Mahaletchumy Arujanan is the Global Coordinator of the International Service for the Acquisition of Agribiotech Applications (ISAAA) and the Executive Director of Malaysian Biotechnology Information Centre (MABIC). She is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of The Petri Dish – the first science newspaper in Malaysia. She also serves as a Public participation and outreach strategy development specialist for UN FAO, Sri Lanka, Biosafety Programme; and Adjunct Lecturer at Monash University Malaysia and AIMST University.
She has a PhD in science communication and Masters in Biotechnology from University of Malaya and a degree in Biochemistry and Microbiology from Universiti Putra Malaysia. Maha is listed as the world’s 100 most influential people in biotechnology by Scientific American Worldview 2015. She is also listed in the honorific list of Women in Biotechnology Law and Regulation as part of Biotechnology Law Report 2015 published by Mary Ann Liebert Inc, among 23 other women scientists and lawyers. Maha won the 2010 Third World Academy of Science Regional Prize for Public Understanding of Science for East, Southeast Asia and Pacific Region. Maha developed the 1st science communication training module for scientists in Malaysia and runs training workshops and established the Asian Short Course on Agribiotechnology, Biosafety Regulations and Communication with a pilot course in Aug 2018. She has published chapters, papers and articles on science/biotech communication and biotechnology development. She sits on the Selangor Bio advisory Council to provide advice on biotechnology development in the state; a member of the National Ad-hoc Biosafety Committee; Industry Advisory Panel for seven universities, and served on the National Bioethics Council. Maha is listed as a speaker on the Economic Bureau Biotechnology Outreach Fund under the US State Department Economic Bureau Agriculture Policy Office. Maha is also on the advisory board for Farming Future Bangladesh and Mustafa Science and Technology Foundation for women.
Shamira Shamsuddin is a Project Manager at Malaysian Biotechnology Information Centre (MABIC), in Bandar Sunway, Selangor, Malaysia. She is also a sub-editor and art director of The Petri Dish, the first and only science newspaper in Malaysia, where she mentors budding writers. She has a degree in Marine Biology from University of Malaysia, Terengganu.
She has strong proclivity for science communication and aspire to make science accessible and interactive to the public. She is part of the team that organises regional workshops for MABIC on science communication, biosafety regulations, Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety and agribiotechnology. Since 2015, she has successfully contributed in shaping policymakers’ perception towards agribiotechnology.
She is a resource person for science communication and science journalism workshop organised by MABIC. She also does science outreach at schools; design games and activities related to science for school students to cultivate an interest and appreciation of science among students.
Farahana Nadzri is a project officer at Malaysian Biotechnology Information Centre (MABIC), Sunway City, Selangor, Malaysia. She is also a journalist for The Petri Dish, the first and only science newspaper in Malaysia published by MABIC.
She obtained her degree in Microbiology from Universiti Putra Malaysia. She has strong aptitude for science communication and interested in making science accessible to layman. She does science outreach at schools to create awareness and interest in science among students. Farah uses social media as one of her tools to reach out to the public an engaging way to create science literacy. She is exploring new social media tools such as SmarterQueue, Planoly, BuzzSumo, Trello, and many more and gauging their effectiveness.
Developing games and videos are her other forte. She assists in stakeholder engagement activities involving scientists, policy makers, academia, industry partners, and the media. She is enthusiastic to multiply effect of MABIC’s effort in communicating biotechnology. She is also a facilitator and resource person for science communication and science journalism workshop organised by MABIC.