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Introduction for SAB (Malaysia)

The Scientific Advisory Board (SAB) is an NACWC Malaysia subsidiary body that enables the members to render specialised advice to the Chairman of NACWC Malaysia in areas of science and technology relevant to the Convention.

The SAB assess and report to the Chairman of the National Authority for Chemical Weapons Convention developments in scientific and technological field.

A Group of Experts

The SAB is made up of 12 independent experts appointed by the Chairman of the National Authority from eminent persons active at such institutions as research institutions, universities, chemical industries, defence organisations, on the basis of their expertise in the particular scientific fields relevant to the implementation of the Convention.

The members in a personal capacity serve shall be two years and may up to two consecutive terms. The SAB chair and vice-chair are elected once in two years.




(as of June 2021)

  • Chairperson: Dr Raja Subramaniam
  • Vice-chairperson: Dr Rafiq Sulaiman

Biography Scientific Advisory Members

1) Dato Zainol Rahim Zainudin has extensive experience in policy as well as bi- and multilateral diplomacy. He holds a d Bachelor of Science (Hons) degree from Universiti Sains Malaysia and started his service as Administrative and Diplomatic Officer at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1989. He was the Ambassador of Malaysia to Saudi Arabia since 2015 prior to his appointment as High Commissioner of Malaysia to the Republic of Singapore until his retirement. He was appointed as the Director General of the Department of Policy Planning and Coordination from 2011 until 2015 and produces multiple policies which are being used this day onwards. He is currently the Chairman the National Authority Chemical Weapons Convention of Malaysia.

2)      Professor Dato’ ChM Dr Mohd Jamil Maah graduated with BSc(Hons) in Chemistry from Universiti Malaya in 1979 and started his academic career as a chemistry tutor at PASUM and later went to University of Sussex, UK to do his MSc in Organometallic Chemistry. This was the year he worked collaboratively with the late Prof Sir Harry Kroto, a Nobel Laureate in Chemistry. In 1985 he went again to Sussex University for his DPhil - continuing the pioneer work he initiated during MSc on the coordination chemistry of ligands containing P-C multiple bonds under the supervision of Prof John F Nixon. Other than research, he is actively involved in chemical education and had been consultants to several ministries and industries in Malaysia. He held several academic administrative positions in University of Malaya like Head of Department, Directors and Dean of several establishments in UM and Deputy Vice Chancellor (Research & Innovation) and Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic & International). He was Chairman of Malaysia Chemistry Olympiad Committee and heading several scientific committees involving government ministries and societies. He was seconded to the Ministry of Science, Technology, and Innovation (MOSTI) in 2013-2014 as Undersecretary of Biotechnology Division. He was Professor of Inorganic Chemistry at the Department of Chemistry, University of Malaya and recently completed his tenure as the Director of Centre for Foundation Studies in Science. He was also a member of Board of Trustee for National Institutes of Biotechnology Malaysia (NIBM) and chaired the Management Committee from March 2014 to February 2016. Internationally, he is a member of Advisory Board of Education and Outreach (ABEO) of Organisation for Prevention of Chemical Weapons (OPCW). Currently he is an Honorary Professor at the University of Malaya and Deputy Vice Chancellor of Universiti Islam Malaysia, Cyberjaya, Selangor, Malaysia.

3)      Dato’ Dr. Mohamed Noor Sany received Malaysian Government scholarship after secondary schooling in 1977 and pursued his studies in the United Kingdom. He has been in the Oil & Gas and Petrochemical industries throughout carrier, both in Malaysia and Internationally. He currently runs his own safety & risk management consultancy and training firm serving a number of multinational clients in Malaysia and in the region. He attained his Bachelor’s degree in Engineering from the University of Sussex in Brighton, UK in 1982 and subsequently went on to pursue his post graduate studies (PhD) from the University of Hertfordshire, in Hatfield, UK. The incumbent served most of his career overseas, in a Regional and Global capacity with the Shell Group of Companies. Dato’ Sany sits in the Executive Committee of the Chemical Industries Council of Malaysia (CICM), the second biggest industry in the nation with a business turnover budget of RM 2.6 billion per year. CICM is currently the body that complements the Malaysian Government’s efforts to ensure sustainable and competitive growth of this sector nationally and internationally. Dato’ Sany had recently been appointed by the Government of Malaysia, directly, as Chairman of the Chemical Productivity Nexus, under the Malaysian Productivity Corporation (MPC), a statutory body under Ministry of International Trade and Industries. Under the current Chairman portfolio, Dato’ is responsible to assist the Government to strategise, guide and ensure continued growth of SMEs within this sector. To this end, Dr. Sany had presented a number of papers at International Forums and is a co-author to a number of UN periodicals.

4)      Ts. Hazlina Yon has wide experience in the field of Occupational Safety and Health specifically Chemical Management and Industrial Hygiene since joining the Department Occupational Safety and Health in 1994.Her experiences include conducting risk assessments, promulgate various occupational health related guidelines, Code of Practice, Manuals Chemical Health Risk Assessment (CHRA) 1st Edition, CHRA 2nd Edition, drafting various regulations such as Classification, Labelling, and Safety Sheets (CLASS 2013) Regulations, Use and Standard of Exposure of Chemicals Hazardous to Health Regulations (USECHH) and few other chemical related guidelines. She was also appointed as a director in the state of Kedah before joining Chemical Management Division in May 2018. Presently, she is the Chemical Management Division’s Director. She is responsible for the processing of chemicals submitted as inventory under the CLASS regulations and strategizing enforcement strategies in complying to the USECHH Regulations 2000 and the CLASS Regulations 2013. She is also in charged for the registration of training providers on chemical management related field. In terms of chemical weapon convention (CWC), she has been appointed as chairman of Article XI of the CWC. During the Movement Control Order, she is involved in drafting the SOPs for the department. Actively involved in webinar and engagement with industries on issues related to Covid-19 and chemical related field either locally or at international level.

5)      Prof. Madya Dr. Kasturi Muthoosamy is an Associate Professor at Faculty of Science & Engineering, in University of Nottingham Malaysia. She obtained PhD in Chemical Engineering, specializing in nanomaterials from University of Nottingham. Her MSc is from National University of Singapore majoring in Medicinal Chemistry and has a degree in Industrial Chemistry from University Teknologi Malaysia. She teaches Chemistry and does research on development of nanomaterials for biomedical applications, which includes scientific publications, research grants and training of PhD students. Her maiden involvement with NACWC is while representing Malaysia for Women in Chemistry Symposium by OPCW at Hague, Netherlands in 2019. Her other contributions include making of a video on chemical security for laboratories with NACWC, which is widely available in social media platforms. She also serves as a mini-ambassador in creating awareness on chemical security for laboratories among local private universities.

6)      Prof. Madya Dr. Goh Choo Ta is the Deputy Director at Institute for Environment and Development (LESTARI), Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia. He has more than 15 year of experiences in chemical governance and chemical safety. Dr. Goh has been appointed as Subject Matter Expert by Department of Environment (DOE) for the Environmentally Hazardous Substances Notification and Registration Scheme; appointed by Department of Occupational Safety and Health (DOSH) as Member (Professional) in the Technical Committee of CLASS Regulations 2013; invited by Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI) as National Expert at the Workshop on ASEAN-Japan Chemical Safety Database. Besides, Dr. Goh also being appointed as Editorial Board member for the journal International Chemical Regulatory and Law Review. Dr. Goh has been awarded as project leader/lead consultant for 20 research/consultancy projects. Dr Goh has also been appointed by NIOSH Malaysia as trainer for Chemical Health Risk Assessment and CLASS Regulations 2013.

7)      Prof. Madya Dr. Lee Hooi Ling is an Associate Professor at the School of Chemical Sciences, Universiti Sains Malaysia. She holds a PhD (Surface Science) degree from Dublin City University, Republic of Ireland. Her research focuses on nanotechnology. Since 2017, she has involved in the Chemical Security Education and Outreach programmes. She and her co-authors published a book chapter on ‘Responsible Conduct in Chemical Safety and Security Practices and Its Development in Malaysia’ by ACS Symposium Series. Dr. Lee is a founding member and was the first female Chair of the American Chemical Society (ACS) Malaysia International Chapter (2018-2020). She is currently an Associate on the ACS Committee on International Activities. Additionally, she is a Chartered Chemist by Royal Society of Chemistry (UK). Besides, she is also a 2018 Endeavour Research Fellow and a member of the 2020 Cohort of Women Leaders in Southeast Asia Women from the Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative.

8)      Mohd Nazri Mustafa is a graduate student of University Teknologi MARA (UiTM) with a Diploma & Bachelor (Hons) of Pharmacy, Mohd. Nazri bin Mustafa started his professional pharmaceutical career as a Registered Pharmacist in Perak, a state in Malaysia. A year later, he decided to expand his career by joining Selangor’s Pharmacy Enforcement Division, specifically in the Intelligence and Operation Branch. Early 2017, he served as the Principal Assistant Secretary for the National Authority for Chemical Weapons Convention, Malaysia. He is a Chemical Weapon Convention National Inspector as well as an appointed Inspector under Section 21 of the Registration of Pharmacists Act 1951. In 2019, Nazri was responsible for the NACWC National Implementation Plan, a framework according to OPCW’s requirements. He was also actively involved in the publishing of CICM’s 7th Responsible Care Code of Management Practices: Security Code. Mohd. Nazri is currently back with the Ministry of Health’s Pharmacy Enforcement Division as a Principal Assistant Director under the Development Section.

9)      Dr Mohd Rafiq Sulaiman is a Chemist in Department of Chemistry Malaysia, MOSTI. He obtained Ph.D in Chemistry from the Imperial College London, United Kingdom. He has vast experience on implementation of OSH Management System (OHSMS) and in analysis of highly toxic chemicals. He is also active in conducting OHSMS internal audit in multiple sites throughout Malaysia and being a CBRNe Trainer.

10)  Dr Raja Subramaniam holds a Ph.D. in Chemical Weapon Agents analysis from FOI, the Swedish Defence Research Agency. He spent his last 19 years as chemist with Department of Chemistry Malaysia. His last posting was as the Section Head of the Centre for Chemical Weapon Agents Analysis at the Department. The centre, the sole reference chemical weapons analysis laboratory in Malaysia and has been in operation since 2014. It serves enforcement agencies such as police. In his role, he manages a portfolio of activities and programs, including but not limited to advance chemical weapon agents analysis for Malaysia. He is currently seconded to Ministry of Foreign Affairs as the Undersecretary of National Authority Chemical Weapons Convention of Malaysia. Dr Raja took part in the analysis of samples from the 2017 VX nerve agent incident at KLIA2.

11)  Mohd Norhisyam Omar is a Factory and Machinery Inspector under the Department of Occupational Safety and Health (DOSH).  His last posting was as the Section Head of the Control and Convention of Chemicals under Chemical Management Division in the Department. In his role, he manages a portfolio of activities and programs, including but not limited to the inspection of scheduled and others regime plant for chemical weapons convention, coordination & implementation of the convention, advance and escort team for international inspection and members of committee related to the convention in national level. His experience also includes promulgate various guidelines and code of practice related to occupational safety and health specifically in the field of chemical management, hygiene industry and chemicals convention coordination.He is currently seconded to Ministry of Foreign Affairs as the Principal Assistant Secretary of National Authority Chemical Weapons Convention of Malaysia

12)  Nur Herzazzila Ghazali is a Malaysian diplomat who has served at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for 12 years. With her background in Business Administration majoring in International Business, she started her professional career briefly at Pharmaniaga Berhad and later at IBM (M) Sdn. Bhd. She progressed on by joining the civil service as Administrative and Diplomatic Officer and embarked her career at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs since 2009 to date. Throughout her career in foreign service, she is privileged to be serving at various divisions that have shaped her to become a well-rounded person around bilateral and maritime affairs before she journeyed on to serve at the High Commission of Malaysia, London for her first overseas assignment. Using the art of diplomacy and its finesse, her tasks was made easy via people-to-people interactions and assimilation with varied group of people to understand values, cultures and work ethics. For almost five years since 2017, she valued a different task assigned upon her which was the work to uphold the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC) and its implementation in Malaysia. While the subject at hand was something foreign for her, it has remarkably given a different outlook on her job scope, and she enjoyed learning new and interesting issues surrounding the CWC. This has led to her appointment as a member of the National Scientific Advisory Board (NSAB), given her role at the Secretariat of the National Authority for Chemical Weapons Conventions, Malaysia. Although she is now serving at the Europe Division in-charge of issues surrounding 47 European countries, she continues to carry the pride and honour to work towards the initiation of the NSAB from its humble beginnings to where it has evolved presently.

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