs of incubating startups from academic institutes those are funded by the Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST), he dedicates himself in the evaluation of major science discovery and translates to the commercial project.