Dr.Ahmad Ibrahim
Dr Ahmad Ibrahim started his career as a research scientist at the Rubber Research Institute of Malaysia (RRIM) in 1973. His research area then was the development of treatment technology for wastes from rubber processing factories. In 1978, he obtained a PhD in wastewater engineering from the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, UK. He later made important contributions to the design of waste treatment systems for palm oil mill effluents. In 1985, he won an award to undertake post-doctorate studies at Cornell University, USA under the Fulbright Hubert Humphrey Programme. From 1991 to 2003, he moved to another phase of his career serving the palm oil industry. For three years as Director of the Palm Oil Research Institute of Malaysia (PORIM), he made important contributions to promote the technical attributes of palm oil worldwide. This was continued during his nine years with the Malaysian Palm Oil Promotion Council (MPOPC) where he anchored promotional seminars in key export destinations of Malaysian palm oil. He contributed towards improving consumer understanding of palm oil, thus helping Malaysia expand the markets for palm oil. After retiring from MPOPC, he worked for Technology Park Malaysia Corporation (TPM) for a year, after which he assumed the position of Vice-President (Research) at SIRIM. In 2007, he served the Malaysia University of Science and Technology for three years. In 2011, he became CEO of the Academy of Sciences Malaysia (ASM). He is now actively involved in new initiatives to develop improved guiding policies for the advancement of science, technology and innovation for the country. In a nutshell, he has made important contributions to scientific R&D, development of S&T policies for Malaysia, marketing of palm oil worldwide and creating public awareness of S&T through his writing in the media.

Mega Science Studies; A Planning Framework For Sustained National Development
Malaysias continued survival rests on a number of key sectors of the economy. There is no denying that the wealth of the country depends on the performance of such sectors including oil & gas, palm oil, electric & electronics, tourism and to some extent the relevant service sectors. All such sectors are up against many challenges which, unless managed well, may derail their development and progress. Competition is one major challenge. Talent is another challenge. So is climate change and the changing demand of consumers. Not to mention rising costs. How can we assure a sustained contribution of such sectors to the countrys wealth? This is the crux of the MegaScience Studies that the Academy has been engaged in. Through such studies, future risks and opportunities to the sectors are evaluated for the necessary response from science, technology and innovation (STI). Five studies have been completed thus far. These are water, energy, health, agriculture and biodiversity. The ultimate objective is to consider what investments in STI would be needed in order to ensure the sustainability of such key sectors. Deployment of the appropriate geospatial technologies has been identified as an important STI intervention. This paper will explain the rationale of the MegaScience studies and demonstrate how the studies can be a powerful instrument for sustainability planning.
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