TNB's CEO and UNITEN's Vice Chancellor at the GSIAC High Level Forum on Green Future, San Francisco, United States.


In conjunction with the 3rd GSIAC Annual Meeting, MIGHT in collaboration with the Ministry of Energy, Green Technology and Water (KETTHA), Tenaga Nasional Berhad (TNB), Universiti Tenaga National (UNITEN) and Malaysian Green Technology Corporation (MGTC) has hosted the GSIAC High Level Forum on Green Future on 23 September 2013 in San Francisco. Both Dato Seri Azman Mohamad, TNB's CEO and Dato Seri Prof. Dr. Mashkuri Yaacob, Vice Chancellor, Universiti Tenaga Nasional (UNITEN) were invited as the panelists.

Dato Seri Azman delivering his point in Session 3: Green Technology towards a Sustainable Future

Dato Seri Mashkuri during session 2: Capacity Building Towards a Green Future

The Global Science and Innovation Advisory Council (GSIAC) is a joint initiative between the Malaysia Industry-Government Group for High Technology (MIGHT), an organization under the Prime Ministers Department of Malaysia, and the New York Academy of Sciences (NYAS). It was mooted by the Right Honourable Prime Minister of Malaysia, YAB Dato Seri Najib Tun Razak on 25th September, 2010 in New York, USA. The GSIAC Annual Meeting is chaired by the Prime Minister of Malaysia, in which the council member consists of Ministers, Industry Captains, Head of Corporations as well as Members of Nobel Laureates & Academia.

Since the Inaugural Meeting in 2011, GSIAC has hosted 2 Annual Meetings and 2 Inter-Sessional Meetings, deliberating on strategic issues in nation building for effective implementation, as endorsed by all its members for Malaysia. This years meeting has reviewed the 2012 initiative progress as well as introducing new initiatives to further address Malaysias goal of advancing the New Economic Model through the harnessing of science and innovation for growth.

The theme for this year is Green Future, aiming to explore various ways for Malaysia and potential partners to collaborate on countering the challenges of low carbon economy towards shaping a greener and better future. This forum will also provide an opportunity for participants to interact with the various stakeholders, including the exchange of information and global best practices. The forum is divided into 3 sessions as follows.

  • Session 1: Green Financing and Entrepreneurship
  • Session 2: Capacity Building Towards a Green Future
  • Session 3: Green Technology towards a Sustainable Future

In this Forum, panelists discussed on to anticipate and meet the emerging job-skill requirements for a greener economy and 'What are the critical capacities required for countries to advance in the area of green growth? It was pointed out that building of green economy should be supported by innovation that creates revolutional shift from managerial base to knowledge base industry.

The GSIAC High Level Forum on Green Future was attended by participants from both Malaysia and the US. The profile of participants includes investors, acedamia, industries, and Government officials. The total number of participant is estimated at 122, with approximately 57 from Malaysia, and 55 from the US. Participants from the US are mostly coming from the Silicon Velley. Apart from the main and co-organizers as mentioned earlier, the list of prominent Ministries and organizations with representatives present includes, the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (MOSTI), Ministry Of Education Malaysia (KPM), Ministry Of International Trade & Industry (MITI), Malaysia Industrial Development Agency (MIDA), Northern Corridor Implementation Authority (NCIA), Yayasan Inovasi Malaysia, Palo Alto Research Center (PARC), General Electric, IBM Energy & Utilities, Polytechnic Institute of New York University, American Institute of Innovation and Entrepreneurship, SRI International, Renewable & Appropriate Energy Laboratory of UC Berkeley, First Solar Incorporated, Stanford University, and Cleantech Open USA.

UNITEN's delegation comprises 5 persons led by Dato Seri Prof. Dr. Mashkuri Yaacob, Vice Chancellor , Universiti Tenaga Nasional (UNITEN), Prof. Ir. Dr. Abd Halim Bin Shamsuddin, Director of Centre for Renewable, Associate Prof. Dr Bahisham Bte. Yunus, Director of UNITEN Strategic Planning & Quality Centre , Dr. Tan Ching Sin, Head of Energy Security, IEPRe and Pn. Endang Jati Binti Mat Sahid, Head of Energy Economics, IEPRe.

Apart from attending the High Level Forum, UNITEN delegation took the opportunities to arrange a visit to University of California, Berkeley and Lawrence National Berkeley Lab on 24th September 2013 followed by a visit to University of Southern California Price School in Sacramento and Energy Commission, Sacramento on 25th September 2013

Dato Seri Mashkuri presenting a token of appreciation to Prof. Ronald Gronsky, Special Faculty Assistant to the Chancellor for International Relations, University of California, Berkeley.

UNITEN's delegations during discussion with University Southern California Price School visit with invited guests from the industry

UNITEN's delegation during the discussion session with Calfornia Energy Commissions energy subject matter experts.

During the short meeting, UNITEN delegation led by Dato Seri Prof. Dr. Mashkuri Yaacob discussed broadly on the topics related to the possibilities of future collaborations between both parties, views exchange regarding Energy policy in California and in Malaysia, implementation of Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency in California and Malaysia.

The way forward from this trip to San Francisco shed a lot of possibilities that UNITEN can collaborate with University of California particularly in terms of students/staff exchange program and invitation to help to conduct short course in UNITEN.