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Nobel Prize-winning Egyptian chemist Zewail Hon. FIAS dies

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Nobel Prize-winning Egyptian-American chemist Ahmed Zewail Hon. FIAS, a science and technology advisor to President Barack Obama and the first U.S. science envoy to the Middle East, died on Tuesday in the United States, his spokesman told Egyptian state TV.

Zewail, who was 70 and a member of the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) faculty, was the sole recipient of the Nobel chemistry prize in 1999 for his pioneering work in femtochemistry, the study of chemical reactions in ultra-short time scales.

An author of some 600 scientific articles and 16 books, he also is credited with developing a new research field dubbed four-dimensional electron microscopy.

“The cause of death is unknown … whether it is cancer or something else … His doctor said his condition was stable the last time I called him last week,” spokesman Sherif Foad said.

A Caltech spokeswoman confirmed Zewail’s death but had no information about the circumstances.

Zewail was born in the city of Damanhur, 160 km (100 miles) northwest of Cairo. He studied at Alexandria University, in the city where he grew up.

He later moved to the United States and earned his PhD at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia.

After conducting postdoctoral research at the University of California at Berkeley, he joined the Caltech faculty in 1976, where he was a professor of chemistry and physics.

He became a naturalized U.S. citizen in 1982. In April 2009, Obama appointed Zewail to the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology, and in November of that year he was named the first U.S. science envoy to the Middle East.

Appointment of New Chairman and Director of ISTIC Malaysia

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The Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation of Malaysia, His Excellency Datuk Seri Panglima Madius Tangau, has recently appointed Dato’ Dr Samsudin Tugiman as the new Chairman of the ISTIC Governing Board for 2-year term of office and appointed Dato’ Dr. Sharifah Maimunah Syed Zin as the new Director of ISTIC for a period of two years effective, 1 June 2016.




IDB Board of Governors Elects New President Dr. Bandar Hajjar

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Jakarta, Indonesia, 18 May, 2016 – Following the announcement of Dr. Ahmad Mohamed Ali’s decision to retire, the IsDB’s Board of Governors, in a resolution issued during their 41st annual meeting in Jakarta, Indonesia, appointed Dr. Ahmad Mohamed Ali as President Emeritus and unanimously elected Dr. Bandar Hajjar as the Bank’s new President effective 1st October, 2016.

The Board of Governors of IsDB also expressed their sincere gratitude to Dr. Ali for his outstanding leadership, the contributions he has made to establish the Bank and for his help laying the foundation of its growth and success. They also expressed their admiration and appreciation for the distinction Dr. Ali has manifested through his high moral values, immense modesty, great enthusiasm and exemplary ability to create and maintain cordial relationships with IsDB’s member countries.

Dr. Ali leaves behind a great legacy of achievements and historic results that have helped to grow IsDB into a major international financial institution and an influential force in socio-economic development around the world.

Dr. Ali thanked the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Salman Bin Abdul Aziz for the support he received during his tenure as President of the Bank and welcomed Dr. Hajjar as his successor.
Dr. Hajjar was born in Al Madina in 1955. He received his Bachelor’s degree in Economics and Political Science with first class honors from King Saud University; a Master’s degree in Economics from Indiana University, USA; and a Doctorate degree in Economics from the University of Loughborough, UK.

Dr. Hajjar worked as a Professor of Economics at the University of King Saud and King Abdulaziz. He served as Deputy Director of the Islamic Economics Research Center and Head of Islamic Perspective Curriculum Committee.

In 1997, Dr. Hajjar was selected as member of the Shura Council in its second session with continued membership for three consecutive sessions. He is a member of several special committees set up by the Shura Council, including the National Strategy for Integrity and Anti-Corruption, which resulted in the creation of the Anti-Corruption Commission, and the Civil Authority for Zakat Committee.

Dr. Hajjar was Editor-in-Chief of Al Amwal Magazine for more than 10 years. He was the Founder and Chairman of the National Society for Human Rights from 2004-2009. He is Head of the Coordinating Council for monitoring the first municipal elections in Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and a member of a number of commissions and councils including: the International Congress on Islamic Economics and Finance (ICISEF); the Global Commission for Introducing the Messenger (May the Prayer and Peace of Allah be upon him); the Disabled Children’s Association; and the Board of Trustees of the Charitable Takaful Foundation for Sponsoring Orphans and Needy Students. Dr. Hajjar also served as Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s Minister for Hajj from 2012-2016.


Prof. Mohamed H. A. Hassan FIAS (Sudan) , will serve as Chair of the Governing Council

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Professor Mohamed H.A. Hassan (Sudan), Fellow of the IAS, President of the InterAcademy Partnership (IAP) and former Chairman of the Council of the United Nations University will serve as Chair of the Governing Council.

Technology Bank for Least Developed Countries moves closer to establishment

New York, May 2016 – A Technology Bank for Least Developed Countries has moved closer to starting operations following the UN Secretary-General’s appointment of members to a Governing Council. A dedicated Trust Fund has also been established to support the preparatory phase of the Technology Bank in the lead up to its establishment by the General Assembly. This Trust Fund is open to contributions from Member States and other stakeholders, including the private sector and foundations.

The Governing Council will provide support to the Secretary-General in undertaking the necessary steps towards the operationalization of the Technology Bank. It will in particular formulate principles and policies governing the activities and operations of the Technology Bank, including preparing its Charter for consideration and adoption by the General Assembly.

Professor Mohamed H.A. Hassan (Sudan), President of the InterAcademy Partnership (IAP) and former Chairman of the Council of the United Nations University will serve as Chair of the Governing Council. Mr. Gyan Chandra Acharya (Nepal), Under Secretary-General and High Representative of the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States will be the Secretary-General’s representative in the Council, serving as vice-chair. His Excellency Mr. Abdoulaye Yero Balde, Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research of Guinea and Professor Zakri Abdul Hamid, Science Adviser to the Prime Minister of Malaysia and member of the Secretary-General’s Scientific Advisory Board, will be part of the Governing Council.

Other members of the Governing Council are Dr. Ann Aerts (Belgium), Head, Novartis Foundation and member of the ITU/UNESCO Broadband Commission for Sustainable Development; Professor Aggrey Ambali (Malawi), Head, New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) Science Technology and Innovation Hub; Ms. Sonia Bashir Kabir (Bangladesh), Country Director, Microsoft Bangladesh; Ms. Bitrina Diyamett (Tanzania), Executive Director, Science, Technology and Innovation Policy Research Organization; Professor Xiaolan Fu (United Kingdom), Director, Oxford University Technology and Management Centre for Development and member of the United Nations Group to support the Technology Facilitation Mechanism; Ms. Rosibel Ochoa (Honduras), Executive Director, von Liebig Entrepreneurism Center, University of California San Diego; Mr. Frank Rijsberman (Netherlands), Chief Executive Officer, Consultative Group for International Agricultural Research; Mr. Alfred Watkins (United States), Chairman, Global Solutions Summits; and

Mr. Orkun Hasekioðlu (Turkey), Vice President, Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (TÜBITAK).

In 2011, the Istanbul Programme of Action called for the establishment of a technology bank and a science, technology and innovation supporting mechanism dedicated to least developed countries. This has been a long-standing priority of the LDCs confirmed in the 2015 Addis Ababa Action Agenda and in Sustainable Development Goal 17. The Government of Turkey generously offered to host the Technology Bank in Gebze, Turkey.

Founding IAS Executive Director; Hani al-Mulki sworn in as Jordan’s new prime minister

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Jordanian King Abdullah II on Wednesday 1 June 2016, approved the appointment of Hani al-Mulki as prime minister, Jordan’s official Petra News Agency reported.

Born in Amman in 1951, Mulki received a bachelor’s degree in production engineering in Egypt in 1974 and pursued his post-graduate studies in the United States. He served as the Founding Executive Director of the then Islamic Academy of Sciences (IAS) between 1986 and 1989. He also served as Jordan’s ambassador to Egypt and as Jordan’s permanent representative at the Arab League 2002-2004 and 2008-2011. He has held several ministerial positions; water, energy, supplies, industry and foreign affairs ministries.

Mulki chaired the negotiating committee which produced a treaty between Jordan and Israel in 1994. During his time as foreign minister, Jordan experienced diplomatic issues with both Iraq and Saudi Arabia. Mulki was appointed as The Scientific Advisor to His Majesty, and then a member of the Senate.In 9 February 2011, Mulki was reappointed the position of Jordan’s Minister of Trade and Industries. In 29 May 2016, Mulki was appointed as the Prime Minister of Jordan, succeeding Abdullah Ensour.


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It is with a sense of sadness and sorrow that the President and the Director General of the Islamic World Academy of Sciences (IAS) in Amman, Jordan; announce the passing away of the eminent Jordanian  scientist: Prof. Fakhruddin Daghestani, Founding Fellow of the Islamic World Academy of Sciences. He was 80.

He obtained his BSc in Mechanical Engineering, University of Missouri, Columbia, Missouri, USA (1961), MSc (1963) and PhD (1968), from the same university. He was a lecturer at the college of Engineering at the University of Missouri, Columbia, MO., USA (1961-1967) and at IBM, Rochester Minnesota, USA (1968-1971).

Prof. Daghestani started working at the Jordan Royal Scientific Society in 1971. In 22 years at the RSS, he occupied the following posts; Director of the Mechanical Engineering Department (1971-1976), Vice-President (1976-1983), Acting President (1983-1984), President (1984-1986), Advisor and Principal Researcher (1986-1991) and Director of the Center for International Studies at the RSS (1991-1993).

Prof. Daghestani was Director General of the Natural Resources Authority (1993-1996) and Director General of the Mineral Investment Company (1996-2000).

Prof. Daghestani is/was a member or former member of the governing boards of the following bodies; the Royal Scientific Society, the Telecommunications Corporation, the Natural Resources Authority, the Jordan Electricity Authority, the Arab Potash Company, the National Petroleum Company and the Jordan Phosphate Mining Company. He also served on the boards of the faculties of Graduate Studies and Scientific Research, at the University of Jordan.

He was a Founding Fellow and Council Member of the Islamic World Academy of Sciences (1986-1999), Member of the Arab Federation of Scientific Research (1983-1986) and Member of the Scientific Council of IFSTAD (1984-1986) and Member of the Executive Committee of COMSTECH (1986-1994).

Prof. Daghestani took part in more than 10 expert missions. He has edited/co-edited 11 books and has more than 40 technical papers to his credit, and was a member of the editorial board of the Journal of the Islamic World Academy of Sciences and former member of the journal entitled Islamic Thought and Scientific Creativity (1990-1995).

Prof. Fakhruddin Daghestani will be greatly missed by his colleagues and fellow scientists in Jordan and the Islamic World. “Ina Lillah Wa Ina Ilaihi Raj’oon.”

IAS President, Fellows and staff offer their heartfelt condolences to his family and friends through the World.


Moneef R. Zou’bi

Director General

Islamic World Academy of Sciences (IAS)
PO Box 830036, Amman 11183, Jordan.
Tel +9626-55-22-104 & +9626-55-23-385
Fax +9626-55-11-803

Abdel Salam Majali


Islamic World Academy of Sciences (IAS)
PO Box 830036, Amman 11183, Jordan.
Tel +9626-55-22-104 & +9626-55-23-385
Fax +9626-55-11-803

Global recognition for PM’s science adviser Zakri

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Tan Sri Zakri Abdul Hamid, the Science Adviser to the Prime Minister, has been appointed to the governing council of a planned United Nations (UN) Technology Bank for Least Developed Countries.

The appointment of Zakri, who is also joint chairman of the Malaysian Industry-Government Group for High Technology (MIGHT), was made by UN secretary-general Ban Ki-moon.

The Technology Bank is an outcome of a UN General Assembly resolution which requested the secretary-general to launch and operationalise a science, technology and innovation support mechanism for least developed countries.

“The governing council will help the secretary-general undertake necessary steps to operationalise the Technology Bank.

“In particular, it will formulate principles and policies governing its activities and operations and prepare its charter for consideration and adoption by the General Assembly,” MIGHT said in a statement here Sunday.

The Technology Bank idea originated in the 2011 Istanbul Programme of Action and was confirmed in both the 2015 Addis Ababa Action Agenda and in Sustainable Development Goal 17.

The Government of Turkey has offered to host the Technology Bank in Gebze, Turkey.

In another development, the Washington DC-based Global Federation of Competitiveness Councils (GFCC) has appointed Zakri as a Distinguished Fellow in recognition of his exemplary public service and expertise on matters affecting global competitiveness, science and sustainability.

The GFCC is a global network of 30 competitiveness councils and economic/business development organisations representing countries from the Americas, Europe, Africa, Asia and Oceania.

Zakri has also been elected as a member of the governing board of the Global Research Council, representing the Asia-Pacific region.

Founded in 2012, the Global Research Council is a virtual organisation comprising heads of science and engineering funding agencies worldwide, and is dedicated to promoting the sharing of data and best practices for high-quality collaboration among funding agencies worldwide.

Islam and Science

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The Muslim World Science Initiative (Muslim-Science.Com) proudly announces the Launch of its Report of the Task Force on Islam and Science.

The Launch Event was organised under the Patronage of Her Royal Highness Princess Sumaya Bint El-Hasan of Jordan, the President of the Royal Scientific Society of Jordan on Thursday 5 May 2016.

“Muslim Perspectives on Science’s Big Questions” – The International Conference on Islam and Science was co-hosted by Islamic World Academy of Sciences (IAS) and the UN-ESCWA Technology Center/ Amman (ETC) on 5 May 2016.

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