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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 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 Doctor of Philosophy in February 1996 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 invented 32 machines (11 patented) for processing rattan, bamboo, Pandanus and other palms and presented and published more than 160 papers in various local and international journals and seminars.


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. He has conducted 43 entrepreneurial training courses and initiated establishment of 38 rattan and bamboo mills regionally.


He is regarded as one of the resource persons for various rattan and bamboo associations and industrialists such as in Africa, Cambodia, Indonesia, India, Japan and Laos PDR. He has also been appointed as the Coordinator for the International Forestry Group for "Bamboo and Related Species" research and development activities of the International Union Forestry Research Organisation (IUFRO) P5.04 since January 1999 after serving as the Deputy since December 1995; and the Expert Member for United Nation Environment Programme -Working Group on Sustainable Product 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). 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 Chivalry Award in 1996 and National Inventor Award 1997. Currently, he was chosen as the Eisenhower Fellow 1999 from the USA.