It has been sometimes now since I updated this blog. I just could not find my time to write and work efficiently at the same time. Last two weeks was just too much for me with the pre and post AAC meeting. So the following weeks will see me struggle with Transformation Execution, to cover the two weeks that I utilized for the meeting. Damn, this Ramadhan nothing near last year's.
Alhamdullillah everything goes as planned for the meeting despite some hiccup on the sharing session on 10th. I was involved right from the beginning, from selection of new members, get them appointed, logistic, presentation materials, events and post meeting's minutes, etc. And with the absence of Nizar, whom last year incharged with the logistics, things was just unbearable.
Of all, only the meeting (held on the top level 86th floor of PETRONAS Twin Tower) sparked my day. We had Tun Mahathir and 11 (from 12) Council members discussing with their thought and wisdom. New members of the Council are:-
1. Datuk Ir. (Dr) Hj Ahmad Zaidee Laidin
Currently a VP and fellow of the Academy of Sciences Malaysia. An academician who are also an expert with Malaysia Higher Education.
2. Prof. Lord Sushanta Kumar Bhattacharyya (British)
Founder & Director, Warwick Manufacturing Group. The Queen of England conferred him with the Knighthood award in 2003 for his services to the higher education and industry. In 2004, he was elevated to the House of Lords and became Lord Bhattacharya of Mosely.
3. Tan Sri Datuk Dr Yusof Basiron
Current position as Director General, Malaysian Palm Oil Board. His expertise in Agricultural Science; Industrial Management; Economics and Business Management; Science & Technology policy; Oils and Fats Technology. He is also the current President of the Academy of Sciences Malaysia.
4. Prof. Dr David B. Prior (USA)
Executive Vice Chancellor, University Texas System.
5. Dr. Arjen Evert-Jan Wals (Netherlands)
This man is an environmentalist. Green people. His slides presentation talks about human being survival and sustainability.
6. Prof. Feng Da Hsuan (Singapore/USA)
A Senior Executive Vice President of National Cheng Kung University in Taiwan. He was a Malaysian before Singapore left the country in 1963. Grew up in Singapore, migrated to Texas and currently an academician in Taiwan. His mother is an Indian and he himself born in Delhi. So mixed but of high caliber one. He talked on the emerging of Asia as the new economic power of the world.
7. Prof. Dr. Deo Karan Prasad (Australia)
A program Director in Master of Built Environment (sustainable development), from the University of New South Wales, Australia. He is the who’s who of green building.
8. Prof. Dr. Dieter Jahn (Germany)
Attached to BASF AG as a Senior Vice President and also a Deputy President of the Society of German Chemists. He unfortunately did not turned up for the meeting.
The Council has also retained two members namely Prof Riedle (German, fromer President of Energy, Siemens) and Dr Berg from PETRAD, Norway.