Tan Sri Dato’ Seri Dr. Salleh Bin Mohd Nor, FASc
Tan Sri Dr Salleh is a renown scientist of Malaysia and the region with a special flair and interest to communicate with youth and students.
He has spent most of his professional life in advocating and protecting nature and natural resources in Malaysia – both in his previous public role as the Director-General of Forest Research Institute Malaysia (FRIM) as well as in his personal capacity as the president of the largest Malaysian environmental Non-Governmental Organisation, the Malaysian Nature Society (MNS) of which he was president for 30 years.
Tan Sri Dr Salleh received the Colombo Plan Scholarship to study Forestry in Adelaide from 1961-1962, and later at the Australian Forestry School (AFS), Canberra, from which he graduated with a BSc (Forestry) from Adelaide University and a Diploma of Forestry from AFS.
On returning to Malaysia, he undertook forest resources inventory for the Forest Resources Reconnaissance Survey (FRRS), spending months in field work in the forest, undertaking forest inventory which formed the foundation for the national land use planning for the country. He then took-up a course on Forest Photo-Interpretation at the International Institute for Aerial Survey and Earth Sciences (ITC) in Delft, the Netherlands. Tan Sri Salleh was then awarded a United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) to study for his MSc and followed by a Federal Government scholarship to study for his PhD at Michigan State University.
Tan Sri Dr Salleh was involved with numerous international organisations in his effort to work towards addressing rising environmental concerns. He was elected President of the International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO), the first person from outside Europe and America in 100 years history of IUFRO. He was a member of the inaugural Malaysian Human Rights Commission (SUHAKAM), former Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Kolej Universiti Terengganu(KUT) now known as Universiti Malaysia Terengganu (UMT), Inaugural Chairman of Malaysian Bio-Industry Organization (MBIO), and Inaugural Fellow, past Vice President, former Secretary-General and Council member of the Academy of Sciences Malaysia (ASM). He is now a Senior Fellow of ASM.
Tan Sri Salleh is also the Immediate Past President of Malaysian Scientific Association (MSA) where he championed the development of public understanding of science & technology programmes – bringing scientists to rural areas to create interest in science and technology and to enhance awareness in environmental issues.