Prof. Dr. Rofina
Prof. Dr. Rofina Yasmin Othman was appointed as a Board Member of Xeraya Capital Sdn Bhd. And Xeraya Capital Labuan Ltd effective 3 October 2019. She was also appointed as a Board Member of MIF Investments Ltd effective 10 October 2019.
Prof. Dr. Yasmin is highly regarded across the global science, technology, research and academic communities, having held a number of senior positions within universities and research bodies within Malaysia, while also collaborating on research projects, publications and overseeing university degree courses across the US, Europe, Africa, South Asia, East Asia, South East Asia and Australia. She is a globally recognised expert within crop science and agriculture innovation.
Her pioneering research studies, into such subjects as infectious disease control and scientific developments in agricultural production, have led to many awards and accolades, such as the ITEX Gold Award for the Orchidshield Viral Protection Solution, as well as a number of patents, such as for an antibody and its use in detecting Cucumber Mosaic Virus.
Prof. Dr. Yasmin was appointed as the Chairperson for MRANTI in October 2023. She holds an Honorary Professor position from UM at the Institute of Advanced Studies after her official retirement in May 2021. She is also an adjunct professor at International University of Malaya-Wales and an honorary fellow of the Tun Ghazali Shafie Institute for Strategic leadership in UCYP. She is a Fellow of the Academy of Science Malaysia and listed in the Top Research Scientist Malaysia database.
Prior to her retirement she was Associate Vice Chancellor (Industry & Community) and prior to this the Director of the University of Malaya Centre for Innovation & Commercialization. In these roles, she focused on building the university’s entrepreneurial ecosystem and fostering engagement and collaboration with industry. Recently she was involved in the syndication committee of the Malaysian National Entrepreneur Policy 2030.
She was a Chevening scholar, receiving a Ph.D. in Plant Virology from the University of East Anglia (U.K.) in 1994, an M.Sc. from Universiti Malaya in 1990 and her first degree in microbiology from the University of Surrey in 1984.