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Regional Committee

Regional Committee for Asia and the Pacific 2012 - 2014

Past members of ICSU Regional Committee for Asia and the Pacific since 2006


Bruce H J McKellar (Chair 2009-2011)
Honorary Professorial Fellow
University of Melbourne
Vic , Australia 3010
Office Phone: +61 3 8344 5122
Office fax: +61 3 8344 5449
Mobile : + 61 4 1110 4608
Email: bhjm@unimelb.edu.au; mckellar@ozemail.com.au; bhjmckellar@mac.com

Professor Bruce McKellar is a theoretical physicist who primarily works on elementary particle physics and has a particular interest in neutrino physics and in the violation of matter-antimatter symmetries. His curiosity has led him to work in many other fields, including nuclear physics, remote sensing of atmospheric aerosols, cosmology, and particle production by high intensity lasers. He recently retired from the Professorship of Theoretical Physics at Melbourne University , a position he held for 36 years. He has been a Vice President of the Australian Academy of Sciences and of the International Union of Pure and Applied Physics, and was a Foreign Secretary of the Australian Academy of Science. He served on the Board of Trustees of the Asia Pacific Center for Theoretical Physics and on the Council of the Association of Asia Pacific Physical Societies for many years. His research has been recognised by the award of several medals, including the 2007 Massey Medal of the Institute of Physics (UK) and the Australian Institute of Physics, and the 2009 Flinders Medal of the Australian Academy of Science.


Jaime C. Montoya RCAP (2008 - 2011)
Section of Infectious Diseases
Department of Medicine
UP-Philippine General Hospital
Taft Avenue , Manila
Tel : (632) 525-10-62
Email: mnty_jm@yahoo.com


Dr. Montoya is Professor in Infectious Disease at the University of the Philippines College of Medicine and currently the Executive Director of the Philippine Council for Health Research and Development. He is also currently the President of the National Research Council of the Philippines, Secretary of the Philippine College of Physicians and Vice-President of the Science Council of Asia. He is a highly trained infectious disease specialist and public health expert certified by both the Royal College of Physicians, London, U.K. and the Philippine Board of Internal Medicine and Infectious Disease specialty. He is the recipient of over 20 prestigious professional awards in the fields of medical research, education, medical writing, medical society leadership and community service including Outstanding Young Scientist of the Philippines, 1998 awarded by the National Academy of Science and Technology , Distinguished Physician Researcher awarded by the Philippine College of Physicians in 2001, Ten Outstanding Young Men of the Philippines, 2001 and conferment of the rank of National Academician in 2008 by the National Academy of Science and Technology. He has also published at least 30 scientific papers in peer-reviewed local and international journals. He is the Founding President of the Philippine Alliance for the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases and Past President of the Philippine Society for Microbiology and Infectious Disease, Philippine Hospital Infection Control Society, Alliance for the Prudent Use of Antibiotics and the Philippine Coalition Against Tuberculosis.


Ali. A Moosavi-Movahedi (2006 - 2011)
Institute of Biochemistry & Biophysics (IBB),
University of Tehran
Tehran, Iran
Tel: +9821-66403957 Fax: +9821-66404680
E-mail: moosavi@ibb.ut.ac

Ali. A Moosavi-Movahedi works in the field of thermodynamics and kinetics of proteins, enzymes and DNA and is the Vice-chancellor for Research and Technology at the University of Tehran . He is a member of Biophysical Society (USA), Protein Society (USA), Biochemical Society (UK),Iranian Chemical Society, Iranian Biochemical Society and is currently the President of Iran Society of Biophysical Chemistry (ISOBC). He is the author of 8 books and 220 research papers, and is currently a member of Editorial Board of Iranian Journal of Chemistry & Chemical Engineering, Journal of the Iranian Chemical Society (JICS), Advisory Research Board of the American Biographical Institute (ABI) and the Editor-in-Chief of Rahyaft (Quarterly Science Policy Journal of National Research Institute for Science Policy). He has won several awards including the International Khawarazmi Prize (1990), National Distinguished Professor (1997), University of Tehran 's research prizes (1990-2003), The First Class Medal for Research, University of Tehran , 2003, National Eminent Character 2003, University of Tehran Distinguished Scientist Award and first rank medal for basic science research in Razi Medical Science National Festival 2005.


Dewi Fortuna Anwar, Ph.D.RCAP member since 2009 (2009 - 2010)
Research Professor
Lembaga Ilmu Pengetahuan Indonesia
(Indonesian Institute of Sciences)
Sasana Widya Sarwono
Jl. Jenderal Gatot Subroto No.10
Jakarta 12710
Tel. (+62 21) 5225711; 5251542
Fax. (+62 21) 5225640
Emails: dewi004@lipi.go.id ;

Prof. Dewi Fortuna Anwar was C.V. Starr Distinguished Visiting Professor in Southeast Asian Studies at the SAIS (Johns Hopkins University) in Washington DC from January to May 2007. She is Director for Program and Research at The Habibie Center, Research Professor and Deputy Chairman for Social Sciences and Humanities at The Indonesian Institute of Sciences (LIPI), and member of the Board of Advisors of CIDES (Center for Information and Development Studies) in Jakarta, Indonesia. Dr Anwar briefly held the position of Assistant to the Vice President for Global Affairs (May-July 1998) and that of Assistant Minister/State Secretary for Foreign Affairs (August 1998-November 1999), during the Habibie administration. Dr Anwar had worked as a Research Fellow at the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies in Singapore (1989) and as a Congressional Fellow at the US Congress in Washington D.C. (1990-1991). Dr. Anwar is a member of the UN Secretary General’s Advisory Board on Disarmarment Matters, a Member of the International Council, the Asia Society, New York, a member of the Weapons of Mass Destruction Commission (WMDC), based in Stockholm, a member of the International Advisory Board of the Asia-Pacific College of Diplomacy, ANU, Australia and a Council Member of the International Institute for Strategic Studies IISS (London). She obtained her PhD from Monash University, Melbourne, Australia, while her BA (Hons) and MA were obtained from SOAS, University of London.


Motonori Hoshi RCAP Member 2006 - 2010 (2006 - 2010)
Professor of Biology
The Open University of Japan
Wakaba 2-11, Mihama-ku,
Chiba 26-8586, Japan
Voice/Fax: +81-43-298-4184

Professor Motonori Hoshi works in the field of developmental and reproductive biology, and in glycobiology. He was a Professor at the Tokyo Institute of Technology (1985-2000), Visiting Professor, University of the Philippines , Diliman (1991), Miller Visiting Professor, University of California , Berkeley (1992), and Professor at Keio University (2000-2006). At Tokyo Institute of Technology, he served also as Department Chairman, Dean and Chief Presidential Aide, and has been Professor Emeritus, since 2000. He is currently Professor at The University of The Air (2006- ), Senior Visiting Researcher at Riken Genomic Sciences Center (2001-present), and Fellow of International Institute for Advanced Sciences (2006-). Professor Hoshi is active in several learned societies and was the President, International Society of Invertebrate Reproduction (1990-1992), and President, Zoological Society of Japan (1999-2002), and is currently serving as the President, International Union of Biological Sciences (IUBS) (2004-2007). He served also as the Editor-in-Chief, Development Growth and Differentiation (1994-1996), and Asian-Pacific Editor for Zygote (1996-2000). He was a member of the Science Council of Japan (1997-2005) and is Senior Academic Advisor, Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (2001- present). In ICSU, he serves as a member of the Committee for Scientific Pl anning and Review (2006-).


Mingsarn Kaosa-ard RCAP Member 2006 - 2010(2006 - 2010)
Social Research Institute
Chiang Mai University
Chiang Mai , 50200
Tel. (+66 53) 892 353, 942 593
Fax. (+66 53) 892 649, 942 572
Email. mingsam@chiangmai.ac.th

Dr. Mingsarn is a Professor of Economics, Chiang Mai University , Thailand and is the Director of its Social Reserach Institute. Her research includes environmental planning and environmental sector priority setting, water resources management; Mekong basin management (natural resources and environment); integrated development of sustainable tourism in the Mekong Basin, sustainable agriculture, trade and investments, and trade competitiveness (in trade, development and agriculture) and in public participation. She has served with UNESCAP (1979-1989) and with the Thailand Development Research Institute as its Research Director of Sectoral Economics Programme (1991-1992), Research Director of the Natural Resources and Environment Programme (1993-1995) and was its Vice President (1996-1998). S he has won several prestigious national research awards and was National Best Researcher in 2005. Dr. Mingsarn has served in a number of international and national committees. These include the Technical Advisory Committee of the DANIDA Forest Seed Centre (2002-2004), Member of the Board of Trustees of ICRAF (1998-2004), the National Water Resources Committee in Thailand . She is a Member of Advisory Committee, Economy and Environment Program for Southeast Asia (EEPSEA).


Kan Zhang RCAP Member 2006 - 2010(2006 - 2010)
Institute of Psychology
CAS, 10-A, Da Tun Lu
Beijing, 1001
Tel. (+86 10) 6483 7096 Fax. (+86 10) 6483 7182
Email. zhangk@psych.ac.cn

Zhang Kan is a Professor at the Institute of Psychology, Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS). He is currently the Director of the Institute and President of the Chinese Psychological Society (2001- 2005; 2005 - present). He has contributed to studies of psychological selection of pilots and astronauts, human factors in man-machine systems, mental workload, situation awareness and stress coping. He received three awards for advancement of science and technology. He is also the Deputy-Chair, China National Committee of ICSU, member of Committee on Freedom and Responsibility in Conduct of Science, ICSU, and European Commission member of the International Union of Psychological Science. He is active in international cooperation and exchanges in science and has been a fellow of the Academy of Sciences for the Developing World (TWAS) since early 2006.


Derek J. Gardiner (2006 - 2008)RCAP 2006 - 2010
RCAP 2006 - 2010
Faculty of Science and Technology
The University of the South Pacific
Private Bag Laucala Bay Suva, Fiji
Tel: (679) 323 2445
Fax: (679) 323 1514
Email: gardiner_d@usp.ac.fj
URL: www.usp.ac.fj

Professor Derek J Gardiner is Dean of the Faculty of Science and Technology, University of the South Pacific whose member states comprise the Cook Islands, Fiji, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Nauru, Niue, Solomon Islands, Samoa, Tokelau, Tonga, Tuvalu, and Vanuatu. Professor Gardiner has published over 100 journal papers and articles and was winner of the “Sir Harold Thompson” award in 1986. He is a member of the Royal Society of Chemistry.


Mustafa Bagirov (2006 - 2008)RCAP 2006-2008

National Academy of Science

Istiglaliyyet str. 10 Baku


Tel. (+994 12) 492 3446

Fax. (+994 12) 492 5699

Email. bagirovmustafa@yahoo.com; mustafa@aas.ab.az

Mustafa is the Head of the Foreign Relations Department of the Azerbaijan National Academy of Sciences. He specializes in oriental and political science and studied Persian history, language and literature.


Jennifer Graves (2006 - 2008)RCAP 2006-2008

Research School of Biological Sciences

Australian National University

GPO Box 475Canberra, ACT 2601


Tel. (+61 2) 6125 2492

Fax. (+61 2) 6125 4891

Email. graves@rsbs.anu.edu.au

Professor Jenny Graves is the head of the Comparative Genomics Research group in the Research School of Biological Sciences at ANU, and Director of the ARC Centre for Kangaroo Genomics. She is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science, and 2006 L’Oreal-UNESCO Laureate, and has received a number of honors and awards, including the Academy’s Macfarlane Burnet medal in 2006. She has produced three books and 300 research articles.


M. Shamsher Ali (2006 - 2008)RCAP 2006-2008

Southeast University House

No. 64/B, Road No. 18

Banani Dhaka 1213


Tel. (+880 2) 989 2914

Fax. (+880 2) 9892914

Email: msali@seu.ac.bd

Professor Shamsher Ali is the Vice-Chancellor of Southeast University in Dhaka and is a Professor of Physics. He is also the President of the Bangladesh Academy of Sciences and an Honorary Associate of the Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics., Fellow of TWAS (the Academy of Sciences for the Developing World), the Islamic Academy of Sciences, Bangladesh Academy of Sciences and Bangladesh Physical Society. He is the winner of the Hari Prasanna Roy Gold Medal, the Bangladesh Academy of Sciences Gold Medal, and the Khan Bahadur Ahsanullah Gold Medal.


Anupam Varma (Chair 2006 - 2008)RCAPChair 2006-2008

Advanced Centre for Plant Virology

Division of Plant Pathology

Indian Agricultural Research Institute New Delhi,


Tel. (+91 11) 2584 2134

Fax. (+91 11) 2584 2134

Email. anupamvarma@vsnl.net

Professor Anupam Varma is Chair of the Regional Committee. He is National Professor of the IndianCouncil for Agricultural Research (ICAR) and Fellow of the Indian National Science Academy, National Academy of Sciences, India, National Academy of Agricultural Sciences (Founder Fellow), Indian Phytopathological Society and Indian Virology Society. He has been honored with several awards including the VASVIK and Om Prakash Bhasin Awards for Science and Technology.


Muhamad Awang (Ex-Officio 2006 - 2010)RCAP Ex-officio 2006 - 2010

SEGI College (M) SdnBhd

No. 9, Jalan Teknologi, Taman Sains Selangor

Kota Damansara PJU 5

47810 Petaling Jaya, Selangor

Tel: 03-6145 2777

Fax: 03 – 6145 2622

Email: muhamad@segi.edu.my

Muhamad Awang is Professor in Environmental Science at Universiti Putra Malaysia. He is a member of the Environmental Quality Council (EQC) of Malaysia and a Fellow and Member of Council of the Academy of Sciences Malaysia. He is a member of Expert Group of the International Committee on Acid Rain and Oxidants, and Chairman, Scientific Advisory Committee (SAC) for East Asia Network for Acidic Deposition (EANET). He is the recipient of the prestigious Langkawi Award for contributions in environmental science. He is currently the Vice Chancellor at the SEGI University College.


Ex Officio:
Prof A H Zakri Ex-Officio member since 2009
Science Advisor's Office
Level 4, Blok C4,
Complex C, Ministry of Science, Technology & Innovation
Tel: 03-88858199
Fax No: 03-88883801
Email: zakri@mosti.gov.my

Prof. Zakri is currently the holder of the Tuanku Chancellor Chair at Universiti Sains Malaysia . He was the former Director of the Institute of Advanced Studies , United Nations University and Co-Chair of the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment. He is currently a member of the Arab Fund Fellowship Program, IAEA Senior Advisory Group on Technical Assistance and Cooperation, and the ICSU Executive Board. Zakri served as the Secretary General of the Society for the Advancement of Breeding Researches in Asia and Oceania (SABRAO) from 1981-89 and was Deputy Vice-Chancellor at Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia from 1992-2000. He was the Founding President of the Genetics Society of Malaysia. Prof Zakri's interests include biodiplomacy, education for sustainable development and biotechnology and biodiversity policies for developing countries. Recipient of a Fulbright-Hays Fellowship (1981), and a Gold Medal Award from the Rotary Research Foundation (1999), Prof Zakri is a Fellow of the Academy of Sciences Malaysia (1995), the Academy of Sciences of the Developing World (TWAS) (1996), the World Academy of Art and Science (2003) and the Islamic World Academy of Sciences (2006). In 1998 he received the Langkawi Award, a national laureate for outstanding contribution in the field of environment in Malaysia . Three species known to science are named after him: a beetle (Paleosepharia zakrii); a cicada (Pomponia zakrii), and a pitcher plant (Nepenthes zakriana).


Ex Officio:
Deliang Chen  (2008 -2011)
Executive Director
International Council for Science (ICSU)
5, rue Auguste Vacquerie
FR-75016 Paris , France
Tel. +33 1 45 25 91 04
Fax. + 33 1 42 88 94 31
Email: deliang.chen@icsu.org

Deliang Chen is an internationally renowned climate researcher and he has made an important contribution to the understanding of regional climate changes in Sweden and China. In addition, he has been working successfully in various international research environments, coordinating international and national research efforts, training students/postdocs from different countries/cultures, and integrating various scientific disciplines. He is an elected member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences and has served on numerous international and national committees and boards. He has advised various governmental, intergovernmental and international non-governmental organizations as well as research funding agencies. Deliang Chen holds the prestigious August Röhss Chair in Physical Geography directed towards Geoinformatics and is Professor of Physical Meteorology at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden. Formerly he was Director of the Gothenburg Atmospheric Sciences Centre in Sweden, and Science Director of the Beijing Climate Center. He has been appointed guest professor and honourable professor by several Academies and Universities in the world.


Ahmad Fadzil M. Hani (2011-2013)

Centre for Intelligent Signal and Imaging Research
Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS
31750 Tronoh, Perak
Tel: +605 368 8787
Fax: +605 368 8151
Email: fadzmo@petronas.com.my; fadzmo@gmail.com

Professor Fadzil is an expert in the area of image processing and computer vision.  His research ranges from fundamental pattern recognition to developing vision applications such as in retinal vasculature imaging for grading severity of diabetic retinopathy and digital analysis leading to objective assessment for treatment efficacy of ulcer wounds and psoriasis.  His current research relates to the development of new analysis techniques for early osteoarthritis using qMRI, and bio-optics for skin pigments. He was the Dean of School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering Universiti Sains Malaysia (1992-1996), Dean of Engineering Studies (1997-1999), Director of Academic Studies (1999-2003) and Director of Postgraduate Studies (2003-2005), Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS. As the General Manager (Frontier Technology) at PETRONAS Research (2007-2009), he headed its research and development on renewable technologies.  Currently he is the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) of Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS. He is a Fellow, Institution of Engineers Malaysia, a Professional Engineer with the Board of Engineers Malaysia, a Senior Member of the Institution of Electrical and Electronic Engineers Inc., US, a Fellow and a Council Member of the Academy of Sciences, Malaysia.  He is also a Director, ViTrox Corporation Bhd. that develops and manufactures automated vision inspection systems.  He leads the Centre for Intelligent Signal and Imaging Systems Research and is the Director for the Mission-oriented Research in Biomedical Technology at Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS.

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