Petrosains Sdn Bhd chief executive officer Tengku Nasariah Tengku Syed Ibrahim became the first Malaysian and the first woman to receive the prestigious Aspac (Asia Pacific Network of Science and Technology Centres) President’s Award for her achievement and contribution towards the science centre network in Malaysia and this region.
The award was presented Aspac president Alan Brien during the 2015 Aspac conference held at the Mind Museum in the Philippines recently.
The Aspac President’s award is given out to deserving individuals who have continuously displayed successful leadership both in their respective science centres as well as regionally.
Brien said, “Tengku Nasariah is an exemplary leader who has shown dedication to work tirelessly and exudes a warm and humble demeanour that inspires those who work with her.
“Petrosains has become an impressive science centre under her leadership and on the global stage she is seen as the face of Aspac.
“For well over the past 18 years, she has been Aspac’s backbone, encouraging growth in the world of science centres, offering advice to other members when needed and championing the importance of science centres and their impact to the local community.”
Tengku Nasariah was initially appointed by Petronas to spearhead the project management of both Petrosains and the Petronas’ concert hall (Dewan Filharmonik PETRONAS) in Suria KLCC.
Upon completion of the discovery centre in 1999, she became the founding chief executive officer and manages Petrosains until today.
Petrosains was the brainchild of former prime minister, Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamed.
This permanent contribution of Petronas to the education of the young was intended to be the seedbed to harvest future scientists and technologists and generate critical thinking individuals in the nation.
Petrosains was one of the first few members who initiated the Aspac network in 1997.
The objective of Aspac is to facilitate the cooperation and communications among science centres, museums and other organisations that uses interactive approaches for learning and public understanding of science and technology within the Asia Pacific region.
Tengku Nasariah was appointed and served as President of Aspac for the maximum of two terms from year 2006 to 2009.