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Malaysia To Be At Forefront Of Advances In Science & Technology Through GSIAC

NEW YORK, May 19 (Bernama) -- Malaysia will be at the forefront of the next generation of advances in science and technology through the newly set-up Global Science and Innovation Advisory Council (GSIAC).

The council would also help to develop sound policies for innovation, an expert on entrepreneurship and research commercialisation and a columnist for Bloomberg BusinessWeek based here, said Tuesday.

"GSIAC can provide a fresh perspective and help Malaysia's leaders develop new policies in building an innovation capacity and also bring in international experience in various fields of economy," Dr Vivek Wadhwa, Senior Research Associate, Labour and Worklife Programme at Harvard Law School, said.

In an interview with Bernama, he alluded to Malaysia having made wonderful progress in developing its economy, infrastructure and in uplifting its people.

"New thinking is needed to take Malaysia to the next level and there are no textbook solutions for that, he said.

Malaysia has unique strengths and GSIAC will bring together experts in different fields of innovation under the auspices of the New York Academy of Science, which has no agenda or bias.

"It is very likely that this group can provide a fresh perspective and help Malaysia's leaders develop new policies for innovation," said Wadhwa, who is also the Director of Research at the Centre for Entrepreneurship and Research Commercialisation and Exec in Residence, Pratt School of Engineering, Duke University.

When asked why there was a necessity to emphasise on science and innovation when all along Malaysia's policy has been on science and technology, he said: "Technology is important and Malaysia's technology sector will undoubtedly benefit from the policies that foster innovation and science.

"The biggest breakthroughs over the last three decades came from personal computing based technologies such as multimedia, the internet and e-commerce, and most recently, from social media.

"The next technology revolution will happen when we combine these new technologies with science," he said.

As an example, he said: "Genome sequencing, which only became possible a decade ago and which used to cost US$300 million, costs about US$10,000 today (and) within five years, this will cost about US$100. Imagine what you can do by combining technology with this science."

On expectations from the just-ended GSIAC meeting on Tuesday, Wadhwa, who is also an advisor to several start-up companies, a columnist for Bloomberg BusinessWeek, a contributor to the popular tech blog TechCrunch and who writes for several international publications, said: "This was an introductory meeting to all GSIAC members to understand Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak's goals and objectives besides getting information and learning more."

Meanwhile, Chairman of the Executive Board of Wageningen University and Research Centre Dr A. A. Dijkhuizen, said GSIAC would help set the right priorities to strengthen the Malaysian economy and bring in lots of international experience in various fields.

"Technology is becoming more important. So, science and innovation in my view is a better indication," said Dijkhuizen, who is also an expert in the field of food, agriculture and palm oil.

Wageningen University and Research Centre is also known as "Wageningen UR", a Dutch world-class public university in the field of agriculture science, located in Wageningen.

The university and research centre trains specialists in life sciences and focuses in researches on scientific, social and commercial problems in the field of life sciences and natural resources.

He said the first GSIAC meeting chaired by Najib helped council members to meet each other and get more precise ideas about what should be the highest priority to start with and what other council members could offer.

"My major inputs are in the areas of food, agriculture and palm oil, how to increase productivity, improve quality and sustainability, besides bio-based -- the use of waste products for green energy and chemistry," he said.

Najib chaired the first GSIAC meeting attended by more than 35 council members, including 25 international members and 10 from Malaysia at the New York Academy of Sciences located at the World Trade Centre 7, downtown Manhattan.

Among dignitaries who attended were United States special Science Envoy to South Asia and Southeast Asia Dr Rita Colwell, New York Academy of Sciences President and Chief Executive Officer Ellis Rubistein and Dr Jeffrey Sachs, Director of The Earth Institute and also special advisor to the United Nations' Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon.

-- BERNAMA

source : http://www.bernama.com/bernama/v5/newsindex.php?id=587406

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list of Global Science and Innovation Advisory Council (GSIAC) members

Council Members

CHAIRMAN

The Honourable Dato’ Sri Mohd. Najib Tun Abdul Razak, Prime Minister of Malaysia

JOINT SECRETARIES

Mr. Ellis Rubinstein, President & CEO, New York Academy of Sciences (NYAS).
YBhg. Prof. Emeritus Dato’ Dr. Zakri Abdul Hamid, Science Advisor to the Prime Minister of Malaysia.

INTERNATIONAL MEMBERS

Dr Rita Colwell, US Special Science Envoy to South Asia and Southeast Asia
Ron Cohen, President & Chief Executive Office , Accorda Therapeutics
Dr. A. A. (Aalt) Dijkhuizen, Chairman, Executive Board, Wageningen University and Research Centre
Dr. Michael Crow, President, Arizona State University
Dr. Mikael Dolsten, President, Worldwide Research and Development and Senior Vice President, Pfizer Inc
Dr. Paul Horn, Senior Vice Provost for Research, New York University, former Senior Vice President & Executive Director of Research, IBM
Hon. Jerry MacArthur Hultin, President, Polytechnic Institute of New York University
Jiang Mian Heng, Vice President, Chinese Academy of Sciences; President, Shanghai Branch of CAS
Dr. Kiyoshi Kurokawa, Professor, National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies, former Science Advisor to the Prime Minister of Japan
Dr. Rajendra K. Pachauri, Director General, The Energy Research Institute (TERI), New Delhi, Chair International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)
The Hon. Ilya Ponomarev, Member, DUMA of Russia, Chair, DUMA High Technology Committee
Dr. Richard Roberts, Nobel Laureate, Chief Scientific Officer, New England Biolabs
Dr. Jeffrey Sachs, Director of The Earth Institute, Quetelet Professor of Sustainable Development, and Professor of Health Policy and Management at Columbia University, Special Advisor to the Secretary General of the United Nations
Dr. Annalee Saxenian, Dean and Professor, School of Information, University of California, Berkeley
Dr. Franklin Schuling, Vice President Philips Research and Head of Philips Research North America
Dr. Anthony J. Sinskey, Prof. of Biology & Health Sciences & Technology, M.I.T.
Dr. Vivek Wadhwa, Senior Research Associate, Labor and Worklife Program at Harvard Law School, Executive In Residence/Adjunct Professor, Pratt School of Engineering at Duke University, and Visiting Scholar, School of Information, University of California, Berkeley
Dr. Torsten Wiesel, Nobel Laureate, President Emeritus, Rockefeller University, Chairman Emeritus, The New York Academy of Sciences
Dr. Roger Wyse, Managing Director, Burrill & Co.
Dr. Nancy Zimpher, Chancellor, The State University of New York
Sir Peter Williams, Vice President, Royal Society, United Kingdom
Dr June Seung Lee, President, Korea Institute of Science & Technology Evaluation and Planning (KISTEP)
Professor William F. Miller, Herbert Hoover Professor of Public & Private, Emeritus Professor of Computer Science Stanford University, former President & CEO of SRI International
Brian Mefford, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Connected Nation, Inc
Steve Forbes, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Forbes Media.

MALAYSIAN MEMBERS

YB Dato’ Sri Peter Chin Fah Kui, Minister of Energy, Green Technology & Water
YB Datuk Seri Dr. Maximus Johnity Ongkili, Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation
YB Dato’ Seri Mohamed Khaled Nordin, Minister of Higher Education
YB Dato’ Sri Anifah Hj Aman, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Malaysia
H.E.Dato’ Sri Jamaludin Jarjis, Ambassador of Malaysia to the United States
YBhg Tan Sri Dr. Ahmad Tajuddin Ali, President, Academy of Sciences of Malaysia
YBhg Tan Sri Dato’ Azman Bin Hj. Mokhtar, Managing Director, Khazanah Nasional
YBhg Dato’ Shamsul Azhar Abbas, President and Chief Executive Officer, Petronas
YBhg Dato’ Mohd Bakke Salleh, President and Group Chief Executive, Sime Darby
YBhg. Dato’ Sabri Ahmad, Group Managing Director, Felda Holdings Bhd.

HEADS OF JOINT SECRETARIAT

Mr. Mohd Yusoff Sulaiman, President and Chief Executive Officer, MIGHT
Dr. Karin Pavese, Vice President for Innovation & Sustainability, NYAS

EX-OFFICIO MEMBERS

YBhg. Dato’ Madinah Binti Mohamad, Secretary General, Ministry of Science, Technology & Innovation
YBhg. Datuk Loo Took Gee, Secretary General, Ministry of Energy, Green Technology & Water
YBhg. Datuk Ab. Rahim Bin Md. Noor, Secretary General, Minister of Higher Education
Mr. Mohd Yusoff Sulaiman, President and Chief Executive Officer, Malaysian Industry-Government Group for High Technology (MIGHT)
Datuk Badlisham Ghazali, Chief Executive Officer, Multimedia Development Corporation (MDEC)
Dato’ Iskandar Mizal Mahmood, Chief Executive Officer, Malaysian Biotechnology Corporation
Dato’ Dr. Kamal Jit Singh, Chief Executive Officer, Malaysia Innovation Agency
Dato’ Ir. Lee Yee Cheong, Chairman, Governing Board of the International Science, Technology and Innovation Centre (ISTIC), for South-South Cooperation under the Auspices of UNESCO.

official website : http://www.might.org.my/gsiac

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