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Dato’ Ir. Dr. Ali Askar bin Sher Mohamad is an advisor to Malaysian Photovoltaic Industry Association (MPIA). He graduated with BSc (Electrical Engineering) from Purdue University of the USA, MEngSc (Power Engineering) from UNSW of Australia, and PhD (Engineering) from UNITEN of Malaysia.

Dato’ Ali lectured on power engineering, electrical safety and renewable energy courses at UNITEN before appointed Technical Advisor to Ministry of Energy, Green Technology and Water in 2010 to develop subsidiary legislation to Renewable Energy Act on grid connection, and subsequently appointed Chief Operating Officer of Malaysia’s Sustainable Energy Development Authority (SEDA).

During his tenure at SEDA, Dato’ Ali helped the government in drafting the Renewable Energy Act and launching the Feed-in Tariff (FiT) that kick-started the renewable energy industry in Malaysia. He has contributed significantly to nurturing the growth of national renewable energy industry that includes solar PV, biogas, biomass and small hydro power generation.

He has opened the way for implementation of PV projects on a big scale by successfully getting government approval for Large Scale Solar (LSS) scheme by bidding, as well as Net Energy Metering (NEM) scheme and self-consumption scheme, to replace the FiT scheme for solar.

After leaving SEDA in 2016, Dato’ Ali had worked as Chief Executive Officer of consultancy firm EASSETM Sdn Bhd, a subsidiary of UK-based eAssetM Pte Ltd. He is currently the Managing Director of Sher Engineering & Consultancy Sdn Bhd, which focuses on grid connection of renewable energy plants, with projects spanning across Malaysia and Southeast Asia, to as far as Bangladesh.

Mr Ahmad Shadzli bin Abdul Wahab is an advisor to Malaysian Photovoltaic Industry Association (MPIA). He graduated with BSc (Physics) from the King’s College, University of London. He has more than 35 years of dedication to the development of solar energy and renewable energy in Malaysia. Between 1982 to 1984, he was project manager of Malaysia’s first solar PV system for rural electrification programme that was sponsored by the Ministry of Energy.

In 1985, Mr Shadzli embarked on the design and study of solar tracker for PV concentrators in the project of his postgraduate study. He subsequently graduated with MSc (Solar Energy) from Universiti Sains Malaysia upon completing his thesis on the data analysis of solar radiation study for Malaysia’s Penang state.

Later, he was involved in the monitoring and evaluation on Malaysia’s first co-generation plant which used rice husk for power generation. He has also worked as project manager of Malaysia’s first fully automatic multiple stations (4.5 MW) and project manager of Malaysia’s wind energy system (150 kW) meant for electricity generation and water desalination system for the Royal Malaysian Navy.

Other achievements of Mr Shadzli include design of small wind turbine in Malaysia with Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, design and study on 200 watt solar PV system using locally-designed 400 watt inverter, consultancy to Ministry of Rural Development in preparing technical design for solar electrification programme, feasibility study of 1 MW PV manufacturing plant in Malaysia, and a five-year programme to set up 30-million-ringgit Energy Technology Laboratory for Tenaga Nasional Research and Development Sdn Bhd (TNRD).

Mr Shadzli was Senior Manager and Head of Energy Technology Unit of TNRD and is currently the Managing Director of Intelligent Power System Technology Sdn Bhd.

Dr Wei-nee Chen is an advisor to Malaysian Photovoltaic Industry Association (MPIA). She is also currently serving as a VP, New Energy Ventures in Hibiscus Petroleum Bhd. Prior to this, she was the Chief Strategic Officer of Sustainable Energy Development Authority (SEDA) for 9 years. From December 2005 to May 2011, Dr Wei-nee was the Technical Advisor in the Malaysia Building Integrated Photovoltaic Project; a project jointly implemented by UNDP – GEF, and the Malaysian Government. Dr Wei-nee Chen holds a Bachelor Degree in Computer Science from the University of Canterbury, a Master of Business Administration from Universiti Tun Abdul Razak, and a Doctor of Business Administration from Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia. She is currently also the Advisor to the Malaysia Petroleum Resources Corporation.

Mr Chin Soo Mau is an advisor to the Malaysian Photovoltaic industry Association (MPiA).  He was formerly the President of MPIA for the period 2017-2020 and the Vice-President from 2013-2016 and has been an active member since 2010.

He has been involved in the solar PV business for many years and his knowledge and field experience have prompted the Malaysian Government to tap his expertise in policy-related planning.  He was a Member of the Working Group on Malaysia Solar Roadmap (MSR) 2016-2030 and also a Member of the Technical Committee of Malaysian Standards on Renewable Energy (TC RE), Resource Person of the Energy Storage System (ESS) Project for Malaysia.

Mr Chin is currently the Managing Director of Pekat Group Berhad.He holds a Higher National Diploma in Electrical Engineering, United Kingdom, Competent Certificates of both Grid-Connected and Off-Grid Photovoltaic Systems Designer, Sustainable Energy Development Authority (SEDA) registered Service Provider and International Sustainable Power Quality-accredited PV Systems Design Competency Certificates.


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