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The Chair Science, Technology, Engineering & Innovation Policy for Asia & Pacific Region Network (STEPAN), UNESCO

Assoc. Prof. Dr Aini Suzana Ariffin

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Aini Suzana is a competent policymaker, strategist in ST&I Policy Formulation & Evaluation, International Strategic Alliances as well as in strategic planning and forecasting where she had brought high impact to the nation building and economic growth in Malaysia. She earned her PhD in Science, Technology and Innovation Policy Management from University of Manchester in United Kingdom and has more than 30 years working experience in policy development and strategic plan. She managed to position Malaysia in the international arena by functioning as the Chair for Science, Technology, Engineering & Innovation Policy for Asia & Pacific Region Network (STEPAN), UNESCO, and previously as the Deputy Secretary General of World Organization of Industrial Technological Research (WAITRO), the Focal Point for the Global Research Alliances (GRA), Board Committee member for Asia Innovation Forum under KISTEP, South Korea, as well as the Resource Person for Asia Pacific of Technology Transfer (APCTT) under UNESCO.

In addition, she assisted in the development of mega projects, namely Kuala Lumpur City Centre (KLCC Twins Tower) and Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) and the establishment of various National Research Institutions, National Science Parks, National Research Laboratories, and Small and Medium National Incubation Centers. She also aggressively participated in the formulation and evaluation of various national policies, namely the National STI Policy, Technology National OTEC & Hydrogen Policy, Commercialization Policy, National Blockchain and Artificial Intelligence Roadmap & Strategy (2021-2025), National Higher Education Action Plans 2021-2025, Department of Environment Strategic Plan 2021-2025, Campus Sustainability & SDG Blueprint as well as Strategic Master Plan (2021-2027) for International Science and Technology Centre (ISTIC) under UNESCO.