Y.BHG. PROF. TAN SRI ZAKRI ABDUL HAMID
Science Advisor To The Prime Minister Of Malaysia
PGM Excellence Award is the highest award conferred by the Society for the first time to YBhg. Prof. Dato’ Dr. Zakri Abdul Hamid. The award presentation took place during the Opening Ceremony of the 9th Malaysia Genetics Congress on 28 September 2011 in Hotel Pullman, Kuching, Sarawak. This Award, bearing an honorarium, a plaque and a certificate, is given in recognition of high leadership, illustrious scholarship, outstanding research and considerable contributions in the field of genetics and allied disciplines in the national development. YBhg. Dato’ admirably meets these criteria. Imbued with a selfless and exemplary great vision, the country has witnessed how YBhg. Dato’ has steadfastly brought, notably education and science, to the forefront at both national and international arena. YBhg. Dato’ has also set new standards in the field of social work because of your able guidance. The Award offers an important opportunity to recognize and reward outstanding members of the Society for their earnest efforts for the betterment of the Society. Henceforth, the Society hopes to establish the Award as a long-lasting prestigious recognition of best practices, and perhaps as a challenging model for others to follow. The Society fervently hopes that members can take inspiration from your goodself as invaluable guidance in the future.
Y.Bhg. Prof. Tan Sri Zakri 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 (CGSS@USM) and is holder of the Tuanku Chancellor Chair at Universiti Sains Malaysia. He was a professor at- and Deputy Vice-Chancellor of- Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia from 1992 to 2000, and was conferred the title of Emeritus Professor from the same university in 2004.
Dr. Zakri has extensive experience in science governance at the national and international levels. He was the Founding President of the Genetics Society of Malaysia (1994–2000) and was the Chair of the National Taskforce to formulate the ‘National Policy on Biological Diversity’ launched by the Government in 1998. From 2001 to 2008, he was the Director of the Institute of Advanced Studies at the United Nations University in Japan. He co-chaired the “Millennium Ecosystem Assessment” (2001–2005), a “mega-science” project undertaken under the auspices of the United Nations and involving 1,360 experts from 95 countries. He was also the Chair of the Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice (SBSTTA) for the Convention on Biological Diversity from 1997 to 1999.
Dr. Zakri’s academic interests lie in genetics, biodiversity and bio-diplomacy. He is a recipient of the Langkawi Award (1998), and is a fellow of several learned bodies: the Academy of Sciences Malaysia; the Academy of Sciences of the Developing World; the Islamic World Academy of Sciences; and the World Academy of Art and Science. Dr. Zakri is a former Fulbright Scholar and is presently an Executive Board member of the Paris-based International Council for Science (ICSU) and sits on the Advisory Board of the Arab Fund Fellowship Program.