The government has appointed Dr Ahmad Parveez Ghulam Kadir as Malaysian Palm Oil Board (MPOB) director-general effective from August 10.
The appointment was made through the Ministry of Primary Industries.
Prior to this, Ahmed Parveez was MPOB deputy director-general.
He has more than 30 years of experience in the oil palm industry with expertise in the field of plant molecular biology, genetic engineering and biosafety.
In the scientific field, Ahmad Parveez has developed transgenic oil palm and has gained recognitions both locally and internationally, filed 15 patents, authored and co-authored more than 80 papers published in refereed journals and more than 250 conference papers.
He was appointed as Academy Science Malaysia in 2016 Fellow and Member of National Biosafety Board (2018 - 2021).
He is also very active in various professional societies including as the International Society for Oil Palm Breeders (ISOPB) president and American Oil Chemists’ Society (AOCS) Asian Section chairman.
On July 1 this year, he was appointed as a board of trustee of Malaysian Palm Oil Certification Council and former Chairman of Genetic Modification Advisory Committee under National Biosafety Board (GMAC) 2010 - 2018.