About the speaker

About The Speaker [Dr. Kalanithi Nesaretnam]


Dr. Kalanithi Nesaretnam
Co-Founder, Climate Governance Malaysia



Dr Kalanithi Nesaretnam is currently an Independent Non-Executive Director (INED) at IOI Corporation Berhad, a public listed company. She was formerly an INED at FGV Holdings Berhad. She is co-founder and deputy chairperson of Climate Governance Malaysia (CGM) which is the country chapter of the World Economic Forum’s Climate Governance Initiative. She is also on the Steering Committee of the CEO’s Action Network (CAN), a coalition of leaders for sustainability action and leadership.

She holds a PhD in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from the University of Reading, UK. She has over 100 publications to her credit and 6 patents. She was the founding member of the Society for Free Radical Research (SFRR) Malaysia and was Past- President of SFRR Asia. She is familiar with international markets having worked and travelled extensively in Europe, Australia, America and Asia.

She held the position of Director, Product Development and Advisory Services at the Malaysian Palm Oil Board and subsequently as Minister in the Embassy of Malaysia to Belgium and Mission to the European Union.

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