ASM gets new president

ACADEMICIAN Datuk Dr Tengku Mohd Azzman Shariffadeen Tengku Ibrahim (pic) is the sixth president of the Academy of Sciences Malaysia (ASM).

The founding fellow of ASM, whose appointment is from March 1 to Feb 28, 2026, replaces Emerita Prof Datuk Dr Asma Ismail.

ASM is the country’s thought leader for science, technology, innovation and economy (STIE).

With this appointment, Tengku Mohd Azzman, 77, will take the role of the science, technology and innovation (STI) adviser to the government.

“This responsibility is a duty that I will fulfil to the best of my ability while working closely with all parties to enhance the role of ASM with the scientific community of the country towards the strengthening of STIE in Malaysia at the national and international levels,” said Tengku Mohd Azzman, who is among the pioneers of the country’s information and communication technology (ICT) field.

He is also the founder and the first chief executive officer of the Malaysian Institute of Microelectronic Systems (Mimos). The country’s flagship for ICT development, known as the Multimedia Super Corridor (MSC), was established under his leadership.

A recipient of the Institution of Engineers Malaysia (IEM) “Award for Contribution to the Engineering Profession in Malaysia”, Tengku Mohd Azzman was the first secretary of the National Information Technology Council (NITC) responsible for drafting the National Information Technology Agenda (NITA).

A member of the United Nations (UN) ICT Task Force, he was a member of several engineering and ICT-related organisations, such as the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, and the UN Global Alliance for ICT and Development (GAID), as well as an advisory board member of the International Council for Computer Communications, United States.

Born in Kota Baru, Kelantan, Tengku Mohd Azzman holds degrees – bachelor’s, master’s and PhD – in engineering and control systems from the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology. Upon returning to Malaysia, he served as the dean of the Faculty of Engineering at Universiti Malaya from 1975 to 1984, a press release from ASM read.

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