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Professor Tikki Pang joined SEACO in 2014 and is currently a visiting Professor to the Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine at the National University of Singapore (NUS). He had previously held the position of Director of the Research Policy & Cooperation Department at the World Health Organization (WHO) in Geneva, Switzerland for 13 years. As the Director, he worked and collaborated with various countries to strengthen national health research systems, develop mechanisms and initiatives to improve the efficiency and transparency of global health research, and formulate organisations’ research policies. Prior to that, he was a Professor of Biomedical Sciences at the Institute of Postgraduate Studies & Research, and Associate Professor/Lecturer at the Faculty of Medicine at University of Malaya in Malaysia. His focus was in research and academic interests in infectious diseases, the impact of genomics on public health, global health governance, national health research systems, knowledge translation, resarch transparency & accountability and the usage of evidence in health policy development.
Professor Vivian Lin joined SEACO in August 2019. She is also currently an Executive Associate Dean, at the Faculty of Medicine, University of Hong Kong, which she joined in March 2019. In her 30 years of prior experience in the public health sector, Prof Lin has held a significant number of decision-making positions in policy and program development, health services planning, research & teaching, and senior administration in complex organisations. She was the Chair of Public Health at the La Trobe University in Melbourne (2000-2013) and Director of Health System at the World Health Organisation (WHO), Western Pacific Regional Office (2013-2018), among others.
Prof Allison Ross is mainly in the field of applied aesthetics. she particularly interested in the connections between aesthetic concepts and theories of meaning. Her current research program is a conceptual investigation of images and image theory. She also in the early stages of a project looking at signalling protocols in nature, which uses an aesthetic approach for the study of animal patterns and colours. A number of representative recent publications can be found on her academia site: https://monash.academia.edu/AlisonRoss
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 Ian Smith is the Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research and Research Infrastructure) at Monash University. He plays a university-wide leadership role and is responsible for managing the development and implementation of infrastructure strategy, as well as the investing of leading-edge equipment to support Monash University’s research aspirations. Previously at Monash University, Professor Smith was a Professorial Fellow in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, funded by the National Health and Medical Research Council. Deputy Dean (Research) for the Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences, he collaborates and consults widely with pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies and has filed many patents. He is a co-founder of a public listed proteomics-based biotechnology company and sits on many national and international committees and advisory boards. Prof Smith has been a member of the SEACO Board since its establishment in 2011.
Professor Mahendhiran Nair is the Vice President (Research & Development) at Monash University Malaysia and represents its Pro Vice-Chancellor as a member of the SEACO Board. He holds a PhD specialising in Economics (Econometrics) (1996), a Master’s of Arts in Statistics (1991) and a Master’s of Arts in Economics (1990) from York University, Canada. He also holds a Bachelor of Science Honours in Mathematics from Brock University, Canada (1989). Prof Nair currently heads a research team at Monash University that studies the impact of ICT & innovation on competitiveness, and sustainable development on nations, enterprises and rural communities. His research interests and expertise are in the areas of Econometrics/Information Modeling and Development Economics. He has been a member of the SEACO Board since 2012.
Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah has been appointed Director General of Health effective from 1st March 2013. Having held the post of Deputy Director-General since Feb 1, 2008, Datuk Dr Hisham is a well trained surgeon and administrator. He is also the head and senior consultant breast and endocrine surgeon in Putrajaya Hospital. Datuk Dr Hisham, who has a Masters in Surgery and Medical doctorate degree from Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, joined the civil service as a medical officer way back in August 1988. He went on to specialize in endocrine surgery and did his training in various universities in Adelaide and Sydney Australia. He has many publications in local and international journals and written many textbook chapters in endocrine surgery. His keen interest is in breast endocrine cancers and he provides leadership in many different innovative health outreach learning and programmes for all of Malaysia.
Professor Ross Coppel is the Deputy Dean and Director of Research of the Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences at Monash University. His laboratory, the Coppel Lab, is actively involved in research of malaria and tuberculosis infections. He is an internationally recognised scientist for his work in the fields of malaria and primary biliary cirrhosis and has received funding to support his research activities from both national and international agencies, including the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC), the ARC, the Wellcome Trust, the National Institutes of Health, the United States Agency for International Development, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and the World Health Organisation. After graduating in medicine in 1976, Prof Coppel worked as an intern and house officer at both, the Royal Melbourne Hospital and Bethnal Green Hospital, London. He returned to Australia In 1980 and commenced a NHMRC Postgraduate Scholarship at The Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research (WEHI). Upon completion of his PhD, Prof Coppel worked as a research fellow at the WEHI in the fields of malaria and primary biliary cirrhosis. In 1994, he accepted a position with Monash University as Professor of Microbiology within the Medicine Faculty and was Department Head until 1998. Prof Coppel has been a member of the SEACO Board since its establishment in 2011.
Dr. Shajahan Yasin is the Head of School, Jeffrey Cheah School of Medicine, Monash University Malaysia. He founded SEACO in 2011 with his colleagues Professor Daniel Reidpath, Professor Pascale Allotey, Associate Professor Dharma Arunachalam and Professor Maximillian de Courten. He joined the Jeffrey Cheah School of Medicine and Health Sciences at Monash University Malaysia in October 2005. At Monash, Dr Yasin is primarily responsible for all aspects of the implementation of the MBBS program at its Sunway Campus. His research interests include Medical Education, Chronic Disease Management and Health Systems Research. Previously, he was the Chief Medical Officer to the largest private General Practice Group in Malaysia and was involved in quality improvement initiatives and audit of practice. He spent three years in the Department of Community Medicine and General Practice at Monash University Australia (1996-1999) as a lecturer, where he was involved in Primary Care Research and Clinical Epidemiology. He was the Chairman of the Vocational Training Program (VTP) at the Academy of Family Physicians (1988 to 1996) and was instrumental in converting the VTP program into a distance learning program.
Professor Tin Tin Su joined Monash University Malaysia as a Professor in Public Health and was appointed as Deputy Director of SEACO in August 2018. She is currently a public health physician. She graduated from the Institute of Medicine (I), Yangon (1991), completed her Master’s degree in Community Health and Health Management (2001) and obtained her Doctorate in Medicine from the School of Medicine, Heidelberg University, Germany (2006). She has practical and research experience in Myanmar, Germany, Nepal, Burkina Faso and Malaysia. Her research focus includes health system and policy, social determinants of health, cancer awareness & health literacy, and community health development. Prof Tin Tin Su is currently active with the International Health Literacy Association, and Asia Health Literacy Association, where she was Vice President from 2014 to 2016.