GLOBAL COMPETITIVENESS AWARD
Professor Tan Sri Zakri Abdul Hamid
Former Science Advisor to the Prime Minister of Malaysia
Global Competitiveness Awardee, 2017
The GFCC presented the 2017 Global Competitiveness Award to Professor Tan Sri Zakri Abdul Hamid for his contributions to building a culture of competitive excellence in his native Malaysia, the Southeast Asian region and across the globe. As Science Advisor to Malaysia’s Prime Minister, Joint Chairman of the Malaysian Industry-Government Group for High Technology (MIGHT), Chairman of the Malaysian Biotechnology Corporation (BIOTECHCORP), Chairman of the National Professors Council, former holder of the Tuanku Chancellor Chair at Universiti Sains Malaysia, founding Director of the university’s Centre for Global Sustainability Studies, ProChancellor at Universiti Perguruan Sultan Idris and a member of the International Advisory Council of Taylor’s University, Professor Zakri has demonstrated a lifelong commitment to the use of science and technology to improve the lives of citizens through innovative problem-solving.
With the goal of launching Malaysia into high-income status by 2020, Professor Zakri has linked government and industry, policy and practice with an eye for emerging opportunities. Biotechnology has remained a passion for Professor Zakri, who has sought to merge his focus on growth with sustainable ecological practices. Going beyond promoting economic development, he has built on a foundation of environmental sustainability in planning Malaysia’s innovation projects. In 2017, he was named an ASEAN Biodiversity Hero for his efforts in regional scientific leadership.
The GFCC believes that bridging academic and industrial institutions represents an immensely powerful tool in transforming global social and economic frameworks. The role of MIGHT in promoting partnership between the public and private sectors is an excellent model for advancement in the 21st century. For developing economies across the world, the example set by MIGHT under Professor Zakri’s leadership presents a path to navigate the disruptive “fourth industrial revolution” while preserving the richness of their natural environment.
For his efforts to grow Malaysia’s innovative potential through the use of cutting edge scientific and technological breakthroughs, as well as in safeguarding the biodiversity of Malaysia and the world, the GFCC was honored to present the 2017 Global Competitiveness Award to Professor Zakri. As a scientific thinker, forward-oriented policy maker and formulator of his nation’s 21st century competitiveness strategy, he has earned the respect of the world’s innovation networks. With the Global Competitiveness Award as a symbol of collaboration, the GFCC hopes to continue engaging with the Malaysian scientific and innovative community, with Professor Zakri as a keystone of that process.