The INGSA South East Asia Government Science Advice workshop held in June 2017 in Johor, Malaysia was organised in line with INGSA’s goal of strengthening capacity for science advice, particularly in developing countries. This was the first INGSA’s capacity building workshop in the region. The most significant outcome of this workshop was the establishment of the Asia chapter for INGSA.
INGSA-Asia will enhance INGSA’s reach to enable greater information dissemination and access in Asia and foster science advice capacity in the region by raising awareness, supporting training and encouraging operational research on advisory principles, processes and practices in Asia.
Besides building the regional and inter-regional networks of science advice practitioners, the Chapter will also act as a support mechanism for policy makers within the region and encourage outreach to help increase the demand for science advice by policy makers.
Operating out from the office of the International Council for Science Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific (ICSU ROAP) in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, the Asia Chapter will promote a robust Asian science advice ecosystem and provide regional input into INGSA’s global activities, annual work plan and strategy.
An important first step in INGSA’s development has been the establishment of a Steering Committee to determine work-plans, regional strategy and implementation. The INGSA-Asia Steering Committee members were appointed by INGSA.
Prof. Tan Sri Dr. Zakri Abdul Hamid, the Science Advisor to the Prime Minister of Malaysia is the patron of INGSA-Asia and will provide guidance and mentorship to the committee.
The members of the INGSA Asia Steering Committee are:
Abhi Veerakumarasivam (Chair) – Abhi is a Professor of Genetics at the Institute for Healthcare Development, Sunway University, Malaysia. He is also currently the Chairman of the Young Scientists Network – Academy of Sciences Malaysia (YSN – ASM). He sits on many national and regional committees and studies that support the promotion of science.
Hammad Mehmood Cheema – Hammad is currently the Head of Department at the Research Institute for Microwave and Millimeter-Wave Studies, National University of Sciences and Technology (NUST), Islamabad, Pakistan. He also provides scientific advice to the Ministry of Science and Technology, Ministry of Information Technology and also the Higher Education Commission, Pakistan.
Kavita Shah – Kavita is the Director of the Institute of Environment and Sustainable Development (IESD) and a Professor of Environmental Science at the Banaras Hindu University, India. She has been actively involved with community and has been part of the decision-making bodies of the Government of India for many important projects.
Md. Sarwar Jahan – Sarwar is the Chief Scientific Officer and Director of the Bangladesh Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (BCSIR). He assists the Government in adopting initiatives pertaining to science policy and scientists’ “Individual Action Plan” to promote science in Bangladesh.
Nguyen Truong Thang – Nguyen is a Chief Consultant for some ICT projects of the Vietnam Government Office and the Prime Minister. He was recently appointed as Head of the Department of ICT at the Graduate University of Science and Technology (GUST), Vietnam.
Silap Boupha – Silap is the Advisor to the Ministers at the Ministry of Science and Technology, Lao P. D. R. on matters of science, technology and innovation, including ASEAN Affairs and geo-space Technology and Applications. He obtained his PhD degree in satellite technology systems.
Vanny Narita – Vanny is currently attached at the Indonesian Academy of Sciences as a study committee member on Biodiversity. She was previously a government-led Innovation Program Specialist, National Innovation Council of the Republic of Indonesia.
Xinhong Lim – Xinhong is a Principal Investigator at the Institute of Medical Biology, Singapore. His research experience is in studying skin stem cell fate specification for hair development and sebaceous gland control by extrinsic molecular signals.
Sharizad Dahlan – Sharizad is a Senior Science Officer at the ICSU Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific and the Regional Programme Officer of the INGSA Asia Secretariat.