The Regional Committee for Asia and the Pacific provides advice about the strategic approach of the future activities of the Regional Office and evaluates the progress of its work.

Committee Members

Lourdes J. Cruz

Chair 2015-2017

Dr. Cruz is Professor Emeritus of the University of the Philippines (UP) and Vice President of the National Research Council of the Philippines (NRCP). She is a National Scientist, a member of the National Academy of Science & Technology (NAST) of the Philippines, and a fellow of the Third World Academy of Sciences. A pioneer in Conus venom research, she is known for the discovery and elucidation of the biochemical and molecular nature of toxins from Conus marine snail, which are now used as pharmacological tools in the study of brain function and in drug development. Her research activities include toxins involved in harmful algal blooms. She links science and technology to poor rural communities and indigenous tribes through conservation, reforestation and bioresource management efforts. Dr. Cruz served for 12 years as the delegate of the Philippine Society for Biochemistry & Molecular Biology (PSBMB) to the federation, FAOBMB and for nine years as delegate to the international union, IUBMB. Her three international awards include the Sven Brohult Award of the International Foundation for Science (IFS) in 1993, ASEAN Outstanding Scientist & Technologist in 2001 and the L’Oreal-UNESCO Award for Women in Science in 2010.

Jung-Hye ROE

Dr. Roe is Professor of microbiology at the School of Biological Sciences, Seoul National University. She studies how environmental factors affect microbial gene expression and how microorganisms achieve homeostasis. She has published more than 110 peer-reviewed papers in the field. She is a Fellow of American Academy of Microbiology and has been on the editorial boards of microbiology journals including Annual Review of Microbiology, Journal of Bacteriology (ASM), Microbiology (SGM, UK), and Molecular Microbiology. As a member of the Korean Academy of Science and Technology, and of the Presidential Advisory Committee on Science and Technology, she represents academia in advice to govrnment on science and research in Korea. She served as Dean for Research Affairs at Seoul National University, is a member of its Board of Trustees, and is currently a member of the University Senate.

Aswatini Raharto

Aswatini Raharto is Chair of the Division for Social Sciences and Humanities, Indonesian Institute of Sciences (IPSK-LIPI), a position she has held since 2010. She works in the field of international migration and is a member of the Indonesian Demographic Association. Her research focusses on international labour migration and she has published books and journals at the national and international levels on the subject. At LIPI she is responsible for formulating policies on research on sosial and human sciences. She is also the focal point for the UNESCO programme on Management of Social Transformation, and coordinates and organizes all MOST-UNESCO Program activities in Indonesia. She was the President of the Association of Asian Social Science Research Councils (AASSREC) from 2010 to 2011 and has been its Vice President since 2012.

Toshio Yamagata

Prof. Yamagata is known well among the world climate research community by his outstanding contributions to the following topics: modeling and analysis of ocean-atmosphere coupled phenomena including ENSO and Indian Ocean Dipole discovered by his group for WCRP (World Climate Research Program), simulation of variability in the world oceans, particularly Pacific and Indian Oceans, using a high-resolution ocean general circulation model for GOOS (Global Ocean Observing System) and simulation of the Indonesian Throughflow. He is currently involved in seasonal prediction using a global coupled model and its application for human security under JICA’s ODA (Overseas Development Aid). He is also known to have introduced the Japan-US climate center named International Pacific Research Center in the Univ. of Hawaii in 1997. He received several outstanding international awards such as the Sverdrup Gold Medal for his research initiatives. Prof. Yamagata has published about 200 articles in peer-reviewed international journals in physical oceanography and climate dynamics. He has contributed to various activities in the western Pacific region under IOC/UNESCO and has worked to foster ocean climate research among young scientists in Asia. His expertise in climate research and science management will greatly contribute to RCAP, particularly in the environmental issues.

Soottiporn Chittmittrapap

Professor Soottiporn Chittmittrapap MD is a Professor in Pediatric Surgery, Chulalongkorn University and Secretary General of the National Research Council of Thailand. He is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons, and of the Royal College of Surgeons Thailand. From 1996 to 2000 he was Vice President Academic Affairs of Chulalongkorn University while from 2004 to 2009 he was its Vice President, Research and International Affairs. Soottiporn has had an illustrious career and received many awards including the Gold Medal Award of Royal College of Surgeons of England, and the International Scholar Award of the American College of Surgeons. He was a Freeman Foundation Scholar. His experience in high-level academic, graduate education and research administration spans more than 10 years. He has vast experience in working with international science and technology organizations and has been the Chair of the Executive Board, Asian Research Center, of the Korean Foundation, President, Korean Studies Association of Southeast Asia (KSASA) and, President, Asian Association of Pediatric Surgeons. He was also Director, First Aid and Health Care Training Center, Thai Red Cross Society (2001 – 2010) and Director, Continuing Medical Education Center, Faculty of Medicine, Chulalongkorn University (2000-2009).

Jianxin Zhang

Dr Zhang is not only an expert in psychology and social science, but also quite active in participating activities of international organizations. As President-elect of Asian Association of Social Psychology, he made great contribution in promoting international cooperation of social psychology in Asia-Pacific region. Meanwhile, as representing CAST, largest S&T org in China, CAST will provide full support to him and to the committe as well.Personality Research: Originating and standardizing the Chinese Personality Assessment Inventory (CPAI) which includes some indigenous personality constructs; adapting and standardizing the Chinese MMPI-2; exploring the fitness of the “BIG FIVE” model with Chinese people; adapting the Chinese General Self-Efficacy Scale. Social Psychology: Distinguishing the concepts of general trust from that of specific trust, and demonstrating that specific (target-based) trust plays more important roles in Chinese interpersonal behavior. Mental Health: a large scale of investigation mental health among Chinese people across mainland China. Standards of psychological development of Chinese infants of 0-6 year old: over 12,000 infants(children) were measured and their parents were investigated on physical-cognitive-emotional-social indicators, a national norm was established based on the sample.

Javed Iqbal

Prof. Iqbal has contributed significantly in the area of catalysis in organic synthesis and synthesis of natural products. Apart from the synthesis of biologically active natural products, his research activities has also focused around development of new catalysts based on cobalt leading to a versatile oxidation reaction using molecular oxygen. His research group has also worked on mimics of protein motifs by synthesizing small cyclic peptides having beta-turns or helical structures. He led a group of 150 medicinal chemists at DRL and his research activities there involved design and synthesis of small molecules to modulate disease targets like PPAR, AMPK, JNK, Raf and Aurora kinases. Two of the drugs discovered by his group at Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories Ltd (DRL) is undergoing phase I clinical trials in Canada and UK. He has guided 25 PhD students (12 while working at DRL) and has published more than 200 research papers and has filed 45 patents in the area of diabetes, infectious diseases, cancer. Having worked in academia and pharmaceutical industry, Prof Iqbal possesses unique expertise in basic and translational research in the area of Organic Chemistry and Drug Discovery.

Togtokh Chuluun

Dr. Chuluun Togtokh is a Professor at the National University of Mongolia since 2002, Science Director of Green Development Policy Institute. T. Chuluun received his B.S. and M.S. degrees in theoretical physics from the Har’kov State University, Ukraine (1977) and his PhD in theoretical and mathematical biophysics from the Moscow State University, Russia (1991). He was postdoc at Colorado State University in ecosystem science in 1991. Dr. Chuluun was involved in the Earth System studies since early 1990s, working in areas of land use and cover change, and global land project, serving as a Vice-Chair of the Global Change National Committee of Mongolia since 2006 and Science Steering Committee Member of the Land Use in Temperate East Asia and the Monsoon Asia Integrated Regional Study (MAIRS) since 2009. Dr. Chuluun’s research activities address adaptation, resilience and sustainability issues of social-ecological systems at local, national and regional scales. His research was funded by the US National Science Foundation, NASA, the European Commission EuropeAid Cooperation Office and Asia-Pacific Network on Global Environmental Change. He edited books, authored over 100 papers related to physical, biological, ecological and social-ecological systems. Dr. Chuluun teaches graduate courses in ecosystem science, global environmental change and sustainable development. He was involved in policy making, working as a Director of Regional Settlement Planning Division of the Ministry of Construction and Urban Development (2004-2006), as an Advisor to the President of the Mongolian Academy of Sciences (1991), to the Minister for Nature and Environment (1996-1998) and to the Minister for Urban Development and Construction (2006-2007), and Science Committee Member of the Ministry of Nature, Environment and Tourism since 2009.

B.V.R. Chowdari

Professor Chowdari is Professor of Physics at the Department of Physics, National University of Singapore (NUS) and Executive Director of National University of Singapore (NUS) – India Research Initiatives (IRI), an office set up exclusively for facilitating interactions between NUS and Indian Universities and Institutes of higher learning. Concurrently he is the Executive Director of Global Enterprise for Micro-Mechanics and Molecular Medicine (GEM4), President of the International Union of Materials Research Societies (IUMRS), Asian Society for Solid State Ionics (ASSI) and Materials Research Society of Singapore (MRS Singapore). He has been Chairman of the biennial International Conference on materials for Advanced Technologies series since 2001, and is Chair of the inaugural IUMRS – ICYRAM 2012 (International Conference of Young Researchers on Advanced Materials) that will be held in Singapore in July, 2012. His current field of research focuses on condensed matter physics and materials science. He is on the editorial board of Solid State Ionics, Journal of Solid State Electrochemistry, Journal of Materials Education and Materials Research Foundations.


  • Heide Hackmann (ISC Executive Director)
  • Sukiman Sarmani (Academy of Sciences Malaysia)