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Dr. Zainab Idris
Director-Advanced Oleochemical Technology
Malaysian Palm Oil Board
Dr Zainab Idris was born in Penang, Malaysia in 1965. Zainab attended the Laurentian University of Sudbury, Ontario, Canada for her Bachelor Degree in Chemistry in 1988. She served as a Production Chemist in Rubberex (M) and Rubberthread (M) Sdn Bhd, companies under IGB Group for 2 years. She then joined Palm Oil Research Institute of Malaysia (then known as PORIM) and obtained her Master in Science Degree from University Putra Malaysia (UPM) in 1998. In 2000, PORIM merged with Palm Oil Regulatory and Licensing Association (PORLA) to form Malaysian Palm Oil Board (MPOB). She then obtained her PhD in Chemistry from UKM in 2010.
Zainab is, currently, holding a position as the Director of Advanced Oleochemical Technology Division (AOTD) of Malaysian Palm Oil Board (MPOB) since 27th July 2016. After more than 20 years in Oleochemical Research, she recently obtained her Master of Business Administration from Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia-Graduate School of Business (UKM-GSB) specializing in Marketing Strategy.
She specializes in a wide area of applied sciences focusing on developing new molecules from oleochemical product through organic synthesis and process improvement and optimization. She also specializes in marketing of R & D products and services developed by AOTD for the benefit of the Malaysian Palm Oil Industry.


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