The Management Committee of the Institute of Future Energy would like to congratulate Prof. Dato’ Ir. Dr. Abu Bakar Jaafar for being elected as the Vice-President of the ASM Council Members, the Academy of Sciences Malaysia – ASM Council Member 2021/2022 in the ASM Annual General Meeting. This is his second term of appointment following his first term as the Vice-President of the ASM Council Members 2020/2021.
Prof Dato’ Ir Dr A. Bakar Jaafar, PEng, FIEM, FASc, is currently the Professor at the Faculty of Technology & Informatic Razak, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia Kuala Lumpur campus and was also appointed as the Chairman of Malaysian Green Technology & Climate Change Centre (MGTC) on 4th October 2019.
Prof. Dato’ Ir. Dr. Abu Bakar Jaafar is the co-founder of UTM-Ocean Thermal Energy Centre (UTM-OTEC) when it was established on the 3rd of January 2013. Prior to joining Universiti Teknologi Malaysia as the academic staff and Professor, he had served the Government of Malaysia in various capacity since 1973, and his career included stints as Factories and Machinery Inspector (1973-74), Staff Engineer of the US EPA Industrial Environmental Research Laboratory (1975-76), Principal Assistant Director (Water Quality), Environment Division, Ministry of Science, Technology and Environment (1976-84), Economic Planning Unit in the Prime Minister’s Department (1984-85), DOE Director of Operations (1985-86), DOE Deputy Director-General (Planning) (1987-1989), and as the Director-General of the Department of Environment Malaysia (DOE) (1990-1995). After his optional retirement, he continued to serve the Government of Malaysia as the Elected- Member of UNCLOS Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf (1997-2002) (2002- 2007) (207-2012), UN Headquarters, New York.
In the private sector, he is on the Board of Directors of public-listed and private companies, including Land & General Berhad, Enviro-LIFT Services Sdn Bhd, Novaviro Technology Sdn Bhd, AGV Environment Sdn Bhd, TUSB Sdn Bhd, and PAIP Berhad.
He holds a Bachelor’s Degree (Hons) in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Newcastle, NSW, Australia, 1973, a Master’s Degree in Environmental Science from Miami University, Ohio, USA, 1976; and PhD in (Marine) Geography from the University of Hawaii, Manoa, 1984.