Professor Tan Sri Zakri Abdul Hamid

Science Adviser to the Prime Minister of Malaysia

Since 2010, Professor Zakri has been Science Adviser to the Prime Minister of Malaysia. His other concurrent roles include: Joint Chairman, Malaysian Industry-Government Group for High Technology (MIGHT); Chairman, Malaysian Biotechnology Corporation (BIOTECHCORP); Chairman, National Professors Council; Chairman, Board of Advisers, UNU-International Institute on Global Health and Pro-Chancellor, Universiti Perguruan Sultan Idris (UPSI).

From 2001 to 2005, Professor Zakri co-chaired the UN’s mega-study, “Millennium Ecosystem Assessment”. He is the founding Chair of the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) and a member of the UN Secretary-General’s Scientific Advisory Board. He sits on the Global Leadership Council of the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN). He has been appointed by the United Nations (UN) as the Co-Chairman of STI Advisory Board of the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP).

Zakri’s professional interests include crop science, biodiversity and science diplomacy. He has received numerous awards: Fulbright-Hays Fellowship (1981); Rotary Research Foundation Gold Medal Award (1999); ISSAAS Matsuda Award (2013); ASEAN Meritorious Service Award (2014); Zayed International Prize for the Environment (2014), the Academy of Science of South Africa Distinguished Visiting Scholar Award (2015) and Merdeka Award for the environment category (2015).

In Malaysia,he has been conferred rank of Senior Fellow by the Academy of Sciences Malaysia with the title of “Academician” (2015); Honorary Doctorate in Science, Universiti Malaysia Terengganu (2013), Honorary Doctorate in Biotechnology, Universiti Sultan Mizan (2013) Honorary Doctorate in Science, Universiti Putra Malaysia (2015); Honorary Doctorate in Science, University of Nottingham (2015). Also, conferred with a Datukship (1991); Dato’ Sri (2012) and a ‘Tan Sri’ (2014).

Three species have been named after Zakri: a beetle (Paleosepharia zakrii), a cicada (Pomponia zakrii) and a pitcher plant (Nepenthes zakriana).

MIGHT as an appendage to the Office of Science Advisor

“Innovative technologies defining the Fourth Industrial Revolution hold the promise of a path to environmental sustainability. Malaysia is compelled to embrace this transformation in order to stay competitive”

Professor Tan Sri Zakri Abdul Hamid
Global Innovation Summit 2017

The Office of the Science Advisor (OSA) serves the nation as advisor to the Government on policies, strategies and implementation plan for national research and development (R&D) in Science and Technology

The Science Advisor also serves as the Joint Chairs (Government) of MIGHT where MIGHT is entrusted with providing support services for the office


  • Prioritising the role of Science, Technology & Innovation (STI) for national development
  • Strengthening the Investment for R&D
  • Reinforcing the human capital for STI
  • Encouraging STI based innovation in business
  • Promoting Science Diplomacy


  • The driving agency to lead the Science to Action (S2A) programme
  • Secretariat to the Global Science Innovation Advisory Council (GSIAC)
  • Assisting OSA as the Joint Secretariat to the Malaysia National Science Council (NSC)

In the development of S&T, OSA strives for neutrality and objectivity as the inter-sectoral strengths across the Government’s mechanism, as well as the private entities. It is through the S2A programme that OSA aims to approach scientific development in a holistic manner, promoting activities and initiatives through the innovation value chain. S2A focuses to deliver the national agenda through STI platform with initiatives on Governance, Well-being and Industry Pillars