Conference Programme

Day 1: 25 October 2021 (Monday)

16:45 Introductory Remarks
YBhg. Prof. Datuk Dr Asma Ismail FASc
President, Academy of Sciences Malaysia
16:50 Official Opening
YBhg. Tan Sri Samsudin Osman
Chairman, Mahathir Science Award Foundation
17:00 Keynote Address on Tropical Sciences
YABhg. Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad
Former Prime Minister of Malaysia
17:15 Address by H.E. Amb. Hermono
Ambassador of the Republic of Indonesia to Malaysia
17:30 Break
18:00 Keynote on Tropical Medicine
Dr. Peter Daszak
18:30 Keynote on Tropical Architecture and Engineering
Prof. Dr Wong Nyuk Hein
19:00 Meet the Speaker Session
Prof. Dr Wong Nyuk Hein
20:00 Dialogue on Sustainable Development in the Tropics

Moderator: Tan Sri Dr Munir Majid


  • Prof. Jeffrey Sachs, Sunway University
  • Prof. Muhammad Yunus, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate
  • Prof. Jomo Kwame Sundaram, Academy of Sciences Malaysia
  • Prof. Stewart Lockie, James Cook University
  • Prof. Njuguna Ndung’u, African Economic Research Consortium
21:30 End

Day 2: 26 October 2021 (Tuesday)

16:40 Introductions
16:45 Address by H.E. Francis N. Muhoro*
High Commissioner of Kenya to Malaysia
17:00 Keynote on Tropical Agriculture
Prof. Dr Shenggen Fan
17:30 Meet the Speaker
Prof. Dr Shenggen Fan
18:00 Panel Discussions on Challenges of the Tropics I:

Changing Agriculture Landscape in the Tropics Digital Innovations for Public Health in the Tropics Sustainable Use and Health of Tropical Biodiversity Climate Change in the Tropics
19:30 Keynote on Tropical Natural Resources
Prof. Emeritus Tan Sri Zakri Abdul Hamid FASc
20:00 Meet the Speaker
Prof. Emeritus Tan Sri Zakri Abdul Hamid FASc
20:30 Panel Discussions on Challenges of the Tropics II:

Climate-Smart Agriculture in the Tropics One Health in Action: Tales of Emerging Pathogens and things to come Sustainable Blue Economy in the Tropics Leading Edge Material Development for the Tropics
22:00 End

Day 3: 27 October 2021 (Wednesday)

17:15 Talk by Tan Sri Dr Jeffrey Cheah
Investing in the Tropics
17:30 Panel Discussions on Challenges of the Tropics III

Open Science for Tropical Biodiversity Smart People-First Cities in the Tropics Green Energy in the Tropics
19:00 Networking Session: Focus on Africa
20:00 Panel Discussions on Challenges of the Tropics IV:

[19:30] Youth Resilience in the Tropics
(Soft Launch of Global Youth Development Index and Report)
Frontier technologies in Tropical Agriculture Natural Product Development and Trade: The Future is in the Tropics Vector-Borne and Neglected Diseases in the Tropics
21:45 Presentation and Adoption of Kuala Lumpur Communique on the Tropics
Moderator: Emerita Prof. Mazlan Othman
22:45 End