Malaysian Chairman, Governing Council, International Science Technology and Innovation Centre for South-South Cooperation under the auspices of UNESCO (ISTIC), Malaysia.
Plenary Panel 5: Developing Leadership Capacity for Gendered Innovations through Scientific, Technology and Policy Networks
Academician Dato’ Ir (Dr) Lee Yee Cheong is the Malaysian Chairman, Governing Council, International Science Technology and Innovation Centre for South-South Cooperation under the auspices of UNESCO (ISTIC), Kuala Lumpur. He is also a Member of the National Science and Research Council of Malaysia; Pro-Chancellor of the Infrastructure University of Kuala Lumpur, Chairman of the Global Council InterAcademy Partnership (IAP) Science Education Program and former Chairman of Governing Board of the Institute of Energy Policy and Research (IEPRe) at the University Tenaga Malaysia (UNITEN), as well as Adjunct Professor of UNITEN. Furthermore, he is Advisor to MIGHT International; a Member of Global Science Innovation Advisory Council (GSIAC); and Vice Chairman of the UN Sustainable Development Solution Network (SDSN) Malaysia.
He is also Patron of the International Young Professionals Foundation; Member of the International Advisory Board of “Engineers Without Borders” Canada; Director of Malaysia Australia Foundation Member of the International Committee of LAMAP Fondation France; Member of the S&T Committee of CARICOM Science Foundation; Jury Member of the OECD DAC Innovation Prize. He is also an Honorary Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology, UK; the Institution of Civil Engineers, UK; Engineers Australia; Myanmar Engineering Society; and the Institution of Engineers, Mauritius.
Previously, he was President and now Distinguished Honorary Fellow of the Institution of Engineers Malaysia; Member of the Board of Engineers Malaysia and the Board of Architects Malaysia; Chairman and now Honorary President of Commonwealth Engineers Council (CEC). He was also the first Asian President of the World Federation of Engineering Organisations (WFEO) 2003-2005 and represented WFEO as Co-chair of the “International Science and Technology Community” Major Group of UN Commission on Sustainable Development 2000-2006. He was Co-chair of Task Force “Science, Technology and Innovation” of the United Nations Millennium Project 2002-2005; Member of the Board of Trustees of Engineers Against Poverty, U.K; Member of the International Commission for Education for Sustainable Development Practice, Earth Institute, Columbia University 2006-2008; Member of International Advisory Board of Grand Challenges Canada and Member of the National Economic and Social Council Kenya.
He served with the National Electricity Board from 1961-1979. He was CEO of Tenaga Ewbank Preece and later KTA Tenaga 1980-2002. He became a Partner of Ewbank Preece Consulting Group, UK; He was a Board Director of UMW Holdings Berhad 2000-2008; a Commissioner of the Energy Commission of Malaysia 2005-2009; and a Council Member of Badan Warisan Malaysia (Heritage Organisation Malaysia), 2005-2009.
He is founding Secretary General and Senior Fellow of the Academy of Sciences Malaysia; the founder President of the ASEAN Academy of Engineering and Technology; Foreign Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering; and a Corresponding Member of the Pan-American Academy of Engineering. He served as a founding Board member of the InterAcademy Council (IAC) of the world’s scientific academies 2001-2004. He served as Advisor to the Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation Malaysia 2006-2007.
He was Co-author of the UN Millennium Project Science Technology and Innovation Task Force Study Report “Innovation: Applying Knowledge in Development”, 2005. He published his autobiography “Think Malaysia, Act Global” in September 2010.
He was awarded the UN Office for South-South Cooperation 2014 Triangular Visionary Leadership Award; the Jiang YoungSil Grand International Science and Culture Prize, Korea; the Malaysian State Awards of DPMP and KMN and the Honorary Officer in the Order of Australia (AO).