Technical Advisory Services
Research officers

Mr. Nik Mohd Aznizan Nik Ibrahim
Head of Unit for Technical Advisory Services and Regional Manager of ASEAN

  • QUALIFICATION
    • Bachelor of Chemical Engineering, University of Syracuse, New York, USA


  • PREVIOUS EXPERIENCE
    • Was attached to the Malaysia Energy Centre (PTM) as Research Officer for 5 years, from 1999 to 2004. He was responsible for energy efficiency and renewable energy activities and also served the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) Energy Secretariat to provide support to the Technical Committee on Energy chaired by the then Ministry of Energy, Green Technology and Water Malaysia.
    • Joined MPOB in 2004 as the Desk Officer for Americas Region. He was the Head of Technical Advisory Services Unit from January 2009 until May 2013 before being seconded to the Director-General Office as the Head of Unit Sustainability, Conservation and Certification Unit and Special Officer to the Director-General of MPOB.


  • RESPONSIBILITIES
    • Currently, he holds a position as the Head of Technical Advisory Services Unit. His main task is to facilitate and increase utilisation of Malaysia palm oil through enhancing technical understanding and general awareness of palm oil and palm oil products. The Unit has 7 regional offices around the world namely in Washington DC, Brussels, Shanghai, Cairo, Karachi, Tehran and Mumbai.

Mr. Johari Minal
Regional Manager of AMERICAS

  • QUALIFICATION
    • Bachelor in Food Science and Nutrition from the National University of Malaysia in 1991Desk Officer for AMERICAS and ASEAN


  • PREVIOUS EXPERIENCE
    • Research Assistant at Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia
    • Attached to the Department of Social Health, National University of Malaysia, as a research assistant before joining MPOB (formerly PORIM) in 1992 as a research officer in the Technical Advisory Services Unit.
    • Since joining PORIM, Mr Johari Minal was appointed the Regional Manager for South Asia region until 2000 and the Deputy Regional Manager for West Asia and Central Asia regions from 1995-1998 in which period he was based in Karachi, Pakistan. After returning from Karachi, he was given the responsibility as the Desk Officer for Africa and West Asia regions until 2006.


  • RESPONSIBILITIES
    • Currently, he is the Regional Manager for the West Asia region in the Technical Advisory Services Unit of MPOB

Ms. Nor Asliza Semiran


  • QUALIFICATION
    • Master in Molecular Biology from University of Birmingham, United Kingdom
    • Bachelor Degree in Biotechnology from University of Malaya, Malaysia


  • PREVIOUS EXPERIENCE


  • RESPONSIBILITIES
    • Ms. Nor Asliza Semiran currently the Desk Officer for ASEAN and AMERICAS Region for Technical Advisory Services.

Ms. Rafizah Mazlan
Desk Officer of EUROPE

  • QUALIFICATION
    • Master’s Degree of Science and in Chemical and Process Engineering from University Joseph Fourier Grenoble, France. She is fluent in French language


  • PREVIOUS EXPERIENCE
    • Previously a Trade Advisor at the French Trade Commission, Embassy of France in Malaysia where she assisted French firms fostered solid business relationships with their Malaysian counterparts.


  • RESPONSIBILITIES
    • Currently the Desk Officer for Europe Region under the Technical Advisory Services Unit, Product Development and Advisory Services Division (PDAS) of MPOB

Mr. Hisham Hussain
Desk Officer of Africa

  • QUALIFICATION
    • Bachelor Degree of Biotechnology majoring in Microbiology and Immunology from the University of Adelaide, Australia. He also holds a Master in Pest & Plant Science from the same university


  • PREVIOUS EXPERIENCE
    • Previously served the Sime Darby Group under the Sime Darby Plantation Division that is involved in oil palm and rubber plantation management cultivation and downstream activities, agribusiness and food, as well as Research & Development (R&D).
    • Under the subsidiary unit of Sime Darby Foods & Beverages Marketing, he has six years of professional experience in Regulatory Affairs & Quality Compliance specializing in Palm Oil, Palm Oil Based Product and Fast Moving Consumer Goods products as well as involved in Quality Management System specializing in Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point (HACCP), Good Manufacturing Practice, HALAL Compliance and Occupational, Safety & Health


  • RESPONSIBILITIES
    • Research Officer under the Technical Advisory Services unit of MPOB covering the African region

Mr. Mohamad Fairus Mohd Hidzir
Desk Officer of West Asia Region

  • QUALIFICATION
    • Bachelor Degree in Food Science & Technology
    • Master in Science and Environment from University Putra Malaysia in 2008.


  • PREVIOUS EXPERIENCE
    • Earlier, he had served as the Regional Manager of the West and Central Asia Region and attached at the MPOB Karachi office from 2010 until July 2017. While in MPOB Karachi, he has been very active in the discussions and amendments of edible oil standards in many countries including Pakistan, Yemen and Iran. He has been appointed as Technical committee member in the Pakistan Standard and Quality Control Authority (PSQCA) among others. En. Fairus also promoted the extended role of MPOB in R&D by developing the palm based products formulation with ADVOC of UAE, YCGSI of Yemen, Frico of Iran and many other reputable food manufacturers to use palm oil. En. Fairus had successfully introduced the 100% Malaysian palm oil brand in Pakistan since 2014.
      He has 15 years experiences in the palm oil industry and prior of working with the MPOB, he has 5 years experiences in food manufacturing industry.


  • RESPONSIBILITIES
    • En. Mohamad Fairus Mohd Hidzir has been appointed by MPOB as the Regional Manager for Americas region and stationed at the MPOB Washington DC in August 2017

Mr. Hisamuddin Mohammad Aspar
Regional Manager of Central Asia Republics, Iran and Iraq

  • QUALIFICATION
    • Master’s Degree in Chemical Engineering from Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia


  • PREVIOUS EXPERIENCE


  • RESPONSIBILITIES
    • He has more than 20 years’ experience working with MPOB as the Technical Advisory Officer. He had been in-charge of West Asia, Africa and the ASEAN region in promoting palm product in the world.

Mr. Muhammad Hanif Miskandar
Desk Officer for West and Central Asia, Iran and Iraq

  • QUALIFICATION
    • Bachelor’s Degree in Food Science and Technology minor in Food Engineering from Universiti Putra Malaysia


  • PREVIOUS EXPERIENCE
    • Previously attached with Syarikat Wahi & Sons Sdn. Bhd. for almost 6 years as a Food Technologist. During his 6-years there, he was mainly in-charge in the manufacturing process of palm-based margarine and vanaspati. He was also the Halal Executive at that company


  • RESPONSIBILITIES
    • Desk Officer for West Asia Region.

Dr. Nagendran Bala Sundram
Regional Manager of South Asia

  • QUALIFICATION
    • PhD (Nutrition) from the University of Sydney, Australia in 2007


  • PREVIOUS EXPERIENCE
    • Head of MPOB’s Nutrition Unit from 1 March 2013 to 31 October 2015. His specific areas of interest were lipid metabolism and physiological effects of polyphenols


  • RESPONSIBILITIES
    • Appointed as Regional Manager for South Asia as on the 1st November 2015 and has been based in MPOB Branch Office India in Mumbai since 7 March 2016

Ms. Subashini Nadras
Desk Officer of South and Far East Asia

  • QUALIFICATION
    • University of Science Malaysia 2005 with a degree in Chemical Engineering


  • PREVIOUS EXPERIENCE
    • Began her career as an operation engineer with Felda, Procter and Gamble (FPG Oleochemical) in Kuantan, Pahang. She then joined Kuala Lumpur Kepong (KLK) Oleomas and KLK Bioenergy, Shah Alam as process engineer before joining Malaysian Palm Oil Board in August 2010 as a research officer


  • RESPONSIBILITIES
    • Currently the desk officer for South Asia under Technical Advisory Services of MPOB.

Dr. Puah Chiew Wei
Regional Manager of Australasia and Oceania

  • QUALIFICATION
    • Holds a Ph.D. in Chemistry from University of Malaya, Malaysia and took her Bachelor of Science (Majoring in Applied Chemistry and Minor: Statistics) from the same university


  • PREVIOUS EXPERIENCE
    • Areas of research cover life cycle assessment for the production and use of palm biodiesel; Greenhouse gas (GHG) emission calculation for palm biodiesel using the methodologies under the Renewable Energy Directive (EU); and production of specialty palm products including palm phytonutrients (e.g. carotenoids and tocotrienols) using supercritical fluid extraction and short path distillation


  • RESPONSIBILITIES
    • Regional Manager for Europe region.

Mr. Yoong Jun Hao
Regional Manager of Far East

  • QUALIFICATION
    • Bachelor Degree in Chemical Engineering from the University Putra Malaysia in 2009


  • PREVIOUS EXPERIENCE
    • Has 2 years’ experience as a Project Engineer in the private sector prior to joining MPOB in 2011


  • RESPONSIBILITIES
    • Currently the Desk Officer for Far East Region of MPOB

Ms. Insyirah Mohamad Shah
Desk Officer of Far East Region

  • QUALIFICATION
    • Bachelor’s degree in Molecular Bioscience and Biotechnology with minor in Chinese language from the Rochester Institute of Technology, New York, USA
    • Master’s degree in Biotechnology from University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur


  • PREVIOUS EXPERIENCE
    • Previously a marketing trainee at Sime Darby Research, Banting, Selangor, for 10 mo prior to joining MPOB. Attached to the Sime Darby Seeds & Agricultural Services Sdn Bhd (a sister company of Sime Darby Plantation), working closely with production and finance to ensure smooth operation of local and overseas consignment. Also involved with planning and execution of events and exhibitions to market oil palm seeds.


  • RESPONSIBILITIES
    • Currently serving as the Desk Officer for Far East Region under TAS

Mohd Firdaus Bin Othman

  • QUALIFICATION
    • Msc Bioprocess Engineering and Bsc Microbiology, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia


  • PREVIOUS EXPERIENCE
    • Expert in Production of fermented palm kernel meal (PKE & PKC) via solid state fermentation by locally isolated fungus Rhizopus oryzae ME01– Fungus identification by 18sRNA, PCR, gel electrophoresis, DNA sequencing, fermentation, optimization of fermentation, chemical food analysis, HPLC, Amino acid analyzer and in-vivo test towards broiler chicks. He has received Bronze Medal in Malaysian Technology Expo 2011 on invention “Palm Proteineous Composition (PPC) from Palm Kernel Wastes and Silver Medal in ITEX 2014 on invention “Palm Protein Dextrose Agar: a new medium for culturing yeasts and fungi”.


  • RESPONSIBILITIES
    • Currently, he is the Desk Officer for MPOB Tehran covering Iran, Iraq and Central Asian Republic Region in the Technical Advisory Services Unit of MPOB