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PROF. DR. MOHD TUSIRIN HJ MOHD NOR
 
e-mail: tusirin@eng.ukm.my Tel:+ 603 8921 4635
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Prof Dr  Mohd Tusirin has 20 years experience in the palm oil industry  (Golden Hope Plantations Berhad,1988-2008) and 14 years in academics and research (University Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM), 1976-1988 and 2008 – now).

As Director of Engineering in a public listed company, Golden Hope, his main responsibilities were, among others, commercial development of new processes and project management. He had experiences in process design and construction of oil palm oil mills, refineries and wood-based factories (medium density fiberboard, parquet and furniture). He was instrumental in commercialization of palm vitamin E and biofertilizer from palm biomass. Later, as Senior Director, Oils and Fats/Olecochemicals, he was responsible for downstream businesses in oils and fats/oleochemicals. He was also instrumental in the global acquisition of oleochemical business for Golden Hope.

During his initial tenure at UKM, he was instrumental in the establishment of Faculty of Engineering and was the Deputy Dean of the Faculty before he joined the palm oil industry. He returned to UKM as a Principle Fellow, initially at the Faculty of Engineering, now at Graduate School of Business to share his experiences with students and faculty members in project management, process development, commercialization of R&D findings, business development and strategic management.

Prof Tusirin obtained his degree in Chemical Engineering (1976) and PhD (1980) from New South Wales University Australia and his MBA (1993) from MIM- Bath University, UK. He has written and presented 69 articles, some of which were published in conference proceedings and journals. He is a member of Malaysian Palm Oil Board (MPOB) Program Advisory Committee (PAC), advising MPOB on direction and implementation of Research and Development. He had been a Board member of several companies under Golden Hope.

 

 
   
Qualifications:

PhD, University of  New South Wales (1980)

  MBA, MIM-Bath (1993)
B.E. (Chem. Eng.) University of  New South Wales (1976)
 

 

Current Position:

Professor

   
Specialisation:
:: Commercialization, Project and Strategic Management
:: Palm Oil Industry
 
    Areas of Research:
    :: Palm Oil Industry
       
     
         
       
         
     
    Employment Record

    UNIVERSITI KEBANGSAAN MALAYSIA 1976 - 1988

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    1976 – 1980

    Tutor, Dept of Industrial Chemistry

    :.

    1980 – 1984

    Lecturer, Dept of Chemical & Process Engineering

    :.

    1984 – 1985

    Head, Dept of Chemical & Process Engineering

    :.

    1985 – 1988

    Deputy Dean, Faculty of Engineering

       
     

    GOLDEN HOPE PLANTATIONS BERHAD Apr 1988 – Nov 2007

    :.

    1988 – 1989

    Chief Engineer (Process), Engineering Services Dept

    :.

    1989 – 1991

    Research Controller, Quality & Technology
    Research & Development Dept

    :.

    1991 – 1993

    Projects Controller, Engineering Development Dept

    :.

    1994 – 1997

    Director, Engineering & Development

    :.

    1998 – 2000

    Director, Engineering Services

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    2000 – 2004

    Director, Engineering & Technology

    :.

    2002 – 2003

    Director, Wood-based Industries (Simultaneous post)

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    2004 – 2007

    Senior Director, Oils and Fats

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    Jan 2007 – 26 Nov 07

    Senior Director, Special Functions (On contract after retiring @ 55 years)

       
     

    SIME DARBY BERHAD 27 Nov 07 – 7 Jan 08

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    27 Nov 07 – 7 Jan 08

    Director, Special Functions (Continue contract with Sime Darby Bhd after merger)

       
     

    UNIVERSITI KEBANGSAAN MALAYSIA

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    15 Feb 08 –
    Dec 08

    Principal Fellow, Engineering Faculty

    :. Jan09-Jul09 Director, Industry Liaison Office
    :. Aug09-Now Principal Fellow, Graduate School of Business Dean
     

     

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    COMPANY DIRECTORSHIP
     

    Company

    Duration

    Remarks

    :.

    Eng Teknologi Bhd

    1995 – 1996

    PNB Nominee, Public Listed

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    Golden Hope Fibreboard Sdn. Bhd.

    1995 – 2004

    Director, Woodbased

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    Golden Hope Furniture Sdn Bhd

    1995 – 2004

    Director, Woodbased

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    Golden Hope Parquet Sdn. Bhd.

    1995 – 2004

    Director, Woodbased

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    Centrifugal Process Sdn. Bhd.

    1999 – 2007

    Member

    :.

    Golden Hope Latex Sdn. Bhd.

    1999 – 2004

    Member

    :.

    Edensor Rubber Estates Ltd.

    1999 – 2004

    UK Co

    :.

    Hoscote Rubber Estates Limited

    1999 – 2004

    UK Co

    :.

    Malaysian Rubber Company Plc

    1999 – 2004

    UK Public Listed

    :.

    Cognis Chemicals (M) Bhd.

    2000 – 2007

    JV Co

    :.

    Cognis Rika (M) Sdn Bhd

    2000 - 2007

    JV Co

    :.

    Asian Furs Sdn Bhd

    2000 - 2007

    JV Co

    :.

    Cognis Kimianika (M) Sdn Bhd

    2000 – 2007

    JV Co

    :.

    Golden Jomalina Food Industries

    2001 - 2007

    Senior Director

    :.

    Golden Hope Bioganic Sdn. Bhd

    2002 – 2007

    Senior Director

    :.

    Golden Hope Research Sdn Bhd

    2002- 2007

    Member

    :.

    Bintulu Installation Sdn. Bhd

    2002 – 2007

    Senior Director

    :.

    Binuang  Palm Oil Refinery Sdn

    2002 - 2007

    Senior Director

    :.

    Golden Hope Nhabe Edible Oils Co Ltd - Vietnam

    2004 – 2007

    JV Co, Senior Director

    :.

    Golden Hope Plantations  (Deutschland) - Germany

    2004 - 2007

    Share Holder Representative

    :.

    Leverian Holdings Pte. Ltd. - Singapore

    2004 – 2007

    JV Co Senior Director

    :.

    Paul Tiefenbacher GmbH - Germany

    2004 – 2007

    Chairman Management Board

    :.

    Unimills BV - Holland

    2004 – 2007

    Chairman Management Board

    :.

    Austral Edible Oil Sdn Bhd

    2005 - 2007

    JV Co Senior Director

    :.

    Guangzhou Keylink Chemical Co.Ltd. - China

    2006 - 2008

    JV Co

    :.

    Goodyear Bhd

    2005-current

    PNB Nominee

    :.

    C-Heart Corporation Sdn Bhd

    2007- current

    Founder Director

    :.

    Himpunan Sari Sdn Bhd

    2008- current

    Member, Advisor

     

     

     

    Experience at Golden Hope Plantations

     

    :. Process and Quality Audit on oil mills and monitor performance of oil mill effluent treatment plants (1988-1991)
    :. Troubleshooting in palm oil processing, rubber, latex and wood-based production. (1988-1991)
    :. Establishing new departments, facilities and business. Quality & Technology Centre (1989), Engineering Development Department (1991), Engineering & Technology Department (2000), Wood-based Industries (1993), Oils & Fats Division (2004), Tocotrienol Vitamin E (1996), Methyl Ester Sulphonate (2007)
    :.

    Merger and Acquisition; Acquisition of Unimills, The Nertherland (2001); Hudson & Knight, South Africa (2003); Cognis Oleochemicals, Germany, USA, Canada, United Kingdom, Brazil and Japan (2006) worth USD 175 million

    :. Clean Development Mechanism (CDM); mechanism for carbon trading. Project - aerobic composting of fresh palm oil mill effluent and empty fruit bunches; reducing methane emission.(2004)
    :. Process Research & Development
     
    + Fluidized palm oil for Jomalina (1988)
    + Cocoa flavor improvement (processing of flavoured cocoa in collaboration with Nestle).(1989-1990)
    + New method of extraction and clarification of palm oil  (Pieralisi Process) (1992-1994)
    + JGQ oil refinery in collaboration with Sumitomo/ Yoshihara (1994-1996)
    + Tocotrienol Vitamin E extraction with MPOB and its commercialization (1992 – 2007)
    + Continuous sterilization for palm oil milling.(2002-2004)
    + Inclined plate clarification of CPO (1988-1989)
    + Composting of empty fruit bunches and palm oil mill effluent producing organic fertilizer (2002-2004)
    + Golden Hope Oil Mill Integrated Information System (GHOMIS) (2000-2004)
    :. Project management: feasibility study, master concept plan, master layout plan, implementation and business operation.
     
    + Combined Rubber and Latex Concentrate Factory for Perbadanan Kemajuan Kedah (1990 – 1992, RM12 million)
    + Rehabilitation of 150 MTD palm oil refinery, Nha Be, Vietnam. (1991 – 1993, RM3 million)
    + Medium Density Fibreboard Complex (1990 – 1993, RM150 million)
    + Furniture Factory (1992 – 1994, RM25 million)
    + Parquet Factory (1993 – 1996, RM32 million)
    + Wood Processing Unit (1995 – 1996, RM10 million)
    + Palm Oil Refinery (50 MTD), Jiangyin, China (1995,  RM6.5 million)
    + Jomalina  Refinery  Complex Modernization (1997 – 2000),   RM23 million)
    + 300 MTD Palm Oil Refinery at Jomalina (1997 – 2000,   RM13 million)
    + Giram Oil Mill (40mt/hr) (1999,   RM30 million)
    + Tocotrienol Purification Plant (2002, RM7.5 million)
    + Flemington Oil Mill (60 mt/hr) (2002, RM41 million)
    + Chersonese Oil Mill (45 mt/hr) (2002, RM34 million)
    + Lavang Oil Mill (90mt/hr) (2003, RM43 million)
    + Melalap Oil Mill, Sabah (10 mt/hr, mini mill) (Continuous sterilization, 2003, RM5 million)
    + Palm Oil Fractionation Plant at Jomalina, 600 MTD (2003, RM8 million)
    + Lembiru Palm Oil Mill, Kalimantan, 20 mt/hr (2003 -2005, RM 13 million)
    + Housing and infra-structure projects (Roads, bridges, drainage and irrigation system for plantations, about RM100 million/year)
    + Fruit Juice Factory, Perak ( 3 mt/hr) (2003, RM 7 million)
    + New Merotai Oil Mill, Sabah, 90mt/hr (2004, RM43 million)
    + Methyl Ester Sulphonate, China, 36,000 mt /yr (2007, USD36 mil
    :. Business Management
     
    + Medium Density Fibreboard (MDF), Furniture and Parquet as Board Member and Director of Wood-based Industry. Responsible for the profitability of 3 wood-based subsidiaries
    + Oils and Fats and Oleochemicals as Board Member and Senior Director of Oils & Fats/Oleochemical Division. Responsible for the profitability of 7 subsidiaries in the Oils and Fats Division, both local and overseas.
    :. Commercialization of R&D Findings
     
    + Tocotrienol Vitamin E (Managing and spearheading the process, production, product and market development)
    + Composting of palm oil mill effluent and empty fruit bunches to produce organic fertilizer
    + Continuous sterilization for palm oil mill
    + Production of methyl ester sulphonate (MES) surfactant
     

     

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    Experience At Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (1976-1988)

    Lecturing in chemical engineering subjects.

    Research in utilisation of ultrafiltration of (a membrane separation technique) in biological wastewater treatment system aiming at reusing the recovered water (PhD project 1976-1980), treatment of palm oil mill effluent by ultrafiltration to recover proteinaceous products and to make it useful for microbial substrate in production of bioinsecticides (ASEAN project 1980-1986), ground water treatment using ultrafiltration (1985-1987), clarification of ginger juice by membrane filtration (1987-1988).

    Research formulation and management, as a member of ASEAN Working Group in Non-Conventional Energy Research.

    Development and implementation of academic curricula for Chemical and Biochemical Engineering courses and formulating academic rules and regulations for the establishment of Faculty of Engineering, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia for accreditation with the Ministry of Education, the Board of Engineers Malaysia and Institution of Engineers Malaysia.

    Consultancy; Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) Study for Petronas 2nd refinery at Tangga Baru Melaka, in charge of the study of impacts of solid, liquid and gaseous effluents on the environment.

    Graduate and Post Graduate Supervision.

     

      Publications (as Writer and Editor)

      :. Written 68 Conference papers for presentation and publication
      :. Editor of Palm Oil Engineering until 1997
      :. Editor, Journal of Oil Palm Research, Malaysian Palm Oil Board (2002 – current)
       

       

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      Professional Organisation Membership
      :. Deputy Chairman, Technical Research Committee, Malaysian Palm Oil Association (1998-2004)
      :. Member, Program Advisory Committee, Malaysian Palm Oil Board (2002-current)
      :. Adjunct Professor, Faculty of Engineering, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (2004 – 2008)
      :. Advisory Committee Engineering Faculty, Universiti Putra Malaysia (2007- 2008)
         
       
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