Dr Feisul Idzwan Mustapha joined the SEACO Scientific Advisory Group in 2013. He graduated with an MBBS degree from the Newcastle University, United Kingdom in 1997 and subsequently obtained an MPH in Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the National University of Malaysia (UKM) in 2006. He joined the Disease Control Division (Non-Communicable Diseases Sector) at the Ministry of Health in Putrajaya as a Public Health Specialist in 2006, where he is currently engaged in the practice of public health in the prevention and control of non-communicable diseases (NCD), with special focus on diabetes and obesity. In 2008, he was inducted as a member of the Academy of Medicine, Malaysia. He led the development of the “National Strategic Plan for Non-Communicable Diseases” (NSP-NCD), which was launched in December 2010. NSP-NCD now provides the framework for Malaysia’s response to the increasing burden of NCD in the country. He was also Chair of the Technical Working Group for NCD risk factors in the 2011 National Health and Morbidity Survey (NHMS). He is currently involved in several studies relating to diabetes and obesity in Malaysia, providing expertise in epidemiology and biostatistics.
Professor Dr Mary Ann Lansang is a Professor of Medicine (Infectious Diseases) and Clinical Epidemiology at the University of the Philippines. She has been a faculty member there since 1984 and is currently Chief of the Section on Infectious Diseases at the Department of Medicine. Dr Lansang was the first Director of the first Clinical Epidemiology Unit established at the University’s College of Medicine in 1984. She became the Executive Director of the International Clinical Epidemiology Network (2000-2005) and Director of the Knowledge Management Unit of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (2008-2012). She has served as a member of various international scientific committees and boards, among them, the Special Programme for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases, the Council on Health Research for Development, and the Alliance on Health Policy and Systems Research. She has more than 20 years of experience in global health with technical expertise in epidemiology, prevention, control and management of infectious and tropical diseases. She has also been involved in policy development for public health programs, including maternal, neonatal and childhood health and nutrition, the monitoring and evaluation of public health programs, health policy research and knowledge translation and health systems strengthening. She was also the project leader of the 2016 National Tuberculosis Prevalence Survey in the Philippines. She is published widely in peer-reviewed international journals on infectious and tropical diseases, as well as health policy and systems research.
Dr. Tahir is the Director of the Institute for Medical Research (IMR) of Public Health in the Ministry of Health, Malaysia. Dr. Tahir has been a member of the Scientific Advisory Group since its establishment in 2011, and represents the Deputy Director General of Health (Research), Ministry of Health, Malaysia.