Dr AiniDr Aini Suzana Datuk Hj Ariffin


Specialization: International Business, Strategic Planning, Innovation Policy & Implementation and Commercialization

I am a competent strategist in ST&I Policy Development and Implementation of International Strategic Alliances that have brought high impact on the nation building and economic growth in Malaysia. I earned my PhD in Science, Technology and Innovation Policy Management from University of Manchester in United Kingdom, Master degree in Euro-Asia International Business from Aix-Marseille Universite’ in France and Bachelor Degree in International Business, University of Miami in Florida, United States of America and Executive Programme from Science PO, Paris, France   .

I initiate, participate, develop, evaluate and monitor organization’s business plans and strategies and develop various policies and feasibilities studies on valuation and commercialization of research findings, joint-venture, business alliances and other issues for Board approval. I have more 10 years working experience with National and International Oil and Gas companies and 16 years working with government research organization under Ministry of Science Technology and Innovation. (MOSTI). In June 2013 I joined UTM Perdana School of Science, Technology and Innovation Policy.

I have a proven track record for successful research collaborations both nationally and internationally where I managed to position Malaysia in the international arena by functioning as a Deputy Secretary General of World Organization of Industrial Technological Research (WAITRO), the Focal Point for the Global Research Alliances (GRA), as the Resource Person for Asia Pacific of Technology Transfer (APCTT) under the UNESO. In addition I have experience in managing multi-million ringgit worth of mega projects, namely KLCC and Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA), particularly in supporting government’s directives in maximizing the utilization of our natural gas for energy and air-conditioning supply as well as establishment of various National Research Institutions and National Laboratories.

I also assisted MOSTI in the formulation of National STI Policy and Commercialization Policy. At the same evaluated the implementation of the National Science & Technology Objectives. I served as a judge in various national committee awards such as Prime Minister’s Innovation Award organized by MOSTI and Malaysian Brand Award organized by Ministry of International Trade & Industry (MITI). In 2006 and 2007 I was appointed as the Co-Chairman of National Innovation Award Committee by MOSTI. Previously I was appointed as Senior General Manager and responsible to more than 150 employees and appointed as a Board member of SIRIM QAS International. I have been invited as guest speaker at various local and international seminars and conferences.

Currently I am supervising six PhD students and four Master students in the areas of strategic innovation management, technology management and SMEs development. I am also an affiliate member of Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion (OTEC) and a member of Knowledge Research Alliance under UTM.

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