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BIODATA Abd. Latif Mohmod was born in 1960 and graduated from the National University of Malaysia in 1984. He joined the Forest Research Institute Malaysia (FRIM) as a Research officer in 1985, becoming the Head of the Non-wood Forest Products Research Programme in 1988 and has held the post since then. He obtained his Master of Science from the Agriculture University of Malaysia in 1991 and completed his Doctor of Philosophy in February 1996 (via three years part-time status) at the same university. He has energetically pioneered and managed research and development activities on properties and utilisation of non-timber forest products such as rattan, bamboo and palm. To date, he has published more than 170 papers in various local and international journals and proceedings and invented 32 machines (11 patented) for processing rattan, bamboo, Pandanus and other palms. The majority of his inventions are currently being utilized in factories operated by indigenous peoples and rural communals. He is actively involved in the joint venture research works on non-wood forest products, either as researcher or supervisor for graduate and post-graduate students with various local universities. He is currently engaged with various government agencies such as Malaysia Export Trade Centre (MATRADE), Malaysian Handicraft Development Corporation, Trustee Council for Indigenous People (MARA), Federal Land Consolidation and Rehabilitation Authority (FELCRA) and Ministry of International Trade Industry (MITI) as committee member in initiating and fostering the development of the non-wood forest-based industries. As the Head of the FRIM-World Bank Small- and Medium-scale Industries Development Project since 1987, he has been actively involved in transferring research results into practice especially for the rural societies. He has conducted 44 entrepreneurial training courses participated by 1110 peoples and initiated establishment of almost 40 non-timber forest-based mills regionally. He has also managed to establish the Rattan and Bamboo Association and Entrepreneurs Society for the Indigenous People of Peninsular Malaysia in August 1997. He is regarded as one of the resource persons for various rattan and bamboo associations and industrialists such as in Cambodia, Indonesia, India, Japan and Laos PDR. He also has been appointed, amongst others, as the Deputy Coordinator for the International Forestry Group for "Bamboo and Related Species" research and developmental activities of the International Union of Forestry Research Organisation (IUFRO) P5.04 since December 1995; Evaluation Committee Member for India Government Bamboo Board Project in 1992; and The Expert Member for United Nation Environmental Programme - Working Group on Sustainable Renewable Resources and Products Development (UNEP-WG-SPD) based at the University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands since June 1996. Amongst the awards received by him, throughout his career, include FRIM Award for Excellence of Work (1988, 1993 and 1994), Best Publication Award (1992), FRIM Book of the Year (1993 and 1996), FRIM Research Award (1995) and National Invention Award (1993 and 1994). He is also the first forestry scientist ever honored with the Malaysian National Young Scientist Award (Industrial Sector-1993). He was also honored with the Fellowship of Korea International Cooperation Agency on R& D Management (1994) and Senior Executive Job Attachment at the University of Tsinghua, Beijing, China in 1996. In 1995, he was awarded with the International Union of Forestry Research Organisation (IUFRO) Scientific Achievement Award which instantly recognised him as the youngest recipient in the history of global forestry practice; followed by His Majesty the King Chivalry Award in 1996 and Malaysian National Inventor Award 1997.

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