Assoc Prof Dr Mohd Idzwan bin Zakaria was born in Maternity Hospital Kuala Lumpur, then called, on the afternoon of 5th July 1970. Both his parents were public servants from the "kampungs" working in a busy city. Due to their work commitments, AP Dr Idzwan has to move from one town to the other. He was brought up mainly in Ipoh from 1975 until 1985. He started his primary school in 1977 in St. Michael's Institution Ipoh in which he was there until he completed his lower secondary school examination, then called "SRP". He then continued his study in Sekolah Menengah Sains Teluk Intan (Teluk Intan Science Secondary School). Upon completion his higher secondary school examination called "SPM" at that time, he pursued his study in Basic Science Centre, University of Malaya. After two years, the Public Service Department of Malaysia has sent him with a full scholarship to then called University College Galway Ireland, now known as National University Ireland Galway NUIG to pursue his dream of becoming a doctor. After six years in Ireland, being a patriotic person that he is, AP Dr Idzwan came back to serve the people of Malaysia in July of 1996. He did his housemanship in Ipoh General Hospital in early 1997 and then as a district medical officer in Parit Buntar Hospital for 4 years. he then pursued his ambition to become an emergency physician in University Sains Malaysia Health Campus, Kota Bharu, Kelantan. He continued as a lecturer in emergency medicine in USM in 2004 and later moved to University of Malaya in 2007. He has created multiple systems in Trauma and Emergency Department, namely Trauma Team Protocol, Stroke Team Protocol, Trauma ward, paediatric emergency to name a few. His special interest are trauma and pre hospital care. He is currently the President of College of Emergency Medicine Academy of Medicine Malaysia until 2015.

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Academician Datuk Professor Dr Lai-Meng Looi is Malaysia’s inaugural National Distinguished Professor, positioned at the Faculty of Medicine, University of Malaya (UM). She holds a concurrent appointment as senior consultant histopathologist at the University of Malaya Medical Centre (UMMC). Professor Looi studied medicine as a Malaysian Federal Scholar at the University of Singapore (1970-1975), where she was a medalist in Pathology and Social Medicine, and won King Edward VII Hall awards for literary works, art forms and poetry. She trained in Surgical Pathology at UM, Royal Postgraduate Medical School (UK) and Brigham and Woman’s Hospital, Boston, (USA) and defended her research doctorate (on amyloidosis) at UM. She assumed the Chair of Pathology, UM at the age of 36 years and during her long academic career at UM has served as Department Head, Deputy Dean (Postgraduate), Chair of the Medical Centre Research Committee, representative to the Malaysian Medical Council and Chair of the Medical Advisory Committee of UMMC. She continues to chair the UMMC-Medical Research Ethics Committee/ Institutional Review Board and UM’s Committee for External Academic Evaluators (Science). She has more than 200 peer-reviewed publications, mainly on amyloidosis, nephropathology and oncopathology, is devoted to promoting a research and ethical culture among researchers, has delivered >400 guest lectures and conducts scientific writing workshops nationally and internationally. Professor Looi is a Foundation Fellow and Academician of the Academy of Sciences Malaysia (ASM) and has served as Chief Censor and Scribe of the Academy of Medicine Malaysia. She has served as Editor-in-Chief of the Malaysian Journal of Pathology, on the International Editorial Advisory Boards of Pathology, Journal of Pathology, Human Pathology and Histopathology, is Founding Vice-President of the Association of Malaysian Medical Journal Editors, and chaired the Ethics and Editorial Policies Committee of Asia-Pacific Association of Medical Editors. A Fellow of both Royal Colleges of Pathologists, UK (RCPath) and Australasia (RCPA), she served as Examiner and Advisor to both. She is the Founding President of the College of Pathologists, Academy of Medicine Malaysia, and was instrumental in developing pathology laboratory accreditation for Malaysia, the Pathology Act and several National guidelines on medical laboratory practices. In 2010 she was honoured RCPA Distinguished Fellow and Inaugural National Distinguished Professor (Profesor Ulung Negara). She co-chaired the InterAcademy Medical Panel (now the InterAcademy Partnership for Health) for two elected terms (2010-2016) and currently represents ASM in its Executive Committee. During her chairmanship, this global network of National Sciences and Medical Academies extended its initiatives into global health, the social determinants of health, urban health, and young physician leadership capacity-building. She was President of the World Association of Societies of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine (WASPaLM) from 2013-2016, and chaired its Education Committee which focusses on capacity-building in countries-in-need. Her contributions have been recognised by DYMM Yang di-Pertuan Agong in 2011 with the Panglima Jasa Negara with the title “Datuk”, the National Science Award, ASEAN Outstanding Scientist Award, WASPaLM’s Gold-Headed Cane (2015) and the Merdeka Award 2016 (Health, Science and Technology category). She was conferred Honorary Professor by the Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences-Peking Union Medical College in 2017.

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Dr Yasmin Mohd Adnan is currently the Head, Department of Estate Management, Faculty of Built Environment. She has been at the University of Malaya as a lecturer since 2001 and subsequently became a senior lecturer in 2006. During her term at the university she was also the Head of the Department of Estate Management from 2004 to 2007. Prior to joining University of Malaya, she has worked in a property consultancy firm, a bank, the property subsidiary of PETRONAS, the national oil company and KLCC Urusharta. Her career spans over 25 years in the areas of valuation, property and facilties management within the real estate practice and academic sectors. A valuer and property manager by training and professionally registered, Dr Yasmin has been involved in a number of major research projects in real estate and has published in a number of international journals. She is also currently involved in the professional organisations which include the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, UK as well have held various positions in the Royal Institution of Surveyors Malaysia which include as a council member, examination board member, editorial board member, education and accreditation board as well as past Secretary of the Property Management and Valuation Surveyors Division. In addition she is also a board member of the Pacific Rim Real Estate Society since 2011. She is currently the chief editor of the International Journal of Property Services, a jounal of the Faculty of Built Environment, University of Malaya. She has also chaired international conferences.

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