About INGSA-Asia

As part of its international networking and capacity building activities, INGSA has established regional chapters in Africa, Asia, as well as Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC). Working independently and in collaboration with the INGSA Secretariat in New Zealand, as well as other regional and global partners, INGSA-Asia aims to enable greater information access and dissemination in Asia, as well as to foster the science advice capacity in the region by raising awareness, supporting training, and encouraging operational research on advisory principles, processes, and practices. Besides building the regional and inter-regional networks of science advice practitioners, the Chapter also acts as a support mechanism for policy makers within the region and encourages outreach to help increase the demand for science advice by policy makers.

INGSA-Asia will be organising and conducting workshops, offering awards for regional engagement, as well as engaging with opportunities in the region and beyond to promote the development of robust regional and global science advice ecosystems. To explore what opportunities are available to get involved, see the INGSA-Asia Activities page. Follow INGSA-Asia on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for the latest updates and announcements.

Latest Announcements

Winners of Grassroots Science Advice Promotion Awards 2022

INGSA-Asia would like to congratulate the winners of its Grassroots Science Advice Promotion Awards 2022 on their exemplary achievements. As part of this award, the winners will receive a seed grant worth €1000 as well as guidance and mentorship from a distinguished member of the INGSA-Asia Steering Committee to organise science advice workshops in their home countries.

 The winners are:

  • Dr. Chan Siok Yee & Dr. Kew Si Na (Malaysia) – Policy of Women Leadership in Science, Technology and Innovation
  • Dr. Ghanashyam Khanal, Dr. Mohan Bahadur Chand & Dr Nirina Khadgi (Nepal) – Climate Change Science and Policy Making in Nepal
  • Prof. Glenn Fernandez (Philippines) – Science Advice on Disaster Waste Management: Enabling Local Governments to Practice and Promote Building Back Better, Circular Economy, and Climate Change Mitigation
  • Dr. Hul Seingheng (Cambodia) – Promoting Science Advice for Marine Plastic Pollution Reduction Initiative in Cambodia
  • Dr. Mohd Firdaus Abdul Wahab & Ts. Dr. Aslina Baharum (Malaysia) – Young Scientists Network-Academy of Sciences Malaysia (YSN-ASM) Science Diplomacy Training Program 2022
  • Dr. Pragya Chaube & Dr Mohua Chakraborty Choudhury (India) – Grassroots Science Advice in Public Health Policy for Childhood Disorder Management
  • Ms.Yasmin Raza (Pakistan) – The Role of Public Sector Organization in Urban Groundwater Challenges and Policy Reform, A Case Study of Asian Giant City, Karachi, Awareness, Dissemination, and Preparedness

INGSA-Asia looks forward to supporting the winners in organising timely and impactful programmes to promote science advice at a grassroots level. 

Call for Applications: Grassroots Science Advice Promotion Awards 2022

Building upon last year’s overwhelming response, INGSA-Asia is now calling upon scientists, researchers, academics and practitioners all across Asia to submit their proposals and applications for the 2022 Grassroots Science Advice Promotion Awards. Award recipients will receive a seed grant worth €1000 to organize workshops which highlight the role of science advice in pertinent issues in their home countries. The deadline for submission is 30 April 2022.

For more information, please download the application guideline here or email us at ingsa.asia@gmail.com.


Workshop Reports for Grassroots Science Advice Promotion Awards 2021 Winners

Following the successful completion of INGSA-Asia’s Grassroots Science Advice Promotion Awards 2021, the award recipients have compiled their workshop proceedings into reports for everyone who is interested to learn more about their efforts in promoting science advice at a grassroots level. The reports can be downloaded for the following award recipients:

  • Ms Desmiwati, Mr Thomas Oni Veriasa & Ms Wahyu Adiningtyas (Indonesia) – Science Advice by Practice: Communicating Agroforestry Business Plan of Forest Farmer Groups to the Village Authority in Parungpanjang, Bogor, West Java, Indonesia (Agroforestry)
  • Dr Shabana Khan (India) – Linking Science and Policy into Planning for Existing and Evolving Risks of COVID, Climate Change and Disasters: Identifying Challenges and Opportunities (Disaster Management)
  • Dr Jenice Jean Goveas & Dr Moumita Koley (India) – The Role of Science Advice in Incorporating Open Science Framework as one of Indian STI Policy Priorities (Open Science)

INGSA-Asia would like to congratulate the winners for their wonderful effort in organizing impactful grassroots workshops.


Structure of INGSA-Asia


Prof Dr Zakri bin Abdul Hamid

Prof Dr Zakri bin Abdul Hamid is the Chair of the Southeast Asia Science Advice Network (SEA SAN) and the Chairman of Atri Advisory. Prof Zakri Hamid is also the Founding Chair of the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) and a member of the UN Secretary-General’s Scientific Advisory Board, and had served as the Science Advisor to the Prime Minister of Malaysia from 2010 to 2018.

Read Prof Zakri Hamid's full biography HERE.


Prof Dr Abhi Veerakumarasivam (Malaysia)

Prof Dr Abhi Veerakumarasivam is the Provost and Dean of the School of Medical and Life Sciences at Sunway University, Malaysia. He is also the Chair of the ASEAN Responsible Conduct of Research Project, the Co-Chair of the ASEAN Young Scientists Network, and the Co-Chair of NASEM's Committee on Addressing Inaccurate and Misleading Information about Biological Threats through Scientific Collaboration and Communication.

In recognition of his achievements, he has been awarded multiple awards including the National Cancer Council Malaysia Cancer Research Award and the Merdeka Award Grant, and had been included in the 2019's Gen.T List.

Steering Committee

Dr Anders Karlsson (Japan)

Dr Anders Karlsson is the Vice-President of the Global Strategic Networks at Elsevier, Japan, and the Chair of the Japan Chapter of the International Association of Scientific, Technical and Medical Publishers (STM). He has been a Visiting Scientist at NTT Basic Research Labs, Stanford University, École Polytechnique Paris, and Zhejiang University, as well as a Senior Advisor at Osaka University.

Dr Karlsson has a background in science diplomacy, having headed the Embassy of Sweden Office of Science and Innovation in Tokyo, as well as in academia, having served as Professor of Quantum Photonics at the Royal Institute of Technology – KTH in Sweden.

Dr Hammad M. Cheema (Pakistan)

Dr Hammad M. Cheema is an Associate Professor and the Principal of the Research Institute for Microwave and Millimeter Wave Studies at the National University of Sciences and Technology, Pakistan. He is also a Senior Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), and the Co-Chair of the IEEE Joint MTT-AP-EMC-CAS Chapter Islamabad.

Dr Cheema’s research interests include radio-frequency integrated circuits and antennas, radar frontends, and Internet of Things (IoT) systems, while his work on biomedical wearable devices has won various entrepreneurial awards. He has also authored more than 60 international publications as well as a book on 60GHz complementary metal–oxide–semiconductor (CMOS) Phase-Locked Loops.

Prof Hyun-Chin Lim (South Korea)

Hyun-Chin Lim is Professor Emeritus of Sociology and Director of Civil Society Programs, Asia Center, at Seoul National University. He is also an elected member of the National Academy of Sciences, Republic of Korea. Currently, he serves as President of East Asian Sociological Association, and Member of Presidential Commission on Social Integration. He received his B.A. and M.A. in Sociology from Seoul National University, and his Ph.D. in Sociology from Harvard University. He was previously the dean of Faculty of Liberal Education, the dean of the College of Social Sciences, and the founding director of Asia Center, all at Seoul National University.

His books include Mobile Asia, Global Capitalism and Culture in East Asia, Capitalism and Capitalisms in Asia, and Asia on Rise: Civilizational Turn.

Prof Dr Kavita Shah (India)

Prof Dr Kavita Shah is a Professor at the Institute of Environment and Sustainable Development, and the Coordinator of the Mahamana Malaviya Research Centre for Ganga, River Development & Water Resource Management at the Banaras Hindu University (BHU) in Varanasi, India. She holds a PhD in Biochemistry from BHU, and specialises in environmental biochemistry, stress physiology, and biotechnology.

Prof Shah has been in advisory roles at BHU as a director, dean, and the head of the Institute of Environment and Sustainable Development. She has published 100 papers in reputed scientific journals and has been bridging Science and Society in India, as well as working for the student-scientist-academia-industry nexus.

Dr Meghnath Dhimal (Nepal)

Dr Meghnath Dhimal is a Chief Research Officer at the Nepal Health Research Council, Government of Nepal, and an Associate Academician at the Nepal Academy of Science and Technology. He is also currently a Member of the Global Young Academy, a Member of the Research Coordination and Development Council of Tribhuvan University, the Founder Coordinator of the Young Scientists Forum Nepal, and a contributing author to IPCC’s Sixth Assessment Report.

Dr Dhimal has more than 15 years of research and policy advocacy experience, especially in environmental health, climate change and health, non-communicable diseases, neglected tropical diseases, and the Sustainable Development Goals.

Dr Orakanoke Phanraksa (Thailand)

Dr Orakanoke Phanraksa is an Intellectual Property (IP) policy specialist with the Technology Licensing Office, Technology Management Center at the National Science and Technology Development Agency, Thailand, as well as a strategic advisor to the Minister of Higher Education, Science, Research, and Innovation (MHESI) of Thailand.

Dr Phanraksa is also currently the Co-Chair of the Licensing Executives Society International-Industry-University-Government Transactions Committee (LESI-IUGT), and the Interim Co-Chair of the ASEAN Young Scientists Network. Since 2010, Dr Phanraksa has played a key role in forming a policy framework to promote and strengthen technology licensing offices and IP professionals in academic institutes in Thailand.

Prof Dr Reiko Kuroda (Japan)

Prof Dr Reiko Kuroda, a chemist and a biologist, is currently a Professor at Chubu University and Professor Emeritus at the University of Tokyo, Japan. A L’Oréal-UNESCO Women in Science Laureate, Prof Kuroda is also a member of the G7 Gender Equality Advisory Council 2021, a Delegate of the G20 Women 20 Summit 2021, and a Foreign Member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences.

Prof Kuroda had previously served as the Vice-President of the International Council for Science, a Member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the UN Secretary General, and a Member of the Council for Science and Technology Policy, Japan.

Dr Segundo JE Romero (Philippines)

Dr Segundo Joaquin E. Romero, Jr. is the President of the Universities and Research Councils Network on Innovation for Inclusive Development in Southeast Asia, a nonprofit organisation affiliated with the Development Studies Program of the Ateneo de Manila University, where he is also a Professorial Lecturer.

Dr Romero had previously served as a Professor of Political Science at the University of the Philippines, as well as the Executive Vice-President and Dean of the Graduate School of Public and Development Management of the Development Academy of the Philippines. Dr Romero writes a weekly opinion column for the local newspaper, Philippine Daily Inquirer.

Dr Silap Boupha (Laos)

Dr Silap Boupha is the Advisor to the Ministers at the Ministry of Science and Technology, Lao People’s Democratic Republic. He had also served the Ministry of Science and Technology as the Advisor to the Vice Minister, Director of Asia-Pacific Affairs, Director of ASEAN and International Organisation Affairs, and Member of the Sustainable Development Goals Committee.

Dr Silap Boupha is a member of numerous international organisations including the Asia-Oceania Global Earth Observation System of Systems (AOGEOSS) and the ASEAN Research and Training Center of Space Technology and Applications. He also contributed to the ASEAN Plan of Action on Science, Technology, and Innovation 2016-2025.

Prof Sirimali Fernando (Sri Lanka)

Prof Sirimali Fernando is a Senior Professor and the Chair of Microbiology at the University of Sri Jayewardenepura. She is also a fellow of the National Academy of Sciences and a member of the National Science and Technology Commission of Sri Lanka, as well as a member of the Governing Board of the International Science Council.

Prof Fernando was previously the Science Advisor to the Minister of Science and Technology and the Chairperson of the National Science Foundation of Sri Lanka, as well as a member of the Science, Technology, and Innovation Advisory Board to the Secretary General of the UN-ESCAP.

Ms Sonia Bashir Kabir (Bangladesh)

Ms Sonia Bashir Kabir is the Founder and Managing Director of SBK Tech Ventures, a licensed Venture Capital Fund, and the Founder of SBK Foundation, a not-for-profit organisation that empowers rural communities with technology. She is also currently the Vice Chair & Governing Council Member of the United Nations Technology Bank, a Board Member of UNESCO’s Mahatma Gandhi Institute for Education and Peace, and a Member of the Dell CXO Advisory Board for Asia Pacific & Japan.

Ms Kabir had served as the Director of Microsoft South East Asia New Markets, the Country Director of Dell Bangladesh, and the Managing Director of Microsoft for Bangladesh, Bhutan, Laos, Myanmar, and Nepal.

Dr Toan Ngoc Dang (Vietnam)

Dr Toan Ngoc Dang is the Founder and Director of the Central Highlands Center for Community Development and Climate Change Adaption (CHCC) in Vietnam, which is a non-profit organisation that aims to empower local communities in the process of development.

Dr Dang has more than 20 years of experience in a wide range of development programs in Vietnam and beyond, including governmental, non-governmental, and international projects. Dr Dang earned a Master’s Degree and PhD in sustainable development from Australia, in which he explored rights-based development using a rights-based poverty reduction project in an ethnic minority community in the Central Highlands, Vietnam.

Regional Programme Officer

Aishwuriya Kunashankar (Malaysia)

Aishwuriya Kunashankar is a graduate in Biomedicine who is passionate about science communication and science-based policy exchange. She aspires to leverage her skills and knowledge to develop a multidisciplinary approach that helps create a science-literate society which will aid policy makers and stakeholders make informed decisions based on scientific evidence in the regional and international level. Aishwuriya has worked with non-profit organizations on projects to raise awareness on current global issues including sustainable development, climate change and food security.

To contact INGSA-Asia, please email Aishwuriya at aishwuriyak@sunway.edu.my.