Keynotes Speakers

Keynotes 1
Prof. Tan Sri Dzulkifli bin Abdul Razak
Albukhary International University (AIU)

Dzulkifli Abdul Razak (or for short, Dzul) is the current Vice-Chancellor of the Albukhary International University.  Prior to this, he was the 5th Vice-Chancellor of Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) and held the office from 2000 – 2011.

He is also the 1st Vice-President of the International Association of Universities (IAU), a UNESCO-affiliated organisation.  His other involvements include being a member of the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) – Advisory Education Hub Committee, Executive Council of the Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU), and Advisory Committee of the World Universities Forum, Davos (2008).

He has also served as a member of the World Health Organisation (WHO) Expert Advisory Panel on Drug Policy and Management since 1995; and the WHO Scientific Committee of Tobacco Product Regulation (2004-2006).

At the national level, he was the Chair of the Malaysian Vice-Chancellors’/Rector’s Committee and Malaysian Examination Council including being an Advisor to the National Higher Education Research Institute (IPPTN).  He also chaired of METEOR Sdn. Bhd., the parent organisation of the Open University of Malaysia (OUM).

He was also a member of the National Economic Advisory Council established in 2009 (until 2011) and a co-chaired of the Malaysian Industry-Government Group for High-Technology (MIGHT) from 2006 to 2011.

He is a Director of the Malaysian Productivity Corporation (formerly National Productivity Corporation) Board, since 2008, and leads the Innovation and Consultative Panel.

He also serves on the National Innovation Council, the National Biotechnology Implementation Committee, the National IT Council and the Malaysian Innovation Agency (AIM).

He is a member of a number of Board of Trustees: MERCY Malaysia, Razak School of Government, Asian Women Leadership University, MCKK Foundation, Prime Minister’s Fellowship Exchange Programme, and Yayasan Bumiputra Pulau Pinang.

Keynotes 2

Prof. Dr. Zalina Ismail

Co-ordinator of BRAINetwork,
School of Health Sciences,
Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM)

Zalina Ismail, is Professor of Neurophysiology, and Coordinator of the BRAINetwork Centre for Neurocognitive Science at the School of Health Sciences, Universiti Sains Malaysia. Zalina Ismail is a medical doctor with a degree in law and a doctorate in neurophysiology. She lectures in physiology and is currently pursuing her Masters in Medical Law.

She is a fellow of the Foundation for Advancement of International Medical Education and Research, a committee member of the Women in World Neuroscience, International Brain Research Organisation and consultant to the Ministry of Education on a novel brain-based neuroplastic curriculum.

As a visiting professor at Swinburne University, Australia her research collaboration involves affective pedagogy and neuroplasticity. She is an external examiner to local and international medical schools. Her research involves the neurogenetics of analgesia and the roles of c-fos and DREAM protein in the central processing of pain. She is also interested in the epigenetics of learning and memory and promotes translational research that benefits the community.