Friday, May 1, 2020

Introducing the 2020–2022 Asian Section Leadership Team

During a recent AOCS Asian Section meeting, a new leadership team was finalized.

The Asian Section, comprised of nearly 70 individuals, meets twice a year and is very supportive of individuals and companies attending and presenting at AOCS Annual Meetings, especially the Biotechnology Division’s events.

AOCS appreciates the time and commitment outgoing officers have given to the section: Kazuo Miyashita, Suk Hoo Yoon and Ching Hou.

AOCS would also like to welcome Dr. Ahmad Parveez and In-Hwan Kim to the Asian Section’s leadership team.

Want to get involved or meet other section members? Contact a member of the leadership team.

The 2020 Asian Section Leadership Team
Chair: Ahmad Parveez Ghulam Kadir, Director General, Malaysian Palm Oil Board, Malaysia
Vice-Chair: Jun Ogawa, Professor, Kyoto University, Japan
Secretary/Treasurer: In-Hwan Kim, Professor, Korea University, Korea

Here we would like to highlight the newest members of the Asian Section’s leadership team:

Dr. Ahmad Parveez is currently the Director General of the Malaysian Palm Oil Board (MPOB). In addition to his position as Chairperson for the Asian Section of AOCS, he is also very active in other professional societies, as president of the International Society for Oil Palm Breeders. Born in King Edward VII, Taiping, Dr. Parveez has a Bachelor of Science (UKM) in Genetics, Master of Science (UKM) in Molecular Genetics as well as a PhD (UPM) in Plant Genetic Engineering. His primary interest is in the genetic modification of oil palm, biosafety of living modified organisms and oil palm sustainability. Dr. Parveez has received numerous awards, been granted 6 of the 15 patents he has filed and has authored and co-authored more than 80 papers published in peer-reviewed journals in addition to 250 conference papers. He is excited to volunteer as a member of the committee to share his knowledge and experience with fellow members of the Asian Section and AOCS and to help the provide section members with avenues to learn more and share their knowledge through meetings and seminars at AOCS events. In his spare time, Dr. Parveez likes to travel, fish, jog, and work with social and professional NGOs.

In-Hwan Kim is currently a Professor in the School of Biosystems and Biomedical Sciences in the College of Health Science at Korea University. He holds an MSc and PhD in Food Science and Engineering from the same institution. His research primarily focuses on lipid modification for food and non-food with enzymatic methods. He’s also interested in supercritical extraction regarding bioactive compounds. He decided to volunteer as a member of the committee as a result of his active participation, presenting papers in this section and hopes to help the Biotechnology Division grow. In this role, he further looks forward to networking with fellow researchers and learning about their research endeavors.

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