The Scientific Advisory Board

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Dr. Pakamas Chetpattananondh

Special Scientific Advisor

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Dr Kodi Isparan Kandasamy

Scientific Advisor

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Dr Haofu Dai, PhD

Scientific Research Advisor

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Dr Yumi Z. Has-Yun bt Hashim, PhD, FIBMS

Scientific Advisor

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Dr. Pakamas Chetpattananondh

Special Scientific Advisor

Ph.D. in BioScience and Technology, M.Sc. in Environmental Diagnostics, B. Eng. in Chemical Engineering

Dr Pakamas is an Associate Professor at the Department of Chemical Engineering – Prince of Songkla University,Thailand. She obtained a degree of B Eng in Chemical Engineering from the Prince of Songkla University, a MSc in Environmental Diagnostics, and a PhD in BioScience and Technology from Cranfield University, UK. She now works hand in hand with Songkla’s specialist research team. For the last 12 years, Dr Pakamas has focused on detailed research into the distillation and yields of agarwood in Thailand, and is now a recognised academic authority on the subject. She is also currently involved in ongoing collaborations with universities in Malaysia and China.

Dr Kodi Isparan Kandasamy

Scientific Advisor

Ph.D. and M.Sc. in Plant Biotechnolgy, B.Sc. (Hons.) in Botany

Dr Kodi is a plant biotechnologist with over 30 years of experience in the field of plant science, and is currently the Senior Vice President at the Business Development and Investment Division of the Malaysian Biotechnology Corporation. He has a PhD and a MSc in Plant Biotechonolgy, and a BSc (Hons) in Botany. Prior to joining the Malaysian Biotechnology Corporation, Dr Kodi was, for more than eight years, the Senior Scientist and head of the Tissue Culture Laboratory at the FRIM (Forest Research Institute Malaysia). He was also previously the R&D Manager for TropBio Research Sdn. Bhd., a private Malaysian biotechnology company.

He has published over 100 publications and is a member of the editorial boards of a number of local and international scientific journals, including being on the executive editorial board of the Journal for Tropical Medicinal Plants. He is also a member of the Genetic Modification Advisory Committee (GMAC), representing the Malaysian Biotechnology Corporation.

Dr Haofu Dai, PhD

Scientific Research Advisor

Dr Dai is the Deputy Director of the Institute of Tropical Bioscience and Biotechnology and the Chinese Academy of Tropical Agricultural Science. He graduated in chemistry from Jiangxi University in China, and thereafter was admitted as a candidate for ‘successive postgraduate and doctoral programmes of study’ in the Kunming Institute of Botany, Chinese Academy of Sciences. He specialised in Biology at the German Academic Exchange Centre (DAAD) and continued his post doctorate degree at Heinrich-Heine-Universität Düsseldorf, Germany.

Dr Dai has more than 10 years of extensive agarwood research and development experience. He has conducted systematic studies, not only on domestic agarwood (including Qi Nam), but also on agarwood from 10 foreign countries. He has hands-on experience of agarwood plantations, and has invented and developed a successful inoculation method, which he patented. In addition, Dr Dai actively develops agarwood related downstream products, and has developed a high-end perfume, essential oil, tea, cigarettes and wine. He heavily promotes sustainable development within the agarwood industry. Dr Dai is widely acknowledged as one of Asia’s leading experts in agarwood and has appeared on CCTV (China Central Television) on numerous occasions.

Dr Yumi Z. Has-Yun bt Hashim, PhD, FIBMS

Scientific Advisor

PhD in Nutrition and Cancer, M.Sc. Eng. (Bioprocess), B.Sc. (Hons.) BioMed

Dr Yumi is an Associate Professor at the International Islamic University Malaysia’s Kulliyyah of Engineering, Department of Biotechnology Engineering, and a Visiting Academic at the School of Biomedical Science of the Charles Sturt University in Australia. She has a PhD in Nutrition and Cancer, a Msc Eng (Bioprocess), and a BSc BioMed (Hons). Dr Yumi has been working in the interdisciplinary area of biomedical science-biotechnologybioprocess engineering for more than a decade, with a special interest in agarwood. She has published articles, as well as presented papers at various conferences in Malaysia and overseas.